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  Jennifer DeFelice - Owner/Director 

Jennifer DeFelice is the Owner and Creative Director of the Broadway Bound Performing Arts Center. She has studied tap, jazz, classical ballet, acting, voice and musical comedy for over 25 years and has been teaching for almost 20 years.

 

Jennifer initially trained at the nationally recognized dance studios of Virginia and Joseph Mazzello at the JG Dance Arts Center, in Hyde Park, New York. She has studied with a number of professional dance organizations and studied under Frank Hatchett at the Broadway Dance Centre in New York City. Jennifer holds an AAAI Aerobic Certification. She previously owned a dance studio in South Dakota.

 

Jennifer has won numerous competitive dance awards at dance competitions and conventions, including Dance Caravan, Dance Educators of America, Professional Dance Teachers Association, Tremaine, and On Stage America. She served a five year equity apprenticeship at the Hyde Park Festival Theatre in New York. Jennifer also  has a number of talent credits including State Talent Winner, Junior America, 1990 with a dance specialty, 1st Runner Up, Miss Teen of New York, 1987, Special Olympics Radiothon performance. She has also been a model for J. Walter Thompson Advertising.

 

Jennifer graduated from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. She is the mother of three children. They reside in Merrimack. 

 

Jennifer's  parents, Rose and Gary Smith assist with the accounting and the website via the internet from their home in Florida. They also help maintain the studio. They are frequent visitors to Merrimack and generally spend their summers in NH.

 

    Rose Smith                 Gary Smith

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     Ashley Burgess -  Kidz Program Director

 

Ashley Burgess has been dancing for 17 years and has been a teacher for the past 4 years. She has studied with Broadway Bound and the at the Broadway Dance Center in New York. She has competed throughout New England and has won numerous dance scholarships. Ashley has been recognized for excellence in dance by the Professional Dance Teachers Association, the Dance Educators of America and Dancers, Inc.

 

A native of New Hampshire, Ashley has recently completed her studies at the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Early Childhood Development. She has joined the Broadway Bound staff full-time as the Kidz Program Director.

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   Sallie Werst - Ballet Program Instructor

 

Sallie has been dancing since she was 3 years old. A 2003 graduate of Merrimack High School.  She is a 2007 graduate of Pace University in New York and she was a Cheerleader for the New England Patriots from 2011-2012. Sallie has appeared on national TV and performed at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.

 

Sallie has been a teacher of ballet, hip hop and jazz throughout New England the past 5 years. She has studied and performed at Ragged Edge Contemporary Dance Theater (NH), Steps on Broadway (NYC), Ballet Austin (Austin, TX), Ballet Academy East (NYC), Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (Carlisle, PA) and So. NH Dance Theatre (Bedford, NH). While living in NYC Sallie trained extensively in ballet with many teachers of note including  Darla Hoover, Cheryl Yeager, Peter Frame, Johan Renvall, John Gardner, Amanda McKerrow, Julie Kent, Nancy Bielski, and Finis Jung.

 

Sallie is a resident of Hollis, NH.

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