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									  southern new hampshire
 school & performing company
      Patricia Lavoie, Artistic Director

           Established in 1996
Photo by AnnMarie Lidman

                                  The School
Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater (SNHDT), now regarded as the area’s finest
dance school, was founded in September of 1996. Our highly skilled faculty provides
quality training and a sound education in dance as a performing art. While nurturing
the development of each student’s technical and artistic skills, we also emphasize an
understanding of the inherent traditions that lie behind each dance form. It is our goal
to support the philosophy that dance, much like any art form, is an important part of
our society’s cultural fabric and heritage.

Patricia Lavoie, the school’s founding director and a native of Bedford, not only brings
back to the community her established skills and reputation as a teacher, but also her
knowledge and experience as a professional dancer. Former and current students of
Ms. Lavoie have gone on to dance and train with: American Ballet Theater, The Boston
Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, The Universal Ballet Academy, Ballet
Academy East in NYC, The Nutmeg Ballet, The Rock School of the Pennsylvania
Ballet, The School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, NYU’s Tisch School
of the Arts, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell, Miami
City Ballet, The Cincinnati Ballet, Ajkun Ballet Theatre, Ballet Austin, Walkerdance,
Nevada Ballet Theatre and The Joffrey Ballet.

                           Philosophy of The School
Central to the philosophy of our school is the belief that the process of learning
should be emphasized at all levels. Whether or not a dance career is planned, students
are presented with a curriculum that reflects the standards and traditions of the
dance world today. All disciplines (Ballet, Modern, Jazz, etc.) are presented in their
traditional form. The teachers of SNHDT are dedicated to honoring the traditions of
dance training and nurturing the artistic and technical development of each student.
                              School Syllabus
The Ballet Syllabus at Southern NH Dance Theater is based on the classical Russian
tradition and is further enhanced by the ideas and concepts of several other major
methods and syllabi of training (i.e. Balanchine, Bournonville, Cecchetti, RAD).
Young students are taught the basic elements of classical ballet that are common to
all major syllabi. Intermediate and advanced level students are later introduced to the
number of varying styles that exist among some of the major methods of training.
Additionally, students are exposed to several guest instructors throughout the year
to broaden their knowledge and to ensure versatility. This more universal approach
enables our students to be prepared for the eclectic demands of today’s dance world.

The Modern Syllabus at Southern NH Dance Theater is based primarily on the
teachings and styles of Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey, two of the earliest
pioneers of modern dance. Movement theories and steps common to all forms of
modern dance are also introduced and further explored at upper levels. Intermediate
and advanced students are challenged by increased complexity and length of sequence,
constant level change and use of non traditional phrasing. The Jazz and Tap Syllabus
at Southern NH Dance Theater reflects these traditional American vernacular dance
forms as they have evolved today on the Broadway stage and popular culture.

        Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet
Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet is the school’s affiliate performing company.
The company serves as a training ground for local youths and the pre-professional
student by providing them with intensive training, individual coaching, performing
opportunities, and exposure to master classes from various guest artists. Upper level
students that attend an appropriate number of classes and maintain the required
level of skill and proficiency may be accepted into the company by audition and/or
invitation only. Check our website for this season’s audition and performance dates. A
complete list of guidelines and requirements for the company is available at our studios
and on our website at

Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet, Inc. is a non-profit organization. It is
organized to act as a performing group, with the intent of promoting and encouraging
the knowledge and appreciation of ballet and other dance forms through performance
and education. Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet also participates in community
outreach projects with the intent of bringing dance performances to wider audiences,
including local private and public schools and senior groups. If you know a group who
would be interested in participating or know a company or individual who would like
to help this initiative, please contact our studios.

The Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet presents three major events throughout
the year—the ever popular holiday classic The Nutcracker, as well as a Spring Fling
repertory concert and the school’s Year-End Performance. From time to time, the
Youth Ballet will do business as, and appear or perform under, the name Southern New
Hampshire Dance Theater.
                                                           The Faculty
                                      Patricia Lavoie, Artistic Director [Ballet, Pointe & Variations]
Photo by David Sun

                                       A native of Bedford, NH, Ms. Lavoie has danced professionally with the
                                       Connecticut Ballet, New Jersey Ballet and the Des Moines Ballet. She received
                                       training at Point Park College, the Pennsylvania Ballet and in New York
                                       City with Robert Blankshine, Chris D’Amboise, Nannette Glushak, David
                                       Howard, Finis Jhung, John Prinz, Gerard Sibbrett and BoJan Spassoff. In
                        addition to teaching extensively throughout the NH area, Ms. Lavoie has taught for the Des
                        Moines Ballet School, the Newton Arts Center and Spectrum Dance Theater.

                                      Lea Apple [Ballet]
Photo by A. Lidman

                                      Ms. Apple began her dance training in NH under the direction of Arlene
                                      Ashton. She then studied in NYC under the direction of Margaret Craske
                                      and Diana Byer. She danced professionally with New York Theater Ballet
                                      Company. Ms. Apple graduated magna cum laude from Bradford College with
                                      a BFA in Creative Arts. She currently teaches at various local dance studios.

                                      Nancy Bilodeau [Ballet]
Photo by David Sun

                                      Ms. Bilodeau is a former member of the Boston Ballet, where she danced
                                      professionally for over seven years. As a member of the company, she appeared
                                      in two world tours, including a tour in London with Rudolph Nureyev. She
                                      received her early training at the LaPierre School of Dance, Boston Ballet, and
                                      The School of American Ballet.

                                      Lynn Cote [Ballet]
                                      Ms. Cote studied dance at such prestigious schools as the Maryland School of
                                      Ballet, The America Ballet Theater Summer School and The Academy of The
                                      Washington Ballet. She was a founding member and principal dancer with
                                      Washington Ballet. Ms. Cote had ballets created for her by Choo-San Goh
                                      including Birds of Paradise, Schubert Symphony, and Fives. She held the
                                      title of resident choreographer at The Washington Ballet and has received
                                      numerous awards for her professional choreography.

                                      Douglas Davis [Boy’s Ballet & Pas de Deux]
Photo by David Sun

                                      A former scholarship student at The School of American Ballet, Mr. Davis has
                                      danced professionally with the Los Angeles Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Frankfurt
                                      Ballet and The Bern Ballet. In addition to teaching throughout the New
                                      England area, Mr. Davis is a faculty member and artist-in-residence with SNHDT.

                                      Melissa Desrosiers [Modern Dance, Adult Classes]
Photo by David Sun

                                      Ms. Desrosiers received her early training with Patricia Rousseau in
                                      Merrimack, NH, and performed locally with Granite State Ballet, Burklyn
                                      Ballet Theatre, Spectrum Dance Theater and Jennie & Company. She earned
                                      a BFA degree in Dance Performance at Butler University in Indianapolis. Ms.
                                      Desrosiers has been with SNHDT since it opened in 1996.

                                      Tracy DiJulia [Pre-School Classes]
Photo by Tanya Hurley

                                      Ms. DiJulia has been teaching throughout the New Hampshire and
                                      Massachusetts area since 1997. She received her early training at Donna
                                      Miceli’s Dance Center in Tewksbury, MA. She has performed with the
                                      Northeast Youth Ballet, Youth Dance Company, Granite State Ballet and the
                                      American Express Cruise Festival.
                     Robyn Goulette [Ballet, Modern]
Photo by A. Lidman

                     Ms. Goulette holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Boston
                     Conservatory. She has danced professionally with the Granite State Ballet,
                     MJT Dance Company and North Shore Civic Ballet. She served as Assistant
                     Director of Dance at the Franklin School for Performing Arts. Ms. Goulette
                     also owned and directed Spectrum Dance Company for nine years.

                     AnnMarie Lidman [Ballet & Pre-School Classes]
Photo by A. Lidman

                     Ms. Lidman has many years of dance training in classical ballet, including
                     several years at SNHDT. Her training also includes modern dance and tap.
                     She currently teaches at various local dance studios and has been instrumental
                     in the development of our children’s summer dance programs. Ms. Lidman
                     also owns her own professional photography studio, specializing in portraits as
                     well as dance and theater events.

                     Kerry Margolin [Tap & Jazz]
                     A native of Londonderry, Kerry trained at Melissa Hoffman Dance Center.
                     She also studied at The University of Arizona where she graduated with a
                     Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She has performed with the Arizona Opera
                     and dances as a Rockette in the national tour of the world-renowned Radio
                     City Christmas Spectacular. Kerry has experience teaching numerous styles of
                     dance at studios in NH and Tucson.

                     Theresa Sculley [PreSchool Classes & Ballet]
Photo by A. Lidman

                     Ms. Sculley began her ballet training at the Classical Ballet School of RI
                     where she eventually became a soloist performer and a teacher. She continued
                     her training locally at Granite State Ballet. She has taught dance at many
                     schools including Broadway Bound Performing Arts Center and Success
                     Dance & Performing Arts Center. Ms. Sculley also owned and directed a local
                     pre-school for 10 years where movement and music were an important part of
                     the curriculum.

                     David Sun [Ballet & Pointe]
Photo by David Sun

                     Mr. Sun received his primary ballet training from Richard Thomas and
                     Barbara Fallis, at the New York School of Ballet. He has taught extensively
                     throughout the Northeast since 1989, including Boston College, Boston
                     Ballet and The Ballet Space. Mr. Sun has taught various classes at SNHDT
                     since its inception.

                     Marina Van Winkle [Ballet & Pointe]
Photo by David Sun

                     Ms. Van Winkle is a graduate of the A.M. Gorky Teaching Institute in
                     Kiev and holds an M.S. in Education. She has performed with the Classical
                     Dance Ensemble in Kiev, appearing in both principal classical and character
                     roles. She has taught for The Classical Dance Ensemble in Kiev, the Colonial
                     Figure Skating Club, The Acton School of Ballet and The NH Academy of
                     Performing Arts.

                     Sallie Werst [Jazz]
Photo by A. Lidman

                     Ms. Werst is a graduate of Pace University receiving a B.A. in Business with
                     an Art Minor. A former student of SNHDT, she has danced in performances
                     of Don Quixote, Giselle, La Bayadère, Black Swan Pas of Swan Lake, George
                     Balanchine’s Valse Fanatisie, and The Nutcracker. Ms. Werst was introduced
                     to the hip-hop style at a workshop in NYC with dancer/choreographer Darrin
                     Henson and continued with classes at STEPS, Broadway Dance Center, and
                     Dance New Amsterdam.
               Guest Instructors
Benjamin Briones [Ballet & Pointe]
Mr. Briones was born in Mexico City and is a graduate of The National School
of Classical Ballet, The National School of Contemporary Dance and The
Royal Academy of Dancing in Mexico City. His performing and teaching
credits include Ballet Austin, New Haven Ballet, Connecticut Ballet & Ballet
Theatre of Annapolis. Mr. Briones is currently the ballet master and resident
choreographer for Staten Island Ballet.

Jeremy Collins [Ballet]
Mr. Collins is a former Principal Dancer of the American Ballet Theatre and
Principal Guest Artist with the San Francisco Ballet. He began his ballet
training at the age of ten at the Northampton School of Ballet. At sixteen, he
began studying at the School of American Ballet in New York City. He was
appointed Soloist in 1989 and Principal Dancer in 1992 at ABT. Mr. Collins
has also been a Guest Artist with Stars of the American Ballet and the New
York City Ballet.

Kelly Doremus Stuart [Modern]
Ms. Stuart received her B.S. degree in Dance, with a concentration in Dance
Therapy from Skidmore College. She has been a roster artist and trainer with
the VSA Arts of NH since 1985. Professional teaching credits include theater
faculty of New England College, associate artistic director and choreographer
for Petit Papillon and the Children’s Ballet Theater of NH.

Laura Hall [Tap]
Ms. Hall has studied dance extensively with Jeanette Neill and Danny
Buraczeski. She performed locally with Jennie & Company and West End
Dance Company. She works as a physical therapist assistant at Apple Therapy
Services in Bedford, NH. She is a certified Pilates Practitioner through Polstar

Joyce King [Jazz]
Ms. King is currently on faculty at Steps on Broadway in NYC and has taught
internationally at Dance Works, Dansstage Dance Festival, the Paris Centre.
She has also been on faculty at Peridance in NYC. She has performed in such
musicals as Cats, A Chorus Line and Fame. Ms. King is a former company
member of Impulse Dance Co.

Lori Mello [Jazz, Tap & Theater Dance]
A former member of the world famous Radio City Music Hall Rockettes in
New York City, Ms. Mello has appeared on the David Letterman Show, Good
Morning America, and the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She has
shared the stage with Joel Grey in Cabaret and with Mickey Rooney in A
Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Ms. Mello has also trained
with such notable instructors as Lynn Simonson, Michael Shawn, Ann
Reinking and Lee Theodore, founder of American Dance Machine.
                     Peter Pawlyshyn [Ballet, Pointe & Character Dance]
                     Mr. Pawlyshyn is a graduate of the Professional Division of the Royal
                     Winnipeg Ballet School, where later he joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. He
                     also holds a Graduate Certificate from the Pavlo Virsky Character Studio in
                     Kiev, Ukraine. He has danced with Louisville Ballet, Nevada Dance Theater
                     and Boston Ballet. Upon retiring from dancing, he was invited to join the staff
                     of the Boston Ballet School, where he taught for seven years. Mr. Pawlyshyn is
                     currently the Director of the Kansas City Ballet School.

                     Joan Talarico [Dance Conditioning]
Photo by David Sun

                     Ms. Talarico is a certified Pilates Instructor through both the Physical
                     Mind Institute and the Stott Institute. In 2000, she founded The Studio, a
                     Pilates-based movement center. Ms. Talarico performed locally with Ballet
                     Arts Dance Ensemble and the Granite State Ballet. She considers her work
                     with Marcus Schulkind as a significant influence in her presentation of the
                     Pilates method.

                     Amberlee Timm [Pilates & Yoga Fusion]
                     Ms. Timm received her BFA in Modern Dance Performance from the
                     Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase in New York. Through dance she
                     traveled across the US and all over the world including Hong Kong, Spain,
                     and London. She pursued her teacher training in 2007 and became a certified
                     Kripalu Yoga Teacher and then a Rasamaya Teacher in 2009. Ms. Timm has
                     studied many forms of yoga including Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Jivamukti.
                     She received her Power Pilates Mat certification in 2008.

                                                                                 Photo by AnnMarie Lidman
              Summer Programs
              In addition to the regular school year
              (September through June), Southern New
              Hampshire Dance Theater offers a variety
              of classes and special dance programs

              during July and August. Information on all
              summer classes and program registrations
              are generally available to students and
              parents by early spring.

              Audition notices and information for upper
              level programs at other schools across the
              country (including Boston Ballet, Central
              Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, The Rock
              School, School of American Ballet, and
              Pacific Northwest Ballet) are also available
              to students on the school bulletin board

              throughout the year.

              Summer Session
              Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater
              offers a variety of afternoon and evening
              classes for all ages in ballet, modern,
              jazz, and tap during the month of July,
              including adult and pre-school classes.
              Registration is recommended in advance.
              Students may participate in classes for the
              entire month or may “drop-in” as available.
              The class schedule is usually based loosely
              on the regular school year schedule.

                                       Photos by AnnMarie Lidman
Princess Camp
This princess-themed dance camp is designed for girls ages
3-6. The program lasts for 3 half days and incorporates
beginner dance instruction and princess crafts. The camp
ends with a dance presentation and crowning ceremony.
Two sessions are usually offered. Enrollment is limited!

Pirate Camp
This pirate-themed camp is designed for boys ages 4-6.
The program is three fun-filled mornings of all things
pirate. Taught by male faculty, boys will explore dance and
movement while participating in pirate activities and games.
Enrollment is limited!

Children’s Summer Dance Camp
This program offers children ages 5-8 the opportunity to
study ballet, tap, jazz and choreography for one full week.
Two sessions are usually offered with both half-day and
full-day programs available. Dance classes are generally held
in the morning hours. Children in the full-day program
participate in a variety of fun and creative activities in the
afternoons centered on performing and creative arts.

Young Dancer’s Summer Program
This program is designed for the beginner and/or
intermediate dancer ages 8–12. It is an introduction to
more serious dance training. Previous dance training is
required for this program. Students receive a daily ballet
class along with an additional class in jazz, modern dance
and/or body conditioning. Both half-day and full-day
programs are available. Dance classes are generally held
in the morning hours. Children in the full-day program
participate in a variety of age appropriate activities in the
afternoons centered on performing and creative arts.

Two-Week Summer Intensive
This program is designed for serious dance students
ages 9 and up. Students receive a daily ballet class along
with additional classes (including, but not limited to) in
modern dance, jazz, conditioning, character dance, injury
prevention and dance history. Various guest artists are often
brought in throughout the two-week period. No audition is
required for the Two-Week Summer Intensive. Applications
are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are
placed into levels based on age and ability. For those who
are unable to attend two weeks, the option
to attend one week is also available.
Pre-Dance & Pre-School Classes [Ages 2–4]
Children are introduced to the fundamentals of dance in a fun and creative mode.
Children are encouraged to participate independently from parents/caregivers. Using
ballet principles and vocabulary, students learn classroom etiquette, body awareness,
movement exploration and musicality in a positive environment. At age 4, simple
elements of tap are incorporated to enhance coordination and rhythm. Classes meet
once a week.

Pre-Ballet [Ages 4-6]
This is preparation for basic ballet study. Elementary positions and exercises are
introduced at this level in a fun and positive environment. Posture, musicality and
coordination are emphasized. Classes meet once a week.

Tap & Ballet [Ages 5 & 6]
This class provides an introduction to the fundamentals of both tap and ballet while
emphasizing proper alignment, coordination, musicality and good habits for physical
exercise. Classes meet once a week.

Classical Ballet [Ages 7 & Up]
Studied in its traditional form and structure, these classes are graded by age and
ability, levels 1 through 7. Proper body alignment, classical line, musicality and ballet
vocabulary are emphasized at all levels. Students are taught the basic elements of
classical ballet that are common to all major syllabi.

Pointe Class
Participation in any pointe class requires permission from the instructor. The
minimum required study for pointe class is three regular ballet technique classes per
week in addition to the pointe class.

Boy’s Ballet [Ages 6 & Up]
Classical ballet in its traditional form and structure, these classes are geared specifically
towards the technical development of the male dancer. Boy’s classes are taught by male
faculty members.

Adult/Open Classes
In addition to classes specifically geared for adult students, adults are welcome to
attend any number of classes in our regular program. Our goal is to provide both
novice and experienced individuals the opportunity to study dance and/or exercise in a
supportive environment, regardless of experience or prior training. Single class fees are
available, and there are no restrictions on the dance apparel worn in class.
Modern [Ages 9 & Up]
Graded by age and ability, the Modern dance syllabus at SNHDT is based primarily
on the teachings and styles of Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey. Movement
theories and steps common to all forms of modern dance are also introduced and
further explored at upper levels. Intermediate and advanced students are challenged
by increased complexity and length of sequence, constant level change and use of
non-traditional phrasing.

Jazz [Ages 7 & Up]
Graded by age and ability, the Jazz program focuses on developing strong lines,
technique, a command of proper terminology and an understanding of the body’s
center of movement. Styles of concentration include modern jazz as well as a
combination of vernacular and contemporary movement. Jazz dance also emphasizes
the body’s natural response to the rhythms and syncopated beats of jazz music.

Tap [Ages 7 & Up]
Graded by age and ability, the Tap program incorporates a blend of both buck and
rhythm tap styles. These classes will emphasize technique, terminology, precision
and strong rhythmic skills.

Level Placement
All students, returning and/or new,
will be advised by the appropriate
instructor(s) for proper level placement.
All students are placed according to age
and ability. In most cases, particularly
new students, the first class will serve as
placement class.

Advancement: It is commonplace for a
student to remain in a particular level
for at least two years or more. This is
often the time needed for a student to
progress from simply executing a step to
completely mastering it. Time, training
and patience are sure to show steady
progress. When possible, a placement
audition will be held for new students to
assure proper level placement.
                           Dress Requirements
Pre-Dance, Pre-School 1 & 2, Tap & Ballet
Pink leotard, any style
Pink or white tights, pink ballet shoes
Black tap shoes (Pre-School 2 and Tap & Ballet only)
Boys: Sweatpants or gym shorts, white t-shirt and
black ballet shoes

Pre-Ballet 1 & 2
White leotard, any style
Pink or white tights, pink ballet shoes
Boys: Sweatpants or gym shorts, white t-shirt and
black ballet shoes

Ballet Levels 1-7
Levels 1-6: Black leotard, any style
Level 7: Any color leotard, any style
All levels: Pink tights and pink shoes
Hair must be worn in a bun or similar style.
Short hair must be secured with a band.

Boy’s Ballet
Plain, solid-colored T-shirt (white preferred)
Black tights, jazz pants or dark sweatpants
White or black ballet shoes

Solid color leotard and tights                      Hair must be secured and away
Bare feet: NO SHOES                                 from the face for ALL classes.
Jazz pants may be worn with permission.
                                                 Skirts are permitted in pointe classes,
Jazz                                             and at the discretion of the instructor
Solid color leotard and tights                            for all other classes.
Jazz pants may be worn with permission.
NO shorts or biker shorts                                    No Jewelry
Jazz oxfords or jazz sneakers                                 No Gum
                                                            No Costumes
                                                 No extra clothing may be worn in class.
Solid color leotard and tights
                                                     Leg warmers are allowed by
Jazz pants may be worn with permission.
                                                  permission of the instructor only.
NO shorts or biker shorts
Black tap shoes                                   There are no restrictions on apparel
                                                    worn for adult classes. Simple,
                                                 comfortable clothing is recommended.
Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater also offers an information-rich website, In a continuing effort to promote the school and performing
company within the community, the site is accessible to students, instructors and
parents, as well as the general public.

Announcements, news, performance dates, ticket information, tuition rates and faculty
bios are just a few of the items on the site. There is also a photo gallery where you can
view scenes from recent and past performances.

Class schedules are posted on the site at the beginning of each session, as well as any
audition dates. We encourage everyone to visit the site and take a look around!

Photos by AnnMarie Lidman

                                Sprung Floors
Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater’s studios provide a unique feature for our
students with custom designed, free-floating sprung floors. These floors are specifically
designed for dance training, effectively preventing injuries and reducing fatigue.
                           Class Requirements
All students enrolled in ballet levels 4-7 have a minimum required study, which
means they are required to attend more than once a week. Please review our Class
Descriptions for more details on each level’s requirements.

All students enrolled in pointe must attend a minimum of three technique classes
per week, in addition to pointe class.

 Intermediate and advanced level students are advised to take a minimum of 3 to 4
technique classes per week to increase strength, stamina and maintain the proficiency
that is required at their level.

 To enroll in the intermediate or advanced modern, jazz or tap technique classes, the
student must also be in Ballet Level 5 or higher, or have previous training in that
discipline and permission of the instructor.

Consistent attendance is critical to consistent progress. It is helpful when students
and families inform the school and/or instructor of anticipated absences prior to class
time. It is essential that students arrive for class on time. A late arrival does not allow
sufficient time to warm-up and can cause injuries. Late arrivals can, at times, disrupt
class concentration. Classes missed may be made up in another class of similar duration
and level. Arrangements for all make-up classes must be made with the instructor.

                              Studio Etiquette
Students may not enter class late or leave without permission of the instructor. No food
is allowed in the studios. Water bottles are allowed in the studios at the discretion of
the instructor(s). Students are expected to be respectful of the facilities and all faculty
and staff.

                          Student Information
Important school notices, schedules and audition information are frequently posted on
the school bulletin board, located in the school lobby. It is the responsibility of each
student and family to check the board before and after class. When possible, additional
notices will be made for students to bring home.
                            Class Observation
Parents and guests are welcome to view classes at any time through the studio’s
observation windows. Those who wish to observe in the classroom must receive permission
from the instructor in advance. Parents are invited to watch classes at all levels so that
they may become familiar with the school and the progression of instruction.

                   Parent/Teacher Conferences
We encourage parents and students to call the school anytime they have questions or
concerns. Consideration for both the parent and student is of utmost importance to
our staff. For extended conferences with instructors, we encourage parents to call the
school to arrange for a meeting. Please keep in mind that teachers are often scheduled
to teach consecutive classes. The need to begin and end class on time does not always
allow ample time for faculty to meet with parents in between classes. Scheduled
conferences will allow for a more comfortable setting.

        Class Cancellation Due to Bad Weather
During inclement weather, Southern NH Dance Theater will post any cancellations
on the radio station website Students and parents may also call
(603) 625-9272 where a message will be left on the school answering machine in the
event that classes are canceled. If a separate make-up class cannot be scheduled for
those classes canceled during bad weather, students are welcome to attend another
equivalent class on the schedule.

                          Parking at SNHDT
Englewood Park (where SNHDT studios are located) has reserved parking, and
Southern NH Dance Theater has exclusive use of the four spaces in front of our units
and in back of the building. In addition to the reserved parking, we have access to all
of the spaces marked “visitor parking.” During business hours, we ask all students and
parents to please use these areas. Parking is more flexible during evening hours. Please
always try to park in a designated parking spot and do not block the flow of traffic.

For everyone’s safety we ask that students arriving for class be dropped off at the
front of the building. Students waiting to be picked up after class are asked to please
wait inside until your ride arrives. Children are not allowed to play in or around
the parking area, as it is occupied by several other businesses and can be a busy area,
especially in the late afternoon. All questions regarding parking should be directed to
the front desk.
                  Registration, Tuition and Fees
A completed registration form and a registration fee are required of all students at
Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater. We refer to all registration forms for
valuable information such as an emergency contact, student allergies, mailing addresses
and various important phone numbers. If any of your or your child’s personal or
contact information should change during the school year, please inform someone at
the front desk as soon as possible.

Tuition for the regular school year is based on the total number of weeks that classes
are in session from September through June. The total yearly tuition (September
through June) is paid in two-month increments. There are five installments throughout
the year, due on the first of September, November, January, March and May. Tuition
may not be sub-divided by the single class or pro-rated.

Tuition may also be paid by the single class. The single class fee must be paid before
entering the classroom at the time of the class you attend.

A late fee is automatically applied after the 1st of the month when tuition is due,
if payment has not yet been received. Payment in full is required, regardless of class
attendance. Refunds are not given for classes missed or unattended. Tuition is non-
refundable and non-transferable.

At Southern NH Dance Theater, you may choose to pay tuition and other fees using
a variety of payment methods. Please refer to our website or ask someone at the front
desk for more details. Cash payments must be in the exact amount. Payments by cash
or personal check may be dropped off at the studio during our regular class hours or
mailed to:

Southern NH Dance Theater
P.O. Box 10286
Bedford, NH 03110

For exact tuition amounts please refer to the school’s Tuition & Fees Listing.

                                                                                 Photo by David Sun
                   Recognition of Artistic Excellence
                                    George Balanchine Trust
                                    On more than one occasion, SNHYB has been
                                    recommended by repetiteurs of the George
                                    Balanchine Trust (including Darla Hoover and
                                    Deborah Wingert, both formerly of New York
                                    City Ballet) to be granted permission to perform
                                    Mr. Balanchine’s ballet, Valse-Fantaisie. Dancers
                                    from the Youth Ballet had the distinct honor of
                                    performing this renowned ballet in 2001, 2002
                                    and 2007. Ms. Hoover and Ms. Wingert worked
                                    closely with the dancers to stage this ballet.

Regional Dance America
Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet (SNHYB), the school’s
affiliate performing company, is a member with performing
status of Regional Dance America (RDA) Northeast, a
national organization of pre-professional dance companies.
Evaluated in the spring of 2005, SNHYB is the first company
from New Hampshire—and currently the only company from
New England—to be accepted into this prestigious organization. SNHYB dancers
participate in the Northeast Regional Festival, hosted by a different RDA company
each year. Our dancers take master classes and seminars with renowned teachers from
professional companies and are seen by teachers, directors, choreographers and other
dance professionals from around the world. SNHYB dancers also perform at each
festival. For more information, visit

Professional Choreography
Because of the high level of training and enthusiasm displayed by our company
dancers, SNHYB has attracted the interest of internationally renowned choreographers.
Among them are: Chiara Ajkun, founder and co-artistic director of Ajkun Ballet
                                        Theatre in New York City; Peter Pawlyshyn,
                                        Director of Kansas City Ballet School ; Kitty
                                        Seale, Artistic Director of Alabama Dance
                                        Theatre; Lynn Cote former principal dancer and
                                        resident choreographer for The Washington
                                        Ballet and Jeremy Collins, former principal
                                        dancer with American Ballet Theatre and
                                        San Francisco Ballet.

Photos by AnnMarie Lidman
           The Nutcracker
Every holiday season, Southern New Hampshire
Dance Theater presents its annual production of
The Nutcracker. Auditions for this classic ballet
are held in September and are open to all ballet
students and children ages 8 and up at SNHDT.
Participation in the audition and production is
voluntary. Before deciding to participate in The
Nutcracker, students and their families should
carefully consider the large time commitment
required for rehearsals and performances.
Check our website for the dates and times of the
auditions and of the shows. A list of guidelines
and requirements for participation in the
production is available at the studio and on our
website at

Southern NH Dance Theater traditionally
performs The Nutcracker with a live symphony
orchestra and several professional guest artists.

                                                    Photos by AnnMarie Lidman
              Spring Fling - Repertory Concert
Since 2001, Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet
has celebrated the coming of spring with Spring
Fling, a presentation of several classical and original
works from guest choreographers and the SNHDT
faculty. Works presented at past concerts include:
Madeline & The Red Shoes (based on the Madeline
children’s story); the comedic ballet Graduation Ball
choreographed by David Lichine; Angelina Ballerina,
The Understudy (based on the Katharine Holabird
books); The Magic Toyshop (La Boutique Fantasque),
a fun and colorful classical ballet intertwined with
international character dances; and Fairy Houses – The
Ballet based on the children’s series by NH author &
illustrator Tracy Kane.

                                                                                          Photos by AnnMarie Lidman
                Annual Year-End Performance
Each year, the students of Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater are invited to
participate in the school’s annual Year-End Performance. The performance is
generally held near the end of May. Rehearsals for most classes are held within the
student’s regular class times. Ballet classes level 5-7 generally rehearse outside of
regular class times during weekend hours, so as not to disrupt class progression.

                                      All students participating in the Year-End
                                      Performance must pay a performance/costume
                                      fee. In order to keep costuming costs to a
                                      minimum, SNHDT chooses simple costume
                                      elements such as leotards, skirts, unitards or
                                      simple dresses. In some cases, shoes may need
                                      to be purchased separately. Costumes for ballet
                                      levels 5-7 are rented, as they are generally more
                                      elaborate and are provided by the SNHDT
                                      costume shop.
southern new hampshire dance theater
                 P.O. Box 10286
         Englewood Park, 19 Harvey Road
               Bedford, NH 03110

               (603) 625-9272

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