Rachal has been dancing since the age of three. For over ten years, Rachal has danced at The Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, where she has taught and now serves on the faculty of the Children’s Dance Program. In addition to extensive study in Boston and New York, Rachal has had intensive training with renowned teacher, Lynn Simonson, in the Simonson Technique, an anatomically aware approach to movement. Rachal has performed in Boston and New York with Greenglass Dance Theater, and has performed with ACE Entertainment. She also dances with Boston based company, Jazz Inc. Rachal serves as founding Camp Director at the Tony Williams Dance Center, where she helps create, implement and oversee an extensive dance program. She has taught dance at Simmons College, Harvard University’s Mainly Jazz Company and the Cambridge Public Schools. In addition to the JNDS Children’s Program, Rachal currently teaches ages four to adult in the Boston area, including the Tony Williams Dance Center and Dean College School of Dance. Rachal holds a master’s in public policy from Tufts University.
Jennifer Crowell-Kuhnberg is a choreographer, instructor and performer based in Somerville, MA. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of OnStage Dance Company, a performance company and dance studio for adults. In addition to creating new work for OnStage, Jen was the choreographer of two feature length shows: “What Is Love?” which debuted at Green Street Studios and “Heartbeat: A Modern Dance Rock Concert” at OBERON in Cambridge. She choreographed the music video, “Bad,” for recording artist Jamie Lynn Hart and had work featured in the Southern Vermont Dance Festival, National Choreography Month Boston and New York Showcases, 24 Hour ChoreoFest and the OnStage | Repertory show, “Biographies.” Jen has taught and choreographed for: Northeastern University Dance Company, The Movement and Dance Society at The University of Sydney, Australia, No Limits Dance Crew, Brookline Adult & Community Education Program, The Atrium School, Hill House, and currently at Miss Maria’s School of Dance. She is excited to join the staff at The Jeannette Neill Dance Studio this Fall!
Stephanie Heroux has toured internationally as Dance Captain for Royal Caribbean International cruise line, and performed locally with the The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Lorraine Chapman The Company, and as a principal dancer for ACE Entertainment. She studied under the instruction of Matt Mattox and Chet Walker at The School at Jacob’s Pillow, and holds a B.A. in English Literature and Business Administration from Boston University. In 2005 Stephanie founded Jazz Inc., a production company specializing in contemporary dance and commercial theatre. Clients have included 28 degrees, Pearl Vodka, Bacardi, the Boston Bruins, The Webster Company, the Latin Pride National Awards, and several local theatre companies and dance festivals. She has choreographed regional theatre productions of Fiddler on the Roof, The Wiz, Fame, and On the Town, and worked for the Lowell House Opera Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She teaches company class and choreographs for Harvard University’s Mainly Jazz dance company, in addition to teaching master classes across New England. Currently, Stephanie is on faculty at The Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, Ballet Arts Center of Winchester, and Emerson College.
A Georgia native, Allison has been studying dance and theatre since the age of three. She majored in Theatre Education at Columbus State University, and moved to Boston last year to pursue her MA in Theatre Education with a focus on Theatre in Community at Emerson College. She is a former company member of the Northeast Atlanta Ballet and has performed numerous roles in classical ballets as well as Musical Theatre productions. In addition to teaching and choreographing in Georgia, Allison has worked with students of all ages in Massachusetts at Stoneham Theatre’s young company, Onstage Dance Company, and Cambridge and Somerville Public Schools. Her dream is to use arts education to inspire social change.
Victoria Fraza Kickham
Victoria grew up dancing at her local dance studio in northern Massachusetts and went on to study dance at the University of New Hampshire, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English. She has studied and performed throughout the Northeast, most recently as a member of Boston-based modern jazz company Hyperbole Dance. Victoria has a long affiliation with JNDS as a student, performer, and teacher, and is a member of the Board of Directors for Boston Youth Moves, the studio’s non-profit, pre-professional teen dance program. She counts jazz master Jeannette Neill and JNDS faculty members Sue Casey-Murray, Nicole Sell and Lillian Carter as key influences. Victoria also is a freelance writer and editor and received her master’s degree in English from Northeastern University.
Lisa Sanchez has been teaching and choreographing since 1989. She is a graduate of the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston, where she was the recipient of the New Image Scholarship and the Elsa Kemp award for teaching aptitude. Lisa has been a guest teacher at the Walnut Hill summer dance program and the Dance Collective Intergenerational Summer Outreach Company, which she also co-directed. She has long enjoyed her association with The Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, performing with ACE Entertainment and teaching for Boston Youth Moves. Whether teaching future dancers “as old as two and a half or as young as eighty,” she strives for her classes to move with energy, imagination and strong technique.
Miss Amanda is originally from Hudson, New Hampshire, where she started dancing at the young age of three and grew up on the stage. She received a Bachelors Degree in Musical Theatre with a Dance Minor from Plymouth State University, before moving to New York City. Over the last five years, she has been performing and teaching ballet, tap and musical theatre in NYC. She has performed with ArtsPower National Touring Theatre, Off-Broadway Credits: (Clara) The Nutcracker and The Mouse King, (Jewels) Columbia: The Life and Death of Rospo D. Oro, and numerous regional theaters. Miss Amanda has choreographed many regional children’s theatre productions over the last ten years. In addition, Miss Amanda is a proud member of the SAG-AFTRA Union. Since her recent return to New England, Miss Amanda is on faculty at The Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, and Ballet Arts Center of Winchester.