Meet Our Staff

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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 -

Emily Bivona - Ballet, Hip Hop

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.

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.

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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