Dance at MusicalArts

Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop , Jazz, Tap & Aerial

At MusicalArts, our focus is the learning process and building strong technique.  Dance builds confidence and self esteem to support the expressive artistic dancer.  Young child classes are nurturing and engaging to set the tone for future learning.  Students are appropriately challenged to master new skills and techniques with each level.  The artistry and expression are paramount in student learning.   Our ultimate goal is to nurture a life long love of dance and creative expression in every student.

Our faculty are University trained teachers and performers.  More importantly, they are passionate about teaching and their students.

Each December our level 1 & higher students have the opportunity to perform in The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Anderson alongside faculty.   All students perform in the Spring recital in June.  This is a culmination of all the hard work, accomplishments, and achievements of the year.

Not sure what level to sign up for?  Call the school at 603-778-4862!  We will be happy to help place your child in an appropriate class.  For students, who have had more extensive dance training we will set up a placement class to ensure students are in the appropriate class.


“Dance is the hidden language of the soul”

– Martha Graham

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Emily picEmily is currently a student at the University of New Hampshire, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders and minoring in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies and Dance.

Emily has been dancing since the ago of eleven, studying many styles, such as ballet, modern, and jazz.

A teachers assistant in UNH’s dance program, Emily helps college aged students who are first time dancers make it through beginner level dance classes.

When not dancing, Emily has her head in a book—Communication Sciences and Disorders is a major that requires a lot of studying! She hopes to one day work with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and that use American Sign Language.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys being back at home on the Cape, hanging out with her best friend/ little brother Josh, or snuggled up with her cat, Mo.

IMG_0161Rachel is currently a rising senior at UNH pursuing a major in Musical Theatre and minors in Dance and Arts Administration. She has been dancing since age 3, and started performing in musicals at age 12. She has taught children for several years in various styles of dance including Hip hop, Tap, Musical Theatre Dance, and Jazz.
So far in her career, Rachel has performed for several professional theaters on the seacoast. Most recently, Rachel has Choreographed at UNH and Assistant Choreographed at Prescott Park.

Alexis has taught and performed both locally and internationally. Originally from the Greater Boston area, she received her early training at the Centre for Performing Arts in Acton, MA and the International Dance Project in Concord, MA studying ballet, modern, and jazz. At Marlboro College in Vermont she focused her education on Cultural History and Dance Education expanding her pedagogical, anatomical, historical, and philosophical training as well as technique. After college she performed for many years with the internationally diverse Bermuda Civic Ballet, BalletRox in Boston (now Tony Williams Ballet), and Ballet New England (formerly of Portsmouth, NH), as well as in various community theatre and concert performances throughout the Boston area. Her teaching returned her to Bermuda where she taught at the Bermuda School of Russian Ballet, as well as at the International Dance Project, Deborah Mason School of Dance in Cambridge, Brattleboro School of Dance in Vermont, Ballet New England, Alexander Children’s Theatre in Concord, MA, and numerous independent lessons throughout New England.
feliciaAfter earning a Dance from Loyola Marymount University and teaching for several years, Felicia Leighton-Ibbotson received her post-graduate degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from Antioch New England Graduate School. So, to Felicia, movement is a modality for performance art as well as creative arts therapy! After years as a movement educator, Felicia continued her professional development and became a certified STOTT Pilates instructor. Today, whether it is Pilates or one of many styles of dance, Felicia enjoys teaching movers of any ability, from pre-schoolers to seniors, and anyone in between!
Sara Kaufman is an acrobatic clown who inspires delight in audiences of all ages through her joy in play and sharing experiences. She studied aerial acrobatics and circus arts at UNH, the New England Center for Circus Arts, and Esh Circus Arts where she continues to train her skills focusing on fixed trapeze and clowning. Her love for circus arts comes from the transformative power of play and performance when set in a safe and supportive artistic community.
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Taryn has been dancing since the age of three, and teaching and choreographing to people of all ages and skill levels for well over a decade.

With a BA in Musical Theatre Performance from Columbia College Chicago, and an Associates in Early Childhood Education through Pace University, teaching in an arts setting allows Taryn to serve in both of her passions—arts and working with young people.

Along with dance education, Taryn also finds herself directing and choreographing for theatre, most recently working at Weathervane Theatre in Whitefield, NH.

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“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.”
- Mikhail Baryshnikov
“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.”
- Martha Graham
“Dance is more than an art form; it is life itself.”
- Marty Rubin
“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.”
- Agnes De Mille