The Dance Collective has been providing dance instruction in the Upper Valley since the 1980s. Originally founded by Barbara Weiner and Donna Lea Heron. Allyson Weiner-Sawyer took over the studio in 2008.
A lifelong dancer Ally has a Musical Theatre degree from Elmira. She is involved in dance in many ways in the Upper Valley. In addition to owning TDC she teaches and choreographs for the TDC semester end recitals. She is also a choreographer for Trumbull Hall Troupe and NCCT. She has been nominated several times as Best Choreographer by the New Hampshire Theatre Awards and won Best Choreographer in 2013 for her work in The Music Man. She also serves as a board member for Trumbull Hall Troupe and is a past board member of NCCT.
Ally continues Barbara Weiner’s philosophy and strives to teach kids how to love dance, so that they incorporate it into their future lives in some capacity. Ally believes that it’s her job to encourage children of all levels of talent to have faith in themselves and to grow to their greatest capacity. Teaching the art of dance through patience and positive methods is TDC’s motto.