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Susan L. Smith BFA hons, RADRT, IDTA
Owner & Artistic Director

Susan was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland Canada where she began dancing at the age of 6. Upon graduation from Prince of Wales Collegiate in 1975 she attended Memorial University of Newfoundland. One year later she decided to pursue her dream to become a dance teacher and was accepted at the Canadian College of Dance at Ryerson University in Toronto Ontario. After three years of study and completing her Royal Academy of Dancing and Imperial society of teaching examinations, in the diploma program Susan was accepted into the Bachelor of Fine Arts, dance program at York University also in Toronto. She graduated in 1982 with honors BFA in Dance. Upon graduation she taught in the children’s dance intensive program at The Ottawa Dance Center & Theatre, and the Cumbrae School of Dance, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  In 1984 Susan moved to New Hampshire and taught in Derry and Nashua, NH. In 1986 she founded the New England School of Dance in Goffstown, NH.
 
 
Ali Smith
NESD Company Director

Ali began training with New England School of Dance in 1990 and continued to pursue an education in the field dance, having since earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Dance from York University, Toronto, Canada and a Masters in Choreography (MAC) from Laban Contemporary Dance, London, UK. She enjoys teaching ballet, contemporary, and jazz with the students at New England School of Dance and is thankful for the opportunity to encourage and instill a sense of creativity and confidence in dancers of all ages.
 

Jennafer Goetsch
Teacher

Jennafer Goetsch has been involoved with dance since she was 3 years old.  She received training in Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz and Tap at Express in Connecticut.  At Plymouth State University, she further honed her tap technique under the tutelage of Aaron Tolson, formerly of Riverdance. In 2009, she was invited by Aaron Tolson to rehearse and perform with his New England Tap Dance Emsemble.  In 2010, she took on the responsibility of Company Manager.  Today, Jenn continues to perfect her skills by attending workshops in Boston, MA and NYC.  She has had the privelege of working with many great instructors such as Derick Grant, Sean Fielder, Chloe Arnold, Michelle Dorrance, and Nicholas Young.  As a dancer, Jenn strives to be the best she can be.  As an educator, she is committed to inspiring others with her love of tap.
Spencer Keith
Teacher

Spencer was born in Romania and raised in Honolulu, HI.

He received his training at Academie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace, Woodbury Ballet and Hawaii State Ballet and was taught by instructors Randyl Errica, Marika Besobrasova and John Landovsky.

In 2008 Spencer was invited to participate in the Bolshoi Ballet Academy’s Gala performance. He was awarded a gold medal for pas de deux in the Connecticut Classic Competition in 2011 and a silver medal for variation in 2012.

Spencer joined Josè Mateo Ballet Theatre in 2011.




  
Kaleigh Jones
Teacher

Kaleigh