Studio for the Dance Arts

Serving Southern Maine and the New Hampshire Seacoast

The Dance Annex

katherine mayfield

musical accompaniment

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


When you do dance, I wish you

A wave o' the sea, that you might ever do

Nothing but that.

- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

KACIE Ferraro

Tap

Kacie Ferraro has been dancing for over 20 years in private studios and throughout the competition dance circuit.  She has trained in tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, musical theater, modern, and hip hop from talented instructors including faculty from NYU's Dance program, Ashly DelGrosso, Travis Wall, Mia Michaels, and Savion Glover.  She has worked professionally for nearly 10 years as a dance instructor and choreographer.  Throughout her dance career, Kacie has been recognized with many honors including lead roles in annual performances, competition awards ranging from silver to platinum, a convention audition scholarship from West Coast Dance Explosion, and Judge's Choice awards such as "Outstanding Tap Performance" and the "Furious, Fabulous Feet" award.  She also auditioned to earn one of four freshman places on the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Dance Team.

Outside her dance career, Kacie graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors from UNH with her Bachelor of Science degree in Middle School Math Education followed by her Master of Secondary Education degree.  She currently works as a seventh grade math teacher in the seacoast area.  She put her dance talents to use to earn scholarship awards through the Miss America Organization, beginning as Miss Rhode Island's Outstanding Teen and then competing with local titles for Miss Rhode Island, Miss New Hampshire, and Miss Maine.  Throughout her competition experiences, Kacie was recognized with scholarship awards for her talent, scholastic achievement, community leadership, and interview skills as well as for placement as a finalist and titleholder.  Throughout her eight years as a Miss America Organization contestant, Kacie earned over $10,000 in scholarship awards and remains an active volunteer.

Janelle Abbott

Jazz, contemporary Jazz, modern
Janelle Abbott recently relocated to the Seacoast from New York City, where she was a member of Andrew Palermo and Taye Diggs' contemporary dance company dre.dance. Janelle has been featured in several videos by esteemed director David LaChapelle including Elton John's Las Vegas concert The Red Piano (soloist onscreen in Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me), Norah Jones (Those Sweet Words) and Elton John (Answer in the Sky starring Desmond Richardson). In NYC, she danced with Terra Firma Dance Theatre, Ballet for Young Audiences, Ollom Dance Theatre, LightCurve Dance, and Salim Gauwloos (aka Slam). As longtime assistant to Mr. Gauwloos, she helped create and set numerous works for Orlando Ballet, Houston Met, and Mozartium in Argentina. Janelle has appeared regionally in A Chorus Line (Lois/Swing), Cabaret (Helga), Twelfth Night (Dance Captain/choreographed by Sean Curran) and Peter Pan (Tiger Lily). She has performed on Broadway stages for BC/EFAs's Gypsy of the Year (award-winner with Aida cast) and Easter Bonnet, at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Janelle received her early training as a company member of the Grand Rapids Ballet and earned a BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah. She has taught at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway, and was a senior barre fitness instructor at Physique 57. Janelle directed, choreographed, and produced dance industry events and fashion shows in New York, Orlando and Las Vegas; and co-produced the 2006 and 2007 Dance Magazine Awards in NYC. She is currently working with Boston-based choreographer Kathleen Nasti and with Junichi Fukuda in Portsmouth, NH.
Julie received her training at Boston Ballet, Hartford Ballet, Ballet Theater of Boston, STEPS, Marjorie Mussman, Madame Gabriela Darvash, City Center Studios, Peridance, the Paul Taylor School, and from other notable NYC teachers and studios.  In 2004, as a returning student to university studies, Julie graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in a combined major of Psychology and Exercise Science from Brooklyn College and was a New York State and Maine State licensed massage therapist.
Prior to this, Julie moved from Boston to New York City where she taught and performed principal roles with Rebecca Kelly Ballet from 1992-2006, was ballet mistress for the company and assistant to the director in choreography, workshops, and summer programs.  She performed as guest artist in North Country Ballet Ensemble's Nutcracker, performing Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Spanish and other roles, returning often as guest teacher and to restage youth repertory of Rebecca Kelly Ballet.  She also worked with Impulse Dance Company and North Atlantic Ballet of Boston, MA; Several Dancers Core of Atlanta, GA; and other ballet, modern, and musical theater companies throughout the northeast as well as being dance captain for jazz revue shows.

In New York, Julie taught at STEPS NYC, Joffrey Ballet School, Berest Dance Studio, Garden City Community Dance Project, and Rebecca Kelly Ballet.  Her choreography includes work for professionals at the STEPS Faculty Concert and for children, teens, and adults at several studios around NYC.  Locally she has taught at Ballet New England, Berwick Academy, Sole City Dance, Rockport Dance Conservatory, and others.   

Julie Hebb, Director

Julie Hebb brings with her decades of experience performing, teaching, choreographing, and staging original ballet, modern, jazz, and contemporary works in New York City, the greater Boston area, and northern New England.  With her deep foundation in various ballet techniques, predominantly the Russian Vaganova style along with her wide experiences in contemporary training that includes Paul Taylor, Lester Horton, Rebecca Kelly, Jennifer Muller, and other techniques, she brings to The Dance Annex a relevance in training that is essential for today’s dancers.  Please see the About page for further information regarding The Dance Annex's approach to training.

Julie moved to Maine and began teaching at studios in and around New Hampshire and Maine.  In the fall of 2012 she opened The Dance Annex, Studio for the Dance Arts, located in Kittery, Maine to foster sustained support for the dance arts. 

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