Shelbea Makela has been dancing since the age of two and began taking classes at Dance It Up! dance studio in Massachusetts. There, she trained in ballet, pointe, contemporary and jazz. She participated in summer classes and intensives taught by Kaitlyn Salisbury (creator of MOVE dance intensive) and Tucker Knox (a top contestant on So You Think You Can Dance Season 10), as well as many other guest choreographers. Through various studios she has performed in the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland and Giselle. Shelbea started assistant teaching beginner ballet classes in 2013 and through dance has found her passion for working with children. She is currently working towards a career in Elementary Special Education through the University of Southern Maine and is also a preschool teacher at the Academy of Little Learners in York, Maine. This is Shelbea’s fourth season dancing and at the Dance Annex.
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
Abigail Patten began her ballet training at the age of three at Brixham Dance Works. At the age of eight Abigail continued her training at Ballet New England and at age eleven she joined Ballet New England's youth company program, beginning her training towards a professional career. Abigail also trained at a summer intensive program with Boston Ballet, and she has expanded her training with many varied master classes and workshops with Pilobolus, Dusty Button and more. Abigail’s ballet performing credits include performing as a soloist in multiple classical productions including The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Paquita, La Bayadère, and The Sleeping Beauty. In 2013 and 2014 she performed as a company member with Great Bay Academy of Dance. She is presently a company member with Annex Contemporary Dance Company, the resident dance troupe at The Dance Annex, where she performs in classical and contemporary works. Abigail also has training as an aerialist. She has trained with, performed, and taught different apparatuses including the lyra, silks, and trapeze. The past few years, Abigail has expanded her love of dance through teaching and educating, all levels of dance, at several studios in the seacoast area. This is Abby’s second season teaching at The Dance Annex.
Jemma Glenn Wixson has been dancing and training with The Dance Annex Studio for 8 years. Her performing experiences include yearly spring showcases with The Dance Annex performing in classical, jazz, tap and contemporary works, as well as their annual Nutcracker production where she has danced multiple roles including Snowflake, Waltz of the Flowers, Chinese, Soldier Doll and many more. She has been an assistant dance teacher since she was 14 and began leading her own ballet classes last year. She also has a theatrical performing arts career and has performed in productions across the seacoast in shows such as Mamma Mia at The Hackmatack Playhouse, The Crucible at New Hampshire Theater Project, and Into the Woods with Threshold Stage Company, and others. She is a freshman at Sarah Lawrence College pursuing dance, psychology, and neuroscience.
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.
Meghan McCoy Seedner primarily trained at the Portsmouth School of Ballet, with summer training at Joffrey Ballet Theater NYC and Jose Mateo Ballet Theater in Cambridge MA. In 2010 she graduated from the University of New Hampshire with her BA in Theater and Dance. She joined the Portland Ballet Company as an apprentice for their 2010-2011 season before being promoted to company dancer in 2011. During her time with Portland Ballet, Seedner performed in many classical and contemporary works. In 2013 she joined the Teatrul de Balet Sibiu, in Romania. Upon her return to the States, she began her teaching career and continued dancing as a guest artist with Portland Ballet and other companies and schools across the seacoast. As a teacher now for 7 years, she enjoys training dancers of all ages in both classical and contemporary ballet.