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Fifth Annual Day of Dance in Gloucester

Join us for our fifth annual Day of Dance at MAGMA - Movement Arts Gloucester  (5th floor of Brown's Mall). For more information, contact Jeannette at


(Cash, Check and Venmo accepted)

 ** FREE Sunday parking at all street meters and parking lots in Gloucester! **

August 13, 2023 SCHEDULE

(All Levels)

Sarah Slifer Swift

$15 per person


Jim Viera

$25 per person


Jeannette Neill

$25 per person

(Beginner / Intermediate)

Laura Dow

$15 per person




Jeannette Neill founded and was the Artistic Director of the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio. For almost 40 years, her studio was a supportive and encouraging training ground for aspiring and recreational dancers. Jeannette was also Co-Founder and Executive Director of Boston Youth Moves, a pre-professional teen dance program. In addition, she was one of the Artistic Directors of The Boston Summer Dance Festival.

Jeannette has been on faculty of many well-known dance institutions including:The Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, Boston Youth Moves, Powered By Dance Summer Programs, Boston Conservatory, Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts; local colleges and universities, such as Harvard University, Boston University,Emerson College; Boston Ballet Summer Dance program and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Her national and international master classes and workshops have taken her to Palermo Italy, Goteborg Sweden, Tokyo Japan,Monterrey, Mexico.

Jeannette is an enduring and moving force in the Boston dance and cultural community. She continues to share her talents through scheduled open classes, master classes, workshops and more.

Sarah Swift
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Sarah Slifer Swift is the director of Movement Arts in Gloucester Massachusetts (MAGMA) and has been on faculty at Boston Ballet School, Boston Conservatory, Salem State University, George Washington University, Amsterdam College of Art/School for New Dance Development, Scotland’s National Center for Dance/Dance Base, and Liza Indiciani Studio of Dance. Slifer Swift performed as a dancer with several dance companies and choreographers in the United States and in Europe, and has received several grants and awards for her choreography, including a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship.



Laura Dow is an accomplished tap dance instructor with over 20 years of experience teaching students of all ages and skill levels. A long-time Gloucester resident and the owner and operator of The Vista, Laura grew up on the north shore and discovered a love for tap dance at a young age and began taking classes with the Jenkins in Peabody.


While at college, Laura decided to share her knowledge and passion for tap dance with others and began teaching dance to children at the School of Creative Dance in Lynn. She taught at the Gene Murray school in Salem from 2001 until Mr. Murray closed his studio in 2010. During that time Laura also taught children and teen tap for Kimberly Blisard’s Cape Ann Center Dance. As COVID hit, Laura was teaching adult beginner tap classes at O'Neil Fitness in Gloucester. Laura has enjoyed these many years helping students discover the joy of tap dance and achieve their personal goals in the art form.


Laura is known for their patient and supportive teaching style, which encourages students to learn at their own pace while challenging them to reach new levels of skill and creativity. She believes that tap dance is a unique and expressive art form that anyone can learn with dedication and practice.




Associate Professor of Dance at Boston Conservatory at Berklee


Jim Viera has been a leading teacher and choreographer in the Boston area for more than twenty years.  In addition to The Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, he has served on the faculties of The Boston Summer Dance Festival, The Boston Conservatory, Jacob’s Pillow, Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts and The Harvard Summer Dance Festival. 


Jim served as Artistic Director of Boston Youth Moves. In fact, it was Jim’s vision that was the catalyst for the formation of Boston Youth Moves in 1990.


Jim also served as Associate Artistic Director of the Wheaton College Dance Program.  As a choreographer for ACE Entertainment, he has choreographed opening numbers for Rita Moreno, Gregory Hines, Grace Jones and Harry Connick, Jr.  Jim has also choreographed industrial films for Digital Equipment, and live industrial presentations for Intellution, Champion Sportswear, Pioneer Investments, PUMA, Jordan’s Furniture and EMC Corporation.


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