GUEST INSTRUCTORS | CHOREOGRAPHERS
We partner with the most talented and dedicated guest choreographers in the area. We are grateful for their commitment to our students...always learning, teaching, inspiring and helping our students grow as performers.
Steven Pires is a Christ follower, a husband to his beautiful wife Bethany and a father to his son Levi. He is self-taught in street Hip Hop and have been dancing for more than 20 years. He has 8 years of teaching and choreography experience. He specializes in Break dancing, Popping and Krumping and he is well-versed in many other styles under the hip hop genre.
He has taught hip hop and variations of both lyrical and contemporary/hip hop fusion at Studio 109 since 2014. In 2016, he performed on tour with The Expressive Movement dance group based out of Boston MA. Within this group he was featured in hip hop, lyrical, modern contemporary and traditional partner style pieces such as the Jitterbug.
As of 2020, he is an active member of the East Coast Krump community, battling and hosting at various events. He also has partnered with a few individuals who are pioneering the expansion and growth of the Krump community here in NH.
Sallie, a native of New Hampshire, received her early years training at Southern NH Dance Theater under the directorship of Patricia Lavoie. She also studied at Vermont Chamber Ballet, Bossov Ballet Theatre, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Ballet Austin. She completed her Bachelor's of Business at Pace University in NYC during which time she was part of the scholarship programs both at Ballet Academy East and Steps on Broadway, working with such esteemed teachers as Darla Hoover, Peter Frame, Cheryl Yeager, Amanda McKerrow, Finis Jhung, and Nancy Bielski. Her classical performance experience includes lead roles in Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Giselle, La Bayadere, Swan Lake, George Balanchine's Valse Fantaisie, and The Nutcracker, as well as original works by Alan Hineline and Johan Renvall. A former New England Patriots Cheerleader, Sallie had the opportunity to dance on the sidelines of Gillette Stadium and appear on national TV during Super Bowl XXVI. She has performed locally with Ragged Edge and FreeFall Contemporary dance companies. She has recently been guest faculty at Regional Dance America's Northeast festival '18, the New England Inspirational Dance Collective '19 and and RDA' s 85th National Choreographic Intensive.
Nathan Duszny is a New Hampshire native that started his professional career at the young age of fifteen. He performed at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH all through his teenage years. Productions include Chicago, Singing in the Rain, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cats, and many more. He was also a proud member of the American Show Dance Team and had the opportunity to compete at the World Championship in Riesa, Germany for two years in a row. After high school and graduation from The New Hampshire School of Ballet he moved abroad to Tokyo, Japan to work for Disney. After three years overseas performing in a variety show called One Man's Dream, he moved to New York City and danced for small dance companies including The Chase Brock Experience and The Next Stage Project. His Musical theater career took off in 2010 when he had the honor of touring with Radio City's Christmas Spectacular! featuring the famous Rockettes. Other past productions include Disney's Beauty and the Beast national tour, The Aluminum Show, Flashdance the Musical 1st national tour, the NY Stage and Film Festival's play of Finks, Cats, Hello Dolly featuring Sally Struthers, Hairspray, Chicago, She Loves Me, and most recently the 1st National tour of Finding Neverland. With the numerous tours he was a part of, Nathan had the opportunity to teach at various schools, universities, and workshops around the United States and Canada. While teaching and dancing in New York City, he was invited by the Ehrstrand Dance Collective to perform and create amazing works in Viksjöfors, Sweden in 2010 with the amazing Julia Ehrstrand. For almost a decade, he has been going to Europe and most recently Taiwan to create new choreography and teach workshops to the local student body and professionals alike under the umbrella of the Ehrstrand Dance Collective. He is proud to call himself a member of this fantastic group of professionals and educators from all around the world, who represent the best of the best of the dance community.
Emily danced with Concord Dance Academy for five years, and continued training with Turning Pointe Center of dance of Pembroke, NH for 10 years. She completed a two year dance pedagogy program under the direction of Lisa Drouin Goff. Emily has performed around the U.S from 2011-2015 in places like Walt Disney World, NYC, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta. She held classical ballet lead rolls such as Clara, Snow Queen, and Sugar Plum fairy from the Nutcracker - as well as lead rolls in Coppelia. Emily has choreographed and performed for Boston Dance Company “OnStage” from 2018-2021. She is a graduate of Deans College (2019) earning a bachelors degree in dance and an associates degree in psychology. She is currently obtaining her Masters in special education through Arizona State University. Emily is currently a dance instructor at Fortitude for Dance in Manchester, NH and at Turning Pointe Center of Dance in Pembroke, NH.
HEATHER DUSZNY COLLINS
Heather is a wife and mother to two awesome girls. She recently relocated to the seacoast from the Manchester area. She loves dance in all its forms but Ballet is her passion!
Heather has been dancing since age four, first with Lisa Christou of Boston Ballet, and then with Jennifer Reinert at New Hampshire School of Ballet. At NHSB she performed the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker and the Black Swan in Swan Lake. She has trained with Burklyn Ballet Theater under Doreen Caferella, and attended Mercyhurst College, and Plymouth State with a dance focus. Heather recently danced with Ballet Misha for their production of the Nutcracker and currently attends company classes with Nsquared Dance.
Gabrielle Suleiman is currently a UNH undergraduate student, majoring in Dance with a minor in Business Administration and Psychology. She started dancing when she was 4 years old training in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, and Pointe. She has had years of experience with teaching as she started assisting classes at 15 and eventually moved up to teaching her own Hip-Hop, Ballet, and Tap classes. She is currently dancing with the UNH Jazz, Tap, and Aerial Dance Company, as well as teaching at studios and camps around the Seacoast. Her favorite style of dance is Tap and can most likely be caught doing shuffles ball changes while grocery shopping. She is excited to join the Studio109 family teaching Hip Hop this Summer and hopes to share her passion and love of dance to the next generation of dancers.
Riley Rienert studied at NH School of Ballet for 16 years and is now completing her sophomore year at Montclair State University getting her BFA in Dance! She has been to many conventions/workshops such as Generation IV, Radix, Nuvo, NYCDA and Kaos and has worked with many talented choreographers, a few being Teddy Forance, Talia Favia, Chaz Buzan, Stephanie Batten Bland, and Roderick George. Riley is currently signed with MSA Talent Agency in NYC, booking her first commercial at 12 years old, and has started her own summer dance intensive with her sister called Inception! She has been teaching/ choreographing for 4 years and is so excited to work with you all!
Skylar Rienert began her dance education at New Hampshire School of Ballet. She pursued her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance for 2 years at
SUNY Purchase, and finished her degree at Montclair State University. At Montclair, she has had the privilege to dance in works by Ohad Naharin, Stefanie Batten Bland, Maxine Steinman, Christian von Howard, and Gregory Dolbashian. Miss Rienert has choreographed
numerous pieces for NH studios, as well as Montclair State University. She is co-owner of Inception Dance Intensive. She has won several
choreography and performance awards, and continues to work as an artist throughout New England.
Nick has a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. He founded the NSquared Dance Company in 2014. His accomplishments are many including three self-produced shows in New York City and two domestic tours to Portland, Maine. He has shown works in over twenty five festivals and is a recurring choreographer for the Queensboro Dance Festival and the Moving Beauty Series, among others. Nick is a resident choreographer for the Lower East Side Shakespeare Company, for which he was nominated for "Outstanding Choreography" in the 2016 Planet Connection Festival. He has won multiple awards at the 2017 Detroit City Dance Festival and his choreography has taken him and the company to Seattle, Detroit, Vermont, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Portland, and New Hampshire. Nick is a member of NH Collaborative Dance Arts located in Manchester, NH.
Britney has been teaching frequently at Studio 109 since 2017, which was her final year, after 10 years on our very own Performance Troupe. She is a current student at AMDA College and Conservatory in Los Angeles, CA pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts and plans to graduate Spring 2021. She is a conservatory Graduate of AMDA NY, 2019. Britney recently became a certified teacher Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT), an up and coming cross training program for dancers. She is also certified in Sugarfoot Therapy, a dance injury prevention program created by dancer Katie Schaar. Britney is an alumnus of the New England Dance Project Senior Company created by Sasha Malone and she also participated in the Sole City Dance Annual Nutcracker from 2013-2016. She has had the opportunity to participate in workshops and masterclasses from a young age like the Hollywood Summer Tour and the International Summer Tour created by Menina Fortunato, The Rockette Summer Intensive, Camp Pulse, Pulse On Tour, and Jump. Britney’s love for dance started at a young age and has only continued to grow throughout all the amazing experiences she has had the pleasure of participating in.
Lauren Dattis has been dancing since the age of two. Although she studies all types of dance, tap has always been her most beloved. Receiving the Jenny Lagon award for “On the Verge of Breaking Out” and being selected as Captain for Speaking in Taps are two of her most proud dance moments to date. Lauren also participates in musical theater performance training in NY. She hopes to perform professionally someday and successfully open and operate a dance studio of her own in the future.