Where to Find the Studio

154 Brentwood Dr.

Suite 3
Colchester, VT 05446
 Email @ udcnorth@gmail.com
Phone: 802 893-6000
Contact Us

Studio Hours

Our dance studio is open during the following hours:

Monday 3:45-9

Tuesday 3:45-9

Wednesday 3:45-9

Thursday 3:45-9

Friday 4:45-7

Saturday 8:45-11:15

Sunday - closed





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Jessica Ashton is the 10th year owner/director of Up North Dance Studio.  Jess started dancing in Massachusetts at the age of 12 and continued her training when she moved here to Vermont. She has taken classes and competed in Modern, Lyrical, Jazz, Ballet, African, Salsa, Irish but really discovered the love of dance when she was introduced to Hip Hop. She started teaching and choreographing at age 16 for such events as the Boston Celtics Pregame Show and Disney’s Magic Days, and always dreamed of having a studio of her own.  After meeting studio owner and long time friend, Sarah Cover, Jess discovered the Urban Dance Complex in Williston VT where she started teaching and taking classes. She was then inspired to take the big step and open a studio. Along with running the studio and teaching at North, Jess travels around the state to teach dance at schools, do workshops, and judge dance competitions. With each year getting bigger and better UP NORTH, she is excited for what is in store for this year! 

"UNDS is a family - we cry, laugh, dance, and grow together. It's what I've always dreamed of and its happening"

Rick Kinsman grew up in Vernon CT, he started dancing at age six at Dawn's Creative School of Dance where he studied jazz, tap, lyrical, and funk tap. He discovered and fell in love with hip hop in high
school by free styling at local dances and started taking hip hop classes. Rick started his instructional career with Up North and has
expanded to teaching at various studios around Central Vermont over his nine years of teaching. Rick is apart of the VPA High School Dance Team Judges Panel which showcases the artistic performance of dance at a Varsity level of state wide high school dance teams. Rick's adult class has grown in popularity over the years however he continues to welcome new students into his classes each week.


Rose J.Bedard is a is a dancer, choreographer, and coach who is well-known for her work with teaching artistry, confidence and expression through dance. She has danced in several Vermont based companies and stays current with taking master classes from the industry’s top choreographers while attending annual accredited workshops and conferences. Rose has just completed her first year at the Flynn Performing Arts Center where she teaches hip hop and jazz. Rose is the tenth year coach of the Mt.Mansfield Union dance team who recently won their third year in a row, jazz and hip hop championships in the Vermont Northern Athletic Conference and also collected their 4th state championship title in hip hop and first Jazz state championship this past February.Her team also went on to place 3rd in hip hop at the New England level. In addition to,  sje is the head dance coach for the Vermont Bucks Football team and continues to work and choreograph at local studios in Vermont as well as her very own, 2INSPIRE Dance Company.  She also has volunteered her expertise for Rice Memorial High School’s Stunt Night, BFA St.Albans' "Mr.Bobwhite and Ms. Comet" senior scholarship contest, Miss Vermont Scholarship Pageant and other local schools and events. Throughout her career Rose has always been known for instilling self esteem and passion through dance. She relates best to these two quotes. " I believe that I was born to dance, but I was created to make a difference in people's lives." ​" There is always somebody who may be seeing me for the first or the last time, I owe them my best." - Joe DiMaggio She is very excited to choreograph and guest teach at UNDS because of the sense of community and spirit that the studio holds.

Mira Filion is 15 years old and lives in Milton VT. Mira has been a dancer at UNDS for 9 years, this will be her 10th year. Mira started dancing at age 2 at another studio learning ballet, tap, and jazz. Mira's mother asked her if she wanted to try another style called hip hop. They attended the open house at UNDS and the rest is history. Since then Mira has trained in many styles such as hip hop, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, step, aftrican, and freestyle. She has attended many dance conventions and met many famous choreographers along the way. She wants to thank her instructor Jessica Ashton for always being there for her and teaching Mira all she knows. Mira has big dreams of one day owning her own studio. Jess has inspired this in her and is truly like a second mom to Mira. Mira cant wait for her future at UNDS. 



Wyatt has been dancing at UNDS for over five years now. At first he only wanted to learn hip hop, but then wanted to expand his knowledge in the dance world. He learned modern/contemporary for three years and has been breakin for over a year now. He has competed in hip hop for three years and contemporary for one. This will be Wyatt's first year teaching and is so excited to teach the boys with Dante. Wyatt has leadership skills and has worked with kids with his Cub Scout/Boy Scout troop. 

Dante is a great mix of hip hop, breaking, and a hint of something unique. This provides a great learning experience and something new to look forward to each time he dances. Dante is happy to be teaching with UNDS this year. 


Brianna Bae Hurley is 12 years old and lives in Milton VT.  She has been dancing for 9 years, 6 of them at UNDS.  She does freestyle and modern and competes with her favorite style, HIP HOP! She really enjoys working with kids and cant wait to assist again this year at North. She will be helping with the       Saturday morning kids classes. 


Maekayla Brower is 14 years old and lives in Colchester VT.  She has been dancing at UNDS for 6 years. She does freestyle, modern, and competes in her favorite style HIP HOP! She has always wanted to be a dance teacher and is excited to have the opportunity to assist this year at North. This is her second year of assisting. She will be helping with the Saturday monirng kids classes. 

Ava has been dancing for 7 years at UNDS. Ava's favorite dance style is hip hop but has also done freestyle and modern. When Ava isn't dancing she enjoys fishing, shopping, and softball. This will be her second year assisting with all of the littles and she enjoys it very much. She is looking foward to another great year with the kids.