“Chickee’s Dance World is full of caring, loving and encouraging staff members who treat their clients like family!”
Chickee Sacco – Owner/Director
Chickee has over 40 years of dance experience with an extensive background in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical and fitness. She is currently owner and director of Chickee’s Dance Word in Worcester, Massachusetts, and is celebrating her 39th season of dance. Chickee is extremely involved in her community. She has choreographed for various high schools, church organizations, and theater companies. Chickee and her studio participate in different charity events, fundraisers, regional and national competitions, conventions, and local performances. Chickee has received multiple citations and the key to the city for her work in the community. At CDW, Chickee presides over the front office and teaching faculty. She is highly involved in the classroom – observing and choreographing often. Chickee loves chatting and being involved with all of her dancers and dance families. She resides in Worcester, and is the proud mother of two children Ariana and Michael.
Ariana Sacco – Artistic Director/Manager
Ariana is a native of Worcester, where she began dancing at the age of 18 Months. Ariana began her training at Chickee’s Dance world and simultaneously began training as a gymnast. After over 15 years of training and 5 years of competing as a gymnast she began to strictly focus on her dancing. Ariana started student teaching at the age of 11 and won her first outstanding choreography award at the age of 15. Throughout her dance career, Ariana won many overall top score awards and scholarships, along with regional and national outstanding choreography awards. In 2014, Ariana had an award named after her at Starstruck Dance Challenge for positive messages in her choreography. She is a graduate from Stonehill College with a degree in dance technique and business administration and a minor in entrepreneurship. Ariana is Artistic Director and Manager of Chickee’s Dance World – her certifications include – Acrobatic Arts Module 1, Acrobatic Arts Module 2, AcroDance Pre – School, Alixa Flexiblity Module 1, Contortion and Flexibility Workshop, AcroDance Competition Adjudicator and UDA High School & College Adjudicator. She has worked as the Head Coach for Varsity Dance Team, Varsity Cheerleading Tumbling Coach, Fitness Instructor and currently an Adjudicator for Dance Competitions and Guest Teacher for various workshops, competitions and conventions. Ariana loves dance, loves judging and sharing her passion with dancers wherever she goes!
Claire Mullan – Instructor
Claire began her dance training at Chickee’s Dance World at the age of five. While a student at CDW Claire trained in the styles of jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, contemporary, hip hop and improvisation. As a member of the team, Claire participated in regional and national competitions, conventions and workshops and took classes from top choreographers and dancers. Claire began assistant teaching at CDW at the age of 11 and became a Junior Instructor in 2014. As a student at Rhode Island College Claire enrolled in various dance courses along with joining the Rhode Island College Dance Company. Claire is a head instructor at CDW with a certification in YogaKids, the premiere kids yoga teacher training program for empowering children. Claire is recent graduate of Rhode Island College with a degree in psychology and continues to be an integral part in the CDW family.
Stephanie Dery – Instructor
Stephanie Dery, born and raised in Massachusetts, started dancing when she was four years old, training in ballet and jazz until finding her passion within hip hop. During high school she was invited to join the senior hip hop competition team with Miss Tanya’s School of Dance, and competed throughout New England for two seasons where they were consistently top scorers. Stephanie enjoys sharing her love of dance and participated in her high school’s STEP program by interning as a student teacher, and has since substituted for the studio Director when needed. She has trained at the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio in Boston and has performed in their repertory show for several years.
Stephanie enjoys continuing her dance education by participating in conventions such as Monsters of Hip Hop. Stephanie is a graduate of Fitchburg State University with a major in Business Management and has choreographed and taught Street classes in the University’s Dance club. She has been invited to teach master classes and workshops at studios in Central Massachusetts and is excited to join the Chickee’s Dance World faculty!
Julia Bitzas – Instructor
A resident of Worcester, Julia began dancing at Chickee’s Dance World at the age of 6. From a young age, Julia was always excited to participate in class, learn as much as she could and perform. In 2013, Julia joined the competition team where she competed regionally and nationally until she graduated high school. At the age of 12, Julia became an Assistant Teacher and at 16 a Junior Instructor and now continues to train extensively under Artistic Director, Ariana Sacco. Now, a Senior at Assumption College studying psychology, Julia is so excited to to continue to grow with her CDW family as an Instructor and share of love of dance and AcroDance with her students!
Jill Krauss – Instructor
Jill Krauss has been a long time member of the CDW dance community beginning at the age of 3 when she first began her training. During her time at CDW, Jill trained in jazz, ballet and tap (her favorite). After graduating, Jill continued to support CDW by attending events and performances until it was time for her to enroll her own daughter in classes. Jill is an incredibly proud and supportive dance mom to her daughter, who is on the CDW Competition Team. Jill became the head instructor of our Itty Bitty Movers in 2021 and could not be happier. She is kind, patient and compassionate. Teaching those babies fill her with so much joy and she is so thankful for the opportunity to dance with them each and every week!
Tracy Mattison – Instructor
Tracy Mattison grew up dancing for 15 years in Worcester, beginning with Mindy K McGovern, then dancing and assisting for Diane Kelly when Mindy retired. She grew up studying jazz, ballet, musical theater, and her true passion, tap. Upon graduating from Anna Maria College with a bachelor’s degree in Early Education, Tracy worked towards her Masters Degree working in many schools in the surrounding areas. After starting a family, Tracy began instructing dance in a local dance studio, where her daughters danced competitively for 15 years. Instructing dance for 15 years in the Worcester area, Tracy is passionate about teaching young dancers, ensuring correct foundations of dance, encouraging dancers to always try their personal best, and most importantly, having fun as they work as a team.
Brooklyn Boisclair – Instructor
Brooklyn began dancing at Chickee’s Dance World at the age of 3 and began her competitive dance career shortly after. During her time in studio Brooklyn trained in the styles of jazz, tap, hip hop, modern, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and acrobatics. She was also a member of her High School Dance Team where she trained in Pom and Kick Line. As a competitive dancer, Brooklyn competed Regionally and Nationally and attended dance conventions training under the industry’s top dancers and choreographers. At the age of 10 Brooklyn became a Junior Assistant working closely with Artistic Director Ariana, by the age of 18 she became a Junior Instructor. Brooklyn is now attending Assumption College where she is studying Sports Medicine. She loves her CDW Family and is so happy to be on staff this season!
Analis Rozo – Instructor
Analis has had a passion for dance since the age of 2.5 when she began her dance career. She studied various styles of dance along with competitively dancing for 10 years. Through out her competitive years Analis won multiple top score and special awards both regionally and nationally. After her time in studio, Analis attended Dean College where she studied Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap, and Modern. After graduation, Analis continued to share her passion for dance by teaching young dancers both competitively and recreationally. Analis is also a teacher for the Southbridge School System and has 10+ years of teaching experience. Analis is so excited to be joining us for our Classic Program and to join the CDW Family!
Natalie Bolio – Instructor
As a dancer, Natalie has achieved many awards at both Regional and National events, including overall high score placements and regional titles: Junior, Teen, and Miss Dance of New England, as well as Miss Headliners and Hall of Fame MVP Winner. Nationally, Natalie placed 4th Runner up for Teen Miss Dance of America and came in top 10 for Miss Dance of America. Over the years, Natalie has attended several dance and teaching conventions which has allowed her to experience many different dance styles, as well as teaching styles. She has completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2021, and now works in a biology laboratory. She was also the President and Captain of her college dance team. Natalie’s favorite part of being a dance instructor is connecting with each dancer and providing them with unique ideas and movement. Natalie enjoys the passion and freedom which dance provides her with, and she aims to share this passion with her students while helping them to grow in an encouraging environment.