Valerie Cagnina-Director   Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Ballet, 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, Ballet, Pointe,  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


Amanda Dragani- Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Acro

 Amanda Dragani is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher in the Boston area. She began dancing and competing at a very young age and knew that dance was something that she wanted to pursue for the rest of her life. She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in dance. Upon graduating from MMC, Amanda began working for Starpower National Talent Competition which tours Nationally and Internationally. She is looking forward to begin teaching at Dance Technics in the 2021/20222 dance season!

Emily Murphy  Reception/Office Manager

Emily attended Westfield State University for physical education and continued on to receive her Master's Degree at Southern New Hampshire University for sports science and athletic administration. She is an educator for middle school students as well as a personal trainer, kids yoga instructor, and youth coach. Emily is excited to join the Dance Technics Team in 2021/2022!


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