Alexandra Poulis, B.A. (Aerial, Acro, Jazz, Executive Director)
Alexandra has been part of the seacoast dance community from a young age. She is from Rochester, NH where she began dancing at Corinne’s School of Dance. While at Corinne’s she studied tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, kickline and competed in regional, national, and international dance competitions. In high school along with dancing at Corinne’s she began to study modern, jazz, and ballet at Ballet New England. Alexandra continued her dance career at the University of New Hampshire where she studied tap, ballet, jazz and aerial. While at UNH she choreographed and performed in pieces for the student run dance showcases and aerial showcases.
During her last two years at UNH, she was part of the UNH Dance Company. Since graduating from UNH in 2009, Alexandra has continued her dance education by attending master classes and by joining the Alegria Dance Company. The Alegria Dance Company has recently performed in Sole City’s Dance Northeast, a showcase of area dance studios and companies. Alex has been teaching all forms of dance at an area dance studios since 2011.
Samantha Morales, M.A. (Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Assistant Executive Director)
Samantha Morales is a dance educator, choreographer, and freelance performer based out of New Hampshire. She received her Master’s in Dance Education from New York University specializing in the professions and higher education. Performance credits include WAXWorks, Dumbo Dance Festival, Ballet Inc. The Series, MultiPurpose Dance Project, and the Dance Research Forum Ireland. She was a Jazz & Contemporary trainee at the Joffrey Ballet School where she studied under leading industry professionals. Originally from Florida, she danced with Level Dance Company, DFS Company, and Dance Tallahassee Performance Company before going on to dance for Universal Studios in Orlando, FL.
Samantha is passionate about advocating for dance and brings a unique energy to her classes that pushes dancers to take risks and remain curious. Her personal teaching philosophy is that dance should foster individuality and provide a supportive environment to find one’s creative voice. As an educator she values a safe environment where differences are welcome and encouraged. Her overall mission is to produce active, creative, and open-minded members of the community. Students that go on to be lifelong learners that question, reflect, and explore are incredibly important for the the art of dance and humanity as a whole. Through her network of fellow artists, educators, and advocates, she plans to guide her students into collaborative work that keeps dance important. Visit http://www.samanthajmorales.com/
Jacqui Young, M.A, B.S. (Ballet, ABT Instuction)
Jacqui graduated from the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary (NYC) with a Bachelor of Science degree with concentrations in Choreography and Creative Theory and Deviance and Victimization of Women. She also holds an Associates Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northern Essex Community College (MA) and a Master of Arts from John Jay College in Criminal Justice (NYC). She currently teaches at Plymouth State University in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance teaching ballet, jazz, and performance. She also teaches online at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
She has certifications from American Ballet Theatre, Progressive Ballet Technique and Giordano jazz technique. Over the past 5 years Jacqui had also taught internationally in Italy for Dance Master Class where she taught classes and set choreography on pre-professional dancers from all over the world. She has worked with such dance masters as Angelo DeMello, Anthony Wright, Deborah Dobson Kage, Jonas Kage, and Jean Paul Comlin as well as Shaun Holms, pianist for the Royal Ballet Company in London. She has also worked with Summer Dance in Roma setting choreography on novice to intermediate students from around Italy.
Jacqui has enjoyed an extensive career as a professional dancer, concert producer, stage director, artistic director, choreographer, studio owner and educator. She has devoted her entire life to the field of dance. She feels that dance is therapeutic and brings joy to all who experience it. Dance is life.
Kerry Wood, M.Ed. (Young Children’s Dance, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop)
Kerry trained in ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop at the West Concord Dance Academy in Massachusetts. After fifteen years, she moved on to The University of New Hampshire where she made jazz, tap, and choreography her focus. While at the University, Kerry spent three years as captain and co-choreographer for the Wildcat Dance Team. Kerry began teaching young children’s dance and beginner jazz, tap, and ballet while still in high school. She is a graduate of the intensive Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston’s Teacher Training Program. Kerry has taught dance camps up and down the East coast for NCA Dance. Her love of teaching led her to UNH’s Education program, where she earned her Master’s degree in elementary education.
Heidi (Hanson) Mitrushi, B.S., B.A. (Jazz, Tap, Aerial)
Heidi is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in Theater and Dance and a B.S. in Exercise Science. She was a member of the UNH Dance Company under the direction of Gay Nardone, and specialized in jazz, tap and aerial dance. While living in NYC, Heidi performed with the XYandZ Project and En L’Air Aerial Dance Theater in the International Dance Festival, and you can catch her on the kid’s TV series Sheria and Loli’s Dittydoodle Works as Pink-A-Dink. Heidi has performed alongside tap legends Brenda Bufalino and Dean Diggins while in the cast of Clara’s Dream, A Jazz Nutcracker, and Ringing in the Rhythm, both directed by Drika Overton. She teaches aerial dance each summer at the UNH Summer Dance Intensive and has been teaching tap and jazz locally for over 10 years.
Joyce Goldstein, B.S. (Tap, Ballroom)
Joyce was extensively trained in ballet and tap from early childhood, with Theresa Montone in Philadelphia. In her teens, she began training in Luigi style jazz, with Odette Luisi from NYC. She began teaching dance and performing in community theater during her high school years. Joyce holds a BS degree in Health and Physical Education from Pennsylvania State University. While attending PSU, she participated in their modern dance company, Orchesis, directed by Patricia Hiegle. She also danced professionally with the traveling troupe of the Manhattan Rockets during the summers while attending college. After graduating, Joyce taught Health & Physical Education at Heritage Junior High, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey for eight years, during which time she established an after school dance club. After moving to Washington State, Joyce developed an Aerobic Dance & Fitness business which she owned and directed for 10 years. While living in WA, she choreographed several musicals for the Richland Light Opera Company. She continued her dance training after moving to NH and has been teaching dance in the area since the 90’s. Joyce has also choreographed several musical productions for Garrison Players of Dover/Rollinsford, as well as Winnacunnet High School in Exeter. In 1997, she began training in Ballroom Dance with Sergei Slussky at the American Ballroom Dance Academy, in Maine and began teaching Ballroom social dance a few years thereafter. Joyce expects to share her love of dance and theatre for as long as possible.
Moriah Bureau (Young Children’s Dance, Modern & Ballet)
Moriah started dancing when she was eight at Sole City Dance (then Rochester Creative Arts Center). Her main focus started in ballet & she trained heavily in that style before moving more towards modern/contemporary. She has been on faculty at Sole City Dance for the past 8 years and is also a part of the faculty for the dance program at Berwick Academy for the past 4 years.
Moriah danced with Northeaster Ballet Theatre for a few years and was in many of NBT’s full length ballet productions during that time, and she has performed in numerous productions of “The Nutcracker” throughout the area over the past several years (her favorite roles include: Snow Queen & Dew Drop Fairy). Now, she is mainly focused in the Modern & Contemporary dance styles and is a company member of SONARdance (a modern dance company based in the Portland, ME area). She continues to grow as a dancer and dance educator by talking as many classes and workshops as she can. She has gotten the opportunity to take class and learn from artists such as Momix Dance Company, Larry Keigwin, Kyle Abraham, Margie Gillis, Faye Driscoll, Sean Curran, Heidi Henderson, Angie Hauser, Jenna Riegel, Anthony Rizzi… among many others. She has attended many workshops with David Dorfman & his company (David Dorfman Dance) -working closely with David & his company members in technique, improvisation, and creative process- as well as attending Bates Dance Festival. At BDF, she choreographed a piece which was performed at the Festival Final Showcase as well as having been chosen to dance in another artist’s piece for the showcase.
“I like to engage my students physically as well as mentally – creating thoughtful & innovative dancers. And I just loves being able to share my love for dance through teaching!” says Moriah.
Debs Grammatic (Ballet)
Deborah Grammatic began her ballet training with the Seacoast Ballet Company then Ballet Theatre Workshop and Ballet New England. After dancing the title role in The Sleeping Beauty, she was asked to join Ballet New England’s professional company. She attended many summer programs including Ballet Magnificat and Ballet Austin, where she was asked by both companies to stay on as a company trainee. Deborah then went on to join both Boston Dance Company and Northeastern Ballet Theatre as a principal dancer. She was also a sought after guest artist, performing the roles of the Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker and Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty for many companies throughout the seacoast area the past ten years. In 2009, Deborah was a guest artist for Portland Ballet Company’s Giselle production as a soloist. She then joined Portland Ballet as a professional company member for the 2010-2016 seasons. During that time Deborah was featured as a soloist in La Bayadere, Giselle, original works of Boy Meets Girl, Jack the Ripper, and Three Tales by Poe. In addition, she was principal dancer in The Victorian Nutcracker, performing as the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen. Deborah has also been teaching ballet the past 11 years and is a sought after guest teacher and choreographer for schools around the seacoast.
Jessica Jordan A.S. (Young Children’s Dance, Ballet)
Jessica began her movement training at Kelly’s Gymnastics in Rochester. Her ballet studies began in the studio above Kelly’s under the tutelage of Meryl Rich and continued with a full merit scholarship to the Wolfeboro School of Ballet. She danced with Ballet New England, performing in multiple stagings of the holiday classic Nutcracker under the direction of Nana Parks McCarthy. Jessica was then drawn to the Robertson School of Classical Ballet. During her years with Colleen and Larry Robertson, she danced in many classical ballets with the Seacoast Ballet Company at UNH’s Johnson Theater. Jessica also participated in summer studies with the Portland Ballet Company. Jessica is pleased to have the opportunity to share her love of dance with the Rochester community where she began her dance story.
Kelsey Smith (Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Young Children’s)
Nellie Teeling (Musical Theatre, Jazz & Tap)
Nellie Teeling is a recent graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York City, where she studied musical theatre. While at AMDA, Nellie had the opportunity to work with established dancers including Michelle Bruckner, Sam Underwood, Gene Castle & James Kichler, among others. Since graduating, Nellie has been fortunate enough to study at the People’s Improv Theater, the Pearl Theatre Company, and most recently with artists Lindsay Mendez & Ryan Scott Oliver, all in NYC. A performer on many local stages, Nellie is delighted to be part of the staff at Sole City Dance Studio, and is looking forward to building a new program for both singers & dancers.
Meghan McCoy Seedner (Ballet, Pointe)
Meghan McCoy Seedner trained at the Portsmouth School of Ballet, the Joffrey School of Ballet and the Jose Mateo Ballet Theater. In 2010 she graduated from the University of New Hampshire with her BA in Theater and Dance. She joined the Portland Ballet Company as an apprentice for their 2010-2011 season before being promoted to company dancer in 2011. During her time with Portland Ballet, Seedner performed in many classical and contemporary works as well as Portland’s international tour of Giselle to Canada. In 2013 she joined the Teatrul de Balet Sibiu, in Romania. With their extensive repertory Seedner enjoyed dancing both corps and soloist roles. Upon her return to the States she began her teaching career and continues with Portland Ballet as a Contributing Artist. Seedner has performed as a Guest Artist with numerous companies across the seacoast. Her repertoire includes The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum), Le Corsaire (Pirate pas deTrois), Swan Lake (Four little Swans), Serghei Angel’s Missa Prophana (Soloist), Nell Shipman’s Boy Meets Girl, Aleisha Gardner’s Four Seasons, Paquita (Soloist), David Sun’s Back to Bach, Coppelia, The Ledgend of Sleepy Hollow, Giselle, A Mid Summer Nights Dream, and Nell Shipman’s The Armed Man
Amara Decker, B.S. (Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap)
Amara Decker is a 2017 graduate of Plymouth State University (summa cum laude) with a degree in Dance and Theatrical Design. At PSU she was awarded several Talent Scholarships and the school’s Dance Achievement Award given to one graduating senior. A professional performer since the age of 17, Amara has performed at Hackmatack Playhouse, Prescott Park Arts Festival, Ogunquit Playhouse and at the STAR Theatre with Patrick Dorow Productions. Her favorite roles include Peter Pan (Peter Pan), Cosette (Les Miserable), Rumpleteazer (Cats), Shelley (Hairspray) and Apostle/Dance Captain (Jesus Christ Superstar).
Maiya Jordan, Teaching Intern (Jazz)
Maiya is a high school senior. During 2015-16, she took part in SCD’s teacher training program in jazz under Kerry Wood. Maiya is an accomplished performer and has danced as the Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker and Odette in excerpts from Swan Lake. She was also a member of SCD’s dance ensemble as a featured aerialist. During the summer of 2016, Maiya studied in Boston for 3 weeks at Urbanity’s summer dance intensive, where she was chosen to dance among college and adult dancers.