Board of Directors
CEO & Founder- Cassie Mayo Nolin
Cassie M. Nolin is the Founder and Head Coach of OST. She has trained for 12 years under Boston Ballet & Alvin Ailey Professional and 30 year Studio Owner Karen Brown. She has been dancing since she was 6 years old, and helping out with classes since she was 8 years old. She taught her first class in 2010 and has been teaching for 8 years, coaching for 5 years, and running OST for the fourth year in a row. Cassie was training with the hopes of becoming a pre-professional dancer until she was diagnosed with RSD/CRPS and EDS Stage III. She has been battling that for the past 8 years in 80% of her body. She has overcome all the odds, but because of all the injuries and treatments, she was not able to continue with her career. Thankfully she started coaching and is using her knowledge and continuing to grow in the field of Dance Medicine and Exercise Science. She also runs RSD/CRPS 4 a Cure, which she founded in 2012. Cassie is a public speaker and raises awareness for these rare diseases. Cassie was also on the Fitchburg State Performance Team and certified Zumba Instructor. Cassie is currently studying Exercise Science at FSU, has her EFTC (Flexibility Training Certification) her concentrations are: turnout, foot & ankle strengthening, true splits, self massage, lower back & posture, and whole body dynamic stretching and is planning to go to New York next summer (2018) to get her Certification in Dance Medicine Rehabilitation Specialties. She is also a certified dance teacher and trainer, and is currently going for 2 ACSM and NSCA national board certifications. Cassie is committed to achieving the best care for each and every dancer while recognizing that every dancer requires individual care and treatment plans. She has worked with dancers suffering from various neuropathic pain conditions, EDS, scoliosis, tendonitis, and diabetes. She is furthering the world of dance medicine through innovative research studies and working to make dance medicine more accessible to the North East.
CFO- Jared Nolin
Jared Nolin, has been the silent and creative supporter of our Founder & CEO Cassie since the company started in 2014. He has his degree in business and has a passion for working with athletes, although he does more "behind the scenes" work with OST. He and Cassie got married this past April after knowing her since they were 7 years old. He has battled these illnesses alongside her and has been able to keep the company going even when she has been ill at times. After watching Cassie lose her first career, he made a commitment to her and this company that he would help make sure that other dancers didn't go through what he saw Cassie go through. He has enjoyed all of the dancers he has worked with, and Cassie consistently says that he is the cement that holds this program together. Jared is currently getting two NSCA and ACSM certifications and will become an assistant trainer in Spring 2018!
Jared was an all-star athlete from New Hampshire and still enjoys playing soccer, basketball, and volleyball. All athletes have to have a certain drive to get to the top, and he cannot wait to start training dancers in the spring and help them rise to the top of their game.
OST All Season Core Team
Dance Medicine Specialist- Sophia McLean
Sophia obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Science in Health Studies from Boston University. After graduating, Sophia worked as an orthopedic and pelvic floor physical therapist in Newton, MA and pursued further training in both specialties at the Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy and through the American Physical Therapy Association. During her time in Newton, MA she was apart of the Dance Medicine Team there. She enjoys treating a diverse patient population and is passionate about health education and awareness.
She especially enjoys treating dancers, as from 3 years old to college age, she trained and performed in various styles, including primarily ballet and pointe, as well as contemporary, modern, and jazz at Ballet Austin Academy in Austin, TX and Boston University. A low back injury at 17 years old redirected her professional aspirations from dancing to physical therapy.
She currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where she is working towards her Master of Arts in Theological Studies at Regent College. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, exploring local coffee shops, and taking on creative projects.
Sophia consults with OST and approves and helps create our plans/programs for our dancers.
Micheal Wallmann- Group Conditioning Instructor, Performance Director, and 2017-2018 Intern
Michael Wallmann is a recent graduate from Fitchburg State University with a degree in Professional Communications with a minor is Business Administration. He has his Dance Teacher Certification & is currently working to get his ACSM Group Exercise Instructor National License. While at Fitchburg State, he participated in the dance club for several years including teaching two classes, hip hop and Jazz Funk. he became the Vice President of the club his junior year and was elected as President his senior year. The dance club was the largest club on campus having over 26 dance classes and achieved the award Organization of the Year for their efforts while under his presidency. Through his time with the club, he managed four shows involving hundreds of dancers. Through his experience with the club, he has learned so much about what goes into a show, from the initial auditions, rehearsals, and everything leading up to the show. Through OST, he hopes to inspire other dancers to help bring their own visions to life, as he has through the dances he has created through choreography, as well as costumes, lighting, and personal expression.
Certified Nurse Coach- Debra Mayo
Debbie Mayo has been an R.N. for 25+ years, serving people of all ages and backgrounds. Her primary interest has been to assist people in identifying their needs to achieve and maintain optimum health instead of caring for them after they develop a chronic disease or injury.
She actively works in the community with youth and adults to improve healthy eating and active living. She recently completed a 3 year childhood obesity study, collecting data and working diectly with students and staff in the Fitchburg Public Schools. She has worked with many employees at local companies as a wellness nurse, currently on staff at Health Alliance Hospital in Employee Health. She is completing her certification as an Integrative Nurse Coach, already working with community clients and will be board-certified this year. She is also receiving her BSN from Emmanuel College this May, a long-awaited goal. As a mom of two dancers, Debbie knows how important it is to not only be strong in body, but also in all areas of health. She looks forward to working with the OST program and is available for any questions.
First Assistant Coach and ACSM Certified Personal Trainer- Ally Medieros
Ally Medeiros is the Team Leader of the OST Research Team and First Assistant Coach. She is a student at Fitchburg State University, entering her senior year. Ally studies Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology and a minor in Psychology. Ally has danced for 17 years, with training in ballet, jazz, and tap. She taught classes at her local studio for three years. Upon graduation of high school, Ally remained involved with dance by joining Fitchburg State University’s Dance Club, which she has been a member of since her freshmen year. In the summer of 2015, Ally received her personal training certification through the American College of Sports Medicine. She currently works as a personal trainer and is excited to bring her passion for fitness and dance together.
OST Summer Core Team
Sarah-Katarina “SKooJ CorE-O”- Teacher
SKooJ is the Former Artistic Director of the Boston- based Static Noyze Dance Company (World Of Dance:NYC/NJ Champions and Finals Best Theme Team), whom are a Theatrical Hip Hop Company. SKooJ’s organic approach toward movement created the Boston Community Dance Project (BCDP), a professional collective expressing their passion of story telling through contemporary and fusion movements. SKooJ is also part of the adjudication world being on the judges panel for Prelude Urban Dance Competitions, Turn It Up Dance Challenge, Kids Artistic Revue(KAR), and Diva Dance Competitions. She also travels the country and teaches at their conventions and nationals locations setting productions on their selected elite dancers throughout the season! Most recently, SKooJ is on faculty of the new craze Artistic Dance Exchange! SKooJ CorE-O entered the Music Video scene with choreographing for International Pop Artist Tamara Rodriguez, Pop/R&B Artist Erene, and Lucia Marie's House of Blues Tour! Other credits include “Digital Love” by Makio, “Dance With You” by Bad Rabbits ft. Clinton Sparks, "Stay With Me" Cover by Keith London “Medicine” by Jack Newsome and her own dance concept videos with McCarthy Visuals, Moonculture Films, and Kuto Films. Lastly, SKooJ partnered up with Salty Bovine Films with setting artistry for their past three short films ADONIS, MOSDEN, and TRENT while most recently showcased her acting talent in movies Basic Math starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, TED2 with Mark Wahlberg, and Patriots Day coming out in 2017!
Karen Brown- Ballet Master Teacher
Karen is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she received a BFA in Dance. She was a member of the Boston Ballet Company and the Granite State Ballet Company and performed in productions of “The Nutcracker”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Peter and the Wolf”, “Cinderella”, “Coppelia” and “The Duke Ellington Suite”. She was on full scholarship with The Alvin Ailey Company where she studied under dance masters Judith Jamison and Alvin Ailey. When returning to Massachusetts, Karen was performing arts Coordinator at The Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts in Natick. Karen has been choreographer for North Middlesex Regional school districts productions of “Anything Goes”, Pajama Game”, “Little Shop Of Horrors”, “Fiddler On The Roof”, “Guys and Dolls” and “Seusical”. Karen continues to teach master classes in ballet and Jazz to various colleges and studios in the New England area. She has been teaching for more than 30 years and has owned and operated her own studio for the past 20 years. Karen maintains state and regional reputation for dance programs and ability to place students in major companies, college and studios.
JR Linden- Teacher
JR, born and raised in Connecticut, began his dance career when he was only three years old and has made it his life’s passion. Since his early beginning in dance, JR trained under many notable teachers including Judy Bassing, Laura Hausmann, Bob Rizzo and Tom Ralabate. JR excels in many styles of dance and that versatility has earned him various roles in musical productions such as 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, South Pacific, and Music Man and ballets including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. JR graduated from the Dance Masters of America Teacher Training School at the University of New York at Buffalo in 1998 and received his certification as a dance educator in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. For 16 years he was a member of the Dance Teachers’ Club of Connecticut, Chapter 18 where from 2002 to 2004 he served on the Board of Directors. In the fall of 2014 he transferred his membership to Dance Masters of New England Chapter 5. From 2003 to 2005, he served as the National Co-Director of the Teen Miss/Mr. Dance of America title competition. For the past decade, JR has served as an adjudicator at the regional and national levels throughout the United States and Canada and is a highly-sought-after master teacher and guest choreographer. He has gained immense experience working for companies including many Chapters of Dance Masters of America, the American Dance Awards, Dance Ovations, Star Systems, Dance Odyssey, Star Quest, Dance Xplosion and the Canadian Edge Dance Competition.
Currently, his student holds the title of Dance Master’s of America National Junior Miss Dance of America 2016. Some of his students held the title of National Teen Miss Turn It Up and National Petite Miss Turn It Up in both 2013 and 2014. His students also won the 2012 Senior Solo at Dance Xplosion Nationals (Orlando, FL) and Step Up to Dance National Senior Soloist 2012 (Manchester, NH). His students have been selected as back-up dancers for young pop stars such as B-Capp and Kenzie, have performed with the Boston-based hip hop company StreetHype, and have traveled as apprentices with Excel in Motion and Motiv8 Convention Tours. Many students have been accepted to programs at the Boston Ballet, Kirov Academy, Walnut Hill, National Ballet of Canada and Juilliard. Others have succeeded in careers in dance as teachers, choreographers, and performers.
Kimberly Corbett- Teacher
Originally from Ashby, MA, Kimberly began her dance training at Tami's Dance Connection in Leominster, MA where she was a member of the nationally recognized competition team and Dance Down Under in Ashby, MA under the direction of Karen Brown. She then trained at The Gold School in Brockton, MA under the direction of Rennie Gold. While a student there, she had the opportunity to study under such notable dancers as Rhee Gold, Naileh Bellinger, Kathy Kozul, Larry Sousa, Kenny Wormald, Tyce Diorio, Chris Judd, and Mia Michaels. In 2002, Kim was a member of the U.S.A. Dance Team, representing the United States at the World Showdance Championships in Riesa, Germany. Currently, Kim can be seen performing with the Prelude East Coast champions and World of Dance New Jersey champions, Static Noyze Dance Company out of Boston, MA in addition to serving on their Executive Board. Kim was also a member of the 2009 Lady Wolf Pack performing for the Arena Football2's Manchester Wolves, Rainbow Tribe: the Dance Company, Project Nailz, and CONcept ARTists dance crew out of Boston, MA. In addition, Kim is an adjudicator for such national dance competitions as Sophisticated Productions, Turn It Up Dance Challenge, Step Up 2 Dance, and Dance U.S.A. She is a nationally sought after teacher/choreographer and has received many national awards/recognition for her work. Leading Harvard Academy of Dance into it's 7th year of success, Kim is thrilled to share her love of dance with the next generation of dancers.
Taylor Cocco- Teacher
Taylor Cocco is a dance educator from Boston, Ma with a passion for all things dance. She attended Dean College where she was a Dance major and earned her degree in the Arts. She is also a certified member of the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston and Dance Masters of America: Chapter 5. Taylor was an animation performer for Cirque du Sole at the Boston location of Totem, and was a dance demonstrator for Radio Disney. She also started the first ever dance team for the Lowell Spinners which is the AAA Affiliate to the Boston Red Sox. Taylor then organized meet and greets for former Dance Moms star Asia Ray Monet. She has been teaching dance to students of all ages over the past 6 years and is eager and excited to be working with you all!