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
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 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.
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 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 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 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.