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.

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

Check out our Summer 2020 dance schedule Dance Summer 2020

Registration for our summer camps is currently open! *Edit – we will not be running our June 22 camp**
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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. For more information about the Elite Team 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 understand what that means.

Jeanelle Kaminski
Jeanelle is an award winning choreographer whose students have gone on to have pre professional and professional careers. With her degree in Fine Arts/Dance, Jeanelle studied multiple areas of dance including, Modern, Ballet, Jazz and Pedagogy. As a member of the schools invite only performance group, she served as their president for a few years even receiving their Award of Merritt for her work with the ensemble. We are very excited to have Miss Jeanelle on staff.

Staci D’Andrea
Staci is a recent 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.

Kelsey Kaminski
Kelsey, a native of Monroe, holds her BFA in Dance Performance, Choreography, Pedagogy and Kinesiology from Ohio University. In 2015 Kelsey attended the American Ballet Theater’s teacher certification program where she studied under some of ABT’s incredible staff and dancers. Kelsey is also a Power Pilates instructor and Certified Personal Trainer through ISSA. Kelsey is excited to be joining the YMCA dance center staff as our new Ballet teacher and is looking forward to working with children in a loving and energetic environment.

Monica Ryan
Monica started dancing from a young age. It was always something she loved and appreciated. Through her three daughters love of dance, Monica was able to get back into the art form she had always loved. Monica started with the YMCA dance center as a volunteer class assistant and has evolved into a wonderfully talented teacher.

Isabella Randazzo * Bio to come!

Jessica Matthews * Bio to come!