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.
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.
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.