​97 Lafayette Road Unit #8 Hampton Falls, NH 03844

About Us

Who are we and what do we offer?

KBCDM is a dance/movement studio that focuses on teaching  children and adults of all different ages and abilities.  There are three different programs offered including: children, adult, and specialty.  We offer a technical and fun learning environment with performing opportunities available. 
Our teachers are very knowledgeable and have years of education and experience and a love of what they do. 
See teacher's bios below.
 

Children

Adults

Specialty Classes

A program for a student who wants to continue their training from childhood or someone who is looking to stay fit by participating in an array of movement/dance classes.
KBCDM offers a  fun and technical program for children ages 2 years to 18 years old with a variety of classes based on age and ability.  The school year culminates with a year end show displaying what children have learned throughout the year.
Classes for children and adults which are focused and or customized to a certain group of people.  Individuals that may need an adaptive device due to a cognitive or physical disability to participate in a movement oriented class.  All classes are open to the public and integrated.  Example :Prenatal Yoga, Baby and Me,  Yoga for adults with developmental disabilities, and chair yoga

Our Teachers

Kara (Brislin) Cookinham
Kara a lifelong student and teacher of all movement  has worked to realize her dream of owning her own studio. Kara  received her Associates of Arts from Dean College and her Bachelors of Science from Springfield College both majoring in Dance.  She auditioned and trained in the Summer Intensive Program at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City.  She attended White Mountain Summer Dance Festival in Springfield, MA which concentrated in contemporary dance.  Kara has taught for several dance schools and choreographed routines that have won awards throughout MA and NH.  She has taught all ages and many different types of movement including: ballet, modern, jazz, acrobatics, zumba, hip hop, cheerleading, stretching/cardio and creative movement.  Operating and directing several programs for adults with developmental and physical disabilities and working in the human services field for 15 years enabled Kara to learn to teach movement in a different way.  Teaching students who have a developmental or physical disability is a niche and with the extensive training in movement, her compassion and empathy, and the years of experience with the population, Kara is excited to bring her specialty program to the public.   Kara completed her RYT 200 Yoga Teacher Training under Carrie Tyler and Ann Biese.  She is a member of  Yoga Alliance .   Kara continues to take classes in a variety of styles always yearning to push herself and learn more to pass on to her students.  
Elizabeth Oliveira
Elizabeth started dancing at the age of 3 at Lisa Liston School of Dance in Everett, MA.  As a student, Elizabeth competed in many prestigous competitions across New England.  In addition to performing and competing Elizabeth also maintained her training and education through master classes and conventions in Massachusetts.  Elizabeth was formerly trained in both Vaganova and Cecchetti ballet techniques and has a strength in ballet terminology.   Elizabeth became a member of Dance Teacher's Club Of Boston after attending the training program while in high school. While attending Dean College where she received a BA in Dance, Elizabeth became the house manager for all dance and theatre productions and was co-director of the dance team for 2 years. She has taken master classes with the Alvin Ailey American Dance company and studied partnering with Pillobolus II Dance Company.  Technique, syncopation, and musicality  are personal strengths.  A wide array of knowledge of all technical forms of dance makes Elizabeth extremely versatile and able to teach all levels and ages.  She continues her training by taking classes at Jeanette Neil Dance Studio in Boston, MA.
Amanda Boody
Born into a dance family, Amanda began dancing at the age of 2.  Following in her mother’s footsteps, she studied tap, ballet, jazz, tumbling, and pointe over the course of 16 years, at Joyce Dance studio.  She was an assistant there and choreographed hip hop as well. After graduating high school she contributed in starting the Worcester State College dance program where she taught and trained. Amanda then studied dance education at Northern Essex Community College. She taught hip hop and ran games at summer dance camps in 2011 and 2012.  Amanda taught jazz and hip hop at local studios on the seacoast as well.  Amanda has versatility, an outgoing, fun personality, and a unique, style of hip hop which makes her an asset.  She has experience with all ages and levels and a love of movement which shines through in her choreography.