Studio 22 Dance Convention's

Talented Instructors

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.

Alexia Rae Bobrowski grew up in Tolland, Connecticut where her spark for dancing ignited from classes at a local dance school since the age of 2. When an opportunity presented itself, she continued her commitment to dance by moving to New York City to become a Jazz & Contemporary Trainee at Joffrey Ballet School while earning her High School diploma online. After high school she continued her artistic and personal growth while participating in
workshops, juggling three jobs preparing her for a diverse future in the arts. She gained a
passion for teaching at Doreen's Dance Center of Colchester, CT ranging in various ages. This
ultimately led her to earn a BFA in Dance at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee Class of ‘21.

 
For real world experience she assisted at The Elliot School to gain a pedagogic experience.
The Dean of the Dance division named her The Dance Pedagogy Scholar of 2020-2021.
Under the umbrella of education she has participated in multiple summer intensives including
Paul Taylor, Mark Morris and Joffrey West. Alexia has performed works by Mark Morris, José
Limon, Catherine Coury, Bradley Shelver, Daniel Pelzig, among many other internationally
recognized choreographers. She is grateful to everyone who has artistically moved her and
worked with while in school. An eagerness to know more about every angle of dance led her to
become DANCE NOW NYC’S first Programming Intern. While finishing her last year at Boston
Conservatory remotely, she is teaching Jazz, Tap, Modern, Acro, Hip-Hop and technique
classes at DanceStep LLC and Grossi Dance Performing Arts Academy.
Alexia is looking forward to spending a lifetime in dance.
Shaina Dunn is a 20 year old dancer, singer, actress living in Plainville, CT. Shaina a current junior at Dean, College in Franklin, Massachusetts where she is pursuing her BA degree in Theatre (concentration- musical theatre). There she has been in a musical production every semester so far and also runs a club on campus called the Musical Theatre Troupe. Her passions in include performing and choreographing. Shaina has been dancing since she was three and continued to train at Dean College in dance with the pursuit of a dance minor.