Dinah Gray, Director
Originally from Los Angeles, Dinah began her dance training at the Yvonne Cusack Ballet Center. After graduating from Virginia School of the Arts she earned her BA in Dance Performance and Choreography at Goucher College. She has danced professionally with the Ballet Theater of Maryland (formerly Ballet Theater of Annapolis), The Baltimore Opera, Kimberly Mackin Dance Company, Off-Center Dance Theater, Concordance Contemporary, and as an independent performing artist. Her choreography credits include original works for the University of Virginia dance program, Albemarle Ballet Theatre, Charlottesville Ballet, and musical theater productions for the University of Virginia Department of Drama. She has performed in works set by Doug Varone, Mark Dendy, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Ib Andersen, Christopher D'Amboise, John Clifford, Eddie Stewart, Petrus Bosman, David Keener, Lesa McLaughlin, Gus Solomons, Jr., and Rhonda Miller, among others. Dinah holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and has been on faculty of the Charlottesville Ballet, the University of Virginia, and Albemarle Ballet Theater.
As the White Mountain School's Director of Dance, Dinah directs and manages White Mountain's Creative Edge Dance Studio, oversees the White Mountain School dance program, teaches Introduction to Choreography, choreographs for Creative Edge productions, and teaches Ballet, Jazz, and Modern technique classes.
Kenneth Meunier is a sought-after teacher and choreographer whose professional credits include performing as a dancer at Walt Disney World and with Stiletto Entertainment (Holland America Cruise Line.) His choreography has been featured in productions for PGT Entertainment (Princess and Regency Cruise Lines).
Nicole Luurtsema is a new first year instructor at Creative Edge, but not new to the studio itself. Having danced and subbed classes with Creative Edge for the past six years; she will be extending her sense of passion, form, and technique to the dance floor as a teacher and mentor. Native to the New England area, she has danced for multiple studios in Vermont and New Hampshire, but has found her roots planted here in our tight-knit dance community. She has practiced in many styles from modern, tap, contemporary, jazz, baton all the way to her love, HIP HOP. She will be teaching Hip Hop: infusing different dance steps and forms while encouraging our dancers to dance with carefree fun, love, and conviction!
Kathy Kohatsu is the former Director of Creative Edge Dance Studio (2005-2018) and has been an instructor at the studio since 2003. She earned her MFA from Case Western Reserve University in Dance and her BA from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, majoring in Economics and minoring in Performing Arts and Education. She started her movement career as a gymnast but realized later that it was dance that really made her spirit soar. She really enjoys the dual role of dance as both an athletic endeavor and artistic exploration. She encourages all of her students to fill their movement with energy, care, and intention and has felt so privileged to support the strong, talented, and committed dancers of Creative Edge through so many seasons and so many performances. Kathy has also spent time as a faculty member at The White Mountain School; teaching both Dance Technique and Introduction to Choreography classes. When she is not at the studio, Kathy is a full time teacher at The Woodland Community School, an independent school in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, where she supports students grades k-8 to follow their curiosities in a student directed learning environment.