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Established in 1984, the Jeanne Limmer Dance Center is now in its 36th year of operation. What began as Jeanne Limmer’s vision for cultivating a creative space for dance in the Valley has become a legacy shared by each teacher on staff. With a wide array of classes for all ages and levels, we invite you to join us!
Jeanne began offering dance classes in 1983, utilizing any space with an acceptable floor that she could find. Jeanne traveled to Fryeburg, Freedom, Jackson and Conway with portable PVC barres strapped to her car and a boom box in hand. Town halls, community centers, school gyms and Grange halls were the sites where children tapped, pliéd, and showed their sunshine, inspired by Jeanne and she, in turn, was inspired by them. Thus the circle of life and the reciprocity of creativity is cultivated. Under the direction of the Pequawket Music & Arts Association a strong dance program developed in Fryeburg where a studio was kept going by Jeanne for almost 10 years. The present studio was built in 1986 and dancers traveled to North Conway and/or Fryeburg for classes. Axis Dance Company was formed in 1991 and the Branch was opened in 2010. The Dance Center and Axis have participated in many community events over the past 35 years and entered into various collaborations that have resulted in providing not only quality entertainment but spiritual inspiration and an opportunity for many young people throughout the valley to grow.
Jeanne has extended her teaching through the NH State Council of the Arts along with the AANNH as a rooster Artist for Arts In Education bringing movement and dance to schools and communities through the state. She was an adjunct professor at the White Mountain Community College in Berlin where she taught an “Introduction to Modern Dance” course for 2 semesters.
In 2017 Jeanne was chosen to be one of the teaching artist for Experience Arts, through a 2 year grant with the AANNH and Life Time Arts Inc. The 8 week “Bodies In Motion” program was held for people 55 and over up in Haverhill and Littleton. “Dancers of the 3rd stage” as Liz Lerman writes.
Jeanne shares her time and talents with many but her husband Peter, sons Trevor and Lucas, and beloved dog are her mainstays. In all of her spare time she enjoys tending her gardens, exploring the forest, and continuing on her quest of finding inspiration in the art of everyday living.
Lori Richardson is a dance teacher, personal trainer and proud Mom based in the Mount Washington Valley area.
Lori’s very first dance experience was a clogging class she took with her mother when she was three years old living in Charleston, South Carolina. Clogging lead to tap, jazz and then ballet. When her family moved from South Carolina to the Valley, Lori was immensely lucky to have found her dancing home at the Jeanne Limmer Dancer Center. As destiny would have it, she hasn’t left since!
As a young teenager, Lori spent her summers studying at the Walnut Hill School of Ballet. Throughout her career she has also been very active in Theater. She was the co-creator of the White Mountain Dance Ensemble, a local modern dance company that choreographed and produced original evening length works throughout New England. Lori is the curator, producer and choreographer for the annual Halloween Show featuring the Dance Center’s youth company, Axis Dance Company NH.
Lori is also a certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports and Medicine and also holds advanced certification in Womens Fitness. Lori also has a background in Early Childhood Education.
“I am genuinely honored to instruct here with Jeanne and the other amazing teachers. We truly are a family that continues to grow with each dancer who takes class with us. Children are such a gift to us all. See you on the dance floor!”
Danielle Nutting received her BA in Dance Performance and Elementary Education from Roger Williams University in 2005. As as a college student, her choreography was adjudicated at the American College Dance Festival. She received her M.S.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New England in 2011 and her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Leadership from UNE in 2015. She was a co-founder of White Mountain Dance Ensemble, from 2007-2009 she performed in Maine, New Hampshire and Boston, MA. She is currently a principal and mother of 2 beautiful and spunky young dancers.
Dale Amanda O'Reilly received her BA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago in 2008. Her training and education includes choreography and performance, pedagogy, dance history and intensive study of Cunningham, Improvisation and Release techniques. In addition to teaching dance, she also teaches yoga and is the Program Director for Yoga 4 Cancer. Ms. O'Reilly has performed and presented original choreographed work in Chicago, Orlando, New York City and throughout New England.