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Locust Performing Arts Center of Stamford, CT
(LPAC) is a professional dance studio that offers dance classes for ages 3
through adult in Hip Hop,
Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Musical Theatre, Creative Movement
Adult Dance with opportunities to perform in studio showcases
and an Annual Dance Concert. LPAC also houses several performance companies:
Locust Contemporary Dance Works, Locust Preparatory Company, the LPAC
Competition Team, Hip Hop's Finest and LPAC’S Jr. Hip Hop Troupe, Kool Kidz.
Professional dance lessons are available in both group settings as well as
private one-on-one instruction. LPAC also offersParty Packages.
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IN THE NEWS: Jimmy Locust in
Dance Studio Life Magazine
LPAC’s Harmony Nation.
Jimmy Locust has shared
his talents internationally, working with superstars Michael Jackson,
Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Quincy Jones and Debbie Allen. He has appeared in
music videos and films and has performed at the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards
and MTV Video Music Awards. Mr. Locust was one of the head choreographers for
the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics and was nominated for an
American Choreography Award in 2001 for his work on Warner Brothers’ show Nikki.
Locust worked on the Justin Bieber Tour in 2010 and recently as choreographer
for the CW T.V. Network’s The Next
with hosts John Rich, Joe Jonas, Nelly and Gloria Estefan. Locally,
Jimmy choreographed for the Stamford Symphony's Gala and Concert in 2011 and
designed and wrote dance education curricula for Domus, Chester-Addision
Community Center and the Stamford Family YMCA. Locust has been a studio owner,
master teacher and choreographer in the Fairfield County area since 2003. He is
also Founder and Director of Harmony Nation
(formerly known as No Hate but
Harmony), an anti-bullying educational program that performs at area
schools. Locust’s multi-faceted lifestyle is chronicled in the reality show
Locust Under 5’. His upcoming projects include choreography for
Legally Blond at Curtain
Call in June 2013.
started her training at the age of three. She is a Graduate of New World School
of the Arts in Miami, where she trained intensively in modern, ballet and jazz.
Monica has received dance scholarships to attend Bates Dance Festival and
overall performer for the Pacific Coast Dance Festival. She has performed lead
roles in both Debbie Allen’s Pepito’s Story and LaVerne Reed’s The
Chocolate Nutcracker. She has worked and performed as a background dancer
for Gloria Estefan and danced in music videos for rap artist Ja Rule and Missy
Elliot. Monica is the Director of LPAC’s Kool Kidz and Locust Preparatory
Tracey Bonafide began her dance training at the age of three at
the David Blight School of Dance in Wilkes-Barre, PA and was a competitive
dancer until she was nineteen, winning many overall awards along the way. She
graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Dance from DeSales University with
concentrations in teaching and choreography. While in college, she was a member
of the ACTion Dance Touring Company and performed as a soloist. After
graduating, she choreographed musicals at local high schools and her
choreography for West Side Story was nominated for “Best Choreography in
Northeast PA”. Tracey has been teaching dance for over 19 years and is the
director of the award winning LPAC Competition Dance Team, a group that she
started 10 years ago with co-director Suzanne Rydz.
Starting her dance education at the age of 5, Alison Lott
graduated from Springfield College in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree 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, as well as coaching and choreographing for local CT high school
dance teams. She has trained under Mia Michaels, Shane Sparks and Brian
graduated from Point Park University in 2010 with a BA in Dance in Pittsburgh,
Pa. While in school she took part in many performance opportunities, as both
dancer and choreographer, and in 2007 was part of Doug Bentz’s world premiere
work, The Snow Queen, at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. During the summer of
2009, she was an apprentice with The Pillow Project, performing works by
artistic director Pearlann Porter and Dance Alloy Theater’s Michael Walsh. Upon
moving to NYC in Fall 2010, Betse was the choreographer for the independent film
Me the Terrible, and beforeit made waves in The New York Times,
she was a part of the visionary show, The Love Letter You’ve Been Meaning to
Write to New York, directed by Jonathan Solari. Betse has most recently
returned from performing with Disney Cruise Lines, and currently interns at
Steps on Broadway.
Amy Repice joins the LPAC
staff with 15 years of dance experience. She graduated summa cum laude from West
Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2009 where she majored in Marketing and
minored in Dance. Amy performed with and choreographed for the University Dance
Company for 3 years and served as the Vice President her senior year.
Amy has studied with numerous professionals in
various styles throughout the New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania areas. She
has been trained in ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, lyrical, tap and hip-hop. Amy
has been teaching dance to children and adults for many years and is excited to
share her passion for dance with the LPAC community.
has studied all types of dance since the age of 11. She trained under Performing
Arts Center of Connecticut in Trumbull, dancing at Madison Square Garden for the
WNBA, The Joyce Theater and DRA (Dancers Responding to Aids). She also
choreographed, performed and taught workshops for Double Up Dance Group. Liana’s
industry work has included dancing for Reebok with Jimmy Locust and performing
with Kat DeLuna in her Drop it Low music video. Liana has had trained
with Dominique Kelly, Pedro Ruiz (Ballet), Denise Vale (Modern: Graham
Technique), Kristina Burger (Modern: Horton Technique), Karla Garcia, Manwe Saul
Addison, George Jones, Luam, Desmond Richardson (Complexions), Kelly Peters,
Karen Festog, Nikole LaChioma, Adam Holmes and Jimmy Locust. Her goal is to pass
on everything she has learned to her students and to give them an opportunity to
grow and excel as dancers.
thrilled to be joining the LPAC staff. She has been working in dance education
for over 15 years. She received her BFA in Dance and Education from the
University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Stacy has taught extensively at a private
dance studio in the Boston area, where she also managed the studio office and
studio productions. More recently, Stacy has worked at KING in Stamford for 9
years, teaching, choreographing, and working in the Performing Arts Department.
Stacy also has 2 children who love to dance at LPAC!
studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, receiving a degree in Fine Arts.
Her work has been published in magazines, newspapers and book and CD covers. Her
work has been showcased at Locust Contemporary Dance Works concerts and also
exhibited in New York, New England and Rome, Italy. Mindy has taught visual arts
to ages preschool through teen in before-and after-school programs and in
children's ministry. In the performing arts, she has worked on theater sets and
prop design for over 20 years and has enjoyed assistant-managing and designing
for dance studios. She is excited to continue office management with LPAC and
work as Director of Marketing.
has taught all over the U.S. and abroad, including at Japan Arts in Tokyo,
Ballet Academie in Sweden and Belvoir Terrace in Lenox, MA. Her training
included study at The University of The Arts, Philadelphia, where she also had
the opportunity to teach as an adjunct, with additional training at The Ailey
School in Manhattan. Her credits include European tours of West Side Story, A
Chorus Line and Scrooge: The Musical, as well as work with
independent choreographers. Denise’s work has been presented at various
showcases around NYC, including Steps Beyond Performance Series, BDC Best of
Showcase, Ballet Arts Performance Series, The International Dance Festival at
The Duke Theater 42nd St., New Dance Group Showcase and The Bucknell
University Dance Company, Spirit in Motion Ballet Theater. Denise is the
founder and artistic director of “Inner Waves Dance Project,” which combines her
passion for dance and yoga. She is also a Pilates practitioner with
certifications in Zena Rommets FloorbarreŽ Technique and Hot Power Fusion Yoga.
from Detroit, MI began her performance career as an Afro-Cuban fokelore dancer.
She received a BFA in Dance from Ailey/Fordham University. She has worked with a
number of dance companies including Oyu Oro, Souloworks, Genesis Dance Company,
Vissi Dance Theater, Ase Dance Theater Collective, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence and
Sonic Leroy /Motionsickness with Monstah Black and is currently a company member
of Urban Bush Women and MBDance. Her performances and choreography have graced
the stages of arts centers, theaters, festivals and concerts. Kendra has been
teaching dance in the New York public schools since 2007. Having studied many
different styles of dance, Kendra brings a holistic understanding of movement to
graduate of Fairfield University with a BA in fine Arts, Suzanne Rydz
studied abroad in London, England at the renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
(RADA). Suzanne has performed throughout the US and Europe and her stage credits
include Nora in A Doll’s House, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing
and Christine in A Chorus Line. Her TV/Film credits include Guiding
Light, One Life to Live, Weeds, Switched at Birth and Sons of
Anarchy. As a dancer and choreographer, Suzanne has worked with the
NJ Nets (Power & Motion), performed with Ashanti and represented Reebok and New
Balance. Commercially, Suzanne has hosted numerous live events (American
Idol) and been the face of several print campaigns, including USAA,
Checks.com and LSAT. Her project Love’s Divide continues to run
off-Broadway and is currently being made in to a screenplay.
has danced all over the world from his home town Worcester, MA all the way to
the Middle East. He has been trained through the likes of Frank Hatchett, Gus
Giordano, Joan Sheary and Grover Dale. Musical Theatre has been a major
component of his life as he has performed in numerous musicals and danced for
Jean Ann Ryan Productions on Norwegian Cruise Lines. In NYC, he has assisted
Broadway’s Rachelle Rak, produced and choreographed his own showcases and has
been a member of Overground888 physical theatre dance company. Teaching
children, Anthony has been fortunate to direct for high schools and camps as
well as lead master classes across the US, fulfilling a part of his dream to
bring theater and art to those who normally wouldn't be exposed to it. Anthony
looking forward for an awesome year at LPAC!
began dancing at age three. A native of the Washington, DC area, she is a
graduate of The University of Maryland, where she performed at NCAA football and
basketball games for four years as a member of The University of Maryland Dance
Team. Rachel moved to New York City to pursue her MA and EdM in Psychological
Counseling at Teachers College, Columbia University. While living in the city,
she continued her dance training at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center.
Rachel has taught dance classes for Round House Theatre's Arts Day Program in
Maryland and Millennium Youth Development in Brooklyn, NY. She has performed at
venues such as The National Theater, The Verizon Center, Disney World, and
Giants Stadium, and has modeled for Spirit by Curtain Call Team Dancewear
Maya Sank started
her training in dance at the age of six and gained experience in jazz, tap,
ballet, pointe, lyrical, hip-hop, contemporary and competitive dance. Maya was a
member of Locust Contemporary Dance Works, Harmony Nation and Hip Hop's Finest
and has also taught with LPAC for the past two years. She has danced
professionally with recording artist Hannah Kelsy and in the Locust Performing
Arts Center commercial.
earned her BFA with a focus on Jazz Dance from The University of the Arts in
Philadelphia. Her extensive training included ballet, modern, and studying tap
under the legendary LaVaughn Robinson. After college, she moved to Chicago to
study with Jump Rhythm Jazz Project and later became a member of Chicago Tap
Theatre, a tap company with strong focus on storytelling and innovation.
Highlights include Jazz Dance World Congress at the Harris Theater for Music and
Dance, Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s tribute to Bill “Bojangles” Robinson
choreographed by Lou Conte, a tour of southern France, and sharing the stage
with The Polyphonic Spree at Lollapalooza.
Ryan Daniel Beck has
done commercial dance work for ESPN, MTV, Fuse TV, Mini Cooper, Givenchy,
Microsoft, FedEx, and Sandals Resort, and appeared in the Mercedes
Benz commercial in Frankfurt, Germany. Recently, he danced for the Samsung Times
Square 3D Launch with the Black Eyed Peas, and Beyonce's Dereon Christmas
Campaign. He has performed in the Danny Ezralow (Across The Universe) touring
show "WHY...be extraordinary, when you can be yourself" in Italy and Israel, and
can be seen in the film, Step Up 3D (with Rhapsody and Jamal Sims). He was an
ensemble dancer with Disney's Tarzan Stage Show, and danced back-up for
Hard Rock Live Tour and special engagements with YouTube sensation Britney
Houston. Ryan has choreographed for Central Florida Ballet and Ballet South of
Orlando under the direction of Russell Sultzbach of Joffrey Ballet. He has
taught internationally and worked with students at Studio B (Tel Aviv, Israel),
La Luna Dance Center (Ancona, Italy) and Castro Dance (Vigo, Spain).
Mickela Mallozzi is an original native of Stamford and has danced
for over 20 years in the tri-state area. She was trained under Dieter Riesle at
The Ballet School of Stamford and JoAnn Lorusso at Center Stage Dance Studio.
She annually performed with the New York City Ballet principal dancers in the
Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, and throughout high school, she participated in
the Greenwich Academy Dance Corps where she choreographed and performed
Mickela graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Music, and she has
trained at various studios in the city such as Broadway Dance, Steps, Peridance
Center and Stepping Out Studios.
Award-winning tap dancer Dan Mitra has been
featured in Dance Teacher Magazine, The New York Times and on television. He was
a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Scholar in the Arts Award, the Tap
Future Award and was named “Best Dancer” by Connecticut State University. Dan
has performed at youngARTS Miami, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Manhattan
Center, the Cotton Club, National Dance Week at Madame Toussaud’s, TapCity at
the Joyce, and MopTop 20th Anniversary at Ailey, to name a few. Dan
has filled in for Jared Grimes at Broadway Dance Center and Joseph Webb at
Harlem School of the Arts and has taught at Bridgeport’s PACC.
Locust Performing Arts Center
of Stamford is rapidly expanding their classes
while providing dance lessons throughout Fairfield County.
LPAC dance schools are serving the students of
Greenwich, Norwalk, Fairfield, Westport, Bridgeport & Stamford, CT. LPAC
dance studios are conveniently located near downtown Stamford. Please call us today and receive a
FREE COMPLIMENTARY DANCE LESSON with one of our
professional instructors, which is available to new students.