Between Friends Art Center Staff

 Next Generation Dance Studio

Miss Ariel (Performance Troupe, Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Acrobatics, Musical Theatre, Irish, Clogging, Hip Hop & Contemporary)

Ariel began dancing at the age of three at Studio One for Dancers in Oakland, ME. Here, she trained in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical and gymnastics. She began attending the Maine Dance Teacher’s workshops as an assistant teacher in 2005 and now attends the workshops throughout the year as an active member. Ariel has also attended workshops all over the world taught by the likes of Sonya Tayeh (SYTYCD), Gregg Russell (Emmy nominated tap choreographer), Chris Jacobsen (Co-Founder of The Dance Sessions), Rhee Gold, and Gina Hatch (Rockette and Disney dancer.)21740088_10209838185018136_4351187542797137377_n

After high school, Ariel attended the University of Maine in Orono. She choreographed and danced in many Showcases and participated multiple times in the American Collegiate Dance Festival across New England. She also danced in Robinson Ballet’s 2012 Spring Show and was a part of The Federation Dance Company in London, England 2010-11. Ariel has performed in the Waterville Opera House productions of Joseph, the US Premier of Fame Forever and also acted as dance captain in Mary Poppins, Young Frankenstein, and the Little Mermaid. In the summer she is also a dance instructor for the Maine Arts Camp held at Colby College. Ariel has taught dance classes in England, Ireland and across the state of Maine. This will be her sixth year teaching at Next Generation Dance Studio and third year as Head Dance Teacher and Artistic Director.


 Miss Erin (Hip-Hop, Tap, Ballet, Jazz)

11911925_1625235197752206_1777729517_n At the age of three, Erin began dance at the Young Americans Dance Center in Waterville, ME. Throughout her fifteen years dancing there she took tap, clogging, lyrical, jazz, and hip-hop classes. She also helped assist classes as she advanced. 14141719_523533987835578_8246622855035584882_n
 Recently, Erin graduated from the University of Maine in Orono where she minored in dance. She had had the opportunity to participate in the tap, hip-hop, and dance clubs at the University, as well as assist a jazz class. She was a member of the American Collegiate Dance Association and traveled to schools throughout New England to participate in the annual festival. Erin is excited to return to Next Generation Dance Studio for her third year teaching!

Miss Cassie (Ballet, Pointe and Contemporary)

550816_417679878270859_1695723203_nCassandra (Cassie) started dancing when she was three years old at Studio One for Dancers in Oakland, ME. There, she trained in tap, jazz and ballet, as well as assisting in all three dance styles throughout high school. Cassie also participated in a number of theatre productions, gaining musical theatre experience throughout high school. She has been in shows such as Oliver Twist, Fiddler on the Roof, Legally Blonde the Musical, Beauty and the Beast, and The Music Man. 10411761_810410665655497_5657040310114223271_n (2)
       Currently, Cassie is a senior at the University of Maine where she is studying Bioengineering. At the University of Maine, she has had the opportunity to be a part of the tap, ballet and hip hop dance clubs, take ballet and ballroom dance classes, and participate in the Spring and Fall dance showcases. This is her third year teaching at Next Generation Dance Studio and she is very excited to be teaching contemporary, ballet and pointe this year!


Next Generation Theatre

Student Directors

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Kate Fogg

Kate Fogg is a 16 year old Junior at John Bapst Memorial High School. She has been doing musicals here at Next Generation Theatre since 2007, and has been directing shows since 2012. She has also performed in multiple main stage productions at the Penobscot Theatre Company. She has been on Honor Roll since she was in the 5th grade. She is very Passionate about theatre and loves working with children. 

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Emily Hughes

Emily is a 17 yr old Senior at John Bapst Memorial High School. She has been performing in plays and musicals since the fourth grade and started directing at age 14. She has been taking theater classes to supplement her experience, all of which she passes down to the Next Generation of students at NGT!





Elliot Tuttle

Elliot is 17 year old Senior at Bangor High and has helped direct over ten shows at Next Generation Theatre. He has been performing since

3rd grade. He enjoys being a great role model for the boys in the group and loves turning a script into a great show! Elliot wishes to pursue film production as a future career!