Faculty



Emily Loscocco

Owner/ Artistic Director

Ballet Technique, Pointe, Variations, Pas de deux, Contemporary Ballet

Emily Loscocco began her dance training in her hometown of Holliston Massachusetts. At the age of fifteen she left home to attend school at the Kirov Academy in Washington D.C. There she received training from Galina Kozlova in the Vagonava style. The next year Ms. Loscocco attended a summer program with The Orlando Ballet under the direction of Bruce Marks. She was asked to stay and received her first job with a professional ballet company. While dancing in Orlando Emily participated in the Youth America Grand Prix, dancing her way to the final round she placed top twelve and was offered multiple scholarships. 

Emily has also danced with Ballet Met in Columbus Ohio and as a guest artist across the country and Europe. In 2012 Emily traveled to Mongolia to perform with Boston Ballet’s Altan Dugaraa in Roland Petit’s “Pink Floyd Ballet” where she performed for the president and the Japanese Ambassador.  She danced as a principal with the Festival Ballet Providence located in Rhode Island and has been guesting internationally. In 2015 Emily danced as a principal guest artist with Alaska Dance Theatre and taught daily at their school. Emily has gained a national reputation as a highly sought after dance instructor and is a freelance dancer represented by a well- known agent in New York City.

Her repertoire includes Bruce Marks’ Swan Lake; Wayne Stewarte’s Coppelia (Swanhilda); Marius Petipa’s La Bayadere(Nikia);Bruce Simpson’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream (Tatiana); Mihailo Djuric’s Sleeping Beauty (Lilac fairy); Mihailo Djuric’s The Nutcracker (Snow Queen, Dew Drop fairy, Sugar Plum fairy); George Balanchine’s Apollo (Calliope); Leading roles in George Balanchine’s Who Cares?, and Agon; Principal in George Birkadze’s Taming of the Shrew, My Sorrow and Dynamite; David Nixon’s Dangerous Liaisons; Dwight Rhoden’s Carm ina Burana; Bergit Scherzer’s Requiem; Bruce Simpson’s Romeo and Juliet; Fernando Bujones’s Spartacus; Princiapal in Marius Petipa’s Carnival of Venice; Twyla Tharp’s Water Babies; Principal in Richard Cook’s Dance of the Hours; Principal in Peter Stark’s Rumplstilkstin;Principal Victor Plotnikov’s Given, and Orchis; Bruce Marks Don Quixote; Devon Carney’s Speaking in Tongues and Gerard Charle’s Maestro.

This year Ms. Loscocco is extremely excited to become one of the new owners and artistic directors of The Portsmouth School of Ballet. She believes with her love of dance along with her knowledge and experience as a professional ballerina she is fully equipped to prepare young aspiring dancers to become successful in the dance industry.

 

Carly Dietz

Young Children’s Dance Program, Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Competition

Carly Dietz was born and raised in Bradenton, Florida where she fell in love with dance at an early age. Carly graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance and a Minor in Educational Studies. She has extensive training in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop and Choreography from the many years of dancing both Nationally and Internationally. Carly first attended World Dance Movement Italy when she was sixteen years old and returned multiple times after receiving full tuition scholarships. She assisted World Dance Movements Artistic Director, Michele Assaf, and traveled with the program to Italy and Spain. While at the University of Florida, she gained a wealth of experience through various repertory opportunities and by working as rehearsal director to world-renowned choreographer/professor, Neta Pulvermacher.
Carly is honored to have worked with the many choreographers and educators who have helped shaped her dance and teaching career. Her profound love for children and teaching has also lead her to work in the Early Childhood Education field where she shares her passion of the arts with young children.

 

SusanSusan Endrizzi

Ballet Technique, Pointe, Variations, Pas de deux, Contemporary Ballet

Susan Ingraham Endrizzi began her training at the Robertson School of Classical Ballet. In 1994 she received her B.F.A. in dance performance from Butler University. Her professional credits include performances with Ballet New England and Ballet Theatre of Pennsylvania. Susan joined Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theatre of Boston in 1995 where she danced original choreography for 9 years, taught all levels for 8 years, and was a rehearsal assistant for 2 years. She has been on the faculty of Portsmouth School of Ballet since 2005 teaching ballet, pas de deux and pointe technique. Susan is also a ballet professor at the University of New Hampshire.

Jenn Schneck Fink

Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical

Jenn Schneck Fink holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre and Dance from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, where she studied under Julliard’s Joan Karlen and James Moore, assistant to the legendary Jerome Robbins. Miss Jenn began her training at Dance Arts Center in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, and continued her training at Chicago’s premier studios: Lou Conte Dance Studio (Hubbard Street Dance), Gus Giordano’s, Joel Hall, and Visceral, as well as attended national master classes taught by top dance industry instructors and choreographers. Miss Jenn received her Pilates certification in 2009 and continually strives for higher education in the field of dancer anatomy, strength, alignment, injury prevention, and kinesiology.

Miss Jenn has studied with some of the nation’s top instructors and choreographers, including but not limited to: “technique guru” Miss Paula Morgan, Joe Lanteri, Jackie Sleight, Suzi Taylor, Mandy Moore, Doug Caldwell, Lauren Adams, Chris Jacobson, Caroline Lewis-Jones (nutrition), Shannon Mather, Joel Hall, Teddy Forance, Katy Spreadbury, Sonja Tayeh, and the renowned author and instructor Karen Clippinger. Miss Jenn’s choreography credits include Dance Chicago, The Racine Kid, and Youth Players, master classes for inner city community programs in Chicago, Revival Dance Intensive, and she is a visiting instructor for several studios in the Midwest and New England.

In the competitive circuit, Miss Jenn has judged for Rainbow Connection Dance Competition and VIP Dance. Her work and students have been recognized regionally and nationally, receiving Choreography, Technique, Critiques Choice Nominations, Best of Show, Best In Studio, and High Point awards and regional scholarship titles at Adrenaline, New York City Dance Alliance, The Move, Jump, L.A. Dance Magic, League of Champions, Open Call, Velocity Dance Convention, Spirit of Dance Awards, Hollywood Vibe, and Spotlight Dance Cup. Many of her students enjoy thriving careers, collegially and professionally, in the dance and theater industry.

Audrey Lukacz

Young Children’s Dance Program, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater

Audrey Lukacz began her training at Portsmouth School of Ballet, under the instruction of Kristen Samson, Megan Edmonds, and Susan Endrizzi. In addition to her year-round training at Portsmouth School of Ballet, Audrey attended summer intensives at Walnut Hill and Central Pennsylvania Youth
Ballet. While at PSB Audrey competed on the Company Team and performed in numerous productions, playing parts such as Sugar Plum and Dew Drop in the Nutcracker, Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, and Titania in Midsummer Night’s Dream. During her senior year of high school Audrey became a company member with DSunDanceX, a contemporary ballet company under the direction of David Sun and performed original choreography, Images and Torsades des Pointes. Audrey a#ends Butler University and is a Dance Pedagogy major, training for performance career and studying to become a dance instructor. She performed in Butler’s sell-out production of the Nutcracker, as well as their spring production of Giselle. Audrey was also fortunate enough to dance in an original piece, Largo, choreographed by Susan McGuire and was chosen to understudy Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments under the direction of Deborah Wingert. She is excited to spend her summer back at Portsmouth School of Ballet teaching and gaining experience for her passion!

Mary BethMary Beth Marino

Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Competition

Mary Beth Marino is a professor at the University of New Hampshire teaching jazz tap and dance history. She is the assistant choreographer for the UNH Dance Company and has choreographed musicals for the UNH Department of Theatre and Dance. She is an award winning competitive choreographer for dance studios throughout the New England area. Her students have gone on to perform with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Parsons Dance Company, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and most recently, one of her students held the role of Billy Elliott on Broadway.

Meghan_webMeghan McCoy

Young Children’s Dance Program, Ballet Technique, Pointe, Variations, Pas de deux, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop

Meghan McCoy trained at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre in Boston and  also the Portsmouth School of Ballet and before graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in theatre and dance. She danced professionally with The Portland Ballet in Maine for 3 years and remains with the company as a guest artist. Most recently Meghan spent a year abroad performing with Teatrul Balet Sibiu, in Sibiu Romania, where she enjoyed performing both corps and soloist roles in contemporary and classical works. She looks forward to bringing her professional experience into the classroom and hopes to help young dancers attain their dreams; professionally or recreationally!

KalieghKaliegh Natale

Mommy & Me, Young Children’s Dance Program

Kaleigh graduated from The Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance in 2012.  At The Boston Conservatory she was awarded a Merit Scholarship and worked with master and student choreographers.  She performed The Winged by Jose Limon, Mechanical Organ by Alwin Nikolais and excerpts of Three by Ohad Naharin.  She also performed original choreography by Gianni DiMarco, Danielle Agami, andDanny Pelzig.  In 2012 Kaleigh joined The Portland Ballet Company.  She became a full company member in 2013.  With Portland Ballet she has appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Bayadere, Boy Meets Girl, Three Tales by Poe, Jack the Ripper, The Victorian Nutcracker, The Armed Man, as well as other original works. In addition to her set company work, Kaleigh has had to opportunity to appear as a guest artist, teacher, and choreographer with several companies throughout seacoast area.

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Kristen Ni

Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Pas De Deux

Kristen Ni was raised in Florida and began ballet lessons when she was 3 years old. She trained at The Academy with Ellen Fox (Rockledge, FL) and the Space Coast Ballet with Janna Kirova and Boris Chepelev (Melbourne, FL). At the age of 15, she began studying and boarding at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts (Torrington, CT). Ms. Ni spent Summers training at programs such as the Sarasota Ballet (FL) and the Joffrey Ballet (NY). Upon graduating from the Nutmeg Conservatory in 2006 she decided to change her career path. She completed an AS in Baking and Pastry from Johnson & Wales University (Miami, FL) and then a BS in Hospitality Management from the University of South Florida (Sarasota, FL). She has been the Pastry Chef at the Laurel Oak Country Club (Sarasota, FL) and the Pastry Supervisor at the Omni Resort and Hotel (Mount Washington, NH). Currently she is the Pastry Chef of the Dolphin Striker and the Oar House in Portsmouth, NH. Ms. Kristen is excited to share her extensive ballet knowledge with the students of the Portsmouth School of Ballet.

AmandaAmanda Walchak

Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, Musical Theater, Strength and Conditioning, Competition, Fundraising Coordinator

Amanda Walchak has studied dance at various studios in the New Hampshire area, finishing out at Concord Dance Academy from 2005-2008. She went to the University of New Hampshire, where she was a member the UNH Dance Company and a captain her senior year. She received her BFA in Dance with a minor in Education.  Amanda went on to complete her Master’s in Education from the University of New Hampshire in May 2014. While attending UNH, Amanda was able to begin studying aerial dance, which she quickly grew fond of dancing not only on the ground but in the air as well. During her junior year she received the Jean Mattox Scholarship for excellence in dance.

While at PSB, Amanda has had the opportunity to work with students of all ages in a variety of dance styles. In addition to teaching classes she coordinates the fundraising for the Student Company. Amanda is excited to be joining The Portsmouth School of Ballet for her third season!