She has been teaching children and adults in dance for 34 years.  She is trained in Russian and Royal Academy of Dance Ballet technique. She was the owner and director of Success Dance and Performing Arts Center, The J. E. Hammar Dance Co. Merrimack and New England Children's Dance Company.  Some of her students have received scholarships to Joffrey Ballet, School of American Ballet, Gus Giordano Dance Center, Studio F, David Howard’s Dance Center, Steps, Broadway Dance Center.  And many of her students have worked with Prince, Madonna, Brittany Spears, Ricky Martin, Brandy and Mandy Moore.  She has also directed and choreographed several Children Nutcracker Ballet, Benefit Performance, independent short film projects and etc.  


Teacher Training Program through Dance Masters of America at Kent State University
Royal Academy of Dancing Ballet Exams
Royal Academy of Dancing Seminars

Trained Summers with Gus Giordano, Frank Hatchett, Sam Fiorello, Joe Lanteri, and Herida May 1986-1994 Trained 1972-1989 New Hampshire Academy of Dance
Jennifer Hammar

Youth Ballet Instructor
Faculty Members
       Yuriko Junqua started ballet when she was six years old. She learned ballet in Japan ( Vaganova style) until she was 27 years old. Yuriko loves to dance and never stopped dancing. She also loves to teach, especially adults who decide to start dancing ballet later in life. Yuriko believes that dancing ballet can be for everybody, not only for people who are slim and flexible. Yuriko loves to share her love for ballet with her students, and she takes great pleasure seeing the progress of her students. Her goals are for her students to improve step by step, stay healthy by dancing, and be confident enough to join a higher level class without hesitation. To reach these goals, Yuriko's class emphasizes basic movements to acquire ballet fundamentals.
       She also completed 21units of “Child Studies” courses at West Valley College in 2017.