All of our staff members are highly qualified with advanced degrees and experience, offering you and/or your child a safe and encouraging environment for learning and personal growth!
Cindy is the Founder and Director of Concord Dance Academy. She has been teaching dance to students of all ages and of all abilities for over 40 years. She masterfully introduces even the youngest of students to dance in a supportive and fun atmosphere. She can also challenge dancers of all ages with her artful and technique involved dance pieces. She is an award-winning Choreographer and has won Choreographer awards at regional and national events.
Cindy was recognized with the NH Governors Declaration for her contribution to the arts in NH and to the citizens of the state, as she is responsible for teaching many thousands of individuals how to enjoy dancing, and is also responsible for giving countless hours of volunteer time through the arts to the broader NH community. Cindy was recently awarded the Pinnacle Award for Business Leader of the Year by the Concord Chamber of Commerce. Cindy is a graduate of Penn State University with BS in Education with graduate work at Indiana State College.
Hilary has been involved with dance for many years. She is uniquely qualified in both dance education and elementary education. She has attended Dance Masters of America Teacher Training School and is also New Hampshire Certified as a Teacher in Elementary Education. She is an accomplished Choreographer having choreographed for the Keene State College Dance Team and having won special awards noting her age appropriate and technically sound choreography for youngsters.
Hilary has involved herself with various scholarship programs for the performing arts; including being a Judges and Contestants Coordinator. She continues to serve as Director and a Lead Teacher of the Concord Dance Academy summer dance camps.
Jennafer has been involved with the dance community for many years. She began her career in teaching and choreography in June 2008, after she graduated from Plymouth State University (PSU). While at PSU, she trained extensively with Aaron Tolson, formerly of Riverdance and ImagineTap. She served as the Company Manager and Ensemble Dancer for Tolson’s New Enlgand Tap Ensemble, a semi-professional tap dance ensemble based in New England. Additionally, she currently serves as Senior Dance Captain for Speaking in Taps, a semi-professional tap dance group in Massachusetts that is directed by Aaron Tolson. Jennafer continues to be a student of the art form of tap and strives to provide the best instruction to her students.
Maria studied jazz, tap and ballet at Bill Fowlers School of Dance in Medford, Massachusetts for over 14 years as part of their competition program. Maria made a tough choice to stop dancing at the school to accept a basketball scholarship to Southern Connecticut State University. Though basketball became a big part of her life, Maria’s love of dance brought her to join local dance crews and learn hip hop from the Boston scene. Maria has many years experience working with children as a youth director for summer camps and also coaching many different sport teams at different levels. Maria brought her passion and knowledge of dance and working with children to Concord Dance Academy in 2009. Maria looks forward to sharing with the students old school meets new school hip hop techniques to bring lively fresh choreography to the stage.
Lori studied classical ballet and pointe, as well as jazz and tap at Dot L. Ruel Dance Studio in Biddeford, Maine for over 15 years. Throughout this time, she also participated in various dance programs throughout the Southern Maine region. Lori continued her dance education while attending the University of Maryland, College Park. Lori has been part of CDA’s adult competition team for over 5 years, performing with large and small groups, and teaches adult tap at CDA. Lori enjoys sharing the art of tap dancing with adults of all levels in a fun and inclusive environment. When not teaching or performing, Lori enjoys watching her own daughter perform as a member of CDA’s competition team.
Anna has 16+ years of training in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical/contemporary, modern, and pointe; and she has attended various workshops and classes including The Pulse Teacher Workshop in NYC. She has also trained in NYC with the Rockettes summer intensive program. Anna graduated from Keene State College (KSC) with a BS in elementary education, a BA in communications, and a minor in dance. While at Keene, Anna choreographed a dance that was selected for inclusion in the KSC 2012 spring showcase, “An Evening of Dance.” She also auditioned for, and trained under, Monica Bill Barnes in a piece that Monica choreographed for the show. Anna grew up at CDA and was a member of the CDA competition team. She loves getting to teach where she grew up! Anna has choreographed multiple award winning competition dances and her work has been recognized for entertainment value and choreography. Anna has her masters in education and is a 2nd grade teacher at Boscawen Elementary School.
Caitlin Rackett has been a dance teacher here at CDA for the last six years. She herself danced for Concord Dance Academy from the age of three and was a member of the competition team for ten years. Caitlin attended Keene State where she received a teaching degree. She now teaches 5th and 6th grade, English Language Arts, at Thornton Central School. She is also an English teacher during the summer at Busche Academy; a Chinese international school program. Caitlin is the lead teacher for our age 7 and under students, but she loves working with students of all ages. Most people would describe Ms. Caitlin as energetic, enthusiastic, peppy, and fun.
Meredith recently graduated from New England College with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. Meredith trained at Concord Dance Academy studying jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary and ballet and has had many years of experience choreographing and teaching young dancers. As a dancer, instructor and choreographer, Meredith wishes to inspire her students, and push new movement, strong technique and emotional commitment.
Kristina studied tap, ballet, lyrical, jazz, and contemporary for 14+ years at Concord Dance Academy. In May 2015, Kristina graduated from the University of New Hampshire where she earned a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Management and minors in Dance and Nutrition. While at UNH, she participated in the UNH Dance Company including performing in several performances. She continued her education to receive her Masters in Business Administration at SNHU. As an instructor and dancer, Kristina strives to be a positive role model who mentors, leads and teaches young people to be the best that they can be in dance and in life.
Sifu (Master) Peter Provencher began his martial arts journey in 1986 studying Shaolin Kempo Karate. After achieving his Ni Dan (2nd degree black belt) his interest in the arts took him exploring other styles, while still maintaining study in Shaolin Kempo. He began learning the art of Herchun Kung Fu. Upon receiving his San Dan(3rd degree black belt) in Kempo, he decided to place all his attention on Herchun. In May of 2011 Peter earned his Go Dan (5th degree master level) with the honor of being one of only two Master’s under his Herchun Grand Master. Sifu Peter has been teaching martial arts since 1988.
Sensei Nate began his study of the martial arts in 1991 eventually achieving the rank of first degree brown belt in Gujo-Ryu. His studies turned towards academics for a while earning an Associates Degree in Architectural Engineering Technology from NHTI then a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. He has been awarded multiple US patents. After completing his degrees he re-entered the study of martial arts and in 2011 Sifu Peter awarded him the rank of first Dan and the title of Sensei in the Pro Dragon Style. Recently he can be found assisting in the Karate instruction and managing the CDA props and Security for CDA events.
Karin Lewis grew up dancing in Methuen, MA at the Studio of Dance Arts under the direction of Linda Tracy, Dee Keri, Sam Fiorello, and Gene Murray where she studied tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, and modern dance. She earned her dance teaching certificate from the Dance Teachers Club of Boston and holds a minor in dance from the University of New Hampshire where she performed for four years with the UNH Concert Dance Company. She taught tap for six years at City Dance in Manchester, NH, and has also coached the Color Guard for the MVHS Marching Band. Karin choreographed multiple musicals at MVHS and now enjoys watching her daughters every time they take the stage.
Hannah trained at Concord Dance Academy for 15 years where she studied tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and contemporary. She has worked as an assistant, demonstrator, teacher, and choreographer for several years throughout high school and college. While at CDA, her competitive dance experience led her to regional and national titles. In May, Hannah graduated from Roger Williams University where she earned a BS in both Environmental Science and Marine Biology, and a minor in Dance and Performance. During this time, she was also the captain of her school’s dance team, and participated in dance club performances. As an instructor, Hannah wishes to instill a passion for artistry and movement in her students.
Megan was a student at New Hampshire School of Ballet for 10 years. As a member of NHSB’s competition team, she was a regional champion in both junior and senior categories, and went on to become a nationally recognized dancer. At the age of 16, Megan became a DMA chapter 5 pageant scholarship winner, earning the title of Dance Masters of America’s Teen Miss Dance of New England in 2002, later placing in the top 10 finalists at the national championship. She was nominated as the Young Choreographer of the Year by American Dance Awards in 2005, and became the national champion at Headliners Dance competition, holding the title of National Miss Dance 2005.
Megan went on to earn her BFA in Modern Dance Performance, with a Masters Emphasis in Choreography from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where, on top of her extensive dance training in all genres, she took additional studies in Pilates, Yoga, Athletic Psychology, Pedagogy, and Human Anatomy.
Immediately following graduation, she became a professor at the PA Leadership Charter School of Performing and Fine Arts where she wrote original, sanctioned dance curriculum, and delivered unique and innovative Modern and Ballet classes to a 150+ student body of young people exceptionally gifted in the arts.
Megan then moved to NYC to pursue her calling to perform.
For almost a decade, Megan worked as a professional dancer in NYC. In her early years, she sought out the most creative and expressive up-and-coming dance companies, and was a company member with Maverick Dance Theater showcasing original choreography at the APAP|NYC conference, Blue Muse Dance performing in an immersive outdoor work performed on the Pulaski bridge crossing Brooklyn to Queens, NY, and a soloist with DOTA Dance Theater producing works entirely through film and media. Professional highlights include background dance for K-Pop Superstar ‘Wheesung”s american tour, background performance for Gwen Stefani in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, performances at Lincoln Center’s “Out of Doors” festival with Mark Dendy Dance and Theater in ‘Ritual Cyclical‘, co-choreographing an original off-broadway musical by William Moulton ‘R/Evolution‘, performances with renowned choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi and Buglisi Dance Theater for the internationally broadcast “Table of Silence” tribute to 9/11 at Lincoln Center, and performing in an international commercial for the LOTTE Group based in South Korea.
Camden Steady is a graduate from Walnut Hill School for the Arts where she studied classical ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, and various cross-training techniques (including TRX and Pilates) as a scholarship recipient for four years. Additionally, she studied ballet pedagogy using the American Ballet Theatre’s training curriculum. Prior to attending Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Camden was both a local and national dance competitor. During her summers she has studied at many pre-professional programs including Chautauqua Dance Institute, American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, School of American Ballet, Canada’s National Ballet School, and Next Generation Ballet. Camden teaches both youth and adult ballet classes.
Janet has been an active part of the dance industry for over 35 years. She is a former member of the Boston Ballet Company and has extensive experience in tap, jazz and ballet. She is a member of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston, Inc./American Society of Dance, Dance Masters of America – New England Chapter 5, Maine Dance Teachers Club, and New Hampshire Dance Alliance. She is a tested and certified Judge through the National Dance Council of America, Inc.
Janet is also a member of the United States Dance Sport Federation. Her versatile experiences include being a Judge for the United States Gymnastics Federation in Rhythmic Gymnastics and being a regional Judge for the Miss America Pageant. Janet travels extensively throughout the United States to support great competition venues and promote and instill positive dance experiences for young dancers to help them develop their talents and realize their dreams. Janet has a stellar teaching career supporting both novice and highly accomplished youngsters. Janet currently serves us as a Guest Teacher, Choreographer and Dance Consultant.