Meet Our Teachers

Cathy Richard – OWNER

Cathy Richard is the owner and director of GSDC. Dance has been a part of Cathy’s life since she was two years old. By the age of 14, she was teaching dance classes. After teaching and taking classes in New Hampshire, Cathy ventured to New York City and Boston and competed as a soloist. While there, Cathy had the opportunity to study under the late, great Gregory Hines. Cathy has been a dance teacher for over 30 years. With her passion for dance and extensive experience, Cathy strives to provide her students with the best possible dance environment!

Amy Collins

Amy Collins teaches the style of lyrical at GSDC. Amy has been dancing since she was three years old and trained at GSDC in a variety of styles for over 17 years! Amy’s goal is to provide all of her students with a positive dance environment where they are able to develop and expand their skills. Along with being a dance teacher, Amy received her degree in elementary education and special education from SNHU in 2018 and is currently an elementary school teacher. Teaching at GSDC allows her to combine her love of teaching with her passion for dance!

Emilia Morrissette

From being a 3-year old in pre-ballet to teaching, Emilia has come a long way. Even though she started with just ballet, she eventually broadened her horizons with taking classes such as lyrical, contemporary, and even hip hop. By taking all these different classes, Emilia has become very creative. She uses her creativity to choreograph some fun dances. Her bubbly personality makes for a fun environment.

Danielle Demers

Danielle began taking ballet classes at the age of three. While ballet is her passion, she has also had training in modern, jazz, and tap as well.  Danielle is the Director for Granite State Dance Center’s Ballet Company. She has a bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Southern New Hampshire University and is excited to be teaching for the Granite State Dance Center! 

Elizabeth Stalker

Elizabeth Stalker grew up in the Dance Center where she began her dance journey at 6 years old- so you might recognize her! She’s been en pointe, in taps, and so much more! She has a very strong background in music and in theater, and a passion for collaborating with students on their dance pieces. She has choreographed for musicals and show choirs at Ross A. Lurgio Middle School, assisted multiple  specialty programs and has run various summer dance workshops at GSDC! This year, Elizabeth ran an after school dance program for elementary school students in Manchester, NH, sponsored by the DEA Educational Foundation. She has taught dance to students ages 4-64! She cannot wait to share her love of the arts with our students,

Dyamond Peebles

Dya is a hip-hop dancer of 16 years. She started performing on the streets of downtown Boston at just 8 years old before forming a dance crew, then a girl group and traveling the country from New York to LA polishing her skills. She found a love for theatrical dance, ensembles, and flash mobs in high school and helped choreograph and block school performances, talent shows, and showcases. Dya loves to share her passion for dance and hopes to help others find their creativity and freedom though rhythm and groove!