Meet our Dream Team!
The Dance Company is proud to provide professional instruction in a warm, caring environment. Each of our dance teachers works very hard to bring the best out in their students each and every day.
Meet our amazing staff:
Owner and Artistic Director - Tarryn Wilkerson
Tarryn's mother enrolled her in dance class at the young age of 2.5 for some social activity as she was always dancing around the house. She never had any idea it would turn into her life's passion. Tarryn continued to dance right through to college receiving her Associates in the Arts with a dance concentration from Dean College. At Dean Tarryn was able to train with some of the most talented people in the dance world. While at Dean Tarryn realized her passion extended beyond the actual art of dancing, she was able to see how much she loved to teach, the ability to share what she loved so much about this incredible art form with others. Tarryn has taught throughout Southern NH for the last 10 years. Most recently at the former Academy of Movement in Nashua. She has created dance programs and summer dance camps for the youth in several NH towns. Tarryn has the incredible opportunity to do a lot of dance therapy working with the unprivileged and special needs. She won Mentor of the Year for United Ways Youth Venture Team, Dance Creations. Tarryn has won multiple awards for her choreography and her past students have gone onto dance in college and land dance roles in many areas most well known productions. In addition she has choreographed pieces for a number of areas theatre productions including Annie, Crazy for You, High School Musical, and Wizard of Oz. Tarryn lives in Milford with her husband Sean, 2 sons Westyn and Kellan, and four legged friends Miller and Bailey. She is so excited to introduce and inspire others to this wonderful art we call dance!
Amanda Barrett: Office Staff
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Kelly Bellemare: Office Staff
Kelly joined the office staff in 2015 and has been a part of the TDC family since 2010 when her daughter started dancing at the studio. She loves helping dancers and their families and being part of a fantastic office team. Originally from Massachusetts, Kelly received her B.S. in Early Childhood/ Elementary Education from Plymouth State University and taught Kindergarten and 1st grade in Manchester, NH. Kelly lives is southern NH with her husband and children. When not at the studio she enjoys spending time with her family.
Cassie Bertolino: Hip Hop Crew Director- Hip Hop
Cassie began dancing at a young age in Leominster MA before moving to NH and finding her home at Windham Academy of Dance where she became proficient in Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, and fell in love with Hip Hop. After graduating she packed her bags and moved to LA to further her dance training. She has had the privilege to work with world-renowned choreographers and train at some of the top dance studios on the West Coast. In addition she is constantly expanding her knowledge by attending various workshops such as Pulse and Monsters of Hip hop to name a few. Cassie brings new, fresh, innovatie choreography to TDC and looks forward to sharing some west coast flare with her students.
Debbie Duggan: Office Staff
Debbie enjoys working in the mornings at TDC, welcoming some of our youngest dancers as they arrive for class. She was a stay-at-home mom for years, taking care of daughters Emily and Erin. Debbie lives in Amherst, NH with her daughters, her husband Mike, and their dog Bentley.
Amber Evans: Expressions
Amber is a NY Native who found her home in NH in 2008. Amber obtained a Master’s Degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Amber's dance training began at the age of 3 and her love for movement and its effects on healing the body and emotions also started at a young age. Amber has an undergraduate degree in Dance as well as Clinical Sociology from Ithaca College where she focused on Modern and Ballet. She also spent extra curricular time dancing with the college dance team and theater department. Amber has worked with the Paul Taylor Dance Company's second company (Taylor II) during summer residencies in her home state of NY. In addition to teaching at TDC, she works full time as a Dance/Movement Therapist where she works for individuals to access the healing powers of dance, movement, and the body.
Amanda Gour: Student Operations Director- Acro, Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Pointe, Preschool
Amanda Gour received her BFA in Contemporary Dance from The Boston Conservatory in 2014. She previously danced at Melissa Hoffman Dance Center and trained in ballet, jazz, acrobatics, modern, lyrical, tap, pointe, musical theater and more. Amanda is a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor. She has received awards such as Dancer of the Year and Young Choreographer of the Year by American Dance Awards, and Miss Dance of New England by Dance Masters of New England. Amanda also spent three summers in Namibia, Africa teaching dance classes and afterschool programs while on mission trips. During her time at The Boston Conservatory, Amanda worked with renowned choreographers such as Danny Buraczeski, Francesca Harper, Thang Dao and Dwight Rhoden. Amanda has been teaching and choreographing in the New England area since she was 17 years old. Her most recent choreographic opportunities include the Souhegan High School dance team, the opera “The Cunning Little Vixen” at the Boston Conservatory, a music video for a Boston-based band and several theater productions at TDC. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to direct theater productions at TDC including the productions of Annie Jr, Aristocats Kids and Alice in Wonderland Jr.
Mary-Elizabeth Hauver: Combo Classes, Preschool
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Michael McCarthy: Ballet, Pointe
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Michael has been dancing for twenty years, getting his start with Christine and Joel Seger at CCS Dance Academy. During his pre-college days, Michael was a competitive dancer and won titles such as Jr. Mr. Dance Ovations and Mr. Dance of the United States from USTD. Michael was accepted to the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management at Oklahoma City University in 2007 and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Dance Performance. Immediately following his graduation, Michael began dancing for Royal Caribbean as one of their production cast dancers. During his five contracts with Royal, he was honored to be Dance Captain on the Explorer OTS and the Freedom OTS, as well as Aerial Coordinator for the Independence OTS. Michael is ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.
Caryn Miller: Dance Team Director, Dance Teacher Advisor- Jazz, Tap
Caryn Miller has been dancing for over twenty years. She received her early training at Charlotte Klein Dance Center and was in the dance company from 1994-1997. She has received recognition for her choreography at regional and national competitions of Dance Ovations and choreographed the winning routine for Junior Miss Global Dance International. Caryn earned her B.S. in Elementary Education at the University of Hartford and her M. Ed. in Elementary Education at Anna Maria College. She currently is a 5th grade teacher in Hollis, NH. When Caryn is not teaching little ones she spends her time with her husband, daughter Sydney and son Jake.
Kayla Parcells: Tumble Coach
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Kayla was a competitive gymnast for the Junior Olympic United States Gymnastics Federation for 12 years. Post competitive retirement, Kayla coached at numerous gymnastics and dance facilities from tiny tots to tumbling. Kayla was a seven year student of New Hampshire School of Ballet. Having started dance to improve on her gymnastics foundations, it was dance-love at first class! Kayla currently resides in the Boston area, where she is the Women's Head Coach for the MIT NCAA Gymnastics Team in Cambridge, MA.
Corinne Pociask: Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, PBT, Preschool, Tap
Corinne Pociask graduated summa cum laude from Dean College, School of Dance in 2011. She is a proud member of the collegiate honor society, Phi Theta Kappa. While performing in college and advancing her technique, Corinne discovered her true passion for teaching and knew that it would be her continued outlet and contribution to the dance world. She focused in pedagogy, kinesiology, as well as dance history to give her the tools needed to be a well-rounded and versed instructor. Connecting with students of all ages and being able to share the artistry of dance has been the driving force in Corinne’s career. She has been teaching in Southern New Hampshire for the last six years and has been fortunate enough to have been part of several teaching opportunities, from performances in Walt Disney World to being awarded National titles at competitions. Recently, Corinne has been encouraged to study PBT and begin teaching the curriculum as well as work with the Joy of Movement program here at TDC. Both opportunities have truly changed Corinne as a teacher and as a person. She is honored to be part of such a positive and creative atmosphere and is truly grateful to see her dreams coming true. Corinne lives in Milford, NH and enjoys spending her free time playing outside with her son and three dogs!
Katherine Proulx: Ballet
Katie Proulx, a graduate of the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, recently returned to her home state of NH where she happily teaches dance. She has over 20 years of formal dance training, in classical ballet, jazz and musical theater styles. Theater credits include: Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, and Great Lakes Theatre company performing Les Miserables, Secret Garden, Comedy of Errors and King Lear. She has also performed on the East Coast in The Fantasticks at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse for where she earned Best Supporting Actress in a Musical at the New Hampshire Theatre Awards. Recently, Katie can be found choreographing musicals across the state including: Cabaret, Crazy For You, 42nd Street, Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, and The Music Man. Katie feels very honored teaching at The Dance Company.
Jacob Sewell: Jazz, Musical Theatre
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Katie Shaw: Sparklers Performance Team Director- Acro, Jazz, Preschool, Tap
Katie grew up dancing at Melissa Hoffman Dance Center. She obtained her BA in film production and dance from Keene State College in 2015. In the past, Katie ran a community dance program with her sister to provide dance classes to children at affordable prices. She has also been on mission trips to Namibia, Africa teaching dance classes and running after school programs. In addition to teaching several classes at TDC, Katie is also the Sparklers Performance Team Director. She has helped with costuming, set and choreography for several of our theater productions, and was most recently the Assistant Director for TDC's production of Alice in Wonderland Jr.