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Ashlee

Ashlee Rowley

Owner/Artistic Director - Instructor

Miss Ashlee has been with various New England dance studios teaching all levels of dancers and styles. She has been involved in the dance world since birth; taking classes, performing, competing, teaching, choreographing and facilitating summer and fall programming, putting together shows and productions, fundraisers, competitions, community service and much more. Dance has always been a passion for Miss Ashlee - she always knew her happy place was the dance studio. Reflecting on what dance has done for her and given her over the past 20 years of her life - she knew it was her time to give those same memories to students in the Lake Sunapee Region and surrounding area. 

 

She has a bachelor's degree in Business Management with a focus on leadership and small business and she is recognized through the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston & the American Society through written and performance exams. She continues taking master classes and workshops with world renowned teachers and choreographers. She continues her studio management and small business skills through many different mediums with some of the best and biggest studio and business owners in the industry. She has taught at numerous studios bringing a fun, spunky and exciting approach to all her classes. Ashlee has lead dance groups to perform at places like Hershey Park in Pennsylvania as well as Walt Disney World in Florida. Many of her students have gone on to to college to major and/or minor in dance as well as to take and teach classes. DAA is a second home for many students and Ashlee hopes to maintain a nurturing and educational environment where dancers of all ages and abilities are valued and welcomed. 

 

Ashlee believes that dance classes are fantastic for kids of all ages to help them learn responsibility, accountability, differential learning, teamwork, expression, exercise for life and most importantly self-esteem and confidence. Ashlee likes to broaden her student's horizons with different music and styles of choreography. She is excited each year to meet and grow new students, new programs, new classes and new opportunities!

Kim

Kim Rowley

Head of the Ballet Program - Instructor - Studio Manager

Kim started dance a little later than most but immediately found her passion. Taking any available class offered she was able to investigate numerous genres of dance with notable educators such as Sam Fiorello, Mia Michaels, Gus Giordano, Patsy Swazy, Jo Rowan and Finis Jhung and including programs from; Lawton City Ballet, Southwest Oklahoma Dance Alliance, Maine Dance Teacher's Club, Vermont, Boston and New York City. 

 

Kim has her Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education and is recognized to teach dance through Dance Teacher's Club of Boston & the American Society of which she has been a member for over 25 years. Through DTCB Kim has been a past member of the student workshop committee and currently sits on the membership examining committee. This summer Kim will be a second year advisor for the DTCB Dance Education Training Course of which she is a graduate and has sent numerous students through this program as well. Over the years Kim has created dance studio curriculum, associate and assistant teacher training programs, she has choreographed award winning routines for competition teams and has taken home "Classic Choreography" awards. 

 

Miss Kim continues to further her dance education in order to bring the current styles and techniques to her students so they can become the best dancers they can be. She hopes to encourage more students to enjoy the art form of ballet. Miss Kim has become Acrobatic Arts Level One certified and will continue to train in this program to bring new experiences to her students. 

Bry

Bryanna K. Rowley

Instructor / Choreographer

Bry is a dancer from the New England area and has studied dance education her entire adult life. She began dancing when she was two years old and has never looked back! Bry grew up in a studio setting, surrounded by many individuals from multiple walks of life. From her technique classes, competitive dance training, community performances, master classes, and teacher workshops, she has always found joy in storytelling and community engagement. The relationships that are built through dance are irreplaceable and will forever be a part of her life. She graduated from the Dance Education Training Course in 2010 and went on to become a member of the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston soon after. This is where local studios, from the New England area, come together and share new, fun ideas and opportunities to further their students’ education. Bry went on to study dance at Roger Williams University through their dance major, theater arts, dance team, and dance club programs. In each setting, she was able to understand what it takes to not only be a choreographer, but a teacher. As much as she loved performing, her true love was being able to create. Henry David Thoreau said; “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Movement through dance has limitless possibilities. It can make you see the world differently, even just for a moment. But the impact is everlasting. After she graduated RWU in 2015, she went on to teach and choreograph for many different studios with a variety of expectations. This pushed her insecurities and gave her so many gifts to pass on to her students for generations to come. Bry’s only wish for her students is to never forget how special a dance family is, and that no matter what life brings, they can always find joy in what they create together. “Creativity doesn’t wait for the perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.” ~Bruce Garrabrandt

Brianna

Brianna Renner

Senior Instructor / Choreographer

Brianna fell in love with ballet at a very young age, and for over 30 years her passion for dance has never wavered. As a student at the Merrimack School of Dance, the Granite State Ballet, and the Boston Ballet, Brianna has participated in many shows and competitions. While a Marine stationed in Iwakuni, Japan Brianna established dance programs for both children and adults. Brianna has been a part of the DAA faculty since its opening in 2016. She teaches the Petite Performers sessions as well as ballet, tap, and lyrical and is a Certified Level 1 Cecchetti Ballet Instructor. 

Marisa

Marisa Cota

Instructor / Choreographer

Marisa Cota has been a staff member since 2019 beginning as, and continuing to be, the Summer Events Coordinator for the Summer Programming at DAA. She has been dancing for 18 years, including four years on the Southern New Hampshire University Performance and Competition Teams. Marisa is immersed in the world of studio hip-hop and loves teaching it to the upcoming generations. Marisa is a member of the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston along with Dance Masters of America New England. 

Syd

Sydney Laurendeau

Associate Instructor / Choreographer

Bio coming soon!

2023-2024 Teachers Assistants

  • Teacher Ani

  • Miss Emmy

  • Miss Natalie

  • Miss Riley

  • Miss Hadleigh

 

At DAA we also enjoy having Guest Instructors from other states & studios!

  • Katrina Murray-Damiano from Massachusetts

  • Stephanie Bevilacqua from DNE School of Dance

  • Nicole Benoit from New York City

  • Ceasar Barajas from New York City

  • Megan Mavor of The Newport Ballroom

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