Meet Our Staff


Lindsay Guidoboni Lacasse: Director

Lindsay received her bachelor degree from Plymouth State University in the spring of 2004. During her time at PSU Lindsay studied all aspects of dance including performance and pedagogy. She is a former member of the PSU Contemporary Dance Ensemble and PSU Dance Team. Lindsay was also president of CDE and vice president of Dance Team in her senior year at PSU.

While dancing at the collegiate level she had attended the American College Dance Festival for five consecutive years, and  presented her choreography in a formal adjudication concert.  Lindsay was given an Upper Classmen Dance Scholarship her junior year at PSU and she received The Dance Achievement Award upon graduation. She attends many workshops including workshops given by Dance Masters of America, Pulse dance teacher workshop in New York City, and classes offered by the following local companies Pantos Project, Urbanity, and BoSoma.  In addition to professional development Lindsay also has taught at many conventions and intensives including The PSU Premier and The Lorraine Spada School of Dance summer intensive.  

Lindsay is an award winning choreographer who has received many accolades for her original student works. She is currently teaching ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern and tap for our school age program.  Lindsay is also passionately running the Dance Progressions Dance Ensemble as a lead choreographer.  In past seasons her dancers have performed original works at the Plymouth State University Dance Premier, Kaleidoscope Dance Competition, and a variety of benefits across New England. In 2016 “Stay” an original work placed first overall in its category at the Kaleidoscope Dance Competition.  Lindsay has also choreographed many solos for contestants competing in the Miss NH and Miss NH Outstanding Teen Scholarship program.  She most recently choreographed Miss NH Outstanding Teen 2016’s state talent routine.  Lindsay has also choreographed student routines for the Boston Celtics in 2005 and 2013, UNH veterans memorial football game in 2013, and the Manchester Monarchs in 2015.  She is the proud mother of two young boys who certainly keep her on her toes.  


Mary McCarthy Hoegen: Co-director

Miss Mary is a tenured member of the staff at Dance Progressions where she serves as co-director. She is happy to be such an integral part of the studio alongside Miss Lindsay as they truly compliment each other’s visions for the studio.

She is a graduate of De Sales University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and a minor in technical theatre design. Proficient in the idioms of ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and creative movement. She has also served as a guest instructor for local studios in Southern NH.

Her students have performed in many local civic and charity events as well as many professional sports teams. Mary’s students have graduated from both under grad and graduate schools for dance as well as performing in professional dance companies.

She has been active in the Miss America Scholarship Program as a volunteer, judge and mentor to many local and state titleholders in New Hampshire. Her students include Miss New Hampshire 2015, Holly Blanchard and Miss New Hampshires’s Outstanding Teens 2016 and 2017, Teghan Gregson and Kenzie Goode.

Mary’s philosophy of teaching is to allow students to appreciate dance as an art form and as a technique. She offers classical training in a disciplined yet non-threatening atmosphere for dancers of all ages and abilities.



Stephanie Iacuzio: Instructor

Stephanie has had a passion for expressing herself through movement for as long as she can remember! A native of Derry, New Hampshire, Stephanie received her formal dance training at Dance Progressions, where she focused on learning: ballet, pointe, modern, and jazz. In May of 2015, she graduated from Plymouth State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education (Teacher Certification K-8) and a minor in Dance.

While attending Plymouth State University, she was a member of the dance department’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble all four years of her attendance. Stephanie spent her collegiate training under the guidance of instructors Lenore Sousa, Lisa Travis, and Amanda Whitworth. Over the past few years, Stephanie has taken multiple classes with various dance talents, including: Pantos Project, Urbanity, and BoSoma. She has also performed for various events, including: Plymouth State University’s Dance Premiere Gala, Dancers Making a Difference, Derry Fest, Plymouth’s Senior Center, the Boston Celtics, and on the Miss New Hampshire Stage.

When she is not in the dance studio or the classroom, Stephanie can be found doing a variety of other activities. She has a love for the Shaolin Kempo Martial Arts. Currently, she holds a fourth-degree black belt, the honor of the title “Sensei”. She is also an avid fitness-lover and can be found working out in the gym, camping with her family, kayaking, and trying out her newest interest, yoga.


Hayley Peters: Instructor

Hayley Peters is a graduate of Roger Williams University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 2020. During her undergraduate coursework, she was an active member of both the RWU Dance Club and the RWU Hawkettes Dance Team. Hayley choreographed pieces for the biannual Dance Club Showcase in lyrical, contemporary, and jazz styles. As a member of the Hawkettes Dance Team, she became the President during the 2019-2020 school year. During this time, she led the team to UDA Collegiate Dance Nationals in Orlando, Florida. Hayley has been dancing for 19 years and trained at Melissa Hoffman Dance Center. Most of her time was spent competing in all styles of dance. Now, she choreographs routines for the Londonderry High School Dance Team in the style of pom. 

Additionally, Hayley is involved in the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program, where she placed in the Top 10 Candidates during the 2022 competition and was awarded the Miss America Organization New Hampshire Empower Scholarship as well as the Deborah Jean Howard Memorial Teacher Education Award. Hayley was crowned Miss Londonderry in August and will be returning to the Miss New Hampshire stage in April of 2023.

In addition to her involvement in the program, Hayley is a second grade teacher in Derry, NH. She is also pursuing her M.Ed. in Elementary and Special Education through Grand Canyon University’s online degree program. After spending the past year volunteering at the Dance Progressions Spring Showcase and Annual Recital, Hayley is grateful to officially be a part of the Dance Progressions community!


Makenzie Goode: Instructor

Kenzie is a 2019 Londonderry High School graduate, she currently resides in Rochester NH.  She started dancing at the age of 4 and has been educating young dancers at Dance Progressions since 2020.  Kenzie started her dance education at Dance Progressions where she was given many opportunities to perfect her talent.  She performed in the April show productions, Celtics, Fisher Cats, Boston RedSox, Harlem Globetrotters and many more exciting venues.  

Kenzie auditioned at the age of 13 for The Rockette Summer Intensive and attended for 5 years, she would not have had this opportunity had it not been for training she received.  Kenzie has studied all genres of dance, but found a passion for tap.  

Kenzie competed in Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen program for 3 years and then earned the title of Miss NH Outstanding Teen 2017.  She competed at Nationals for the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in Orlando Florida, once in a lifetime opportunity.

Kenzie concurrently works at Canobie Lake Park in Salem NH full time and has worked there for the last 6 years.  In November of 2021 she was promoted to the Marketing and Entertainment Assistant. Some would say she was “born to entertain”!  Kenzie thoroughly enjoys her time in the studio working with the next generation of Dance Progressions dancers and looks forward to continuing instructing all age levels. 


Ashley Emburey: Instructor

Ashley grew up with a strong passion for creative movement and the art of dance. Since the age of four, she has expressed this passion through dancing, interning, and now teaching at Dance Progressions. 
Ashley is a graduate of Pinkerton Academy and is currently studying to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a concentration in child and adolescent behavior at Granite State College. She hopes to one day open a private practice that specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy. Additionally, she will be working towards a certification in dance-movement therapy. 
Ashley has studied in the genres of ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, hip-hop, and acro dance. Aside from class, she was a highly involved member of the senior ensemble and yearly spring show performances. She also performed at a number of other events including: Dancers Making a Difference, Project Santa, New England sporting events, Plymouth State University’s Dance Premier Gala, and various competitions. 
As a high school student, she interned alongside Dance Progression staff as an assistant for the toddler classes. This is what really sparked her passion for teaching others the art that she so deeply loves. After graduating, she was able to use this passion by becoming part of the Dance Progressions staff. 
Ashley is thrilled to continue to be a part of the wonderful dance community that she grew up in. Specifically, seeing her students fall in love with the art of dance the same way she did.


Sammy Gallagher: Instructor

Sammy Gallagher is a graduate of Pinkerton Academy class of 2018. She has studied at Dance Progressions since the age of 3 in the genres of tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, modern, acro, and pointe. Sammy was actively involved with Dance Progressions Senior Ensemble over the past 6 years. She has been involved in many local performances,  and spring show productions by Dance Progressions. Sammy has also performed for the NH Fishercats, Boston Celtics, and Boston Red Sox on multiple occasions. One of her favorite and most notable roles was Jafar in Dance Progressions production of “3 Wishes”.

Sammy has years experience as an assistant at Dance Progressions. She most recently has worked with students ages 2-6 in tap, ballet, hip hop, and acro. Upon graduation Sammy was awarded the Rhonda Mennino Memorial Scholarship because of her hard work and dedication to her craft. 

During her time at Pinkerton, Sammy was also a committed member to the Pinkerton Dance Program (Concert Dance Company) since freshman year as a dancer, choreographer, lighting designer, costume designer, sound technician, and assistant artistic director. By her senior year, she had already produced 11 different pieces of her own choreography for stage. While working with Concert Dance Company, Sammy was given many opportunities with professional dance companies. Some of these opportunities include taking master classes by Ailey II, Vertigo, Koresh, Mocean Dance, and a few other notable companies. Sammy even had the pleasure of being the opening act of Mocean Dance’s show by performing a piece of their choreography that she was personally taught over a series of weeks.

As she has been pursuing her love for teaching since the age of 12 by running dance camps in the local elementary schools and becoming a cheer coach (which lead her team to become #1 in New England and travel to Florida to compete in nationals), Sammy is currently working toward her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education at NHTI where she will then move on to obtain an interdisciplinary study in dance and education at PSU.

Sammy is thrilled to be a teacher where she grew up dancing and pass down her passion for dance to every student that walks through the door!