Lindsay Castonguay Hany

Graduating from Suffolk, Lindsay studied dance and was a member of the Suffolk Dance Company. After college, she attended the Jose Limon Institute’s Professional Studies Program in New York where she performed Limon repertory and studied under current and former Limon company members as well as artistic director, Carla Maxwell. Her professional performance experience includes The Next Stage Project in New York City; Peter Pucci Dance in White Plains; and  Works/Laura Glenn in Connecticut.  She spent 5 seasons with Dance Connect where she worked with director, Chloe Carlos.  Most recently, Lindsay was a company member of DancEnlight, under the direction of Lorelei Chang where she taught for the pre-professional company and summer intensives. Her choreography has been performed in festivals around the Northeast including 5x5 Dance Festival, Built on Stilts and Ted Hershey Marathon. She has extensive experience teaching and choreographing for both students and professionals and is a STOTT trained Pilates and Barre instructor. 

Tessa Grunwald

Tessa Grunwald is a dance and theater graduate of Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. While in college she had the privilege to attend Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Intensive on scholarship in Colorado. Since then, she has acquired a list of diverse performance credits carrying the privilege of dancing with companies and choreographers such as Lorelei Chang (dancEnlight), Peter Pucci Plus Dancers, Laura Glenn WORKS,Antonio Brown (Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane), Doug Elkins, Keith Saunders, and Nicholas Ross. Other professional accomplishments include national and international touring with Fisher Price, Disney, and Milestone Productions, and carrying out a supporting role in Finian’s Rainbow at the Ivoryton Playhouse, CT. She has also achieved choreography credits including: Company, Spamalot, Cabaret, (Broadway World ‘Choreography’ Nominations), Secret Garden(CHSMTA “Choreography’ Nomination), Soar With Reading Magic Tree House National Tour, and The Giggle Bears, Chennai, India. Tessa is currently the Director of Dance at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT.

Meghan McDermott

A graduate of the Hartford Conservatory with a double major in dance performance and pedagogy, Meghan has extensive experience in dance performance, live theater and education. She has been a company dancer with dancEnlight, Sonia Plumb Dance Company, Judy Dworin Performance Project and SOMA Dance Company. Most recently she is a founding member and collaborator with IMMIX Dance Project. Meghan is also a certified barre instructor and teaches for LIFER Fitness studio and Designed Training. She is the owner and Artistic Director of Moxie Dance Center, in West Hartford. As well as Artistic Director of Moxie Dance Company a professional branch of the school. 

Christine Perry

Christine Perry graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford with a BFA in Dance Performance in the Spring of 2009. During this time she also had the privilege to train at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance on scholarship. She has danced with dancEnlight as a dancer and company teacher and with Judy Dworin Performance Projects as a dancer. Christine Perry has taught in various schools around Connecticut including Dance Express of Tolland, Limelite Dance Center, Eastern Connecticut Ballet, Premier Dance School, Miss Porter’s School and Yale. She is currently on faculty at the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day Program. Along with dance she is a professional stage and production manager and has done extensive technical theater work in locations including the Baryshinikov Arts Center in New York City, St. Joseph College, the Garde Arts Center, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Foxwoods and the Wadsworth Atheneum.  

Alida Kendall

Alida Lamagna Kendell has been teaching numerous styles of dance for ages 3 to adult in the Hartford area since 2010. Her ballet background began at Connecticut Concert Ballet over 20 years ago and continued to expand to modern, jazz and contemporary styles over the years. Alida has had the honor of taking classes with the legendary Frank Hatchett and Master ballet teacher David Howard, she has trained at Burklyn Ballet Theater and Briansky Ballet summer intensives, and attended the American College Dance Association two years in a row. She attended the University of Saint Joseph where she served as President of the Dance Ensemble until graduating in 2015 with her BA in psychology and dance. She has performed professionally with Sallix Productions, ATTAK Dance Company, Sonia Plumb Dance Company and she is currently performing with Moxie Dance Company and the Civic Ballet of Connecticut. Alida’s choreography has been featured at the annual 5x5 Contemporary Dance Festival both as a student in 2014 and 2015 and as a professional in 2017. Alida has also had the honor of teaching at the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts (NADAA) Convention in 2018. Alida’s love for dance is evident in her passion for teaching and making dance accessible to as many people as possible.

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Shelley Morgigno

Shelley Morgigno is a dance graduate of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and has trained and worked with numerous dance companies and choreographers including Tara Madsen, Ursula Payne, Lar Lubovich, Pilobolus, Mary Miller Dance Company, and DancEnlight.  Shelley worked for Arthur Murray Dance Studios in Pittsburgh where she trained in and instructed ballroom dance.  She then moved back to Connecticut in 2015 to take over her childhood dance studio.  Shelley is currently the owner and director of the Creative Dance Center in East Hampton, Connecticut as well as a faculty member of the dance department at Choate Rosemary Hall.