The school's core faculty is below. In addition, we bring in guest faculty for sessions on specialized topics.
Gretchen Adams is a senior at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts where she is studying to receive her BFA in Dance and AA in Business. During her training at Dean, she has had the privilege of studying under and learning from Joanie Palladino, Ryan Kasprzak, Kristina Berger, Shaina Schwartz, Todd Shanks, and many more renowned teachers. During the fall semester of 2020, Gretchen spent much of her time writing her now published book Looking Back to Push Forward: What Modern Dance Legends of the Past Have Taught Us. With the guidance and mentorship of Joanie Palladino, Gretchen writes about the importance of our modern dance ancestors in the classroom today. Bringing light to the historical significance of movement in every dance space is a passion of Gretchen’s that she is excited to share with the dancers at Fusionworks.
Laura Bennett is Dancing Legacy's co-director and operations manager and has worked with the organization since the late 1990s, staging Repertory Etudes and performing with the Ensemble across the USA. Laura has been dancing since she was in her mother’s womb and had her choreographic debut at age 11, when she got her gym teachers to give up their physical education periods for her to create a dance on her classmates. A Brown University graduate, she has studied, performed, and taught techniques and repertory of the 20th century American concert dance lineage, beginning with her early training at the Harlem Dance Studio, led by her mother Julie Adams Strandberg and her aunt Carolyn Adams. Laura is a former member of Fusionworks Dance Company and holds a dance education certificate from New York City’s 92nd Street Y. She has taught dance and theater in community centers, schools, private studios, and summer programs, including 33 years at the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Dance where she is associate artistic director. Outside of dance, Bennett enjoys spending time with her treasured nephews, studying the Bible, following sports, and watching TiVo in high definition. She learned much about living a creative life from her paternal grandmother, Harriet Bennett Strandberg (1914-1991), a painter who brought the spirit of the artist to everything she touched; the name Bennett was taken as a public tribute to a private legacy.
Sheramy Keegan-Turcotte was born and raised in Massachusetts. She holds an MSc in Dance Science with Merit from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in dance performance from Shenandoah Conservatory, and also holds an AA in dance from Dean College. While living in New York she had the pleasure of performing with artists including Jana Hicks, Noemie LaFrance's SENS Production, Isabel Gotskowsky and Dancers, Avila/Weeks Dance, Cornfield Dance, Ko-Ryo Dance Theater and Silver Brown Dance among others. She has also performed nationally and internationally with the Next Stage Project and has performed in works by Kevin Wynn, Oliver Steele, Doug Elkins and Jane Franklin. She danced with Fusionworks Dance Company from 2007-2018, and was a member of their educational team which worked to bring curriculum-based modern dance into the public school system. Sheramy is also a certified Pilates instructor, and has worked extensively as a dance researcher, grant writer and arts administrator. Her award winning research has been presented at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science conference, and has been published in the Medical Journal of the Performing Arts. Sheramy is currently an adjunct professor of dance at Dean College, Franklin, Massachusetts. Sheramy has been on faculty with Fusionworks Dance Center since 2019.
Dina Ternullo Melley
Dina Ternullo Melley is Fusionworks Dance Center's school manager and has been on faculty since 2021. She received a BFA in dance from the Boston Conservatory and received additional training from the Joffrey School in San Antonio and Gus Giordano in Chicago. Dina has performed masterworks by José Limón, Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, and Donald McKayle and has toured and conducted workshops nationally and internationally with the Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble. Dina has had the pleasure of both choreographing works for and performing with the Baton Rouge Ballet Theater, Of Moving Colors, the Louisiana State University College of Music and Dramatic Arts, the Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Desert Dance Theatre, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s State of LA Danse. She was the choreographer for the LSU Opera production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and has choreographed and performed for the Arizona State University season-opening Gala Concert. She has also performed in the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre program, Ballet for Children, as well as AZDance Group, and Colleen Cavanaugh and Dancers. Dina has been on faculty at Boston College, Regis College, Louisiana State University, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she was also the artistic director of the Dance Guild at UL Lafayette. Dina is currently on the faculty at Dean College and began working with Dancing Legacy in 2019. Dina’s most treasured time is spent with her husband and son. She also loves hiking, biking, kayaking, and enjoying all the beauty New England has to offer.
Julie Adams Strandberg
Julie Adams Strandberg, dancer, choreographer, director, writer, educator, is co-founder of Dancing Legacy and founding director of dance at Brown University where she is a distinguished senior lecturer emerita. In 1971, she co-founded the Rhode Island Repertory Company and in 2002 the Company reconvened to explore what mature dancers have to offer. In 1973, she co-founded The Harlem Dance Foundation with her parents, Julius J. and Olive A. Adams and her sister, Carolyn Adams. Strandberg has directed for college, community and professional theater; has designed programs for youth; and has created over 40 works for theatrical and alternative spaces. Strandberg has served on national boards and panels, including the National Endowment for the Arts and is the author of multiple published articles. She studied with 20th century dance pioneers Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Melissa Hayden, Jose Limon, Donald McKayle, and Charles Weidman and is one degree of separation from George Balanchine, Katharine Dunham, Lester Horton, Doris Humphrey, Pearl Primus, Ruth St. Denis, and Ted Shawn. Strandberg is a graduate of the Ethical Culture Fieldston Schools, has a bachelor of arts degree from Cornell University, a master’s in guidance from Bank Street College of Education, and a masters ad eundem from Brown University. In 2013 she co-founded Artists and Scientists as Partners (ASaP) at Brown University to research the relationship between arts and healing and the specific role of dance and music for people with Parkinson’s Disease and those on the Autism Spectrum. In 2015, she received the Charles Sullivan Pell Award for Distinguished Service in the Arts. In 2020, the Brown University faculty honored her with the Susan Colver Rosenberger Medal, given for “specially notable or beneficial achievement” and only awarded 33 times since it was established in 1919. Since 1965, she has been married to Josiah R. W. Strandberg, a computer programmer, who is a Captain, USNR (ret.) and holds a doctorate of Philosophy. They have two daughters, Laura Carolyn and Marie Elisabeth, a son-in-law William Nels Porter, thanks to Marie, and grandsons, Andrew Kenneth and Jackson Josiah, thanks to Marie and William.