Founder Owner & Choreographer
Marie Patent is a 45 year accredited member of the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston, Dance Masters of America and Dance Educators of America. She is also a member of the National Council of Dance Teachers with the American Society of Dance. In addition, she is a founding and active member of the Boston Ballet Society and the NH Dance Teacher’s Organization. A dance educator for over 50 years, Mrs. Patent has been described by many as the “first lady of dance” on the seacoast. She has received many awards for her choreography including DEA’s President’s Cup in 1997. She has volunteered her services for innumerable community and school programs for the arts including Winnacunnet Regional High School drama department, Hampton Academy Junior High, Newburyport Yankee Homecoming, Seabrook Old Home Days and the PTA Association. She established and implemented the dance program for the Hampton Recreation Department and has taught at dance conventions for teachers both locally and nationally. Founder of the Seacoast Civic Dance Company, she has provided NHAPA with performance groups which represents the school and allow dance students the opportunity to perform as part of their dance education
Artistic Director & Choreographer
Kim joined her mother on the faculty in 1981. A BFA in dance from the Boston Conservatory was awarded in 1985. She is a certified member of: Dance Masters of America, Dance Teachers Club of Boston & Dance Educators of America. Former faculty member of the University of NH in both ballet and jazz. She has directed the Seacoast Civic Dance Company in their many performances throughout New England, including: First Night, Market Square Day, Children's Day (Portsmouth, Hampton and Newburyport), Yankee Homecoming, Rhythm & Roots Festival, Making Strides, Prescott Park Arts Festival, The Firehouse & Music Hall. And their many performances throughout the US: Bowl Games, Dance Excellence, Nationals for DEA, 75th Anniversary at Pearl Harbor. She has been recognized for her unique choreography and received several regional and national awards. Kim teaches a wide variety of dance styles and levels from classical ballet & pointe, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, tap and production numbers.
Associate Director & Choreographer
Makayla received her MFA in Choreography at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) where she studied under Duane Cyrus, Dr. Jill Green, B.J. Sullivan, and Lee Walton. Makayla is a dedicated teaching artist and is former teaching assistant at UNCG. Her choreographic practice and teaching practice are informed by two somatic practices: Ideokinesis and Kinetic Awareness®. Makayla studied studying under Dr. Jill Green and pursuing her certification in Kinetic Awareness®. Makayla has been recognized for scholarship with The Bruce LeVine Mellion 69’ Scholarship for Excellence in Dance (2016), Alta Lu Townes Memorial Dance Award (2017), Kristina Larson Award(2019), Recognizable Student Group Leader Award for the Association of Graduate Student’s in Dance (2019), and The Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award (2020). Makayla’s choreographic work was chosen to represent Keene State College at the American College Dance Association in 2016 and 2017. Her work was also chosen as a TedX finalist in 2017. Makayla Ferrick’s formative life as a mover began in New England which shaped her vision as a dancer, improvisor, choreographer and educator.
She earned a BS in Business Management and a BA in Dance: Choreography & Performance from Keene State College. During her dance studies, she focused on choreography and modern dance technique with William Seigh, Marcia Murdock, and Cynthia McLaughlin. In the summer of 2016, Makayla attended Bates Dance Festival where she performed Plastic Action by Autumn Eckman. Later, she performed Six Dancers and a Curtain for New York artist, Yanira Castro (2016), The Head or the Hair by Dopplegänger Dance Collective (2017), and Bodyspeaking, Beneath Crystal Skin (Choreographed by Jessie Jeanne Stinnett), Allemande (Choreographed by Marcus Schulkind), Man of the Hour (Choreographed by Itzik Galili), and Today for Now(Choreographed by YinYue) with Boston Dance Theater (2017 & 2018).