A native of Bedford, New Hampshire, Ms Lavoie has danced professionally with the Connecticut Ballet, New Jersey Ballet and the Des Moines Ballet where she later joined the company’s faculty.
She received her early training at Point Park College and the Pennsylvania Ballet. She later continued her training in New York City under scholarship with such notable teachers as David Howard, Robert Blankshine, Gerrard Sibrette, Nanette Glushak and Finis Jhung.
Ms Lavoie founded Southern NH Dance Theater in Bedford, New Hampshire in 1996 and organized its performing company, Southern NH Youth Ballet, in 1998. Ms Lavoie also serves on the National Board for Regional Dance America.
Mr. Davis received his early training with Stefan Wenta in Hollywood, Irena Kosmovska at Los Angeles Ballet and Stanley Holden at the Stanley Holden Dance Center. He completed his studies at School of American Ballet (SAB) in NYC, studying with Stanley Williams and Andre Kramerevsky.
Mr. Davis is a former member of the Bern Ballet in Switzerland and the Berlin Ballet in Germany. He has also danced with the Los Angeles Ballet, Nevada Dance Theater and the Garden State Ballet.
Mr. Davis has been on staff at Southern NH Dance Theater since 1997 as an instructor, resident choreographer and guest artist. Most recently, he created two original works for Southern NH Dance Theater, Smetana Suite in 2008 and Symphonic Variations in 2010, which were chosen to be performed at Regional Dance America’s Northeast Festival.
Erika Davis is an arts administration professional. In addition to being an alumna of Southern NH Dance Theater, Erika trained with Carolina Ballet, School of American Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theater, Walnut Hill School, and CPYB.
She received her business degree with highest honors from Muhlenberg College, and spent time performing with notable choreographers Jessica Lang, Karole Armitage, Bill T. Jones, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Heidi Cruz-Austin, and Karen Dearborn.
Her professional dancing credits include such ballets as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, La Bayadere, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, and George Balanchine’s Theme & Variations.
Erika has been the Chief Executive Officer of Regional Dance America since 2018.
Robyn received her BFA from the Boston Conservatory. She was assistant to the director of dance at Franklin School for the performing arts in Franklin MA, and owned and directed Spectrum Dance Theatre in Townsend MA for nine years.
Robyn has danced professionally with MJT Dance Company of Boston, Granite State Ballet, North Shore Civic Ballet, Judah Dancers, and Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble.
She has been a guest choreographer for Granite State Ballet, Southern NH Youth Ballet, Peterboro Dance Theater, Nashoba Valley Dance Academy, Northern Ballet, Magnum Opus, Bluebird Uncaged and the Milford NH Spartans Marching Band.
She recently attended a Limon Technique & Teacher Training Intensive at Kent State University.
Robyn is the Artistic Director of Saving Grace Dance Ensemble and Founder of The New England Inspirational Dance Collective, a one day festival of master classes and an evening performance, held annually.
Trained in modern, tap and jazz, Kristina’s passion lies with tapping.
An alumni of SNHDT, Kristina received her early training with Laura Keane. She has participated in programs such as Boston Summer Dance Festival, Portsmouth Percussive Dance Festival, and D.C. Tap Festival, taking class with tappers Josh Hilberman, Diane Walker, Drika Overton, Michelle Dorrance, Brenda Bufalino, Lisa LaTouche, and Evan Ruggiero.
Kristina is excited to continue combining her love of music, dance and teaching at SNHDT.
Sallie Havens received her early training at SNHDT under the directorship of Patricia Lavoie. She also studied at Vermont Chamber Ballet, Bossov Ballet Theatre, CPYB, and Ballet Austin. She completed her Bachelor’s of Business at Pace University in NYC during which time she was on scholarship at Ballet Academy East and STEPS.
Her classical performance experience includes lead roles in Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Giselle, La Bayadere, Swan Lake, George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie, and The Nutcracker.
A former New England Patriots Cheerleader, Sallie had the opportunity to dance on the sidelines of Gillette Stadium and appear on national TV during Super Bowl XXVI. She has performed locally with Ragged Edge and FreeFall Contemporary dance companies.
Sallie has recently been guest faculty at RDA’s Northeast festival ’18, the New England Inspirational Dance Collective ’19 and and RDA’ s National Choreographic Intensive.
Laura Keane trains extensively with Jeannette Neill in Boston, MA and has studied with many other artists including Danny Buraczeski, Billy Siegenfeld, Dianne Walker, Adrienne Hawkins and Jerry Tellier.
As a performer, Laura has danced with West End Dance Company under the direction of Jeannette Neill, Spectrum Dance Theater and Jenny & Company out of Fitchburg, MA, where she was a dancer for 10 seasons.
Laura also works as a Physical Therapist Assistant at Apple Therapy Services in Milford, NH and is Pilates certified through Polestar Education.
An alumnus of Southern NH Dance Theater, Valerie continued her training with Oklahoma City Ballet and Burklyn Ballet Theatre. She has performed with FreeFall Contemporary Dance Company and Saving Grace Dance Ensemble.
Valerie has also worked with such notable instructors and choreographers as Lynn Cote, Robert Mills, Thom Clower, Ashley Walton, Donn Edwards, Arthur Leeth, John Gardner and Peter Pawlyshyn. Her performing credits include The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and Le Corsaire. Valerie has also expanded her training to include American Smooth and Rhythm styles of ballroom dance.
Rebecca Power performed professionally in Boston for eleven years with Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theatre. As a member of JMBT, she performed many principal roles including Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in the Nutcracker, Cinderella, Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty as well as principal roles in Mr. Mateo’s highly acclaimed original choreography.
Rebecca earned a BFA in dance from The Boston Conservatory, and she attended the Alvin Ailey School on full scholarship. While living in Boston, Rebecca taught ballet at Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theatre and taught creative movement in Needham, MA, at The Creative Movement and Arts Center.
Since moving to Nashua in 1999, Rebecca taught all levels of ballet at Northern Ballet Theatre Dance Center, and now teaches ballet at Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater and The Dance Company. Rebecca has studied early childhood education, and teaches creative movement classes at a local preschool.
David Sun studied on scholarship with the late Barbara Fallis and Richard Thomas. He performed with Houston Grand Opera, numerous regional dance companies, and as an actor on CBS TV.
He has taught extensively since 1989, including at Boston Ballet, Boston College, Boston University, and Harvard University.
Since 2012, he has directed and choreographed for his own group, SundanceX, which performed in New York City, New Jersey, Newport, Vermont, at José Mateo’s Dance for the World Community Festival consecutively since 2013, and Carlos Molina’s & Erica Cornejo’s Integrarte. Anthony Williams’ City Ballet Boston performed his work,Passagio Serenata, in 2019.
He worked as a fashion/dance photographer with credits including: Boston Ballet, Boston Globe, Boston Opera, New York Times, Urban Nutcracker, Vogue.
Mr. Sun has taught ballet and Dance History at SNHDT since its inception.
Jay is an alumnus of Southern NH Dance Theater, where he was trained in ballet and jazz and performed in The Nutcracker, Graduation Ball, The Magic Toyshop, Don Quixote and Le Corsaire.
Mr. Von Handorf also trained with and was part of the Palace Teen Company at the Palace Theatre in Manchester. He has performed in numerous productions at the Palace Theatre including 42 nd Street, Sweet Charity, The Producers, The Wedding Singer, All Shook Up and Pippin and Spamalot.