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!”


Tammy Socci
Co-Owner, Director

Bio Coming Soon


Kevin Byrne
Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical

Kevin began his dance training on Long Island at the Eglevsky Ballet School. He studied ballet, tap, jazz, and modern there for 8 years. He then went on to Marymount Manhattan College where he earned a BFA in dance with a Concentration in Ballet. After graduation Kevin joined the American Repertory Ballet where he danced for 6 years performing lead roles in ballets by Graham Lustig, Twyla Tharp, Kirk Peterson, and Harrison McEldowny. He was also a guest artist with Configurations Dance in Cape Cod and Buffalo, NY.

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Tina Cardosi
Modern (Graham Based)

Christina began her dance training at Monroe Dance Academy. From MDA Christina was accepted into the Professional Trainee Program at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. While completing the Trainee Program, Christina worked for the Martha Graham Dance Company as a Development Associate and as the Assistant to the Artistic Director. Accomplishments include collaborating with members of the Graham Company and designers from Danskin and Bloomingdales to create a clothing line based on Martha Graham’s costume designs. Upon leaving the MGDC, Christina performed with Isadora’s Dance Legacy, performing many of Isadora Duncan’s legendary works. While residing in London, Christina studied at the Laban Centre, the London School of Contemporary Dance and performed in “The Blitz” at Royal Festival Hall and with Jason Lewis at The Place. Upon relocating back to NYC, Christina danced in Jacqulyn Buglisi’s “Suspended Women” at the Juilliard Theater at Lincoln Center for the Dance Collection of the New York Public Library. Christina also performed the works of Anna Sokolow with Linda Diamond and Company in Woodstock and NYC. Christina, a certified Gyrotonic Instructor, worked at Studio Riverside, helping dancers rehabilitate from various injuries. Christina also studied the Zena Rommett Floor Barre Technique and demonstrated in the video archives of Zena’s technique filmed at Steps on Broadway. Teaching accomplishments include Fairfield University Dance Ensemble, Connecticut Ballet Theatre’s Dance Exposure Project, Darien Dance Theater, and Steps in Stamford. Choreographic accomplishments include winning the Juror’s Choice (Peter Pucci) at ARTSPCACE in New Haven for “This Woman’s Work.”


Bridie Clark
Ballet and Contemporary

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.

Ahkai Franklin
Hip Hop

Ahkai was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, where the world of dance primarily existed at parties or on TV. While he loved to dance and perform for family at parties and other gatherings, Ahkai never saw dance as anything more than something to do for fun. His formal training started at the age of thirteen at the Trevor Day School in Manhattan. While acquiring his BFA in theater at Wesleyan University he would lead several dance troupes, eventually founding his own. He went on to dance behind emerging artists, perform a multitude of lead roles for the renowned Afrikan Women’s Repertory Theatre NYC, dance and teach with New-York-based dance companies like Mix’t Dance Company and Arch Dance Company, and open for major recording artist Snoop Dogg. T

Ahkai currently teaches throughout the tri-state area. He continues to work with Afrikan Women’s Repertory Theatre NYC and Arch Dance Company and develops choreography for Piel Canela New York Center for Latin Arts. Ahkai has recently been working on music video choreography for emerging artists, flash mobs for weddings and other events, and competitive Hip-Hop choreography.


Danielle Fusco

Danielle Fusco is a professional dancer, choreographer and NYS Teaching Artist. Her experience within the industry is extensive and varied ranging from concert Dance in American Modern Dance forms to commercial productions in Jazz and Theatre. She was the co-Choreographer for “The Anthem: A Radical New Musical” off Broadway show at the Lynn Redgrave Theatre NYC. Performance Credits include: 10th Annual NY Innovative Theatre Awards opening ceremony, Samuel Pott’s Episode of “American Document” at the Joyce Theatre with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Graham II repertory of “Heretic”, “Diversion of Angels”, chorus from “Night Journey”, other Graham repertory include, “Helios from Acts of Light”, Bride Solo from “Appalachian Spring”, chorus from “Clytemnestra”. Her choreography, “AWOL” was presented at the Martha Graham Choreographic showcase and the CAPEZIO ACE competition. She is featured in the newer Martha Graham technique instructional video hosted by Penny Frank.

Danielle is currently a Principal dancer and choreographic collaborator with The Rachel Klein Theatre Ensemble, “Symphony of Shadows”, “Tragedy of Maria Macabre”, “GoGo Killers!”, etc. Danielle has worked and performed with choreographers/companies such as Edgar Cortes Dance Theatre, Jaclyn Buglisi “Table of Silence”, Noemi LeFrance, Nejla Yatkin, Lone Kjaer Larsen, Kelley Donovan and Dancers, Whitney Hunter Performance Group, Chi Chi Valenti and the Jackie Factory, Daniel Mendoza, Abdiel Cedric Jacobsen and Angela DeMello’s Dance Master Series in Italy with Kinsun Chan (Zurich Ballet) and Ben Tribe (Pineapple Dance UK).

Danielle has toured internationally to UK, France, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Mexico and Italy. Danielle holds a BA in Dance and Dance Education from Marymount Manhattan College and a specialized Certificate of Teaching from the Martha Graham School where she received atelier scholarship. Danielle is an outreach facilitator and NYS Teaching Artist with The Martha Graham Dance Company, Pascal Rioult Dance Company and the NYC Department of Education.


Carlos “CGee” Galindo

Bio Coming Soon


Susie Gorman
Ballet, Contemporary

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.

Kelsey Lynn Maiolo

Kelsey Lynn Maiolo, a native of Monroe, Connecticut and an alumni to Monroe Dance Academy and their Company, now holds a BFA in dance performance and choreography from Ohio University. During the summer of 2012, she was invited to be an apprentice for the Sean Curran Company where she helped in collaboration to create the new repertoire titled “Path”. During her time at OU,Kelsey has worked with choreographers such as Gladys Bailin-Stern, Earl Mosley, Adriana Durant, Travis Gatling, John Bohuslawsky, as well as many student choreographers. Kelsey is also beginner and intermediate Power Pilates Mat Certified. Kelsey has completed the pedagogy series and as an undergrad, she was asked to teach Jazz and Pilates at the university. In addition to teaching at the MDA, Kelsey is also the head coach of the Masuk Dance Team, a six time state championship team in Jazz and Hiphop.

Nicole Ohr

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.


Megan Quinn
PreBallet, Tap, Intro to Musical Theater

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
Musical Theater

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.


Haley Schneider

Haley Schneider started her training at the age of three and studied at Cheryl Lee Studio of Dance in St. Petersburg, FL. After High school, Haley went to Florida School of the Arts on a full scholarship for Dance. Since then, she has performed with various theater companies across the states including FreeFall Theater in her home town as a Kit Kat Girl in The musical “Cabaret” and at Busch Gardens: Tampa Bay. Her career has also taken her around the world with Celebrity Cruise Lines. She currently resides in New York City where she is teaching, choreographing and performing with various artists and choreographers including the Kristin Sudeikis Dance Company. Haley continues to grow and advance her dancing career by training at Broadway Dance Center, Steps, Peridance. 


Shannon Durig
Guest Artist

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.