Mini Movers Studio Director & Instructor
Jackie Bowden is the founder and director of Mini Movers Studio. Jackie is a graduate of Salem State University were she graduated with honors with a minor in dance. She received the Creativity Award in dance and was awarded an arts grant to study at Broadway Dance Center's Training Program. In August of 2020, she completed the Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance Training Program and continues to take classes to further her studies as a dance educator through programs like NDEO and Inspire.Create.Educate.
In 2017, Jackie co-founded Kaleidoscope Dance Company where she was co-director until 2019. She was previously signed with Andrew Wilson Agency for commercial acting and modeling, before shifting focus full time to her business. She has danced with OnStage Rep, Boston Community Dance Project Global and OnStage Dance Company. She continues to perform both independtly and with companies.
Jackie has had the opportunity to perform at various festivals and shows around the New England area and continues to study under influential teachers and choreogrsphers. In addition to dance, Jackie is a cheerleading coach with over 15 years experience.
While working as a substitute teacher, Jackie realized how there is a lack of movement in the every day life of young children and was inspired to start Mini Movers Studio.
Jackie's mission for Mini Movers Studio is to get kids moving and establish the building blocks of creativity and a healthy lifestyle! She believes in creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all levels dance students of all levels and that everyone deserves the opportunity to experience a quality dance education!
After high school, Jillian moved on to attend a reputable conservatory to major in Musical Theatre in both New York and Los Angeles. She is now continuing to pursue a career in the film industry, working on different shows, short films, and series while focusing on her love for teaching and working with children. Jillian’s goals are to always continue learning and to share her knowledge and talents with the next generation to enable empowerment, self love, and creativity for the future.
Bailey is extremely grateful for all the opportunities provided to her through her dance teachers, dance professors, peers, and Dean College. She truly believes in taking advantage of each opportunity and that value can be found in any experience. Under the guidance of Joan Phelps Palladino, Bailey has written and self-published her own book, Dance Brings Joy to Terminally Ill; a Journey of Healing through Dance and Dance Therapy as told by Ella’s Story.
Amidst excelling in technique, composition, creative movement and pedagogy courses at Dean College she has also been teaching and choreographing for several local studios. Bailey loves to continue her dance education beyond and is always interested in learning further, often attending dance conventions around the country. Bailey is an active member of the National Dance Educators Organization where she will be presenting work at their 2022 National Conference. She has found a passion for working with young students and being able to share her own love of dance with the next generation of dancers.
"Meg Arrington developed her passion for teaching dance when she was assisting dance classes at her local dance studio, DNE School of Dance, where she grew up dancing. She continued her dance education and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance as well as an Associate of Science degree in Business from Dean College. Meg is trained in styles of ballet, tap, jazz, hiphop, modern, contemporary, and Irish step. She also has experience teaching and choreographing in these styles at Dean and local studios.
Meg is a member of the National Dance Educators Organization. She enjoys continuing her education and wants to be the very best dance teacher she can be. In Meg’s classes she encourages having fun, expressing oneself creatively and staying healthy through physical activity. She loves to see how much her students can grow and improve throughout the year. Meg prides herself on the safe space that she creates in all her studios, which allows her students to reach their full potential as dancers and people."
Jasmine graduated from Salem State University in 2019 with a double major in dance and a minor in business. She had great joy being a member of Repertory Dance Theatre, where she was a dancer, choreographer, and the club’s Public Relations Manager. Jasmine was also a part of Salem Dance Ensemble, where she was also a dancer and choreographer.
Jasmine’s passion for the arts came directly from the biggest influence in her life, her godmother and role model, Sheila Rosanio. Growing up in her studio, Jasmine was able to see and be inspired by many dancers from different cultures and backgrounds.
Jasmine’s mission is to encourage aspiring dancers that nothing is impossible. She believes that everyone deserves to be seen and heard and to have a creative outlet. Jasmine strives to build a community that provides programs that will help develop self-esteem, confidence, and respect for themselves as well as others.
Courtney continued her dance education after High School in New York City where she lived and studied various dance styles including Classic and Commercial Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Theater Dance and Hip Hop at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan. While in NYC she attended additional classes at Broadway Dance Center and other local studios.
She is currently at the University of New Hampshire and working towards her bachelor’s degree in Dance Theater with a minor in Nutrition. She is continuing her studies in many dance styles as well as choreography and pedagogy courses. Courtney is also a dancer on UNH’s Division 1 Dance Team that allows her to perform locally and compete at a college level at the National College Dance Competitions in Florida.
Most recently dance brought her the opportunity to dance with New Kids on the Block at Fenway Park and the recent Spirited movie on Apple TV.
During the summer months she dances at Zello Dance Studios to continue training while not at school.
Once receiving her bachelor’s degree, she is looking forward to dancing professionally and sharing her love of dance with others.
Miriam Marwood is a performer, actor, and dancer from Traverse City, Michigan. She is currently studying at Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Musical Theater BFA program. She graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in 2019 studying Theater.
Miriam has worked with Boston Voices, See Humans, Traverse City Symphony Orchestra, Miracle Productions, and Company Dance Traverse. When not performing, she professionally choreographs and teaches. Miriam teaches dance classes for all ages at Dance Arts Academy and Company Dance Traverse in Traverse City, MI. Her choreography has been nominated for Critics’ Choice Award at New York City Dance Alliance. She has assisted choreographed for musical programs at Leelanau Public Schools and Traverse City Area Public Schools. Miriam has a passion for teaching children’s dance/theater, and thoroughly believes that children understand best what it truly means to play!
a member of the dance team and held the position of manager for two years. Through her dance education major, she was able to train in modern dance, as well as learn the foundation
of teaching dance to young children. She was a dancer in various dance productions and choreographed her own
piece for a show.
She is currently working as a preschool teacher as well as a choreographer for a local theater group. In the future, Brooke is interested in becoming a dance movement therapist and hopes to continue to combine her love for special education and dance through movement. Brooke believes all children are capable of dancing if given the access and tools to do so.
During her time at Salem State, Kylie has both performed and choreographed with Salem Dance Ensemble and Repertory Dance Theatre. In the last two years, she has worked as a Dance Department Associate affiliated with the program and served as Secretary for the Repertory Dance Theatre Executive Board. She has worked as a rehearsal assistant for guest artists, received the Presidential Arts Scholarship and earned Dean's List recognition. Kylie has also been fortunate enough to work with professionals in the dance field like Hollis Bartlett, Jeanette Neil, Jenny Oliver, and Victoria Awkwards. After graduation, Kylie hopes to dance professionally in the Greater Boston area and continue learning and sharing her passion for dance.
As a member of the Dance Masters of New England Chapter 5, she continues her dance education by attending dance classes and conferences instructed by some of the most outstanding names in the dance industry in cities like New York and Boston. Anna continues her dance career by choreographing and teaching at local dance studios for all ages and dance levels. Her choreography has been recognized in multiple dance competitions receiving high scores, special awards, and top placements.
As a dancer, instructor, and choreographer, Anna prides herself in creating a fun, enthusiastic, hard working atmosphere enriched with artistic expression in every class to build a memorable and positive experience for every dancer who walks in. She encourages all of her dancers to dream beyond the stars and is so excited to share her passion of dance with each and every one of them!
Growing up Lisandra began dancing at Step by Step Dance studio in Waltham, MA. In the future, Lisandra is interested in the power dance has to heal and is exploring dance movement therapy practices. She hopes to one day own her own dance studio and share her love for dance with others.