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American Kenpo Karate Instructor 
Instructor: Donna Bosworth

Donna Bosworth leads our American Kenpo Karate Program for Self Defense. She has won world champion titles in weapons and is a 4th-Degree Black Belt. Donna also teaches at Dan D'onfro's World-Class Kenpo Karate Academy in Dartmouth, MA.
Strength & Conditioning Specialist 
Coach: Norm Meltzer

The Postmodern Voice of Fitness

Since 1992, Norman Meltzer has been president of the New Bedford-based MW Strength and Conditioning. Norm has consulted on group education, program development, and facility design for various teams, individuals, schools and businesses.

As a strength and conditioning specialist Norm has trained professional, Olympic, college, and high school athletes. He has an extensive background in Olympic style weightlifting. As a competitive weightlifter, Norm is a four time New England Weightlifting Champion. In 1995, he set two IAWA World Records.

The author of several magazine articles, Norm has also appeared on radio and television, demonstrating his strength and conditioning techniques. His most recent publication is a paper featured in the November issue of the Journal of Sports Biomechanics. A graduate of Clark University, Norm is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (Colorado Springs, Co).

Representative clients include:
- Switzerland National Hockey Team (Peabody, MA)
- Beantown Sports Group (Brookline, MA)
- University of Massachusetts-Lowell Hockey (Lowell, MA)
- University of Connecticut Women’s Volleyball (Storrs, CT)
- SouthCoast Aquatics, Inc. (Dartmouth, MA)
- Merrimack College Hockey (North Andover, MA)
- New Bedford High School Athletic Dept.
Coach: Flag Football & QB/WR School 
Coach: Sam Schilling

Coach Sam Schilling currently coaches Quarterbacks and Defensive Line at GNB Voc-Tech in New Bedford. In addition to these duties he coordinates the Bears passing game. Previously, Sam coached at Tabor Academy leading the JV team to an undefeated record in 2019. He also has extensive experience as a lacrosse coach, coaching at Gann Academy in Waltham, New Bedford High School, and Umass Dartmouth.

Sam's offensive philosophy is to get the ball to playmakers in space. This is accomplished through throwing the football to green grass, whether on short, intermediate, or deep throws. Passing offenses will be successful if they are rigorously coached in a style that prioritizes maximizing repetitions and opts for small playbooks with routes that respond to the defensive coverages. Sam has been accredited as "Air Raid Certified" by legendary coach Hal Mumme. Coach Mumme developed his Air Raid system to attract basketball athletes back to football after they had been turned off by the "three yards and a cloud of dust" strategy.

Sam played football at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.
Dance/Yoga Instructor 
Instructor: Nicole Gallo

Nicole Gallo was born and raised in New Jersey starting dance classes when she was 3 years old. After years of competing and participating in conventions, she attended Georgian Court University performing works by Sidra Bell, Stefanie Batten Bland, Gregory King and Daniel Gwirtzman. She graduated cum laude in 2018 with a BA in Dance Performance and a Minor in Business Administration. Nicole was awarded the Scholar Award in Dance and Performance, 2017 and Most Accomplished Dancer, 2018.

She had the privilege of attending Impulstanz Dance Festival in Vienna, Austria and presenting her work, Exhale, at American College Dance Festival in Montclair, NJ. Nicole continued her education in New York City and attended various dance intensives: Dance Italia, Gallim Intensive, Parsons Dance Intensive and Peridance Summer Intensive. Nicole was hired as a member of Mignolo Dance Company, under the direction of Charly Santagado and as a Principle with Open Category Dance Company, under the direction of Steven Vaughn.

As a freelance dancer in NYC she performed works by various artists in venues including; Here Arts Center, Dixon Place, Suzanne Roberts Theater and Bridge for Dance. Nicole teaches several genres of dance, including contemporary, ballet, modern, jazz, improvisation, and hip hop. Her competitive routines have won many top scoring awards including; Best Choreography, Best Staging, Overall High Score Placement, and Scholarship Awards for Nationals. She has judged and stage managed for dance competitions and choreographed school musicals.

Nicole is a Certified Yoga Instructor (RYT 200) She is passionate about sharing her love for creative movement and nature with others, always feeling inspired by the beauty, strength and grace of practicing yoga. Classes are designed to reinvigorate the mind, body, and soul, naturally relieving stress, building immunity and endurance.

In 2020, Nicole relocated to Massachusetts and opened The Studio on Pope’s Island in New Bedford, MA.
Dance/Pilates Instructor 
Instructor: Steven Vaughn

Steven Vaughn

was born in the Midwest and raised in Massachusetts. He graduated with Honors from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, earning a BFA in Modern Dance, focusing on choreography. As a senior at the University of the Arts, Steven began working with Parsons Dance as an apprentice, performing at the Joyce Theater with the company while finishing his BFA. At graduation, he was honored with the Stella Moore Prize for Four-Year Achievement and the Award for Excellence in Modern Dance. After graduating he joined Parsons Dance full time, under director David Parsons; touring and teaching with the company. He danced with Parsons both domestically and internationally, including Italy, China, Brazil, Russia, and more. This opportunity afforded him the opportunity to work with Monica Bill-Barnes, Kate Skarpetowska, and Robert Battle.

Steven has taught throughout the United States including various dance college programs, Broadway Dance Center in NYC , University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University , as well as masterclasses in Italy and Israel.

His choreography has been set on the Philadelphia based SHARP Dance Co. under director Diane Sharp- Nachsin. SHARP Dance Company commissioned several of Steve’s early choreographies and continues to tour his work nationally. Steven’s work was selected for the 2014 Emerging Choreographer Commission for Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, and Harvard University, among others.

Steven is featured twice in Jordan Matter’s New York Times Bestseller, Dancers Among Us and TV and film experiences include Teddy Forance and Jon Arpino’s dance documentary Movement One, starring Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Operatic Heat: Parsons Dance presents ‘Remember Me’, All the Right Moves, the feature film Now You See Me and Law and Order: SVU.

Steven earned a MFA in Dance from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA (2017). He served on Faculty at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ, 2014-2019. In addition to academic pursuits and studies, Steven has been serving as a Judge and Mentor at various dance competitions across the United States at Regional and National events.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Steven worked as a physical therapy trainer and Pilates instructor in New York City.

Now, having retuned to his childhood home on the South Coast of Massachusetts, is co-owner and director of The Studio on Pope’s Island in New Bedford, MA.

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