- GREENWICH DANCE STUDIO is proud to celebrate its 14th anniversary season in Greenwich, CT with over 450 students and a professional and dedicated teaching staff. Voted Fairfield and Westchester county’s best dance studio in 2012 by Serendipity Magazine, we are known for creating strong dancers who thrive in many genres and shine on stage. Greenwich Dance Studio continues to attract young dancers because of its personalized approach and commitment to creating versatile dancers.
Kate Truesdell is the Founder and Director of Greenwich Dance Studio, and 2011 recipient of the 40 Under 40 award for Leaders in Business from Fairfield County Business Journal. As a native of Riverside, CT Kate began teaching dance in the Greenwich area in 1995 and received her BFA in Dance from Emerson College. In 2004, Kate formed Greenwich Dance Studio and quickly established a strong following of local dancers. Now in its fourteenth year with over 400 students, Greenwich Dance Studio is a recognized leader in dance for children up to 18 years of age.
Zoje Azeke is a professional dancer currently signed to MSA New York. Under their representation he has had the privilege of working with clients including: Madonna, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Carrie Underwood, Joss Stone, Tommy Hilfiger, COACH, Monocler Grenoble, Nike, Puma, Lance Armstrong, Elle Magazine, America's Best Dance Crew, and ABC's The View; under the direction of choreographers including: Jermaine Browne, Luam Keflezgy, Luis Salgado, Noemie Lafrance and Sheryl Murakami. He is also the founder/artistic director of The Z.Lines Dance Initiative. Ehizoje loves to teach and is happy to be working with students all over New York and Connecticut.
Lauren Jaeger is a member of the Buglisi Dance Theatre (formerly Buglisi-Foreman Company). She has performed professionally with Ballet Ambassadors in NYC, and with James Robey Dance (formerly Bare Bones Dance Project) in Ridgefield, CT. Currently, Lauren is teaching at Peridance, The Manhattan Ballet School, The Steffi Nossen School of Dance in White Plains, and Center Stage in NJ. She is also an associate choreographer of the Danbury Music Centre's "Nutcracker" Ballet. Lauren also taught, and was the Assistant Choreographer of the Nutcracker, at the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance while attending college; and taught at Ballet Hispanico in 2008 - 2009.
Cara Milo began her study of classical ballet at the age of 5. At the age of 11, she began training at The Ballet Class of Rye under the tutelage of Lynne Stetson, a former member of The New York City Ballet. She also studied under David Howard and Elena Kunikova, among others, in New York City. While attending Fairfield University, Cara decided to pursue a career teaching ballet and was invited in 2004 to join the staff of The Ballet Class of Rye. Since the start of her teaching career, Cara has instructed students ranging in age from 3-18 years old in classical ballet.
Alison Ligi graduated from Springfield College in 2006 with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Psychology. Since graduating, Alison has gone on to teach in dance studios, educational programs and summer camps throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. She brings a versatile background, in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical and hip-hop, and has experience teaching all age groups. As a dedicated dancer and choreographer, Alison continues to enhance her skills by taking master classes and dance intensives. We are thrilled to have Alison on staff at Greenwich Dance Studio as she has quickly become very popular among the students due to her energetic and encouraging approach to teaching.
Shay Bares began his dance training at the age of 9 in Tyler, Texas and continued his training at various conventions and summer programs across the US. He has danced with several contemporary dance and ballet companies in NY & other parts of the country. Shay began subbing this year for GDS and we now welcome him back for his first full year as Ballet instructor.
Originally from the Washington DC area, Karla Garcia graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in dance. She's performed in the Broadway shows West Side Story and Hot Feet; and the First National Tours of Wicked and Addams Family. She was also in the top seven females of FOX's So You Think You Can Dance, Season 5. Karla was also a regular dancer on season 2 of NBC's SMASH. When not performing, Karla teaches at Broadway Dance Center and different dance studios around the country. She has showcased her choreography at Broadway Underground at B.B. King's in Times Square, the Joyce Theatre, BC Beat Showcase, and numerous dance competitions. She constantly strives for creative growth, as she combines influences from her technical background with different textures of contemporary, jazz, and hip-hop, and musical theater.
Catherine Jaeger, from Poughquag, NY, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance from The Boston Conservatory. She has had the opportunity to perform work by choreographers such as Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Alwin Nikolais, Thang Dao, Danielle Agami, Trisha Brown and Ohad Naharin. After graduating Catherine has worked with companies such as Ballet Hispanico, Nimbus Dance Works, and Oui Danse and has participated in various projects throughout NYC. She joined the internationally known dance company, Momix, in 2012 and has since toured around Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Brazil and the U.S. Catherine is thrilled to become a part of the Greenwich Dance Studio faculty.
Julia Maggiola graduated Magna Cum Laude from New York University, and since graduation has become a professional choreographer and dance teacher. In addition to teaching dance, Julia is a film and TV actor and currently freelances with an agency and management team in NYC. A Connecticut native, Julia began dancing in her home town of Fairfield, and was lucky to continue studying dance and performing in many locations, such as New York City, Los Angeles, and Florence, Italy. Julia has always had a passion for teaching and hopes to spread the joy and fulfillment that dance can bring to all the students she has the opportunity to have in her classes.
Addison began dancing at the age of 3 in Raleigh, North Carolina. She attended the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a concentration in dance performance. While attending Purchase College, Addison was awarded the David Falk Scholarship, Robert Weiner Scholarship for Dance, and the Director’s Award upon graduation. She has danced with modern dance companies, the DASH ensemble and Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, based in New York City. In addition to teaching dance, Addison also enjoys teaching Hatha yoga, and sitting in on the judging panel around the United States for Star Systems, National Talent Competition. Addison has produced many events for New York City based non-profit organizations, and coordinated numerous performances/workshops in the performing arts. She also had the pleasure of being the Children’s Director for the SUNY Purchase Nutcracker Ballet for three consecutive seasons. Addison is so excited to be a part of the management and teaching team at Greenwich Dance Studio.
Alison is an Idaho native. She received her BFA in Dance Performance from the accredited Chapman University in Orange, California. Since moving to New York, Alison has worked with choreographers such as Sonya Tayeh, Brooke Wendle, Jermaine Browne, Ricky Hinds, Brian Thomas, Jenn Freeman, Mike Esperanza, and Kellen Stancil. Her credits include Franco Dragone, Macy’s Front Row Fashion Show, NBC’s The Red Nose Day Dance-A-Thon, Live Nation’s New Years event 'Coco and The Vanity Vixens’ and was an assistant to Sonya Tayeh on Encores 'The Wild Party' and Art Emerson’s 'An Audience with Meow Meow, She has taught and assisted at studios throughout the country and dance conventions such as The Dance Sessions, Adrenaline, and 24seven. Alison is signed with BLOC New York and continue her dance education in New York by attending workshops like Rock the Industry with Luam Keflezgy and Spinkick dance intensives. Alison believes in a well-rounded and everlasting dance education.
In 2007, after graduation from the JKO School, Jaime Hickey was invited to join American Ballet Theatre II under the direction of Wes Chapman. Jaime accepted a contract to dance with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago in 2009, where she remained for four seasons. Jaime then went on to perform with Ballet West in Salt Lake City, UT from 2013 through 2015 performing in The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and Swan Lake. Jaime completed all levels of certification in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum teacher-training program. She is certified to teach Pre-Primary through Level 7 and partnering.
Oliver Till, Former Soloist with Birmingham Royal Ballet, England, was born in Virginia, USA. At 11 Oliver was accepted to The Royal Ballet School White Lodge under the Directorship of Gailene Stock OME. Age 16 he joined The Royal Ballet School’s Upper School in Covent Garden, London. He received Distinction at RAD Intermediate level and The Potential Award at The Young British Dancer of the Year. He graduated in 2007 with Highly Commended and joined the ranks of Birmingham Royal Ballet. Oliver was promoted to First Artist in 2011 and to Soloist in 2016.
Nicole Romaniello is a native of Stratford Connecticut. She graduated in 2015 earning a BFA in dance performance cum laude from Montclair State University. There she debuted three choreographed pieces in the student Choreography Showcase entitled “Consume,” “Untitled,” and most recently “Relative Impulse.” There, she had the pleasure of studying with profound artists such as Sean Curran, Jessie DiMauro, Nancy Lushington, Joao Carvahlo, Tyler Gilstrap, Karen Gayle, Earl Mosley, and Larry Keigwin. In addition to teaching, Nicole has a strong passion to pursue choreography on a larger scale. Ms. Romaniello has been fortunate enough to study with Complexions Contemporary Dance as well as Keigwin & Co for both their winter and summer intensives. Growing up in Connecticut she had the honor to perform at venues such as the Klein Memorial Theater, Palace Theater, and SUNY Purchase College. Currently, Nicole is as a featured company member in the Parker Project Company, which is founded and artistically directed by Nikole LaChioma. Nicole is thrilled to be a part of the faculty here at Greenwich Dance Studio and looks forward to learning, sharing and exploring with her students.
Darius Barnes, formerly with the New York City Ballet, is a freelance dancer/choreographer in NYC. His most recent credits include the 1st Nat’l tour of Memphis, NBC's SMASH, and NYC workshops of “Superfly” the Musical with Bill T. Jones. He was also in the Broadway company of the Tony Award-winning musical, Memphis, where he made both his Broadway and Principal debut. Darius studied at various schools in Baltimore and attended Baltimore School for The Arts until his acceptance at the School of American Ballet in 2004. On full scholarship at the School of American Ballet, Darius received the Rudolf Nureyev Scholarship, the Estelle Dennis Scholarship and performed annually in the School of American Ballet Spring Workshops. In 2007, he was offered an apprenticeship with the New York City Ballet, and joined the corps de ballet 2008. In 2010 he joined Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Darius began choreographing during his summer apprenticeship with the Chautauqua Company and presented at SAB’s Choreography Workshop in 2007. Since then, he’s created several works and was asked to participate in the 2007, 08, & 09 spring & summer sessions of the New York Choreographic Institute. He participated in the 2010 New York Choreographic Institute’s 10th anniversary celebration, creating a work on the New York City Ballet for the occasion.
Penelope Armstead-Williams is a dancer and choreographer who has danced nationally and internationally with Philadanco (dir. Joan Meyers Brown), nathantriceRITUALS, Tania Isaac Dance, Urban Bush Women, LaMazing and the AudioSuite collective, and Loco7 Puppet Theatre. Musical theatre credits include the 1st National Tour and San Francisco Company of Wicked, and Anita in El Paso Opera's production of West Side Story. Greenwich Dance Studio is thrilled to have Penelope as part of its teaching team.