This year, three new staff members will apply their in-depth dance experiences to help Dancing Arts Center students learn, refine and develop their talents.
Previous guest teachers, Andrea Taylor-Blenis and Hayley Dietrich-Kenney will teach modern dance. Megan Brown, new to DAC, will teach jazz and creative movement classes.
“We are thrilled to add three very talented teachers to our staff,” says Dancing Arts Center Children’s Division Principal Karyn Edison. “Their years of training and breadth of dance company work will add a very special presence to our well-rounded staff. Meanwhile, our students will benefit from their dance knowledge and in-depth experiences in the field.”
Andy Taylor-Blenis teaches International Dance through the Folk Arts Center of New England, and Modern and Jazz Dance at Northwestern and Northeastern Universities, Harvard, Emerson and Boston University. She continues to teach at the Boston Conservatory and the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio.
Hayley Dietrich-Kenney has a BFA in Dance from Florida State University and has danced three seasons with BoSoma Dance Company. After a three-year break from performing, Kenney joined Sokolow Now! under the direction of Lorry May.
Megan Brown, a former Boston Ballet and Alvin Ailey Company member, has taught at dance studios and conservatories across Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. Megan was featured in a PBS special in 2008 on the dance program Sankofa, and as a dance model on the cover art for Percival Everett’s poetry book.
She taught dance for the theater department at The Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Ma for two years, where she also choreographed two fall musicals that toured locally.