August 6, 2014
  • August 2014 Press — Dance Academy is in Step with Community

    Celebrating its 45th anniversary, Grossi Dance Academy continues to serve students and their families in addition to the community in so many ways. Classes in all types of dance, musical theater, voice and acting are offered for students aged 2 to 82 – which is another way of saying from pre-school through senior citizens.

    Spotlight on Business PhotoBut that is just part of the picture. Students and families at Grossi Dance Academy are involved in much more than just taking classes. “We encourage strong community involvement, outreach and service,” said owner and artistic director Linda Regulbuto. Performers and families are involved with Special Olympics, Relay for Life and a new program called Dancing Thru Life – based on jazz and musical theater movement, done to Big Band music, and offering exercise and kinship for breast cancer survivors, thrivers and those who support them.

    Regulbuto, whose experience includes serving as production manager and senior manager of programs and producing at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts as well as 22 years as owner, director and administrator of Steppin’Up! Dance Studio and Companies, became artistic director last season and moved to the Vernon location with two full studios and expanded programs this month. A professional dancer, choreographer and director, and as lead consultant with Regal Productions Consulting to several dance companies, performing arts schools and theater organizations in New England and New York, Regulbuto has much to offer students at Grossi Dance Academy.

    Three performance groups provide many opportunities for students to connect with, engage, enliven and encourage those for whom they perform. Master classes and workshops with lead professionals from Broadway and national dance companies are provided throughout the year. Also offered is barre exercise based on ballet, gyrotonic and Pilates for adults. In addition, there are special classes for moms, dads and grads, and students attend local and national National Association of Dancers and Affiliated Artists (NADAA) seminars and conventions. Regulbuto, who is past vice president of NADAA was also named woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women for her accomplishments in the performing arts industry.

    The upshot of all this, is that students and their families come to Grossi Dance Academy for the experience and integrity of its artistic director and once they get there they also benefit from the inclusive atmosphere that welcomes special friends with special needs and reaches out to benefit and enliven the entire community around them. A winwin in anybody’s book.

    Regal Productions-Grossi Dance Academy
    30 Lafayette Square, Suite 116
    Vernon, CT 06066
    Phone: 860.872.1498

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