Our Faculty

KRISTINA LIVERSIDGE - Director and Owner; Classical Ballet & Pointe, Rhythm & Movement, Kinderdance, PreBallet & Tap, Stretch.

   Kristina began her dance studies at the age of 6 and continues to express her love of dance through her teaching. She began her training on Massachusetts’ North Shore with Ina Hahn and Robin Adair, then continued in Boston at the Boston Ballet School, and with Mme. Ana Roja and Mme. Tatiana Babushkina. Kristina performed for 3 years in the Boston and North Shore area as a charter member of The North Shore Civic Ballet, during which time she also studied ballet, modern dance, jazz and tap with Paula Schiff, Janet Craft, June Jeswald, Danny Sloan, and Gene Murray. She began teaching dance in 1977 and has taught extensively in the Massachusetts North Shore and Southern N.H. area, and began teaching at ASB in 1990. During her teaching career Kristina has taught and passed examinations in the Cecchetti Council of America ballet curriculum, and has taught in the Royal Academy of Dancing ballet curriculum. She has been owner and director of The Andover School of Ballet since August 1998.

 

MICHELLE DUBOIS DALTON - Classical Ballet & Pointe, Lyrical Dance, Hip-Hop, Stretch, Parent/Child

Michelle holds a BFA degree in dance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and was a member of the U. Mass. Dance Company, performing and touring in the U.S.A. and England.  She was also a ballet instructor for the U. Mass. Dance Dept. for 2 years. Michelle has performed with The Windhover Dance Company in Rockport, MA, performing original works by modern dance pioneer Doris Humphrey, Ina Hahn, and Carol Burnham. She was previously on faculty in the dance department at Northern Essex Community College, teaching Modern Dance, Modern Dance History, and Dance Composition.  She was a company member with Deadfall Dance, performing original works and collaborative group improvisations by director Judith Wombwell of Phillips Academy.  Michelle is currently a member of the Deborah Abel Dance Company of Cambridge, MA, and has toured in Northern and Southern India with their performance of "Calling To You" where the company also gave spiritually inspired modern dance workshops to young women affiliated with SEWA (Self-Employed Women's Association).  She also performs with The Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble in Boston, MA.  This is her twentieth year of teaching at The Andover School of Ballet.

 

BETSY COLLINS - Classical Ballet & Pointe, Primary Ballet & Tap, Modern Dance

  Betsy received her MFA degree in dance from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied ballet and modern technique, choreography and dance pedagogy. She co-founded, and for 3 years co-directed, the Granite State Ballet Company & School (now known as Northern Ballet Theatre) in Nashua, N.H.  In addition, she performed in Boston and New York City as a member of Benita Bike’s DanceArt Company. Betsy’s previous teaching experience includes the Granite State Ballet, the Groton School, and the Academy of Ballet Arts in Chelmsford, MA. This is her thirteenth year of teaching at The Andover School of Ballet.

 

JEANNE MARTIN - Rhythm & Movement, Kinderdance, PreBallet & Tap, Jazz, Tap

  Jeanne received her early dance training in Hyannis, MA & Derry, NH. She holds a BA degree in Elementary Education from Worcester State College and has worked in Community Support Services & at the UNH Institute on Disability. She has taught dance at studios in Kingston, NH & Salisbury, MA and has completed the Dance Educator Certification program at Northern Essex Community College. Jeanne continues to take dance classes and dance competitively.  This is her twelfth year of teaching at The Andover School of Ballet.

 

MEREDITH FUCILE - Jazz, Tap, Classical Ballet & Pointe, Modern Dance

  Meredith received a B.A. in Dance with a dual minor in Business and Psychology from Dean College, from which she graduated with highest honors. During her four years at Dean, Meredith’s focus was on Pedagogy, Composition, The Vaganova Method of ballet technique and Horton Modern Dance Technique. She has studied and worked with masters such as Jill Silverman, Nailah Randall-Bellinger, Wyatt Jackson, Lisa Pari, Josh Hilberman, Bob Thomas, Denise Jefferson, Jay T. Jenkins, Pilobolous and the well-known NYC Rockettes. She has performed with Dean Dance Company and Dean College Dance Team. Meredith is currently teaching dance at several dance studios in the Boston area. She has received many high scores and special awards for her excellence in dance and choreography. Her philosophy is teaching proper technique to her students, which allows her students to increase their strength and develop as dancers without injury to the body. This is her eleventh year of teaching at The Andover School of Ballet.

 

TABITHA RODGER - Contemporary, Classical Ballet & Pointe, PreBallet & Tap

Tabitha began her dance training at the Andover School of Ballet and continued with Jeannette Neill Dance Studio’s Boston Youth Moves program. She received her BFA in Modern Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she had the pleasure of performing works by Bob Fosse, Louis Johnson, Merrian Soto and Brian Sanders, among others. Tabitha was also a member of the first college group to perform Martha Graham’s “Panorama” within a Graham Company program. She was a part of the university’s Choreography Emphasis Program and received the Dance Faculty Recognition Award for Excellence in Dance. Tabitha has attended dance workshops and festivals including Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, Windhover Spreads its Wings, and The Limon Summer Workshop. She has been a member of the Windhover Dance Company in Rockport MA, performing works by modern dance pioneer Doris Humphrey and others. She has also performed with Dusan Tynek Dance Theater in QUARRY DANCE 1 and 3, and spent 3 years as a soloist with Urbanity Dance. Tabitha currently dances with Deadfall Dance, Ipswich Moving Company, and Sokolow Now, and is also a Certified Yoga Teacher. This is her seventh year of teaching at The Andover School of Ballet.

 

LISA FINOCCHIARO - Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop

Lisa studied dance at University of Nevada Las Vegas, and at Dean College, in Franklin, MA, and received a B.A. in Dance from Dean College, where she choreographed for and performed with the Dean Dance Company and the Dean College Dance Team. She studied with master teachers such as Jill Silverman, Jean Wenzel, Nailah Randall-Bellinger, Lisa Pari, Maryanne Kodzis, Jil Matrisciano, Wyatt Jackson, Jay T. Jenkins, Derick K. Grant, Troy Powell, Dudley Williams, Kristin Horrigan and Kelly Peters, and others. She performed in the “Video Game Awards Show” at the Grand Garden Arena, while in Las Vegas, NV.  Lisa also teaches dance in Kingston, NH, and has taught at the Haverhill YMCA. This is her fourth year of teaching at The Andover School of Ballet.

 

CAITLIN KLINGER - Classical Ballet & Pointe, Contemporary

After significant early ballet training under Edra Toth, former ballerina of Boston Ballet, Caitlin attended Mount Holyoke College, where she was exposed to Modern and Contemporary dance. She received her B.A. in Dance and Geography, and had the pleasure of performing works by Mark Morris, Jim Coleman and Terese Freedman, and Carl Flink, among others. Caitlin currently performs as a company member of Dance Prism, Deadfall Dance, and the Boston Early Music Festival Dance Ensemble. With BEMF she has had the privilege of performing in Handel’s Almira, Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, as well as acting as an assistant to the choreographers for Steffani’s Niobe, Regina di Tebe. As a member of Dance Prism, Caitlin has danced a number of leading roles including Sugar Plum Fairy and Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker, Princess Allura in Aladdin, and Mrs. Mallard in Variations on Make Way for Ducklings. Caitlin has also collaborated with a number of independent choreographers and companies, including Annie Kloppenberg, Jody Weber, Ssquared Ballet, Jasmine Dancers, BALAM Dance Theater, American Virtuosi, Cambridge Concentus, and the Clarion Music Society. This is her fourth year of teaching at The Andover School of Ballet.