Meet the Team at Setting the Barre

Samantha English

Samantha is a lifelong dancer, she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance theatre from Emerson College.  For the last 10 years she has been teaching and directing exclusively at Setting the Barre Dance Academy In her dance career, she has performed in around the country and has had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as Sean Curran, Marlena Yannetti, Daniel McCusker, Janet Craft, Tommy Neblett and her beloved ballet master the late David “Mr D” Drummond.

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Samantha has also directed shows in and around the Boston area including “Last Night…” a contemporary modern dance show using aerial dance, and choreographed a music video for Koch records hip hop artist C-Luk.  Samantha also regularly participates in dance conventions across the nation to expand her repertoire and increase her dance technique (a dancers work is never done) and has studied and worked with notable choreographers Joe Tremaine, Greg Russell, Geo Hubela, Ray Leeper, Denise Wall, Travis Wall, Avi Miller and Ofer Ben, Margarita De Sa and Stacie Tookey.  Her passion for teaching is now the center of her career and she regularly choreographs both performance and competition dances for various shows and expositions, In the competitive dance world her students have been awarded top honors, special awards and overall high scores.Aside from the dance world, Samantha lives in Newton with her husband Dave and their hound dog, Copper.



Monique Dorian

Monique Dorian has been dancing and performing for over 17 years, and teaching since 2001. She studied dance, training in modern, jazz, hip hop, Latin/Ballroom, salsa, ballet, and lyrical techniques, at UMASS-Amherst where she attended master classes by Paul Taylor, Parsons Dance, Mark Morris, The Martha Graham Company, and more.

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Monique has studied with U.S. Latin/Ballroom champions and renowned coaches Jose DeCamps, Diana MacDonald, Marianne Nicole, Edward Simon, and Chris Johnston. She continues to study in the Boston area and attends annual teacher training conventions with Tremine Dance. Monique has performed with troupes including WIC, Tracy Varga, Harper Piver, Hips on Fire, and The Russell Jackson Formation Team. She is a former Amateur Open Gold Competitor and has placed in several National Dance Council of America Championship Finals in the United States.

Lindsay Caddle LaPointe

Lindsay Caddle LaPointe is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, videographer and video editor.  She received her bachelor of arts degree in Dance/Performance from Roger Williams University and her master’s degree in dance and technology from The Ohio State University’s department of dance.

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Since 2014 she has been dancing with the multi-generation company, Public Displays of Motion, under the direction of Peter DiMuro.

In 2010 she started her own video production company, Linden Tree Productions, that provides video support to dancers and artists.

During the summers she works at the Bates Dance Festival as the Media Supervisor. Along with teaching at Setting the Barre Dance Academy she also teaches at Dean College and Regis College.

Paige Carney

Paige Carney has been loving dance since the age of 2. 17 years later she decided to continue that passion at Dean College’s dance program at the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance. There, Paige realized that her calling in the dance world is to teach and spread the love of dance with as many people as possible. Aside from working at Setting The Barre Dance Academy, Paige was formally an assistant teacher at Lynn and Jen’s Dance Studio in Arlington MA, from age 8-18. She is now taking pedagogy and creative movement classes at Dean, along with an internship with Kristina Berger, Dean’s Horton Master, as her assistant in her Traditions I classes. Paige is looking forward to many more years of positivity and being able to share her passion of dance with the students at STBDA!!

Peter Ly

Peter Ly, is a b-boy who has quiet a few power tricks up his sleeve!  He has worked with many notable choreographers in the breaking world, many of whom have appeared on ABDC.  Peter was a featured dancer in many events and showcases and it is very obvious that our Boys Breaking crew thinks the world of him!

Kathleen Morgan

Kathleen Morgan has had 17 years of dance training in various styles. Her love for dance made her continue studying dance as a dance major with a concentration in pedagogy at Dean College with the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance. Kathleen has a passion for working with children, she discovered this passion as an assistant teacher from the ages of 14-18 at Lynn and Jen’s Dance studio. She is looking forward to spreading her love of dance and having fun with the students of Setting the Barre Dance Academy!

Anne Lee & Mary Ellen Woodward

Anne and Mary Ellen are our costume liaisons and front of house managers.  Together, they help coordinate all studio events and assists in ordering and organizing costumes each year.  Anne and Mary Ellen have years of experience working in the studio and their kind caring demeanor and attention to detail make them a great fit at STBDA!