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Christina has dedicated many years to the students of the Monadnock Region. She has a true passion for helping students become the best they can be. Whether as a dancer, performer or other professional career.
Miss Christina began her training at the Philadelphia Performing Arts School at the age of eleven, on a full scholarship. At this prestigious school, Christina took daily classes in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Spanish & Character Dance. Other aspects of the performing arts were also studied; acting, voice, dance history, & Labanotation. Partnering, piano and music history, as well as set design, stage makeup, costuming and choreography were also studied. After attending the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, she went on to dance professionally with the Pennsylvania Ballet Company, Wildflowers ll and the Delaware Opera Society, performing in Ballets and Opera's such as Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Rumpelstiltskin, Die Fleidermouse, Carmen and many others. Her summers were spent attending dance programs and taking master classes with renowned teachers such as Benjamin Harkarvy, Melissa Hayden, David Howard, Alvin Ailey, Andrew Pap & Lupe Sorano. She danced for Rudolph Nureyev when he was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Arts. She has been teaching and choreographing for over 35 years, including the Well School, Northern Lights Dance Theatre & The New Hampshire Dance Institute.
She is proud of the many students that have trained under her, many of which have gone on to pursue dance in higher education and to dance professionally.
CREATIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Miss Riley is especially invested in giving students a true sense of the arts and dance. She works tirelessly to bring a unique and strong sense of self to each dancer at MAMA.
Her creative spirit and calm energy give students a safe, yet inspiring setting to pursue their own unique talents.
Miss Riley Anne Lynch graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Theatre and Dance, at Keene State College, specializing in choreography and performance. She spent two semesters studying at Duke University for the American Dance Festival.
She is currently a freelance performer and the director of her own Modern Dance Company,
Weather Makers Dance.
She has studied with and performed the works
of Monica Bill Barnes, Heidi Henderson, Ishmael Houston Jones, Cynthia McLaughlin, Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern and many more. Studying abroad in Italy and Athens Greece with Robert Lawson, learning the many facets of show creation and the fascination for creating art based on humanity has shaped how she works. Riley began her training under the direction of Christina Ahern of Monadnock Academy of Movement Arts when she was three years old. She is a poet, a writer and an avid story teller. Riley heads up our Performance Company and writes many of our fabulous stories for our June Recital, a very special way for recitals to be done!
She is very proud to be a part of the fabulous team of dancers, teachers and choreographers at MAMA.
Miss Linda is impressively aware of teaching MAMA students the importance of performance. She works very hard to ensure your child will be prepared for the stage, not only the performance stage, but she will help them develop skills to bring them onto the life stage, encouraging true self-confidence and poise.
Miss Linda Estabrook graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase Arts Conservatory earning her BFA in dance and a minor in psychology. She was an apprentice at the Granite State Ballet of Nashua, NH, performed with the Debra Weiss Dance Theatre and danced in the show "Rock Stars NYC" in New York City under the direction of Skip Costa. She has traveled many ports of the world performing with Carnival Cruise Lines in their Vegas style production shows working with choreographers such as Minnie Madden, Mistinguett and One Direction's choreographer Paul Roberts. Linda is a teaching artist for the New Hampshire Dance Institute, and teaches Ballet, Musical Theatre, Cabaret and Jazz here at the Monadnock Academy of Movement Arts.
ACRO DANCE LEADER
Miss Taylor is sweet and caring and cares so much for every student she teaches. Fun and inspiring, she will bring joy and discipline to a fun-filled class every week!
Taylor Remy grew up in Bellingham, MA attending dance classes since the age of two. She has a diverse background in Modern, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Ballet, Pointe and Gymnastics. She joined the Senior Dance Company at the early age of 11 and earned a full scholarship to the Dance Revolution Company intensive in South Carolina. She graduated from Franklin Pierce College with a Bachelors Degree in Creative Dance Therapy and a Minor in Psychology. She studied abroad in Lyon, France taking daily classes and immersing herself in modern dance & attending multiple performances every week.
Taylor was a member of Accendo Dance company during college, performing in Italy, Florida, Washington DC and New England.
She is excited to bring her special and unique talents to the students at MAMA!
Kaeleen Fallon is focused on bringing students confidence and self awareness in class. She loves working with students of all ages and styles. She loves to have fun in class!
Miss Kaeleen has been dancing since the age of 3. She studied and trained with the prestigious Royal Ballet Academy of Dance. She danced with the New York City Rockettes as well as the New York City Ballet.
She has performed in famous venues such as; Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, and Lincoln Center. Her past performances include 42 Street, Beauty and the Beast, West Side Story, Hello Dolly and more!
Miss K loves all different styles of dance, including Ballroom, Irish Step and
She is so excited to be joining the MAMA Team and sharing her experience and love of dance!
Miss Jenna is a warm & loving teacher. MAMA's Youngest students all love her dearly. She is always excited to see the dancers that she has helped through the Young Dancer Program and into our higher level programs!
AAS in Animal Science at UNH.4 year modeling career in Boston & New York with EXXCEL Model and Talent Agency. Jenna instructed students in runway workshops for modeling agencies and private clients. She has participated in Dance Movement Therapy Workshops at Antioch University, and studied Embodiment & Somatic Coaching at the Strozzi Institute. She has a Certification in Early Childhood Education & Development and is a Certified Birth Doula through Birth Arts International. Jenna trained for 10 years in Appalachian clogging, performing & competing. She danced at MAMA for 9 years and was a member of the MAMA Performance Company! She is super excited and looking forward to being with the students at MAMA, and is an accomplished administrator at the Academy.
Miss Nina loves her dancers! From the Young Dancers all the way up to her Adult students. She wants each and every dancer at MAMA to enjoy movement and gain an appreciation for the hard work it takes to dance, while making sure they all retain a love of the art form.
Nina Rose comes to us from the Boston Conservatory where she received a B.F.A. in Dance Pedagogy and a certificate in RAD.
She was the president of the Dance Club at Northern Essex Community College from 2013-2016 and attended the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet. She has studied various programs, attending the Kulton Academy of Dance, the Haverhill Center for the Performing Arts, New England Civic Ballet, The Dance Education Center and the Londonderry Dance Academy. She was accepted into the Pilobolus Summer Intensive, ABT NYC and Bolshoi NYC, North Eastern Youth Ballet and the International Ballet Academy over her summers. She has performed With Sirius A.I., Boston Commonwealth Pandemic Showcase, Superfly Warner's Brothers New Years f.r.i.e.n.d.s. and many more!
Nina's other passions are baking, nature, sewing and costuming, painting, singing & dancing! She is super excited to be part of the Team here at MAMA!
Miss Abbie loves to be in and build a creative space where her dancers can explore their own individuality through movement. Her warm heart and outgoing personality creates an inviting space for her dancers to learn, grow and discover who they are as dancers.
Miss Abbie Leigh Hixson started her dancing journey at the Monadnock Academy of Movement Arts where she took Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Musical Theater. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Theater and Dance, specializing in dance performance and choreography from Keene State College. During her time at Keene she had the opportunity to spend a summer studying at Duke University for the American Dance Festival. She has had the great pleasure of studying and performing with Adele Myers, Yanira Castro, Abby Zibikowski, Cynthia McLaughlin, Riley Anne Lynch and many more. Abbie was a Teaching Artist at National Dance Institute and BOLD Arts in New York City, and is currently a Teaching Artist with New Hampshire Dance Institute.
Along with dancing, Abbie is an avid hiker and loves everything about nature. She is so excited to be returning to New Hampshire and to teach alongside all of the
incredible teachers at MAMA!
Lottie is ready to help you out at our front desk!
She has been dancing and working at MAMA for over 23 years combined!
Dancing, organizing, costuming, enrolling students and more!
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Shawn is best at giving students the motivation needed to accomplish the difficulties of dance training. He has a unique ability to inspire confidence and help students gain an inner understanding of movement, vital in today's dance world where developing movement from within is paramount.
Shawn began his training as a young boy at the Monadnock Academy of Movement Arts taking classes in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, Ballroom & More.
He went on to pursue a Bachelors degree in Theatre & Dance from Keene State College and toured for 7 years with the world renowned dance company Pilobolus, acting as Dance Captain. He performed and studied with Bill Irwin, and has partnered with many notable industry leaders for stage, screen and behind the scenes work, allowing him to further his mastery of the arts in dance, theatre & film.
He continues to work under the direction of Sidi Larbi Cherkoui's Eastman Dance Company of Antwerp, Belgium as a dancer and assistant choreographer. He has worked with the Beyonce & Jay-Z, choreographing for her music videos; Spirit & APES**T, and dancing with Emma Watson, in the film Little Women. He appears in the Netflix film ANIMA, the recently released Cyrano the Musical Film, and has won numerous awards for his own dance films, including Lincoln Center & The Baryshnikov Arts Center. He's currently traveling the world to dance, perform, choreograph, film and act. He loves to come home to Peterborough, NH to teach dance to the students of MAMA!