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Meet our Dance Faculty


The director and instructors of the HCA dance studio offer a high level of training and are here to guide dancers of all ages in a structured, safe, and welcoming environment. They care about their students well-being and promote each students individuality while staying true to the standards and principals past down by their own teachers. 

Jessica Wilson, Director, HCA Dance Studio

Jessica began her dance training the Royal Academy of Dancing with Mary Tolland and received coaching from Herida May for R.A.D. exams. She also studies intensely with well known teacher Jacqueline Cronsberg. Jessica graduated from the Walnut Hill School (Natick, MA) and later attended State University New York at Purchase where she majored in dance and psychology and minored in philosophy.

Jessica began her teaching career in 1993 when she joined the faculty of Ballet Workshop New England. She was appointed Associate Director of the school in 2003. Jessica also held the position of Ballet Mistress with the Massachusetts Youth Ballet, where she worked closely with Sandra Jennings, Repetiteur for the George Balanchine Trust. That same year Jessica was appointed Artistic Director of the company.

In an effort to keep the quality classical ballet training west of Boston, Jessica founded MetroWest Ballet in 2006 with the intention to provide a warm and nurturing atmosphere of small classes and individual attention to uphold the highest standards of classical ballet training. Her students have gone onto join companies like Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Ballet Theater of Maryland, Dawson/Wallace Dance Project, Arch Contemporary Ballet, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, and Boston Dance Theater. In 2019, Jessica joined the Hopkinton Center for the Arts as its new Director of Dance.

Cathy Fallon
Ballet, Certified Pilates, Certified Alexander Technique

Cathy Fallon B.S.M.AmSAT, received her classical ballet training Melissa Hayden, Laurence Rhodes, Christina Bernal, and Maggie Black. She danced with Garden State Ballet and Kansas City Ballet, where she performed in ballets by George Balanchine, Lew Christensen, Todd Bolender, and Peter Anastos. She also dance with Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, Mark Morris, and other modern choreographers, and studies and rehearsed with Twyla Tharp and her company members. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesthetic education and dance. She began her Pilates training in New York with Kathy Grant, one of only two teachers certified by Joseph Pilates', and completed her mat certified through the Physicalmind Institute. In 1993 she completed the three-year training to become an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. She incorporates her Pilates and Alexander training in her dance teaching, which is especially helpful to students with strength and alignment issues.

Theresa Kniaz
Ballet, Contemporary, Certified Fitness Teacher

Theresa discovered her love for ballet at age ten, and began her training with Cathy Fallon. By age 16, she enrolled as a full-time student at the Boston Ballet School and later spent a year as a student at renowned Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet where she trained under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. During her years of training, she performed extensively in corps de ballet and solo roles in productions of The Nutcracker, Peer Gynt, and Snow White, as well as annual Spring showcases. 

She also performed contemporary pieces in Boston Ballet School's production of Alice in Wonderland as the Cheshire Cat, and as a company member of SundanceX directed by David Sun.

In 2017, Therese graduated Summa Cum Laude from UMass Boston with a Bachelor's degree in Finance. After working full time as a business analyst at a fast paced start-up, Theresa renewed her passion for dance and discovered her love for teaching. In addition to her faculty positions, Theresa continues her own dance training, attending ballet and contemporary classes and workshops in the Greater Boston area, and is certified as a personal fitness trainer.

Alyssa McQuillan
Creative Dance, Hip Hop

From the time she was three-years old, Alyssa has looked up to her own amazing dance teachers and is now thrilled to be a role model for young dancers at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. She began her training at the Academy of Tap, Jazz, and Ballet in Bellingham, Massachusetts. While training there, Alyssa competed all over New England and won several high awards and scholarships for solos, group dances, and productions. The Academy also provided her with an opportunity to work as an assistant dance teacher with children of all different ages and abilities. This position fueled her interest and passion for becoming a teacher. Now she attends Bridgewater State University with a major in business and a minor in dance in hopes to one day open up her own dance studio.

She also is continuing her dance training at the AS220 in Providence, RI. Alyssa is a member of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston, and is excited to share her passion for dance with students here at the HCA.

Henoch Spinola
Ballet, Guest

A native of Cape Verde Islands, Henoch began his classical training with Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre in Cambridge, MA, graduating from the Young Dancers Program in 2006 to become a full company member in 2007. After leaving JMBT, Henoch began working with Prometheus Dance from 2011-2012, along with other dance companies local to Boston. He then moved to New York City to dance in a work by Itzik Galili at the Metropolitan Opera from 2013-2014. He recently completed the Master of Fine Arts program within the Creative Practice: Dance Professional Practice Pathway at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.

Desirée Reese Mottard
Ballet, Ballet and Jazz 1 and 2

Desirée began her formal dance training in Salem, Virginia on a full scholarship with the Southwest Virginia Ballet where she was privately coached by School Director Terri Post. ​Desirée’s professional career began at the age of 17 at the Virginia Ballet Theatre where she consistently performed leading roles in such ballets as George Balanchine’s Valse Fantasie and Agnes de Mille’s Three Virgins and a Devil. In 2000 she began dancing with Ballet Magnificat and toured across North and Central America, Europe and Southeast Asia. In 2004 Desirée joined José Mateo’s Ballet Theatre in Cambridge, MA and soon became a principal dancer and had the privilege of having original roles and choreography created specifically for her. Additionally, Desirée has guest performed the leading roles in Coppélia, Firebird, Cinderella, Graduation Ball and The Nutcracker. She has received recognition for her work throughout the Metro Area both online and in print within such publications as the Patriot Ledger, The Boston Phoenix and The Boston Globe.

​She has taught ballet for over a decade at The Brookline Ballet School until she moved to Holliston. She is certified in Vaganova Syllabus for years 1, 2 & 3. She also earned her degree in Holistic Psychology and Mindfulness Studies at Lesley University. In addition to her love for teaching ballet sheis also the founder of Movement & Mindfulness and has brought her program to both public and private schools, dance schools and community centers. She is happy to be part of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts community.



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