Peterborough Dance Theatre Faculty
"Miss Pati" Cloutier
Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater, Combo, Adult Tap
A graduate of Colby-Sawyer College, with an Associates in Arts Theatre
degree/Dance Concentration, studying Dance and many other aspects of Theatre Production including, Acting and Voice, Stage and Arts Management and Direction, Lighting and Scenic Design, and Stage Makeup and Costume Design. She studied ballet, modern, jazz, tap, musical theatre and many forms of ethnic dance on scholarship in New York City with such notable teachers as David Howard, Ann Reinking, Luigi, Phil Black, Danny Daniels, JoJo Smith, Charles Kelley, Finis Jhung, Betsy Haug, Lynn Simonson and the late Lee Theodore at the American Dance Machine/Harkness House, as well as at the Paris Opera Ballet, Paris France. Most recently she has continued her studies of Percussive Dance and Body Music with tap impresario Brenda Bufalino, Actor and clown Bill Irwin, Body Percussionist Keith Terry, and tap dancer Josh Hilberman, and Jazz Vocalist Jay Clayton.
Dancing since the age of six, she has been teaching and inspiring children and adult dance students in the state of NH, and particularly the Monadnock region for over 30 years. Many of her students have gone on to pursue careers in a multitude of facets in the Entertainment Industry including professional Dance Companies, Cruise Ships, Disney, Broadway, Stage, Film and Television.
She Co-founded, and artistically directed the Monadnock Performing Arts Academy (MPAA), in Peterborough NH from 1999-2013, where she conceived, developed, directed and was the brainchild for numerous original productions for the 14 years of their existence.
She has taught and choreographed for the local Contoocook Valley school district, the New Hampshire Dance Institute (NHDI) for 13 years, serving as Assistant Artistic Director, The Dublin School, Franklin Pierce University as an adjunct Professor and Musical Theater dance lecturer, Plymouth State University, Northern Lights Dance Theatre-Antrim NH, Andy's Summer Playhouse, The Moving Company-Keene NH, Kathy Blake Studios, and directed Cushing Academy's International Summer School dance program, Ashburnham, MA. She was one of the founding members of the original NH Dance Alliance, an organization committed to promoting the art of dance in the State of New Hampshire. She danced and toured professionally with the Patric LaCroix Afro-Haitian Jazz Dance Company, Cambridge MA, and Hayles & Co. Dance. In 2003, Dance Teacher magazine recognized her as an "Outstanding Dance Educator", and commended her commitment to dance.
In addition to her dance background, Pati also has a diverse background in music, which she incorporates into her dance teaching, including lead vocals fronting numerous regional bands, songwriting, percussion, television, radio voiceovers and jingles, music videos, modeling (including Hand Modeling), as well as choreographing and performing in numerous musical theatre productions.
Her dancing finger puppets "YVONNE & YVETTE", whom she uses on occasion as a teaching vehicle for her young children's classes, received international acclaim hailing her as "Finger Dance Champion of the World" by Proctor & Gamble's DAWN Hand Talent Competition, flying her to New York City in the Fall of 2008, where she got to work with one of the the original Batman illustration artists Neal Adams, who produced Yvonne & Yvette's videos for the competition. See
Yvonne & Yvette made their television debut in the fall of 2010 when they were featured in an episode of "Fetch with Ruff Ruffman" WGBH Public Broadcasting System, "Birds are Handy!" Episode 515. She can also be seen in the upcoming film "Love In Kilnerry", produced in Portsmouth NH this past summer 2017.
A dynamic musical performer she continues to perform as a vocalist with IvyChum with her husband (search "ivychum" at www.YouTube.com), with whom she writes and composes original music. Pati was also a member of the NINES band a 10-pc. Dance orchestra for 5 years, helping them gain and maintain recognition as the Top Regional Band Act during her years with them. She has performed as a featured guest vocalist with the Keene Jazz Orchestra under the direction of the late Scott Mullett, performing big band jazz music. She also has many credits as a backup vocalist and percussionist for numerous recording artists winning a Boston Music Award for one of those ventures.
She is most noted for the theatrical and musical knowledge, experience, sense of humor and warm caring attitude she brings to her classroom and shares with her students. In addition to maintaining being a performing artist, she continues to hone her teaching skills, consistently attending national summer dance & music teacher training workshops & conventions, enabling her to share the most up to date methods with her students. "Miss Pati" wishes to thank all the dancing families for their continued support in allowing her to continue to do the work she loves most, teaching dance, music and theatre to children and adults alike of the Monadnock Region
"Miss Heather" Bourgeois
Contemporary, Hip-Hop, & Adult Dance Class
Heather began her dance training as a student of 15 years with Pati Cloutier's former studio Monadnock Performing Arts Academy. While attending, she taught a beginner hip-hop class and assisted with a creative movement class. From there she went on to Plymouth State University where she majored in Early Childhood Education and minored in Dance. She performed all four years with the university’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble.
In 2013, Heather graduated from Temple University’s Master’s of Dance Education program in Philadelphia, PA. While there she researched how dance on television has influenced the way young girls view body image in the field of dance. In fall of 2012 she co-founded an all outdoor performing dance group called OutofSITE and choreographed a full-length piece for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, as well as other local organizations. From 2012-2014 she taught at two urban studios instructing children ages 8-18 in jazz, hip-hop and contemporary. Heather was a part of two small performing companies in Philadelphia, Merge Performing Company, and ECdanceCohesion.
With a passion for continuous learning, Heather is always looking for new ways to develop as a dancer and educator. On top of taking traditional technique classes, Heather took advantage of the diverse dance scene Philadelphia had to offer. Such as, Hula dance, Acrobatic Yoga, Aerial Silks and hoops. Additionally she studied with two notable hip-hop groups Jen Webber with Decadancetheatre and Rennie Harris with Puremovement. She frequently attends dance conferences most recently being the Dance Teacher Summit in NYC . Others include, Turn It Up Lancaster, PA, National Dance Education Organization Miami, FL, and The Pulse Teacher Workshop NYC. She was also a member of Boston Dance Works Season 2014-2016.
PDT Director Pati Cloutier is thrilled to have Miss Heather on board, as it represents how a former student can pursue Dance in Higher Education.
Miss Pati says...
"Having a former student go on to pursue her passion for dance, and grow and develop and into a young professional artist, has been quite satisfying. I have kept in touch with Heather after she graduated from my former studio MPAA in 2008, and have always admired how she persevered in reaching her goals in Dance and Education".
"Miss Madison" Rank
Creative, Contemporary, Ballet/Pointe
Madison began her dancing career at the very young age of two. She studied various styles with studios in the Monadnock Region, including Miss Pati's old studio, the former Monadnock Performing Arts Academy. After graduating high school, Madison attended Franklin Pierce University and graduated with her B.S. in Marketing and Advertising. While at FPU she joined the university's dance company and continued her training with instructors including Regan Messer, Donlin Foreman, Wendy Dwyer, and Sallie Bomer. During her Junior and Senior years, she had the privilege of attending the American College Dance Festival where she had the opportunity to try styles such as belly dancing, ballroom, and aerial. Upon graduation, Madison put her newly acquired business skills to the test, and started her career in marketing. While the job had it perks, nothing could beat the joy of dance. She now spends her days, when she is not in the studio, traveling to various preschools in Southern New Hampshire teaching students multiple styles of dance. Madison is trilled to be back teaching, where her love of dance began.
"Miss Kelsey" Iani
Yoga, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet
Kelsey has been dancing since the age of 3 and grew up studying under Pati Cloutier at her former studio, Monadnock Performing Arts Academy. She has trained in various dance genres including ballet, pointe, jazz, hip-hop, tap, modern and musical theatre. She also performed in the academy's youth performing company. Kelsey became an instructor at the studio teaching weekly classes & choreographing for year-end performances. She also studied under Wendy Dwyer with New Hampshire Dance Institute (NHDI) for 4 years.
She studied dance at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina and at the University of New Hampshire. She also enjoyed her experience as a former dancer of DanceWorks Boston, the city's largest performance-based dance organization for advanced and technically trained dancers.
Kelsey most recently received her registered yoga teacher certification (RYT-200 hour) and has been teaching vinyasa & prenatal yoga classes. In addition to daily teaching, she became the General Manager at YoBa Studio, a hot yoga & barre studio in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also co-founded Little Oaks Yoga, a small business that provides child & parent yoga classes serving the Raleigh, NC community.
Kelsey is overjoyed to be back in New Hampshire with her husband & daughter and is beyond excited to reconnect with her love of dance. She cannot wait to meet all her students and share her passion once again.
Guests/Seasonal Staff Past & Present includes:
Kimberleigh A Holman
Patricia Fox (Former Patriots Cheerleading Captain 2011)