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. One of Miss Ashlee's summer students from New York was recently accepted into the Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Program in Michigan. 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!
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.
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 member of both the Granite State Ballet as well as the Boston Ballet Brianna has participated in many shows and competitions. As a Marine stationed in Iwakuni, Japan Brianna established dance programs for both children and adults. Brianna is currently an Associate Instructor at Dance Arts Academy where she teaches ballet and tap. Brianna is also a certified Yoga Instructor with over 500 hours of formal training. She is the co-founder of Namaste Newport, and the Director of Programs at the Veterans Yoga Project.
Instructor - Choreographer
Marisa's bio coming soon!