Our Faculty

At The Dance Corner the health and safety of students is our number one priority. All staff undergo a criminal background check and must complete 5 or more hours of training in safety and mental and physical wellness for students with Youth Protection Advocates in Dance. The Dance Corner is the first dance studio on the shoreline to be YPAD certified. As part of our commitment to health and safety all of our staff is also First Aid, CPR and AED certified.

The Dance Corner is home to industry professionals who are ready to share their knowledge with your dancer. Our talented instructors are committed to providing a welcoming, creative space for dancers of all levels. We take pride in our incredible instructors and are excited to teach every dance student.

Our dance instructors are lifelong learners who continue to educate themselves through certification programs, teacher-training schools, conferences, and other learning opportunities. It is our objective to inspire a passion for the art of dance in every child who passes through our doors. In the process, our dance instructors strive to set the right example and help your child create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Carrie Smith has been teaching dance throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts for over 25 years and is a qualified member of Dance Educators of America. Originally from Barnstable, MA, Carrie began her dance training at the Cape Cod Conservatory. She graduated from Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA and earned her B.A. in dance performance and choreography from Connecticut College, where she studied with such notable teachers as Peggy Lyman, Sara Rudner, Jaclyn Villamil, David Dorfman, and Dan Waggoner. Carrie spent her college semester abroad studying modern dance and Caribbean folk dance at the School of the National Dance Theatre of Jamaica. She has danced with the National Youth Ballet and performed in world premiere choreography by Doug Nielsen and at the American College Dance Festival. When she’s not at the studio Miss Carrie loves spending time with her dogs Tippy and Hugo and her beloved Glen. Miss Carrie looks forward to sharing her love of dance with the students of The Dance Corner for many years to come.

Jaci Adams
Jaci Adams
Hip Hop
Emilee Alexander
Ballet, Contemporary
Savanna Bodnar
Savanna Bodnar
Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap
Jenny Bordonaro
Jenny Bordonaro
Family Care Coordinator, Ballet
Brooke Cotter
Brooke Cotter
Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical, Jazz
The Dance Corner Leianna Dolce
Leianna Dolce
Customer Service Associate and Instructor
Catherine Florentine
Ballet, Irish Step, Jazz, Kinder-Stars Dance, Lyrical, Pre-Stars Dance, Tap, Twinkle Twos, Tumbling & Cheer
Elizabeth Florentine
Elizabeth Florentine
Ballet, Irish Step, Jazz, Kinder-Stars Dance, Lyrical, Pre-Stars Dance, Tap, Twinkle Twos
Janice Florentine
Janice Florentine
Office and Retail Coordinator
Stacey Fowler-Hebberd
Stacey Fowler Hebberd
Tumbling & Cheer, Cirque Stars, Musical Theater, Tutus & Tumble
Dance Instructor Brandon Gregoire
Brandon Gregoire
Jazz, Tap, Contemporary
Samantha (Welch) Hermann
Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical
Marci Marciniec
Marci Marciniec
Customer Service Associate
K.T. Nelson-Hart
Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Tap
Nicole Peterson
Nicole Peterson
Performance Team Director, Jazz, Lyrical, Broadway Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary
Linda Suravich
Linda Suravich
Jazz, Tap