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

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Meet our instructors...

Kate Cavenagh

Kate has over 30 years of Tap dance experience, studying in CT, MA, and NYC with various teachers including Barbara Duffy, Brenda Bufalino, and Derick Grant. She has been teaching for many years with a strong focus on rhythm, phrasing, technique, and musicality. Her style is inspired by the history of Tap and its deep connection with music, while also paying homage to the more contemporary style brought about by Gregory Hines and Savion Glover. She encourages creativity and individualism through dance as expression and performance, and currently teaches competitive teams including the UConn Tap Team at Storrs.

Nicole Cellini
Hip Hop & Modern Dance for Fitness

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

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!

Sue Cox
Improv Dance Fitness

Susan has been dancing and prancing since the tender age of three. To keep her style fresh, she attends master classes whenever she is able. She introduced her Improv Dance Fitness program at the YMCA in 2012. She is a certified group fitness instructor leading dance fitness classes, as well as step & sculpt, body sculpt, strength & toning, ai chi, and water dance fitness.

Bryan LingbaFlare Giles

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.

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!

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.

Gia Khalsa

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.

Karen Krol

Karen has been dancing for over 40 years, establishing herself as a ballet instructor at the Miss Maureen Dance Studio (also known for some time as the Haddam Dance Studio). Karen later joined the Miss Alane Dance Academy, where she continued taking lessons and instructing. She has attended the National Association of Dance & Affiliated Arts (NADAA) for over 30 years, where she has led numerous classes. Additionally, she has taught jazzercise and aerobics for many years. Karen truly loves dancing and hopes to share her passion with the community!.

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!

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    Ballet    Belly Dancing    Dance for Kids    Hip Hop    Historical Dancing    Jazz    Line Dancing     Salsa    Swing    Tap Dance    Wedding Lessons    Yoga