Our Dance Instructors and Support Team
Let our team of Professional Dance Instructors help you have the time of your life. Come enjoy all the benefits that Ballroom, Country, Latin, Swing Dance & Zumba have to offer. Most important…it’s fun!
It’s good to know that you’re in good hands at The Dancing Feeling. Our professional instructors:
- Are patient and kind
- Make learning fun and easy
- Love to teach beginners through professionals
- Love to teach social and competitive dancing!
- Love teaching wedding couples
- Love to teach children and teens
- Love dancing and love to help you enjoy the benefits of dance!
Among our staff, your will find teachers who have or are currently:
- Competing locally, nationally and internationally
- Coach other teachers nationally and internationally
- Appear on television
- Choreographed for Disney World
- Train teachers for professional exams
- Certified judges who have officiated at regional, national and world events
- Taught on cruise ships
- Serve as Chairman of Judges at competitions
- Create Professional competitive choreography
- Receive top teacher awards at various competitions
- Have students who have won world titles
- and the list goes on!
Join us and see how fun learning to dance can be!
Meet our Staff:
Rachael Mooney in addition to teaching at The Dancing Feeling is head coach for the Roger Williams University Ballroom Team. Her expertise and knowledge of Ballroom (American & International styles) and Country dance is impressive. She enjoys helping her students grow through private lessons which include a great balance of fun as well as technical information. This method helps to you learn as quickly as possible. Rachael offers her students the opportunity to enjoy learning social dancing and/or compete in both ballroom and country dance competitions as well as studio showcases.
She is a former Professional competitor having competed throughout the United States. Her students consistently place in the top of their field including at the World Championships. Most recently one of her students won the National Title in his division. She is the recipient of many top teacher awards. She also performed for the Samsung Dancing with the Stars Road Tour at the Providence Dunkin Donut Center. Rachael is kind, patient and an absolute joy to work with!
Josh Morgenstein is a sought-after teacher both for social and competitive lessons in both Ballroom (American and International Style) and Country. He has an amazing ability to put people at ease and communicate just the right information so you can easily learn and perfect your dancing! Josh enjoys working with both social and competitive students and also enjoy working on and performing showcases with his students.
Josh travels to many competitions across the United States where his students consistently place at the top of the fields. This occurs at both regional, national and world competitions. He has been the recipient of numerous top teacher awards. Prior to turning professional Josh competed as an Amateur and earned four World Titles to his credit. He has competed throughout the United States professionally. Josh has performed at the Samsung Dancing with the Stars Road Tour Pre-Show at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence. Josh is the Head Coach of the Rhode Island College ballroom team. Josh is a very patient teacher who really cares about your progress and development!
Maureen Ford joined The Dancing Feeling staff with a tremendous background in education. For many years she was a school teacher specializing in Physical Education. Her love and appreciation of the benefits of dance led her to incorporate ballroom dance lessons into her curriculum for high school students. She enjoys teaching social American style dancing as well specializes in Lindy Hop and Charleston. Maureen enjoys performing with her students at studio showcases. She also specializes in choreographing formation performances which are fun and exciting to perform or watch. Prior to turning professional she enjoyed many successful ballroom competitions as an Amateur with focus on American Rhythm and American Smooth. Maureen’s energy helps to inspire her students to strive to become the best dancer you can be!
Deborah O’Donnell has been teaching for over 25 years. She teaches both ballroom (American Style) and Zumba. Debbie has certification from Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston and the Zumba Association. In addition, Deborah has danced, taught and performed for various events such as: Newport Preservation Society, Festival Ballet Fundraiser, Water Fire in Providence, Swarovski National Corporate Gala and many more. Debbie has coached Sammy Morris of the New England Patriots who competed in a Dancing With The Stars fundraiser where he danced to a perfect score victory! She is also one of the few Zumba teachers with a Latin dance background in the various latin dances that Zumba embraces, which helps to make her Zumba classes extra special! Debbie has a great sense of energy which will help you get you on the dance floor with confidence and style! Come join one of her classes or take a private!
Anthony Scalzi began ballroom dancing in 2009 while attending Rhode Island College. Anthony served as President of the Rhode Island College Ballroom Dance Club and co-founded the Rhode Island College Annual Collegiate Ballroom Competition. Anthony has a great style of teaching where people feel comfortable and learn at the pace that is just right for them while having fun! Anthony enjoys teaching both social and competitive dancing including American and International style. He also has a background in country dancing.
Anthony currently competes professionally in the American Smooth style in the NDCA Professional Circuit. He and his partner have become finalists at various competitions across New England. Anthony’s students also continue to place at the top of their categories, including various scholarship and championship divisions, while always enjoying the fun of competition. Anthony is very kind and will help you to become the best you can be!
Carol DeFelice is one of the friendly faces you see behind the desk! Carol is a former Country Western dance competitor. She and her husband Arnold competed for many years and still love dancing. Today they enjoy both ballroom and country. Carol loves working at the studio as it is such a “FUN” job!
Noah Carsten enjoys teaching both Ballroom and Country. Noah began dancing during college and is a former Rhode Island College Ballroom Team President. After enjoying competitive success, he realized how great ballroom dancing is for everyone and decided to pursue a career teaching ballroom dancing. His students enjoy fun lessons while learning just the right amount of technique to become excellent dancers. Noah can be seen competing with students at both ballroom and country competitions where they are placing at the top of their field. He is also currently competing in the UCWDC circuit as well. Noah enjoys teaching both group classes and private lessons where he shares his passion for dance! In addition, Noah also heads our social marketing!