Rose Gibney- CEO
Rose Gibney is the owner and creative director of Bella Vita Dance Company and Wellness Center. Rose graduated with a BFA from the Institute of Art and Design at New England College in 2021. Her love for painting has found its way into her creative choreography process in many little ways. Rose discovered her passion for Latin dance in 2018 and has since attended numerous Latin dance congresses across the United States, performed in multiple showcases and choreographed many dances for her students. Rose's dream has always been to open her own Wellness Center/Center for the Arts and it is finally happening! Rose hopes to continue to help grow the New England dance and wellness community and create opportunities for community to grow and flourish.
Crystal Acevedo- Instructor
An outgoing, bubbly personality with a serving of Latin spice is the perfect description for this Puerto Rican beauty.
A simple girls' night out to Copa in 2017 ignited a love for dance and a passion to share it with Manchester and surrounding communities. This mother of three uses music and dance as ways for self expression and breaks from busy day-to-day routines. When she is not helping people smile in the dental office, or taking care of her mommy duties, you can find her teaching at Bella Vita or burning up the dance floor.
Eszter Balazs- Instructor
Eszter Balazs grew up in Transylvania, Romania and always had a passion for movement. From the age of 11 she started folk dancing and spent the next decade learning, performing and teaching close to 10 different styles of Transylvanian folk dances. After moving to the USA, she started exploring Latin dances such as salsa, bachata, cha-cha-cha and merengue. Over the past decade, she has trained with world renowned artists such as Vera Rowe and Masacote and has been an active member of the NH dance community. Eszter continues to share her passion for dance by performing and teaching at Bella Vita Dance Company and Shimmy Shimmy.
Eszter lives in Manchester Nh and outside of dance she enjoys spending quality time with loved ones, being outdoors, and traveling. In addition to her full-time office job, Eszter also works as a reflexologist and reiki practitioner - helping her clients live a more harmonious, healthful and well-balanced life.
Dumari St Angelo- Workshop Instructor
Dumari St. Angelo, The True Love Coach, is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller, The Gift of Divorce, A Journey of Empowerment Through Self-Love and creator of The School of Lasting Love. After transforming her own life in a beautiful way after her divorce, Dumari now offers men and women alike a unique and empowering approach to attract True Love by facilitating fun, heart-opening workshops and life-transforming coaching programs across North America.
Michelle Barbeau- Business Manager, Instructor
Michelle Barbeau is the Business Manager at Bella Vita, and her leadership roles include event planning, community development, instructing, assisting with team choreography and management and overseeing day to day business operations. She holds a Master of Business Administration in Leadership. Michelle is a NH native, and music and dance has been part of her life since an early age. At 6, Michelle began training at the Dance Studio of Manchester in classical ballet and went on to learn Pointe. She loved dance, but had a strong desire to learn music and began taking piano lessons at Ted Herbert’s Music School, Manchester. She went on to study Clarinet, Guitar, and Slide Trombone. Michelle joined Bella Vita Dance Academy as a student in 2019, studying Salsa on2, Cha Cha, and Bachata. She has a desire to spread the love and joy of dance with the local community and encourage people to try something new outside of their comfort zone. She lives a very active lifestyle and outside of dance, her hobbies include running, obstacle course races, and paddle boarding.
Greg St Louis- Instructor
Greg St Louis entered into this world with two left feet and decided to make a change to that 7 years ago by taking up dancing under JR and Susie Q of NH. It quickly grew into a passion, where he danced 7 days a week, taking classes and social dancing. He entered the Bella Vita family in 2017 and in 2019 was asked to join the team as an instructor. He has since taught most of their bachata classes, choreographed the bachata student dance teams, and performed with his fellow instructors at shows and congresses across the east coast.
Andrea Howarth- Yoga Instructor
I was born in Rio de Janeiro— a magical place— where at a young age you learn how to give freedom to your body through Carnaval—a festival where you dance in crowded streets with lively music. In the 2000’s I moved to New Hampshire for good (I wasn’t sure how, but it happened). After my third child, I was looking for ways to strengthen my back by doctor recommendations. I went through all forms of workouts and fun until I fell in love with yoga. While raising my three kids, yoga became a very important aspect of my life.
Right before the storm (aka COVID) started, I took an amazing course called Journey Into Power (JIP) and found what I was looking for. I want to teach what I have learned; how to breathe and how to find inner self peace. Here I am to share the joy, the balance and strength that yoga has brought to me.
Aaron Barkasay- Taekwondo Instructor