Our Faculty

Tanya Bosse, Artistic Director


Tanya Bosse grew up in Temple, NH and she currently resides in Greenfield, NH.  She has a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the NH Institute of Art.  Tanya has studied dance techniques in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop, Tap, Theater, Improvisation and Children's Dance.  She has danced professionally in regional productions of "CATS", "Singing in the Rain" and "West Side Story".  She has been teaching dance for over a decade in styles ranging from preschool ballet to hip hop, jazz, tap and contemporary.  Tanya served as Varsity Head Coach of Souhegan High School's Dance Team from 2007-2011 and was able to join the Temple Elementary School's "Artist in Residency" Program as the T.E.S. Dance Instructor on several occasions over the past several years.  
Tanya has developed her own dance syllabus for the 'Dance Tot' program at DanceWorks Movement Design, LLC and has trained her faculty in this creativity based movement approach to teaching children ages 2-5 the basic foundation of dance.  Since open DanceWorks Movement Design, LLC in 2013, Tanya has been awarded numerous choreography awards, including 4 IDA nominations for Contemporary and Jazz.  Dancers from her studio have received several technical and artistic awards from numerous competitions such as Artists Simply Human, NUVO, Starquest and TCDC among others.  Her competitive dance company has been awarded the Apogee award for the highest scoring routine of the weekend on numerous occasions in both age groups - Mini/Junior and Teen/Senior.  Tanya is so grateful to be able to share her love of dance and her creative choreography combined with technical dance artistry with the community.  

Tasha Staplefeld, Ballet Director

Miss Tasha Stapelfeld has been teaching dance excellence and enriching young dancers' lives for over ten years. Tasha Stramecki Stapelfeld began her pre-professional training at Ballet Austin and the Austin Civic Ballet under the direction of Eugene Slavin and Alexandra Nadal. After moving to New Hampshire, she became a student at Boston Ballet where she studied on Scholarship for four years with Sydelle Gomberg, Christine Busch, Arthur Leeth, and Sydney Leonard. Later Tasha continued her passion and study of Ballet and Dance on Scholarship at the University of Oklahoma where she received her BFA with honors in Ballet Performance. There she was recognized as an Outstanding Student and Senior in the Dance Department dancing principal roles with the Oklahoma Festival Ballet Company and receiving special awards and scholarships from Miguel Therekhov and Yvonne Chouteau, the founders of OU. While performing with the Oklahoma Festival Ballet Company, Tasha performed principal parts on tour in Clermont Ferrand, France, and Bordeaux, France, and as a senior, danced alongside Kathleen Tracey of the NYCB, performing Odette in Swan Lake Act II. After graduating, Tasha was invited back to perform the waltz in Balanchine's Serenade staged by NYCB dancers. Tasha danced professionally and held faculty positions with The Northern Ballet Theatre Dance Center and Ballet New England, and has taught at many New Hampshire and Massachusetts schools in a broad range of ages and skill levels. She is an ABT-certified teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. 

Aaron Tolson, Tap Dance

A New Hampshire native, Aaron started dancing at the age of 10. At 14 the tap prodigy was invited to perform in the Great Tap Reunion at the Apollo Theatre alongside tap legends Derick Grant, Savion Glover, and Gregory Hines, as well as the rest of the cast of the movie TAP!
That same year Aaron joined his high school track team. Throughout his four-year high school career Aaron set every school record in each event he competed in, including the 55 and 300-meter indoor dashes and the 100 and 200-meter outdoor events. His times qualified Aaron to compete in the 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials and earned him induction into the Memorial High School and Manchester, NH Halls of Fame. He also earned a full scholarship to St. John's University, where he once again set records in track, a number of which still stand to this day. In 1996 he was invited to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials.
When not on the track or in class studying communications, Aaron was in Manhattan honing his tap skills. During his senior year he successfully auditioned for the New York Shakespeare Festival tap program, also known as Funk U! Soon, Aaron became a company member of Manhattan Tap and worked in the show Tap Dogs. Jumping feet-first into choreography, he landed a job with Absolut in a national tour titled Absolut Tap!
Soon after Aaron accepted a role in the national and international tours of Riverdance. He was a featured soloist and captain of the tap dancers for six years as he performed on Broadway and at Radio City Music Hall, on various TV shows, at NBA games, and stages all over the world over.
In 2006 Aaron began working with longtime friend, Derick Grant on Imagine Tap!, a Chicago-based show whose formation would become the subject of a feature-length documentary, titled Tap or Die.
As a faculty member at The Boston Conservatory and Plymouth State University, Aaron choreographed, produced and directed Something to Tap About, Tapped, Tapped In, and Inspired, all of which featured performers from his own New England Tap Ensemble. Aaron formed New England Tap Ensemble, a non-profit organization, in May of 2007, to promote the art of tap in the community while fostering a sense of individuality in a professional artist.
From Montana to Moscow, Aaron has performed and taught at numerous festivals including LA Tap Festival, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Beantown Tap Fest, Tap United, Tampa Bay Tap Festival, Tap Kids Brazil International Tap Festival, and FeetxFeet. Other favorite performances include Brookline Chorus Duke Ellington Sacred Concert, The Late Show with Liam O'Conner in Ireland, and playing Drosselmeyer in Clara's Dream in A Jazz Nutcracker.
Aaron is currently on faculty with Broadway Dance Center and Peridance Capezio Center in New York City and is the director of Tap2You, an all-tap dance competition. In addition, he is the national spokesperson for SoDanca, and the Director of Speaking In Taps, a pre-professional youth company.   

Sole Power is Aaron Tolson's latest project, and one that allows him to share his love of tap with non-dancers, while working out and staying fit at the same time.   Sole Power is an exciting new program straight out of NYC that combines tap dance with cardio class to deliver a fun, effective workout. Ideal for first time hoofers and seasoned dancers alike, Sole Power classes burn calories and strengthen all the major muscle groups as they turn participants into super-fit tap dancers.   Aaron currently lives in New Hampshire with his wife Emily, daughters Charlotte & Alexis and their miniature schnauzer, Mighty.  

Angela V. Carter

Ms. Carter's professional dance career began at the age 14 when she appeared with the
Houston Ballet. She has danced and toured with Ballet Concerto, Ballet Galaxy,
Milwaukee Ballet, Atlantic Ballet, and Ballet New England. From 1995-2007, Ms. Carter
has been a Company Member, Ballet Mistress, Principal Dancer, Certified Pilates
Instructor, Principal Instructor of Classical Ballet, Junior Company Coordinator,
Company Instructor, School Director, and 2006 Artistic Director of Nutcracker, for Ballet
New England. She has held the position of Principal Ballet Instructor at Fusion Dance
Academy in Dover, NH, since 2007. In 2008, Ms. Carter established and directed the
Junior and Senior Ballet Company at Fusion Dance Academy, now known as the
Cocheco Falls Ballet Company. Her repertory includes Amazing Grace, Bolero, Concerto, Transfixed, Tango, Nutcracker, and children's stories: Snow White, Alice In Wonderland, and Cinderella. She has appeared as a guest instructor with ballet companies in MA, ME, NH, FL, VA and VT.  .

Liz Calabria, Faculty Member

Liz has been teaching dance for over 28 years.   During this time she has taught Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Musical Theater at several local studios and the Souhegan Valley Boys & Girls Club.   Liz is very excited to bring her love of dance and the arts to DanceWorks Movement Design, LLC.  

In August 2013 Liz opened Art Happens, a creative art studio located in Milford, NH where she has expanded her passion for the arts.  Liz and her husband Paul also own and operate 'Weddings in New England', she is a Justice of the Peace and serves as Wedding Coordinator.   Liz also works as choreographer for many local theatre groups including Riverbend Youth Company, Amherst PTA and Bedford High School Theatre Company.  She has been certified through the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston and attended the Dance Teacher Summit in NYC for several summers.  Liz is thrilled to join the amazing faculty at DanceWorks to share her enthusiasm and love of dance and theatre!    

Deanna Shenk, Faculty Member

Deanna Shenk grew up in Milford, NH where she currently resides with her husband, 2 sons and 2 daughters ranging in age from 19 to 6 years.  From about age 5, Deanna danced at the Milford Dance Workshop where she studied ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance.  She moved away from Milford for a few years to attend UNH in Durham where she received a B.S. in Physical Education and a Minor in Dance.  During and after college Deanna began working at Gymnastics Village in Amherst, NH, a family business owned by her mother-in-law Judy Shenk.  She is currently the Director at Gymnastics Village where she has now worked for 19 years and is gearing up to be the future owner.  Throughout the years she has worked with children 18 mos to 18 years, preschoolers, recreational gymnasts and competitive team gymnasts.  Her love of dance, the arts and performance has remained throughout the years and she is happy to work with dancers at DanceWorks and bring her two daughters to the studio.  

Meg King, Faculty Member

Meg King has been dancing since age 3 and has studied in tap, jazz, ballet, modern, contemporary, and hip hop. She participated in Dance Excellence, an international dance festival in 2006 and 2008. She also participated in Chicago Human Rhythm Project's Winter Tap JAMboree in 2015 where she took master classes with Lane Alexander, Cartier Williams, and Nico Rubio. Meg has worked with local theatre groups Friends of the Amato Center and the Riverbend Youth Company as choreographer, assistant choreographer, and dance captain for various productions. Meg is excited to be a member of the DanceWorks faculty.  

Tanya T. Roberts, Faculty Member

Tanya is a master teacher who holds a BA from The University of New Hampshire in the performing arts. Tanya hails from a family of dancers and began her dancing career with her great aunt, the late Marion Rice of Fitchburg, MA. Tanya specializes in teaching pre-ballet for children, teaching the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus and Leap-N-Learn Ballet. She also teaches creative dance, tap, jazz, drama and musical theater.
Tanya has taught pre-school having studied Early Childhood Education at the College of Life Long Learning in Nashua, NH and is an assistant children’s librarian at the Wadleigh Memorial Library in Milford, NH. Tanya is a writer of children’s literature and theatrical scripts and is actively pursuing publication.
Tanya has directed her own theater troupe and dance troupe and has choreographed for several prestigious theater companies, as well as, directed over fifty performances during her twenty-five years of teaching, having taught professionally for The Cynthia Merrill School of Performing Arts in Fresno, CA, Bullard Talent Elementary/Middle School in Fresno, CA, The Dance Center in Ashburnham, MA, Hypaxis in Wilton, NH, Kathy Blake Dance Studios in Amherst, NH, Dimensions in Dance in Manchester, NH, The Village Pre-School in Amherst, NH, and The Sonshine Inn also in Amherst. Tanya is also a teacher at the Bedford Youth Performing Company in Bedford, NH.
Tanya’s classes reflect her expertise, enthusiasm and creativity and she is thrilled to be joining Danceworks!
Tanya lives in Lyndeborough, NH with her husband Ron and their two children.  

Tina Cassidy, Faculty Member

Tina Cassidy, a native of Erie, PA, trained under Arlene Ashton Hay of the Diana Byer’s Dance Ring and later Robert Steele and Jeff Satinoff of the Elliot Feld Ballet. Ms. Cassidy received her BA in Dance from Mercyhurst University and her MFA in Dance Performance from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Her professional affiliations include the Lake Erie Ballet, Indianapolis Ballet Theater, Indianapolis Dance Company, Boston Dance Company, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, Melrose Youth Ballet and the Northern Ballet Theatre of Nashua, NH for ten seasons. Ms. Cassidy is a former Adjunct Faculty member at Berwick Academy and Northern Essex Community College. For twenty seasons, Ms. Cassidy was a Faculty Member and later Director with Northern Ballet Theatre Dance Centre where she has taught ballet, pointe, and contemporary dance and choreographed original works including the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Favorite dance roles include Concerto Barocco, Walpurgisnaught, Fairy Godmother in Cinderella; Flower Festival at Genzano; Balanchine’s Tarantella, Blue Bird in Sleeping Beauty and Snow Queen, Sugarplum, and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker. Ms. Cassidy has previously danced in six operatic centerpieces with the Boston Early Music Festival including the Grammy nominated Ariadne. Ms Cassidy has also choreographed extensively for musical theatre including the Actorsingers, NH Theatre Factory, Nashua High School , Music and Drama Company, StageCoach Productions, and Peacock Players of Nashua where she received an award for “The Best Choreographer of a Community Musical” at the NH Theatre Awards.  

Adjunct Faculty

Donlin Foreman

A 20-year veteran of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Donlin was coached and directed by Martha in all her major male roles. He performed with Eliot Feld Company, Jacques d'Amboise National Dance Institute, and La Scala Ballet; and has staged works for NJ Ballet, Ice Theatre of NY, La Scala Ballet, and Nor...th Carolina Dance Theatre. As co-founder/director/choreographer of Buglisi/Foreman Dance (1993-2005), Donlin choreographed 25 ballets and presented six seasons in NYC at the Joyce Theater, two seasons at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the America Dancing series/Kennedy Center, the Melbourne International Festival and other international venues. He performed at the White House for President Reagan and holds numerous honors, with critical and professional acclaim for his performing and his choreographic work. He served as Professor of Professional Practice in the Dance Department of Barnard College, Columbia University from 1994-2010, has published a book of poetic writing, Out of Martha's House, contributed to the Martha Graham issue of Choreography and Dance, Dance Teacher and Dance Spirit magazines; and for two years chaired the Dance Panel of the New York State Council on the Arts. Donlin now lives in Harrisville with his wife Jenny and their two young sons. He is on the staff at the New England Center for Circus Arts.
You can read his full CV online at www.danceocg.org  

Doug Ahern

Douglass Ahern is a New Hampshire native, born and raised.  As the first son of dancer & choreographer, Christina Ahern, dance is in his blood, and no time was wasted beginning his training.  He saw the lights of his first stage performance at the early age of four and has been a student of the performing arts ever since. Enthusiastically Doug studies a broad range of disciplines including; ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and dance theatre, as well as Kempo karate, and gymnastics.  However, it was only after his introduction to the hip hop culture, and the “underground” art of breakdancing in his early teens, that he found his true calling. Years of battle dancing and street performances with some of best b-boys and  b-girls in the world have led him to develop a unique and well defined style. As well as the founding of his own crew, in 2010,  the Rockalot Knights. He has since devoted himself to spreading his knowledge of the arts and love of life through this unique and beautiful platform.