Meet the Studio 22 Educators
M.A. Dance Education
Miss Ali has a Master's in Dance Education with a Licensure certificate to teach dance for K-12 from the University of Northern Colorado and has been teaching dance for more than 20 years. Her undergrad degree is in General Studies, with a concentration in Accounting and a minor in Economics from Eastern CT State University. Her training includes Cecchetti Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Musical Theater, Acrobatics, Pilates, Flexibility, and more. Miss Ali has successfully passed her Associate Teacher’s Exam and the Enrico Cecchetti Final Diploma through Cecchetti USA (CUSA). Miss Ali's students have been successful in passing their Cecchetti Ballet Examinations from the beginner levels, all the way through the professional levels. Most recently, she traveled to Florence, Italy, to attend an international summer course where she studied with Raymond Lukens (creator of the ABT syllabus) and Diane Van Schoor (Royal Ballet). She is certified in Acrobatics Arts Module 1, 2, & aerials and back handsprings. She is also certified in Alixa Flexibility Modules 1 & 2. Miss Ali is also studying at Kinected in NYC pursuing Kane certification in Pilates. She is a member of Dance Educators of America, National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts (National Vice President), Cecchetti USA, Connecticut Dance Alliance, and Shoreline Arts Alliance
Miss Ali has traveled with dancers throughout the country, and the world, showing them that dance is a universal language. From dancing down Main Street in Disney, to classes from Evelyn Cisneros and Kurt Peterson in California, weekends in New Jersey studying Hip Hop, to a week in Florence, Italy, Miss Ali encourages all her students to explore dance and movement of all kinds from all areas of the globe.
Miss Ali was a professional dancer at Six Flags New England, the Ballet Mistress and performer for Cecchetti Ballet Theater's "The Nutcracker", and a teacher and guest choreographer for a multitude of studios, preschools, middle schools, dance conventions and more, Her choreography has won numerous awards at competition and her students are constantly noticed for their dance technique and ballet training. She has also been a dance judge for Throw Down Dance Challenge and Backstage Dance Competition.
She loves the exploration of movement and the joy it brings to performers and audience members alike and looks forward to sharing her passion with others!
Miss Nicole is a Connecticut native who started taking dance classes at the age of three and began competing at the age of 7. As a child she trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Modern and Contemporary. She became a student teacher in high school and found she had a passion for teaching dance.
Miss Nicole attended Eastern Connecticut State University graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Performing Arts and a Minor degree in Dance. While there she was part of the ECSU Dance Repertoire, the Modern and Contemporary Company called the Dance Ensemble and the ECSU Dance Team. During her tenure on the ECSU Dance Team she had the privilege to compete in Daytona Beach Florida in the NDA Dance Championships televised dance competition. Miss Nicole was also a part of ACDFA (American College Dance Festival Association) three years in a row where she took countless classes in Modern, Contemporary, Partnering, and Lifting. During this time, her choreography talent was noticed and performed in a Gala performance at Boston College.
Miss Nicole has been teaching dance for over 15 years. Her innovative and creative choreography has won other awards as well, such as the Elite Concept award, from Elite Performance Challenge in 2016. Most notably she won the Choreographer of the Year award in 2008.
Miss Nicole loves being a mother of three and feels being a parent has helped her to be a better teacher by giving her a unique perspective on working with children. Miss Nicole creates classes that are fun, energetic and a fulfilling experience for any student who walks into her classroom. She strives to give students a place to express themselves while making friends, learning discipline, and finding their love of dance. She feels that teaching dance has been, and continues to be both a privilege and a blessing!
B.A. Performing Arts/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 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!
Dance Educator /
Miracle League Educator
Dance Educator / Substitute
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 has been a Kindergarten Teacher for the past 8 years and is switching to the role of Special Education Kindergarten Teacher this year. 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!
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.