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.

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“Dance is the hidden language of the soul”

– Martha Graham

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Casey is a Ph.D. candidate in Critical Dance Studies at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). She is a Gluck Fellow and Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow at UCR. Casey has been teaching hip-hop for over ten years. She has taught in multiple capacities both domestically and internationally including: Ormao Dance Studio of Colorado Springs, Casco Bay Movers in Maine, and DX5 Dance in Taiwan. From 2010-2013 Casey was invited to guest teach hip-hop technique at The Colorado College. She has been fortunate to train with Clyde Evans Jr., Rennie Harris Purememovement, Jennifer Archibald, and Bruce Tracy. In 2004, She won first place in the solo division at the Rennie Harris Puremovement Hip Hop competition in Colorado Springs. In 2005, she performed with the Maine Eventz Crew at the Portland Arts Festival in Portland, Maine. She recently co-choreographed and performed solo work in Magic Man’s “Paris” music video.

Chloe of North Andover, MA is recent graduate of the Wheaton College of class of 2016. She has a major in Sociology with a double minor in Business and Hispanic studies. Chloe began dancing at the age of eight and is pursing her passion to dance and teach! She has trained mainly in ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary dance at The Center for the Performing Arts, also in North Andover and at Wheaton College in Norton MA. Chloe was able to choreograph four pieces for the Wheaton College Dance Company that she was also captain of; and she danced with the hip-hop group on campus for four years as well! Chloe has participated in dance intensives with Urbanity Dance in Boston, and at the Summer Dance Sessions where she was able to study under esteemed choreographers Sonya Tayeh, Chris Jacobson, and Jenn Freeman and more.
I’m excited on graduating this year with a certificate and associates degree in dance education from Northern Essex in Haverhill, Ma. As a college student I have had ample opportunity to perform and choreograph while being exposed to variety types of dance including ballet, jazz, modern, world, and Hip hop. The majority of my dance training is from Jeannette Neill’s in Boston, Ma where I have studied under well-known choreographers. Growing up with a strong passion for Hip hop, Jazz, and cheer I look forward to doing what I love sharing my passion every week as a new member of the studio.
I’m excited on graduating this year with a certificate and associates degree in dance education from Northern Essex in Haverhill, Ma. As a college student I have had ample opportunity to perform and choreograph while being exposed to variety types of dance including ballet, jazz, modern, world, and Hip hop. The majority of my dance training is from Jeannette Neill’s in Boston, Ma where I have studied under well-known choreographers. Growing up with a strong passion for Hip hop, Jazz, and cheer I look forward to doing what I love sharing my passion every week as a new member of the studio.
Anne Marple is a graduate of the New England Center for Circus Arts where she focused on Chinese pole and duo rope.  She is passionate about exploration and bringing the impossible into reality through the circus arts. As a coach, Anne brings movement technique from many backgrounds, including gymnastics, yoga, and circus.  She finds joy in helping people discover the nuances of movement and the power of believing anything is possible.  First and foremost, Anne is committed to teaching safe movement patterns at all levels.
I am a recent graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics Education and a minor in Dance. I will be continuing my education at UNH by completing the Masters in Education program during the 2016-17 school year. This entails a full year teaching internship at Exeter High School. While attending UNH, I continued my dance career by joining the UNH Ballet Company, under the direction of Assaf Benchetrit. This opportunity allowed me to perform in Don Quixote and Le Enslave, which was Assaf’s modified version of the ballet Le Corsair. I am looking forward to continuing my dance career at Musical Arts!
I am a nutrition major at the University of New Hampshire on the pre med track going into my junior year. I have been dancing since I was three everything from ballet tap and jazz to swing. I love creating a safe environment for students have fun, form friendships, and to share in my passion for dance.
Olivia Allen (Kunst) received her MFA in Ballet with an emphasis in Teaching and choreography, May of 2010, and her BFA in Ballet with an emphasis in Performance, May of 2008. at the University of Utah.

During her time as an undergraduate she performed with Utah Ballet for three years, and participated in the cultural exchange with Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea. She has had valuable experience working with guest choreographers through the University of Utah as well American Ballet Theater’s Summer Intensive and Ballet Regent Summer Intensive.

In the past she has had the honor of performing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra Christmas show in Salt Lake City, Utah, with East West Dance Theater in Maryland, a benefit for the Chinese Embassy, and performances at the Baltimore Museum of Art in Maryland.

At the University of Utah Mrs. Allen taught several courses including ballet technique for non-majors at the beginning level, freshman ballet technique for modern majors, and advanced ballet technique for modern majors.

Mrs. Allen has choreographed for several performances in the Department of Ballet including Ballet Showcase and the Graduate Student Concert. During the summer of 2010 Mrs. Allen enjoyed a summer at Long Lake Camp for the Arts where she spent time choreographing for the dance performances and musicals including Ruthless, Dear Edwina and Once on this Island.

Currently Mrs. Allen is a Teaching Artist at Colby College in Waterville, ME. She also enjoys teaching at Dance Unlimited in Augusta, ME and MusicalArts in Exeter, NH. Mrs. Allen is Les Mills Certified in BodyStep, Sh’Bam, CXWORX and BodyFlow and currently teaches group fitness at The Sweatshop in North Hampton, NH.

Mrs. Allen is an active member of the National Dance Education Organization, and pursues her own continuing education completing classes through the Online Professional Development Institute.

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.
After earning a B.A.in 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!
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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.

Full 2017-2018 Class Schedule


Age Class Available Class
2.5 - 3.5 Yrs Twinkle Star Dance
3 - 4 Yrs Twinkle Star Dance
5 - 6 Yrs Twinkle Star Dance
6-9 Yrs
Aerial I
Jazz/Tap
Ballet I
Ballet II
Hip Hop Beginner
Hip Hop Beginner/Intermediate
Triple Threat
9-12 Yrs Ballet II
Ballet III
Jazz & Tap Beginner
Contemporary
Hip Hop Beginner/Intermediate
Aerial Beginner
Aerial Beginner
Aerial Intermediate
Triple Threat
Company
13 & Up
Teen Ballet - Beginner
Ballet III
Ballet IV
Ballet V
Pre-Pointe
Pointe
Hip Hop Teen
Contemporary
Jazz/Tap Beginner
Jazz Intermediate/Advanced
Aerial Beginner
Aerial Beginner/Intermediate
Aerial Intermediate/Advanced
Triple Threat
Adult Adult Ballet
Company Company Class

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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