The Deane School of Dance
Home of The Greater
Milford Ballet Company

“I don’t just give a class-I teach a class. They like the way I teach because I do it kindly and with love.”

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Teaching Staff

The Deane School of Dance offers an adult faculty who display consistent excellence in their specific fields of dance and enjoy their well-deserved reputation of being the gold standard of dance education.

Georgia Deane,

Founder and Artistic Director

Miss Georgia has been a dance teacher for 50 years, a professional performer of voice and dance, a musician, chairman of the Salem Cultural Arts Commission, Chairman of the Milford Arts Council, President of the Dance Masters of America and Dance Teachers Club of Boston, and a teacher’s teacher for dozens of dance teachers worldwide. She has taught for dance seminars and teacher conventions of leading dance organizations in the United States and abroad. She is also a competition judge for the National Dance Council of America.

During Georgia’s early years, she studied dance, voice, violin, piano, and guitar. As an aspiring actress, she attended Emerson College and graduated from Curry College, majoring in theater arts and dance.


After college, Georgia and her two sisters, Helen and Maryann Deane, toured on the RKO circuit performing trio harmony and dance with stars such as, Frankie Fontaine and Red Buttons. The sisters also performed in the New England area at nightclubs and did numerous commercials on radio. From that time to the present, Georgia Deane has studied regularly in New York and New England with master dance teachers such as, Luigi, June Taylor, Paul Hakon, Paul Draper, Peter Gennaro, Harriet Hoctor, Gus Giordano, Marina Svetlova, E. Virginia Williams, to name a few.

Cynthia Marnik,


Cynthia Marnik, who is co-director of the Deane School of Dance, has taught dance since the 1970’s. She is affiliated with the Deane School of Dance in Mendon and Salem, MA, and she also teaches master classes for other dance studios and has been on the faculty of Dance Masters of America and Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston.

A member of the Deane Family, she has experience as a professional dancer, singer, and actress. In addition to her study of dance with her mother and aunt, Georgia Deane and Helen Deane, she has studied with E. Virginia Williams, Sydney Leonard, Luigi, June Taylor, Madame Valentina Periaslavic, Marina Svetlova, Paul Draper, Harriet Hoctor and Gus Giordano to name a few.

Cynthia was the director of the Salem Children’s Theater for 30 years, former director of the Mendon Children’s Theater, former member of Boston Ballet, choreographer of more than 50 musical theater productions, former chairman of the Salem Arts Council, a school teacher, Director of a Miss America Preliminary Pageant, and an event planner.

Her dance choreography at the Deane School always adds a theatrical flair to their productions.

Laura Young, Boston Ballet School Senior Faculty and Choreographer for Greater Milford Ballet Company's "The Nutcracker"

Young was appointed principal of Boston Ballet School’s Boston Studio in 1994. From 1986 until 1994, she was director of Boston Ballet’s International Summer Dance Program. From 1986 to 1996, she directed Boston Ballet II, a group of young professional dancers that performed with Boston Ballet and presented lecture demonstrations throughout the Northeast. Currently Ms. Young is a faculty member and Principal of Boston Ballet’s Metro West Studio and Principal of DanceLab, a summer intensive for young ladies aged 12-16. 

Ms. Young has given guest master classes at the Boston Conservatory where she has also staged Napoli and Pas de Quatre, Walnut Hill School, Harvard Dance Program, Alwin School of Dance in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, Festival Ballet Providence, Worcester Performing Arts School, Dance Place of Newburyport, Academy of Ballet Arts in Chelmsford, Ashland (KY)Youth Ballet, Cape Cod Conservatory, Mid-Cape Ballet Academy, National Dance Theatre of Bermuda, Granite State Ballet, Lexington (MA Ballet, Florida Ballet Arts School in Sarasota, Northeast Regional Ballet Festival, Dance Masters of New England, who made her the first Honorary Member of Dance Masters of America Chapter 5, and Greater Milford Ballet, where she has staged a production of Nutcracker for the past eighteen years. She was named a “Grand Bostonian” for the city’s 350th gala celebration, and received a “Citation for Special Achievement” at the Eighth Annual Elliot Norton Awards. 

Laura Young has performed as principal dancer in countless ballets and has performed with dancers, such as, Nureyev, Edward Villella, Margot Fonteyn, and Fernando Bujones.

Jill Silverman, M.A., 


Jill teaches dance throughout New England, most notably at Dean College. She has been associated with American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Harkness Ballet and Joffrey Ballet.

Jill holds a Master of the Arts in Pedagogy; teaches Ballet, Pointe/Variations, Pedagogy and Dance Company Choreography at Dean College; and is Director of Dance Company at Dean College.

Nathalie Navert,

Ms. Nathalie Navert is a graduate of Canada's National Ballet School Teacher Training Program and is certified in the Cecchetti Ballet Method and National Dances for Pre-Ballet to Intermediate levels from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in London, England. The French Canadian native from Montreal has more than 25 years of experience teaching dancers of all levels in schools in Canada and in the United States. She is also the founder and artistic director of two successful schools in Quebec. In 2004, Ms. Navert moved to the United States and taught at the Ballet Workshop of New England and at the Massachusetts Youth Ballet in Hopkinton and Waltham, MA. 

Ms. Navert was the Assistant Director and Interim Director of the Community Dance Academy at Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts in Natick, MA for ten years and was Dance Director at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts from 2015-2017. Ms Navert has been teaching at the Dancing Arts Center since 2015 and in 2018 was appointed School Principal and Children's Division Ballet Mistress. We are thrilled to have Ms. Navert returning to Deane School of Dance this fall teaching classical Ballet classes in the Main Division.

Donna DeSantis, M.Ed.


Donna is well versed at teaching tap, jazz, ballet, and special needs students.

Donna DeSantis has focused on dance since the age of 4. At age 10, Donna  danced with the Boston Ballet in their season performance of Coppelia.  She has won numerous dance competitions and performed in shows including West Side Story, Carousel, Irene, Fiddler on the Roof and many more! From 1992-2006 Donna owned and operated the Millis School of Dance.  Her students have won numerous dance competitions and have established themselves in the world of dance as professional artists, including performing with professional ballet companies.

In 2009 Donna earned a M. Ed and is a licensed Massachusetts teacher.  She currently teaches in the Marlborough school district working with special needs students.

Susanna Vennerbeck


Susanna began studying dance when she was four years old at the Deane School of Dance in Salem, Massachusetts, where she studied tap with Miss Georgia and ballet with Miss Georgia’s sister, Helen Deane. She later attended high school at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, in Natick Massachusetts, where she studied dance under the direction of Sydelle Gomberg. Susanna also received training during summer programs with The Joffrey Ballet, School of American Ballet, and The American Ballet Theatre School in New York City. 

In 1983, Susanna joined the Hamburg Ballet in Germany under the direction of John Neuemier. In 1985, she joined Boston Ballet under the direction of Bruce Marks. Later that year, she received a Princess Grace Foundation – USA Fellowship for outstanding young artists. Some of Susanna’s notable roles with Boston Ballet included the Sugarplum Fairy and the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, the Sleepwalker in George Balanchine’s La Sonnambula, and Juliet in Choo San Goh’s Romeo and Juliet. 

Susanna performed as a guest artist for the Greater Milford Ballet in the role of the Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker from 1989-1991. Susanna retired from her performing career in 1994 and joined the faculty of Deane School of Dance and GMBA, where she taught


Susanna took a hiatus from teaching ballet to obtain her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She currently works as a Speech-Language Pathologist in elementary schools in Worcester, MA. She is thrilled to be resuming her teaching career with her long time friend and mentor Miss Georgia.

Kelsey Rioux


Kelsey Rioux, born and raised in Killingly, CT, began her dance education at The Putnam Dance Center under the direction of Annette Hebard for 15 years. Following her time in Putnam, CT, she continued her studies at Rhode Island College located in Providence, RI. Here she not only received a B.A. in Dance Performance and a minor in Mathematics, but also graduated summa cum laude with a four-year talent, and presidential scholarship.

While at Rhode Island College, Kelsey has had the pleasure of working with her professors Angelica Vessella and Jessica Pearson, and also guest artists such as Bob Boross, William Evans, Jennifer Archibald, Keigwin+Company, and David Parker. Recently, she has performed with the RIC Dance Company and Boston Community Dance Project in several areas throughout New England. Kelsey has been a teacher and choreographer for several years and is looking forward to working with The Deane School of Dance in their 2018-2019 season.