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Meet Jennifer Rienert of NH School of Ballet in Hooksett

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Rienert.

Jennifer, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
NH School of Ballet was started by my aunt Sue Taylor and grandmother Lena Taylor back in 1963. It started as a little dance studio in their house and continue to grow to offer instruction in Ballet and Jazz dance to the New Hampshire area students. I studied with my aunt Suzanne at NHSB since I was two years old. I performed with her New England-based company and in 1989 she sold the studio to me at the age of 21.

I moved the studio from the Manchester area to the Hooksett area and the studio has grown and prospered under my direction for the past 27 years. We now offer all forms of dance ( ballet, jazz, tap, Modern, Lyrical, Tumbling and hip-hop). I have continued to provide some of the best dance education in the New England area including offering for past 23years -full productions of Nutcracker. I have been a certified dance teacher with Dance Masters of America for 26 years and serve as the Vice President for the New England chapter. We still hold a photo of my grandmother in the lobby to remind us of how we started and to honor the memory of our family business

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Owning a business at the age of 21 is very difficult. I had a lot to learn about running a business and working with people. Thankfully my mother became my office manager and we have continued to work well side by side these past 28 years. We also have a lot of other dance studios popping up everywhere in our area- so competition in the area for students is always an issue. We have just stayed true to our ideals of offering wonderful instruction and performing opportunities at a great price. This has kept us the leader in respected studios over the years. We also 4 years ago decided to purchase a building of our own. That endeavor was extremely difficult and took 2 years to complete. We are proud to say we have a beautiful building with 4 studios inside and 2 large waiting rooms for parents.

NH School of Ballet – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We offer quality professional instruction in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Acro and Hip Hop.
We have built a reputation over the years for not only having a superb ballet program but turning out well rounded talented dancers that are employable if they wish to pursue a career in dance. We have many students that have gone on to professional careers in Ballet companies, Modern companies and on Broadway. We are extremely proud that we not only offer a program for serious career-driven students but also have a wonderful recreational program for those students who just love to dance. We are also very conscientious in keeping our prices very reasonable to make it affordable for all children to participate.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success for us is that my students leave our studio feeling they learned a lot and had a great time when they were with us. Obviously, we are proud of our students who are dancing professionally but if we obtain students because they heard we had a great program, that’s winning.

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