Dance Faculty

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 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.

Music Faculty

Duncan Stuart is a classical guitarist teaching at Musical Arts. He will be graduated in May 2015 with a B.A. in Music from Gordon College. He has been playing guitar for 11 years, studying under David James Stuart and at Gordon under David Patterson(M.M., B.M. The New England Conservatory), and Robert Bekkers (PhD candidate, the New England Conservatory). Duncan specializes in classical guitar, but also plays other styles. He is offering beginner to advanced lessons in classical guitar, beginner to intermediate lessons in other styles, and beginner piano lessons.
Montreal native, Jessica Laflamme Gardner, is a versatile and active musician, composer, and educator. She obtained a 3-year Professional Degree in Jazz Vocal Performance from Vanier College, with a minor in Pop/Jazz piano, and a BA in Music Education from Southern New Hampshire University, with emphasis on Choral Conducting.

Some past accomplishments include landing the position of Music Director for the Music For Life global organization, teaching overseas. She was also a member of the Montreal renowned Jireh Gospel Choir, and performed regularly at numerous festivals and mediated events, including the prestigious World Polyfolia Vocal Showcase in Normandie, France.

Since her arrival to the states, Jessica has been an active Music Educator, working for Musicalarts Academy of Music & Dance, as a private Voice and Piano Instructor, and giving Jazz Vocal Workshops to schools in the local area. She has taught Choral and Music Curriculums at Cocheco Arts and Technology Academy, Cooperative Middle School, Kaleidoscope Programs, and Portsmouth Christian Academy.

Jessica is also an active performer and songwriter, and performs on a weekly basis with her bands around New England. Her passion for music, children, and next generation is truly what drives her strong curriculum and desire for excellence in education.

In her spare time, she loves to hang out with her husband and get out of town!

KatieKatie starting singing before she could even speak.  Hailing from New Hampshire, she started performing as early as kindergarten and has continued ever since in a wide variety of genres.  Katie received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Steinhardt School at New York University in Vocal Performance as well as a post-Master’s degree in Vocal Pedagogy.  Recently, Katie has taught private voice lessons at NYU, Mayo Performing Arts Center, Music & Arts, and privately.  As of 2013, Katie is a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).  Additionally, Katie is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and believes in a whole body approach to healthy performance.  Recent productions in the NYC area include:  Liebovar, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Werther, Don Carlo, Suor Angelica, Lunch with Moto by Marc Antonio-Consoli, various roles in 6 15-minute operas by the students of the Tisch Musical Theater Writing Graduates, and Lazarus.
TiffanyTiffany C. is a singer/dancer/songwriter/teacher.  She was recently signed with Sony records as a recoding artist.   She comes from the prestigious, Berklee College of Music. There, she was given the opportunity to enhance her musical knowledge and receive a bachelor’s in music business. Tiffany Colston is a singer/dancer/songwriter/teacher who comes to us from the prestigious, Berklee College of Music. There, she was given the opportunity to enhance her musical knowledge and receive a bachelor’s in music business.  While studying at Berklee, Tiffany also continued dancing for artists in Boston including Disney’s “Camp Rock” star, Matthew Finley and others. She has trained under “So You think You Can Dance” choreographer, Brian Friedman and has also sung with artists such as Earth Wind and Fire’s, Phillip Bailey, and Sweet Honey in the Rock. Her songwriting landed her radio airplay in Boston, MA in 2009. Tiffany has also completed project’s that include artist development for producer/musician, Babyface.  After traveling overseas to perform in Serbia and Switzerland with the Gospel ensemble at Berklee, she is currently songwriting and performing all over the New England area. She is passionate about teaching and is ecstatic to share her knowledge and talents with the students of the Musical Arts Academy of Music and Dance.  Her burning desire, talent, energy, humility, and tenacious spirit have brought her to her current level of success as she continues to pursue her dreams to both inspire and uplift the youth at the Musical Arts Academy of Music and Dance.
RebeccaRebecca is a dedicated piano instructor with experience teaching both children and adults; providing an individual approach to help each student develop his or her musical skills. She works to incorporate each student’s goals into the lesson plan, in order to make the music experience more meaningful and personal. In addition to 12 years of private lessons, Rebecca has attended the Northern Kentucky University Summer Piano Institute, the Taubman Summer Institute in Massachusetts, and the Plymouth State Summer Teacher Seminar in New Hampshire. She is active in music education activities as a teacher, judge, event chairperson, and accompanist. Rebecca has taught previously in Pittsburgh, PA and Cincinnati, OH, and enjoys working with students and their families. Current professional memberships include Music Teachers National Association, and the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association – Seacoast Chapter.
MorganKMorgan received her Bachelor’s degree in music from Central Washington University graduating Magna Cum Laude.  She has extensive experience in large ensembles, flute choir, chamber orchestra, and pit orchestras for operas and musicals.  She was a member of the Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps.
RussellRussell graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Spanish.  He was a four year presidential scholar.  Russell is versatile in jazz and classical piano.  He has played with The Walk, George Bonus, Russell McHenry Quartet, 24K, Trina VargasTrio, David Pollack, Insigniya, and the Dan Searl Group.  He sang Baritone and was an arranger for Top Cat A’Cappella.  Russell joined the MusicalArts faculty in 2013.
PatrickPatrick Morrison is a drummer and a music educator from Manchester, NH. He began studying music at 12 years old and was playing professionally by age 15. In high school, Patrick participated in numerous music ensembles and was ranked as the top scoring drummer in the NH all-state jazz competition. He then went on to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts (cum laude) in jazz performance from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music under the instruction of masters Kenny Washington and John Riley. Patrick has since played all over New York and New England with pit orchestras, jazz groups, and contemporary musicians in various festivals and clubs such as Birdland, Tatuma Social Club, Somethin’ Jazz Club, Puppet’s, the Five Spot, and Smalls. He has also worked as a session musician for Mixdown Studio and Music Farm Studio, played in touring groups, and taught in various public schools, music studios, and colleges.   “As an instructor, my philosophy has always been that musicianship comes first, and the instrument comes second. I encourage my students to approach the drums as a vehicle for expressing and communicating ideas, and a tool for elevating their current level of music making. Although I think it is important to study a wide variety of music, I also find it creatively stimulating for the student to learn technical proficiency and musicianship through the vein of music that they currently most enjoy. The concepts covered in the lessons range from beginner to advance, and students of all ages are welcome.”
Adam was a performance major at the Berklee College of Music studying advanced harmony with an emphasis on ensemble performance. He has been playing guitar for over 30 years and has 15+ years of teaching experience.

Adam is a founding member and lead guitarist of the national touring act Assembly of Dust as well as lead guitarist for the rock band Ghosts Of Jupiter. Over the years he has recorded and performed with many musicians including Grace Potter, Dicky Betts, Edie Brickell, Bela Fleck, Derek Trucks, Victor Wooten, John Scofield, Ritchie Havens and Steve Kimock, as well as members of Phish and moe.

Adam teaches many topics including technique, sight reading, scales, music theory and ear training as well as your favorite songs