Joy of Dance is a place where children become dancers and dancers become family! Here at Joy of Dance, we embrace dancers of all shapes, sizes, and ages, from the young to the young at heart. This is a studio where creativity, individuality, and self-expression are encouraged and we have a community of teachers, students and families who are passionate about performing arts. Our goal is to create a positive and happy experience for all of our students. We strive to nurture and develop talent, celebrate the achievements of all students and inspire a love and appreciation of all styles of dance. We are committed to providing a safe and positive environment in which all students can feel empowered, comfortable and free to express themselves.
It’s important to us at Joy of Dance that all members of our team share our vision, our purpose and the philosophy that encompasses everything we do both inside and outside of our classes. This is a vision that is shared and demonstrated by the director, teachers and staff members at our studio and it is the driving force behind every interaction with our students and their families.
Since 1989, Joy of Dance has been introducing students to the empowering world of movement. Linda Russell-Gallivan first opened Joy of Dance in Northwood, and after more than two decades of providing quality dance education and inspiring hundreds of students, Miss Linda retired in 2011 and passed the business on to Lindsey Hadley, who had been a teacher at the school since 2005.
Now located in Lee, Joy of Dance has found a new home and a fresh start under Miss Lindsey’s leadership. Joy of Dance currently boasts a modern, updated facility with three dance studios, a large reception area with studio monitors , sprung floors, changing rooms, and ample parking.
Classes are offered in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Pointe, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Creative Movement. The studio also offers Dance With Me classes, as well as Adult classes in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Hip Hop.
Along with their annual dance recital in June, Joy of Dance students have the opportunity to perform in a number of events throughout the year. Past performances include Dance Northeast in Rochester, Dancing to Make a Difference, Dancing With The Stars in both Barrington and Dover, the Barrington Variety Show, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and a flash mob for Ready Rides.
In addition to their dance education, students become part of the Joy of Dance family. Every December, the school attends a local performance of the Nutcracker together, and the students have a blast at the annual spring sleepover, held right in the studio!
Joy of Dance has been an active member of the Greater Barrington Chamber of Commerce since 2012.
Owner/Director, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Contemporary Modern, Pre-Dance, Dance With Me, Performance Team Director
Lindsey Hadley has been studying dance for over 20 years. She grew up in Salem, NH, which is where she first fell in love with teaching dance as an assistant teacher in high school.
Lindsey continued her studies at the University of New Hampshire, where she earned a B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Dance with Gay Nardone, Mary Beth Marino and Larry Robertson. While a student in Durham, she performed for four years with the UNH Dance Company and choreographed many pieces for the student dance showcases. At UNH, she also had the opportunity to train in aerial dance, which taught her a new way to look at movement while utilizing the trapeze, silks, lyra and other apparatuses. Lindsey even spent time performing in theater productions at UNH and working backstage as a technical assistant.
Since college, Lindsey has been teaching in the Seacoast area and continuing her dance education. She danced with Boston-based dance company DancEdge for three years and directed several of UNH’s youth summer programs. Her choreography has been featured in UNH summer theater programs, the Little Red Wagon, Dance Northeast and the Charles River Dance Festival. She is also the artistic director of the Alegria Dance Company, which she founded in 2010. Each year Lindsey contributes to her continuing dance education by attending seminars and workshops in order to bring fresh ideas to the studio.
Lindsey has been teaching at Joy of Dance since 2005 and has been the owner since 2011. She is thrilled to continue the tradition of helping children to become dancers and dancers to become a part of the Joy of Dance family!
Studio Manager, Creative Movement, Pre-Dance, Tap, Performance Teams
Nicole is a Nottingham native and has been with Joy of Dance for almost 20 years. As a student, she studied and apprenticed under Miss Linda and Miss Lindsey from the wee age of 7. Nicole joined the teaching staff of Joy of Dance in 2011 while completing her B.S in Family Studies & Human Development at the University of New Hampshire. Although she has experience with students of all ages and multiple disciplines, Nicole’s greatest passion is working with young children and watching them grow and develop (especially into beautiful dancers)! In 2018, she stepped into the role of Studio Manager. Nicole continues to further her dance education by taking adult classes as well as performing with the Alegria Dance Company.
Elissa has been studying dance for over 20 years. She is a seacoast NH native and started her training at Steppin’ Out Dance Academy. Elissa continued her education at Franklin Pierce University, receiving a degree in Arts Management and Dance. While at Franklin Pierce she was given the opportunity to study abroad in Lyon, France to experience “La Biennale de la Danse”. She was also able to choreograph for multiple performances while teaching and studying the NHDI curriculum. Since graduating, Elissa has continued to share her passion and joy for dance by teaching with local studios as well as serving as an administrative and production manager for several years. Elissa is also the Grant Coordinator for Forty Steps Dance, a modern company based in Nahant, MA. She is very excited to be teaching at Joy of Dance!
Miss Kelsey Smith
Kelsey has over twenty years experience in a variety of dance styles, ranging from urban hip hop through classical ballet. At present, she is fortunate to complement her teaching opportunities with practicing the art as a member of Joy of Dance’s Alegria Dance Company.
Kelsey pursued higher education at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, where she studied the art of dance. During this time, she was a member of the Holy Cross Dance Ensemble, serving as hip hop choreographer in her senior year. Kelsey explored international dance forms during her year abroad in Spain, adding a new layer to her passion. Since graduation, Kelsey has taken master classes throughout the Seacoast to further her dance education and has taught at local dance studios in tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, and ballet.
Miss Kim Hamer
Dance With Me, Creative Movement, Pre-Dance
Miss Kim’s love for dance started when she was just 8 years old and never stopped! Her love for dance carried through to college when she received her Bachelor’s degree in Dance from Bridgewater State University. While at Bridgewater, she studied several forms of dance- ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, lyrical and African dance as well as being a member of Bridgewater’s Dance Company.
After college, Kim completed the dance teachers course with the Dance Teachers Club of Boston, taught musical theatre with the South Shore School of Performing Arts and taught dance at Dance Workshop in Easton and Randolph.
When Kim lived in Keene, she ran a dance program, Miss Kim’s School of Dance, at the Keene Recreation Department. While running the program, she enjoyed teaching all ages and performing shows for the community. After moving to the seacoast, Kim found Joy of Dance and signed her daughter up for a Mommy and Me class. Kim started teaching the next year and has enjoyed working with the children as well as running the Barre fitness classes.
Miss Emily George
Dance With Me, Dance Explore, Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz, Tap
Emily began dancing when she was only 3 years old. At age 11, Emily found Joy of Dance and continue her training here through high school. She has studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Hip Hop, Lyrical, competed with Joy of Dance’s Performance Team for 4 years and is a member of Alegria Dance Company. While at Joy of Dance, Emily has been fortunate to have studied under several teachers through the apprenticeship program for 6 years. She has been teaching her own classes for Joy of Dance for 4 years.
Emily loves to mix her passion with dance with her passion for working with kids. She plans to get a degree in early childhood education as well as continuing to expand her dance training.
Miss Crystal Lisbon
Crystal Lisbon is a Dover, NH native who holds a B.A. in Theater/Performance from The University of Vermont. Crystal began her training with The Seacoast Ballet Company and danced with the company for nine years. Additionally, she has trained/performed/or taught for The Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, The Portland School of Ballet, Boston Ballet, Anna Meyer, The UNH Dance Company, The Bradford College Dance Company, and Great Bay Academy of Dance. Performances include The Nutcracker, Giselle, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pas de Quatre, La Boutique Fantasque, Shostakovitch, and numerous musical theater productions.
Along with her dance training, Crystal is also an actor, theater teacher, and choreographer, who has been working extensively in Boston, NH, and Maine for many years. She has toured the United States as an actor, worked with The Manhattan Children’s Theater in NYC, and has trained with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon, and the Friches Theater Urbain in Paris. Her choreography includes productions of The Fantasticks, On the Town, West Side Story, The Music Man, Oklahoma!, Godspell, The King and I, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Guys and Dolls, The Sound of Music, Man of La Mancha, and Much Ado About Nothing…With a Twist. Crystal is the former Director of Dance for Camp CenterStage, and has held the title of Artistic Director at Hackmatack Playhouse since September 2014.
Miss Marissa Moore
Marissa has over fifteen years of dance experience, training in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Broadway, Lyrical, Modern, and Contemporary. Along with training in her technique classes, she also performed in The Nutcracker, Dance Rochester/Dance Northeast, and across the seacoast with Sole City Dance’s Ensemble.
After high school, Marissa continued her studies at Franklin Pierce University for one year before transferring to the University of New Hampshire, where she received her B.A. in English Literature with a Minor in Dance. While at University, she had the fortune to train with Assaf Benchetrit, Gay Nardone and Susan Endrizzi, receive the Robert Alvin Performing Arts Scholarship from FPU, and perform as a member of the UNH Ballet Company for three years. Some of her favorite performance roles include Snow, Lead Arabian, Toy Flute, Flower, and Clara, all in the Nutcracker, Will O’ the Wisp (Hamlet: 7 Rooms, FPU), House Slave (Les Enslave, UNH), and Princess (Cinderella, UNH).
Not only has Marissa had the privilege of teaching young children’s dance around the seacoast, but she also taught her fellow classmates at FPU and UNH in Choreography and Pedagogy classes. Marissa joined the Joy of Dance staff in 2017 teaching in her main discipline of Ballet.
Miss Abby has been dancing at Joy of Dance for 15 years, training in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical and most recently Tap. She continues to be a part of JoD’s Adult dance classes and Alegria Dance Company, and even had the opportunity to take classes in England! She has worked with children of all ages through Joy of Dance’s Apprenticeship program, assisting both Miss Lindsey and Miss Linda. At the tender age of eight, Miss Abby began choreographing and performing her pieces on stage. Most recently she choreographed, “The Sound of Silence,” for Alegria Dance Company.
Miss Abby is currently studying Business Administration at the New Hampshire Technical Institute and has always dreamed of teaching dance. She is thrilled to be joining the Joy of Dance team and is looking forward to sharing her love of dance and passion for performing with every student she teaches!
Miss Tara Berry
Tara is excited to be a part of the Joy of Dance Staff as the Office Manager and Social Media Coordinator. Her history with the studio dates back over 20 years to when she danced with Miss Linda in the Northwood studio as a child. She returned to dancing with the adult class and Alegria Dance Company in 2013 after moving back to the area.
Tara received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Human Services from Northeastern University in January 2012 and her Master of Business Administration at Southern New Hampshire University in 2017. She has extensive work experience in customer service and is passionate about providing an exceptional level of care and expertise.