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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 is dance instructor and company choreographer for Ballet North, teaching ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, tap, and modern, and is also a Reading Specialist at Barnstead Elementary School.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Hartford with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education.  Kiera was originally a part of the Hartt School Ballet and Pedagogy Program.  A knee injury sidelined her dance career plans, but she was able to continue her love of teaching by transferring into the education program.


In her late high school and early college years, Kiera had the opportunity to work with outstanding instructors in the dance field and worked as a professional dancer in Boston Dance Company’s Performance of The Nutcracker. While at 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.


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. There she danced many lead roles in the annual show and Nutcracker, including Snow Queen, Dew Drop Fairy, Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow White, and Rizzo in Grease. She was also a member of their dance competition team for nine years, during this time her solos and duos/trios often placed within the top five at National Dance Competitions.  Kiera also studied with Edra Toth and John Ling, performing the lead in Dracula, and at Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater.

 





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


Tanya teaches all styles of dance in all age groups, and as a mother of three, brings the experience of working with all ages and that “mom” flair that is especially helpful in working with our youngest students. Tanya recently certified as an Acrobatics Arts Instructor and our entire Acrobatics program has transitioned under her guidance.  She is also an accomplished choreographer, with her students winning many overall high point awards at competition, and is particularly skilled at staging for full length shows. 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.  Tanya is an active musician, playing the saxophone, piano, guitar, and flute, and writes her own music.  

                          
Logan Hales


Logan Hales is a recent graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Theater, Dance Option, and a minor in Geography, and performed as a professional tap dancer and percussionist  with the Drumatix based in Massachusetts.  He currently teaches Ballet and Tap to ages six to adult and his tap choreography has won numerous awards in competition.   During his time at UNH, he was a member of the UNH Ballet Company and performed several lead roles including Basil in Don Quixote and the Prince in Cinderella.  During his college years, Logan also guested for several Nutcracker Productions in the roles of the Cavalier and the Nutcracker.


Logan began dancing at age three and competed in dance from the age of seven until high school graduation with the New Hampshire School of Ballet Dance Company and the Creative Steps School of Dance Company, winning several titles with is tap solos, including winning 8th place overall at Nationals.  He also competed in group dances in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and tap.  Logan preformed extensivity with the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater and Edra Toth’s School of Dance his school years.  Logan studied tap with Sue Harrington and Mary Beth Marino, and ballet with Doug Davis, David Sun, John Ling, and Edra Toth, and spent summers training at the Kiorv Ballet Academy in Washington, DC, Bossov Ballet in Maine, and Nutmeg Ballet in Connecticut.  He also participated in the Youth American Grand Prix ballet competition, the most respected ballet competition in the country.   Logan is an accomplished musician, playing the piano/keyboard, drums, and the guitar, is an Eagle Scout from the Northwood Scout Troop and worked summers as a lifeguard and sailing instructor around his dancing.   




 
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.