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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 I & II, Locust Preparatory Company, Hip Hop's Finest, Kidz Jr. Hip Hop Troupe, Musical Theatre Company, Harmony Nation Anti-Bullying Program, and the FOCUS Pre-Professional Program (Hip Hop and Tap)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.

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Artistic Director and Owner 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’ television show Nikki. Locust worked on the Justin Bieber Tour in 2010 and as choreographer for the CW Television Network’s The Next with hosts John Rich, Joe Jonas, Nelly and Gloria Estefan. Locally, he has choreographed for the Stamford Symphony's Gala and Curtain Call Theatre as well as numerous high school productions. He also designed and wrote dance education curricula for Domus, Chester-Addison Community Center, Stamford Family YMCA, REACH Prep and Horizons. Locust has been a studio owner, master teacher and choreographer in the Fairfield County area for over ten years. He is Founder and Director of Harmony Nation, an anti-bullying educational program that performs at area schools. He also directs Locust Contemporary Dance Works, a youth pre-professional company with performances throughout the year culminating in a New York City concert. Recently, Locust was appointed by the renowned Boca Ballet Theatre in Florida to teach jazz dance as part of their summer residency program and was selected to adjudicate and teach at the JCC Maccabi Games. Locust’s multi-faceted lifestyle is chronicled in the reality show Locust Under 5’.

 

Mindy Vaccino, Executive Office Manager and Director of Marketing, studied at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and in Rome, Italy, receiving a degree in Fine Arts. Her illustrations and photographs have been published in magazines, newspapers and on book and CD covers. Her paintings and films have been showcased at Locust Contemporary Dance Works concerts and her artwork exhibited in New York, New England and Rome. Mindy has taught visual arts in before-and after-school programs and in children's ministry. In the performing arts, she has worked on theater sets, prop design and performance publications for over 20 years.

 

Office Manager and Co-Production Director Stacy Homicki has been working in dance education for over 20 years. She trained in many different dance styles throughout her childhood, performing and competing throughout New England and other parts of the country. Stacy soon discovered her love of teaching dance, and pursued her training as a teacher, as well as a dancer. She received her BFA in Dance and Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she performed, taught, and assisted in the production of many shows. Stacy has taught extensively in the Boston area, where she has also worked in studio office management and show production.  Stacy worked in the Performing Arts Department at KING in Stamford for 9 years, teaching, choreographing, and working on show production and management. Stacy also has 2 children who love to dance at LPAC!

 

Studio Coordinator Suzanne Rydz is a Dancer, Choreographer, Writer and Producer who graduated from Fairfield University with a BA in Fine Arts and also 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 Production company's film The Sound is currently winning awards at numerous film festivals across the country.

 

Kool Kidz Director 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, on the CW Network's The Next and at B.B. King's with recording artist Arika Kane. 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.

 

Director of Musical Theatre 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, including KING's theater department, 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. His most recent project is as returning choreographer for Life Vest Inside's international Flash-Mob event, Dance for Kindness.

 

LPAC's Ballet Mistress Kristen Prescott received her dance training at Connecticut Ballet and the Ballet School of Stamford under Stephanie Marini and went on to graduate from the Greenwich Ballet Academy under Sara Knight and Michael Shannon. 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. In 2008, Kristen began dancing professionally with Configuration Dance Theatre in Buffalo, NY, where she performed many soloist and principal roles. She has also performed with Ballet des Ameriques and numerous times for choreographer Marcos Vedoveto and was seen on ABC’s Elementary. Kristen is currently dancing with Thomas Ortiz Dance and is beginning her fifth season with Connecticut Ballet. 

 

Co-Production Director 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 20 years and is director of an award-winning competition team, Bonafide Dance Company.  

 

FOCUS Tap Director 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. Christina is also a certified Pilates mat instructor and is looking forward to another year at LPAC!

 

Janine Micheletti also known as J9, has danced all of her life. She began dancing at Somers Ballet School where she studied Ballet and Jazz while she was growing up. Her real passion, however, became Hip-Hop dancing. She studied at Broadway Dance Center for many years and became an assistant to esteemed choreographer, Bev Brown. She has since toured the country dancing and has spent a lot of her time teaching Hip-Hop to both adults and children. She recently returned from a 2-month program readying kids for dance competitions, and just finished conducting a workshop that performed at Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater. She is extremely passionate about teaching and bringing the joy of dance to others.

 

Kelsey Emmett a Stamford native, trained in various styles throughout Fairfield County while growing up.  She attended SUNY Buffalo and graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Dance.  Shortly after moving to New York City, she spent a year traveling the world and performing on a cruise ship, followed by various showcases, performances and workshops around NYC. Kelsey is the Company Manager and performer with ALMA NYC, a Non-Profit dance company that performs and volunteers locally and internationally.  Through ALMA she has performed in Couture Fashion Week, Young Choreographers Festival, Project Dance and numerous outreach events.  Kelsey has taught gymnastics and dance throughout the tri-state area and is looking forward to teaching her hometown community!

 

Alyssa Fulmer graduated magna cum laude with a BA in dance from Point Park University. Since graduating, she has enjoyed teaching dance to children and young adults. She is currently on faculty at Peridance Capezio Center in NYC and Dance Innovations in New Jersey. Her credits include training with the Joffrey Ballet in New York City and performing at various festivals, showcases and dance collectives. Presently, she is performing with Alyson Laury Dance Company, among other artists. She is thrilled to be a part of Locust Performing Arts Center, passing on her love for dance in such a fun yet educational environment.

 

Dancer and Choreographer Dijon K. Whyte is a dance major at Adelphi University. Before Adelphi, “D” received his most significant dance training in Stamford at Locust Performing Arts Center (LPAC) and Ballet School of Stamford. He started as a tap dancer and as the years grew on he fell in love with many different styles of movement such as jazz, hip-hop, modern, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, salsa, and West African. His summers were spent training with the Ballet School of Stamford, Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, and the Martha Graham School. Dijon has had the privilege to work with choreographers such as Jimmy Locust, Monica Richardson, Maurice Curry, Troy Powell, and Sheila Barker. Over his 4 year career at Adelphi University he has been blessed enough to perform works by David Parsons, Paul Taylor, Martha Graham and Jiri Kylian.

 

Kristine Bellemare grew up in Northern Connecticut, studying all types of dance from a young age. In 2009, Kristine started teaching, and from that point she realized her goal is to spread her passion for dance, giving her dancers the opportunity to learn and grow inside and outside of the studio. Kristine's choreography has won numerous awards, and she is also an award-winning and Top Score Award dancer at the Regional and Competitive level. Kristine teaches both recreational and competitive dance, and has a love for both levels. She believes each dancer should be treated individually striving as much as possible.

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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