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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 and 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 offers Party Packages. Are you ready to learn how to dance?  Please contact us or check our schedule for times and availability. Before registration, please review our policy. Click TO REGISTER ONLINE OR ACCESS ACCOUNT.

IN THE NEWS: Jimmy Locust in Dance Studio Life Magazine and 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’. Jimmy’s most recent project is as co-Creative Director/Choreographer for Taja Sevelle’s upcoming music video Little Diva, which is being shot in New York City.

Assistant Director Monica Richardson 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 Company.

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 Friedman.

Betse Evans 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 before it 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.

  Liana Martinez 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.
   

Stacy Homicki is 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!

   

Kristen Prescott began her dance training at Connecticut Ballet and went on to graduate from the Greenwich Ballet Academy under Sara Knight and Michael Shannon. In 2007, Kristen won a bronze medal in the Contemporary Division of the Youth America Grand Prix in South Carolina. She has studied at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Nutmeg Conservatory, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and attended Colorado Ballet's Summer Program on full scholarship, where she was later offered a position with the Studio Company. She has danced professionally with Configuration Dance Theatre and is currently dancing her fourth season with Connecticut Ballet.

Mindy Vaccino 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.

 

 

A 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.

   

Anthony Giorgio 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!

 

  Christina Merrill 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.
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Rachel Clark 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 Catalog.

   

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.

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.

Location:

2770 Summer St. 2nd Floor

Stamford, CT 06905

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