Studio 22 Dance Convention's
Jena Rose Barton (Philadelphia, PA) holds a BFA in Dance Choreography and Performance with Spanish Minor from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. There she had the pleasure of performing in works by Germaul Barnes, Justin Tornow, Michael Job, Duane Cyrus, and Kara Janelle Wade, as well as many student choreographed pieces.
Her post-collegiate career began at Theatre West Virginia where she danced in their 2018 productions of "Paradise Park" and "Hatfields and McCoys". From there, she toured regionally and nationally with the West Virginia Dance Company as a company dancer in their 2018-2019 season. She moved to Philadelphia in August of 2019 where she is now a freelance choreographer, performer, teacher, and acts as Assistant Director of Poetico Dance Collective.
Alida Lamagna Kendell has been teaching numerous styles of dance for ages 3 to adult in the Hartford area since 2010. Her ballet background began at Connecticut Concert Ballet over 20 years ago and has continued to expand to modern, jazz and contemporary styles over the years. Alida has had the honor of taking classes with the legendary Frank Hatchett and Master ballet teacher David Howard, she has trained at Burklyn Ballet Theater and Briansky Ballet summer intensives, and attended the American College Dance Association two years in a row. She attended the University of Saint Joseph where she served as President of the Dance Ensemble until graduating in 2015 with her BA in psychology and dance.
She has performed professionally with Sallix Productions, ATTAK Dance Company, Sonia Plumb Dance Company, Moxie Dance Company and the Civic Ballet of Connecticut. She currently performs with Connecticut based, Immix Dance Project. Alida’s choreography has been featured at the annual 5x5 Contemporary Dance Festival both as a student in 2014 and 2015 and as a professional in 2017. Alida has also had the honor of teaching at the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts (NADAA) Convention in 2018. Alida’s love for dance is evident in her passion for teaching and making dance accessible to as many people as possible.
Kate Cavenagh is a professional tap dancer, teacher, and choreographer based in West Hartford, CT. With her start at the Jackie Lynn School of Dance in Middletown, CT, and ever growing opportunities as a choreographer beginning in high school, Kate turned her love of dance into a teaching career starting in the mid ‘90s and continues to do so today.
She has studied at the American Tap Dance Foundation in NYC since the early 2000s and has completed two levels of their Tap Teacher Training program. Kate has danced with the Boston Tap Company, #Taplife (NYC), and founded the Connecticut Tap Collaborative in 2010, a company that focuses on improvisation, traditions, creating new work, and sharing history. The CTC recently produced their own show Traditions in Time in November 2019, and Kate has been seen in Tap and Jazz at Playhouse on Park, Tap City shows Tap Future and Tap it Out, The Big Apple Tap Festival, Something’s Afoot (ATDF, NYC,’19) and Generations of Rhythm (New Haven, ‘19). Kate is a former coach of the UConn Tap Team (’11-’17) and loves to share all aspects of tap with the community.