ASSISTANTS TO THE DIRECTOR
Jill D'Aguanno started her professional career in Chicago, IL, where she studied extensively with Gus Giordano. Her career then took her to Dallas, TX where she fell in love with teaching.
Jill is an energetic, enthusiastic teacher who focuses on developing the entire dancer. Her passion is in the classroom and she strives to share her knowledge and experience with all of her students. Her emphasis on strong technique and boundless energy has made her a significant force in the dance industry. Her classes are warm and welcoming. She continues to teach all levels, and she takes the same creative approach to all of her classes, from Little Steps through professional. Her team choreography is exciting, innovative and entertaining. Her choreography has been recognized both regionally and nationally. Her teams have received countess awards and accolades. Her high energy, entertaining, showstoppers are always the talk of the town.
Jill has been sharing her passion for dance with all of her students at NEDA since 1998 and she continues to inspire her students at every level, year after year. She strives to share her vision and vast experience as a master teacher, choreographer and mentor, in hopes of guiding her talented students of today into the stars of tomorrow.
Hope Specht has an impeccable reputation in the New England dance world. Known for her explosive and innovative choreography, she is in constant demand as a teacher and adjudicator. Having owned and operated her own dance studio for over 15 years, her students were World Champions, and 2-Time Silver Medalists in Germany. Hope also had the prestigious honor of being nominated to choreograph and perform for then President, George Bush, Sr.
Hope has shared her talents with dancers across the country, teaching workshops and master classes. She has been a senior staff member at NEDA since 2006. Hope's unique and creative style is contagious. Her classes focus on style and proper technique. Known for pushing her students to their ultimate potential her creative insight and original vision is a inspiration to all of her students. Her classroom is an environment where artistic risks and deliberate stylistic choices are encouraged. The master of Improvisation, Hope's techniques will help students master the mind, as well as the body.
Hope's daughter, Jada Specht, is the 2019 Miss Teen World of Dance!
Courtney D'Olivera holds over 15 National Titles in Dance and Acrobatics, including JR Miss Dance USA and JR Miss Acrobat USA. Her professional Dance Career began in the Off Broadway Musical "One". In 2003, Courtney was chosen to represent the United States in the WORLD SHOW DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS in Riesa, Germany. There she competed and won the Adult Championship Dance Division.
Courtney's dynamic and well rounded experience allows her to teach students of all levels, all ages and all genres. Her students have excelled both on the recreational and competitive level. Her choreography for soloists and performing dance teams have won countless, Regional, National and Title High Score Awards.
Courtney's expertise, knowledge and instruction has had a remarkable impact on the growth of her students. She strives to inspire her dancers, not only in the classroom, but in life itself. Her goal is to provide a healthy, positive dance environment where her students will continue to grow and thrive.