Dance Center

The Westport Weston Family YMCA Dance Center has been providing quality Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop and Creative Children’s Classes for children, teens, and adults for over 40 years. The school offers a full spectrum of programs for students ages 2 to adult.

Our education-based program is geared toward creating well rounded dancers with strong technique, coordination and focus. We strive to engage students physically and intellectually while helping them have fun while learning.

The Dance Program meets from September to June. We offer two semesters, Fall and Winter/Spring.
Fall 1 schedule:  Fall 1 2020 DANCE

Questions? Email lcenatiempo@westporty.org or call (203)226-8981 ext. 118

 

Important Dance Center Information

Keeping our dancers safe during these uncertain times is our number one priority. To read our Dance Safety Guidelines During Covid, please click here.

We do have a specific Dress Code for our dancers. Click here to see what your dancer should wear for their dance class.

In the dance center we understand that sometimes an instance where a refund is requested may occur. Please find our Refund Policy here.

Attendance is an important part as we don’t want any of our dancers to miss out on any fun. Check out our Attendance Policy here.

Dance Center Schedules

Our Fall 2020 Schedule and registration dates will be available soon. Please check back for those updates! For now we have our Class Descriptions of what we will be offering. You may preview those here.
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Elite Company Program 2020-2021

The Elite Company Program is a fun and exciting alternative to our recreational program. An award winning program, teams are comprised of students who participate in Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet and Conditioning classes. Attendance is a crucial part of this program. It is expected that members of the teams are routinely in classes. Without full participation and dedication to class time, we are not able to run a successful competition program. The elite company dancers will attend a minimum of two local dance competitions in a season. Team members will also be required to attend our Elite Team Week that takes place at the end of the summer. To learn more about the Elite Team Company Program, please click here. If you have questions about the Elite Company Program, please contact dance center director, Lillian Cenatiempo at lcenatiempo@westporty.org.

 

Dance Center Faculty

The Westport Weston Family YMCA Dance Center values the continued training and education of our staff. We are a YPAD Studio. Please click here to learn more about what that means.

Staci D’Andrea – Staci is a graduate of Dean College with her B.A as a double major in Dance Arts and Entertainment Management. A resident of Milford, Staci started her dance career at the at of 3. She was a competition dancer for 13 years and continued her love of dance to the collegiate where she found her love of teaching. This is Miss Staci’s third year with us on staff here at the Westport Weston Family YMCA Dance Center.

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.

Marissa Powers – Marissa is a recent graduate of Sacred Heart University and is heading back to school to pursue her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. She has been dancing since she was two years old and has been apart of competitive programs her whole life. She is well trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and Musical Theater. At Scared Heart University, Marissa was heavily involved in the dance company and performed in a number of professional settings. Marissa recently also received her minor in dance education and is excited to work with and inspire young Westport Weston Family YMCA dancers!

Helen Samoskevich – This is Miss Helen’s first year teaching here at the Westport Weston Family YMCA. She is currently a junior at UMass Amherst remotely, pursuing her B.A. in Arts Management. Previously, Miss Helen worked with young children teaching and assisting with Musical Theater classes. Helen is also a professional actor, having performed in a number of theaters locally. Miss Helen continues her studies in Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Musical Theater in NYC (remotely at the moment). Helen is looking forward to a great year here at the Y!

Halle Mastroberadino – Halle is a NYC based performing artist and teacher, who was lucky to grow up just a short ride away from the city. Halle jumped right into the Musical Theater scene after graduating from Point Park University, where she earned her B.F.A in Musical Theater with a minor in dance. Halle has performed on Broadway BCEFA’s Nothing Like a Dame and the National High School Musical Theater Awards, also known as the Jimmy Awards. She made her Off-Broadway debut this past February, and now finds herself pursuing her passion of teaching, choreographing, and directing the next generation of artists. This is Halle’s first year with us here at the Y and we couldn’t be more excited to have her!

Stephanie Tolbert-King –  Stephanie comes to us with a plethora of experience and training. As a graduate of Eastern University with a B.A. in dance. Her teaching experience from Temple University to her choreography earning her awards, full tuition scholarships, and acknowledgments above and beyond, have given her the opportunities to perform and teach across the United States. Most recently Stephanie launched her own dance company, that is an online experiential platform that connects artists who have different area codes but share the same mission for seeking social change. We are excited to have Stephanie’s experience and education on staff with us here this year!