2ND ANNUAL: Day of Dance in Gloucester

Sunday, August 11  

Join us for our second annual Day of Dance at MAGMA - Movement Arts Gloucester  (5th floor of Brown's Mall). 


BARRE ON THE MAT (SWIFT) 9:30–10:30 A.M.

JAZZ (NEILL) 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M.


 JAZZ (VIERA) 4:00–5:30 P.M.

 * Single class, Half Day or Full Day options available * 

 ** FREE Sunday parking at all street meters and parking lots in Gloucester! **

For more information, contact Jeannette at jeannette@jndance.com


Jeannette Neill 

Jeannette Neill founded and was the Artistic Director of the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio. For almost 40 years, her studio was a supportive and encouraging training ground for aspiring and recreational dancers. Jeannette was also Co-Founder and Executive Director of Boston Youth Moves, a pre-professional teen dance program. In addition, she was one of the Artistic Directors of The Boston Summer Dance Festival.


Jeannette has been on faculty of many well-known dance institutions including: The Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, Boston Youth Moves, Powered By Dance Summer Programs, Boston Conservatory, Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts; local colleges and universities, such as Harvard University, Boston University, Emerson College; Boston Ballet Summer Dance program and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Her national and international master classes and workshops have taken her to Palermo Italy, Goteborg Sweden, Tokyo  Japan, Monterrey, Mexico.


Sarah Slifer Swift 

Director Sarah Slifer Swift has been on faculty at Boston Ballet School, Salem State University, George Washington University, Amsterdam College of Art/School for New Dance Development, Scotland’s National Center for Dance (Dance Base), and Liza Indiciani Studio of Dance. Through the Gloucester Education Foundation, she created and taught two dance curricula for Gloucester Public Schools. Since 2014 she has directed the Trident Live Art Series @ Trident Gallery. She was Director of the Gloucester New Arts Festival (2005-2009) that specialized in site-specific art and performance.


Slifer Swift performed as a dancer with several dance companies and choreographers in the US and in Europe, seeking out radical, experimental work that challenged ideas about performance and aesthetics. Her choreography has been performed in Amsterdam, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and in New England and has received several grants and awards, including a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship. Learn more about her choreographic work by visiting www.sliferswift.com.

Teresa Perez Ceccon  


Teresa Perez Ceccon is a professional dance artist, educator and choreographer. Known by many as "Te" Perez, she specializes in Simonson Technique, having earned her certification at the original Dance Space in 1997.

Over 20 years ago, Teresa first began teaching at Dance Space, later renamed Dance New Amsterdam. Presently, she is on the Simonson faculty at Gibney Dance.

Teresa works closely with Lynn Simonson conducting the Simonson Method of Teacher Training (SMTT) in New York City and Rockport, Massachusetts. She travels annually, nationally and internationally, teaching Simonson pedagogy, technique workshops as well as private and group SMTT courses.

A native New Yorker, Teresa earned a BA in Theater/Dance from Queens College, where she later taught as an adjunct in the dance department for over 10 years. She also taught Jazz Dance as an adjunct professor at Hofstra University and was a movement teacher at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Teresa has been invited as a guest artist to many dance institutions, including Montclair State University, Barnard College, University of Tennessee, Sarah Lawrence College, Centenary University, Middlesex County College, and Manhattanville College.

Teresa has a long list of choreographic achievements with diverse dance companies and students of all ages. As a performer, she has danced works by a variety of highly regarded choreographers in many New York City venues. Most recently, she was invited to dance with the Cherniak Dancers directed by Susan Cherniak.

Beyond dance, she has pursued a balance of mind and body through her practice and certifications in Pilates, Yoga, Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis Yoga, Touch for Health, Anatomy of Movement with Irene Dowd, and The Psychology of Eating with Marc David.

Currently, she is earning her Master of Fine Arts at Montclair State University.

Jim Viera 

Jim Viera has been a leading teacher and choreographer in the Boston area for more than twenty years.  In addition to The Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, he has served on the faculties of The Boston Summer Dance Festival, The Boston Conservatory, Jacob’s Pillow, Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts and The Harvard Summer Dance Festival.


Jim served as Artistic Director of Boston Youth Moves. In fact, it was Jim’s vision that was the catalyst for the formation of Boston Youth Moves in 1990.


Jim also served as Associate Artistic Director of the Wheaton College Dance Program.  As a choreographer for ACE Entertainment, he has choreographed opening numbers for Rita Moreno, Gregory Hines, Grace Jones and Harry Connick, Jr.  Jim has also choreographed industrial films for Digital Equipment, and live industrial presentations for Intellution, Champion Sportswear, Pioneer Investments, PUMA, Jordan’s Furniture and EMC Corporation.

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