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Judy Abbatiello
Founder, Director

Judy is a teacher, performer, choreographer, and artistic director. Ms. Abbatiello has performed throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada. A graduate of the New York High School for Performing Arts the “fame” school, she has been a featured dancer and singer with a USO show touring Hawaii and the Far East, and co-choreographed “C’est Si Bon,” a night club revue in New York City.

Teaching has been a major part of Judy’s life for the past several years. She has taught at Eglevsky School of Ballet in New York; was assistant teacher to David Harris for Dance Educators of America, and was a guest teacher for Ballet Arts, Carnegie Hall. She has also taught and choreographed for a number of gifted children’s programs for Downtown Cabaret in Bridgeport and the summer Theatre Workshop at the Polka Dot Playhouse.

“My goal is to bring a higher level of professionalism to dance training in the area. I want all my students, from the youngest to the oldest, to both understand dance and enjoy themselves while the learn and progress.”

“I know not everyone aspires to become a professional dancer. But it is nice to know that if you want to dance professionally, you’ve had proper training to do so!”

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Tammy Socci
Co-Owner, Director

Bio Coming Soon

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Bridie Clark
Ballet, Pointe and Improv

Born in New Zealand, Bridie began her dancing career in Melbourne, Australia in 1997 where she continued to further her training at the National Theatre Ballet School under Artistic Director Beverley J. Fry where she graduated in 2010 with an Advanced Diploma in (Classical) Dance. After graduating her focused shifted to teaching ballet, jazz, Tap and theater dance around her local area also getting back into Musical Theater where she excelled.

Her professional musical debut was in the musical Cats as ‘Tantomile’ where she was promoted to dance captain, after a very successful season she continued her career with successful seasons in The King and I, 42nd Street and Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. In 2015 Bridie made the decision to travel to New York to further her career and dance education at Peridance Capezio Center. After a few months in New York Bridie joined Sue Samuels’ Jazz Roots Dance Company where she has had very many successful seasons with the company.

In August 2017 Bridie graduated from Peridance Capezio Center with honours and she is excited to see what the future holds.

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Carlos “CGee” Galindo
Breakdance

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Kelly Gleason
Hip Hop, Ballet and Lyrical

Kelly graduated Summa Cum Laude from Pace University with a B.S. in commercial dance and psychology. At Pace, she performed works by Brian Friedman, Andy Blankenbuehler, Jessica Lang, Chloe Arnold, and Jason Samuels Smith. While at Pace, Kelly also studied with Liana Blackburn, Martha Nichols, and Marguerite Derricks. Recently, Kelly worked on a production for Norwegian Cruise Lines with Chase Benz. She has been seen on the national tour of 42nd Street, which was helmed by the 2001 Tony Award-winning team of Mark Bramble and Randy Skinner. Kelly danced in the Desigual show at New York Fashion Week, with choreography by Ryan Heffington. In addition, Kelly has performed at North Shore Music Theatre, New Bedford Festival Theatre, Ocean Professional Theatre Company, and the Carnegie Hall Exchange. Favorite credits include My Fair Lady, Singin’ in the Rain, and Crazy For You. Aside from performing, Kelly has been teaching a wide variety of styles for 5 years, from students in creative movement to adult levels.


Nicole Ohr
Tap

Nicole Ohr is a 2008 Hofstra University graduate with a BA in Dance and in Psychology. While at Hofstra University, she trained in ballet, modern and tap dance. Nicole continues her training with Michelle Dorrance, Barbara Duffy, Derick Grant and Jared Grimes. Currently, she is performing as a professional tap dancer in Undertoe Dance Project (tap dance captain), Mazel Toes Tap Dance Company and Boston Tap Company. She has had the opportunity to perform professional works by Brenda Buffalino, Michelle Dorrance and Jared Grimes and has also had the opportunity to perform in Broadway Underground at B.B. Kings (choreography by Jared Grimes) the Main Event at Symphony Space, Tappy Holidays, The Young Choreographer’s Festival and Jacob’s Pillow. Nicole can also be seen in the Broadway Dance Center Promo Video for Step Up 3D (Choreography by Michelle Dorrance). She currently works as a Registrar for the American Tap Dance Foundation and is a Dance Instructor (various styles) throughout the Tri-State area.

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Megan Quinn
PreBallet, Teen Ballet, Tap, Intro to Musical Theater
Director of Spotlight Dance Company and Co- Director of MDC

Meghan Maria Quinn was raised in Monroe, CT and started dancing at the age of 3 in various styles of dance and studied for 15 years. She has won many overall dance competitions and was awarded the title of Miss Dance Explosion for her outstanding tap solo. Meghan continued her passion for dance in College and was the recipient of the four year talent scholarship award and the Alta Lu Townes memorial dance award. Meghan graduated cum laude from Keene State College in 2015 with a BA in Theatre and Dance and a minor in Management.

While at Keene, her choreography of “December Mourning” a five-minute modern piece that investigates the mourning process that followed the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT was chosen to perform in Keene State’s 2014 “An Evening of Dance Showcase”, 2015 Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, and the 2015 Academic Excellence Conference.

Her musical performance credits include “The Producers “ , “Legally Blonde” and “Footloose”, in which she was featured as a lead dancer. Meghan is truly devoted to teachingdance and hopes to inspire her students by sharing her own knowledge and passion for dance.


Dana Rodriguez
Co-Director, Monroe Dance Company

Dana graduated from the University of South Florida in 1993 with a degree in dance and moved to New York City to pursue a career in the dance field. She has been performing, teaching dance, and working at various performing arts organizations ever since. From 1994-1998, Dana toured extensively with Shari Lewis’ Lamb Chop & Friends. She is certified in Active-Isolated Stretching by Maximum Performance International and received her Pilates mat/equipment certifications from the Kane School of Core Integration in New York City. Dana has taught master classes at various schools in Connecticut, New Jersey, as well as New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. After receiving her Master of Fine Arts degree in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College in 1998, Dana worked as an administrator for New York City Ballet, Dance Theater Workshop and New York City Center. Currently, Dana is an education consultant for Connecticut Ballet and is the Co-Artistic Director of Monroe Dance Company.


Alli Ruszkowski
Ballet, Modern, Co-Director, Monroe Dance Company

Alli has a BFA in dance performance from the Ohio State University. She has also had the pleasure of studying at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Bates Dance Festival, American Dance Festival NYC, with many influential instructors. She has taught at Wittenberg University, Anderson University, Hunter College, Peridance, Dance New Amsterdam, and is a teaching artist with the Dance Exposure Project at Connecticut Ballet. She teaches ballet, modern, and lyrical at Monroe Dance Academy.

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Jayme Wappel

Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary

A North Carolina native, JAYME WAPPEL is a dancer, actor, singer, and educator. Growing up, she trained in all genres of dance under the direction of Christy Curtis at CC & Company Dance Complex, her second home.  Jayme continued to study dance and theatre at Point Park University. While there, she received the faculty-selected Freshman of the Year award and scholarship, performed in both dance concerts and musicals, and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts after only three years. Since beginning her professional performance career, Jayme has been seen on a First National Tour, Off-Broadway, in multiple regional productions, in numerous events and gigs throughout the tri-state area, and even on a cruise ship as an aerialist.

In addition to performing, Jayme enjoys teaching and choreographing. As an educator, she teaches for dance studios and theatre programs across the nation, coaches high school seniors in preparation for college auditions, judges for multiple dance competitions, and choreographs recreational and professional productions. Jayme is also a teaching artist for Arts Action, an outreach program through Unity Stage Company that aims to increase the physical activity of children in New York City’s public schools. As someone who grew up surrounded by dance and theatre, Jayme believes everyone should have the opportunity to experience the positive impact of the arts.

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Shannon Durig
Guest Artist

AEA/SAG-AFTRA
This triple threat performer holds the title of longest run starring as Tracy Turnblad in the hit Broadway musical Hairspray! She can also be seen in recurring roles on Disney Channel’s Handy Manny & Jonas LA.

Born and raised in Overland Park, KS, Shannon grew up with a desire to entertain. Now, splitting her time between New York and LA, Shannon is thriving as she continues to realize that dream. Shannon is an actor who has been featured on Television, in Films and Commercials, and on Stages nationwide.

Shannon has also found success in many other areas of the entertainment industry; working as a choreographer, dance, singer, dance competition judge, and as a passionate and inspirational teacher.

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Susie Gorman
Guest Artist

Susie Gorman started her training at the Miller-Marley Schools of Dance and Voice and the State Ballet of Missouri. From there, she went on to train with the School of American Ballet, the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the American Ballet Theater. She has performed with such companies as The State Ballet of Missouri; Mia Michael’s R.A.W.; The Wes Veldink Movement; Journey Dance Company – NY and Gus Giordano azz Dance – Chicago.Susie danced at Lincoln Center for Microsoft, and the 1st National Tour of Twyla Tharp’s Movin’ Out. Just recently she danced as a soloist in Kristin Sudeikis’ Off Broadway production of Even In Silence and performed as a backup dancer for a new and upcoming recording artist in New York City.She also teaches/choreographs for different dance studios and companies all across the United States. She thanks her family, teachers, and her friends for always believing in her and her talent.