- GREENWICH DANCE STUDIO is proud to celebrate its 13th anniversary season in Greenwich, CT with over 430 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 tenth 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.
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.
Filip Lacina was born in the Czech Republic. At age 15 he won the National Championship as a hip-hop soloist for Czech Dance Organization. After placing 3rd in Dancer of the Year, he was selected by Yemi A.D. (Kanye West’s choreographer) to join his dance company, JAD. Filip directed and choreographed his first production “The Freakshow“ at the Roxy in Prague. After the success of the production, Filip´s choreography was featured on Czech television, commercials, pop music and fashion shows. In 2011, Filip moved to NYC and is currently represented by Clear Talent Group, Q Model Management, and CESD. In NYC, he has had the privilege of working for clients including Natasha Bedingfield, Carmen Electra, Kat Graham, Shaun T, Dominic Louis and Longchamp as well as choreographers Sheryl Murakami, Jermaine Browne, Manwe, Jonte and Slam. Filip´s style is a fusion of hip-hop and street jazz with an emphasis on sensuality, strength, and dynamics. Filip continues to travel and teach internationally in countries including UK, Poland, Italy, Slovakia, Czech republic and the US.
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.
Sonja Kostich studied at New York City Ballet's School of American Ballet and Mikhail Baryshnikov's ABT/School of Classical Ballet. Professionally she has danced with American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Zurich Ballet, and Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project. Sonja is a certified ballet teacher by American Ballet Theatre and currently teaches at ABT's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in the Children's Division. Sonja co-founded and co-directs the New York City based dance company OtherShore--which was invited to be the first artists-in-residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.
Amy Piantaggini brings an extensive background in Ballet and Modern. Amy trained with The Boston Conservatory, Spectrum Dance Theatre, Broadway Dance Center and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. Amy is a recipient of the Gregory Peck Scholarship, The Coca Cola Scholarship for Artistic Excellence and an Ensemble Performance Scholarship from Martha Graham School. In addition, she has performed as a soloist with the Graham Company, and is certified to teach through their Dance Teacher Trainee Program.
Kelly Milacic is a dedicated professional dancer, with lifelong experience and very disciplined training in ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, tap, contemporary and modern dance. She has performed professionally, is skilled in aerial performance art, and has experience teaching a variety of dance styles to a wide range of ages. Kelly was a key member of Royal Caribbean International's theater review cast for over three years, performing in eight productions on the Luxury Cruise Ships Freedom of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, and Voyager of the Seas, in which she was also selected for several aerial soloist parts.
Jane Vorburger completed her dance training with Hortensia Fonseca and Michelle Lees at the Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet. She joined American Ballet Theater at age 16 and spent 5 years with this company performing principal, soloist and corps de ballet roles in the U.S.A. and abroad. She went on to study Contact Improvisation and Choreography at Oberlin College and completed her Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts in spring 2006. She teaches ballet, modern and composition and is on faculty at Marymount Manhattan College, American Ballet Theater, the Joffrey Ballet School and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She is an ABT Certified Teacher who has completed levels primary through 7.