424 Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457      (860) 347-6971 (x 3777)

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Meet our instructors...

Lynn Agnew
Tap, Jazz, CardioDance

Lynn started dancing when she was age 2 and never stopped — she has been teaching dance for over 30 years — gaining wide recognition for her skill. Lynn is known for her enthusiasm, patience, and passion for dance. She has studied under Phil Black, Charles Kelley, and Frank Hatchett, to name a few. Lynn is a well-known teacher in Middletown and this past summer became the Director of the Summer Dance Program at Middletown's Parks and Recreation Department.

Nicole Cellini
Hip Hop

Nicole dances for wellness, to express and create! She started dancing as a child and attended Wesleyan University’s Center for Creative Youth. She studied Theatre and Dance at Keene State College and has performed in the American College Dance Festival. Nicole co-captained the nationally ranked Keene State College Dance Team and has a graduate degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Antioch University. She has been an instructor for nine years, working with all ages and has taught and facilitated in venues such as studios, fitness centers, churches, healthcare facilities and schools. Nicole has taught Modern, Hip Hop, Jazz, Adaptive Dance and Cardio Classes.

Dr. Michael Clark
Salsa

Michael Clark has been dancing salsa for 12 years and performing for 8. He is a past dancer with Consazon and currently tours nationally and internationally with Descarga Latina Ritmo Ysabor. He is New-York trained and teaches New York Club style On 2. Dr. Mike teaches at Vinnie's every Friday night. Check out his free intro lesson from 7-7:30!

Bryan LingbaFlare Giles
Bboy/Bgirl

Bryan is an experienced breakdance performer and teacher. A member of Of Shadow and Earth since 2000, he has performed throughout Connecticut and the broader New England area. Bryan also teaches at the Green Street Arts Center where he coaches Fresh Obsessed, a young people's team with great talent. Bryan creates high expectations for his students and pushes them to be their very best. He believes in developing your personal interpretation of the dancing and will tailor lessons to your style and skills as you progress beyond the basics.

Jim Gregory
Country Line Dance

Jim Gregory is a full-time dance teacher, with specialties in Country-western line and Early American cotillions. Besides being a veteran contra dance caller, Jim has taught ballroom and international folk dance, written contras and line dances, performed Appalachian clogging and Olde English country dance. Whether inspiring school kids, family groups, the general public or senior citizens, Jim has a great repertoire of both traditional and original dances to offer.

www.Jimgregorydances.com
Susan de Guardiola
Jane Austen dance, Disco Line Dance, and more

Susan de Guardiola is a social dance historian who studies and teaches the dance of eras from the Renaissance to present day and has taught and lectured across the United States and in Canada and Russia. Her workshops range from the dance of Jane Austen's era and the Victorian age to the 1970s disco line dance craze and today's cross-step waltz. Enjoy her dance history blog at Capering & Kickery!

www.kickery.com
Jeff Hush
Chi Yoga, Pilates

Jeff Hush has been practicing dance, tai chi, yoga and pilates for more than 30 years. His classes always encourage health, a balanced use of the entire body and deep breathing. He lived for 16 years in Prague, Czech Republic, where he became the leading Power Yoga teacher at World Class gyms (a Swedish company with gyms across Europe). Hush has a new company jeffhushyoga offering Wellness Workshops to companies across Connecticut.

www.jeffhushyoga.com
Gia Khalsa
Bellydance

Gia found her true passion in belly dance in 1996 and has been teaching and performing all over Connecticut since 1997. Her own style of this ancient art form developed into an eclectic, emotional, artistic, mystical blend of the basics of the dance flavored with all the disciplines she has studied through the years — including yoga, chi gong, daoist practices, Buddhism, Sufism, and shamanic studies. The connection between women as they dance is a big focus for Gia and her classes are open to women of all ages, skills, and body types.

www.giakhalsa.com
Natalie Lindstrom
Ballroom, Swing, Private Lessons

Natalie Lindstrom has been dancing all her life and teaching dance for much of it. If you ask her to name her favorite dance style, she'll tell you tap, jazz, ballroom, swing, Latin, contra, folk, and vintage. She has danced, taught and performed in Connecticut since 1972 and before that, in California.

Kim Thibodeau
Mommy and Me, Pre-K Dance

Using creative movements to connect body, mind, spirit and emotions, Kim Renee Thibodeau — founder of Kimnetics — helps children and adults alike build endurance, reduce stress and sculpt muscles... and love every minute of it. Kim enjoys teaching in schools, colleges, spas, studios, community centers and private studios, and has done so for over eight years. Kim also designed, implemented and nationally launched the children's in-school fitness program, Recess Rocks!

kimnetics.webstarts.com
www.recessrocks.com
Linalynn Schmelzer
Dance for Special Needs

Linalynn has performed with many dance companies in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. She is the Artistic Director of Le Claire Dancers. Her passion for dance led her to continue her education at Pratt Institute in New York where she studied Dance/Movement Therapy. She is a registered Dance/Movement Therapist with a Masters in Creative Arts Therapy. Currently, Linalynn teaches a variety of populations that include adults, children, and special needs.

    B-Boy/B-Girl    Ballroom    Belly Dancing    Dance for Kids    Hip Hop    Historical Dancing    Jazz    Line Dancing     Salsa    Swing    Tap Dance    Wedding Lessons    Yoga