Staff

 

Melissa Arizzi

Owner/Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Missy opened JUST DANCE in 2004 with one goal in mind, to provide quality dance instruction for the children of the Danbury area... the place where she grew up.  Miss Missy found her passion for the art of dance at a very early age.  Her rewarding career began as a student at local dancing schools where she participated in many competitions, winning many awards along the way.

 

At age 18, Miss Missy auditioned for and secured a position with the prestigious Hoctor’s Dance Caravan.  This exciting accomplishment took her on a NATIONAL TOUR as a “Caravan Kid,” traveling to many cities across the United States, working with professional choreographers and performing in many of the most famous theaters in the Country.  

 

Miss Missy has studied extensively at STEPS ON BROADWAY and the BROADWAY DANCE CENTER in New York City, while also attending Gibbs College as a business major.  She has studied under the tutelage of Ms. Jeri Kansas, a Radio City Music Hall Rockette and accomplished star of broadway and television.   She continues to work and study with famed choreographers such as Barry Youngblood, Jeri Rose, Bambi Swazye, Loree Russeau, Mallory Graham, Nick Lazarini, Tommy Tune, Tracie Stanfield, Gill Stroming and Tabitha and Napolean.   

 

Miss Missy has been the recipient of many awards of EXCELLENCE in dance, some of which include regional tap solo championships and best in shows for both Performance Quality, and Outstanding Choreography.

 

 

 

 

Jen Lancaster

Instructor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Jen began her dance training in Connecticut and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from Towson University.  While in Maryland, she performed with the Towson University Dance Company in a wide variety of pieces ranging from swing to modern, jazz to full-length ballets.  She had the opportunity to work with Geoffrey Holder and perform in “Dougla” with the TU Dance Company along with being a featured tap dancer in Fosse’s “Sing, Sing, Sing” re-staged by Doug Graham.  In addition, Jen danced with the Stephanie Powell Danse Ensemble, performing at venues such as the Baltimore Museum of Art and Artscape.  Since moving to New York, she has performed with Synthesis Dance Project at the Élan Awards, among other events and was a founding member of the Pushing Progress Dance Company, which has performed at numerous events including The Artists’ Showcase, SONO Arts Festival, Maryland Council for Dance and more.   Other credits include dancer in “Bob Rizzo’s Rhythm Tap: Stompin’ in the City with Sharon Heller”, “Swing on the Side” by Maria Watson and “Time and Space” choreographed by Chris Hale.

 

Jen has taught and choreographed all over the tri-state and Maryland/DC area.  Her work was presented at numerous showcases in Maryland, at the American College Dance Festival Association in North Carolina and at the ISVP/Intern Showcase at Broadway Dance Center.  In addition, Jen had the privileged opportunity to teach at Towson University during alumni week and has had her work performed at many regional competitions.  She continues to teach throughout the tri-state area during the year, encouraging all of her students to have fun while learning strong technique, proper body alignment for a healthy dance body and fueling their passion for dance.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Reynolds

Instructor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Elizabeth has been dancing since the age of 4.  Her mother enrolled her in dance because she was shy.  Dance soon became Elizabeth’s passion and now she loves to share it with others.  Elizabeth has been dancing now for over 25 years.  She has studied ballet, tap and jazz at Ona May School of Dance and Lori’s Center Stage Dance Studio.  Elizabeth was a member of the Western CT State University Dance Team.  Elizabeth has been teaching dance for over 10 years at Parks and Recreation Programs and here at Just Dance.  She has also choreographed high school productions of 42nd Street, Fame and The Pajama Game.  Elizabeth is also the Varsity Cheerleading Coach at Bethel High School.  In addition to her cheerleading Elizabeth has taught preschool tumbling classes and is a former high school and college cheerleader.  Elizabeth brings her own special flare to the classroom and her students all love and adore her.  She has a B.A. in Human Relations and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Elementary Education.

 

 

 

Nancy Day

Instructor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Nancy began dancing at the age of 4.  She studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop at many local dancing schools in the area.  In her youth, she attended many competitions and workshops along the east coast.  Nancy continued dancing at WCSU where she was a member of the dance team and studied under the direction of Khalda Logan.  She has a B.B.A. in Accounting and an M.B.A.  Nancy has been teaching dance for the past 10 years.  She also offers choreography and technique classes to local dance teams.  She likes to teach students proper technique but also teaches the importance of being able to express themselves through dance.  Nancy also emphasizes developing poise and building confidence by encouraging students to have a strong ballet background.  Nancy is very grateful to be able to share her passion for dance with her students.  

 

 

Emily Renna

Instructor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Emily has approximately 20 years of dance experience, having studied extensively in jazz, lyrical, ballet, pointe and hip hop.  When I was 16, I was asked to be an Assistant Teacher at the studio that I was attending.  I loved being a role model for young dancers and knew that dancing would be a huge part of my future.  I began teaching at Just Dance in my hometown of Danbury, CT, while attending college.  After graduating from Sacred Heart University with a BS in Athletic Training, I was awarded an intership as an Athletic Trainer for the Radio City Rockettes in New York City.  This was the job of a lifetime for a dancer and working with such a prestigious dance troupe was a very exciting and rewarding experience.  While working with the Rockettes, I was exposted to every aspect of professional theatrial life and of what it takes to be a professional dancer.  The education I received while interning at Radio City gave me an extrordinary amount of knowledge I am now able to pass on to my dance students.  The audition process, rehearsal schedule, physical fitness demands and practical living situation are all part of what I am able to offer the young, promising dancer who seeks a career in professional dance.    In addition to teaching dance, I am an Athletic Trainer with Select Physical Therapy in Danbury, CT, and am contracted out to the Danbury High School Athletic Department coverling all of the schools sporting activities.  

Joe Corolla

Instructor

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Joseph Corallo (Mr. Joe) has been dancing since the age of 13. He started out as a Hip-Hop/Breakdancer in Syracuse, NY. After exploring other disciplines in High School, Joe attended SUNY Fredonia. At SUNY Fredonia, he focused heavily on the Cecchetti method of Ballet, along with all different disciplines of Modern dance, from Graham and Duncan to Limon and Cunningham. Joe received his BFA in Dance from SUNY Fredonia in 2012.

 

Since graduating, Joe has both performed and choreographed all over New York State. Joe has taught at multiple Festivals such as Dance Days of Buffalo, Rae's Institute Summer Intensive and DDC intensive. Joe has also performed professionally for Busch Gardens, Mason Dance Project Company and Orchesis Dance Company. There are numerous local studios that Joe has both taught and choreographed for and continues to teach any time he can. He loves being able to share his unique style that brings his Hip-Hop roots to the technical arts.

 

 

Kathleen Caragine

Instructor

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Kathleen Caragine, a New York City based modern/contemporary dancer began her dance training at the age of three in Danbury, Connecticut. She has trained in Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Modern and Ballet/Pointe at Just Dance School of Performing Arts. Her training continued at Hofstra University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a minor in Exercise Science. During her time at Hofstra she worked with faculty and guests artists Amy Marshall, Heather Waldon, Bill Young, Sean Curran, Karla Wolfangle and Rachel List. Kathleen was also on the Executive Board of Hofstra's largest student run club on campus, Danceworks Productions, where she choreographed for two consecutive semesters. Upon graduating and moving to NYC, she has been performing and choreographing in many showcases throughout the area.

 

 

 

Tiffany Marie Fedde
Instructor

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Tiffany Marie Fedde is a graduate and class valedictorian of the Hartford

Conservatory of Music and Dance, with a major in dance pedagogy and

performance. While studying at the Conservatory, she had the opportunity to

perform the “Duke Ellington Nutcracker” held at the Bushnell theater in

Hartford CT, and was a featured dancer in the world premiere of “Kara” directed

by Brian Simerson of Momix dance company. Following her education, Tiffany

continued her professional training at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on

Broadway, Peridance Center and the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City.

In this time, she grew her marketable experience in traditional disciplines such

as Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop and Contemporary. She was Assistant

choreographer and principal dancer in “Farrinet Baranka” - New York City,

“Coppelia” and “The Nutcracker” - Berkshire Foothills Dance Company and

Simply Enfuego Elite Dance Company. She is currently a member Dance Masters

of America and is a certified Zumba and Cardio Barre instructor. Throughout her

career, Tiffany has enjoyed the opportunity to develop students of dance at all

levels. She brings over 15 years of studio teaching experience, with multiple

national awards and other credentials in her continued dedication to the

movement arts.

Megan Loughran

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Brianna Valluzzo

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Danelle Kulbeida 

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