About Us

 

Dance Inspirations has been inspiring children and adults to dance for over 20 years. Directed by Carolyn Silva Coskren, a graduate from Plymouth State University with a degree in Theatre and Movement for Children and a Minor in dance, the staff of Dance Inspirations prides themselves on giving each dancer a dance education in a developmentally appropriate atmosphere.

 

What parents have to say:

"Our two girls have been students at Dance Inspirations for over a decade.  Dance and the environment at the studio have helped make them into strong, confident, beautiful young ladies.  Carolyn promotes hard-work, dedication, and respect in fun and friendly setting.  If your children are interested in dance, you will not find a better environment than at Dance Inspirations." 
 
-Rob
 
"My daughter is a fourth-year dance student at Dance Inspirations. Carolyn and her staff have always been so supportive and encouraging while helping to build her confidence in her ability to dance. That confidence has carried over to other areas in her life and increased her engagement in school.  She looks forward to her dance classes each week and always comes out running to the car after class exhausted, yet excited to share what she has learned in class that day. We are really thankful for dance!  Carolyn and her staff at Dance Inspirations truly inspire children to be the best they can be, not just at dance but in life."
 
-Bonnie M. 

 

OUR STAFF

 

Carolyn Coskren, Owner and Artistic Director

Owner and director of Dance Inspirations Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Plymouth State University in Theater and Movement for Children with a minor in Dance.  Carolyn has taught at several New Hampshire Dance Studios, was an adjunct teacher of tap at PSU and a tap & jazz teacher at the Cary Ballet Conservatory in Cary North Carolina.  Carolyn has been a guest artist at Cleveland Ballet Conservatory.  One of Carolyn's favorite parts of being a dance teacher is working on costumes. Her love of costuming has allowed her to work on "So You Think Can Dance" tours seasons 2009 & 2010 in the costume department. Her choreography credits include The Wiz, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Joseph and his Technicolor Dream Coat, Anything Goes, 42nd Street, Guys and Dolls, and Footloose! For over ten years Carolyn has been a choreographer for the Broken Ground School in Concord NH "Kids in Action" theater group where she has worked with students in 3rd - 5th grade some of her choreography credits include, “Alice In Wonderland", "Beauty and The Beast", "Aladdin", and "Mary Poppins" Carolyn is a member of Dance Masters of America, Dance Teachers Club of Boston and Certified to Teach by Dance Masters of America and holds a certification in Acrodance.  Residing in Concord NH, Carolyn lives with her husband Ryan and 2 children, Brady & Tyler. 

Meghan Demers, Assistant Director

Meghan has been dancing in the Concord area since the age of 2. She danced competitively for multiple years earning regional and national awards. Meghan attended Keene State College where she earned her dual degree in Elementary Education and Developmental Psychology and was a member of the Keene State Dance Team. Meghan joined the Dance Inspirations in 2010 and has recently promoted to Assistant Director of the studio.  While at Dance Inspirations she teaches Competitive and Recreational Jazz (all levels), Competitive and Recreational Tap, Inspired Kids programs as well as our "dance with friends" program which gives students with special needs an encouraging and safe environment to explore the art of dance. Meghan also directs the Bow Parks and Recreation Dance Programs as well as assists with the Concord Recreation Dance and Summer Camp Programs. Meghan lives in Hopkinton NH with her husband Jeff and their son Mason. 

 

 

Melanie Najarian 

 Melanie Najarian is thrilled to be joining the DI family for the 2020-2021 dance season. She has been teaching dance in New England since 2002. She holds a B.A. in Music from Clark University, where she danced with, choreographed for, and co-directed the Variant Dance Troupe. Following her passion for teaching dance, Melanie earned her A.A. in Dance from Dean College. At Dean, she took classes in all styles of dance as well as pedagogy, choreography, and creative movement for children. She has since then danced with the SRO Players of Lowell, participated in Boston Ballet's Adult Summer Dance Program, attended the Dance Teacher Summit in CA, and been a member of Moving Arts Exchange's Adult Dance Company. With MAX, Melanie had the unique opportunities to perform at the Sandisfield Arts Center, The Mount, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, and twice on the beautiful Inside/Out Stage at Jacob's Pillow. Before moving to the Berkshires, Melanie co-choreographed the annual musicals at Acton's RJ Grey Junior High School, including the junior versions of Guys and Dolls, Honk, Willy Wonka, Once On This Island, and Bye Bye Birdie. Prior to college, Melanie studied at the former Belmont School of Ballet. 

 

 

Kate Weston

Kate Weston danced competitively from age nine to eighteen. She was also on the dance team her senior year of college. Kate grew up in Concord and graduated from Concord High School. Kate is also a 2020 graduate from Elon University in North Carolina with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. She is currently a graduate student at the University of New Hampshire pursuing a degree in Social Work. 

 

 

 

 

 

Juliette Anderson

Juliette grew up in Concord, NH and graduated from Concord High School in 2020. She has been dancing since she was three. Juliette has done theater in Concord as well. Her favorite styles of dance are tap & contemporary however she enjoys all styles of dance. Juliette has a younger sister who also has danced at DI as well as her cousin. Juliette is currently attending New Hampshire Technical Institute and resides in Concord. 

 

Laurie Tzannos

Laurie graduated from Keene State College in 1994, earning a BA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Dance. She earned a Certificate in Vaganova Ballet Technique in 1996 through the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet at Bryn Mawr College. For over 23 years, she has taught dance, including owning her own studio for 9 years. She currently teaches a broad range of techniques including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Creative Movement, Musical Theatre and much more. Laurie has three daughters Riley, Maija, and Teegan who have all danced at DI competitively.

Brady Coskren

Brady, daughter of owner Carolyn, has been with Dance Inspirations since birth! Brady began dancing as soon as she could.  She grew up with the studio and has become an accomplished dancer.  Brady has been very active in the Concord acting scene performing in many shows with Performance Ensemble Group (PEG), Kids in Action (KIA) and RB Productions as well as previously working for RB Productions. She was the assistant choreographer and stage manager for KIA for many years. Brady is a teacher at the studio and runs most of DI's social media accounts. Brady is currently studying Creative & Entertainment Industry Studies, is on the Dance Company and minoring in dance at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.

 
 
Amy Blanchard
 
Amy Blanchard is trained in ballet, jazz and modern dance she is well experienced in teaching ballet, jazz and creative dance to pre-k through elementary aged children.  With a back ground in Early Childhood Education and Growth and Development, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in writing and publishing from Emerson College she is a bright, bubbly and energetic teacher who loves working with children!  Following the Leap n’ Learn syllabus, her lessons plans for classes using creative and innovative tactics to help students understand the art of movement through dance. In her spare time Amy continues to take open classes weekly at the Boston Ballet School.

Kaleigh Nelson

 

Kaleigh recently graduated from Bishop Brady High School in 2020 and now is studying psychology at Saint Anselm College in Manchester. She has been dancing at Dance Inspirations since she was 3 years old, and has helped with classes for many years. Kaleigh teaches tap, jazz, and ballet at the studio and on Saturday mornings at the Concord Recreation Program. Kaleigh cannot wait to teach more of her own classes!

Kenzie Thorpe

McKenzie was born and raised right here in Concord, NH and is an accomplished dancer. She began dancing at the age of two and continued on competitively until she graduated high school in 2013. McKenzie has studied most forms of dance but her favorite is contemporary. She’s taken many workshops, master classes and continued education. She is also a certified Acrobatic Arts teacher. When she is not teaching, she works as a Hair Stylist in Tilton and being a mother to her 4 year old daughter named Paisley who also dances at the studio. McKenzie has taught at Dance Inspirations for 3 years and is looking forward to teaching more classes!

 

 

 

Jen Boyer - Office Assistant and Teacher

Jen has been with DI since her daughter Sydney began dancing over 16 years ago.  Currently, Jen helps out with the office duties while continuing to be a dance mom to daughter Ally and granddaughter Peyton.  

 

Katie Cone - Office Assistant

Katie has been a dance mom for many years and has recently taken on the role as an office assistant at the dance studio.