The Studio...

The possibilities are truly as diverse as the music at Dance Technics, the studio of all dance styles. For over 28 years Dance Technics has had the pleasure of serving the community with an acclaimed cultural performing arts center. Our highly professional staff continues to produce an excellent curriculum that motivates students to pursue the pleasure, discipline and creativity of dance.

The Staff

Valerie Cagnina - Director

Valerie Cagnina Director Valerie Cagnina holds an Associate's Degree in Dance from Dean College, and a Bachelor's Degree in Dance from the University of New Hampshire. During that time, Valerie was accepted and attended the Alvin Ailey intensive program in New York City. She was also one of 24 chosen to participate in Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. She attended the festival with a scholarship in Jazz Dance. Valerie has traveled to Chicago to study under Gus Giordano, and she attended Girodano's Jazz Dance World Congress twice, the second time to compete. Valerie is also a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor. Most recently, she has become the author of 2 novels under the pen name V.C. Ryanne. Valerie took over as director and owner of "Dance Technics" in the fall of 2004.


Nancy Murphy Nancy Murphy
Ballroom, Swing, Salsa/Latin, and Tango
Having began dancing at the age of 3, Nancy's early dance experience was in ballet, tap & jazz. She began teaching partnered dance in 1989 and can be found teaching at several Boston area studios, including Rugcutters Dance Studio, Wilmington Dance Academy, Marblehead School of Ballet, and Brookline Adult & Community Education. Her main focus is partnered dances, such as Salsa, Swing, Argentine Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Rumba and many others. Nancy has performed at many local events over the years, including CIABDA's Cape celebration of National Ballroom Dance Week and the annual Boston Tango Festival. She is also a guest instructor at various venues and events throughout New England.
Megan O'Neil Megan O'Neil
Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Irish Step, Hip Hop
Megan O'Neil began dancing at the age of 3. She has studied ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, and acro. Megan began studying at Dance Technics in 2007, and was promoted to an assistant in the fall of 2008. After graduation, Megan became a part of the Dance Technics staff, as well as continuing her education as a dance major at Northern Essex College. Megan has been a teacher with the studio for 8 years, and her goal is to share her passion of the art with all her students.
Jessica Hood Jessica Hood
Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop, Creative Dance
Jessica has been involved in dance since the age of five. Her dance style ranges from ballet to hip hop. Jess has experienced dance in locations such as New York, Australia, and Arizona. She is a graduate of The Dance Teacher's Club of Boston and an honors graduate from Plymouth State University. She is a certified elementary teacher who loves motivating students. She has experience in special education and works to differentiate instruction when needed. Jessica loves to attend dance trainings whenever possible and wants all her students to succeed.
Laura Stevens Laura Stevens
Laura began dancing at Dance Technics in 2005. Her love of dance began with tap, but quickly spread to other styles including ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and pointe. Laura danced competitively with her Dance Technics Dance Troupe throughout high school. While earning her bachelorís degree in psychology at Merrimack College, Laura was the lead choreographer for a high school theater company, where she had the opportunity to choreograph shows including The Wiz, Seussical, and Singiní in the Rain. Currently, Laura is earning her masterís degree in clinical mental health counseling, and hopes to be a school guidance counselor. Laura is also a group exercise instructor, holding licenses and certifications in many fitness programs. She began teaching group exercise in 2012, and especially enjoys teaching dance-fitness classes such as Zumba and barre. Laura is thrilled to return as an instructor to Dance Technics, where she fell in love with dance.
Liesl Burger Liesl Lupoli
Liesl has been dancing since the age of 5. She trained at the Olga Dunn School of Dance in Great Barrington, MA where she performed with the company. She also trained at Berkshire Pulse in Housatonic, MA. She attended master classes with Gregory Aaron, artistic director of Atlanta Festival Ballet, and Chad Levy and Amy Marshall directors of Amy Marshall Dance Company. After moving to the Boston area she continued her education at Jose Mateo and the Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA. She is trained in classical ballet and has been teaching for 6 years.
Catherine Chadwick Catherine Chadwick
Catherine has a Bachelors Degree from Bridgewater State University. During her time there, she was a soloist with the Bridgewater Dance Team. Since that time she has become a part of Female Fatal Dance Crew as a performer and Choreographer. She is also an Elite Dancer with Excel in Motion Dance Convention. Cat's strength lies in both contemporary and Jazz dance.

Directions to the Merrimac, MA Studio

The studio is located at 20 Merrimac Square in the heart of Merrimac, Massachusetts. Our facility has 2 studio rooms and and we are accessible to the area's major roadways. We are just off Interstate 495 (exit 53) on Route 110 (about 6 miles from I-95); and we are only 3 miles from Route 108 via Bear Hill Road or Merrimac Road in Newton.
From I-93, Take exit 44 to I-495 north. On I-495, take exit 53 (Broad Street/Merrimac). Take a left off the exit ramp. You'll come to a stop sign at a T intersection; take a left onto Route 110. Drive on into the square to park. The studio will be in the building on the left as you enter the square (at the intersection of Main Street/Route 110 and School Street); look for the pizza shop on the ground floor. There is ample parking behind the building (before you get into the square).

20 Merrimac Square, Third Floor, Merrimac, MA 978-346-9290
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 30, Merrimac, MA 01860
Valerie Cagnina, Director -

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