Jamie Tisbert – Owner/ director Instructor,Choreographer :
Jamie is starting her 17th year as an instructor at Dancesteps etc, and 31st year with Dancesteps. She is blesses with natural ability and talent, she started her dance career with Miss Joan (former owner) at the age of 3, and has become a successful choreographer of 13 years, winning numerous awards at the regional and national level. She spent 10 years as Pembroke academy’s Dance Team Advisor/coach. Jamie’s students find her energy to be endless and feel her ” no nonsense” approach during class brings out the best in them. Jamie’s love and passion for the students and for dance couldn’t be any stronger. As Jamie say’s ” it’s what I was born to do ”
Joan Kelly – Instructor, Choreographer, former owner:
Joan Kelly founded Dancesteps Etc. in July of 1989. She is a certified Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Dance Masters of America (D.M.A.) instructor Originally employed as an engineer while teaching dance on the side, she decided to follow her dream and open her own dance studio In Epsom, NH. With extensive dance, performance, and instructional experience in the fine arts of ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip/hop, lyrical and musical theatre, Joan continues to educate herself by attending workshops and classes whenever possible at such schools as Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center. She is active in local theatre, choreographing and even performing in them whenever possible. Joan has studied under such greats as Savion Glover, Edward Villella, and Steven Boyd. Many of Joan’s student’s achievements have been realized in the form of awards, certificates, various medals, scholarships, and college degrees in dance.
Kiana Moore – Instructor, Choreographer:
Kiana is a dancer, artist and performer from southern New Hampshire. She is a company member for Boston Community Dance Project (BCDP), a contemporary fusion based dance company directed by Sarah-Kararina (SKooJ CorE-O). Kiana is also manger of the BCDP social media pages. She teaches at workshops and conventions with the company, such as ‘MOTIVZE’ and has set choreography for the company as well as danced in their annual show 2018 ‘VOCALIZE!’ She also performs in shows all around New England as well as performed in the 2018 NYC Carnival (Choreographers Ball).
Kiana has a background of training in contemporary, hip hop, ballet, musical theatre, jazz and modern and currently teaches in several areas in Boston and New Hampshire. She is also a company member of Saving Grace Dance Ensemble, an inspirational ballet and modern based company who performs in New Hampshire, Boston and NYC and is a current member of Tilted Colab, a contemporary and improvisational based company. Kiana also has a passion for jazz funk, hiphop, urban, fusion and improvisation classes and has has taken classes with Brian Friedman, Yanis Marshall, Willdabeast Adams, Robert Green and several other artists throughout NYC and Boston. She was also dancer and choreographer for Danceworks Boston for seasons 11 and 12 and has taught at several workshops and studios in a wide range of styles.
Kiana has a passion for storytelling and practices this art form by creating dance concept videos, editing promotional videos for her dance companies and is also a singer and songwriter with music on Spotify and ITunes. While developing her personal artistry, she has performed for both charity and professional events all around New Hampshire, Boston, and New York. Kiana loves various forms of art and has a passion for teaching several styles of dance to children and adults of all ages!
Gwen Collins- Instructor Choreographer:
Lynn Briggs – Instructor, Choreographer:
Lynn grew up in South Kensington, England, where she attended Royal Academy of Music, graduated with Teaching Degree in Classical Ballet, Pointe, Character and Partnering. Lynn Owned and operated her own dance school for 25 years. with her mom Miss Nina, together they hosted RAD summer schools and submitted students for RAD exams for 15 years. Lynn danced professionally with Pennsylvania Ballet, Hartford Ballet , Hartford Opera. She is married lives in Amherst has 3 sons. Currently Miss Lynn is teaching at several dance studios, . Judges dance competitions and is involved with the Miss NH Scholarship pageant.
Isaac Wilson- Instructor Choreographer:
Isaac was a former dancer at Dancesteps Etc for several years and has now come back to us to teach! Dance is a great passion of his! He has been seen teaching at studios such as Kearsarge Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Warner, NH, and has also been over in Bullhead,AZ as a teacher at Spotlight Dance Academy. Although he loves all genres of dance he will be teaching our advanced hip hop class while also doing some strengthening and conditioning classes as well as jazz technique classes. Isaac is very excited to be a part of Dancesteps Etc dance family once again, sharing the love of dance with others!