About Belletete Ballet Studio

Belletete Ballet Studio was born out of a desire to inspire the love of dance with families and students of all ages. Owner/Director Meghan McCusker Houlahan has been teaching young dancers throughout New England for over 25 years. She brings her own love of dance into every class making sure that her students leave feeling confident and excited for the next class.  Belletete Ballet is a dance school designed for all levels of dancers, allowing all students to move at their own pace, set their own goals and achieve confidence in a nurturing, family-oriented atmosphere.  We are an artistic dance studio, focusing on the joy and self-expression of dance education.

Why Choose Belletete Ballet Studio?

At Belletete Ballet we believe that each student comes to dance with a love of movement and music. We focus on the beauty of movement, self expression and joyful inspiration. We do not compete inside or outside of the studio.  Students of Belletete Ballet are dancers who dance for the pure love and joy of their own achievements.  If you have a child who delights in movement and rejoices in their own success, Belletete Ballet is the place for your family.

Our Faculty

Meghan McCusker Houlahan (Owner/Director) brings over 25 years of teaching experience to Belletete Ballet. Meghan began her dance training at Paulette’s Ballet Studio in Needham, MA in 1980, after her mother had tirelessly brought her to studio after studio before she found the one studio where she felt at home. Meghan studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Theater Dance and Pointe. Under the training and tutelage of Paulette Harwood, Meghan became a teaching assistant in both Ballet and Pointe in 1987, completed the Dance Teachers Club of Boston Teacher Training in 1990 and joined the faculty in 1996. Meghan also spent several summers as the Head Dance Counselor at Nobles Day Camp in Dedham, MA. She worked as a counselor for Tanglewood’s Days in the Arts (DARTS) program. DARTS is a unique camp geared toward middle school aged children of diverse backgrounds who excel in the arts, a camp she also attended when she was younger. Meghan earned her degree in English Literature with a minor in Dance focusing on Ballet, Pointe and Theater Dance from the University of New Hampshire.  In 2002, Meghan moved from Boston to New Hampshire with her husband and her young family and has been teaching young dancers throughout the Seacoast for almost 10 years. She is thrilled to be able to continue to share her love of dance with the students of Belletete Ballet, where her dream is that other young dancers will finally find a place to feel at home.

Casey Houlahan (Young Childrens, Adaptive, Hip Hop)
 started dancing at the very young age of 2.5 (don't tell...we snuck her in to the 3 year old class!) and she hasn't missed a beat since!  Dancing for over 12 years with the amazing instructors at Sole City Dance (formerly Arts Rochester), Brixham DanceWorks, and Berwick Academy, as well as dancing with her mother for many years, Casey excels in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Modern.  Casey is also a member of the Senior Company at New England Dance Project.  Casey has danced in The Nutcracker at The Rochester Opera House for 8 years, starring as Clara in 2015. During her non-dancing hours, Casey is a student at Berwick Academy, playing both Field Hockey and Lacrosse in her first year of high school and working in the AfterCare program.   Having assisted in many of the young children's classes at Belletete Ballet Studio, Casey is excited to work with her sister to bring their love of dance and fun to the students.
Quinn Houlahan (Young Childrens, Adaptive, Hip Hop) has been lighting up the stage since she was 4 years old.  Quinn started her dance education at Sole City Dance (formerly Arts Rochester) in 2005. She has studied Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Modern with the best teachers on the Seacoast. Quinn has performed in The Nutcracker at The Rochester Opera House for 10 years in many different roles, even featured as Clara when she was just 11 years old, the youngest Clara to be cast in this production.  Quinn continues her dancing with Belletete Ballet Studio, studying Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, and Hip Hop, as well as dancing as a member of the Senior Elite Company at New England Dance Project.  In her spare time, Quinn is a Junior at Berwick Academy and juggles her Field Hockey and Lacrosse schedules around working in the AfterCare Program at Berwick.  Quinn is excited to be teaching at Belletete this spring with her sister and is looking forward to having some fun with the dancers!

Kelsey Lloyd (Jazz)
is currently studying to receive a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Nutrition from the University of New Hampshire. She has had fifteen years of dance experience, starting at Sole City Dance (formerly known as Arts Rochester) studying ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern, choreographic process as well as being in SCD’s Ensemble performing throughout the Seacoast. She performed in five of SCD’s productions of The Nutcracker dancing in rolls such as Mouse Queen, Flowers, Soldier Doll, Spanish, and more. In 2013, she began dancing with New England Dance Project dancing throughout the Seacoast and occasionally competing. In 2016, she danced with the Dance Annex Contemporary Company for a performance with SoJoy. She has assisted and substituted in classes for multiple years and this past summer taught Hip Hop, Jazz, and Strength and Conditioning at Belletete Ballet Studio. Currently, Kelsey is dancing on both the Jazz, Tap, Aerial Company and Ballet Company at UNH. Her passion is performing and choreographing pieces for others. She is looking forward to getting to teach all the beautiful dancers at Belletete Ballet.
Amelia Sindorf (Modern, Substitute for Young Childrens, Ballet, Jazz) has fifteen years of dance experience, starting at Sole City Dance (formerly Arts Rochester)studying ballet, modern, choreographic process, and jazz, as well as being in SCD's Ensemble performing throughout the Seacoast. Amelia also trained at Northeastern Ballet Theatre where she performed in several full length ballet productions. She has performed in 9 Nutcrackers (3 different studios) dancing in roles such as Harlequin, Kissing Doll, Spanish, Flower Corps, Snow Corps, and many others. Though Amelia has substituted and assisted in classes for multiple teachers the past few years, her passion is choreographing both dances for herself and others. Her choreography is heavily influenced by her love of music and her works as a musician (she plays the drums). Her musicality helps inspire unique movement quality and helps the song, dance and dancer really connect as one cohesive piece of art.  She is looking forward to working with talented dancers of Belletete Ballet Studio.
Linda Dutton Seaward (Ballet)
trained in the Legat System of Russian Style Ballet and has taught on the Seacoast for over 25 years.  Her early training was at Paulette's Ballet Studio in Needham, MA and Champlain Academy of Ballet in Burlington, VT.  Linda later attended the Boston School of Ballet, Ana Roje School of Ballet, Ballet New England, Ballet Theatre Workshop, and Great Bay Academy of Dance. Linda performed for the Congressional Women's Club in Washington, DC; with Burlington Dance Theater in VT; then as a member of the NH Ballet Company.  Other performances included jazz pieces for the Ballet New England in Prescott Park, and for the Scott Jillson Fashion Show with members of the Pontine Movement Theater.  During the last three years, Linda performed contemporary pieces with the Joan Weigers Dancers. She also works as the House Manager for many of Pontine Theatre's productions.  Linda Seaward (formerly Linda Prince) was Director of the Children's Education Program for Market Square Studio (first home of Pontine Theatre); and a regular teacher for Market Square Studio, Portsmouth School of Ballet, Brixham Danceworks, Ballet New England and at Elysium in Rollinsford, NH.  She has also been a long-term substitute for three Boston area dance schools and for Berwick Academy in Maine.  More recently. Linda is a regular substitute for Great Bay Academy of Dance in Kittery, ME.  While teaching aspiring young dancers ballet technique is her first love, Linda also holds her Masters in Library Science and has worked  in two libraries' Children's Rooms.  In her free time, she enjoys swimming and gardening.
Lauren Proto (Acro) Growing up in Hampton, NH, Lauren started competitive gymnastics at New Hampshire Academy of Artistic Gymnastics (NHAAGS) when she was just 6 years old. She competed until high school when began cheering for Winnecunnet High School. Lauren became a gymnastics coach her senior year in college. Currently coaching at Tri-Star Gymnastics in Dover, NH, Lauren has over 20 years of competitive coaching experience. When she isn't molding the next Olympic hopefuls, Lauren works at Maplewood Elementary School in Somersworth as a Math Tutor. Lauren is so excited to join Belletete Ballet Studio this fall as the Acro Instructor. She is ready to jump, somersault, cartwheel and flip with your dancers!
Jake Doolittle (Hip Hop)
Jake started dancing when he was 2 and competing in jazz, tap, and hip hop when he was 8. When he was 12, he started choreographing his own competition hip hop solos and trading music editing for dance classes. Jake's first teaching experience was teaching at at East End Community School, the Boys and Girls Club, and Mayo Street Arts Center. Along the way, Jake was lucky enough to spend 2 1/2 years with an adult special needs hip hop class that changed his life. Jake travels to Los Angeles to take hip hop classes as often as possible. Some of his most influential teachers have been Matt Steffanina, Ian Eastwood, Willdabeast, and tWitch. Jake's style and choreography have won numerous awards at competitions including a free week of dance classes at Millennium Dance Complex in L.A. from Monsters of Hip Hop, 2016. Jake's goal is to bring L.A. hip hop to Maine, so he can teach, dance, edit music, make videos and give younger kids the same support and encouragement he was lucky enough to receive.

Britta Marshall (Jazz) 
Britta Marshall grew up in the panhandle of Texas dancing with West Garrett Dance studio where she received her training in tap, ballet, jazz, clogging, and pointe. At the age of 12 she had the opportunity to perform in the Nutcracker as a mouse with the Lone Star Ballet in Amarillo, Tx. During her training, Britta became an assistant teacher and eventually had the chance to teach and choreograph her own classes in tap and jazz. Britta and her husband relocated to the New England area in 2016 for the Navy with their daughter and son. Remington, her daughter, also dances with Belletete Ballet. Britta is looking forward to be teaching and choreographing jazz dances with Belletete Ballet in the fall.