LaPierre School of Dance    75 Pearl Street Reading, MA 781.944.7039

Amanda Whitworth

Amanda Whitworth is a teaching artist residing in central New Hampshire with a passion for interdisciplinary collaboration and networking. She continues to work as a performer of dance and physical theatre with choreographers and organizations both nationally and internationally. Ms. Whitworth is committed to diversifying her work in the arts and partners with organizations, institutions, and educators to advocate and promote dance. Currently, she directs the dance program at Plymouth State University as well as creates works of interdisciplinary art and theatre through her project-based company Tributary Dance. Whitworth is pleased to work with a collaborative group of educators and artists to reestablish the New Hampshire Dance Alliance which inspires dance advocacy, education, and networking in Northern New England. Additionally, Ms. Whitworth has joined forces with Lorraine Chapman to foster artistic entrepreneurship by connecting artists with partners and sponsors to curate new work. Whitworth holds a B.F.A from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts & M.Ed from Plymouth State University, Integrated Arts Education

Adam Roberts

Adam Roberts was born into a musical family, his father a singer/guitarist and grandfather in the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame, so it was inevitable that he’d follow suit and pursue his dream of performing onstage for the masses. He began working professionally at age 10 and went on to further his education, receiving his BFA in Musical Theatre from Coastal Carolina University. After following his dreams of moving to NYC he made his Broadway debut in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. Adam has also been seen in Pippin on Broadway, the National tour of Dirty Dancing, Off Broadway in Standard Time. and harmonizing with his own singing group, Apollo Link. 

Guest Faculty 2017

Kat Pantos
Pantos received her BS in Dance Performance and Management from Plymouth State University. At the start of her career Pantos was a touring member with Urbanity Dance Company, (2008-2011) performing at various venues throughout New England, New York, and Texas. Pantos moved into roles including Associate Director, Choreographer, and Summer Intensive Director. As a founding member of Tributary Dance, Pantos joined the Manchester Choral Society in collaboration for, Carmina Burana. In 2014 Pantos founded Pantos Project LLC, a project based professional contemporary dance company in Boston. Pantos’s work with the company has been presented at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Dixon Place, Hanaway Theater, The Actors Fund Arts Center, and more. Plymouth State University featured Pantos as an 'Alumni in the Arts' commissioning Pantos Project to create and perform an evening length show at the Silver Center for the Arts. Pantos has had the pleasure of performing works by Larry Keigwin, Robert Battle, Hani Abaza, Amanda Whitworth, Lorraine Chapman, amongst others. Most recently Pantos became an adjunct faculty member and commissioned choreographer at Salve Regina University. Pantos is a highly sought after contemporary dance educator, well known for inspiring dancers to advance both technically and creatively.
Pic: Lois Greenfield

Alyssa Vernet

Born and raised a New England based artist, Alyssa began her training as a student of Melissa Hoffman Dance Center where she grew up learning and performing around the New England area.  In addition to training at the studio, she explored her training through festivals and intensives, one including Summer Stages Dance Festival where she was fortunate enough to be discovered by David Parker and the Bang Group and was given the opportunity to be a guest artist for “Nut-Cracked” an annual company show.  After graduating from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance with a BFA in performance dance, she moved back to the New England area and is currently dancing with four Boston-based contemporary companies,  Paradise Lost: A Movement Collective, Boston Community Dance Project, with whom she’s performed around the Boston area and New York City, and most recently, apprenticing for Pantos Project as well as apprenticing for KAIROS Dance Theatre where she has had the opportunity to perform at the Annual Boston Center for the Arts Ball and at the Isabella Stuart Gardner museum with the company.  In addition to performing,  Alyssa enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge for dance through teaching and guest teaching around New England as well as adjudicating with Dance Masters of America.

Matthew Ortner

Matthew attended the Boston Conservatory, graduating in 2012 with a BFA in Dance, he had the opportunity to perform master works by Jose Limon, Alwin Nikolias, Paul Taylor, Anna Sokolow, Ohad Narahin and Danielle Agamie. Other credits include Springboard Dance Montreal where he worked with Victor Quijada and Alanna Kraaijeveld, as well as Movement Invention Project with Sidra Bell, Andrea Miller, and Jill Johnson. Following graduation Matthew resides in NYC, having worked with MOMIX, LoudhoundMovement, Touch Performance Art, and The People Movers

He most recently finished co-directing and choreographing Broadway Backwards and is heading to Westchester Broadway this summer to play Rooster in Annie.