All classes are taught by experienced professionals providing a positive and challenging program for every student. The faculty of Grossi Dance & Performing Arts Academy (GD&PAA) has extensive performance credentials, broad experience with numerous dance companies, dance teams and theaters. Instructors are certified by Dance Master of America and the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts (NADAA) Nurturing and professional teaching techniques are the cornerstone of Grossi Dance & Performing Arts Academy.
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 RSVP Video Productions, Linda joined the staff at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT. While at The Bushnell she was appointed Associate Producer and Senior Manager of Programs and Producing, where she contracted Broadway and non-Broadway programming, developed new producing efforts, coordinated casting for touring companies and Bushnell Productions, and organized master classes with Broadway cast members.
During this time she was production manager for The Bushnell’s premiere producing effort of The Music Man - A 50th Anniversary Tribute in 2008 with Shirley Jones and Patrick Cassidy, Greater Tuna in 2009 and Warriors Don’t Cry in 2010. In 2007, 2008 and 2010 Linda produced and directed the Martin Luther King Celebration performances and coordinated casting for The Music Man, Greater Tuna, Whistle Down the Wind and High School Musical at The Bushnell.
Ms. Regulbuto’s experience as a professional dancer, choreographer and director led her to numerous theatrical and television performances, including her top favorites: A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, and Me and My Girl and was a choreographer for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City for 11 years.
Linda has served as a CT chapter vice president for the National Association of Dancers and Affiliated Artists (NADAA), competition judge for NADAA and several dance and talent competitions throughout the country as well as appearing many times on faculty. She continues to conduct master classes and seminars, and has been a lead consultant with Regal Productions Consulting to several dance companies, performing arts schools and theater organizations in the New England and New York areas. Linda was accepted into the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) for her accomplishments in the performing arts industry, and was recently awarded Woman of The Year by the NAPW.
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.
Patrice has been on the faculty of Connecticut Dance School in Fairfield, Connecticut since 1987. She is also a rehearsal assistant for the school's annual Nutcracker production. Ms. Logan was on the faculty of Glastonbury Dance Center in Glastonbury, Connecticut teaching and choreographing for 25 years. As a faculty member of the Carousel of the Fine Arts, Patrice taught ballet and jazz classes at Samuel Staples School in Easton, Connecticut. Ms. Logan has also performed with City Chapters through Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and Annex Dance Company through Hartford Conservatory in Hartford, Connecticut.
Ms. Logan has been a part of RISCA, Rhode Island State Council of the Arts, as a judge for competitive grant awards and fellowship awards in dance. Patrice has also been a judge for NADAA, National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts, Inc., national competitions.
Patrice has set a standard of excellence in dance training for pre-ballet, ballet, and jazz students. She is regarded as a master teacher and has conducted many successful teaching training workshops along with community demonstrations.
Patrice joined the faculty of Grossi Dance & Performing Arts Academy in 2012.
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 dance forms throughout her years dancing; and encourages dancing for fun!
Miss Nicole taught classes and worked with students at The Connecticut Concert Ballet, Dance Academy of Somers, The Dance Connection, Leaps and Dreams Performing Arts, Summit Studios, Center Stage Dance Academy, American Dance Academy, Pure Imagination Theatre and Dance, and Dance Progressions; however decided to focus her attention solely on Grossi in 2010. Along with teaching and choreographing at studios Miss Nicole also coaches the award winning Ellington High School Varsity Dance Team throughout football, basketball and the competitive dance season.
Miss Nicole is excited to be continuing with her students, new and old, in the upcoming dance season!
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 holds a Connecticut Teacher’s Certification and works for the Ellington Public Schools with students in Special Education.
Marla is a regular worship leader and worship team member of her church, Trinity Covenant Church in Manchester, CT. She is a featured soloist in many of the church’s musical events, such as Good Tidings of Great Joy and Christmas At Trinity. You can also see Marla singing the National Anthem at many sporting events around Connecticut including Lime Rock Race Track. Mohegan Sun Arena and The XL Center.
Marla is the piano accompanist for the Glastonbury Public Schools, and loves accompanying the Musical Theatre classes here at GDPAA.
Marla is thrilled to sing, dance and act in the annual fundraiser Hot Music: A Broadway Experience held at Trinity Covenant Church.
Marla is so grateful to work for such a wonderful dance studio. The staff and students at GDPAA are fun, hardworking, dedicated, talented, positive and so enjoyable to be around. Marla wants to say a huge thank you to everyone who keeps GDPAA running! This studio is a class act!
Marla currently resides in Ellington, CT with her husband David and their fantastic son, Lincoln.
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 David Lawrence and Wendy Fish Lawrence. Shannon attended the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts as a Dance major (2004-2008) and furthered her academic and dance career at Elon University in North Carolina; graduating in 2012 with a B.S. in Human Services.
While at Elon she had the opportunity to dance and perform with the dance department in their annual fall and spring shows for all four years. Shannon also performed and traveled with the Terranova Dance Theater for two seasons (2011-2012) under the direction of Jen Guy.
Since graduating she has returned to Connecticut and worked at the Playhouse on Park (West Hartford, CT) in a production of Swinging On A Star (Dancer/ensemble 2012). Shannon is currently working as an Associate Instructor at the CREC River Street Autism Program at Coltsville.
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 instructors' classes and master classes throughout the Northeast.
She has a background in ballet and various other forms of dance. Jennifer was a collegiate cheerleader and is also certified in group fitness and CPR/AED.
ZUMBA......where every class is a Party!!!!
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 continues her studies of jazz and tap with Darlene Zoller at UHart and with Sharon Arslanian at UMass Amherst.
A favorite teacher of master classes at GD&PAA, her workshops are high energy, with emphasis on technique and performance skills.
Katherine Marple is a licensed Zumba Instructor and is certified in CPR/AED. She believes in celebrating the things your body can accomplish, one step at a time. With enough patience and practice, you can accomplish most anything.
Katherine Marple is a Published Author, Type 1 Diabetes Advocate, Small Business Owner & Artist. Using dance fitness as a tool in the journey toward a healthy life, you can ease Anxiety & Depression, Increase Balance, Endurance & Memory, as well as Boost Confidence.
You do not need any dance experience to enter a Zumba class- You only need a desire to move your body, good sneakers and a water bottle.
MUSICAL THEATRE / ACTING
Linda Wilson, an accomplished educator, director, choreographer, actor, vocalist and dancer, has performed regionally, and internationally, including a successful concert tour of Australia. She holds an A.A. degree in Music, Theatre, and dance, along with a Master of Education degree from UCONN in elementary education. In addition to teaching 2nd grade at Wolcott School in West Hartford, Linda founded a children’s dance company, and was faculty at the HARTT School of Music and Hartford Ballet instructing tap. Linda is co-producer and founder of Hot Music, now in its 5th year, creating original Broadway reviews to benefit Manchester area ministries.
Musical Theatre is her specialty whether it be coaching a student through a song, choreographing and staging Broadway scenes, or teaching audition techniques. Linda is currently a professional vocalist, acting teacher at Playhouse on Park, leads worship at Trinity Covenant Church in Manchester, is a featured vocalist in TCC’s annual Christmas Musical for the past 18 years, and sings with a female quartet. Choreography credits include 42nd STREET, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS..., DAMN YANKEES, CAROUSEL, and many more.
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 for 5 years eventually becoming a full dance teacher incorporating her own choreography and personal style into her students routines.
Miss Beth has participated in local theatre, Tap-a-mania, and many conventions on the East Coast, and is an active member of NADAA. While attending college at Central Connecticut State University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, she was a member of the CCSU Dance Team which performed shows for the school’s sports teams and other school events. Miss Beth continued her love of dance and teaching at Dance Express in Tolland for nine years after taking a few short years off to start a family.
She has three beautiful children – Leeza, Jake and Zachary who inspire her every day. Miss Beth returned home to teach in Somers, and has been on staff at the Dance Academy of Somers for the last six years. Miss Beth is thrilled to be a part of the GDA and to get the chance to be part of the family and teach with her first dance teacher, dear friend, mentor, and sister-in-law Ms. Linda!
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 Dr. Nafe Katter, Bob McDonald, David Allan Stern, Alyson Portelance-Ayer, Lynn Grossi, Dawn Lee Repoli, and Jean Sabatine.
Miss Smith has appeared in over 60 theater productions, produced for DFX Entertainment LLC, and directed 15 shows. Miss Smith is also a title-winning ballroom and Latin dancer, dancing with Clemens Legenfelder. As a dance teacher, Miss Smith has taught at over 20 studios in the state of Connecticut, taking students to perform in National Dance Competitions, Orange Bowl Halftime Shows, the Hartford Expo, The XL Center, and more. In addition, Miss Smith owned her own studio, Pure Imagination Theater and Dance, LLC. where she taught jazz, tap, ballet, Zumba, and acting, and also owned the production company Evolve Productions LLC.
Miss Smith currently teaches dance and fitness classes at gyms and studios, is an English and Dance teacher at Northwest Catholic High School, and is excited to be on faculty at GDA!
Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1992, Sydney Susino was raised in Manalapan, NJ and currently lives in Chicopee, MA. She 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 Biology with minors in Chemistry and Dance.
Throughout her 4 years, she was a member of the nationally ranked Wagner College Dance Team who competed in Orlando, Florida at UDA Nationals. Alongside her schooling, she continued to teach classes at Dance Attitudes in Marlboro, NJ for both pre-teams and competitive teams.
As she pursues a career in dental hygiene, she keeps her love for dance a priority and truly loves to inspire her students through the art of dance. She joins Grossi Dance & Performing Arts Academy as a Guest Artist teaching specialty technique classes.
GUEST ARTIST / TAP 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 Conservatory Program, and The University of the Arts of Philadelphia, PA. He is a hoofer/tap dance educator, teacher, choreographer, and working artist. Keith has studied under Suffield Performing Arts, The Dance Factory, David Potter’s Dance Studio, The New England Dance Center, and is currently a resident company member of Professor Clare O'Donnel’s O’D N TAP in which he is considered her protégé student.
As a tap soloist he has been privileged to study & share the stage with such masters as Ted Levy, Savion Glover, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, Jason Samuels Smith, Dr. Robert Reed, Shea Sullivan, Yukiko Smiley, Michelle Dorrance of Dorrance Dance, & Lady Di Walker. He has honored to perform for the past five years at Hartford Connecticut’s Ted Hershey Dance & Music Festival, The Big Apple Tap Festival of Miller and Ben Shoes and has been a scholarship recipient of Jazz Tap Center’s Tradition in Tap in New York City. He has also competed regionally and nationally with a winning title for Headliners Dance, Star-Power Dance, & Sophisticated Dance Productions in tap dance divisions.
As a performer, he has appeared with The Warner Stage Company, The Broad Brook Opera House/Opera House Players, , The Hartford Children’s Theater, River Valley Youth Theater Collective, Suffield Players, Lamb Theatrical, The Dan Kane Singers, & General Synod. He has been awarded by The Suffield Council for the Arts and The Connecticut Association of Schools Performing Arts Foundation. His longtime affiliation with musical theater continues as he has co-directed/choreographed more intensively over the past year and a half. His musical theater work and choreography credits include Footloose!, the Connecticut production of The Rocky Horror Show Live, La Cage Aux Folles, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Fiddler on the Roof, and Monty Python Spamalot. Keith is currently on the faculty for Dance 10 Studios of Wethersfield, CT, Milford Academy of Dance, and Performing Arts Programs...New England’s premiere talent development education program for youth.
Dawn has been in the dance trade for 27 years. Her ever constant quote, “It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it.” exemplifies her approach to all avenues of the industry. “Dance should be energizing, satisfying, challenging, emotional and enjoyable.” Miss Dawn’s credits in her performing journey include ESPY Awards at the Bushnell, Ct., “Anything Goes”, “Sweet Charity”, “Hello Dolly” and various conference performances.
Choreography acknowledgments include “Peter Pan”, “Man of La Mancha”, “Sweet Charity”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Chicago”, choral performance groups, gymnastic teams, local school variety shows, as well as numerous workshops and master class routines in New York City and across the United States. Miss Dawn owned and operated Dawn’s Studio of Creative Dance for ten fulfilling years.
Miss Dawn believes that any and all success in dance comes from the teachers you study with and the passion and confidence you have within you and inspire in others. She recognizes her family, her teacher, Miss Lynn Grossi and her loyal, valued students for all her accomplishments.