Audrey Dascomb, RDE
From an early age, Audrey recognized that she had the passion and ability to teach all disciplines of dance to all ages. She was a student assistant from the age of 11 and taught classes at the age of 14. At age 16 she graduated the top of the class with highest honors on a full scholarship from the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston Teacher Training Course. She also graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance and Arts Management in 1990. Other qualifications include Teacher Certification K-12 and Registered Dance Educator (RDE). She is the only RDE in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and one of only 40 worldwide. RDEs are chosen based on superior teaching methods, style, content, technique, safety and ability. Audrey has written her own comprehensive curricula to help train future dance educators. The first, Creative Movement for Children, is a curriculum for ages 3 and up which focuses on incorporating time, space, energy, locomotion, and body awareness and is designed to inspire creativity and body awareness in the younger dancers. She’s also written Dance Lessons Made Easy, a curriculum outlining weekly lessons in the disciplines of ballet, tap, and jazz for ages 4 through 8. Additionally, Audrey has developed her own 3 year Dance Teacher Preparation Course which includes study in dance education, dance history, music theory, choreography, dance instruction, teaching methods, anatomy, and child development. These three curricula guide teachers with developmentally appropriate skills, techniques, and insights so that instruction is clear, concise, and uniform within the studio. The curricula have been sold nationwide to rave reviews. Audrey has taught in the public and private sector for over 30 years. Her greatest pleasure is watching the children grow in dance from year to year. Her most important goals are to instill a love of movement in her students and offer an experience that promotes physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development leading to more confidence and self-esteem.
Lauren Hunt has studied dance under the instruction of Audrey Dascomb, RDE since 2001. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from Lake Erie College. There, she learned cutting edge techniques which allow dancers to move more efficiently, minimizing the potential for injury. During the course of her education, Lauren studied with several artists-in-residence, including renowned dancers such as Cha-Lee Chan, Helanius Wilkins, Troika Ranch, and Habib Iddrisu. She also studied four years of tap under Sarah Savelli, who is recently touring with Savion Glover, a renowed tapper of the present day. Lauren takes master classes regularly to stay current with techniques and trends in the dance world.
Lauren has experience teaching all ages and levels and is also First Aid and CPR certified (pediatric and adult). She is and educator for the Imagination Station program, she is earning Pilates certification, she choreographs local musicals, and loves to work with the Dance Expressions Ensemble. Lauren is excited to share her education and love of dance with her students.