Meet Our Teachers
Irish Step Dance Instructor
Erika is a former Champion Irish Step Dancer. She started dancing when she was five, and obtained formal training locally under Deirdre Goulding and DeDe Golden, and in Ireland under Tony Nolan. She loves that she can pass along her skills and traditions to her three daughters.
Erika has performed with several groups, including The Saw Doctors, Black 47, The Wolftones, and at the session at Patrick's Pub. For years she taught a group of women in Providence called the Celtic Daughters, who would perform at the Providence St. Patrick's Day Parade, as well as young ladies at Rhode Island Training School.
Belly Dance Instructor
Eunice has been practicing and studying the art of Belly Dance since 2001. She has an extensive background in performance arts. During her undergraduate career, she studied and trained in various dance and theater courses including Acting, Improvisation, Tai Chi, Flamenco from the renowned Andrea del Conte, Modern Dance, Bharatanatyam (Classical Indian dance), Hip Hop, and Afro-Caribbean Dance.
While being a part of the Middle Eastern Dance Academy of Connecticut (MDA), she trained as well as performed for several events including opening acts for concerts including Lebanese superstar, Ragheb Alama, on June 2019 and Iraqi superstar, Saif Nabeel, on March 2020. Eunice was also one of the featured dancers in Jillian’s Belly Dance Evolution Experience for the Wonderful Wizard of Oz production show on June 2019.
Eunice continues to study in the different dance styles of the Middle East including Egyptian, Lebanese, Iraqi, and Turkish as well as trained with the most reputable dancers/instructors in the dance.
Joseph Godfrey is a pianist and educator in New England. He holds degrees in Jazz Studies from the University of South Carolina (MM) and Jazz Performance (BM) from the University of Rhode Island.
Performance highlights include performing at the Newport Jazz Festival (2013) and Falmouth Jazz Festival (2012). Joseph performs in many venues in the New England area as a solo pianist and as a member of a small ensemble. Functions include wedding ceremonies, receptions and cocktail hours, restaurants, church services, business events, social events and private functions.
Joseph has taught private lessons, small classes and coached jazz combos at the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School, and Friends of the Music Mansion. He currently teaches at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School and Rhody Center for World Music and Dance and plays in two bands; Panoramic View and 10:2. Joseph is active as a performer in New England as a pianist equally proficient in jazz, classical and popular music.
When Jude retired about a decade ago, it was time for her to get back to making a joyful noise with strings and voice. The strings could have been on the violin she had played in high school, but simultaneous vocalizing was somewhat uncomfortable. They could have been on the guitars she had played as an undergraduate, but the guitars were feeling heavy and cumbersome and, frankly, they were a bit too loud.
"Life On Four Strings," a 2012 documentary about Jake Shimabukuro, pointed to another source of strings - the 'ukulele! Jude has always been one to value options, and this little set of strings welcomes any flavor of music: classical, jazz, country, rock, hip hop, etc. - and whatever rates as "popular" in any time or place. So, most of the time she concurs with the message in Jeff Saxon's song, "A Ukulele's All I Need."
Steel Pan Instructor
Remy Besson is a local freelance percussionist and music educator. Remy started his musical studies at a young age and quickly found a passion for all things percussion. Later, he received a degree in music education from the University of Rhode Island where he performed in a variety of ensembles from big band jazz to contemporary chamber orchestras. Recently, Remy received his Masters in Music Performance from Morehead State University working closely with the marching band and steel band as well as presenting a series of recitals focusing of the accessibility of avante-gaurde percussion works. When not performing or teaching, Remy can be found cooking or biking any RI bike path.