• 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.


  • 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 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 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.

    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.


  • 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 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!


  • 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 The Greater Hartford Academy of The Arts, Miss Leeza furthered her dance education establishing her love of modern dance and earned a Dance Degree from GHAA. Leeza graduated from Roger Williams University with a BA in Dance with a minor in Psychology. During her time at RWU, she spent a semester abroad studying dance at the London Contemporary School of Dance as well as Pineapple Dance Studios. While attending RWU Leeza choreographed two shows for the Theatre program under the advising of Jeffrey Martin, taught master classes at Harper Dance Center in Mashpee, Massachusetts, Grossi Dance and Performing Arts Academy in Vernon, and The Dance Academy of Somers. 

     Miss Leeza became involved in the L.I.F.E. Inc program at RWU where she began teaching dance to special needs adults. She continues her love of dance as an instructor and a performer and is pursuing dance as a form of therapy for the special needs population. 


  • Miss Courtney — Instructor

    Miss Courtney has been dancing since the ripe age of two and began her journey with GD&PAA when she was twelve years old. Prior to her instruction at GD&PAA, Miss Courtney trained as a competitive dancer in a previous studio for over eight years and has studied all forms of dance. Since joining the Grossi family, Miss Courtney became a member of Ms. Linda Regulbuto’s first ever Senior Performance Company when Ms. Linda continued the legacy of Grossi Dance and continued to be a lead dancer in the Company until she graduated in 2016. In 2014, Miss Courtney became the first student from GD&PAA to be selected as the Youth Representative for the New England chapter of the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts (NADAA) , where she represented all of New England at the NADAA National Convention. During her time at the studio, she ventured through the rankings from student assistant, to teaching assistant, guest instructor, stage manager and instructor under the guidance of the staff.

    She is a GD&PAA graduate and received her B.A. from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH, in Elementary Education. In the spring of 2021, Miss Courtney will be receiving her Masters of Education in Special Education Literacy from the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT. During her time at Saint Anselm, Miss Courtney was a member of the College’s Dance Team and Dance Club all four years. She had the opportunity to choreograph pieces for their annual showcase through Dance Club, and engaged in high-energy routines that were performed at football and basketball games while on the Dance Team. Her senior year, Miss Courtney served as captain for the Team, broadening her instruction sights as she choreographed high-intensity pom routines. Miss Courtney has taught master classes at GD&PAA and taught to large groups of dancers during weekly Dance Club meetings at Saint Anselm. 

    She has taken multiple master classes from world-renowned choreographers as she attended several NADAA workshops during her time as a student at GD&PAA. Miss Courtney also took a professional level class with Nicole Manelas, former line captain for the Patriots Cheerleaders. In the summer of 2015, Miss Courtney spent two weeks studying under Earl Mosley at his Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts Summer Intensive Program. There, she spent two weeks learning from different instructors and performed in two separate semi-professional performances. 

    Miss Courtney is thrilled to be on staff for GD&PAA and is excited to continue her professional career. She can’t wait to help dancers find their passion and help them to grow not only in their dance skills, but to help them develop as individuals as well.


  • Alexia Rae Bobrowski​  — Instructor

    Alexia Rae Bobrowski​ ​grew up in Tolland, Connecticut where her spark for dancing ignited from classes at a local dance school since the age of 2. When an opportunity presented itself, she continued her commitment to dance as a Trainee at Joffrey Ballet School and moved to New York City at the same time earning her High School diploma online. After high school she continued her artistic and personal growth while participating in workshops, juggling three jobs preparing her for a diverse future in the arts. She gained a passion for teaching at Doreen's Dance Center of Colchester, CT ranging in various ages from 2016-2019. This ultimately led her to attending the Boston Conservatory at Berklee from 2017-2021. For real world experience she assisted at The Elliot School to gain pedagogic experience. Under the umbrella of education she has attended summer intensives including Paul Taylor, Mark Morris and Joffrey West. Alexia has performed works by Mark Morris, José Limon, Catherine Coury, Bradley Shelver, Daniel Pelzig, among other internationally recognized choreographers. She is grateful to everyone who she has learned from and worked with while in school. An eagerness to know more about every angle of dance led her to become DANCE NOW NYC’S first Programming Intern. Alexia is looking forward to spending a life in dance. 


  • Trish Reagan — Instructor

    Mrs. Trish Reagan has been dancing at Grossi Dance & Performing Arts Academy since 2005; previously studying 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 licensed Massage Therapist.  Ms. Trish is on the Board of the CAST Children's Theatre in Manchester and helps with children's programs at her church in Tolland.  She has two talented children, Madalyn, who has been dancing at GD&PAA since 2006 and her son, Jude, a GD&PAA Company member, since 2015.

    Ms. Trish started as a staff member in 2018 and is excited to be a part of the great team at GD&PAA!


  • Melissa Strauss — Instructor

    Mrs. 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 acted in many shows and musicals including “Camelot”, “The Secret Garden”, “Annie”, “Peter Pan”, “Hair”, and many others. 

    Melissa currently owns and teaches private piano and voice lessons for Strauss music out of her home and joined the staff of GD&PAA in 2018.  Melissa is happily married with four children and three stepchildren, who also dance, sing and act with GD&PAA!


  • 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 Danbury Music Center. 

    She is a graduate of Delaware Valley College and is pursuing a degree at Post University. Ms. Ashley is excited to join the staff of GD&PAA and to help young dancers grow in their love of dance and creativity.


  • 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, teaching assistant and assistant instructor under the tutelage of the GD&PAA directors and staff concentrating on classroom management, choreography and performance technique in all styles of dance. She is a well-respected instructor who holds herself and her students to the mission of the studios!


  • 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 at GDPAA, she dove into the competition world. At Grossi she had the opportunity to assistant teach and fell in love with it. She continues her dance studies in New York at Broadway Dance Center as well as most recently in California at the world-famous Millennium Dance Complex where she studied all different types of dance including contemporary, ballet, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, and even new styles like jazz funk and heels. 

    She is extremely excited to continue her love for dance, choreographing, and teaching as the Director of Center Stage Dance Team. 


  • 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 UConn, Meredith wanted to find a way to continue musically-driven movement, so she became a Barre instructor. Barre is a a low-impact fitness class based off of ballet, using a ballet barre. Barre is now her way of dancing; she choreographs new fitness routines every week.  
    Additionally, Meredith is a certified 200-hour yoga instructor, from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, as well as a certified Hot Hatha Sculpt instructor. Meredith currently teaches at four privately-owned, boutique studios in the Northeastern area and teaches yoga, Barre and fitness classes full-time. She is excited to assist for the Center Stage Dance Team for the 2019-20 school year."


  • 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 the varsity dance team and was a captain her senior year. At Quinnipiac University, Ally kept up her involvement in dance and cheered for the Quinnipiac Men’s Hockey team as an “ice girl,” and danced on the Kickline team. After graduating with a degree in accounting, Ally became a Senior Tax Consultant at Deloitte in Hartford. Ally is thrilled to be a coach for the Center Stage Dance Team!


  • 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 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 worked as an Associate Instructor at the CREC River Street Autism Program at Coltsville and is a third-grade teacher at Hopewell School in Glastonbury, CT. Shannon and her husband, Kevin, are the proud puppy parents of Charlie!


  • Kelly Tierney — Guest 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 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.


  • Keith Leonhardt — 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.


  • 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 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.


  • 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 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!


  • Kathy Gorsky — Zumba 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 teach Zumba Toning and Zumba Step. Kathy’s dance background includes 8 years of Hip Hop training, and she loves to bring all of the many diverse rhythms that Zumba incorporates into her classes. In her “spare time”, Kathy is the Head Trainer at Magnolia Run Equestrian Center, where she gets to enjoy her other career teaching children and adults how to ride horses.

    If you ask Kathy why she loves Zumba so much, she will tell you this: “I used to say I have to go work out. Now I say ‘I get to go to Zumba!’”


  • Sydney Susino — Guest Instructor

    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.


  • 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 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!!!!


  • 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 schools, such as: Hartford City Ballet, Ballet Petite, Dance Carousel, Ravel Dance Studio and was apart of Boston Ballet’s City Dance Outreach Program. She is currently pursuing her MAT degree through Liberty University.


  • 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.