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Classical Ballet, Tap, Jazz, HipHop
Boys only classes
Adult classes
Tumbling

1921A Dover Road, Epsom NH
603-736-9317
Info@balletnorthnh.com


Kiera St. Laurent

Kiera St. Laurent graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Hartford with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. Originally a part of the Hartt School Ballet and Pedagogy Program, a knee injury sidelined her dance career plans, and she was able to continue her love of teaching by transferring into the education program. Currently she works for Barnstead Elementary School as a reading specialist.

Her dance training began when she was four years old and continued through high school and part of college. Her ballet training over the years has allowed her to become familiar with Balanchine, Cecchetti, and RAD technique methods. During this time, her main instruction was at New Hampshire School of Ballet with Director Jennifer Beauvais-Rienert. At NHSB she was given the opportunity to dance lead roles in their annual Nutcracker including Arabian, Lead Marzipan, Snow Queen, Dew Drop Fairy, and Sugar Plum Fairy. She was also given lead roles in their annual evening of dance including Rizzo in Grease and Snow White in Snow White. She was also a member of their dance competition team for nine years. During this time her solos and duo/trios often placed within the top five at National Dance Competitions. She was also a member of NHSB’s numerous group numbers, winning top scores throughout the competition year and Nationals.


Kiera has also had the opportunity to work with outstanding instructors in the dance field.  She was also a part of Boston Dance Company’s Performance of The Nutcracker working with founders James Reardon and Clyde Nantais. While in the Hartt School, she worked with the Division Director of Dance, Stephen Pier, as well as top faculty members, Hilda Morales, Ralph Perkins, Katie Stevenson-Nollet, and Nina Watt. In college she was able to expand her knowledge of modern and contemporary dance exploring Graham, Horton, and Limón technique. At Ballet North, she works as a company choreographer and teaches ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, character, and modern.




Sue White

Sue has been a part of the dance world for over 30 years. Her studies have included Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary; Modern, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Drama and Voice. Born and raised in New York, she began dancing at age 5 under Marya Kennett (stretching coach for Evander Holyfield). Ms. White moved to New Hampshire in 1986 where she continued her studies in local studios and college. She attended Northern Essex Community College majoring in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Dance. While at NECC Sue served as both Secretary and President of the Still Pointe Dance Company & Dance Club. Since leaving the company Ms. White has continued her studies and teaching in New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. While Ms. White has owned her own studios, she has continued to share her love of dance with community outreach programs, local recreational programs and area studios.


Sue is no stranger to competition. As a multiple 1st place; overall and Platinum Medal recipient herself, she feels competition is a great way to educate and motivate the dancers. She has received numerous awards for her choreography and was named "New Hampshire Teacher of the Year 2001" and "Dance Hero of the Year" in 2006. A special award given to honor an amazing student, teacher, guest artist, or dance lover for the amazing love, hard work, & sacrifices that go into making dance possible for everyone. Sue's dancers have been featured in Video Magazine, Boston's Nutcracker, the World Championships of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles California (where Sue was a choreographer and coach for team USA) as well as numerous National and International events. Her dancers have been featured in Dance Spirit Magazine as upcoming stars to watch out for and Ms. White herself was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine in 2008. Sue continues to participate in community outreach programs today. Her dancers have gone on to major in Dance, open their own studios, establish their own dance companies and dance professionally. They have participated in the Miss New Hampshire Pageant; Modeled internationally and many continue to teach all over the country today sharing their love of dance. Sue is not only proud of her students for the dancers they have become … she is even more proud of the people they have grown into and the pleasure of being part of their journey.

 




Kris and Simon Hales
Owners


Kris and Simon Hales opened Ballet North in July 2015 to serve the children, teens, and adults of the Suncook Valley area.  Both coming from a family business background and participating in many different areas in the dance world for twenty years, they have built a studio founded on offering the best instruction for a reasonable price so all can learn.  


Kris and Simon have worked in many areas in the dance world.  Kris has a great deal of experience working the wings, dressing rooms, costuming, communication, and managing large groups of dancers before and during shows.  Simon has worked in the areas of music, sound, stage hand, website design and maintenance, and has participated in shows on stage for over ten years including parts in the Nutcracker, Les Misérables, and West Side Story.  They are both skilled at prop building.  


Kris earned an Associates in Business with a Major in Travel and Tourism before going back to school for a BA in Sociology.  An airline ticket and gate agent for nearly 30 years, she has worked with customers in the service industry her whole working life and traveled to 80 countries. Simon is from England, so when they were first married Kris worked as a manager of a travel agency.  When they moved back to the US, Kris was also an adjunct professor in the Tourism department at NHTI for four years.  Kris’ early experiences included years of teaching horseback riding at Boy Scout Camp, teaching swimming in the summer and also at the YMCA, Gymnastics, Ski Patroller at Gunstock, and was an EMT for Center Barnstead.   Kris continues to volunteer for the Boy Scouts every summer teaching horseback riding.  


Simon has a degree in Computer Technology from England and has worked in technology fields since moving to the US.  While in England he ran a successful post market car alarm, phone and radio installation business (back before there were hand-held cell phones).  In England Simon also enjoyed Rally Car Racing, and was very involved in skydiving both in England and upon his arrival in the US.  Simon currently works as a data operations manager and is the Committee Chair of a local Boy Scout Troop and Cub Pack.  He has volunteered for the Boy Scouts for over ten years, and has spent many summers running the SCUBA program at Storer Scout Camp.

Tanya Hansen


A mother of three, Tanya brings experience of working with all ages and that “mom” flair that is especially helpful in working with our youngest students.  Tanya has been dancing for many years and is well trained by our in-house faculty, and has also attended several master training classes in tap.  A military spouse, she lived in California with her family on base and studied film acting with Aaron Metchik at Actor’s Edge for three years.  In her younger years, she also studied gymnastics and music.  An active musician, she plays the saxophone, piano, guitar, and flute, and writs her own music.  Tanya has also worked with children extensively though years of volunteering at the church nursery and youth group.

Kaylee Lane


Kaylee Lane has studied dance with many studios around New England and has a varied and complete background.  Kaylee has been a member of dance competition teams during the school year and has attended summer ballet intensives at the Boston Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet in New York City.  

Kaylee has performed in St. Paul’s School of Ballet Company’s Nutcracker and many other shows in the area, studying under Brandi Nylen Reed, Pricilla Wagner, Sharon Randolf, Cindy Flanagan, Sue Harrington, and Jennifer Beauvais Rienert in classical ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and modern.  Kaylee is currently a member of the NH National Guard.  

                          
Logan Hales


Logan Hales has been dancing since the age of three and has a rich set of experiences to share with his students.  In middle and high school he was a member of two different competition teams, winning Teen Mr. Titles with his tap dancing and competing in both group, solo and duo numbers in ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary.  

He participated in the Youth American Grand Prix ballet competition, the most respected classical ballet competition in the country, and has studied under some of the best ballet teachers in New England, including Doug Davis, David Sun, John Ling, and Edra Toth.  Logan has also studied tap from the age of 6 to 19 with Mary Beth Marino, currently faculty at UNH, and for four years with Sue Harrington of Tilton.  Logan also spent several summers away at the Russian Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC, Bossov Ballet in Maine, and the Nutmeg Ballet in Connecticut.   

Currently Logan is a senior at the University of New Hampshire where he is a Dance Major.  He was a member of the UNH Ballet Company for three years, and has played lead roles in many shows including Don Quixote, Cinderella, and many Nutcracker roles.  Logan is also an Eagle Scout from the Northwood Boy Scout Troop.   Logan teaches ballet, tap, and Teen/Adult Ballet and Tap.


 
Sarah Duclos


Sarah holds a Bachelor of the Arts in Theatre and Dance from the University of New Hampshire and is trained in ballet, character, jazz, and modern.  She specializes in teaching classical ballet (Vaganova method), choreography and composition, dance history, inclusive dance for movers with disabilities, and is one of the first dance educators in the world certified to teach all five levels of Giordano jazz technique. Sarah was appointed to the juried New Hampshire Arts in Education Roster in 2016 and she launched an online ballet curriculum for adults called Couch to Ballet in 2019.  She has worked as a performer and choreographer for both theatre and concert dance, and as a dance educator, notably working as a master teaching artist for Boston Ballet’s Education and Community Initiatives.  Sarah also served as a faculty member in Phillips Exeter Academy’s Department of Theater and Dance, where she served as Interim Director of Dance during the 2015-2016 academic year.  She worked internationally as a dance facilitator at the Abhainn Ri Festival of Participation and Inclusion in Callan, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland.   

As a young dancer, Sarah worked directly with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange during their two-year residency leading up to
The Shipyard Project - sparking a lifelong interest in site-specific, community-based dance work. While studying at UNH, Sarah founded Neoteric Dance Collaborative (NEO), a multi-disciplinary dance company with a mission to build community through the art of dance. NEO has particularly focused this community-building mission in rural and suburban areas of New Hampshire and southern Maine, developing audiences for dance where there were previously none. NEO has performed Duclos’ choreography on stages in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont and at City Center in New York City.