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Meet the Studio 22 Educators

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Miss Ali

M.A. Dance Education

B.A. General Studies

ACUSA

K-12 Licensure

Co-Owner/Director/Educator

Miss Ali holds a Master's degree in Dance Education from the University of Northern Colorado, along with a Licensure certificate that enables her to teach dance for K-12 students. With over two decades of experience, she has been dedicated to the art of teaching dance. Her academic background includes an undergraduate degree in General Studies with a focus on Accounting and a minor in Economics from Eastern CT State University.

Her expertise spans a diverse range of dance styles, including Cecchetti Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Musical Theater, Acrobatics, Pilates, and Flexibility training, among others. Miss Ali has achieved noteworthy credentials, having successfully completed the Associate Teacher’s Exam and the Enrico Cecchetti Final Diploma through Cecchetti USA (CUSA). Notably, her students have excelled in their Cecchetti Ballet Examinations across various proficiency levels.

Miss Ali's commitment to continuous growth and global exposure is evident through her participation in international experiences. In 2017, she journeyed to Florence, Italy, for an intensive summer course, where she studied under luminaries like Raymond Lukens (renowned for creating the ABT syllabus) and Diane Van Schoor (from the Royal Ballet). Her certifications extend to Acrobatics Arts Module 1, 2, and aerials, as well as Alixa Flexibility Modules 1 and 2. Additionally, she is currently pursuing Kane certification in Pilates at Kinected in NYC.

Miss Ali's involvement in professional dance circles is extensive, as she is an esteemed member of Dance Educators of America, National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts (holding the position of National Vice President), Cecchetti USA, Connecticut Dance Alliance, and Shoreline Arts Alliance. She has shared her passion on multiple platforms, ranging from studios, preschools, and middle schools to dance conventions and beyond.

Her artistic journey has taken her to various corners of the country and the world, where she has exposed dancers to the universal language of movement. From parading down Disney's Main Street to enriching experiences with renowned figures like Evelyn Cisneros and Kurt Peterson in California, she constantly encourages her students to explore dance from diverse cultural perspectives.

Miss Ali's performance background includes being a professional dancer at Six Flags New England and serving as the Ballet Mistress for Cecchetti Ballet Theater's production of "The Nutcracker." Her choreographic prowess has garnered numerous awards in competitions, reflecting her students' exceptional dance technique and ballet training. Notably, she has also contributed as a dance judge for esteemed events like Throw Down Dance Challenge and Backstage Dance Competition.

Driven by her love for movement exploration and its ability to evoke joy in both performers and audiences, Miss Ali eagerly anticipates sharing her boundless passion with others.

Miss Nicole, a native of Connecticut, embarked on her dance journey at the tender age of three, and by 7, she was already engaged in competitive dance. Her early training encompassed a variety of styles, including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Modern, and Contemporary. As she progressed, she ventured into teaching, discovering her inherent passion for imparting the art of dance.

Her educational path led her to Eastern Connecticut State University, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Performing Arts alongside a Minor in Dance. Her involvement at the university included membership in the ECSU Dance Repertoire and the Modern and Contemporary Company, known as the Dance Ensemble. Notably, she was an integral part of the ECSU Dance Team, which provided her with the exceptional opportunity to compete in the televised NDA Dance Championships in Daytona Beach, Florida. She also made her mark at ACDFA (American College Dance Festival Association) for three consecutive years, honing her skills through a multitude of classes ranging from Modern and Contemporary to Partnering and Lifting. During this period, her choreographic prowess shone, earning her a spotlight in a Gala performance at Boston College.

With a teaching career spanning over 20 years, Miss Nicole has established herself as a dance educator. Her choreography is marked by innovation and creativity, earning her accolades such as the Elite Concept award from Elite Performance Challenge in 2016. Particularly noteworthy is her achievement of the Choreographer of the Year award in 2008.

Aside from her dance endeavors, Miss Nicole finds immense fulfillment in her role as a mother to three children. This experience has enriched her approach as an educator, providing her with a distinctive vantage point when working with children. She crafts classes that are characterized by their vibrancy, fostering an enjoyable and rewarding atmosphere for every student who enters her studio. Her classes are not only about dance but also about self-expression, camaraderie, discipline, and nurturing a genuine love for the art form. Her journey as a dance teacher is regarded as both an honor and a blessing, as she continues to impact the lives of her students with the privilege of sharing her passion for dance.

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Miss Nicole

B.A. Performing Arts/Dance

Co-Owner/Director/Educator

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Miss Alexia

B.F.A. Dance

Dance Educator /

Dance Team Choreographer

Miss Alexia 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 dance when given the opportunity at a local dance studio. This ultimately led her to earn a BFA in Dance at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee Class of ‘21. She also 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.

Miss Alexia has participated in multiple summer intensives including Paul Taylor, Mark Morris and Joffrey West. Miss 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. She is currently teaching Jazz, Tap, Modern, Acro, Hip-Hop and technique classes at multiple studios throughout Connecticut.  She is dancing professionally with Dimensional Dance through June of 2022.

Miss Alexia is thrilled to be on the teaching staff at Studio 22, She is looking forward to spending a lifetime in the dance world!

Miss Catherine moved to Connecticut at the age of 5 from Bucks County, PA and to help her make friends, her parents decided to enroll her in dance class. And just like that, she fell in love! Working as a teacher and guest artist for over a decade, Miss Catherine loves encouraging students of all ages to strive for their best and open their minds to the possibilities within the world of dance.

 

She earned her B.A. in Performing Arts from Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH. During this time, she had the privilege of attending an immersive arts intensive program in Vienna, Austria at the historic Theresianische Akademie. Upon graduation, she moved to New York to continue her studies. Catherine had the honor of training with Phineas Newborn III (Ragtime, Cats, Breakin’) while also attending classes with master teachers at Ballet Academy East, BDC, Steps, Peridance Capezio Center, and the Ailey Extension. She feels extremely lucky to have been under the tutelage of not one, but two, Cecchetti ballet examiners, Jacqueline Anderson and Betty Seibert. Catherine most recently received her certificate for her Grade 9 exam.  An interest in anatomy and kinesiology led her to an Acrobatic Arts training seminar where she received her Module One Teaching Certificate, and a return to higher education in pursuit of another degree.

 

Choreography credits include a special anniversary performance of The Gondoliers with the Connecticut Gilbert & Sullivan Society, in tribute to longtime vocal teacher, Leighton R. Phraner. A performer herself, she’s had the great fortune to grace stages all over New England. Favorite roles include Tracy Turnblad (Hairspray), Fastrada (Pippin), The Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods), and Ado Annie (Oklahoma!)

 

Following her love of teaching and theater, she had the opportunity to direct & choreograph her talented students from Haddam Killingworth Middle School in Seussical Jr. and Alice in Wonderland. She’s had the opportunity of learning first-hand the inner workings of a professional theater during her time working at Goodspeed Musicals. Over the years, she gained knowledge in the box office, costume rentals, production, accounting, and most recently, as the Kid’s Company Choreography Coordinator for their production of Oliver!, alongside Broadway veteran, choreographer James Gray, protégé’ of Susan Stroman. 

 

Miss Catherine is excited to be joining the Studio 22 family and is looking forward to sharing her love of dance!

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Miss Catherine

B.A. Performing Arts

Dance Educator

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Miss Chelsea

B.A. Early Childhood Education

M.A. Special Education

Dance Educator

Miss Chelsea grew up in Colchester and danced at a local studio from four years old to eighteen. During this time she competed at local and national competitions, studied Cecchetti Ballet and participated in ballet exams through Cecchetti Grade 6, and was an Assistant Dance Teacher. She trained in an array of dance genres, but always had a special affinity for Tap. 

Miss Chelsea graduated in 2012 from Eastern Connecticut State University with degrees in Child Psychology and Early Childhood Education. At ECSU she was a member of their Competitive Dance Team for all four years and served as Captain for two years. While on the team she competed in Daytona, Florida at the National Dance Alliance Championships. In 2017, Chelsea graduated with her Masters in Special Education from the University of Saint Joseph. 

Miss Chelsea was a Kindergarten Teacher for 8 years before switching to the role of Special Education Kindergarten Teacher.  She enjoyed teaching dance for five years right out of college and is excited to join the Studio 22 staff and teach dance once again!

Miss Katelyn grew up in Niantic, CT and spent 16 years at Dancer’s Edge studying an array of genres.

She received her undergrad in psychology and special education in 2017 and her masters in educational psychology in 2018 at Marist College. While at Marist, Katelyn spent four years as the Show Committee Manager for the Marist College Dance Ensemble - helping to manage each semester’s dance showcase featuring over 350 students. She choreographed six dances in the jazz and contemporary styles for these shows.

Katelyn has loved being a part of Studio 22 and is so proud of what her amazing students have accomplished!  

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Miss Katelyn

B.A. Psychology & Special Education

M.A. Educational Psychology

Substitute Dance Educator

Meghan Daly has been teaching and choreographing in the tri-state area for 10 years including Dance Etc. of Newtown, Connecticut Dance Conservatory of Stratford and Connecticut Ballet of Stamford. She has won several choreographic awards at regional and national competitions.

 

Meghan has also taught at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, and Peridance in New York City. She has taught for the Alvin Ailey Summer Camp in Bridgeport for 12 years. She has choreographed musicals for In The Spotlight for 10 years including “Meet Me In St, Louis,” “Damn Yankees,” “How to Succeed In Business,” “Anything Goes,” “Grease,”
“Bye Bye Birdie,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Sugar,” “Kiss Me Kate,” and “Music Man” “The Wiz,” “Suessical,” “Lil’ Abner,” and “The Sound of Music.” She has worked with Northern Plains Dance in Bismarck, North Dakota as well as Paula Brown’s Summer Dance Intensive at George Faison’s Firehouse in Harlem, NY. She has performed for Brice Mousset at several dance festivals and performances through New York and assisted him on several projects including an arial version of Romeo and Juliet. She was highlighted in the premier of Prestige International fashion magazine with Brice Mousset and his company in 2010. She has also performed with Connecticut Ballet in The Nutcracker and Cinderella at the Palace Theater and Bushnell Theater.

Meghan graduated with honors from Fairfield University with a B.A. in International Studies and Russian and Eastern European Studies. She received a certification from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and Progressive Ballet Technique.

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Miss Meghan

Guest Faculty/Substitute

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