Dance Program


Dance Faculty - Wendy DwyerWendy Dwyer, Associate Professor of Dance, holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College where she studied with renowned modern dancer Viola Farber after training with Ruth Silk and Brian Loftus at the Dance Centre of London, England. She has also studied with Joel Hall and Gus Giordano in Chicago and at the American Dance Festival at Duke University as well as working in contact improvisation with Nancy Stark Smith and others. She designed and developed the Dance Program at Franklin Pierce and has directed modern dance concerts and choreographed musicals that include West Side Story, Kiss Me Kate, Pippin, Bat Boy-The Musical, Blood Brothers, Cabaret, Bells Are Ringing, Fiddler on the Roof among many others, as well original music theatre work. She has served on the National Board of the American College Dance Festival Association. Professor Dwyer worked with dancer and educator Jacques d'Amboise for 21 years as the Founding Artistic Director of New Hampshire Dance Institute, a dance education program in New Hampshire elementary and middle schools. In 2002, she received the Granite State Award "for outstanding contribution to the arts in New Hampshire." Professor Dwyer teaches modern dance, improvisation and composition, teaching dance for children, and dance history in addition to choreographing and directing for the Dance Program. She also holds a B.A. from the University of Rochester in Russian Literature.

Dance Faculty - Paula AaronsPaula M. Aarons M.Ed., MFA, has been a dancer, choreographer and movement specialist for 25 years. Beginning her professional training in high school at North Carolina School for the Arts, she quickly went on to become a soloist for Nikolais Dance Theatre, with whom she toured the world. Nikolais’ work had a profound affect on her as it deepened her ability to trust improvisational moments and recognize the importance of physical specficity. Paula’s undergraduate studies involved creating her own major, weaving her knowledge of the power of artistic expression with a deep study of human development, biomechanical and somatic function, and psychology. Her thesis was a document tracking her work with cancer patients using movement, breathwork and meditation throughout the process of living and healing with this disease. This work inspired her to continue to develop as a choreographer, movement specialist and educator delving into the connections between our personal histories and our bodies. Most recently, she received her STOTT Pilates Certification inspiring her to create specialized somatic programming for groups and individuals integrating core strength with her love of kinetic expression. Paula’s many years of study and practice in multiple modalities allows her to work with individuals generally interested in greater mind body awareness, as well as those experiencing chronic pain, nerve damage, and cancer recovery, in ways that are specific and relevant to each person.

Dance Faculty - Sally BomerSally Bomer began dancing while studying Art History at Vassar College (B.A.). She performed for 15 years with the Bessie Award winning company, Amy Sue Rosen/Derek Bernstein Projects and is featured in video artist Douglas Rosenberg's Emmy-nominated Dancing for Television. She also performed with Claire Porter, Richard Bull's Improvisational Dance Ensemble, Barbara Roan, Jude Bartlett and others, in many New York venues and at the American Dance Festival. Her most recent choreography has been shown as part of 40Up at Dance Theater Workshop, and at the Cool New York Dance Festival. She has created works at Franklin Pierce College and Keene State College and has also taught in New Hampshire at Antioch New England and The Moving Company. Her teaching is based on studies of Klein Technique, yoga, anatomy, and Bartenieff Fundamentals, as well as her experience in various modern and improvisational styles. As a collaborator with husband and theater artist Robert Lawson, her work has been seen in Milwaukee, Charlottesville and New Hampshire, in both original and traditional music/dance/theater works. Ms. Bomer teaches several levels of modern dance and dance composition in addition to choreographing and directing for the Dance Program.

Amy Softic holds an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College and is currently working towards a MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling at Antioch University in Keene, NH.  She has  taught at Keene State College and Smith College as a teaching fellow.  Her students have presented her choreography at venues such as  the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA, The New England Youth Theatre in Brattleboro, VT, and at The International Choreographers Showcase in Louisville, KY.  She has been on faculty at the Brattleboro School of Dance for the past 7 years where she also Co-directed the Windham Regional Career Center High School Dance Program.  As an educator and artist,  her studies in Dance/Movement Therapy are focused in a humanistic psychology where the fundamental role of movement and the integral role of the creative process are merged within a  practice that promotes personal growth.