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Dawn O’Hanlon

Lead Instructor and Costume Coordinator

Dawn began her studies at age 4 in her native New Jersey. She was taught by Joan Holmes, who opened a studio after training at Vaganova Choreographic Institute and performing with the Kirov Ballet for many years. From an early age, Dawn ‘s studies emphasized learning the Vaganova method of ballet, classical ballet terminology and attention to technique, specifically turnout and turns.

She has attended workshops in New York, Philadelphia, Walt Disney World and ITDI (NJ Chapter) and taken classes with Laurie Anne Gibson, Chris Judd, Natalya Stravro, Bob Rizzo, Derek Mitchel and Tyce Diorio. As part of being a well-rounded dance student, she learned ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, acro, street jazz, hip-hop, gymnastics and has brought that education and experience to her teaching.

Dawn performed early roles as Alice from “Alice in Wonderland” and the Wicked Queen from “Snow White.” She performed and choreographed in Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Royal Caribbean’s Stars at Sea, Six Flags, Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Soul, Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies, and Boardwalk to the Stars (Wildwood, N.J).

Dawn has a carrisma to capture the hearts of her students and parents alike. Dawn has been with NCDA for 15 years and counting.


Dawn O’Hanlon
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