Faculty

Jamie Tisbert

Owner/Director, Instructor,Choreographer 

    Jamie is blessed with natural ability and talent. She started Dancing at age 2.5 under the watchful direction of Joan Kelly, who established Dancesteps in 1989. Joans Father was featured as a dancer on the Ed Sullivan Show and taught dance at ARTSTONE DANCE STUDIO, New York, NY.

Jamie took over as owner of the studio in July 2018.

Jamie began competing at age 3, Winning numerous overall high score dance awards, dance titles and special awards. Crowned Ms. Dance at several Competition from age 3-18 years old, Jamie has also studied at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center in New York.

In 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 Jamie tested in the RAD “Royal Academy of Dance,” and received scores of highly commended and commended.

Jamie started choreographing at age 12, going on to win numerous choreography awards at multiple competitions/events.

Jamie has choreographed for several local theatres, one including Concord Childrens Theatre Group. Jamie Ran the 2020 “Rhythm of the Night,” in which she has danced at since age 4. She will run it again for Rhythms 30th anniversary in January 2021! She was also Pembroke Academys Dance Team Coach from 2009-2018. For 10 years, Jamie molded a successful Highschool Dance Team which went on to win local high school dance competitions, along with fundraising and performing at local events. Some including Recycled Percussion and the Monarchs.

Jamie Continues to choreograph and produce annual Holiday Shows as well as the Schools annual Spring Recital at Concord City Auditorium. Her students have won numerous High scores as well as Title awards.

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, hip hop, 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 Dance works 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 Dudley- Instructor, Choreographer

 

 

Corey Starr

Instructor, Choreographer:

    Corey has been dancing since the age of five, and spent a majority of her childhood dancing with Paula Meola’s Dance and Performing Arts Inc based out of Sterling, MA. Competing since the age of 8, attending competitions across the east coast, as well as competing nationally, gave her a great sense of performance and an appreciation for the art of dance.

    Corey furthered her education by attending the dance program at Dean College in Franklin, MA. Having opportunities to train under instructors such as Jill Silverman, Jean Wenzel, Kelly Peters and Joan Pallodino among many others. She really matured as a dancer and choreographer at Dean, where she co-created the first hip hop crew, and also choreographing many routines for student showcases. After Dean she moved on to start teaching at studios throughout the North East, and has been educating for over ten years. Choreographing for competitive level groups, in which her routines would receive top overall scores as well as special awards.

    Corey has also attended many conventions and summit teacher functions to always stay fresh and inspired with choreography and to continue learning- which never stops! Training with well known choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Rhapsody James, Thelma Goldberg, Marty Kudelka, Rhee Gold and Mandy Moore. She has experience with all genres of dance, however specializes in Tap and Hip Hop.

    Her style focuses a a lot on syncopation of rhythms in tap, with a more hoofing style. She enjoys instructing all ages of dancers and it is impossible for her to choose her favorite discipline, she loves it all! She truly loves what she does, and feels so thankful to be able to live out her passion on a daily basis, and to be able to share it with others.

 

Heather Birch- Instructor:

    Heather is the owner and operator of Insight Therapeutic Massage, located in Concord, NH. She is passionate about helping people as much as she can from birth to hospice. Before opening her massage practice in Concord, NH, she worked in Food and Nutrition for over 22 years.

​    In early 2014 she left her job with the state of New Hampshire Hospital where she worked full time since 2002. She decided to grow her practice and dedicate her time to what she loves: helping and caring for others’ well being, working with her client’s specific needs and helping them achieve their personal goals.

    She resolves muscular tension with relaxing massage techniques and help clients achieve a relaxed state of well-being, which is a great accomplishment for both. She will continue to research information for all of her clients specific needs.

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