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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Samantha Gendreau


Samantha Gendreau is a professional dancer from Longmeadow, MA. As an adolescent she trained in Ballet, Jazz, and Modern under Ken and Shelly Lipitz at the New England Dance Conservatory, and became a feature dancer for their company at just 13. When Samantha was a teenager she joined the Pioneer Valley Ballet under the direction of Noble and Ruth Barker while also attending Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School as a dance major. There, she won an award for best choreography with The Catalyst Dance Company (directed by Jodi P. Falk and Jen Pollins) at just 15 years old. Soon she began traveling the east coast attending and performing at dance festivals as well as choreographing PVPA's spring musicals, including: Guys and Dolls, The Hating Pot, Children of Eden, and Fame which she also starred in as Iris. Samantha spent her summers training with the New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre before graduating and heading straight into The Joffrey Ballet School at 17 years old. Samantha eventually began her career in Ballroom around the age of 24 as an advanced Pro/Am dancer. In 2013 she was a national finalist and ranked 5th in the country currently. Samantha  Professional Competitive American Rhythm dancer being coached by National Rhythm Champion Ilya Reyzin and World Latin and 10-Dance Champion Diana McDonald. Sam trains in Rocky Hill, CT at The Ballroom Project and at Rodgers Dance Center in New Jersey with her partner Andrew Kerski.

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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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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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Eliza Davern


Eliza Davern is an honors undergrad at Bridgewater State University where she majors in Sociology as well as minors in both Spanish and Women’s Studies. She is on track to graduate early and hopes to travel, participate in international service trips, and go on to graduate school to study social policy. Before graduating from Falmouth High School in 2015, Eliza had been a dancer with Sheena for 10 years at Cape Cod Conservatory and Harper Dance Center. Eliza has taught dance alongside Sheena for over five years, including volunteering each week at our East Falmouth Elementary program and coming back to teach in the summers. Eliza has an everlasting passion for ballet, but enjoys inspiring young dancers at HDC even more.

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Isabel Davern


Isabel Davern has been dancing with Sheena for 7 years at Cape Cod Conservatory and Harper Dance Center. She is a senior at Falmouth Academy, where she is Honor Society Secretary, a member of Peer Ambassadors, and on the Headmasters List. She has taught under Sheena for 2 years. Isabel has volunteered to teach the East Falmouth Program for 3 years. She has participated in 3 dance competitions with Harper Dance Center and has received various awards for solo and group pieces. Isabel loves to spread her joy of dancing to her students through teaching.

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Leeza Regulbuto


Leeza Regulbuto, 19, began her dancing career at the age of 2 at Dance Express in Tolland, CT. Starting in a ballet class, she then moved to Tap, Jazz and Lyrical, while continuing to dance at Dance Express for 8 years. When she was 10, Leeza moved to The Dance Academy of Somers, where she continued with Ballet, Tap, and Jazz and then branched out into Modern and Hip Hop. At the age of 14, she began attending The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, studying a dance major. She has attended many conventions for NADAA, where she has been awarded the lead dancer of the day, and she has worked at Envisionfest in Hartford, CT. Where she taught a dance to anyone who wanted to participate! When she was 17 she started working with the professional company of CONNetic Dance in Hartford, CT, where she had roles in both their Nutcracker and Coney Island performance. She began teaching when she was 10 along side her mother. She took over her own summer classes when she was 12 and has since began working at The Dance Academy of Somers and Grossi Dance and Performing Arts Academy in Vernon, CT. She has also taught summer Hip Hop classes at a local daycare for children with minor learning disabilities. She is now a sophomore dance major at Roger Williams University, hoping to pursue dance as a form of therapy after graduation!

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