Noreen MacDonald, A.E.A, RAD, Executive Director/Dance Workshop Group LLC, began her early dance training with Marylou Cunningham and Dance Workshop of Hanover, Sydney Leonard at the Boston Ballet School, Boston Ballet Summer Program and Jeanette Neill. Noreen began performing professionally at age 15. Having worked and resided in New York City for 20 years, her dance study includes Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center with such artists as David Howard, Luigi, Chet Walker, Violette Verdy, Edward Villella, Ann Reinking and Randy Skinner. Having studied theatre at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, she is member of Actors Equity Association. Her performing and choreography credits include international and national tours, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, Jean Ann Ryan productions and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Her film and televsion work includes HBO, ABC, CBS and Comedy Central. Working with Broadway producers and top jewelry houses, Noreen has represented celebrities at The Tony Awards, The Oscars, Emmy Awards and Grammy Awards. She has been teaching dance for 25 years and sits on various adjudication panels for national talent and dance competitions throughout the US. She recently completed Royal Academy of Dance, London coursework at the national US conference. Noreen is thrilled to be sharing her love of dance and performing at Dance Workshop of Hanover!
Michele Davis received her BA in Theatre and Dance from the University of New Hampshire. While at UNH Michele performed with the UNH Dance Company and the Seacoast Ballet, under the direction of Larry Robertson. As a young Dance Workshop of Hanover student and CDE dancer, she began her training in ballet, tap and jazz methods, later continuing with the Boston Ballet School and Ballet Theatre of Boston. Michele's professional performing career includes roles in such ballets as The Nutcracker and Alice in Wonderland, as well as many originally choreographed works with José Mateo's Ballet Theatre. Also EEC certified, Michele has been teaching dance to students of all ages over the past 18 years.
Deirdre Lewis began her training under the direction of Marylou Cunningham where she studied Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, and Hip Hop. She earned her BA in Theatre and Dance with a focus in Performance and Choreography, from Keene State College. In 2012, Deirdre joined IMPACT Dance company as a performer, choreographer and intern. Since joining the company, Deirdre has performed all over New England, presenting pieces from the IMPACT repertoire and her own choreography. Deirdre teaches many genres of dance including Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, and Hip Hop. Deirdre completed Module One of the Acrobatic Arts Certification Program and is thrilled to be implementing Acro into her teaching schedule. Deirdre's work with the DWH Competition Team has received numerous awards for her choreography and creativity. Under her direction, the team has been honored with many awards at Regional Competitions.
Denise Menendez is a graduate of Allentown College where she earned her BA in Dance. Her concentration has focused on the teaching methods for young children; creative movement, pre-ballet, jazz and tap through the elementary level programs. While at Allentown, she performed and choreographed for the College Touring Company and with the Act I Dance Ensemble. An experienced teacher and many years on staff with DWH, Denise has completed the teaching course of the Royal Academy of Dance and continues her training with ongoing studies in the Syllabus, particularly as it relates to the teaching methods of younger students.
Catherine Piazza ISTD, Full Member RAD; Progressing Ballet Technique License;
Catherine formally trained at Northern Ballet School, Manchester England. After studying all genres of dance and Musical Theatre, passing all examinations in RAD and ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern and Character, Catherine graduated with a teaching associate in Imperial Classical Ballet.
After a succesful audition with Carnival Cruise lines, she went on to travel and perform all over the world as Lead Dancer and Dance Captain in award winning Broadway/Vegas revue shows for more than ten years.
Catherine has been fortunate to study twice with Marie-Walton Mann, the founder of an innovative program which helps students to understand the depth of training
muscle memory, in achieving their best during their regular dance classes. Progressing Ballet Technique has had an overwhelming impact on students’ technique and knowledge of safe dance training.
Catherine also had the opportunity to train with Louis van Amstel from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. She is licensed to teach LaBlast, a cardio ballroom dance class, in which you learn all the dances from dancing with Stars, but partner free!
Catherine is honoured to be teaching at Dance Workshop of Hanover. She teaches RAD Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Character, Lyrical and PBT.