Ballet, Jazz, and Pointe Company Director and Choreographer
Teaches Ballet, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical and Adagio
Jennifer started her own training with The New Hampshire School of Ballet under the direction of her aunt Suzanne Taylor, whose
mother Lena Taylor founded the school in 1965. Jennifer studied and performed with the school for eighteen years and joined the
"NH Ballet Ensemble" dance company from 1987-1989. Jennifer also went on to compete in the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship
Program winning Third Runner-up, 2nd Runner Up, all the community service awards and Overall talent. Today, Jennifer continues
to choreograph and judge for the pageant system.
In 1989, Jennifer purchased The New Hampshire School of Ballet from her aunt and proceeded to carry on the family dream of
bringing quality dance training to students in New Hampshire. She is an accomplished teacher and choreographer whose students
have won many regional and national titles as well as over-all high score awards, title competitions, auditions and college
Many of her students have obtained professional careers as dancers with Busch Gardens, Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise
ships, Tokyo Disney, Chase Brock Dance Company, Parsons Dance Company in NY, Beauty and Beast National Tour, Radio City
.Rockettes, New York City lead “Billy” in the Broadway hit show “Billy Elliot”, national Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and National Tour of
Flashdance. Currently she has two graduated students on the national tour of Finding Neverland, a graduate with the American Contemporary Ballet and Charlotte Ballet
Company. Jennifer has been a certified teacher with DMA since 1991 and has served on the board of directors for Chapter 5 New England for many years and is
currently serving as Vice President. . She continues to open the door for her students by directing and choreographing several productions of Nutcracker each year,
teaches master classes throughout New England and adjudicates dance competitions throughout the U.S and Canada both regionally and nationally. She also writes for
the dance magazine “Dance Studio Life” and resides in Hooksett, NH with her husband and 2 daughters.
|Mary Beth Marino
Tap Company Choreographer
Teaches Tap, Jazz, and Ballet
Mary Beth has studied dance at various studios throughout Manchester NH, New York, and Boston MA. She completed her studies at The New
Hampshire School of Ballet from 1991-1995. After graduating from NHSB, She went to the University of New Hampshire, where she was a member
of the UNH dance company. She received her BFA in Dance, with a minor in business, in 1999. While there, she received four scholarships for
dance and was awarded the prestigious Jean Mattox Scholarship for excellence in dance her final year. She completed a teacher workshop at
Broadway Dance Center in 2006 and 2009.
Mary Beth currently is a full time lecturer at the University of New Hampshire teaching jazz, tap and dance history. She is an adjudicator on the
regional and national level for Dance Xplosion National Talent Tour. She currently choreographs for the NHSB Dance Company, The Portsmouth
School of Ballet Dance Company and the University of New Hampshire Dance Company. Mary Beth lives in the Seacoast area with her husband
and new daughter, Audrey.
Teaches Ballet and Jazz
Teaches Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz,
Rachel is a 2018 graduate from Point Park University, where she received a BFA in dance along with a minor in Business Management. She
is from New Hampshire and started dancing at a young age of three at a local dance studio. While at Point Park Rachel has had the privilege
in taking part in many conservatory works including competing in the Youth American Grand Prix World Finals and performing works by
choreographers including Ronen Koresh, Adam Hougland, Stephanie Martinez, Mark Burrell, Doug Bentz, and Kiesha Lalama. Rachel works
alongside Pantos Project, a Contemporary Dance Company based in Boston, MA as an apprentice company member. On her personal time,
Rachel enjoys creating and producing dance films.
Manchester native Natalie Brankin received her early dance instruction at the New Hampshire School
of Ballet where she was on the competition team for two seasons. She has studied at dance studios
throughout the New England area including Boston Ballet School’s Adult Dance Program and has
attended professional development through the Dance Life Retreat Center. Natalie has been a student
of dance for over thirty years and has taught dance locally for nearly twenty.
As New Hampshire’s Junior Miss in 1998, Natalie competed in the America’s Junior Miss Program in
Mobile, AL. Natalie also held the title of Miss Rockingham County in 2004 and went on to place first-
runner up at Miss NH. Natalie received her BA in Mathematics from Saint Anselm College and her
Masters in Education from Providence College.
Natalie has taught all levels of dance from age 2 through adult. She lives in Manchester with her
husband and three children. Miss Natalie is excited to begin another wonderful year at NHSB!.
Modern, Ballet, Leaps/Turns
Ashley O'Donnell started dancing at a very young age and has been teaching for the last 13 years. At the age of 12 she started dancing at
NHSB and that's when she knew she wanted to take dance seriously and make it her career. She danced many lead roles at NHSB including
the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, and Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker; the Black Swan in Swan Lake; and the "Romantic Girl" in
Graduation Ball. She also danced with the competition team holding many regional titles for Headliner's and ADA as well as winning National
High Score Solo.
Upon graduating high school she studied dance at the University of Hartford, finishing with her BFA in ballet pedagogy in 2007. While there she
danced with some amazing choreographers and her own choreography was chosen to enter the American College Dance festival. After leaving
the Hartt school she danced for the Bare Bones Dance Theater for a year before deciding to focus on teaching and choreographing. She has
taught at studios all around New England including NHSB, Diane Kelley Dance studio, Lisa Pilato Dance Center, Sally Gould Dance center and
many others. She is now married, has three kids, and teaching dance full time. She is super excited to be back teaching here at NHSB!
Teaches Ballet and Tap
Samantha Brown grew up locally and has been dancing since the age of three. She is a graduate of the University of NH with a dual BA in
French and Theatre with Dance Emphasis and also has her Masters degree in Education from Southern NH University.
Having passed all ballet examinations through the advanced level in her RAD study, she has earned her ARAD from the Royal Academy of
Dancing in England.
She has danced for many local companies including Ballet New England, the Portland Ballet Company, the New England Dance Ensemble, the
UNH Dance Company, and the Portsmouth Ballet Company. Samantha is excited to join the NH School of Ballet this year teaching ballet and tap.
Kayla has studied dance for twenty five years and spent much of that time as a student at NHSB. She has always loved the discipline
required by ballet and her favorite roles included Sugar Plum Fairy, Odette and Carlotta (Phantom of the Opera).
Kayla attended Summer Intensives at Burklyn Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor Dance Company and Steps on Broadway and
went on to pursue her BFA in Dance Performance at the Boston Conservatory. While completing her M.Ed at Bank
Street College of Education in NYC she taught in the NYC public schools, became certified in Little Flower Yoga and furthered
her study of Pilates. Kayla has returned home to Hooksett, NH where she lives with her husband and their 2 daughters, Clara +
Rosalie . She loves teaching children of all ages as well as adults and is thrilled to be back with NHSB.
Kate Spencer started dancing at a young age and has been teaching dance for the last 14 years. She graduated from the University of NH
with a BS in Business and Dance Emphasis. Kate has been coaching cheer and choreographing competition cheer routines for the last 16
years. Her cheer teams have won many state, regional and national championship titles. She was
the Cheer Director for the youth cheer program in Bedford for 7 years. Kate has 17 year old triplets. She is excited to be teaching at NHSB
again this year and can't wait to share her love of dance with the NH School of Ballet dancers.
Kayla is 12 year veteran as a competitive gymnast for United States Gymnastics Federation. Post competitive
retirement Kayla has coached at numerous gymnastics facilities from tiny tots and tumbling classes to
competitive high school teams.
Kayla was a seven year student of NHSB. Having started studying dance to improve on her gymnastics
foundations, it was dance-love at first class with Jennifer!
Kayla currently resides in the Boston area, a yoga fanatic and works at the fitness based supplement
company, Game Plan.
Ashley began dancing at the age of three and spent much of that time training at New Hampshire School of Ballet. She spent six years
as part of their competition team and won many awards. During her time at New Hampshire School of Ballet she performed in the
Nutcracker for many years. Ashley is trained in many genres of dance including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern,
and Tap. After graduating from New Hampshire School of Ballet, Ashley continued her dance training at Dean College. She had the
privilege of training under Jill Silverman, Laura Young, Gregory King, and Bryan Steele. She was also part of Dean Colleges Pointe
and Modern Companies and performed in numerous shows. At Dean Ashley studied Dance History, Rhythmic Analysis, Dance
Composition, Dance Anatomy, Creative Movement, and Pedagogy. After receiving her Associates of Art in Dance degree in 2012 she
went on to study Mental Health at Southern New Hampshire University where she received her Bachelors of Science Degree. Ashley
enjoys continuing her dance education and has attended many Dance Teacher Seminars at the Dancelife Retreat Center. Ashley has
been teaching in the New England area for the past five years and is looking forward to spreading her knowledge of dance where her
Kayla Parcels- Tumbling
Nicole M Baron
Nicole is a Manchester, NH native who began her dance training at age 13. After years of competitive
gymnastics training she found her love of dance at a local studio where she recently returned as the lead
Acro instructor. Nicole possesses experience in a wide range of dance styles including jazz, tap, ballet,
modern, lyrical, pointe, hip-hop and contemporary. She is a graduate of Point Park University with a
Bachelor’s of the Arts in Dance Pedagogy and a concentration in Jazz Dance. While at Point Park Nicole
was able to study and work with renowned teachers and choreographers including Ron Tassone, Kiesha
Lalama White, Jason McDole, Ron Hutson, Susan Stowe, and Jill Lazzini. In addition, Nicole is a certified
Acrobatic Arts instructor which focuses on balanced and safe acrobatic training specifically designed for
dancers. With her knowledge, training and passion, Nicole wishes to inspire her students to find their own
love for dance.
Katie Baier- Ballet, Jazz
Kate began her training under Jennifer Rienert at NH School of Ballet in Hooksett. She
attended summer programs including American Ballet Theatre in NYC, American Academy of Ballet and Hubbard Street. She
furthered her ballet education at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied under Ethan Stiefel, Susan
Jaffe, Fanchon Cordell, Susan McCullough, and many others while also taking classes in Modern under Sean Sullivan, Trish
Casey, Brenda Daniels and others. Kate had the privilege to work with Twyla Tharpe, Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner,
Anna-Marie Holmes, and several other world renowned dancers and choreographers.
She graduated with a BFA in dance with a concentration in Ballet. From there, Kate was hired as an Apprentice with Ballet
Theatre of Maryland in Annapolis in 2014-2017 where she not only danced but has became the Artistic Director’s executive
assistant and company office manager. She is very excited to share her passion and love for dance back at her home studio
again this year!