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Valerie Cagnina-Director   Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop,  Contemporary, Irish Step

 Valerie holds an Associates Degree in Dance from Dean College, and a Bachelors Degree in Dance from the University of New Hampshire. During that time, Valerie was accepted and attended the Alvin Ailey intensive program in New York City. She was also one of 24 chosen to participate in Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. She attended the festival with a scholarship in Jazz Dance. Valerie has traveled to Chicago to study under Gus Giordano, and she attended Giordano's Jazz Dance World Congress twice, the second time to compete. Valerie is also a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor. Valerie began as director and owner of "Dance Technics" in the fall of 2004.




Jessica Hood     Jazz, Tap, Lyrical,Acro, Contemporary
Jessica has been involved in dance since the age of five. Her dance style ranges from ballet to hip hop. Jess has experienced dance in locations such as New York, Australia, and Arizona. She is a graduate of The Dance Teacher's Club of Boston and an honors graduate from Plymouth State University. She is a certified elementary teacher who loves motivating students. She has experience in special education and works to differentiate instruction when needed. Jessica loves to attend dance trainings whenever possible and wants all her students to succeed.





Laura Stevens    Lyrical, Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz
Laura began dancing at Dance Technics in 2005. Her love of dance began with tap, but quickly spread to other styles including ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and pointe. Laura danced competitively with her Dance Technics Dance Troupe throughout high school. While earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Merrimack College, Laura was the lead choreographer for a high school theater company, where she had the opportunity to choreograph shows including The Wiz, Seussical, and Singin’ in the Rain. Currently,  Laura is thrilled to return as an instructor to Dance Technics, where she fell in love with dance.









Nancy Murphy   Ballroom, Swing, Salsa/Latin,Tango
Having began dancing at the age of 3, Nancy's early dance experience was in ballet, tap & jazz. She began teaching partnered dance in 1989 and can be found teaching at several Boston area studios, including Rugcutters Dance Studio, Wilmington Dance Academy, Marblehead School of Ballet, and Brookline Adult & Community Education. Her main focus is partnered dances, such as Salsa, Swing, Argentine Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Rumba and many others. Nancy has performed at many local events over the years, including CIABDA's Cape celebration of National Ballroom Dance Week and the annual Boston Tango Festival. She is also a guest instructor at various venues and events throughout New England.    

About the Instructors

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Amanda Dragani- Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Acro
Amanda Dragani is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, adjudicator and media creator located in the Boston area. She grew up immersed in the competition circuit and continued on to study dance collegiately. Amanda graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance concentrating in Dance & Media. This prestigious program was under the direction of Katie Langan. Upon graduating, Amanda began teaching both recreational and competitive dancers in the New England area as well as touring nationwide with dance competitions. Alongside her competition-based work, Amanda coordinates social media and marketing efforts for dance-related businesses. Most recently, she has become a member of Drumatix Tap Company and performs at events coordinated throughout New England


Sophie Leveille- Creative Dance, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz

Sophie has been dancing for 14 years and recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Her favorite styles include contemporary, jazz, and lyrical. She enjoys exploring her creativity through movement and sharing her passion of dance through teaching. Sophie is so excited to begin her first year teaching at Dance Technics!


Mackenzie Jackson- Teacher's Assistant + Studio Reception

Mackenzie has been dancing for 17 years. Her favorite styles are hip hop, ballet, and tap. She was a part of Dance Technics Competition as well as a member of Senior Dance Troupe. She is looking forward to co-teaching at the studio as well as being a part of the office team.   

Autumn Vance- Studio Reception

Autumn has been a dancer at Dance Technics for 10 years. Her favorite styles are ballet and lyrical. Outside of the studio, she is studying neuroscience at Merrimack College. She is excited to be part of the staff!

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