The faculty and staff of Dance Innovations aim to inspire, motivate, and challenge dancers of all ages and abilities in a fun and nurturing environment. Their joy is our passion!!!
With over thirty years of dance training, Katie has studied tap, acro, ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, and hip hop. She has trained at several studios throughout New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Virginia and continues her training by taking classes and attending seminars throughout the country – including Broadway Dance Center in New York City, the DanceLife Retreat Center in Norton, MA, the DanceLife Teacher Conferences in Scottsdale, AZ, and the Dance Studio Owners Association – Inner Circle Retreat in NYC. She has had the opportunity to take classes from master instructors such as Thelma Goldberg, Ofer Ben, Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Chloe Arnold, Rhee and Rennie Gold, Andy Blankenbuehler, Rhonda Miller, Joe Lanteri, A.C. Ciulla, and Drika Overton among others. Katie began sharing her love of dance first as an assistant instructor at the age of 13, and was bitten by the choreographer-bug at the age of 16 – when she first competed her own choreography. She has since had the opportunity to teach and choreograph not only for recreational classes and competitive dance teams, but also area school productions and pageant competitors. Over the years, she has instructed for several studios in New Hampshire and her students have performed her award-winning choreography all over New England receiving prestigious platinum awards and many have even been invited to dance on national teams. Her students have been invited to perform at many non-competitive venues as well, including the Stratham Fair, the Mark Wentworth Retirement Home, Seacoast Idol, Dancing with the Dover Stars, and even aboard Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas!!!
Katie is a member of the Dance Studio Owners Association – Inner Circle, the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston, the International Dance Entrepreneurs Association, the National Dance Association, the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport. In addition to dance, Katie is an Acrobatic Arts Certified Instructor, a DTCB Certified Tap Instructor, a 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher, and was a Certified Group Fitness Instructor with both the American Council on Exercise and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. She received both her AA and BA from Southern New Hampshire University. In June of 2008, after several years as an instructor at DIDC, Katie became the proud new owner and director of Dance Innovations Dance Center. She currently resides in the Seacoast Area with her budding ballerina, Gianna.
Mollie has studied many types of dance including tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, modern, musical theatre, and hip hop – began training with Dance Innovations in 2008. She was a member of Team DIDC for five years, receiving numerous Platinum, Gold, and Special Judges Awards at competitions throughout New England. In 2014, Mollie competed her own choreography at Regionals and later Nationals, where she received 1st & 3rd Overall Placements and Gold and High Gold Awards.
Mollie began working as an Assistant Instructor in 2009 and started apprenticing in 2013 – taking on her own class as a full-fledged instructor for the 2013-2014 dance year. She is currently studying dance at the University of New Hampshire. We are excited to have Mollie back again for her sixth season as an instructor.
Additionally, Mollie serves as our Office Manager! If you have any questions about anything DIDC – stop by the office and say “Hi!” (She’ll not only be able to help you, but she probably already knows your name, too!)
Jamie has been dancing since the age of 10. She began and received most of her training at Laurie Lanouette’s Dance Connections in Salem, NH. There she studied in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Modern. She was also an assistant instructor for the Cheerdance classes. While at LLDC, she competed and performed throughout New England. During her senior year of high school, she was a member of the Salem High Advanced Dance Team. In college, Jamie attended both the Mid-Atlantic and the New England Regions of the American College Dance Festival. There, she had the opportunity to study with such greats as Martha Myers, Adele Myers, Billbob Brown, Duffy Young, Ann Ross, Kristin Horrigan, and Janet Sanderson to name a few. She has continued her training by taking classes and seminars throughout the country, including Modern and Hip Hop Master Classes at Jeanette Neil’s in Boston, MA, and attending the Dance Life Teacher Conference in Arizona in 2011 and 2013.
Jamie received both her Associates Degree in Dance as well as her Certificate in Dance Education from Northern Essex Community College. She is also an Acrobatic Arts Certified Instructor. Dance Innovations is excited to have Miss Jamie back for her ninth season – not only as an instructor, but as our Team DIDC Coordinator as well!
At the age of three, JJ began her dance training at York Dance Academy, where she trained in Ballet, Jazz, Pointe, and Modern. She received her B.A. in Dance at Dean College, where she studied Ballet, Modern (Horton, Limon, and Dunham technique), Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Tap, as well as Pedagogy, Dance History, Film Survey in Dance, Dance Composition, and Creative Movement. At Dean, JJ had the opportunity to study under master dance instructors including Broadway Choreographer, Luis Salgado, and various instructors of the acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Currently, JJ continues her dance training by taking classes locally and attending national dance conferences. She also performs and choreographs with the Portland-based dance company, Vivid Motion. She currently serves as not only a DIDC instructor, but also as our Ballet Mistress as well – overseeing our entire Ballet program. Dance Innovations is very excited for Miss JJ back on staff for her eighth season!
Emma began her dance training at the age of four. She trained at Acton Boxborough Dance Center in Massachusetts where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, and pointe. She was also a member of the studio’s ballet performing company and competition team. Emma has also completed summer dance intensives as Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre in Cambridge, MA and the Boston Ballet in Newton, MA. She received her B.A. in Dance at the University of New Hampshire where she studied Ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, tap, and theatre dance. She was a member of the UNH Ballet company and performed in shows such as Peter and the Wolf, Don Quixote, Les Enslaves (inspired by Le Corsaire), and Cinderella. At UNH she took courses in dance history, dance pedagogy, dance composition, and choreography. For her senior capstone she choreographed and performed a twelve minute ballet to a piece composed by Mozart. Emma is still studying ballet and pointe. She currently attends graduate school at the University of New Hampshire where she is working toward completing her Master’s in Early Childhood Education. Dance Innovations is excited to welcome her as the newest member of their faculty and staff.
Meredith has studied many types of dance including acro, tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, pointe, and hip hop. She began training with Dance Innovations in 2008 and was a member of Team DIDC for nine years. As a team dancer, she received numerous Platinum, Gold, Special Judges Awards, and special invitations including the Dance Dreams Scholarship. At competitions, she also holds the title for Miss Platinum Teen 2014 and Miss Senior Platinum 2017. In 2018, Meredith competed her own choreography, where she received 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in her category, Top Overall Corps Student Choreography, and most importantly, the “CdLS Spirit Award.” In addition to regional and national competitions, she has also performed at nursing homes, Seacoast Idol, Dover’s Dancing with the Stars, and more.
Meredith began working as an Assistant Instructor in 2012 and started apprenticing in 2018. In 2016, Meredith attended an Acrobatic Arts training as Miss Katie’s dancer. She is currently studying at the University of New Hampshire. We are excited to have Meredith here as an instructor!
Tyla began her dance training at the age of three. She started her training at Dance Connection and later at the Dance Academy of Windham both located in Salem New Hampshire. She has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and gymnastics. She was a member of her studios competition teams and performing company. Tyla has been a competitive dancer for 7 years and has performed in different settings such as Disney World, nursing homes, and the Boston Celtics. She has been a part of her studios productions in The Nutcracker and Alice in Wonderland. Tyla has graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in dance. Her college dance training focused heavily on ballet and technique with additional training in theatre dance, tap and dance history. While dancing at UNH Tyla has been a part of every annual dance showcase, has aided in choreographing class pieces as well as her own, and was the ballet professor’s teaching assistant her senior year. She has gained experience teaching adaptive dance classes for adults with disabilities as well as creating her own stretch and strengthening class at her home studio.
This year, Tyla is continuing her education at UNH to pursue a Master’s in Occupational Therapy. Her ultimate goal is to use dance as a form of therapy to help patients overcome motor obstacles and sensory integration.