Diamond Dance Academy

Where every Dancer shines with their own brilliance and Fire
MEET OUR Faculty
  1. Sue White - Artistic Director/Owner/Instructor/Choreographer
    Sue White - Artistic Director/Owner/Instructor/Choreographer
    Sue has been a part of the dance world for over 30 years. Her studies have included Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary; Modern, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Drama and Voice. Born and raised in New York, she began dancing at age 5 at the Marya Kennett Dance Center (formerly known as The Marya Kennett Ballet Theater) under Marya Kennett ( stretching coach for Evander Holyfield). Ms White moved to New Hampshire in 1986 where she continued dancing at The Studio of Dance Education and attended Northern Essex Community College majoring in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Dance. While at NECC Sue served as both Secretary and President of the Still Pointe Dance Company & Dance Club. After leaving the company in 1988, Ms White relocated to Maryland where she taught and studied dance at The Central Maryland School of Ballet and Beverley's School of Dance. Upon her arrival back to the New England area she attended Dance Concepts and The Jeanette Neil Dance Studio of Boston. In May of 1992, Ms. White opened Foot Notes Studio of Dance in Raymond New Hampshire. In July of 2001, Sue moved the studio to Exeter. In the Spring of 2014 Ms White opened the Diamond Dance Academy and is excited to watch her new adventure grow. Sue is no stranger to competition. As a multiple 1st place; overall; Gold and Platinum Medal recipient herself, she feels competition is a great way to educate and motivate the dancers. She has received numerous awards for her choreography and was named "New Hampshire Teacher of the Year 2001" and "Dance Hero of the Year" in 2006. A special award given to honor an amazing student, teacher, guest artist, or dance lover for the amazing love, hard work, & sacrifices that go into making dance possible for everyone. Sue's dancers have been featured in Video Magazine, NH Thunderloons half-time show, Boston's Nutcracker, the World Championships of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles California (where Sue was a choreographer and coach for team USA) as well as numerous National events. Her dancers have been featured in Dance Spirit Magazine as upcoming stars to watch out for and Ms White herself was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine in 2008. Sue continues to participate in community outreach programs today. Sue was part of the dance faculty for Dance Concepts and was an instructor for Hampstead Dance Academy for over 6 years. Sue’s dancers have gone on to major in Dance and dance for the metropolitan Opera House. They have participated in the Miss New Hampshire Pageant; Modeled internationally and many continue to teach all over the country today sharing their love of dance. Sue is not only proud of her students for the dancers they’ve become … she is more proud of the people they have grown into and the pleasure of being part of their journey.
  2. Kathryn Scarpetti - Instructor/Choreographer
    Kathryn Scarpetti - Instructor/Choreographer
    Kathryn has been dancing since the age of two. She’d been training under NewHampshire School of Ballet, N-Step Dance Center, Step Above Most Dance Center. She currently trains at Creative Steps School of Dance. Kathryn is a company member in the pre professional company Speaking in taps under the direction of Aaron Tolson. She’s taught at several studios and is very excited about leaving her mark at Diamond Dance academy.
  3. Michael McMahon - Instructor/Choreographer
    Michael McMahon - Instructor/Choreographer
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  4. Mandi Delio - Instructor/Choreographer
    Mandi Delio - Instructor/Choreographer
    Miss Mandi was introduced to dance at the age of 3. She began her studies under a former June Taylor dancer. Her dance studies continued at Berwick Academy where she was the recipient of multiple Dance Awards, as well as the Douglas Darrah Hollis Memorial Scholarship Award for her role in performing arts. After graduation, her love of dance guided her to Upstate New York, where she furthered her dancing in college. Miss Mandi has been teaching for over 20 years. She has taught all ages and levels from recreational to competitive dancers. Her dances have received many prestigious awards and she has won several awards for her choreography as well. Her students have also been recipients of high solo awards, as well as appearing in Dance Spirit Magazine. She is a former member of AAPERD and the National Dance Association. Miss Mandi is excited to be a part of The Diamond Dance Academy where she hopes to pass along her love for dance as well as build confidence and self-esteem, all in a fun and nurturing environment.
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