Meet Our Staff

Jen Turey - Artistic Director and Owner - Miss Jen’s professional performing experience includes kicking her heels as a RCMH Rockette, touring throughout the US, Canada and Europe and performing regionally with a variety of musicals (42nd Street, Crazy for You and The Will Rogers Follies to name a few favs) at Northshore Music Theatre, The Cape Playhouse, Westchester Broadway Theatre, The Reagle Players and The Shubert Theatre in New Haven, CT. Her professional choreography career has brought her to the Weston Playhouse, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, The Reagle Players, Richter Park and WCSU where she is also an adjunct professor. She also holds a B.A. with honors in Acting from Hunter College and is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. This year marks her 18th year as the Artistic Director and Owner of Dance Etc., and she couldn’t be more proud of everyone’s progress and achievements. Currently, Jen is pursuing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. 

Julia Arnold - Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary -

Nadine DeLoughy - Ballet, Acro, Lyrical - Nadine DeLoughy, LAT, ATC, has been dancing since the age of two. As a dancer for over twenty years, Nadine has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip hop, acrobatics, pointe and musical theater dance and was a competitive dancer for fifteen years. After graduating from Newtown High School, Nadine continued her dance education with Pushing Progress, a contemporary dance company based in New York City under the direction of Calen J Kurka and Chris Hale. After her training and performances with Pushing Progress, Nadine went to Southern Connecticut State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science - Athletic Training degree and is a licensed practitioner in the state of CT. Nadine is now teaching and choreographing multiple genres of dance in CT and the tri state area and is certified by Acrobatics Arts in Module One along with Ariel and Handspring training. Nadine chooses to take an anatomical approach to teaching by educating dancers on how to move with their bodies safely and biomechanically while instilling their love of dance and movement. 

Lauren Barrett - Lauren grew up dancing at Robin Horneff’s Performing Arts Center, training with teachers such as Gil Stroming (Break The Floor Productions), Larissa Saveliev (Youth America Grand Prix), Ray Leeper & Michelle Barber, to name a few. She has been a teacher choreographer for 19 years, & has trained & nurtured many towards professional dance careers. Credits include “The View”, CBS morning show, ESPN, an AmEx Commercial,& with several musical artists. Synthesis Dance Project & Pushing Progress (NYC)

Robert Bianca - Ballet - Bobby trained classically with the brilliant Gabriella Taub Darvash and began his career in regional ballet companies including Minnesota Dance Theatre and the Garden State Ballet. In New York, Mr. Bianca performed in Annie Get Your Gun starring Patti Lupone, at The Vivian Beaumont Theatre. He also performed in the third national tour of Cats, A national tour of 42nd Street and two seasons of the Radio City Christmas Show in Myrtle Beach. Robert Bianca was also one of the original members of the “Fosse Workshop” where he began a wonderful working relationship with the great Gwen Verdon. Robert’s most proud moment as a performer was being invited personally by Ms. Verdon to participate in the legendary Sweet Charity, the Concert at Avery Fisher Hall.

Gina Bradbury - My love for the sport of gymnastics began at age 5 when my cousin first taught me how to do a cartwheel.  I was hooked!  Growing up, my mother said she saw more of my feet than my face as I was always upside down!  

I began teaching gymnastics back in high school and taught throughout high school and college.  

While at the University of Rhode Island, I switched over to springboard diving and was a member of the swimming and diving team for three years.  

My fascination with human movement and kinesiology led me to my career as a physical therapist.  I have been practicing as a physical therapist for 24 years.  I have worked in many settings most recently in birth to three as a pediatric PT.  

I am currently an assistant teacher in the Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Program at Dance Etc.  Recently, I received my acrobatic arts teaching certification and I am looking forward to being part of the strong acro program at Dance Etc.  I plan to apply the knowledge I have gained as a physical therapist in motor development, body awareness, balance and coordination as well as the importance of strength and flexibility when teaching acro class.  

I live in Sandy Hook with my husband, three children; Amanda, Matthew and Julia and two dogs; Charlie and Annie.  We have been part of the Dance Etc. family for 16 years and look forward to many more! 

Byron Burton 

Born and raised in Connecticut, Byron has been dancing ever since he was in the third grade. He was inspired by the movement of dance!  Watching Britney spears perform for the MTV Music Awards - his whole life changed. He has trained under many seasoned/veteran teachers in the industry including, Luam, Princess Lockeroo, Keenan Cooks, and deshawn Da Prince. He was a company member with Double Up Dance Company/Team Leggoo; where he has been giving the opportunity to choreograph for Commercials and dance for many well known artists. 

Mr. Burton’s style is very versatile, he gives his students an assortment of hip hop which include femme and commercial choreography. Performance and Attitude are important attributes that Byron looks for in his classes.

Stephanie Bush Pre-Dance, Ballet/Tap combo- Stephanie began dancing at the age of 3 at the Alyce Carella School of Dance in Wethersfield CT where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and acro. She was part of the studio’s competitive dance team for several years. She went on to dance at the Richard Risley Dance Studio in Coventry CT and then The Macdonald/Pin Studio in Ridgefield until she was 6 months pregnant with her son, Brandon. She was also an active member of her high school’s musical theater and drama department. Her junior year she held a chorus/dancer part in No, No, Nanette. Her senior year, she served as stage manager for the school’s production of Hello, Dolly!, lead role of Meg in Crimes of the Heart and a chorus/dancer part in The Repertory Theatre of New Britain’s production of Damn Yankess under the direction of Ted Guhl. After attending University of Hartford for 2 years, majoring in business and minoring in theater arts, she went on to attend The Connecticut Institute of Hair Design, graduating 2nd in her class. Stephanie, currently owns Above All Style, a salon in Bethel CT. As a hairstylist and makeup artist, she has participated in New York Fashion week, JAM Cosmetics, and as a sessions artist with local photographers.

Ciara Clark - Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet - Ciara Clark is from West Islip, NY, she spent 10 years training and dancing competitively at Kovacs Studio of Dance. Ciara is trained in many styles of dance, including ballet, hip hip, lyrical, jazz and others. She is currently continuing contemporary and musical theater training at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. During her years competing she has won numerous top overall solo scores at regional and national dance competitions as well as regional and national titles. Ciara started choreographing her own solos at 13 years old, and ever since then she has fallen in love with the choreography process. Within the last few years she has choreographed pieces that have won first overall, judges awards, and been invited to the World Dance Championship. Although Ciara enjoys choreographing, her passion is to teach her students the art of dance.

Ginger Cox - Company Technique, Jazz, ContemporaryGinger is on faculty at Pace University, Broadway Dance Center (BDC), and has taught at Joffrey Texas, the Earl Mosley Institute, Danse Encore festival in Quebec, throughout Europe, Mexico, Japan, in dance conventions and studios throughout the U.S. She holds a MS in Kinesiology, a BFA in Dance from Temple University, and is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Personal Trainer. She has presented anatomy/movement based seminars at the Dance Science and Somatics conference, the Bill Evans Somatic Conference, and the Dance Educators Training Institute. Ginger is the creator of the Dancing Anatomy Workshop and infuses her passion for anatomy and kinesiology into her teaching. Featured in Dance Informa Magazine, and Dancetrain Magazinefor her teaching methods and dynamic style, Ginger encourages dancers to explore their physical possibilities and artistic perspective with an inquisitive, open mind. iDANZ Critix Corner quotes, “Cox explores movement in an unpredictable way.” Ginger’s choreography is described as ‘absorbing and inventive, with amusing creativity,’ by the Jazz Dance E-news. She’s choreographed for Nike, the NJ Nets Dancers, recording artist Lijie, Hanayashiki Show in Japan, the Élan Awards, honoring Mr. Lar Lubavich, Dancing Wheels Company, NuDance Festival, where the NY Times quoted “the selection of choreographers was unusually good,” and the Brooklyn Dance Festival, Wise Fruit, Giving Tree Series, WaxWorks, Dancers Responding to Aids, the Queens Fringe Festival, Independent films, and industrials. Bob Boross quotes, “the greatest exploration of the choreographic voice within jazz dance was seen in the work of Ginger Cox.” Ginger is on the Faculty Advisory Board at BDC, the board for the Young Choreographers Dance Festival and has contributed to articles in Dance Teacher Magazine and Dance Spirit. Some of her many performance highlights include Saturday Night Live with Molly Shannon and Jimmy Falon, artist Lou Bega, industrials and dance concerts.

Gina Cypranowski - Lyrical, Hip Hop, Combo Classes Gina has been dancing since the age of two training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip-hop. Through the years, she has had the privilege of being taught by many wonderful teachers, taking classes at dance studios including the Brookfield School of Performing Arts, Dance Cavise, and Broadway Dance Center. Gina has performed in and choreographed for a number of local theater productions - most notably, “‘Tis the Season”, a holiday show that raised funds annually to support “Ann’s Place”, whose mission is to provide free cancer support services to those in need. As a dance teacher for over 15 years, Gina believes that her role goes far beyond dance education, and strives to connect with her students at a deeper level. Dance, and teaching dance is an incredibly meaningful part of Gina’s life and she looks forward to sharing her love of each with her students in the studio every week.

 

Deanna Ford - Ballet, Pointe Deanna began training in Tacoma, WA with Jo Emery. She continued her studies on scholarship in NYC with the School of American Ballet, the Joffery Ballet, the Harkness Ballet and David Howard. Deanna started her professional career at age 19 as a soloist with the Hartford Ballet. She has also performed with New Jersey and was a featured ballet dancer for Radio City Musical Hall Productions. She also performed as an adagio dancer in Japan, Europe and throughout the USA, as well as in many other musical theatre productions. Deanna performed as a Radio City Rockette on tour, in Las Vegas and in New York City. She currently teaches dance throughout the New York area as well as master classes nationally and locally. Deanna believes that a strong technical background, versatility and a good sense of humor are the ingredients to becoming a successful dancer. Guest choreography credits for 2010 include With Love for Tacoma Performing Dance Company’s benefit for the Susan Komen Foundation and her That’s Entertainment precision routine for Dance for Joy Studio in Mohegan Lake, NY was selected to be performed at Alice Tully Hall in NYC and for the 2012 Olympics show in London.

Twyla Hafermann - Broadway Babies, Broadway Workshop, Musical Theatre- Twyla is an acting and musical theatre teacher, audition coach, and director in Newtown, Connecticut. She received her BFA from the University of Evansville and her MFA in Acting from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She also studied for two months at the Moscow Arts Theatre under Tabakov. Twyla has worked as an actress in many regional theatres and festivals, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Humana Festival, Cleveland Play House, Studio Arena, Syracuse Stage, Virginia Stage Company, San Diego Repertory, the Maryland and Utah Shakespeare Festivals, the Berkshire Festival, and the New Harmony Project. She also made several appearances on One Life to Live. She originated the roles of Caitlin in the play Gunshy and Cory in the play Private Eyes. Twyla has and continues to teach classes, hold workshops, and direct plays with the Newtown Parks and Recreation, Dance Etc., the Booth Library, and Ben’s Lighthouse. She also teaches and directs in the Performing Arts Program for the Community Learning Project, a home schooling community, in Newtown

Brandy Mae Hughes – Brandy started dancing at the age of 3, studying tap, jazz, ballet, modern, lyrical, musical theater, and hip hop. She has trained at Broadway Steps in Brookfield, CT and at Steps on Broadway & Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Brandy has been fortunate enough to be able to perform in The Nutcracker in NYC at the age of 17. She pursued her love of dance and musical theater during her time at Naugatuck Valley Community College in CT and at Edison College in Florida. She has performed numerous musicals in Connecticut and Florida, including Brookfield Theatre for the Arts and Musicals at Richter in CT, and The Naples Players at the Sugden Theater in Naples, FL . She is an active board member, performer, and resident choreographer of the Brewster Theater Company in Carmel, NY. 

 

Chihwan Kim - Ballet, Pointe, Floor Barre Chihwan is an ABT certified teacher in levels pre-primary through level 3 and also currently teaches at the Betsy Daily Performing Arts Center in Berwyn, Pennsylvania and Dance Strong in Levittown PA. He trained in ballet in the Vaganova technique in Moscow, Russia at the GITIS Academy and holds a Masters in Fine Arts for Dance Theatre through Kookmin University, South Korea. As a performer, Chihwan is currently freelancing throughout New York and New Jersey with companies that include Roxey Ballet and CelloPointe among others. Past company credits have included Gwangju City Ballet (Korea) and Korean National Ballet.

Kellyann Lennon - Team Choreographer/Company Jazz Tech Kellyann has been dancing for 15 years, 10 at Dance Etc. She studies lyrical, tap, hip hop, pointe, jazz, ballet, and contemporary. Competing since she was 8, Kellyann has received many titles such as: Junior Miss Starquest, Hall of Fame Inductee, Star Systems’ Top Teen Soloist, and ADA Dancer of the Year. Kellyann is a recent graduate of Brookfield High School where she participated in classes such as Chorus, Musical Theater, and Drama. Kellyann has performed in “Tis the Season,” “Dancer’s Responding to AIDS,” “Dancin Downtown at the Joyce Theatre” and BHS’ “Cabaret.” In her off time, she individually mentors young dancers to better their performance and technical skills. Kellyann is also a counselor for Dance Etc’s Summer Camps. After assistant teaching tap, jazz, and ballet at Dance Etc. for three years, Kellyann is more than excited to continue to expand dancers’ passion and understanding of dance. Kellyann began her pursuit of a BFA in Commercial Dance at Pace University in New York City in the Fall of 2015.

Keith Leonhardt -Tap  Keith, a Connecticut native, is a tap dancer and teaching artist who considers himself a disciple to the art of tap dancing. He began his professional training at The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, the jazz music program at The University of the Arts of Philadelphia, PA and is a 2017 alumni of the Tap Program at The School of Jacob’s Pillow under the direction of Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia-Sumbry Edwards. He has studied with tap luminaries such as Dianne Walker, Clare O Donnell, Sam Weber, and Jason Bernard. He is currently a company member of CT Tap under the direction of Corey Hutchins. He has made appearances at Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out stage, The Ted Hershey Dance and Music Marathon, The Kate Theater, DFX Entertainment &​ Six Flags New England Shows & Entertainment Department​. As a teacher and educator Keith has taught for Jason Warley’s Man in Motion and serves on faculty for Sacred Heart University’s Dance Department, The National Association for Dance and Affiliated Arts, Work It Dance Challenge Competition and Convention Tour, True Talent Dance Competition, Dance 10 Performing Arts Center, The Performing Arts Center of Connecticut, and Rockwell Dance Center.

Amy Metrena - Rhythm Works Amy graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Physical Therapy. Since then, she has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including public schools, residential school, inpatient rehabilitation, and private homes. Currently, she is a physical therapist for Danbury Public Schools, Danbury, CT. Amy has worked with children and adults of all ages with diagnoses including, but not limited to: Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Down’s Syndrome, Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Autism, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, and Traumatic Brain Injury. She serves on the Professional Development Committee for the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation. Amy became certified to teach Rhythm Works Integrative Dance in 2016.

Cate Sciarretto - Pre-dance, Jazz, Modern, Ballet/Tap Combo, Company Tap - Cate grew up in Newtown and is an alumni of Dance Etc. She graduated from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a minor in Psychology. Her choreography has been performed as part of the Hunter College Dance Company at the Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse and Dance Theater Workshop in New York City. She has performed at the Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse, Dance Theater Workshop, and as a part of ACDFA in Pennsylvania. She has studied under modern dancers and choreographers, Niles Ford, Natalie Desch, Nicole Wolcott, Larry Keigwin, Kendra Portier, and Vicky Shick in New York and Hofesh Shechter in London. Cate has been teaching all styles of dance for over ten years, and is certified in Pilates Mat, Zumba, and USA Gymnastics Safety.

Charlotte Stenz - Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary - Charlotte has been dancing since she was 3 years old at Dance Etc. training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, and hip hop and was a member of the studio’s competitive dance team for 10 years. During this time Charlotte has received numerous titles including ADA Dancer of the Year (2016), Hall of Fame All Star Award, and many scholarships from Intrigue and JUMP dance conventions. She was also a member and captain of the Newtown High School Varsity Dance Team, winning SWC’s and State titles. She went on to studying at The University of Alabama, majoring in communication and dance, graduating May 2020. During her time at UA she was a part of the Alabama Dance Program, training in ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary and performing in numerous student and faculty choreographed shows. She was also a member of the Alabama Collegiate Dance Team, performing at the Alabama homecoming football game, men & women’s basketball games, and competing at UDA Nationals in Orlando, FL. While her ultimate goal is dancing professionally, teaching has always been one of Charlotte’s passions and she is excited to share her knowledge and skills with her students. She is also the head coach of the dance team at Woodland Regional High School. 

Lauren Villamana - Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Modern -  Lauren is a 2020 graduate of Marymount Manhattan College in New York City with a BA in Dance and Photography. During her three years at Marymount, she performed pieces by Elizabeth Motley and Megan Williams. Lauren grew up training in all styles of dance. Continuing her studies into college, she mainly focused on modern, ballet, tap, and jazz. She has also worked with many artists such as Sheila Barker, Nicole Duffy, Anthony Morigorato, Ayodele Casel, and Justin Boccitto- among many others. She danced abroad in Italy for the summer of 2019 where she performed pieces by Wagner Moreira and Helena Fernandino.

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Olivia Zimmerman - Team Choreographer/Substitue With a father who attended the Juilliard School and a mother who toured with several ballet companies, Olivia knew she would someday find herself in the performing arts. Growing up just forty-five minutes outside of New York City, she trained in all dance styles at both local studios (most recently Dance Etc.) as well as studios in Manhattan, such as Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. In addition to her dance education, Olivia spent time studying with her voice coach, Melody Libonati and her acting coach, Anna Holbrook. At age fifteen, Olivia was accepted into the Junior Training Program at Broadway Dance Center where she had the privilege of being mentored by some of the top people in the industry. During that same time, she began assisting Caitlin Gray at Steps on Broadway and has continued to assist her ever since. Most recently, Olivia has had several dance opportunities; including the privilege of performing at Mohegan Sun, dancing onset of the pre-production commercial for GE, and choreographing a piece that premiered at the Klein Theatre. Olivia is currently a member of Unique Soulz the Company under direction of Megz Alfonso from So You Think You Can Dance.

 

 

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