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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 Beal- Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop

Jessica Beal grew up training with New England Civic Ballet, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and Theatre from Dean College. She works as a choreographer, dance instructor, and performs professionally throughout New England. A few performing highlights include Big Night Live in Boston with The Boston She Party Productions, Seacoast Repertory Theatre, and Unyted Stylz Dance Crew. Film credits include Netflix’s “The Society” and a commercial for the MBTA, which broadcasted in Boston’s South Station! Jessica is passionate about proper ballet technique, and works hard to inspire her students to really commit to the story telling aspect of their dance as well as building a confident stage presence.

Michaela Duffy- Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Improv

Michaela has danced since the age of 2. Michaela trained in multiple disciplines of dance including tap, jazz, hip hop, ballet, and contemporary. During her prime years, she received many awards at various dance competitions.  She went on to dance at Stonehill College as a member of the pre-professional Stonehill College Dance Company. She is a senior choreographer and member of the executive board on this Company and the college’s Dance Club. Michaela has also trained with and learned from many prestigious teachers and choreographers throughout the years. She has trained with the Expressive Movement, a high-intensity hip hop company based in Massachusetts. She traveled to Ireland in 2018, where she participated in a week-long intensive at the Fragolini School of Dance in Cork. In the spring of 2019, she traveled to Los Angeles where she took multiple classes at Millennium Dance Complex. While in Los Angeles, Michaela attended a live taping of the Ellen DeGeneres show, where she won a dance battle on the stage!




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.  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 15 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- Hip Hop, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Acro

Mackenzie has been dancing for 19 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 teaching at the studio as well as being a part of the office team.   

Makayla Rodgers- Artist in Residence
Ballet, Contemporary, Pointe, Lyrical

Alyssa Vacca- Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acro
Alyssa Vacca graduated from Elon University with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography as well as a BA for Arts Administration. She has recently interned with Koresh Dance Company in Philadelphia and Urbanity Dance in Boston. Her love for dance started at a young age and since then she has been trained in a variety of styles as a Joffrey Ballet School Contemporary/Jazz Trainee. Alyssa is also yoga and Acro certified.



Analisa Palla- Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz
Analisa is a recent graduate from Keene State College receiving a BS in Business Management and a BA in Dance. Under the mentorship of Cynthia McLaughlin, she studied modern-contemporary dance technique and Laban technique for choreography research. In 2023, her piece titled 'di sec tion', was chosen to represent the college at the American College Dance Association receiving feedback and critiques from a panel of professional judges and commentators. Analisa attended the American Dance Festival in the Summer of 2023 with the help of one recreational scholarship and one academic excellence scholarship from the college. Closing out her 4 years in Keene, she received the Alta Lu Townes Memorial Dance Award at the 2024 Honors Convocation award ceremony. Analisa is extremely passionate about dance and choreography, as well as creating a nurturing space for dancers to learn, have fun, and grow.


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