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 Directors

 Bridget Saunders

Bridget is a 17-year-old Senior at Brewer High School. She has been performing in shows here at Next Generation since 2011 and joined our leadership team in 2014. After high school, Bridget plans to continue studying the performing arts and pursue a career as an actor. Bridget loves working with kids, is eager to travel and learn more about languages and culture, and is more passionate about creating art than anything else.

Lana Sabbagh


Lana is a 17-year-old Senior ar Brewer High School. She has been doing theatre at Next Gen since she was 9 years old and she started directing as a Freshman. After graduating high school as an honors and AP student, Lana plans to study medicine and become a pediatric doctor. Lana loves working with the kids and is excited about being a senior director this year!


Hannah Nilsson

Hannah is a 17-year-old Junior at John Bapst Memorial High School. She has been involved with our theatre program for the past 7 years, and has been part of our leadership team for the past 5 years. Hannah is very passionate about music, theatre, and performing! She hopes to go to school for directing, and someday return back home to Next Generation Theatre!

 Brielle BiehnCapture

Brielle is a 15-year-old Sophomore at Bangor High School! She has been participating in shows here since she was just 6  years old, and  she began working on productions in 2014. Brielle is passionate about working with kids, playing music, and lacrosse . She hopes to go to school for psychology one day.