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Dance Express of Tolland, LLC has been teaching children to dance since 1988! Our philosophy from the beginning has been to teach children the wonderful artistry of dance while developing the students’ sense of discipline and lifelong interest in the performing arts. Our staff has over 75 years of combined teaching experience and many hold college degrees in the arts and education fields.
Miss Beth started her business in 1988. Before that she was dancing with her dance teacher, Linda Regulbuto at Stepin’ Up Dance Studio in Somers, CT. She was the Associate Director there for six years and loved her job. Beth lived in Somers most of her life and decided she wanted to stay in the Connecticut area when she opened up her own studio. Her Dad told her that Tolland was the up-and-coming place to be, and she should look there. Well, he was right. Tolland has been awesome to Dance Express and Beth! Miss Beth went on to study in New York at the Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway and Ballet East. She also took teacher’s class in Springfield, MA with Steven Boyd at Frank Hatchet’s Dance School. She took private ballet lessons with Richard Stienert, a principal ballet dancer with the Baltimore and Houston Ballet Companies and now Director of Ballet Theater Arts in Hartford. She still furthers her education by taking classes and having teachers from New York City come to Dance Express to hold master classes for kids during the year. Miss Beth is a former director of the Tolland Youth Services Community Theater. Miss Beth taught for the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Artists (NADAA) and has taught at National Convention. She also taught at Rhode Island College during final exams and at other locations in the tri-state area. Miss Beth directed and choreographed many plays for the Ellington Cultural Association and the YMCA in Vernon. She has worked for the Mansfield Creative Arts Council, Ellington Cultural Arts and the town of Ashford teaching dance. She has given her time to help different schools and programs throughout the years in order to further dance education. Miss Beth has dedicated her life to dance and her dancers and she’s loved every second of it.
Miss Jenna began dancing at Dance Express at the age of 4. She was a Dance Express Company member for 9 years. Jenna continued her dance training at Rhode Island College, where she had the opportunity to collaborate with many talented artists. In 2008, Jenna graduated from RIC with a bachelor’s degree in Dance Performance. Jenna also danced with a Hartford based professional contemporary dance company “Dance Connect” where she has performed in numerous shows around Connecticut. Jenna's choreography has been performed in CT, RI and MA where it has won many different high point awards, including a Young Choreographer award. She loves sharing her passion and creativity of dance with each of her students.
Miss Lindsay is a founding member and co-artistic director of IMMIX Dance Project, a contemporary dance company centered around collaboration with local artists. Her choreography has been performed in festivals around the Northeast including 5x5 Dance Festival, Built on Stilts and Ted Hershey Marathon. Her love for dance started at the at the age of three at Dance Express, where she studied throughout her youth and now directs and choreographs for the schools Modern Ensemble. Graduating from Suffolk University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Lindsay performed with the Suffolk Dance Company and studied at the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio. 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. During her time in New York she also studied with Tracie Stanfield, Marijke Eliasberg, Kristin Sudekis, David Howard and Dorit Koppel. Lindsay has performed most recently with DancEnlight, under the direction of Lorelei Chang where she also taught for the pre-professional company and summer intensives. Her performance experience includes The Next Stage Project in New York City, Peter Pucci Dance in White Plains and Works/Laura Glenn and Dance Connect in Hartford. She has extensive experience teaching and choreographing for both students and professionals and is also a STOTT trained Pilates and Barre instructor.
Miss Emily began dancing at Dance Express when she was 8 years old. During her 11 years at Dance Express she was a member of multiple competing and company teams. After graduating in 2012, Miss Emily attended Syracuse University to pursue her bachelors degree in Child and Family Studies. While at Syracuse she was a member of Orange Pulse Dance Troupe for 3 years as a choreographer and member of their board. She also taught progressive movement at a local YMCA. Miss Emily has recently graduated from CCSU with her master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy and works full time as a therapist. She is excited to combine her passion for working with children and dance to create a fun, supportive environment for all kids to learn the art of dance and experience the family that Dance Express has given her.
Miss Tressa started dancing at the age of 9 and found dance to be a way for her to express many emotions. During her years of dance education, she competed on various dance teams at her home studio and on her high school’s dance team. In college, Miss Tressa danced for the Bay Path College Dance Team and participated in the Bay Path College Theater productions. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Early Childhood Education, Tressa continued dancing with Manchester Musical Players. After the birth of her two children, she became a certified Zumba® instructor and an AFAA certified group fitness instructor. She is thrilled to be part of the Dance Express teaching team since 2009, and have the opportunity to combine her experience, her skill of teaching young children and passion for dance.
Mr. Alex started dancing 20 years ago at Dance Express of Tolland with Ms. Beth at 6 years old. Over his tenure he learned jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet, modern, hip-hop, and contemporary and was a member of DE’s Company team. After graduation, Alex continued his studies at CCSU and participated in their dance company working with Choreographers such as Jennifer Muller, Catherine Fellows, and many others. Alex graduated with a bachelors degree in Marketing and a minor in Dance. While in college Alex began working for the Star Dance Alliance, a company that produces over 10 Dance competitions 3 conventions and 2 global pageants. This has given Alex the opportunity to travel the country and see how dancers from studios around the country express their love of dance. He uses this experience to create new works with all his students.
Miss Jen has studied many styles of dance including ballet, Irish, modern, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and ballroom. She was a competitive gymnast and is an award-winning Irish Step Dancer. Attending the Debbie Sichol’s Dance Center in Southbridge, MA throughout her youth provided Jen with a solid technique foundation and the ability to focus on the love of performing. Studying with dance masters including David Howard, Frank Hatchett, and David Marquez, Jen has embraced opportunities to train at the Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in NYC. In 2005 she was accepted to attend the Radio City Rockette Summer Intensive Program. Miss Jen completed her collegiate education from Rutgers University in 2011, earning a K-12 science teacher certification, an Ed. M in Science Education; an Ed. M in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education, and a minor in dance. Teaching is one of Jen’s greatest passions, and in addition to her educational teaching experiences, her dance teaching experiences include instruction in a variety of dance, gymnastics, and tumbling classes for students ages 2 - adult at Debbie Sichol’s Dance Center, Miss Kelly’s Dance and Drama, the Tri-Community YMCA in Southbridge, MA, En Pointe Dance and Drama, and Wininger's Gymnastics. She is thrilled to be teaching at Dance Express and loves to share the joy of dance with her students.
Miss Sarah started dancing at Dance Express when she was 2 years old in Miss Beth's Mommy and Me classes. She fell in love with performing at a young age, and went on to be a part of various competing and company teams at Dance Express. Throughout this time, Sarah realized that her real love was for hip-hop dance. Sarah graduated from Tolland High School in 2015 where she was a captain of the THS dance team. She then went on to pursue her love of dance and leadership at Roger Williams University where she was an active member in the university's Dance Club. Sarah was elected to the Dance Club executive board as the Treasurer for her Senior year where she helped develop and put on two dance showcases. After graduating in 2019, Sarah went on to receive her master's in social work and is now a full time school social worker at Longmeadow High School in Longmeadow, MA. Sarah continued her love of dance throughout graduate school as a member of the Dance Works Boston company for their 19th and 20th season. Sarah is so excited to get back to dancing in her hometown studio with so many familiar faces. With her background in psychology and social work, Sarah is also looking forward to creating a safe and supportive space for all of her students to release their stress and difficult feelings through movement and connection with other individuals.
Miss Kaylee began dancing at the age of 5, starting with ballet and expanding her training to as many kinds of dance as she could. Kaylee trained in Ballet (Vaganova method), Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical/Contemporary, Broadway, and some Ballroom. She has taught students ranging from age 3-18 in a variety of dance styles and at three different dance studios. Miss Kaylee is very glad to be part of the Dance Express of Tolland family. Her favorite thing about Dance Express is the passion, respect, and love for dance in the director, teachers, and students. She is proud to contribute to the growth of these students and cannot wait to see all that they can do!