Teacher Bios

Christina Ahern
Christina began her training at the Performing Arts School in Philadelphia at the age of eleven, on full scholarship. At this prestigious school, Christina took daily classes in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Dance History, & Laban Notation. Other aspects of the Performing Arts were also studied, Spanish & Character Dance, Partnering & Piano as well as Set Design, Stage Make-up, Costuming, Choreography & More!

After attending the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, she danced professionally with the Pennsylvania Ballet Company and the Delaware Opera Society, performing Ballets  & Operas such as Romeo & Juliet, The Nutcracker, Rumplestiltskin, Die Fleidermouse, Carmen & many others. Her summers were spent attending various dance programs and taking master classes with such renowned teachers as Benjamin Harkarvy, Melissa Hayden, David Howard, Alvin Ailey, Andrew Papp, & Lupe Sorano. She danced for Rudolf Nureyev when he was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She’s been teaching & choreographing dance for over 30 years, including the Well School, Northern Lights Dance Theatre & New Hampshire Dance Institute. She loves attending dance workshops, teacher training seminars & live performances so that she can bring the newest and latest in dance technique, training, choreography & costuming and more. She is very proud of the many dancers she has trained that have gone on to study dance in higher education and achieve professional performing careers, including her own children! She is honored to be bringing the joy of dance to the wonderful children of the Monadnock Area. She would like to thank her incredible husband for his unending support & love over the past 30 years!

Joyce Baldwin
Joyce holds a BFA in music theater from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. She has taught dance at studio's in Virginia, New York, Massachusetts and here in New Hampshire at The Monadnock Performing Arts Academy. She was a professional actress for many years in New York performing at venues including Radio City Music Hall, The Danny Kaye Theater and Lamb's Theater. Some of her favorite roles include "Jan" in both the National and European tours of Grease, "Velma" in Scooby Doo, Live! and "Sister Robert Anne" in Nunsense.  Some of her past students are currently performing in National Tours, modern dance company's and the Kirov Academy of Ballet. Joyce is a professional dance judge having worked at many competitions across the country including Beyond the Stars, New York State Tournament of Dance and I Love Dance.  In addition, she works with The Winchendon School's theater program, runs a musical theater camp in NY and works in radio jingles. She lives in Fitzwilliam, NH with her husband James and daughter Bunny.

Jess Codman
Jess has been teaching dance to children and adults in the Monadnock region for the past 14 years. Growing up in Dublin, Jess fell in love with dance at the age of 6 as a student of Wendy Dwyer's. After many years with Wendy, Jess went on to dance and apprentice with the Granite State Ballet in Nashua during middle and high school. Jess received her B.A. in English from Bates College in 1998, where she was also a member of the Bates College Modern Dance Company, dancing under both Marcy Plavin and Michael Foley. A former dancer with the New Hampshire Dance Institute herself, Jess spent 7 years as a teacher for NHDI beginning in 1999. In 2001 Jess developed the Residency Program with New Hampshire Dance Institute, traveling and leading dance residencies for students grades K-8 across the state of NH, and was part of the NH State Council of the Arts Artist Roster for many years. From 2001-2005 Jess served as NHDI's Residency and Summer Camp Director.  Last year Jess returned to NHDI as the teacher for South Meadow School. Jess loves to get outside and move, and was a competitive swimmer for 10 yrs. and competed in cross country and track at both the high school and college level. She still remembers the day that Christina Ahern asked her to come teach Modern dance for her at Monadnock Performing Arts Academy back in 2000. She spent 13 years with the wonderful dancers at MPAA specializing in Modern, Ballet and young children's classes. She can't imagine her life without dance.....whether in a studio, gymnasium or field somewhere, or back in  the kitchen of her Hancock home with Rob, Nora, Gavin and baby Oliver.

Kimberly Wall
Kimberly began taking dance classes at the age of three. She has studied ballet, jazz, modern, tap, and hip hop. She danced with Monadnock Performing Arts Academy all four years of high school and was also a member of the MPAA Performing Company. After graduating high school she went on to attend Plymouth State University where she completed a Masters Degree in Education. While at Plymouth she minored in Dance and was a member of the Contemporary Dance Ensemble every season until she began her student teaching experience. Kimberly also received the Dance Achievement award from PSU when she graduated. She is the coach of the South Meadow School Dance Team, which is going into it's 5th season this year. Kimberly is currently entering her 5th season with DanceWorksBoston, a performance-based company for the working professional, which performs twice a year at the Boston Conservatory.

Riley Anne Lynch
Riley Anne Lynch grew up in Dublin, New Hampshire and has danced in the Monadnock region for over twenty years. She is a Keene State College graduate, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Dance. Her choreography was chosen twice to represent Keene State College at the American College Dance Festival. With the help of the Alta Lu Townes Memorial Scholarship Award, she was able to study for two summers at the American Dance Festival at Duke University. She has worked with many choreographers such as Heidi Henderson, Marcia Murdock, Monica Bill Barnes, William Seigh, Jessica Howard, Cathy Nicoli, Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Roger Bellman and many more.

She has danced for the Vermont Performance Lab and participated in their programs with international choreographers and composers. In 2011, along side fellow choreographer Deirdre Lewis, she directed and choreographed her first evening length performance titled "So far behind, I think I'm first". Her work centers around physical comedy and its connection to nature. She spent the summer of 2012 working on cultural art studies of theater and dance with Franklin Pierce College professor, Robert Lawson, in Italy and Greece. In 2013 she taught for Monadnock Performing Arts Academy and for the New Hampshire Dance Institute. Riley is the artistic director of her own Modern Dance Company,"The Weather Makers" where she choreographs and creates her own musical compositions. The company premiered at the 2013 Southern Vermont Dance Festival. This fall she is excited to work alongside director Ron Spangler as she choreographs the musical at Keene State College; and she can't wait to start a fabulous dance year at Monadnock Academy of Movement Arts.

Linda Estabrook
Monadnock Academy of Movement Arts is excited to have Miss Linda Estabrook joining our team of professionals! Miss Linda began her dance training at the early age of 4 when a family friend told her mom to put that kid into a dance class! Linda then started Ballet classes with Wendy Dwyer at the Dublin school. In middle school she danced with the New Hampshire Dance Institute, was chosen to be part of the SWAT Team and in her finale year was given the lead role of Princess Irene in A Magical Tale. By the end of her 4 years with NHDI Linda realized how much she loved dancing and went on to pursue a professional career.

She began training seriously at Granite State Ballet, now Northern New England Ballet Theatre, under the direction of Doreen Caferella. She studied Ballet, Jazz and Modern and performed main roles with their Company in the Nutcracker, Cinderella and Just For the Fun Of It! Linda carried on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Suny Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, considered one of the top ten dance colleges in the country, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a minor in psychology.

 

She lived in New York City dancing with the Debra Weiss Dance Theatre doing children's morality plays for local school systems and performing in the Off Broadway production of Rock Stars NYC under the direction of Skip Costa. Linda spent 11 years dancing on the Carnival Cruise Lines in the ensemble cast and as a featured dancer and was in the first cast of dancers to perform the new shows installed on the Carnival Triumph in 2009! She has worked with the notable choreographers, Paul Roberts for One Direction, Mini Madden and Mistinguett and has studied with the Doug Verone Dance Company, attended the Bates Dance Festival Young Dancers Workshop and the Berklin Ballet Theatre summer dance program.

 

She is excited to be back living in the Monadnock Area and teaching dance!

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Taylor Remy
Taylor Remy has danced her entire life. She began dancing at the age of three. When confronted with the choice between soccer, gymnastics and dance, her decision was made with relative ease. She danced with New England Christian Performing Arts Center under the instruction of Loralee Scott for fifteen years. During that time Taylor was educated in ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, lyrical, pointe and african. She began taking dance classes in high school as well as teaching dance classes for gym credits, sophomore and junior year. After graduating high school, Taylor attended Franklin Pierce University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Creative Dance Therapy. While in college, she performed in numerous dance productions and was also vice president of the Dance Team as an extra curricular activity. For four years, she continued as a student of Wendy Dwyer and Sally Bomer.

Taylor has been professionally dancing with Accendo Dance Company since freshman year of college and has performed numerous of shows in eight states and two countries as well as a multitude of conferences and conventions. Taylor is looking forward to being a part of the MAMA Family of Dancers, not only for her own growth, but so that she may share her experiences and good times through enlightening and enriching the soul in the art of dance.