Faculty

Lorraine Neal-Owner

Allison Mann-Director

Hanna Satterlee

Kiera Sauter

Tracy Martin

Rosemary Leach

Justin Hover

Isadora Snapp

Geneviève Pellman

Kathe McBride

Abby Pepin

Kaitlyn O'Donnell

Fabio Nascimento

Paula Higa

Amia Cervantes

Debbie New

Nathan Burton

Gretchen Stern

Lorraine Neal is the founder and owner of CD&FS. She has studied with some of the great legends in modern and jazz, and has been teaching various styles of dance to students of all ages and levels throughout Vermont and New Hampshire since 1972. She was on the dance faculty of Goddard College, and was a master teacher for the Burklyn Ballet Theatre Summer Program for 10 years, and, more recently, the Arts Supervisor for a small Special Education private school in NYC. Lorraine has choreographed, directed, produced, and performed in numerous dance and theater productions, and was the founder and artistic director of Teen Jazz, a company of talented dancers from several Central Vermont area high schools. Founded in 1973 with a handful of students, CD&FS has now become a thriving hub for dance education and exercise in Central Vermont.
Allison Mann’s rich and eclectic background has prepared her for her current role as Director of Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio. After receiving her BA in English from Long Island University, she went on to receive an MA in Psychotherapy from Goddard College. She also holds a VT State secondary licensure in English, Vocal Music, and Dance, and is a certified Yoga instructor and Massage Therapist. Allison is a professional Folk and Jazz vocalist, and continues her ongoing studies of the craft, science, and art of vocal production and singing.

Never resting on her past knowledge, Allison’s dance related studies include Afro-Haitian and Afro-Cuban dance and culture, Tap, Jazz, Yoga, and West African dance. Since 1992, Allison has taught dance, movement, music, and academics in public schools, colleges, and private settings including Community College of Vermont, Goddard, Johnson State, and Montpelier High School.

After six years presiding as president of the River Rock School board, and an instrumental player in the formation of the day-to-day running of the school, Allison also became a Homeschool educator in 2010.

Allison is dedicated to creating opportunities for people of all ages to experience the joy, learning, and fulfillment of dance and movement, and to enrich lives by nourishing personal growth, creativity, and physical wellbeing in a supportive community.
Hanna Satterlee, CD&FS Director of Professional Programming, was born and raised in Vermont, and has spent the last 15 years traveling the world to study various dance and movement forms, along the East Coast (VT, ME, MA, NYC) West Coast (CA), in Ghana and in Brazil. She attended Goucher College in Maryland, and left with a double BA in Dance and Psychology with a Dance Therapy concentration. She later attended Laughing Lotus Yoga School in San Francisco, and is now a teacher of their graceful style of Vinyassa Yoga.

She has returned to Vermont to act as Director of Professional Programming, and Artistic Director of
Teen Jazz, at The Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio, where she first learned how to dance. Hanna is a company member of Pauline Jennings and Sean Clute’s Double Vision and Tiffany Rhynard’s BIG APE, and also makes her own work with others. She is currently a choreographic partner for “Dear Pina,” a large-scale dance project dedicated to the late Pina Bausch. 
Kiera Sauter, CD&FS Administrative Assistant, grew up in Peacham, Vermont. She received her early training and love for dance from Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio and became part of the teaching faculty during her last years of high school. Kiera attended several colleges, focusing on dance and choreography, and is finishing up her undergraduate work here in Vermont at Goddard College. She has trained in a wide range of styles from ballet and modern to hip hop and stepping. She has dabbled in other forms of movement such as capoeira, salsa, and zouk. Kiera has danced in a wide range of performances in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maryland. She has taught dance at studios in Vermont and New Hampshire. Kiera is happy to be rejoining the dance faculty at CD&FS.
Tracy Martin graduated from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Dance Department. She performed in several theater dance productions and, after moving to Vermont, has become artistic director of the Phantom Theater in Warren. She has been teaching modern, creative movement for children, and NIA throughout Vermont and has been on the CD&FS faculty for eight years. Tracy believes there is a dancer in everyone. She approaches all of her classes with unbridled enthusiasm and infuses all of her students with creativity and the joy of dancing.
Rosemary Leach studied at CD&FS during her teen years and performed in Vermont and New Hampshire with the first Teen Jazz group under the direction of Lorraine Neal. That experience culminated with a tour of the Soviet Union in 1987. Rosemary went on to receive her B.A. in Dance and Cultural Studies at Hampshire College. After graduating, she performed with the Orts Theater of Dance in Tuscon, Arizona, and as a member of the Montana Transport Company in Missoula. She has taught dance to children, teens, college students, and adults in Vermont, Maine, Washington, Montana, and California. For the past 14 years, Rosemary has been on the faculty of the Bates Dance Festival Youth Arts Program, a dance, music, and theater project designed to reach and teach children of central Maine who would not otherwise have the opportunity or exposure to the performing arts. In 2006, Rosemary also became certified in the Power Pilates Mat technique. Rose is a member of the CD&FS faculty based performance group called "Soup." Her teaching, dancing, and performing skills are surpassed only by her infectious energy and warm, generous nature.
At nine years of age, in his hometown of S. Royalton, VT, Justin Hover witnessed a high school B-Boy dancer and was hooked. He got serious in 6th grade and was self-taught until after college, when he met Benjamin Kid Cobra Wilson. He and Benny formed T.I.N., a dancing partnership, working and studying together and traveling to Jams in Canada and the U.S.

In 2005, Rosemary Leach (CD&FS alumni and faculty) met Justin while she was teaching at Johnson State College and Justin was earning his B.A. in Fine Arts. Rose was instrumental in inspiring Justin to start teaching at CD&FS, and he’s been here ever since. The B-Boy/B-Girl program has grown yearly under Justin’s steady focused dedication to his students.
Isadora Snapp grew up in Vermont, studying studying ballet, modern and jazz with Lorraine Neal and Holly Yacawych at CD&FS. Following her high school graduation, she spent a year in New York city training at Dance New Amersterdam Studios and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Since then, she has moved back to Vermont to persue her interest in teaching and her own work. She has had the opportunity and pleasure to work with many local and national artists, including the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Ron K. Brown, David Dorfman, Larry Keigwan, Yo-El Cassel and Christopher Anderson.
Genevieve Pellman was born in Montreal, to parents who were both lead dancers in Les Grands Ballet Canadiens. Besides taking classes with her mother Manon Larin-Pellman, she was lucky enough to study under such wonderful instructors as Shelley Ismail, and Judith Karstens also former dancers with the company. Genevieve has studied many forms of dance focusing primarily on ballet. Aside from Orchesis, the University of Vermont Dance Company, she has enjoyed participating in numerous performances, including several Flynn stage productions, and the summer dance festival at Jacob's Pillow.

Genevieve loves to inspire a passion for dance and strengthen dancers of all styles. She believes ballet is a great foundation to promote a strong, centered, disciplined dancer. While stressing safe dance techniques that focus on avoiding injury, Genevieve appreciates and encourages individual expression ensuring that her students not only improve, but also experience the joy of dancing.
Kathe McBride started dancing at age 3 and continued through high school. As a UVM student, she studied languages, theatre and philosophy, but not ready to settle on a major, she left in mid-junior year and moved to San Francisco where she took dance classes at Pacific Ballet Academy and San Francisco Dance Theatre. The California lifestyle and beautiful dramatic landscape still remain close to her heart.

Returning to Vermont she commenced classes with Lorraine Neal, began teaching at CD&FS in 1980, and has taught for 29 years in the various dance genres, Jazz, Lyrical Modern and Tap. She founded “On Tap”, a tap troupe of men and women that traveled throughout Vermont and danced to live bands and many varied venues. She has worked as a choreographer to local dance and theatre productions. She loves Flamenco, which she dabbled in briefly, and treasures her inherited traditional flamenco shoes which once belonged to a gypsy dancer from Eastern Europe. She is presently involved in writing poetry, her other lifetime love.

Abby Pepin grew up in VT at the Ruth Vickery School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio. She received her B.A. from Johnson State College, and an elementary/dance teaching certificate from Norwich University. Abby has taught dance for the Wolcott Ballet, The Dance Academy of Stowe, and Montpelier High School; she has been on the faculty at CD&FS since 1994. Abby has performed with The Vermont Dance Collective and Same Planet Dance Co. She lives in Middlesex with her husband and two children.
Kaitlyn O'Donnell grew up dancing at Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio. After graduating from high school in 2002, she spent a year in the Dominican Republic where she had the opportunity to teach Jazz and to study the Latin dance forms of Merengue, Salsa and Bachata. In 2007 she graduated,from Wesleyan University with a degree in Dance and in Romance Languages,and Literatures. During her four years in college she took classes from a,wide variety of contemporary dance artists, and had multiple opportunities to choreograph and teach. After graduation Kaitlyn moved to Brazil where she spent two years studying Contemporary dance and Capoeira. She is very excited to return to CD&FS as a teacher.
Fabio (Fua) Nascimento, a native of Brazil, graduated from a traditional Brazilian capoeira academy where he studied under the tutelage of Aberré, one of the most recognized capoeira masters. Starting at the age of eight, Fua has trained in capoeira for twenty years and has been performing and teaching throughout Brazil and internationally for the the past twelve years.
Paula Higa is a freelance performer, choreographer, ballet and modern instructor. She is originally from Brazil. Trained in the Royal Academy of Dance methodology, she has taught and prepared students for R.A.D. exams. She has been teaching ballet for all levels since 1985. Here in Vermont, Paula taught ballet and modern at Middlebury College. She is very excited to join the "CD and FS" team, and about her lecturer position at the University of Vermont. Professionally, she performed as a modern dancer with “Theatrum Cia de Dança” in São Paulo, Brazil under direction of Roberto Peres. She also performed with Tiffany Rhynard and the Big Action Performance Ensemble in Vermont, and with Diverse Space Dance Theater, under the direction of Toni Bravo in Austin, Texas. Paula holds a degree in chemical engineering; however, the chemistry that she likes the most happens on stage.
Amia Cervantes grew up in Vermont. When she was twelve she first attended Bach Triata a dance and theater intensive under the direction of Tara Dawn Bach. She then studied modern, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, tap, and ballet at Contemporary Dance and Fitness under the direction of Lorraine Neal.  Through audition, she became a member of Teen Jazz--the studio’s touring company. During this time she attended the Monsters of Hip Hop conventions in New Jersey and Florida, and won the Picking the Stars Hip Hop competition in Montreal Canada. Later, she moved to New York and in 2009 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance at Long Island University/Brooklyn Campus, with a focus on modern and ballet. While attending LIU, Amia danced with hip hop choreographer Joey Tadeo and performed to promote his work. In 2009, she was also certified in yoga through Yoga Alliance and Atmananda in Manhattan. In 2010 she was certified as a holistic health councilor through OmWellness and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners to enhance her yoga teachings. Before moving back to Vermont, Amia was a member of the modern dance company Murray Spalding Movement Arts, based in Manhattan. She also taught hip hop workshops at Vassar College as well as yoga and various dance classes and workshops throughout New York. 
Debbie New teaches jazz and musical theater, and has training in ballet and modern dance as well.  After studying anthropology and French in college and graduate school, she began a career as a high school English teacher, but moved back to Vermont to fall happily into teaching dance instead. Debbie has taught dance and choreographed musicals for over a dozen years. 
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At age eight I discovered the magic that thrives within 18 Langdon Street, and have been part of the CD&FS community since. Through elementary, middle, and high school years an interest transformed into a talent, which developed into a passion. After eight wonderful, challenging, and rewarding years, I find myself a member of the Teen Jazz ensemble, a dance instructor, and an active student in an increasing number of classes at the Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio. When I am not dancing, I occupy myself with photography, hiking, and other artistic forms of living. Today I am a resident of Montpelier Vermont, a Junior at Montpelier High School, and an avid dancer and photographer, finding inspiration in my environment and all that fills it.
Gretchen comes to CD&FS with years of experience in dance and gymnastics. Growing up she cartwheeled more than she walked and was always flipping, hand springing, and dancing her way through life. Her formal dance training is rooted in jazz and includes several years on a competitive dance team and as the choreographer of middle school musicals. After studying Psychology and Environmental Studies at UVM, Gretchen spent many years coaching recreational and competitive gymnastics in Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Vermont. Now Gretchen spends her days playing with her three year old son, Emmett, and working as an Organizational Development Manager at the Children's Literacy Foundation. Her philosophy on balancing structure and play carries over into all parts of her life, including her teaching.