Roche Bros. Plaza
175 Mansfield Avenue
Norton, MA 02766
(508) 285-5200
onthebarre@gmail.com

Our Staff


Miss Beth
Owner / Director

Beth Calabrese is the proud Owner and Director of On the Barre! She was raised in Sharon, MA, began dancing at the age of 4 at A Dancer's World and quickly fell in love! Beth began dancing competitively at the age of ten in all dance subjects and continued through college at the University of Connecticut. While in college, Beth was a member of the UConn Kickline Team, performing regularly at basketball games, sports events, and competitions, and "Kaged Ambition", a Connecticut based Hip-Hop team. Some of her dance achievements include performing at Gillette Stadium for the MLS Cup in 2003, placing 2nd in the Long Island Kickline Association Competition in 2009, and winning numerous awards at dance competitions. Beth graduated from UConn with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, with a focus on Child Psychology. She is also an active member of the Greater Brockton Dance Teacher's Association, where she is currently serving as Secretary, and Dance Teachers' Club of Boston, where she is a Certified Dance Instructor. Miss Beth believes in dance education with an emphasis on maintaining age-appropriate movement, music, and costuming as well as believing all students regardless of ability or skill level, deserve a quality dance education! She enjoys taking dance classes in her spare time, and constantly expanding her dance education. Miss Beth loves to spend time with her husband, Dave, and cat, Doris!

Miss Melinda
Instructor / Choreographer

Miss Melinda is the head Acrobatics Instructor here at On the Barre. Melinda brings many years of experience in instructing gymnastics and Acrobatics to children and adults of all skill levels and abilities. Personally, Melinda was a competitive gymnast, and one of her highlights includes winning 2nd place in vault at the West Hartford State Gymnastics Competition. She was also recruited by Channel 5 to host an on-air monthly exercise segment for 2 consecutive years. Melinda presently runs 3 different successful gymnastics/acro programs in the area, and she is looking forward to another great year with On the Barre.


Miss Christine
Instructor / Choreographer

Miss Christine is our Office Manager, and is also excited to be our Lyrical and Jr. Company Ballet teacher! Christine is a graduate from Westfield State College, where she studied Psychology and Special Education, and also was a member of the Dance Team where she sat on the Executive Board of Directors as Secretary. She is a former student of On the Barre, and currently is a head coach and choreographer for a local twirling competitive dance team. Outside of the studio, Miss Christine works as a Teaching Assistant at a local Middle School.


Miss Shannon
Instructor/Choreographer

Born in Providence, RI, Miss Shannon started her dance career at the age of 4 with Kingstown Dance Center before continuing training with Deb Meunier of Fusionworks. She expanded her training with Herci 

Marsden as a Company Member of the State Ballet of Rhode Island. Shannon was also a dancer with both Providence College and Rhode Island College’s dance companies. Over the years, she has run the Town of Cumberland’s Dance Program while also teaching as a Ballet Instructor at Kats Dance Centre in Pawtucket, RI. Shannon enjoyed time as an instructor The Dance Factory in Lincoln, RI for over ten years. In addition to her dance training, Shannon has been a choreographer, Actress, and Director in local community theatre including Theatre Works and The Community Players. Ever expanding on her training, she has attended Broadway Dance Center’s Dance Teacher Workshop in NYC multiple times while taking as many dance classes as possible throughout the year. Shannon maintains a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Providence College. She resides in North Attleboro with her husband Jeff and their four children, Sam, Ethan, Charlotte, and Danielle. Miss Shannon is so excited to join the On the Barre family!



Miss Koty

Instructor/Choreographer


Miss Koty began her dance career at the age of 2 at the former AMJ Dance Center where she studied, assisted and taught classes until her graduation from high school. Currently, she is a senior at Bridgewater State University pursuing a bachelor's degree in Dance with a minor in Management. At BSU, she holds the positions of Vice President and Choreographer for the Refined Movement dance club as well as Treasurer of the National Dance Education Organization’s student chapter and is a seasonal member of BSU’s Dance Company. She previously has run an after-school dance program at Moses Brown preparatory school for preschool through first grade. Koty has also traveled to annual conferences held by the National Dance Education Organization to further her research based on the various aspects and benefits of dance and in November of 2017 will be presenting at this national conference! She is thrilled to have found a home at On the Barre and is looking forward to learning and growing along with her students in this next year!

Miss Jenna
Instructor/Choreographer

Miss Jenna was three years old when she began dancing, studying ballet and tap. At the age of five, Nippert joined New England Dance Academy in Attleboro Ma, attending many competitions and nationals with the competition team, studying acrobats, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Lyrical. As a well-rounded young dancer, Miss Jenna danced with other local dance studios as well. Having the opportunity to take class with some of the dancers from "So You Think You Can Dance", Jenna has grown as an artist and performer. Miss Jenna received her Associates Degree in Performing Arts from Dean College. She also attended Alvin Ailey Summer Program, where she had the chance to experience other dance techniques such as Horton and Dunham. Miss Jenna has explored the art community in Boston, thus becoming an original member of Jo-Mé Dance Theatre, a Boston-based Contemporary dance company, in October 2012. She is so excited to start as the newest instructor of On the Barre!





Miss Samantha
Office Manager

Miss Samantha has been the Office Manager at On that Barre for a number of years now, and is an alumni of the studio as well! She started dancing at 5 years old, and danced at On the Barre for 13 years until she went to college. Miss Samantha is a graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.S. in Psychology, and is currently working towards her Master's degree in Elementary Education at Bridgewater State University. Sam is so excited to be a part of the OTB team, especially since she grew up in the studio! 

To apply for a Job Opportunity at On the Barre, please send your resume to onthebarre@gmail.com

News & Events



FALL CLASSES

Fall 2017 Registration is now OPEN!!! 



2017 RECITAL

Our 14th annual production was held on Saturday, June 10th at Friedman Middle School in Taunton at 12pm & 3pm. Dress Rehearsal will be held on on Tuesday, June 6th at 6pm & 7pm, also at Friedman Middle School. 



READER'S CHOICE AWARD WINNER!

We are the proud winners of wickedlocal.com's "#1 Choice of Dance/Gymnastics Schools in Norton" for 2016 & 2017!!!


DISNEY TRIP

On the Barre performed in Walt Disney World over April vacation 2017! We had so much fun and can't wait to go again!