Summer Dance Program
“Don’t Just Reach for the Stars...become One”!
Join our Award Winning Academy, voted top 3 in the State of Connecticut for Dance studios !
Our 31st Season!
3550 Main St. 2nd Floor
Stratford, CT 06614
Stratford Academy of Dance Chapter of the National Dance Honor Society
Stratford Performing Arts Academy Chapter of the National
Dance Honor Society
Nu Delta Alpha NDA
Supported by the National Dance Association
Mission Statement: The mission of the National Dance Association is to increase knowledge, improve skills and encourage sound professional practices in dance education while promoting and supporting creative and healthy lifestyles through high quality dance programs. The NDA is an affiliate of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
Goals: * Providing leadership for teachers of dance in the disciplines of HPERD…
* Developing and disseminating information in dance pedagogy and the creative process
* Developing and disseminating recourses in curriculum and program development
* Increasing financial and human resources to enhance strong NDA programs
* Initiating and advocating practices that promote healthy lifestyles through dance
curriculum, programs, and workshops
* Developing and collaborating with other alliance structures and external partnerships
To promote the mission of the NDA.
Nu Delta Alpha Announcement-
Collaboration with the National Society of High School Scholars
NDA and NSHSS are working cooperatively within the mission, policies and regulations of each organization to nurture young adults. The NDA mission is to enable dance education students, dance educators, and professional dancers to express their devotion to the art form by sharing, recognizing and promoting dance education within schools and communities. The NSHSS mission is to recognize academic excellence, encouraging members to apply their unique talents, vision, and potential for the betterment of themselves and the world.
Students must maintain a 3.0 or B average equivalent for NDA membership to be recognized in their educational institutions’ records.
2009 Stratford Performing Arts Academy NDA Advisors, Officers, and Members:
Advisor: Julie Braziel, Administrative Dance Company Director
Co-Advisor: Tracey Pittman, Senior Dance Company Director
Stratford Performing Arts Academy Chapter NDA Alumni :
2006 graduate: Faith Fernandez, Wagner College, Theatre Dept.– Staten Island
2006 graduate: Keshia Robinson, Hofstra University, Dance Dept.– Long Island
2007 graduate: Nancy Louigene, Hofstra University, Dance Dept.– Long Island
2007 graduate: Lindy Mair, Dean College, Dance Dept.– Massachusetts
2007 graduate: Mackenzie Tyler, Rutgers University, Dance Dept.– New Jersey
2007 graduate: Dana McKinney, Princeton University, Architectural Dept.– New Jersey
2007 graduate: Shelley Currivan, Marymount Manhattan College, Theatre Dept.– NYC
2008 graduate: Kelly Long, Georga State University
2008 graduate: Marlie Carlona, Housatonic College, CT
2009 graduate: Shakeena Robinson, Hofstra Unicersity
2009 graduate: Courtney Cahill
2010 graduate: Shannon McHale, Southern CT State University
2010 graduate: Elise Pittman, Sacred Heart Univerisity
2010 graduate: Amanda Crapp, Manhattanville Collage
2010 graduate: Julianna Cruz, Hartt School of Music
2011 graduate: Anisa Nieves, Adelphi Univerisy
2011 graduate: Catie Simon, Southern CT State Univerisity
Our Student Teacher program is designed for students in grades 8-12. These dancers have the opportunity to assist professional teachers in the classroom while learning how to work with children and intermediate level teaching techniques. Many of our students pursue Dance, Theatre, or Vocal majors and minors in college. This program not only prepares them for their future endeavors, but gives them a valuable experience that reinforces their own technique. We are proud of the dancers and sincerely appreciate their time and talents.
Teaching Assistants are assigned to a specific instructor and class based on their own areas of training and excellence. Our goal is to ensure each student reach their maximum potential in dance education and this program allows a greater teacher to student ratio in each classroom.
Minimum amount of dance experience is 6 years overall and a minimum of 4 years training in our Dance Company, which provides dance education on a more advanced, accelerated level. The Student Teacher program is by invitation only, and have had experience in our Student Assistant Program.
Available to dancers ages 9 and up. Students are encouraged to volunteer as a student assistant to help out with younger dancers, or those less experienced. A great opportunity for dancers as they learn basic teaching methods and reinforce their own skills by helping out in classes. They help teachers to reinforce classroom etiquette and rules and assist when children are in extra need of attention.
Each class needs one parent volunteer to assist the instructor throughout the season and at our various performances (ie. Backstage at holiday performance, recitals, or for company- dance competitions, to organize and stay with their class.) Class mom’s are helpful in ensuring that other parents are informed of any special instructions or events pertaining to the specific class that they attend. Each parent volunteer is assigned to a specific teacher and class, usually involving their own child’s class
We would like to recognize our more recent Alumni. To be an S.P.A.A. Alumni, a dancer must have completed their High School or College Diploma while studying at our school. The following Alumni are still in contact with our school and remain a part of our dance community.
Julianne Maida-Braziel– current Administrative Dance Company Director & NDA Advisor
1993 Seymour High School
1998 Hartford Conservatory, Dance Pedagogy major
Brittany Medeiros– current Recreational & Dance Company Hip Hop Instructor
2000 Bunnell High School
Wendi Zdru– current Recreational & Dance Company Ballet, Jazz, Jaz’ett, and Lyrical Instructor
2001 Stratford High School
2007 Southern Conn. State Univ., Business major
Bianca Samson - ABC HipHop
2008 Stratrord High School
Current - Housatonic Community Collage, Early Childhood Edu
Elise Pittman - Combination Dance Instructor
2010 Ansonia High School
Current-Sacred Heart University, Physical Theropy and SHU Dance Team
Catie Simon - Current Jaz'ett and Lyrical Instructor and Discovery
2011 Bunnell HS
Current Southern Conn State Univ, Early Childhood Edu and SCSU Dance Team
Student Alumni: 2004-present
2004, Stacy Marzik -Notre Dame H.S.
2004, McKenzie Ziegler– Trumbull H.S.
2005, Christina Maniero-St. Joseph H.S.
2005, Paige Carlos-Colby Cathedral
2005, Sara Renstrom– Bunnell H.S.
2005, Lydia Rivera– Stratford H.S.
2006, Brittany Sims– Colby Cathedral,
2006, Faith Fernandez-Bunnell H.S.
2006, Keshia Robinson-Notre Dame H.S.
2007, Nancy Louigene-Notre Dame H.S.
2007, Lindy Mair-Notre Dame H.S.
2007, Mackenzie Tyler-Bunnell H.S.
2007, Cheryl Lapera– Bunnell H.S.
2007, Teresa Elrod -Bunnell H.S.
2007, Shelley Currivan– Central Magnet H.S.
2008, Kelly Long - Bunell H.S.
2008, Marie Carlona - Trumbull H.S.
2008, Shakenna Robinson - Notre Dame H.S.
2008, Kim Ward - Stratford H.S.
2008, Bianca Sampson - Stratford H.S.
2008, Joshua Torres - Fairfield Prep
2008, Giselle Johnson - Hill H.S.
If you are a past Alumni not on our list and would like to be posted on our website, please email us. Go to our home page and click on Contact Us.
We may offer classes several times a year taught by Industry
Professionals/Master Instructors. The classes are of the highest quality
where students get to further expand their technique and exposure to dance,
all with the convenience of being in our studio.
***Master classes are open to the public, please check out website homepage for information and details.