Sally Malay - Executive Director

Sally joined NHDI in June 2019. She reports directly to NHDI’s Board of Directors and oversees all aspects of the organization’s day-to-day operations and development activities. She is originally from Sydney, Australia, and is a 1994 graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Sally brings an extensive background in project management, marketing, and public relations, in both the private and public sectors to NHDI. For the past three and a half years she served as the Events Director for Girls on the Run Vermont. Prior to moving to Keene, NH in 2015, Sally lived on the island of Guam where she was employed as a Sales Account Manager for United Airlines.

Sally is a former board member of the Make-A-Wish Guam chapter and also served as a wish granter for the New Hampshire chapter in 2016.


Kristen Leach - Artistic Director

Kristen began as a teaching artist with NHDI in 2003, and took over the role of Artistic Director beginning in 2007. She is a Keene State College graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Following her graduation, she directed and helped grow a dance program at the Dublin School for seven years.  She enjoys teaching and inspiring children every day. Kristen is very active in the performing arts throughout the Monadnock Region as she:

  • Teaches at two of the NHDI Year-Long Program schools.

  • Choreographs and teaches the SWAT Team on Saturday mornings.

  • Co-directs the NHDI Summer Intensive.

  • Is a member of the artistic faculty at MoCo Arts where she currently teaches hip-hop, directs the middle school musical theatre program and choreographs for the high school musical theater program.

  • Instructs the winter dance program at Vermont Academy.

  • Brings dance to the Keene Super Seniors in their weekly class organized through the Keene Senior Center.

  • Enjoys working with NHDI alumni when she choreographs musicals at Keene High School, Monadnock Regional High School, and the annual Keene Lions’ Club musical production.

  • Has written original dance plays for Winchester School’s growth, leadership, gratitude, prevention, and awareness campaigns.


Lisa Cook - Residency Director

After years of studying modern, ballet and jazz dance at MoCo Arts in Keene, Lisa Cook now blends her love of dance and passion for teaching children in the direction of NHDI’s Residency Program.  Lisa also co-directs the NHDI Summer Intensive. 

Prior to NHDI, she was a preschool teacher in Florida for eight years and an aide in the library and classrooms at Chesterfield School.

She has directed and choreographed several drama productions at Chesterfield School and choreographed Seussical The Musical for Hillcat Summer Theater in Hillsborough, NH.  Lisa is also part of the summer staff for MoCo Arts’ Creative Arts at Keene (C.A.K.E.).

Lisa was recognized at the Keene Sentinel’s 2018 Extraordinary Women event, honoring women doing impactful work throughout the Monadnock Region.


Peter Mansfield - Music Director & Conductor

Peter Mansfield is New Hampshire Dance Institute’s Music Director and Conductor, a role he has held since 1987. Conductor, composer, arranger, and pianist, he is a native Bostonian having majored in music at Harvard College. In 1981 he began an ongoing affiliation with the Boston Pops Orchestra, where he has worked under maestros John Williams and Keith Lockhart as pianist, composer/arranger/orchestrator, and music coordinator of numerous concerts and special projects at Symphony Hall and on tour. In 1985, Peter met Jacques D’Amboise, and has since served as conductor/composer and arranger for the National Dance Institute in Boston, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont.

Peter has guest-conducted and arranged symphonic Pops programs for, among others, The Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Milwaukee, Omaha and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, as well as The Hudson Valley Philharmonic, The Hartford Symphony and The National Symphony in Washington, D.C. In February 2018, Peter made his Pops guest conducting debut with the Cape Symphony, with return engagements scheduled for June 2019 and February 2020. In 2005, Peter joined the faculty of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee as Professor of Musical Theater Repertoire and Performance, where he has served as conductor for Brigadoon, Heaven and Hell, One Touch of Venus, The Full Monty, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Merrily We Roll Along, The Pajama Game, Spring Awakening, Catch Me If You Can, Side Show, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and A Chorus Line.

Jess Codman - Teaching Artist

Jess grew up in Dublin, New Hampshire, and fell in love with dance at the age of six as a student of Wendy Dwyer, NHDI’s first Artistic Director. A New Hampshire Dance Institute alumnus, Jess has taught dance with NHDI since 1999.  In 2001 she developed NHDI’s Residency Program, traveling and leading dance residencies for students grades K-8 across the state. She served as NHDI’s Residency and Summer Camp Director for five years from 2001-2005. She returned in 2014 as the teacher for South Meadow School.

Jess loves to get outside and move. She was a competitive swimmer for 10 years and competed in cross country and track in both high school and college. She can’t imagine her life without dance …whether in a studio, gymnasium, on a field somewhere, or back in the kitchen of her Hancock home with Rob, Nora, Gavin and Oliver.

Tracy Croteau - Teaching Artist

Tracy grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from the University of New Hampshire. She thoroughly enjoys teaching and watching the progress that her students make as they journey through the year. “It is truly an amazing transformation!”

Tracy has taught with NHDI for 10 years.  In addition to teaching at two schools and the SWAT team in NHDI’s Year-Long Program, Tracy also teaches hip-hop for MoCo Arts in Keene. She has also worked with Winchester and Franklin Schools to bring dance to children in after-school programs.

Jeanine Edmunds - Residency Teaching Artist

Jeanine is excited to join Lisa Cook in growing NHDI’s Residency Program. She has been an elementary art teacher for 25 years and finds pure joy in working with children of all ages. Jeanine also teaches fitness classes, including yoga to both children and adults.

Linda Estabrook - Teaching Artist

As an NHDI alumnus, Linda Estabrook is excited to have come full circle and now be a part ot the teaching team for this tremendous program. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase Arts Conservatory earning her BFA in dance with a minor in psychology. She was an apprentice at the Granite State Ballet of Nashua, NH, performed with Debra Weiss Dance Theater, and dances in Rock Stars NYC in New York City under the direction of Skip Coasta. She has traveled the world performing with Carnival Cruise Lines in their Las Vegas style production shows working with choreographers such as Minnie Madden, Mistinguett and One Directions choreographer Paul Roberts. Linda currently dances with the Saving Grace ensemble of Bedford, NH under the direction of Robyn Goulette, and teaches ballet, musical theater/cabaret, and jazz at the Monadnock Academy of Movement Arts.

Danielle Fitzpatrick - Teaching Artist

Danielle has been teaching dance and theater in the tri-state area for more than a decade. She moved to Keene after graduating from UMass at Amherst to pursue a Master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy at Antioch NE. She has taught creative dance, children’s theater and ballet in studio settings, classrooms, preschools and workshops for dancers from 2-92. Currently, Danielle serves as Artistic Director of the Young Arts/CupC.A.K.E. Programs at MoCo Arts in Keene.  In addition to teaching dance, Danielle works as a dance therapist specializing in geriatrics.

Ashley Morse - Accompanist & Administrative Assistant

Ashley began playing piano professionally while in high school and was fortunate enough to attend Keene State College on a four year talent scholarship. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. Following graduation she taught private and group piano lessons at a music school in Londonderry, NH. After moving back to the Keene area, Ashley decided to take a break from teaching and focus on performing. She has been an Accompanist for NHDI since 2011. Ashley is also Music Director for MOCO Art’s middle school musical class, Organist/Choir Director at the United Church in Westmoreland and works with Keene High School’s choirs and drama department. Ashley is also a bookkeeper which led her to expand her position with NHDI in 2018 to include being the Administrative Assistant. Ashley resides in Keene with her husband Tom and their three children.

Tasha Warshaw - Teaching Artist

After graduating from high school, Tasha began teaching dance for both NHDI and MoCo Arts. Currently, Tasha is teaching ballet, modern, hip-hop and jazz at MoCo.  She continues her own dance education with IBIT Dance Company in Brattleboro, Vermont. She has a strong passion for choreography, and has shown her work at Southern Vermont Dance Festival, the Dance Complex and the American Repertory Theater. Tasha finds great joy in sharing her love for dance with her students, and believes that dance should always be available to those who want it, regardless of ability.