fortitude for dance
(603) 512-2173



About Us

jackeeJacqueline LaFerriere
Miss Jackee began her training in gymnastics first for 8 years which lead her to Ballet and dance classes. She quickly fell in love with the artistic expression and camaraderie that comes with dancing. After performing for several years, she became an assistant teacher and rapidly realized that this was what she wanted to do with her life. Miss Jackee attended Northern Essex for College. There she received multiple degrees in Dance including her Dance Education degree. She has performed all throughout New England including, but not limited to, NECC’s student performances, American College Dance Festival, Fame, Chicago, and several dance competitions and local events. While in school and thereafter she worked for several New England dance schools and participated in running the Goffstown YMCA’s dance program before deciding to open Fortitude for Dance.

Miss Jackee is so pleased that all of her experiences drove her to create FFD where she continues to explore new lengths of both teaching and performing. Miss Jackee absolutely loves sharing her love for dance with others. She feels that there is a place in dance for anyone who wants one and looks forward to the future of FFD.


Annette LaFerriere
Miss Annette has been with Fortitude for Dance since its inception in 2014. She holds an associate’s degree in Business Studies, has been a Paralegal for over 20 years and has a working history in accounting.

Annette tracks and reports Fortitude for Dance’s accounts receivable; assists with rehearsals, recitals, fundraisers and so much more. We are very fortunate to have Annette’s professional background, along with her love of music and dance!



Samantha Brown

Samantha Brown grew up locally and has been dancing since the age of three. She is a graduate of the University of NH with a dual BA in French and Theatre with Dance Emphasis and also has her Masters degree in Education from Southern NH University.

Having passed all ballet examinations through the advanced level in her RAD study, she has earned her ARAD from the Royal Academy of Dance in England.


She has danced for many local companies including Ballet New England, the Portland Ballet Company, the New England Dance Ensemble, the UNH Dance Company, and the Portsmouth Ballet Company. Samantha is excited to be teaching ballet again this year at Fortitude for Dance.

Miss Danielle

Danielle McKeen grew up in New Hampshire and began her dancing career at the age of three.  She is a graduate of Keene State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater with an emphasis on Dance.  She then went on to earn her Master’s degree in Education.  Having passed all of her tap examinations through advanced, she is a member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance for tap.


She has taught tap and hip hop throughout the state of New Hampshire and has danced for many local companies including the New England Dance Ensemble, The Moving Company Dance Center, and the Keene State Dance Company.  Danielle is thrilled to be teaching Boys Fushion, Tap, and Hip Hop.



Miss Rachel
Rachel received a Bachelors Degree in Dance, with a minor in Psychology from Dean College in Franklin MA. At Dean she studied Ballet, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop and Jazz. Along with technique classes she studied Kinesiology, Dance Composition, Pedagogy, and Dance History. While at Dean she took technique and master classes from a variety of teachers including Jill Silverman, Gregory King, Charles Holbrook, Ronald Todorowski, as well as Tracy Inman from the Ailey School.  Rachel was part of the Dean Dance Company and performed professionally choreographed work. She also participated in, and choreographed for several student shows. Before and after attending Dean Rachel trained and then taught at My Heart Leaps Up! in Jaffrey NH until the spring of 2017. Rachel has attended several dance intensives run by Dance Masters of America, SUNY Buffalo, and Plymouth State. In addition, she has choreographed Conval High School's musical theatre productions of "Crazy For You" and "Godspell".
                                                             Rachel is a member of Dance Masters of America, and plans to continue
                                                             her dance training through workshops and master classes. 
Miss Danielle
Miss Danielle started dancing at the age of 10, she fell in love with the art instantly knew she wanted to pursue a career in dance. Growing up she trained in a variety of styles including tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, hip-hop, contemporary and musical theater. As a competitive dancer she received many high score placements, special awards and scholarships. She attended many workshops through out her training including NYCDA, Turn It Up, Shock, A.S.H and The Radio City Rockette Experience at the Radio City Music Hall in NYC. Miss Danielle started formally teaching in 2009, she has worked with all ages, styles and levels, she has also worked with their dance teams receiving special awards, high scores and acknowledgment for choreography. Throughout her career as a teacher Danielle has continued her education by attending various teacher training events at the dance life retreat center run by Rhee Gold in Norton, Ma. Here she has taken classes from many well known teachers such as Rennie Gold, Tricia Gomez, Kathy Kozul, Eileen Juric and more. Danielle is certified through a program created by Tricia Gomez called Integrative Rhythm Works in which hip-hop is used as a form of therapy to help students with special needs and disabilities. Miss Danielle's love for the art certainly shines through her students and she looks forward to a future of educating students in technique while           instilling a passion for dance.
Mr. Zack
Zackery is a native of Maine and received his BFA in Dance with a concentration in Jazz from Marymount Manhattan College. Not only does Zackery co-operate NSquared Dance with Nick, he is also a Dancer with Keigwin & Co. As a member of both NSquared Dance & Keigwin + Co, Zackery has performed in multiple showcases and toured throughout the United States and to Africa. He has performed on stages such as The Joyce Theater, Symphony Space, and New York City Center. With NSquared Dance, Zackery enjoys working side by side with his husband and being able to share many stages and performances with him. He has also been a member of Tami Stronach Dance and Project 44 dance companies. Zackery now resides in Manchester, NH & excited to reconnect with his roots! 
Fortitude for Dance  • 84 South Commercial Street Manchester NH 013101 •  (603) 512-2173  •