Stardancer Faculty

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Janice and David Jenkins are the co-owners and Directors of Jenkins Dance & Gymnastics Center in Claremont NH and Stardancer Studios in Newport NH.

They are members of Dance Masters of America, Dance Teachers Club of Boston and USA Gymnastics. Together they ran the Performing Arts Program at Stevens High School from 2001 to 2014.

The Jenkins grew up and trained in the Boston area and had Dance Studios in Peabody and Lynnfield Ma before moving to N.H.  They danced professionally together for several years as an adagio team prior to opening their schools. They also taught and performed on many cruise ships traveling both to Europe and the Caribbean. In addition to teaching, they have done choreography for local Theatre Companies. Some of the musicals include “Bye Bye Birdie”, “Lil Abner” , Pajama Game”, “Oliver”, “Grease”, “Working”, “Annie Get Your Gun”, and “Cinderella”.

The Jenkins bring years of experience to their programs and choose their Staff with great care. They consider all of the students to be part of their “dance family” and feel that positive life lessons are being taught at each class. They continue to attend Dance Conventions and USA Gymnastics Seminars in order to remain up to date and provide the best program possible to their students and community.

 Rachael Sheehan

 Rachael is a 2016 graduate of Eastern University in Philadelphia, PA, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Dancing since she was 3 years old, Rachael has studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, musical theatre and gymnastics. In 2005, Rachael competed in Acrobatic Gymnastics at the National level and place 6th in the US in her division. She has returned to her home studio, Jenkins Dance and Gymnastics Center, and will be teaching classes at both studios. While at Eastern, Rachael was a member of Eastern’s hip-hop company “Redefined.” She is a versatile dancer and during her college years, in addition to the classical genres, has studied ballroom, Umfundalai (African dance), Martha Graham modern dance technique, Anatomy and Kinesiology, Pedagogy, and Choreography. Rachael spent two days training extensively with Louis Van Amstel (Dancing With the Stars) to receive her certification in LaBlast Dance Fitness. She attended the annual American Collegiate Dance Association conference for four years, performed hoofing choreography by Arthur Taylor of Philadelphia’s “Tap Team Two,” performed L.A. style hip hop with Clyde Evans, and trained with original Bob Fosse dancer, Gary Flannery. She organized a flash mob for Eastern University’s dance concert intermission event and has choreographed for Claremont Middle School plays directed by Mary Carter. Rachael has also choreographed several works both on and off of Eastern’s stage, including American Nightmare (2014), Amalgamation (2015), Pirates of the Caribbean: Below Deck (2016), Aerodactyle (2016),and Footloose(2016). She also coached gymnastics at Upper Merion Dance & Gym, and Kaiser Gymnastics as the PreTeam coach in PA and is currently in the process of testing and acquiring her USA Gymnastics certification. She will be continuing her dance education this summer and attending the Southern Vermont Dance Festival.                                          

Laura Jackson 

Laura began dancing at the age of six and has trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, musical theatre, and tap. She attended the University of New Hampshire and attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and Theatre. While attending the university, Laura was a member of the Ballet Company for four years where she performed classical and original works such as Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, and Dinetah. Laura also performed and choreographed for the student-run dramatic society, Mask and Dagger. Her last two years at UNH, Laura was asked by faculty to choreograph an original work, Orpheus and Eurydice, in collaboration with Professor of Music Andrew Boysen and the UNH Symphony Orchestra as well as a main stage production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After completion of her degree, Laura returned to her home studio, Jenkins Dance Gymnastics Center, where she has been teaching for the past six years. Laura has also been the coach of the studio’s award winning dance competitive team for the past five years. Through these years, Laura attended the Pulse’s Teacher Workshop and dance intensives where she took classes with Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Desmond Richardson, Matthew Powell, and Tyce Diorio. Laura enjoys working in theatre as well and has worked with community theaters in Henniker and Hillsboro, NH. Shows she has choreographed include: Annie, Alice in Wonderland, The Music Man, Grease Jr., Aladdin, Oliver!, The Wizard of Oz, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and this summer Beauty and the Beast. Recently Laura began taking courses through the National Dance Education Organization to further her dance education training.

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23 John Stark Highway, Newport