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Northampton School of Dance
Jennifer Peterson, Artistic Director  
(Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Lil' Tykes, Dance Fitness)

Jen Peterson started dancing in 1982 at the age of two and a half at Carol
Butler's School of Dance and stayed there until 1993.  She has trained in
Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Acrobatics, Tap, Modern, Pointe, Acting, Musical Comedy
and even Clogging.  She has also competed in various dance and modeling
competitions throughout the New England area.  Jen performed with
Pioneer Valley Ballet from 1993 through 1999.  She also studied with
various instructors in Regional Dance of America workshops across the
country.  She performed in PVB's, The Nutcracker, from 1988 through 1999
and also assisted classes, choreographed  routines, and helped run
rehearsals for The Nutcracker.  Jen was a member of the Westfield State
College Dance Team from 2000 through 2002.  She graduated from
Westfield State College with a BS in Business and a Minor in Psychology in
2002.  Jen taught at Hampshire Performing Arts for three years.  Aside from
owning and teaching at the dance school, Jen obtained her MBA in 2008.  
She is certified to teach Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Modern by Dance Masters of
America.    
David Bovat  (Acro, Tap, Broadway Jazz)
David Michael Bovat has earned both a Local and National reputation in the field of dance as a “Teachers, Teacher” and has consistently taught in the New
England area, being associated with the David Bovat’s Academy of Dance, LHQ Dance Force Unlimited, Joannes School of Dance, Carol Boardways
Shooting Star and Northampton School of Dance.  He has taught hundreds of dancers and teachers over the years and has been represented on the stage
with dancers in many musicals for the past 20 years, as well as dancers in every phase of the art.  He has taught for many major dance teacher’s
organizations (doing his first convention at the age of 16).  Which brought him to Chicago and Binghamton, NY, where he has conducted master tap classes
and workshops for hundreds of dancers, with NADAA (National Association of Dance Affiliate Artists).  He is in constant demand as an adjudicator for beauty
and talent competitions throughout the area.  He has staged and choreographed for many dance companies, competition routines, nightclubs, benefit
shows, fitness pageants, and most recently, for the Miss Massachusetts Pageant.  His former professional career includes the stock production of “A
Chorus Line”, in Buffalo and Syracuse, NY.  He has studied with many teachers including Anita Oski Barrett, Toni DeVechi, Frank Hatchet, Phil Black, Chuck
Kelly, Diana Vancini, and Paula Abdul.  David teaches Acro, Tap and the NSD Acro and Tap Companies.
Nicole Zaccari, Director  
(Jazz, Modern, Lil' Tykes, Turns & Leaps, Technique, Acro)

Nicole Zaccari started dancing at the age of seven and throughout high
school, studied Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz and Tap intensely. After
graduating high school, she attended Dean College in Franklin, MA where
she received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Dance in May 2010. While at Dean,
she was a member of the Dean College Dance Team and had the privilege
of performing at Patriot’s Place in Foxboro, MA. Nicole performed in
numerous student-choreographed shows and had her own choreography
chosen to be in The Dance Team Show in 2008 and was selected to be in
the Dean College Modern Dance Company. Nicole attended The AlvinAiley
American Dance Theater summer intensive program in 2010, where she
studied Dunham, Horton, West African and Ballet for a rigorous seven
weeks. Aside from teaching, Nicole continues to perform as a member of
The Eclipse Modern Dance Company around Massachusetts and in local
dance festivals. She also has her own jewelry and accessory business,
Handmade by Nicole. Nicole teaches Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Lil' Tykes and
the NSD Jazz, Lyrical and Modern Companies.
Brenden Silbaugh  (Hip-Hop)
Brenden's consistent drive and passion for entertainment have made him a notable performer and educator throughout Western Massachusetts.  Brenden
has won numerous awards for his hip hop performances in national competition.  Brenden has been a featured dancer in such shows as Le Cirque at the
Hippodrome, Dead Man's Party at Six Flags New England and The Cher Extravaganza. Brenden shares his knowledge of hip hop and street jazz as a faculty
member at American International College and the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School.  When not in the studio, Brenden can be seen performing
with Eclipse Dance Co. and as a backup dancer for local Hip Hop and R&B Artists. He is the lead choreographer for the NCAA Elite Eight Dance Team and
his work has been featured at NCAA championship games televised on CBS, and ESPN-U. Brenden thrives in always expanding his dance knowledge
through new and creative educational outlets. His streetwise and stylish choreography make for a fun and energetic hip hop experience.  Brenden teaches
Hip-Hop.
CLASS ASSISTANTS
Michelle Zaccari (Jazz, Lyrical, Tap)
Bio coming soon..
Jordan Towsley (Irish Step)
Bio coming soon..
Lauren Baranowski
Lily Bigelow
Molly Daniels
Hannah Davis
Sydney Flores
Kennedy Jones
Chloe Larouche
Lauren Sankey
Emily Smith
Katelyn Stankowski
141 E Damon Road  |  northampton, ma 01060  |  413.582.7099  |  email: info@northamptondance.com