Our Team

  MISS JACKIE - Owner/Executive Director

Miss Jackie & her husband Jonathan have been the owners of N-STEP since 2010.  Miss Jackie is trained in classical ballet, jazz & tap, & has been dancing since she was 2 ½ years old.  Miss Jackie continued her study of dance as a dancer and dance instructor in New Hampshire, while she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business from St. Anselm College.

In addition to dancing, Miss Jackie is an extremely talented cheerleading coach and choreographer.  With an extreme passion for youth, and a focus on making sure young people have plenty of extracurricular options to guide them into lives of athleticism and prosperity, Miss Jackie began working with a Manchester youth cheerleading organization.  Under her direction, the organization achieved numerous titles on the state, regional, and national level.  Miss Jackie has held a certification as a cheerleading competition judge.  She was pivotal in the inception of the Southern New Hampshire Beavers Semi Pro Football & Cheerleading Team serving as General Manager, bringing semiprofessional football and cheerleading talent and excitement to Southern New Hampshire.

Miss Jackie’s love of dance, coupled with her 15+ years of successful business management experience, will be demonstrated in the experience that both you and your child will receive while at N-STEP. When she isn’t wearing her tap shoes, Miss Jackie is happy at home with her husband Jonathan and children Stephanie and Caleb, both N-Step Dance Center Competition Team National award winners.

  MISS ASHLEY - Assistant Director

Miss Ashley graduated from Dean college with an Associates of Art degree in 2012.  She had the privilege of training under Jill Silverman, Bryan Steele, Gregory King, and Laura Young.  She was a part of Dean Colleges prestigious Pointe and Modern Companies and performed in numerous shows.  While attending Dean College Ashley studied Dance History, Rhythmic Analysis, Dance Composition, Dance Anatomy, Creative Movement & Pedagogy.  Ashley started dancing at the age of three and trained at New Hampshire School of Ballet until she was eighteen.  Ashley is trained in many genres of dance including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, and Tap.  She spent many years part of a competitive company and won many awards. She also performed the Nutcracker at the Palace Theater for many years.  Ashley enjoys continuing her education by attending Dance Teacher Seminars at the Dancelife Retreat Center.  

Ashley has been teaching in the New England area for the past seven years & has choreographed many competition pieces which have won high score overalls & awards such as overall choreography.  Ashley looks forward to spreading her knowledge & love of dance.  She and her boyfriend Greg live in Manchester with their fur baby Nike.


Miss Jen began her dance training locally at age 7. She has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Pointe, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Gymnastics & Modern. Miss Jen had the privilege of being a member of the N-Step Competition Team and is a proud Alumni of NSDC. As a member of the NSDC Competition Team, Miss Jen was awarded numerous regional and national High Score Awards and Titles, including a National Title. She began teaching at the early age of 15 as a student apprentice and transitioned into a teaching position over 10 years ago. Her students have been the recipients of numerous Choreography Awards, Judge’s Awards, Overall High Scores and Titles, including National Petite Miss Dance of the United States.

When Miss Jen isn’t in the studio, she is working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education. Having well over 15 years’ experience with children, Miss Jen has developed a love for working with young minds, which shows in every one of her classes here at N-Step. Miss Jen’s students love her positive, upbeat and fun personality while still giving them a disciplined classroom environment.


Miss Alycia has been dancing since the age of three & is trained in classical ballet, pointe, tap, musical theater, jazz, modern, contemporary & lyrical. During her dance career, she has had the opportunity to study under the direction of: Patricia Lavoie, Douglas Davis, Shaina Schwartz, Marina van Winkle, David Sun, Rhee Gold, Laura Hall, Amy Fortier, & Tatiana Tchernova from the National Ballet of Canada. Alycia was a member of the N-Step Competition Team and had the opportunity to perform in several high award winning routines. 

Throughout her training in classical ballet, Alycia has performed in several pre-professional local companies & productions, many with solo, duo, & corps positions, at several locations in New Hampshire including the Palace Theater & Prescott Park in Portsmouth. Alycia has enjoyed performing roles in the Nutcracker, Fairy Houses the Ballet, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Giselle, the Nightingale, & numerous company pieces & productions.
Currently, Alycia is a member of the tap company Touché Taps where she has the opportunity to train and perform in the Greater Boston area under the direction of Shaina Schwartz. As a company member, she has also studied under Sean Fielder, the artistic director of Boston Tap Company.

Miss Holly grew up in Hooksett, NH where she started her dance career at the age of 3 and graduated with NH School of Ballet. She has had many opportunities to train with teachers and choreographers around the nation. She has a very strong background in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary & modern as well as extensive knowledge & exposure from being part of a National Dance Competition Team in which she won numerous High Scores & Titles.

Holly graduated from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a double concentration in Ballet and Jazz. While at Point Park, Holly had the privilege to study with many famous teachers and choreographers such as Ron Tassone (former Broadway star), Kiesha Lalama-White (famous Choreographer), Susan Stowe (former Principal Ballerina of Ballet Austin and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre), Jason McDole, (former dancer of David Parsons and Robert Battle), Nicholas Petrov (founder of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre & Point Park University Dance Department) & Lindy Mandrajieff, (Former Principal Ballerina of ABT). Holly has an extensive amount of teaching experience & looks forward to inspiring & encouraging each of her students to find the love of dance the way she has.  Miss Holly is a resides in Manchester with her husband Kyle and her 2 rescue pups, Vader & Bobafett (Kyle has an obsession with Star Wars!)

Marie Bucklin​ began dancing at the age of seven at North Shore Dance Academy in Peabody, MA. During her 10 years with NSDA, she trained in ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, lyrical and contemporary, and competed at several dance conventions and competitions. Marie attended Assumption College in Worcester, MA where she was on the dance team and became captain her senior year. She also worked for the National Dance Alliance for three summer seasons and traveled around the country to teach at their high school dance camps. After graduating from Assumption, Marie attended Boston University for her master's degree. During this time, she joined Boston-based dance company, DanceWorks Boston, and has choreographed a variety of pieces for their bi-annual shows over the past 5 years in styles including lyrical, contemporary, jazz and pom, performing in numerous routines. She was also a member of Boston hip-hop crew, Unyted Stylz.

Marie works as the Social Media Specialist for Lindt Chocolate USA and currently lives in Stratham with her husband Sean, and their cat Sophie.  Marie is thrilled to be teaching with N-STEP this season and can't wait to meet all of the kids! You can find Marie at the studio on Monday's teaching Hip Hop and Thursdays teaching Strength & Conditioning & our new combo class - Tween/Teen Ballet and Jazz!


Wayne has been teaching gymnastics for 18 years, starting with assistant teaching cheerleaders in tumbling classes in 1997. He continued teaching gymnastics to girls ages 4-18 since then, having personally coached several New Hampshire state champions over the years. In 2011, he started teaching tumbling classes at other schools as well.

A friendly instructor the children refer to as "Bud" (Or Mister Bud), he is quickly discovered to be the teddy bear among the instructors. His teaching style will get results without the child becoming burned out or overwhelmed, by keeping classes fun and focusing on the learning process, rather than transforming the activity into a job.

Out of the studio, Wayne enjoys performing, either in structured scenarios with scripts, flash mobs, or in open audience participation skits where more improvisation is used.  We are thrilled to have Mr. Wayne as our newest staff member and look forward to all of the fun that he will be having in class!