Our Instructors

 

Miss Diana
Owner/Artistic Director
Competition Team Director
Miss Diana began dancing at the age of two and has been teaching dance for over fifteen years.   She earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Dance and has studied with many well-known artists including Martha Graham’s principal dancer Peggy Lyman, ABT’s soloist dancer, Hilda Morales, Full Force Artistic Director Katie Nollet-Stevinson, and Pilobolus’ Becky Jung.  Upon graduating from Hartt, Diana trained with Cirque USA and performed professionally with Clymb-X and Modern Dance Theater in Orlando, FL prior to retuning to teaching in 2008.

Miss Diana has received prestigious awards throughout her career including Miss Dance Educator of America, Dance Performer of the Year, and Miss Acrobat of the USA. Diana and her husband Brendan are the proud parents of their nine year-old daughter, Kayla, and five year-old son, Dylan.

Miss Elizabeth
Performance Company Director
Miss Elizabeth began her dance and gymnastic career at the age of two, performing and competing in national dance, gymnastic, and sport-aerobic events.  A University of Hartford graduate and award winning choreographer, teacher, and adjudicator, Miss Elizabeth has taught, acro, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theatre, and tap to varying ages and levels of students since 1993.

Miss Sophie
Miss Sophie has always had a unique love for dance, beginning dancing at 4 years old. Her training as a competitive dancer began a year later, studying ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, contemporary, modern, and acro for twelve years. In 2003, she won Petite Miss Acrobat of the United States under the training and choreography of Miss Diana. She has also danced in the 2009 Orange Bowl halftime show for the Doobie Brothers choreographed by Mandy Moore and preformed in the musical, West Side Story, at the Bushnell in 2011. Currently a student at Central Connecticut State University with a major in Psychology and a Minor in Dance, she has taken ballet, modern, choreography, and jazz classes with Julia Fredricks, Joseph Albano, and Catherine Fellows. In 2014, she performed in the Albano Ballet Company’s American in Paris as the tap soloist and also in the Albano Ballet Company’s Nutcracker at Mohegan Sun. Sophie uses all of her experiences and passion for dance in the classes she teaches.

Miss Gretchen
Miss G received her BA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College.  She has trained and performed both in the US and overseas and loves working with children of all ages.  She has taught dance and theater, creative writing, art, French, soccer, triathlon training, and swimming.  She in known in Canton as Coach G and the founder of Canton Dusky Dolphins.  As a dancer, she has performed in companies both in the US and France.  She performed with Barnspace under the artistic direction of Iris Solomon for ten years.  She has trained in ballet, modern, jazz, and musical theater, taught audition only intensives in Jose Limon, Martha Graham, and Lester Horton.  She has worked with many choreographers including Bert Michaels (seen in the movie West Side Story, Saturday Night Fever, and Enchanted), Eddie Roll (seen on Broadway in West Side Story), Deborah Carr, Kristin Mudge, Cynthia Fuller-Kling, and Dawn Watson among many others.  She has had unique opportunities to learn from Jacques D’Ambroise, Hanya Holm, May O’Donnell, Charles Moulton, and Garth Fagan.  She has earned awards and recognition both as a dancer and a choreographer.  She has been seen on Off Off Broadway, on commercials, showroom runways, hair & makeup videos, fitness videos, and as a dancer in traditional choreography by modern dance pioneers Charles Weidman and Ted Shawn,  She continues to take classes in NYC any chance she can.  She loves to dance and swim and so much more, she loves to share her passions.  She is absolutely thrilled to be working with Connecticut Dance Academy!

Miss Katherine
Miss Katherine trained for ten years at The Nutmeg Conservatory For the Arts where she received her certificate of completion in 2013 in the study of Vaganova ballet.  Following graduation, Miss Katherine began dancing with MOMIX and has worked with choreographers such as Victoria Mazzarelli, Eleanor Dontuono, Kirk Peterson, Alexei Tcherinchov, Brian Simmerson, Denise Limoli, Brian Reeder, Cynthia Quinn, and Moses Pendleton.  Miss Katherine has also taught ballet and pointe to students of all ages at local studios including Nutmeg Conservatory.  When she’s not dancing and teaching, she enjoys going to the gym, hiking, loving her cats, and spending time at the beach.

Miss Becky
Miss Becky began dancing at eight years-old and trained under Debrah Wagnar, Carol Borrow, and Keith White.  She was represented by the Shirley Hamilton Talent Agency in Chicago and graduated from Lewis University as a Theatre and Speech Major with a Secondary Education certificate.  Miss Becky began teaching dance in 1994 and moved to Canton in 2014, recently teaching dance at the Canton Park District.  Ms. Becky has been married for 20 years and is the mother of 8 children.  She loves teaching children of all ages and is inspired my their energy and creativity.

Miss Jasmine
Miss Jasmine is a Ballet Pedagogy Major at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Dance and has taught ballet, tap, modern, and jazz in her hometown of Dover, DE.  Miss Jasmine’s repertoire includes performances in The Nutcracker as Snow Queen, Clara, and Sugar Plum Fairy, was a guest with First State Ballet in performing Swans and Neapolitan Dance in Swan Lake, Nikiya in La Bayadare, amongst many other Company performances and has received numerous awards and scholarships.

Miss Bet
Miss Bet was born and raised in Canton where she resides today with her husband and three children.  She started dancing at age eleven and studied dance at Plymouth State College.  More recently, Bet has also been teaching dance fitness classes for the past seven years.

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