Instructors

Meet Our Great Team!

Lynn Agnew

Adult Tap and Broadway Jazz

Lynn is certainly not a newcomer to the world of Performing Arts, having started dancing at age 2 and never stopped!!!  She has taught dance and fitness in a variety of community settings and is known for her kindness, enthusiasm, creativity and patience. She has owned and operated her own dance studio for 4 years, teaching beginner through advanced starting from ages 2 through adult.  She is the founder of Tap and Jazz classes at Vinnie’s Jump & Jive, a non-traditional dance studio, which is part of the Community Health Center’s Wellness Program in Middletown, CT, for approximately 10 years and is happy to be back! 

She served as Dance Director for the City of Middletown, Parks and Recreation Department Summer Program since 2011 for nearly 10 years! She is currently the new Director of “Little Camp Cromwell,” with the Cromwell Recreation Department!

Lynn is a life-long resident of CT but also taught in Virginia, Maryland, and New Hampshire, where she taught Tap and Jazz.  She taught Tap and Jazz at To The Pointe, Studio of Dance in Maryland, and also taught Tap at the Prestigious Loudoun School of Ballet, in Leesburg, VA for one year before becoming their “Tap Teacher!”   She then moved to New Hampshire and taught at the Londonderry Dance Academy, where she had the privilege of teaching Tap and Jazz Classes under the direction of Mrs. Barbara Mullen, until the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic hit.

Lynn is extremely excited to be back in Connecticut and continuing to teach the art of dance. She teaches Preschool Ballet/Tap Combo classes; and Tap at New England Dance in Cromwell; she teaches Tap; and Competition Classes at the prestigious Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Middletown, an Adult Jazz Class at Cromwell Recreation, and she will, once again, start teaching Adult Tap & Jazz classes at Vinnie’s Jump & Jive!  She continues to share her passion for the art of Dance to so many lucky students (both children and adults) in Connecticut!

 

Sue Cox

Sue Cox

SueC's Syncopation Cardio Dance & Body Sculpting

SueC has been dancing for most of her life. The amalgam of dance and fitness forged into reality as she became a certified group fitness instructor and introduced her own dance fitness program to the YMCA in 2012.To keep her style fresh, she attends master classes whenever she is able. SueC is a certified group fitness instructor leading dance fitness classes, as well as step & sculpt, body sculpting, strength & toning, ai chi, and water dance fitness. Check out her dynamic, easy to follow, cardio dance and bodysculpting classes.

Jim Gregory

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

Gia Khalsa

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

The Swing Committee

The Swing Committee

Swing

The Swing Committee (from left: Bruce Johnson, Janet Hayn, Mihali Felipe) brings a colorful set of talents to Vinnie’s with East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Balboa, Solo Jazz, Jazz choreography, and more! They have travelled all over the country (and world) dancing and DJing swing, and bringing what they learned back to Middletown.