Valerie Cagnina-Director Jazz, Ballet, contemporary, Irish Step, Tap
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, Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop, 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, 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.
Liesl Lupoli Ballet, Pointe, Conditioning
Liesl has been dancing since the age of 5. She trained at the Olga Dunn School of Dance in Great Barrington, MA where she performed with the company. She also trained at Berkshire Pulse in Housatonic, MA. She attended master classes with Gregory Aaron, artistic director of Atlanta Festival Ballet, and Chad Levy and Amy Marshall directors of Amy Marshall Dance Company. After moving to the Boston area she continued her education at Jose Mateo and the Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA. She is trained in classical ballet and has been teaching for 6 years.
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.
Gabby Fillion- Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Creative Dance
Gabrielle has been dancing for more than 10 years and attended Dance Technics at the age of 7. She has competed various jazz, lyrical, and hip hop numbers with her team and as a soloist throughout her time as a student. Gabrielle also began as an assistant teacher at the studio in 2012. She is currently a student at University of Massachusetts Lowell and is studying to earn her bachelor’s degree. Gabrielle still dances and attends several classes in the heart of Boston with various teachers and styles such as Tucker Knox from So You Think You Can Dance, and hip hop dance crew The CONcept Artists. She hopes to challenge and motivate her students while watching them succeed and encouraging them to have fun.