Alumni

Distinguished Alumni

Amy Connerley

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Amy Connerley is a dancer, singer, and actress living in New York City. Amy found her passion for the performing arts when she was cast as an orphan in a regional production of Annie at age 10. That year she began her training in a studio as a competitive dancer and quickly dancing and performing became a huge part of her life. Since then, she has trained in a variety of styles and techniques, now focusing on musical theater, contemporary jazz, and hip-hop. Amy loves telling a story through her dancing, while also utilizing her training in different styles. Although she grew up with a passion for singing, after college she got serious about furthering her vocal career and also fell in love with acting along the way. She continues to train in the city and has been blessed to be a part of a variety of film projects and live performances. Keep up with her journey at www.amyconnerley.com.

Nicholas Jon Grubbs

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Nicholas Jon Grubbs is a New York City based dancer and choreographer, holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance with a minor in psychology from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Since moving to New York City, Nicholas has had the privilege of performing works by choreographers such as Bill T. Jones, Merce Cunningham, and Seán Curran, and training under renowned instructors including Gus Solomons Jr., Pamela Pietro, and Alexandra Wells. In 2014, Nicholas co-founded FLO_collective, a project-based public performance company. He has also trained at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance and Springboard Danse Montréal, where he collaborated with Maxine & Conor Doyle of Punchdrunk and Banning Bouldin of New Dialect. Nicholas has performed with Sarah Esser’s e r a Dance Collective and is currently dancing for LoudHoundMovement under the artistic direction of Brendan Duggan and Mallory Lynn. Choreographically, Nicholas is fascinated by the idea that movement is not only a functional tool but also the original and most genuine form of communication that humans have access to. Nicholas’ work is an exploration of interconnectivity and relationship development via a form of communication that occurs naturally. Nicholas utilizes his dancers’ unique movement impulses to break through their outer layers, reaching a physical and mental space for real human connection. More information on Nic’s journey can be found at www.nicholasgrubbs.com.

Natalie Hamilton

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Natalie Hamilton grew up in Pittsburgh, PA where her dance training began. She spent the last two years of high school training at Dance.tech on the pre-professional team. During this time, she officially decided to pursue a career in dance. She graduated in 2020 with a BFA in Dance from The University of the Arts. During her time at UArts, Natalie performed in works by Andrea Miller, Annie Rigney, Kyle and Dinita Clark, Thom White, Jesse Zarritt, and many more. On top of the many opportunities to perform at UArts, Natalie was given many opportunities to create her own work, including her senior thesis, “Somewhere Soft to Fall”. During her time in school, Natalie was also a part of Creative Reaction, a Philly-based hip-hop company. Immediately after graduating, Natalie joined faculty back at Dance.tech where she teaches and choreographs contemporary, jazz, and hip-hop. “It is so comforting to have circled back to Dance.tech! I am so thankful to be able to share all the knowledge that I have acquired with my students. It is the biggest reward watching them grow into beautiful humans and artists!”

Canyon Carroll

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Canyon is currently a senior dance major at the University of the Arts working towards his BFA in performance. Canyon has performed works by Andrea Miller, Annie Rigney, Robert Battle, and many others as well as performing with Klassic Contemporary Ballet Company and setting work at Pennsylvania Academy of Dance Arts. Canyon has traveled the country assisting world-renowned choreographers such as Cat Cogliandro, Tony Belissimo, and Tiffany Maher.

Meredith Hertweck

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Meredith Hertweck is an Elon University student planning to graduate in May 2022 with a Major in Communication Design and Minor in French. She began her dance journey at Dance.Tech in the Fall of 2006 with her first recital being Vacation 2007. She then joined Power PAC in 2011 and continued dancing until graduating from Blacksburg High School in 2018. Notably she has had the roles of Little Clara and the Dew Drop Fairy in her favorite tradition, the Nutcracker. Now as a member of the Elon University Dance Team she specializes in Pom, Jazz, and Hip Hop, and can be seen on the sidelines of many basketball and football games. Since joining in 2018, the team has attended NDA Camp in 2018 and 2019 earning silver bids and superior ribbons as well as NDA College Nationals in 2019 earning 6th place in Division 1 Hip Hop. She hopes to continue her dance journey well after graduation and share her love for dance with others.

Laura Hole

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Laura Hole is currently a student at University of Waterloo in Canada, studying mechanical engineering. She is also continuing to dance with the UW Dance Company where she participates in three competitions a year. As a member of UW Dance’s Advanced Tap Team, Laura has the opportunity to choreograph competition routines and participate in events with local studios. After graduation, Laura hopes to become a professional engineer and continue to teach dance on the side.

Maggi Weiseman

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Maggi Weiseman started dancing at Dance.tech at age 9 and went from only doing tap to loving everything from ballet to acrobatics and everything in between. She attended many intensives such as the Joffrey Ballet School summer intensive for Contemporary and Jazz and multiple :pushingprogress intensives in NYC as well as spending the summer of 2012 in the Virginia Governor’s School program for the arts. Dance.tech was a huge part of her life growing up and was a major source of stability and love during high school. After graduating she attended Virginia Commonwealth University studying Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology. She took many VCU arts dance classes as electives during school and taught at a local studio throughout college. After school she took some time off to travel through Africa and Southeast Asia and to work as an Ocean Rescue Lifeguard in the Outer Banks. Maggi now lives in Richmond again, has her EMT, her certification in Ayurvedic Health Counseling and is in the application process to become a Naturopathic Doctor. She is choreographing again in the city and hopes to join a former dance professor’s company in 2021 after COVID restrictions allow them to rehearse again.

Lindy Mesmer

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Lindy Mesmer, from Blacksburg, Virginia, is currently an apprentice at the National Ballet of Canada. She trained at Dance.tech for 12 years, and was a part of the PowerPAC team for 11 years. After her years at DT, she trained at the School of American Ballet in New York City from 2016-2020. She was a soloist in their lecture demonstration/community outreach programs (2018-2019) and danced in workshop performances in 2018 and 2019. Ms. Mesmer also performed in an original work by Alysa Pires for the New York Choreographic Institute’s 2019 Spring Session, and is the recipient of the Hecker and the Coleman & Rosofsky Scholarships at SAB.  She performed with the historic School at Jacob’s Pillow in June 2019, and premiered a new work by Matthew Neenan for the Dance Festival’s summer gala. She was a Winner in Dance at the 2020 National YoungArts Week, and a semi-finalist for a Presidential Scholar in the Arts Award. Between 2013 and 2016, she placed annually at Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) regionals, From 2013-2016 she competed at YAGP Finals in New York, winning the Gold Medal in 2014. In 2013, she danced the role of “Clara” in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, New York.