Meet the Faculty

Lorraine Neal

Founder and Owner

Lorraine has studied with some of the great legends in modern and jazz, and has taught various styles of dance to students of all ages and levels throughout Vermont and New Hampshire since 1972. She was on the dance faculty of Goddard College, and was a master teacher for the Burklyn Ballet Theatre Summer Program for 10 years, and, more recently, the Arts Supervisor for a small Special Education private school in NYC. Lorraine has choreographed, directed, produced, and performed in numerous dance and theater productions, and is the founder and former artistic director of Teen Jazz.

Allison Mann

Director

Allison’s rich and eclectic background includes VT State secondary licensure in English, Vocal Music, and Dance, and she is a certified Yoga instructor and Massage Therapist. Allison is also a professional Folk and Jazz vocalist, and continues her ongoing studies of the craft, science, and art of vocal production and singing.  Allison’s dance related studies include Afro-Haitian and Afro-Cuban dance and culture, Tap, Jazz, Yoga, and West African dance. Since 1992, Allison has taught dance, movement, music, and academics in public schools, colleges, and private settings including Community College of Vermont, Goddard, Johnson State, and Montpelier High School.

Amia Cervantes

Director of Teen Jazz

Amia grew up in Vermont and studied modern, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, tap, and ballet at CD&FS under the direction of Lorraine Neal.  In high school she was a member of Teen Jazz and won the Picking the Stars Hip Hop competition in Montreal. She earned a BFA  in dance at Long Island University/Brooklyn Campus with a focus on modern and ballet. Amia is also certified in yoga and as a holistic health councilor, and is a former member of the Manhattan-based modern dance company, Murray Spalding Movement Arts. She has taught hip hop workshops at Vassar College, as well as yoga and various dance classes and workshops throughout New York.

Sue Booth

Tap

Sue started teaching for Studio One for Dancers in Oakland, Maine in 1991. After leaving Maine, she founded, owned, and directed A Step Above for Dancers in Northfield, VT for 22 years. She is a graduate of the Boston Dance Teachers training program and has been certified to teach by Dance Masters of America. Sue lives in Northfield with her husband, Paul, and her sons, Ryan and Kyle, who are all very involved in the basketball community.

Kristin Campbell

Adult Beginning Tap

Kristin is from Jupiter, Florida, and started dancing at the age of three. While she considered majoring in dance, Kristin earned degrees in atmospheric and climate sciences before attending law school here in Vermont. Following graduation, she moved to DC to work in climate change law and policy, and after two years, she returned to the Green Mountains, working remotely from Montpelier. Kristin continued her dance training at various studios throughout her academic and professional career, most recently joining CD&FS in November 2017.

Mary Chris DeBelina Doyle

Ballet & Children's Summer Camps

Mary Chris DeBelina Doyle’s focus since 2008 has been primarily teaching children creative dance and raising her growing family. MC studied Biology and Dance at Dartmouth College (B.A. 2005) and combined her two passions at Sarah Lawrence College receiving an MFA in Dance (2008). MC founded the Hopkins Center’s Children’s Creative Dance Program at Dartmouth and taught until 2012 when her family relocated to Philadelphia. Relatively new to Vermont, Mary Chris is excited to find local choreographers to work with and classes to teach.

Justin Hover

BBoys BGirls, all levels

Justin fell in love with breaking back in middle school at the age of 12 and has been doing it ever since. 2019 marks his 21st year. Where he grew up there was nothing to support his love for the dance, so he was on his own. Now when he sees kids with that same curiosity and love for the dance and culture he can DO something about it. For him, teaching is a no-brainer! In Justin’s fun and relaxed, yet focused class environment there are 3 rules: 1. Come in willing to learn and give everything you've got. 2. Respect yourself, your fellow students, and your teacher. 3. (the best rule) Enjoy yourself and have FUN!

Rosemary Leach

Hip Hop, Fusion

Rosemary studied at CD&FS during her teen years and performed with the first Teen Jazz group under the direction of Lorraine Neal. Rosemary went on to receive her B.A. in Dance and Cultural Studies at Hampshire College in 1993, and she performed with the Orts Theater of Dance in Tuscon; the Montana Transport Company in Missoula; Hoi Polloi in Massachusetts and Soup/All-Purpose Dance Company at Phantom Theater in Warren, VT.  She loves teaching many forms of movement to students of all ages and abilities and also serves on the faculty of Bates Dance Festival Youth Arts Program and Essential Physical Therapy & Pilates.

Tracy Martin

Modern, Kids Kreate

Tracy graduated from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Dance Department. She performed in several theater dance productions and, after moving to Vermont, has become artistic director of the Phantom Theater in Warren. She has been teaching modern, creative movement for children, and NIA throughout Vermont and has been on the CD&FS faculty for eight years. Tracy believes there is a dancer in everyone. She approaches all of her classes with unbridled enthusiasm and infuses all of her students with creativity and the joy of dancing.

Kaitlyn O'Donnell Nascimento

Modern

Kaitlyn grew up dancing at CD&FS. After high school she spent a year in the Dominican Republic where she had the opportunity to teach Jazz and to study the Latin dance forms of Merengue, Salsa and Bachata. In 2007 she graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in Dance, Romance Languages, and Literature. In college she took classes from a wide variety of contemporary dance artists and had multiple opportunities to choreograph and teach. After graduation Kaitlyn moved to Brazil where she spent two years studying Contemporary dance and Capoeira. She is very excited to return to CD&FS as a teacher.

Christa Ordway

Office & Facilities Manager

Crista came to CD&FS in 2011 with her daughter and loves being part of the family.  Being Allison’s assistant is a real joy and a huge learning experience.  Along with her duties here, she also works for her husband, Ned, at Ordway Electric & Machine and is a full time Mom/Taxi for her daughters, Alex and Sidney. She also loves taking classes led by the fabulous teachers here at CD&FS!

Abby Pepin

Jazz

Abby grew up in VT at the Ruth Vickery School of Ballet and CD&FS. She received her B.A. from Johnson State College, and an elementary/dance teaching certificate from Norwich University. Abby has taught dance for the Wolcott Ballet, The Dance Academy of Stowe, and Montpelier High School; she has been on the faculty at CD&FS since 1994. Abby has performed with The Vermont Dance Collective and Same Planet Dance Co. She lives in Middlesex with her husband and two children.

Isadora Snapp

Ballet, Modern

Isadora grew up in Vermont, studying studying ballet, modern and jazz with Lorraine Neal and Holly Yacawych at CD&FS. Following her high school graduation, she spent a year in New York city training at Dance New Amersterdam Studios and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Since then, she has moved back to Vermont to pursue her interest in teaching and her own work. She has had the opportunity and pleasure to work with many local and national artists, including the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Ron K. Brown, David Dorfman, Larry Keigwan, Yo-El Cassel and Christopher Anderson.

Willow Wonder

Jazz, Ballet

Willow received her BFA in modern dance performance from Purchase College, and has recently been performing improv scores made collaboratively with Avi Waring and Clare Byrne. She has worked with many Vermont based artists including Hannah Dennison, Polly Motley and Pauline Jennings.  Currently, she teaches Pilates at Essential PT and Pilates in Montpelier, and previously taught dance for 12 years at Moving Light School of Dance. Her dance experience includes ballet, modern, composition, jazz, Afro-Haitian, belly dance, contact improv and improvisation. Her choreography has been performed at many venues throughout Vermont.

Olivia Zoecklein

Hip Hop

Olivia is a CD&FS alumni who graduated from UVM with a Bachelor's in Education and a minor in dance. She has most recently performed with her sister in US and Them shortly before and after having her daughter Bailey. She works full time in Developmental Services but is happy to be back to her roots and teaching at CD&FS again.

Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio

 

18 Langdon Street

Montpelier, VT 05602

802 229-4676

 

Lorraine Neal, Owner

Allison Mann, Director

 

Photos by Peter Forbes or Nathan Burton

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