Dance Center Faculty

The Westport Weston Family YMCA Dance Center values the continued training and education of our staff. We are a YPAD Studio. Learn more about YPAD.

 

Alison Ligi

Dance Center Coordinator

Alison’s love of dance began at 5 years old when she started taking ballet, tap and jazz. Over the years she expanded her repertoire to include hip-hop, lyrical and pointe and pursued her love at Springfield College where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dance, with a minor in psychology in 2006. While in school she was a member of the SC Dancers and the CT Titan All-Star Open Dance Team. She has continued her education by taking master classes and attending dance conventions throughout the tri-state area. She has taught all ages and genres at studios, educational programs and summer camps in CT and MA, and has coached and choreographed for local CT high school dance teams. A featured dancer in Mike Lembo’s “Can’t Come Down” and Bgirl Trinity’s “Dance With Me” music videos, Alison has a fun, high energy approach to teaching and hopes to instill her passion for the art in the students at the Westport Weston Family Y Dance Center!

 

Taylor Logan

Taylor is from Trumbull, CT. She went to Manhattanville College where she received her Bachelors of Science in Business Management with a minor in dance. She graduated from the University of New Haven with her Masters of Science in Sports Management. She has been training at the Joffrey Ballet School since June 2016, and previously with the Performing Arts Center of Connecticut (now Rockwell Dance Center), Regional Center for the Arts, Manhattanville College and Complexions Contemporary Ballet Academy. Her love of children is evident as she spends her summers working with children with Epilepsy at Camp EAGR in New York as well as the Y Dance Center’s summer camps.

 

Jessica Matthews

Jessica began dancing at the age of four. At age twelve she jumped into her studio’s competition team and never looked back. She is trained in various styles of dance including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop. During her competition years, Jessica achieved numerous awards for her performances on stage. Jessica recently graduated from Scared Heart University with her B.A. in English and her minor in dance. Jessica hopes to continue to grow as a dancer, creative being, and teacher so that she can inspire younger dancers to become their very best.

 

Danielle Musumeci

Danielle has been dancing since age three and danced competitively throughout high school. She continued her training at Sacred Heart University where she performed as well as choreographed for Dance Ensemble, and was also captain of the Kickline team. She graduated in the spring of 2021 with a Bachelors in elementary education and a minor in dance. Danielle hopes to share her passion and love for the arts with the next generation of young dancers. energy approach to teaching and hopes to instill her passion for the art in the students at the Westport Weston Family Y Dance Center!

 

Anisa Nieves Taliercio

Anisa is a vibrant, fun, and creative teacher who loves sharing her passion for dance with others. She has experience in a variety of dance styles such as ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and salsa. Anisa started dancing at the age of 3 and comes from a dance competition background which has earned her awards for best solo, best stage presence and most commitment. She performed in the Fairfield Follies rendition of In the Heights in 2010, where she played the supporting role of Vanessa. Anisa graduated from Adelphi University’s Dance Department in 2015 where she had the honor of performing choreographed pieces by former dancers of Parsons and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. She is excited to begin her journey with the Westport Weston Family YMCA Dance Center.

 

Danielle Pierce-Master

Danielle, “Clare and Ryan’s Mom,” loves all things movement and dance. She has an MA in Dance Education from New York University and a BA in English from Fordham University. She also trained in Brain Compatible Dance Education practices at the Summer Dance Institute for Teachers at the Creative Dance Center in Seattle. Danielle has taught creative dance at The Spence School and Steps on Broadway, both in New York City.

Danielle performed throughout the NYC metro area as a member of the Tap Olé Dance Company and Dance Visions New York, in addition to works by Belinda Sáenz and Alfdaniels Mabingo. She presented her choreography at Donation Dance NYC, Amalgamate Dance Company Showcase and Greenspace’s Fertile Ground. As an NYU student, Danielle had the opportunity to travel to Kampala, Uganda to participate in an exchange program, where she got to learn local dances and to teach modern dance to children.

Ms. Master has presented her work at the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and Dance and the Child International (daCi) Conferences. Beyond her practice as a Dance Educator, Danielle is licensed to teach Zumba ® Fitness for children and adults and is certified to teach Pilates Mat and Apparatus through the Pilates Academy International.

 

Stephanie Smith

Stephanie is thrilled to be teaching dance again.  She previously taught all ages ballet, tap, and jazz before taking time off to raise her three kids.  Her favorite Theatre Credits include the First National Tour of 42nd Street, Swing in the National Tour of My Fair Lady, Charity in Sweet Charity, Latin Feature in Swing, and Tess in Crazy for You.  She has a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Oklahoma, and a MA from Teachers College, Columbia University in Music Education.  She also teaches Pilates Apparatus and Mat Classes.