Our Faculty

Supportive, encouraging, and dedicated to bringing out the fullest potential in our students.

Get to know our diverse faculty who bring the magic of dance to life each day at

Bella Dance Center.

Nichole Masters

Ballet Instructor

Miss Nichole is a graduate of Cape Town University Ballet School and has studied ballet, modern, Spanish dance, choreography, and choreology. She taught with the Western Cape Education Department for nine years, specializing in ballet and creative dance. During those years she also organized RAD examinations and staged and choreographed student performances.


In 1999, she moved to the U.S. and joined the faculty of the Shore Ballet School in Island Heights, NJ. While at Shore Ballet she taught ballet and modern dance and choreographed/staged numerous dances for student performances. Miss Nichole has been examined successfully in RAD and Cecchetti methods and holds the Royal Academy of Dance’s Teachers Dipolma. She is also a certified Group Fitness instructor. She is a member of the American Academy of Ballet and Royal Academy of Dance. Miss Nichole recently obtained certification as a PBT Instructor. (Progressing Ballet Technique); a strengthening and conditioning program that helps improve performance and technique.


Since relocating to Delaware in 2010, Miss Nichole has been teaching ballet at Delaware Dance Company and creative dance enrichment programs at area pre-schools. Miss Nichole is very happy to be teaching at Bella Dance Center.

Mandie Quinn


Miss Mandie began dancing at the age of two at a local studio.  When she was ten she joined their company where she studied ballet, tap, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, musical theater, pointe, modern, and Hawaiian.  While a member of her studio's company she performed in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade with Disney and Channel 6 as well as Disney World, parades, and various competitions.  


For high school Miss Mandie attended the Southern New Jersey Academy of Performing Arts where she studied dance, receiving training under esteemed instructors including former Pennsylvania Ballet principal dancer David Klaus and former professional modern dancer Althea Leslie.  While in high school Miss Mandie also received the choreography award from her studio.


After high school Miss Mandie was a member of the Revere Dance Company whose main focus was contemporary during the 2013-2014 season.  During that time Miss Mandie was also a judge/adjudicator for the That's Entertainment Dance Competition.


Miss Mandie began teaching in 2009, instructing all age levels and genres of dance.  She loves to share her passion for the arts with the next generation of dancers.  Miss Mandie is very excited to begin her journey at Bella Dance Center!

Mia Carini

Student Teacher

Miss Mia started dancing when she was just 18 months old. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical,contemporary, musical theater and pointe.  At two, she started dancing competitively,and has been doing

it ever since. She has won numerous awards including Platinum, High Score Awards, Title Awards, Special Judges' Awards, and the Kindness Award.   


Miss Mia has been dancing with Miss Amy for over 10 years and has been at Bella Dance Center since the day it opened. Currently, she is a high school freshman in Wilmington, DE where she is a member of the National Junior Honor Society.  She is in honors English and Math and is entering year 9 of advanced Greek Language classes and just recently passed her A1 exam for Greek Language.


Miss Mia is at the studio 6 days a week and absolutely loves it. She is planning on dancing for the rest of her life and becoming an instructor for Bella Dance Center. When not dancing she enjoys art, reading and practicing hair and makeup along with hanging out with her family. She is not only excited to continue to be a BDC dancer but the opportunity to help teach other students how to dance as well. 

Kaylea Patterson

Student Teacher

Miss Kaylea started dancing at the age of four under the direction of Miss Amy.  She followed Miss Amy to Bella Dance Center, upon it's opening in 2011.  Over the past 10 years she has studied jazz, ballet, musical theater and tap.  In 2013 she joined the Bella Dance Center Competition Team and has won numerous awards including Platinum, High Score Awards, and Special Judges' Awards.  


Miss Kaylea is a 9th grade student at Appoquinimink High School where she is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and Orchestra.  She has been a Girl Scout since Kindergarten and

earned the Bronze Award.  


Miss Kaylea is at the studio 6 days a week.  She loves to dance and loves Bella Dance Center.  When she is not dancing she enjoys reading, playing the violin, volunteering and spending time with her family.


Miss Kaylea is honored to have been selected as a student teacher by Miss Amy and is excited to work with younger dancers.  

Mia Fraser

Student Teacher

Miss Mia began dancing with Ms. Amy when she was only 2 years old.  Now 14 years old, in 9th grade, Mia continues to have a passion for dance, focusing on Jazz, Ballet, and Musical Theatre.  Recently taking on this new position as teacher assistant at Bella Dance Studio, Miss Mia loves growing under the supportive leadership of Miss Amy, while working with the adorable Mommy & Me dancers, and fun-loving 3 & 4 year old dancers each week.  


When Miss Mia is not being homeschooled or dancing, she is on the softball field, drawing, painting, designing, or spending time with her family and 5 new chickens.  Taking accelerated classes, Miss Mia will be participating in the Early College Academy Dual Enrollment Program this fall, at Cecil College pursing a degree in engineering, but plans on dancing for the rest of her life!


Miss Mia looks forward to working with your dancers and further developing their love of dance.

Gabby Criswell

Student Teacher

Miss Gabby started dancing when she was only 2 years old. She moved to Bella Dance Center at age 7 and has been there ever since. For the past 12 years she’s studied ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theater. She joined Bella Dance Center’s Competition Team in 2016.  She is at the studio 5-6 days a week and loves it!


When Miss Gabby isn’t dancing she enjoys volunteering at early childhood classrooms, playing the violin, and spending time with her friends and family.


Miss Gabby is currently an 8th grade student at Alfred G. Water Middle School. She is involved with the schools orchestra where she plays the violin.


Miss Gabby is honored to have been selected as a student teacher at Bella Dance Center and is very excited to work with your dancers!

Gabie Gomes

Student Teacher

Miss Gabie started dancing at the age of seven and has been at Bella Dance Center ever since. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, and lyrical. In 2018 she joined Bella Dance Center’s competition team. She is at the studio 5-6 days a week and absolutely loves it!

Miss Gabie is an eighth grader at Alfred G. Waters middle school. She is part of the national Junior honor Society and volunteers at the kindergarten center.

While Miss Gabie isn’t dancing she enjoys volunteering, spending time with family and friends, and doing art.

Miss Gabie loves kids and is so honored to have been chosen as a student teacher. She can’t wait to work and help teach your kids how to dance.