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Christine "Gamma" Dill graduated from the Hartford Conservatory of Music and Dance under the tutelage of Dame Margarita Froman, Prima Ballerina with the renowned Bolshoi Ballet Company. Classical Ballet is Christine's passion; she has danced such roles as "The Doll Fairy”, "The Plain Princess”, "Little Red Cap” and the original Choreography from "The Dying Swan”, as taught to Anna Pavlova. She currently dances at the Konservatoriet directed by Lynn Penn Davidson and we joyfully welcome her back for her fourth year as an instructor at SonDance.
Joy Chase has been taking dance classes since she was fourteen years old! She joined SonDance in 2011 and has been with us ever since. While Joy has led our competition teams to the highest awards, we are most proud that our teams are recognized for their sportsmanship and joy of dance. Joy's maturity and leadership is a great benefit to SonDance! We are thrilled to have Joy joining us for her sixth year teaching at SonDance, and we know that the SonDance students will benefit both from her dancing ability and her passion for creativity.
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.

  
          
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.

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.


Kate Moore- Assistant Director rejoins SonDance 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 enjoy 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.
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.