Audrey Eastman began her dance training when she was young at Holly Jane Dance Center with Holly Jane Johnson. In high school, she pursued more advanced training at Great Bay Academy of Dance with Elisa Gerasin and Kristen Samson in Kittery, ME. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of New Hampshire in 2020 with a BS in Biomedical Science (Medical/Veterinary Sciences) and a BA in Dance. She is currently studying to be a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Tufts University School of Medicine. While at UNH she trained with Assaf Benchetrit and Susan Endrizzi and performed with the UNH Dance Company. She has attended summer programs with the American Ballet Theatre and the University of Utah. In January of 2019, she traveled to Buenos Aires with DanceAbroad Argentina and trained in ballet and contemporary with various Argentinian teachers. She has had the privilege to perform Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in GBAD's "An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker," Cinderella with the UNH Dance Company, original choreographed works at Lila Dance Festival, and in City Ballet of Boston’s “Urban Nutcracker.” She is currently performing with Annex Contemporary Dance Company directed by Julie Hebb, as well as various local schools. She is grateful to be able to continue dancing while pursuing her DPT.
Courtney Lampert began her serious dance training at age 10 at Ballet Tech Ohio under the direction of Claudia Rudolph Barrett. Her dance education includes intensive study in modern dance, character, classical ballet, pas de deux, and variations. From there, she continued training at the Otto M. Budig School of Cincinnati Ballet, Houston Repertoire Ballet, Studio of Dance, and Joffrey Ballet School. Performance Repertoire includes excerpts from La Bayadere, Paquita, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Flower Festival Genzano, The Nutcracker, and Stars and Stripes, Sleeping Beauty, Dracula. Principal roles in La Fille Mal Gardee, as well as leading roles in contemporary original choreography by Alexi Kremnev, Claudia Rudolph Barrett, Gilbert Rome, and Edra Toth. Courtney has had the privilege to perform at many venues and festivals including the Jarson Kaplan Theatre in Cincinnati, and Lincoln Center, New York. Honors include silver medalist Youth America Grand Prix 2002 Semi-Finals, a BFA in Painting from Southern Methodist University, 2010, and an MFA in Painting from University of New Hampshire, 2014. After seven years of cultivating a career in visual arts, she returned to dancing at NBT in October of 2014. Courtney now resides in Somersworth, NH where she works as an artist, and dancer.
Katherine Mayfield enjoys supporting dancers with her piano playing at The Dance Annex. She also plays at Clay Hill Farm Restaurant in Cape Neddick, and for student recitals and private parties. http://www.katherine-mayfield.com/piano.html
Born in Mexico City, Elisa Sanchez Gerasin received her early ballet training at Victoria Ballet in Guadalajara, Jalisco. From 1993-1997, her training continued at various ballet companies including Cubalet, Boston Ballet, 12th and 13th International Ballet Seminar Lake Michigan, Pittsburgh Vaganova Seminar, Point Park College, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, and Colorado Ballet.
Elisa's professional performing career spans from 1993-present. She has performed with Colorado Ballet, Victoria Ballet, Jose Mateo Ballet Theater Company, Ballet Theatre Workshop, Portland Ballet Company, Arts Rochester, and Ballet New England. She has danced in several productions such as: Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Bayardere, Paquita, Giselle, Pas de Quatre, Don Quixote, Le Fille Mal Garde, Romeo and Juliet, Diana and Action, Night Before Christmas, The Wizard of Oz, and Raymonda.
Elisa is the founder and director of Great Bay Academy of Dance. She started teaching beginner students in 1993 and has continued to bring her broad ballet training and knowledge to students of all abilities. Since 2001, she has taught in various Seacoast studios including Ballet Theatre Workshop, Arts Rochester, Ballet New England, Fusion Dance Academy, Brixham Dance, and New Hampshire Academy of Performing Arts.
Kacie (Ferraro) Friberg comes to The Dance Annex with a background in performing, teaching choreographing, and competing with a variety of dance disciplines. She has trained with faculty from NYU’s Dance program as well as such notable names as Joe Lanteri, Gil Stroming, Ashly DelGrosso, Suzi Taylor, Travis Wall, Mia Michaels, and Savion Glover. Throughout her competition career, Kacie received a variety of recognition including scholarships and awards like “Outstanding Talent,” “Outstanding Tap Performance,” and the “Furious, Fabulous Feet” award.
A former competitor in the Miss America Organization, Kacie was recognized for her talent as well as her scholastic achievement, community leadership, eloquence and personability. Kacie is a certified middle and high school teacher with a Master’s in Secondary Education; she is currently teaching 7th grade math at Rye Junior High School.