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.

When she isn’t wearing her tap shoes, you will most likely find her helping others create their "happy ever after" working as a Certified Diamontologist & Jewelry Specialist Manager at Jared the Galleria of Jewelry in Manchester!  Miss Jackie's family is comprised of her husband Jonathan and children Stephanie and Caleb, both N-Step Dance Center Competition Team National award winners.  She also enjoys snuggles from her 3 dogs!

  MISS ASHLEY - Assistant Director

Miss Ashley has been dancing since the age of 3 and has been sharing her love of dance for the past eight years. Ashley grew up dancing under the direction of Jennifer Rienert at New Hampshire School of Ballet. In 2012 she graduated from Dean College with a degree in Dance. During her time at Dean College she had the privilege of training under Jill Silverman, Bryan Steele, Gregory King, Kelly Peters, and Laura young. She was also a part of Dean Colleges prestigious Pointe and Modern Companies. While attending Dean College Ashley studied Dance History, Rhythmic Analysis, Dance Composition, Dance Anatomy, Creative Movement & Pedagogy. Ashley has performed many lead roles in her dance career such as Dew Drop Fairy in the Nutcracker. In 2014 Miss Ashley graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with her Bachelor Degree in Psychology.  

This is Miss Ashley's sixth year at N-Step and enjoys teaching Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Musical Theater, Lyrical, and Contemporary. She has choreographed numerous competition pieces that have won choreography awards and high score overalls. When Miss Ashley is not in the studio she enjoys continuing her education at the DanceLife Retreat Center. Over the past eight years she has taught all over New England and loves spreading the love of dance. She and her boyfriend Greg live in Manchester with their fur baby Nike. 


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.

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 Associate Social Media Manager for Lindt Chocolate USA and lives in Londonderry with her husband Sean, and their cat Sophie.  This will also be her second year as Head Coach of the Southern New Hampshire University Dance Team.  You can find Marie at N-STEP on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays teaching Jazz, Hip Hop, Strength & Conditioning and choreographing pieces for our Dance Company. 


Miss Haley began her competitive dance training at age 2.  She is trained in Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Jazz-funk, Tap, and Hip-Hop.  Haley trained and competed at Loperfido Dance Academy in Woburn MA.  She trained under the names Janeen and Melissa Loperfido, Shawn Mahoney, Bryan Steele, Sean Fielder, and Amanda Babington.  Haley has won many High score national Awards and Titles in solos, small groups, large groups, and competitive team pieces. She began teaching at the age of 16 at Loperfido Dance Academy as a Teacher's Assistant. 


When Haley isn't teaching, she is committed to her own competitive dance team at Southern New Hampshire University.  She is an undergraduate studying Business Administration with a minor in Fashion Merchandising. Haley also works as a Dance Motivator for the company Party Excitement out of Woburn MA.  Dance is her heartthrob and she is excited to bring her dance knowledge along with her fun and outgoing personality to the N-STEP classrooms!

photo Miss Kasey