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Brie Sampson is back after a short hiatus!   She has been dancing since she was five! Brie began dancing with Ballet New England at age 11 and, at age 12, entered their pre-professional program. At age 14, she joined their professional company and then at age 16, joined the Boston Ballet Summer program and Portland Ballet CORPS program. She was offered her first professional contract with the Portland Ballet shortly after graduation from high school. Working with producers and directors from New York, she is currently the choreographer for a new ballet called, "Jack and Jill.”  Brie is also training to become a ballroom dancing teacher. She enjoys ballroom because it teaches etiquette and demands respect and honor, two qualities she feels guys and girls today need to embrace. Her passion is to work with high school age students because during this confusing time of transition they need the confidence that Jesus and dance can give them. With great joy, we welcome Brie back for her third year at SonDance.

 


 

Kristen Ni was born and raised in Florida and began ballet classes when she was 3. She performed with the Space Coast Ballet in Melbourne, FL studying under Janna Kirova and Boris Chepelev in the Vaganova Ballet method and also at the The Academy in Rockledge, FL, Ellen Fox, instructor. In 2006, Kristen graduated from the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts and she began to pursue a professional ballet career but decided on a different career track. She pursued and received her BA in Hospitality and Pastry and is currently the Pastry Chef for the Dolphin Striker and The Oar House in Portsmouth, NH. Kristen brings an excellence in ballet technique to our most advanced dancers. We are very happy to welcome Kristen to the SonDance staff for her first year.

 


 

Tyler Albert is a hip-hop expert. Team teaching with Joy Chase, they helped their teams take Platinum awards in competitions this year. He has been dancing for many years in both hip-hop and modern and he has competed in those disciplines. Tyler is an IT expert and also a youth leader at his church. He comes to SonDance to ignite that fire kids and adults have for hip hop, teaching them new moves, new poses and a love for dance.


 

Kaleigh has been dancing since she was 3 and danced with local dance studios in Wells, Arundel and Sanford through her childhood years. Now, she is sharing her love of dance again by joining SonDance as a student and a teacher. Kaleigh has over 10 year’s experience working with children and instilling passion and overall love of learning for each student. She is a Kindergarten teacher at Windham Primary School in Windham ME and will bring a well-rounded dance curriculum suited for younger dancers. Kaleigh’s kind and caring nature are consistent with the SonDance vision to know and love our students. We are thrilled to have Kaleigh joining the SonDance faculty for her first year.


 

Rosebeth has been dancing since she was 3. She is a versatile dancer who has had professional ballet training as well as formal training in all other techniques. She is fun and loves to see others enjoying dance, especially hip-hop! Rosebeth is a personal trainer and has over 15 year’s experience working with children, mainly as a case manager working with children with special needs. This work has given her a compassion and understanding for all children. Dance allows her to express herself and get some good exercise and she is excited about instilling confidence and enthusiasm in her students. We are thrilled to have her joining the SonDance faculty for her first year.


 

Colleen Allen-Maynes teaches the adult lyrical class and leads these ladies in beautiful worship dance. Colleen has been dancing for the past 7 years. Her interest in dance was not realized during childhood, but as an adult, Colleen has found a natural ability to move with grace & purpose. She is an occupational therapist specializing in hand & lymphedema therapy and her heart is to see people restored to full health. She and her husband, Scott, have two daughters, both of whom dance at SonDance, and they have been attending Messiah Christian Church for over ten years. The adult class is blessed to have Colleen's graceful and caring leadership for the fourth year.


 

Kate Moore after a four year hiatus while she was pursuing her BA at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Kate is the Co-Founder of SonDance and 6 years ago, inspired the vision for a quality and God honoring studio. Kate has been dancing since she was 3 and has been part of many successful competition teams. Over the past four years, Kate has trained at Joffrey Ballet in Chicago as well as with Barrie Bliss of Chicago. While at Moody, Kate founded Rafaela, Moody's first dance ministry and ministered in dance to the student body over the course of the past 3 years. Kate also enjoys instructing dancers holistically- tending to the body, mind and spirit. We are thrilled to have Kate back at SonDance to bring her creativity, commitment to Jesus and passion for the vision of SonDance.



Robin Shaw has been a dance instructor since 2002 and we welcome her to SonDance for her first year on our staff. She has been dancing for many years and was a dance major at the Boston Conservatory of Music, which included study in ballet, modern, and jazz. After receiving a music degree from the University of New Hampshire, she taught music in the public school system and has sung with several seacoast choral groups for the past two decades. Through the years she has enjoyed ballroom dancing, and when she took it up as a course of study, she made a goal to become an instructor. Robin thoroughly enjoys teaching and is a Certified Fred Astaire Ballroom Dance Instructor. We are honored to have Robin on the SonDance staff this year.


Master Harry Charache, 7th dan, has been involved in martial arts and owned and operated On-Site Family Martial Arts Center in the New Hampshire Seacoast area for over 30 years. He teaches 32 classes per week including classes in local after school enrichment programs at many seacoast area schools. Master Harry attends Eliot Baptist Church and is excited to be bringing Martial Arts to Wells. He prides himself in teaching students to respect parents, teachers, friend, family and themselves and we are thrilled to have him joining the SonDance faculty for his first year.