• About Grossi Dance & Performing Arts Academy  - Vernon Connecticut

    Grossi Dance & Performing Arts Academy (GD&PAA) has been the Hartford area's premiere dance studio for the past 50 years. Proper dance and performing arts training is beneficial in so many ways. Thorough technique promotes good posture and coordination, muscle strength and flexibility. Good training promotes musical appreciation and artistic and creative expression as students learn to channel their energy constructively. Dance and theater arts training encourages poise, style and polish, giving a healthy respect for one's body and mind. Discipline learned in the dance and theater classes can be applied to life and school work as students learn to be better organized and gain responsibility and admiration for themselves and for the others in class.

    Classes are held in a wide array of dance genre and performing arts programs. Two fully appointed dance studios with specialized dance flooring Dancers and Company Performers and are involved in community outreach and service, enrichment activities, special appearances, collaborative and volunteer engagements such as Relay for Life, Special Olympics, Vernon Community Arts Council (VCAC), performances for The Bushnell, Senior Moments Presentations, Library lecture demonstrations, GD&PAA family field trips to musicals and productions, dance workshops, Master Classes, National Dance Conventions, and more!

    To contact Grossi Dance & Performing Arts Academy, please call, email or leave a message using the online contact form.

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  • Linda Regulbuto — Owner / Artistic Director

    Linda Regulbuto is the Owner and Artistic Director of Grossi Dance & Performing Arts Academy in Vernon, CT. After 22 years as owner, director and administrator of Steppin’ Up! Dance Studio & Companies and...

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  • Patrice Logan — Instructor

    Patrice Pudvah Logan holds a teacher's certificate in Dance Pedagogy from the Hartford Ballet. She continues to train at University of Hartford Community Division, Broadway Dance Center and master classes throughout the region...

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  • Nicole Michaud — Instructor

    Miss Nicole has worked at the Grossi Dance & Performing Arts Academy (GD&PAA) for the past eight years teaching jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop! A lifelong student of the GD&PAA, Miss Nicole has studied various...

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  • Shannon Walsh — Instructor

    Originally from Glastonbury, CT Shannon received early training from the Hartford Ballet School under the direction of Enid Lynn. She continued her studies with Connecticut Concert Ballet under the direction of...

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  • Leeza Regulbuto — Instructor

    Leeza Regulbuto began her dance training at Dance Express and furthered her training at The Dance Academy of Somers, studying hip hop, tap, jazz, modern, ballet and pointe work. While co-attending Somers High School and...

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  • Trish Reagan — Instructor

    Miss Trish has been dancing at Grossi since 2005,  Previously she took jazz and tap while growing up in Worcester MA.  She is a graduate of George Washington University with a BA in Communications and currently works as a...

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  • Melissa Strauss — Instructor

    Melissa Strauss is a certified music teacher who has been in the school systems for 13 years teaching chorus, drama and music. She holds a Bachelor’s in Education and a Master’s in Curriculum writing. She has directed and...

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  • Ashley Garcia — Instructor

    Mrs. Ashley Garcia has been dancing with Grossi Dance & Performing Arts Academy since 2013 taking Jazz and Tap. Previously she studied and performed for over 20 years with Woodbury Academy of Dance, Dance Magic and the...

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  • Anna Strauss — Instructor

    Anna is a graduate of GD&PAA and attends the University of Connecticut. Miss Anna was a lead dancer in the Senior Performance Company for four years and rose through the ranks as a student assistant...

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  • Alex Segar — Instructor

    Alex Segar has been dancing for the past 15 years, with four of those years being at Grossi Dance and Performing Arts Academy. She started out as a recreational and company dancer however, during her last three years...

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  • Meredith Kuraska — Instructor / Coach

    Meredith began dancing when she was five years old and continued to dance throughout high school and college, where she was a member and choreographer of the UConn Dance Company. After graduating...

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  • Ally Stephan — Instructor / Coach

    Ally Stephan grew up in Ellington, CT, where she danced for 15 years. She was very involved in dancing competitively in Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, and Acrobatics. In high school, she danced on...

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  • Kelly Tierney — Instructor

    Kelly Tierney has been dancing for 18 years. She attended Glastonbury Dance Center for 15 years where she studied tap, jazz, and ballet and was a featured performer, competitive dancer and teaching assistant. She...

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  • Keith Leonhardt — Guest Instructor

    Keith Leonhardt is a native of Suffield, CT and received his training in musical theater & vocal studies at The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, The ONYX Sound Lab Recording Studio: Artist Development, Singer/Songwriter...

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  • Marla Mozzer — Instructor / Piano Accompanist

    Marla Mozzer is a dancer, actress, pianist and singer.  She has been teaching dance for over 15 years, mostly teaching pre-dance to the youngest dancers, and tap and jazz to kids and adults of all ages. Marla currently...

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  • Beth Regulbuto — Guest Teaching Artist

    Miss Beth Regulbuto has been dancing since the age of 7. Under the direction of Linda Regulbuto, Beth started teaching dance as an assistant at Steppin’ Up Dance Studio in Somers, Connecticut at the age of 12 and continued...

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  • Kerri Allison Smith — Guest Teaching Artist

    Kerri Allison Smith holds a BFA in Acting with an independent study in Dance from the University of Connecticut. On a four year scholarship at UConn, Miss Smith excelled in Shakespeare and Jazz Dance, studying under...

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  • Kathy Gorsky — Guest Instructor

    Kathy Gorsky has been a licensed Zumba instructor since 2011, and has been teaching several classes each week ever since. She also is an AFAA-certified Group Exercise instructor, is CPR-AED certified, and is licensed to...

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  • Sydney Susino — Guest Instructor

    Sydney started dancing at the age of 2, and training competitively by the age of 11 in Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet and Hip-Hop. She attended Wagner College in Staten Island, NY and graduated in 2014 with a B.S. Degree in...

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  • Jennifer Perosky — Instructor

    Jennifer Perosky shares her love for dance and rhythm with us in her High Energy ZUMBA class! Jennifer has been a licensed Zumba instructor for two years. She continues her education and creativity by attending fellow...

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  • Autumn Grezel — Guest Instructor

    Autumn has studied ballet and modern dance at both Belhaven College in Jackson, MS and Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm, FL. While in school, she had the opportunity to study under choreographer Demetrius Klein and gleaned much from his tutelage while performing with the PBA Dance Ensemble. She has taught ballet and modern dance at various dance...

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