Alumni of Southern NH Dance Theater

Kelly Diamond

A graduate of Southern NH Dance Theater, Kelly Diamond went on to dance professionally with First State Ballet Theatre, Richmond Ballet, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Ajkun Ballet Theatre, Neglia Ballet, FreeFall Contemporary Dance Company and Great Bay Academy of Dance. Kelly has performed notable roles in such classics as: Giselle, Paquita, Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Don Quixote and Sleeping Beauty. She has performed in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Rubies and Serenade as well as contemporary works by Matthew Neenan and Viktor Plotnikov. Kelly currently teaches ballet, pointe, Dance Conditioning and Injury Prevention at local studios in Concord and Manchester. Kelly is also a Certified Rolfer™ and owns and operates her own practice in Concord, NH.

Janice Niggeling

Janice Niggeling is originally from Merrimack, N.H. and an alumnus of SNHDT. She continued her dance education at Ballet Academy East in NYC while earning her degree in finance from Fordham University. She has danced with the Broadway companies of The Phantom of the Opera and West Side Story. Other credits include dancing in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and with The Metropolitan Opera.

Thomas Ortiz

Thomas Ortiz is originally from Merrimack, NH, where he began his dance training at Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater, under the direction of Trisha Lavoie. He recently graduated from Marymount Manhattan College where he earned a BFA in Dance in 2009. While at Marymount he had the honor of working with world renowned choreographers David Parsons, Pedro Ruiz, Molissa Fenley, Edgar Zendejas, Robert Battle, and Stephen Petronio. Since graduation Thomas has had the privilege of working and dancing in Chet Walker’s company WalkerDance, and is preparing for a Joyce SoHo season with Kim Gibilisco Dances in March.

Melissa Reed

Melissa Reed received her early training at Bedford Dance Center, Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater and later the Harid Conservatory on full scholarship. She has performed with North Carolina Dance Theatre, Richmond Ballet & Eglevsky Ballet. Ms. Reed is currently a member of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet where she has toured across the United States & Europe. Melissa is also a faculty member at The Boston Ballet School.

Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart received her early training at Southern NH Youth Ballet, Ballet Academy East & the School of American Ballet(SAB) in NYC and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. In 2003, she was invited to perform in the corps de ballet with American Ballet Theater in MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. From August 2003 to 2004, she performed with Cincinnati Ballet, and in August 2004 she joined the Joffrey Ballet, where she was a company member until June 2009. In September 2009 she joined the Suzanne Farrell Ballet.

Amy Von Handorf

Amy Von Handorf is from Amherst NH and an alumnus of SNHDT, she received additional training at Miami City Ballet and The School of American Ballet. Amy has danced professionally with Austin Ballet, Sacramento Ballet and most recently with Nevada Ballet Theatre. Amy’s performing credits include Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Donizetti Variations, Who Care’s, and Jewels. She has performed for celebrities such as Bette Midler, Eva Longoria, Priscilla Presley, and Marie Osmond, and was chosen by Cirque du Soleil to choreograph for their annual showcase.

Sallie Werst

Ms. Werst is a graduate of Pace University receiving a B.A. in Business with an Art Minor. A former student of SNHDT, she has danced in performances of Don Quixote, Giselle, La Bayad’e, Black Swan Pas of Swan Lake, George Balanchine’s Valse Fanatisie, and The Nutcracker. Ms. Werst was introduced to the hip-hop style at a workshop in NYC with dancer/choreographer Darrin Henson and continued with classes at STEPS, Broadway Dance Center, and Dance New Amsterdam. A former Patriots Cheerleader, Sallie has appeared on national TV and performed at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.