Sheena Harper

SheenaOur Owner and Artistic Director, Sheena, grew up in Mashpee and danced at the Cape Cod Conservatory in Falmouth under the direction of Irene Merrill. Ms. Harper is a graduate of the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts. She has also received scholarships for summer programs at Milwaukee Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Her teachers include Jose Mateo, Virginia Zango, Joan Simone, Katrina Killian, Melissa Hayden, Fanchon Cordell, and Frank Smith.

Sheena has danced professionally with Atlanta Festival Ballet, where she performed soloist roles in Symphony in C, Beauty and the Beast and The Nutcracker. Also with Kentucky Ballet Theater, she performed The Nutcracker, Pas de Quatre, Phantom of the Opera and The Wizard of Oz. And with Spindle City Ballet in Fall River Ma where she performed The Nutcracker and a stepsister in Cinderella. She performed with Pioneer Valley Ballet in Easthampton, Ma for three years where she performed the roles of Beauty in Beauty and the Beast, The Princess in Aladdin, The Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty and The Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker. She recently retired from performing professionally so she could focus on Harper Dance Center and her students.

Sheena has also taught at many different dance schools throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia. Receiving many awards and scholarships at dance competitions throughout the United States, for her performances and choreography. Sheena was the Director of Dance at the Cape Cod Conservatory in Falmouth for four years. This will be Harper Dance Center's fifth year and Sheena is overwhelmed with joy that her dream of owning and directing a studio has finally come true!

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Bryce Harper

BryceBryce Harper is a photographer, artist, and teacher. He has photographed events, weddings, and sports professionally for more than ten years. He has taught courses on the university level ranging from introductory photography to studio lighting and web design.  His fine art has shown in solo and group exhibitions at The Tuska Gallery of Contemporary Art, The Barnhart Gallery, Plant Zero, Gallery 5, and The Anderson Gallery, among others. He has explored mediums ranging from hand-made and alternative processes to interactive virtual installations. He received a BFA from the University of Kentucky in Photography and Digital Imaging, and a MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Photography and Filmmaking.  He currently works full time as Director of Technology for Sandwich Public Schools.




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Jenna Antoncecchi


Jenna Antoncecchi grew up in Sandwich and began dancing at age 4 at Sandwich Dance Academy under the direction of Patricia Loring, Kara Vose, Jennifer Walsh, Karen Piette and Janene Chilson. Jenna came to Harper Dance Center in 2013 to perform in "The Nutcracker Twist" and joined the HDC Competition Team. She has received High Gold for her solos as well as Platinums and Ultimates in Group Dances. Jenna is also currently a hairstylist in Centerville at Instyle Designs and has worked at Busy lil Bees Daycare for the past 9 years. She loves all aspects of dance and working with children. She is very excited to be teaching and performing at HDC!

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Dawn Marie Nee


Dawn Marie Nee began her dance training at the age of 5. She received an Associate Degree in Dance from Dean College in 2012 and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance Education. Dawn was a graduate of the Teacher Training program at Center Stage in 2008 and was Dance Captain of the Senior Company and Outreach Team. She has been awarded top soloist titles in several competitions, performed while at Dean College and was the Captain of the Plymouth South High School Dance Team. Dawn received the Junior Division Top Choreography Award for her collaboration on the modern piece “Breathing.” Dawn has been trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Modern, Lyrical, and Hip hop at Dean College. She has attended many classes at the Boston Ballet School, Jeanette Neil’s, and workshop with dancers from Rainbow Tribe Boston. Dawn has danced with her outreach team on the Norwegian Dawn cruise ships 2006, 2008, 2015. She has taught children from 3 years old to adults and including many private lessons. Dawn’s love for dance shows in her passion for teaching her students.

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Candace Mitchel


Candace began her training at Dance Workshop of Hanover when she was two years old. While their, she focused her training on ballet, contemporary, and jazz. Her ballet training was under the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus which she graduated from in 2014. She is also a recent graduate of Dean College where she received her double major in business and dance. While at Dean she had the ability to intern with the Boston Ballet and their ECI department. She was able to work with various teachers and choreographers, such as Bill Evans who she was able to travel with. While there she added modern, hip-hop, and step to her training and was Vice President of the college’s Step Team.

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Abbie Daughtery


Abbie Dougherty is a Dance and Performance Studies/Educational Studies double major at Roger Williams University and is set to graduate in 2019. While working at RWU she has studied Modern and Contemporary dance, Ballet, and Improvisation. She has worked with various guest artists like, David Parker and Jenny Rocha, as well as performed in many student and faculty choreographed pieces for the Roger Williams University Dance Theatre. She was also a student with Sheena Harper at Cape Cod Conservatory and Harper Dance Center for 7 years studying Ballet, Pointe, and Lyrical/Contemporary dance as well as competing and choreographing. Abbie has assisted Sheena for 5 years as well as returned to teach in the summers.  

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