Faculty/Staff

 Ann Schwenzer - Owner/Artistic Director

Ann Schwenzer earned her Bachelors of Science in both Landscape Architecture and Dance through Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey. She has expertise in Ballet, Jazz, Modern,

Pointe, Tap, Pre-Ballet, and Creative Movement. Ann has choreographed for Performing Arts Programs Summer Theater,Terpsichore Dance and Theatre Company, Avon Chamber holiday event, CT Dance Alliance’s Out for Art event, Farmington Valley Chorale, Act One Players, and Thompson Brook School Musical Theater. She has performed at The Bushnell for Gary Craig’s Holiday Show, The Arts and Ideas festival with Susan Matheke, and has danced in local dance companies including Dirt Dancers,  Allongé

Dance Variations, and MAss Dance Project. Several of Ann’s students have danced for UConn's competitive dance team and Hip-Hop team and have danced at The Orange Bowl’s half-time shows. She has experience in business management as well as planning programs that teach students to dance with proper technique and gain a sense of appreciation for the art form through class exercises as well as in-house dance workshops and master classes. Ann has attended The Pulse On Tour and learned from well known choreographers including Dave Scott, Brooke Lipton, Tessandra Chavez, Desmond Richardson, and

Chris Judd as well as has taken business seminars and master classes through Dance Life Retreat Center, a center for studio owners and teachers developed by Rhee Gold to educate studio owners and teachers on the business aspects of studio ownership as well as providing curriculum and choreography ideas. She has also taken Professional Development courses through National Dance Education Organization and Studio Expansion Program, to further her education in dance. Ann is blessed to have the opportunity to be able to follow her passion for dance and share her knowledge and experience with Studio A dancers!

Rachel Armstrong - Dance Instructor

Rachel Armstrong began her dance training at the age of 5 in her hometown of Simsbury, Connecticut and has been dancing ever since.  Upon matriculating to The University of Connecticut in 2001, she became a member of the Uconn All Stars, competing and performing in Step and Hip Hop dance. After earning her BS in kinesiology, Rachel returned to her home town studio to bring step and hip-hop dance to Simsbury. She has taught at private schools and private studios throughout the state, and has conducted workshops on hip hop dance. She has successfully completed the Acrobatic Arts curriculum and is thrilled to be teaching acro dance. In addition she has completed many dance workshops, in state and out, including many at Disney World. Her choreography comes from her soul, and she enjoys teaching not just the basic moves, but a love and passion for dance and movement.

Emma Randolph - Dance Instructor

Emma Randolph is a Connecticut native originally from Milford. She first started dancing anywhere she could from front porches to the lobby of her great grandma's apartment building. She first started dancing at The Dancers Studio in Northford learning ballet, tap, jazz, lyric, modern, and more while dancing and competing in various regionals, nationals, and festivals in New England. Since then she has danced with New Haven Ballet, and graduated from Aces Education Center for the Arts dance department. Emma has also trained with Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, David Dorfman, Rioult Summer Intensive and The Martha Graham School. Currently Emma is going into her Senior year at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford majoring as a dance performance major with a minor in psychology. Emma aspires to be a choreographer and an advocate for arts and arts education for all ages.

Rachel Russell - Dance Instructor

Rachel Russell is a graduate of The University of Hartford, and earned her degree in Ballet Pedagogy and Performance. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Rachel graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. At the University of Hartford, she's had many opportunities to perform diverse repertoire such as excerpts from Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, and Don Quixote as well as historic modern works like Jose Limon's There is a Time, Dances for Isadora, and Martha Graham's Appalachian Spring. She is also now a member of Ballet Hartford Dance Company, of which she will be dancing and performing professionally with the company at performances throughout the year.  

Allesandra Rinaldo - Guest Instructor

Allesandra was born and raised in Upstate New York where she began her training at the Cazenovia School of Ballet with Joanne Rinaldo at age five. From the time she was born she knew she would be a dancer, following in the footsteps of her mother. Her passion to become a ballet teacher led her to start her journey at The Hartt School in 2012. Allesandra has had the privilege of studying with Nashville Ballet, Charlotte Ballet and The Nutmeg Conservatory over the past few summers. Allesandra recently graduated from The University of Hartford with a BFA in Ballet Pedagogy. During her time at the Hartt School she has had the opportunity to work with renowned teachers and choreographers including, Stephen Pier, Nina Watt, Hilda Morales, Betsy McMillan, Katie Stevinson­Nollet, Debra Collins Ryder, Gemma Bond and Norbert De La Cruz III. 

Kate Cavenagh - Guest Instructor

Kate is deeply devoted to passing along the rich history of Tap as well as preserving repertory and traditions. She focuses on rhythm, musicality, phrasing, and improvisation in class, and approaches tap as music.  Kate attended Emerson College in Boston and holds a B.A. in Theater Education with a Dance Concentration. She has studied extensively in Boston and New York City, at the American Tap Dance Foundation, and with Barbara Duffy as her main mentor for the past several years.

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