The Movement Box Instructors
The Movement Box Dance Studio is proud to introduce you to our talented director and instructors who have years of experience and numerous qualifications.
Phyllis Drennan: Owner/Artistic Director
I am the winner of many awards throughout the competition scene for outstanding choreography. I specialize in Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, and Musical Theater.
I understand the importance of having fun and perfecting skills to succeed in the dance world. I moved to New Hampshire from NYC 15 years ago, where I have trained with notable tap, contemporary, jazz and ballet instructors such as Lynda Gache, Phil Black, Mandi Moore, Mia Michaels, Michael Owens, Debbie Dee, Gus Giordano, Bob Rizzo, Frank Hatchett, Celia Marta, Anastasia Brusnitsyna, Nadia Zhivotenko, Robert Christopher, as well as many other great instructors in the NY area.
I have taught workshops and master classes all throughout the country as well as judged for various competitions and beauty pageants in NH and NY. I attribute most of my dance training from the wonderful Lynda Gache and Michael Owens. I have trained dancers at St. Paul’s Academy School in Concord NH as well as Boces Cultural Art Center on Long Island NY, and have worked for several dance organizations DEA, DMA, and toured with Art Stones Dance Olympus Platinum Team. I am also choreographer for the Derryfield High School Theater Program in Manchester, NH.
My stage work consists of Hello-Broadway, 42nd Street, Legally Blonde, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored DreamCoat and All Shook Up. I have choreographed for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as a portion of the 1996 Super Bowl, and in 2011 choreographed the opening act for (Selena Gomez and the Scene) Concert At the Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion in Gilford NH.
I have students performing professionally in the Broadway Shows: Stomp, Swing, Tap Dance Kid, Tap Dogs, The Gene Kelly Story, Disney World Japan and High School Musical Disney World Fla, Broadway Tour Revolutions Tap Show, Rockettes in N.Y. and Touring, Broadway Show Legally Blonde, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and currently have students featured in Finding Neverland and Jersey Boys playing one of the lead roles of Joe Pesci/Frankie Vallie.
Anya Kelley – Teacher
Anya Kelley has spent most of her life studying dance, and has a rich and varied background in the art form. As the head teacher of Ballet North and the lead competition company choreographer, she taught classical ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip-hop and contemporary. In her college years she was one of only four freshman dancers invited onto the Utah Valley University Ballet Company, where she performed professional classical and contemporary pieces. She spent five summers at the Russian Kirov Academy in Washington, DC and three at the Bossov Ballet Academy in Maine in the pursuit of the Russian Vaganova Ballet method. Anya studied with former principle dancers of American companies like the Boston Ballet and Ballet West, and was a member of the Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet classical company. She performed in countless local ballets and musicals, including The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, West Side Story, Greece, Giselle, Les Miserables, and Sleeping Beauty.
Kirsten Gunderson – Student Teacher
Kirsten has been dancing since the age of three studying many different disciplines including: ballet, pointe, character, jazz, modern, contemporary, and lyrical. She has apprenticed and taught dance to young children since the age of eleven. She will be a senior at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy this year. Kirsten enjoys playing competitive volleyball, is a member of peer helpers, on the executive council of HOSA, and a member of the National French Honors Society. She plans on studying Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology in college. Kirsten wants to mix her passion for dance and joy of working with children into a career of dance and movement therapy.
Stacia Paul – Student Teacher
Stacia has been Dancing and Modeling since the age of 3. She is on the Pre Professional Elite Dance Competition Team and is a great role Model to all the younger Dancers that have had the pleasure to work beside Stacia. She is a hard worker, very enthusiastic and compassionate about Dance and Track.