, (Ballet and Pointe) received her earliest training with private instruction from Michele Leslie, a former ballerina with Dance Theatre of Harlem. Amy continued her training with the Boston Ballet on the professional track and received a scholarship to attend Walnut Hill School for the Arts, a boarding school for young artists in Natick, MA. Amy spent her summers at Boston Ballet, Walnut Hill, and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She graduated from Goucher College, Baltimore, MD with a triple concentration in Dance, English Literature, and Art History, where she received an award for her dancing. Amy was given lead roles in pieces choreographed by dancers from the NYC Ballet, Ballet Austen, Nashville Ballet, and the Pennsylvania Ballet. In 2003, Fortier received her Master's Degree in Literature and Art History from the University of London where she had a fellowship. In London, she continued training with dancers from the English National Ballet at London Dance Works. Recently Amy attended a pedagogical seminar at Alvin Ailey taught by Finis Jung. Amy currently teaches Art History at SNHU and continues to perform in her dance company Ballet Misha.
(Ballet and Pointe) is a California transplant, who has lived in Nashua for 15 years. She trained with San Jose Dance Theater and danced professionally there as well. She has taught classical ballet and pointe for over 20 years. By way of her husband's military career, she has had the good fortune of living in various locales, all offering wonderful opportunities for professional growth. She has trained with master teachers David Howard, Finis Jhung, Eleanor D'Antuono and Densil Adams and is certified to teach through Dance Masters of America. Besides her husband, Michael, she has a daughter, Lauren, and son, Colin.
(Modern and Hip Hop) graduated with her BA in dance from DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. She is currently a part of a start up modern dance company called Vada Dance Collective that is based out of Philadelphia. Ashley has performed in the Philly Fringe Festival with Vada. She has also performed and choreographed for Dance Ensemble and Young Choreographers Series in college. Ashley was a member XTE (National Dance Honors Society) at DeSales. Some of the artists Ashley has worked with were Sean Curran, Eddie Taketa from the Doug Varone Company, and Trinette Singleton from Joffrey Ballet. She has also worked with David Parsons and his company members in New York City.
(Acro, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical) graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Theater with an emphasis in dance. While at UNH she performed with the UNH Dance Company in the disciplines of ballet, tap, jazz, and modern. She also performed in theater productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and No No Nannette at UNH and at Prescott Park in Portsmouth. Mari has participated in community theater at the Palace Theater in A Chorus Line and the New Thalian Players Guys and Dolls. Mari is certified teacher through Dance Masters of America in Ballet , Tap, Jazz, and Acro Jazz. Through Dance Masters she has taken classes with Judith Jamison with the Alvin Ailey Dance Co, Bob Rizzo and Gus Giordano. Mari has been teaching dance for 20 years and has been with Dimensions since its founder Michele Leslie conceived of it in 1995.
(Zumba) has been studying dance for 25 years at various studios in the Manchester area. Mary began her ballet training with Michele Leslie and has worked in administration and as a substitute instructor for Dimensions in Dance. She has attended workshops/intensives throughout NH and MA studying with greats such as Brenda Buffalino and Bob Thomas. Mary is also the Volunteer Coordinator for the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH. Mary worked for 10 years with community youth groups creating and coordinating activities for spiritual development.
(Lyrical and Jazz) graduated from the University of New Hampshire where she received a BS degree and emphasis in dance. Kate has been actively involved in coaching and choreographing competition cheer routines for over 11 years for high school and youth programs. Kate is the Spirit Coordinator for Bedford and her Cheer team The Jaguars has won State, Regional and National Championships. Kate has been teaching ballet, tap and jazz/hip hop at Dimension in Dance for eight years