Monroe Dance Academy 838 Main Street Monroe, CT 06468 in Tollgate Plaza

Summer Dance Intensive

Experience amazing master classes with professional artists from NYC! See our daily schedule, faculty bios, and class descriptions below.

July 13th – July 19th

9:45 am – 3:45 pm

Ages 10 & up – Intermediate/Advanced Levels

Fee: $400/Entire Session or $30/Single class


Monroe Dance Academy Summer Dance Schedule (Sample)Click to view


2015 Summer Intensive Staff Bios and Class Descriptions

Allison Sale


Allison Sale is an NYC based freelance artist. She began her training at Dancensations Dance Center in Alexandria, VA, and continued at The Kirov Academy of Ballet, Washington, D.C. Ms. Sale graduated with Honors and Excellence Awards from The University of the Arts. In college she was featured in works by Twyla Tharp, Paul Selwyn-Norton, Christopher Huggins, Ronen Koresh, and MOMIX. Additional performance credits include Amsterdam (Dansgroep Amsterdam), Costa Bravo Spain (American Dance Company), Cali Colombia (Diversity in Dance), and Santiago, Chile (UArts); as well as with choreographers Debbie Allen (Kennedy Center), Itzik Galili, Earl Mosely, Troy Powell, and Nathan Trice. She recently performed at Jacob’s Pillow with Nicholas Andre Dance, and with Alexis Convento + Artists at many NY venues. She is currently touring with Seattle based company, zoe|juniper and with Dance Iquail the past seven years. She is scheduled to be in the opera Prince Igor, at the Met this winter. She has been teaching Contemporary, Ballet, and Jazz for the past three years at Dance Dimensions, in New Milford, New Jersey. She has also taught adult classes at Peridance Capezio Center (NYC), Koresh Dance Company (Philadelphia), and Velocity Dance Center (Seattle), and taught master classes in Lancaster, PA, Ridgefield CT, Ashburn VA, Alexandria, VA.



Jazz Class Description

This class is a culmination of the intricacies that derive from a very specific movement and musicality. These tight subtleties and nuanced styles are rooted from the Jazz pioneers of the 20th century. Styles will be pulled from, Talley Battey, Fosse, Luigi, Vegas and Dolphin ‘Studies’. The warm-up will start with isolations and ticking that will begin to overlap and layer aimed to confuse the brain. The rest of the body will follow with acute foot working and shaping, leading to body angling and positioning. As we progress we will start to paste together the work leading to a phrase that we will continuously build throughout the week.


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Danielle Fusco Bio


Shannon During


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.


Tanner Schwartz

Tanner began dancing at The Westside School of Ballet in Los Angeles, CA and with Marat Daukayev (Former Principal at the Kirov Ballet). At age 13 he moved to New York to study with the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center.  In 2002 he was the recipient of the D.A.N.C.E. (Danish American National Cultural Exchange) award, to dance as an apprentice with the Royal Danish Ballet. After this, Mr. Schwartz went on to dance with The Pennsylvania Ballet, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, The Metropolitan Opera, The Washington National Opera, and as a guest artist with many companies and schools throughout the country as well as Artistic Director of West Caldwell Ballet Arts (2011-2014)

Tanner has taught dance throughout his performing career.  He began teaching company dancers roles as a coach, progressing to teaching adult classes, and finally to teaching students.  His teaching methodology is based on sifting through the many different styles of ballet he has worked in, and passing on to students the most useful, anatomically correct, and versatile technique possible.  Mr. Schwartz is currently on the Faculty at Central Park Dance in Scarsdale, NY

Ballet Class Description

Tanner’s teaching methodology are based on sifting through the many different styles of ballet he has performed, and passing on to students the most useful, anatomically correct, and versatile technique possible.  Technical elements, including proper rotation, isolation, alignment, coordination, flexibility, strength, stamina, and training of muscle memory from his foundation in the Vagonova Technique progress to the quick, precise footwork and graceful epaulement of the Bournonville School, and to dynamic and expressive transitions and musicality rooted in the work of George Balanchine, all while preserving the line, aesthetic, purity, and fullness of movement demanded by classical ballet companies throughout the world.


The class follows a traditional ballet class format consisting of exercises at the barre, followed by center work including adagio, turns, and jumps.  Combinations are designed to encourage the dancer’s body to move using correct placement and timing to create freedom