Dance Faculty

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.
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.
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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.
Allie B is a musician with 23 years of study and a BM from Oberlin Conservatory (2006). She has shared the stage with many accomplished musicians of all genres such as 10,000 Maniacs, Donald Byrd, Clark Terry, and many more. Allie is a notable educator and a founder of Simsbury Arts Academy. She has taught individual lessons, group ensembles, and theory. She has also performed at many prestigious venues including The White House, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the Rainbow Room.
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.
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.
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

Mezzo-soprano Druinn Johnston began classical vocal training at age thirteen, and has studied at the Boston Conservatory and the University of New Hampshire. She has performed with Melissa Manseau’s Youth Opera Workshop in productions of Die Zauberflote, Cosi fan tutte (W. A. Mozart), Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss), Hansel and Gretel (E. Humperdinck), and various scene productions. She has also performed in scene productions with the Boston Conservatory Opera Workshop and the UNH Opera Workshop, as an ensemble member with Granite State Opera, and as a soloist with the Boston Conservatory Women’s Chorus and the UNH Wind Symphony. Druinn is also singer/songwriter and accompanies herself on acoustic guitar and piano. She is extremely passionate about all types of music and loves to help aspiring musicians develop their natural talents and hone their skills.
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