Dancers at Heart, President
Director of Finance, Easter Seals New Hampshire and Faculty Member at Melissa Hoffman Dance Center
JR, born and raised in Connecticut, began his dance career when he was only three years old and has made it his life’s passion. Since his early beginning in dance, JR trained under many notable teachers including Judy Bassing, Laura Hausmann, Bob Rizzo and Tom Ralabate. JR excels in many styles of dance and that versatility has earned him various roles in musical productions such as 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, South Pacific, and Music Man and ballets including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. In the fall of 2014, JR was cast as a dancer in the 2014 national Wayfair.com holiday commercial.
JR graduated from the Dance Masters of America Teacher Training School at the University of New York at Buffalo in 1998 and received his certification as a dance educator in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. For 16 years he was a member of the Dance Teachers’ Club of Connecticut, Chapter 18 where from 2002 to 2004 he served on the Board of Directors. In the fall of 2014 he transferred his membership to Dance Masters of New England Chapter 5. From 2003 to 2005, he served as the National Co-Director of the Teen Miss/Mr. Dance of America title competition. He also taught and served on the Board of Directors for New England Civic Ballet (Lawrence, MA) from 2001 to 2004.
JR has been fortunate to teach master classes at various studios and conventions throughout the United States and Canada. For the past three years, JR has been a part of the Credit Unions Kids at Heart team raising money for Boston Children’s Hospital by running the Boston Marathon. Jr has raised over $100,000 during this time thanks to the generosity of the dance community. He also worked as a volunteer judge and choreographer for the Miss Hampton Beach and Miss New Hampshire preliminary pageants.
Currently, JR is a dedicated and enthusiastic faculty member at Melissa Hoffman Dance Center (Hudson, NH). JR is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University where he received Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting (cum laude) and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (magna cum laude). He works fulltime as the Director of Finance for Easter Seals NH located in Manchester, NH, and resides in Concord, NH, with his wife Cathy and their daughter Sophie.