Dance Visions Network

Faculty

Heidi Sullivan Laroche is the owner and artistic director of Dance Visions Network, Inc.  Heidi has studied dance since the age of 3.  While in her early dance years, she quickly developed a love for the art and a strong interest in becoming a dance teacher.  With her ultimate goal in mind, Heidi directed her studies to include more technical training.  She studied under Susan Taylor, the former owner of The New Hampshire School of Ballet, who concentrated on the importance of technique, form, and vocabulary, especially in ballet.

Throughout her teen years, Heidi’s love was always dance.  She was awarded Cheerleader of the Year for the State of New Hampshire by the Manchester Union Leader, while cheering for Manchester’s  Central High School between 1986 and 1989.  Heidi attended the University of New Hampshire, where she studied dance with advanced level placement for ballet, jazz, and tap under the direction of Gay Nardone and Larry Robertson.  Heidi earned her tuition money by participating in the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program, an official preliminary to the Miss America Pageant..  She held the titles of Miss Manchester, Miss Stratham Fair, Miss Winnipesaukee and earned the overall talent award in the Miss New Hampshire Pageant.  It was while Heidi was still attending college, when she started Dance Visions Network.

In 1991, Heidi was one of 19 young women selected out of a crop of over 350 for a cheerleading position with the New England Patriots.  Heidi scored among the top 5 during her auditions.  Her first year with the New England Patriots earned her the Rookie of the Year award.  She also earned the Line Captain Award and Best Dancer Award, for two years, during her career with the team, which ran for seven non-consecutive years.  Heidi was a captain for 4 of those years.  In 1996, Heidi was selected to represent the Patriots as Cheerleader of the Year which brought her to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii.  Heidi also performed at the 1996 Super Bowl in New Orleans, and the American Bowl in Mexico.  In her last season with the Patriots, she was chosen and contracted with Lone Wolfe Entertainment to become an All-Star Cheerleader, along with 5 other NFL cheerleaders to tour Japan and Korea for two weeks and to provide entertainment for our military.

She was the choreographer for the Manchester Wolves Arena Football Dance Team, an af2 professional team. for 4 years where she led her dancers to place among the top 3 dance teams in the league two years in a row.  She directed more dancers on her team than any other dance team in Arena Football.  
Heidi has choreographed for the Miss New Hampshire Outstanding Teen Pageant.  She is currently a co-choreographer for the Miss NH Scholarship Pageant.    

Throughout her career, Heidi has always believed there is importance in maintaining and continuing her studies of dance.  Heidi attends open classes at the Boston Ballet, Broadway Dance, and Steps in New York City, while on summer hiatus from the studio and during school vacations.  By hosting the Russian Ballet for 10 years at Dance Visions Network, she had the opportunity to study with Dmitri Roudnev, Andrei Klemm, Evelina Ganina, Yuri Vodolaga and Oksana Konyebeyeva. In 2020, Heidi became a certified instructor with Dance Masters of America.

Heidi has been in business for 31 years and is married to Kevin Laroche.  They reside in Manchester with their two daughters, Kylie and Kendall.  Her focus is to teach dance and prepare her students for extended dance studies in their college years or future career choices.

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Kelly Houde has been dancing at Dance Visions Network since the age of 4.  Kelly studies and teaches dance in many genres including jazz, tap, adagio, contemporary, ballet, and pointe.   Kelly has also studied under the direction of the Dmitri Roudenev Russian Ballet program for three years and has taken classes at the Boston Ballet Company.  

Kelly has been involved in numerous productions and has danced on a competitive level throughout the New England area.  She has performed as a soloist and as a member of the Dance Visions Network Competition Team.  She has performed in several annual Nutcracker performances and has been cast in lead roles which include Sugar Plum Fairy, Dew Drop, and Snow Queen.  In addition to performing in several preliminary pageants in the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program, Kelly competed in the Miss Goffstown pageant where she was the winner of the talent competition.  She has also performed at local schools and nursing homes during the holiday season, as well as at Old Home Day at Lake Massabesic.
 
Kelly has danced professionally as a member of the Manchester Wolves Dance Team performing at the Verizon Wireless Arena, has performed on the ice at the American Hockey League All-Star Game, and danced in the Major League Soccer Championship Game with Christina Aguilera. 

Kelly currently lives in Manchester, NH with her husband, Steve, her sons, Zachary and Max, and her dog, Sadie Sue.
 

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Kelly Houde
Kelly Houde
Kelly Houde

Candis Lange is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University where she majored in Elementary Education. In addition to teaching dance, she is also a  teacher in the Hooksett school system.


Candis has studied pointe, ballet, jazz, tap, and adagio under the direction of Heidi Sullivan-Laroche since the age of 3.   She has also taken classes under the direction of Dmitri Roudnev’s Summer Russian Ballet program for 6 years.  She’s been instructed by professional teachers such as Oksana Konyebeyeva, Evalina Ganina, and Yuri Vodolaga. After learning and mastering many skills and a wide variety of different techniques as a student, Candis became an assistant teacher in 2005 and has been teaching dance for 10 years.


She has performed many lead roles in annual Nutcracker performances which include Candy Cane, Marzipan, Clara, and Snow Queen. She has also had the honor of performing the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Pas De Deux several times. Also during the holiday season, Candis performs in the Union Leader’s Annual Santa Fund Holiday Performance at the Palace Theater and performs at different schools around the Manchester area. In addition, she consistently volunteers her time to perform in many annual productions such as the Miss NH Outstanding Teen Pageant, the Miss Hampton Beach Pageant as well as in local communites Old Home Day Events.


Candis has been dancing on a competition team since the age of 14. In her senior year of high school, she performed a pointe solo at Starquest’s Regional Dance Competition and won first place earning her the title of “Miss Starquest.“ This enabled her to advance to the finals in Virginia Beach where she placed in the top 50 out of 200 dancers. Candis was the first student of Heidi’s to earn a spot to the world finals.   She continues to be a dedicated student of Dance Visions Network in order to pursue her endless passion for dance.


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Samantha Martin is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University where she majored in Elementary Education and Special Education.  As well as working at the studio, Samantha works in the Manchester School District.  In Samantha’s spare time, she volunteers her time with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization where she mentors a little girl.  She and her little have been matched since 2012.


Samantha has been dancing since 1996 and has training in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, pointe, and adagio under the direction of Heidi Sullivan Laroche.  Samantha became a dance teacher at Dance Visions Network in 2010.  She has taken classes from Dmitri Roudenev and some of his professional ballerinas/ballerinos from his company.  Along with taking classes under the direction of Dmitri Roudenev Ballet Company, Samantha has taken classes in New York at Broadway Dance Center and in Boston at the Boston Ballet Company.  She has also participated in conventions in Boston including New York City Dance Alliance (NYCDA).  When Samantha attended Southern New Hampshire University, she was selected to be on the Dance Team where she performed at basketball games.  She was also given the opportunity to choreograph in the Spring Show for S.N.H.U. Dance.


Samantha had danced competitively for eleven years.  In 2013, Samantha competed as a soloist in tap and won 1st place overall in her division.  As well as dancing competitively, Samantha also performs in the Nutcracker for Dance Visions Network.  She has had the opportunity to perform as lead roles such as, Clara, Arabian, Dew Drop Fairy, and the Snow Queen.  Samantha also performs in the Summer Recitals and has been cast for lead roles including Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz), Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Simba (The Lion King), and Tracy (Hairspray).  


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Kendal Davidson is a resident of Manchester NH who began dancing at the age of 2 and has since trained extensively in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, and modern dance techniques. Kendal received her early training at the Charlotte Klein Dance Centers and the New Hampshire School of Ballet leading to numerous regional titles such as Petite Miss Headliner 1996, New York City Dance Alliance’s Jr. Outstanding Dancer of the Year 1998, and American Dance Awards’ American Dancer of the year 2002. She has also performed in the Albany Berkshire Ballet’s seasonal Nutcracker Suite as the role of Clara in 1995 and in other leading roles in yearly dance recitals and performances. 

Kendal’s passion for dance led to her enrollment at Point Park University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in jazz. While studying at Point Park University Kendal was afforded the opportunity to work with esteemed choreographers such Ron de Jesus, Margo Sappington, Doug Varone, and the late Gus Giordano. Other collegiate achievements include being selected to represent Point Park University at the American College Dance Festival Association in 2004. Kendal is in her eighth year teaching at Dance Visions Network. 
Michelle Thivierge is a resident of Goffstown NH and has been dancing since the age of 6 where she trained in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical and hip hop. She grew up dancing competitively from the age of 9 through her senior year of high school where she won numerous overall awards as well as special judges awards for her dancing.

Michelle started assisting her dance teacher at the age of 14 to where she eventually started teaching her own classes after she graduated. She is a graduate from the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston Inc. Dance Education Training Course which inspired her to take classes at the Boston Ballet and Broadway Dance Center in NYC. She has also danced with her dance school aboard The Big Red Boat Cruise Ship where she danced in Nassau, Bahamas as well as being chosen to dance in the opening act for hypnotic legend Jerry Valley. Michelle has danced in many different productions for The Nutcracker such as the Dance Prism and the New England Dance Ensemble. She also choreographed for NEDE Story Dance Touring Company’s production of The Lorax. Michelle was a member of The Lady Wolfpack for the Manchester Wolves Arena Football Team at the Verizon Wireless Arena for 2 years  where she met director Heidi Sullivan Laroche and started dancing at Dance Visions Network. 

Michelle’s daughter has now been a student at Dance Visions for 8 years and looks forward to growing up dancing there. Michelle is excited to be a part of the DVN family this year and is looking forward to teaching again.