Amanda- wife, mother, businesswoman, student, dancer. These are the words she would use to describe herself, as well as her current career as a dancer, coach and studio owner. Amanda also held down a long and successful career as an Art and Creative Director for Ogilvy, out of London and Singapore. Amanda moved to the States in the late 90’s and it was not long before she met Enrique. They became best friends and dance partners. In 2008 they started The Dance Collective to promote their love of dance to people of all ages and abilities. She recently branched out into pro-am competitive ballroom dance and trains with world-renowned coached from across the globe.
Enrique started his training in ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, Latin, Ballroom and folk. His natural feeling for dance, and good ear for music, make him an exquisite performer and choreographer. Working with notable Choreographers in Peru gave him the ambition to start creating his own choreographies, methods and philosophy of teaching. After attending law school in Peru, he decided his passion for dance was too strong to ignore. So, he followed his dreams, packed his bags, and moved to the states where he became a dance coach and choreographer for prestigious dance schools, Dance Companies, and theater groups in Fairfield County and throughout New York City. His experience, method, philosophy and life style helped him create The Dance Collective with Amanda Parton, his friend and dance partner of twelve years.
Ballet, Prepointe/Pointe, Jazz, Company, Contemporary
Ada is a dancer, performer and choreographer from Italy. She began her professional dance training at the National Academy of Dance in Rome, where she received her B.A. She attended several summer intensives including, Random Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theater and Nederland’s Dans Theater, in London and she was also selected to participate in Alonzo King Lines Ballet Summer Intensive. She continued her study at The Ailey school, the official school of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and completed her Independent Study Program. Ms. Cacciatore has performed works by many choreographers including Zarko Prebil, Adriana Borriello, Max Luna lll, Lanette Alvarez, Donald Byrd, Darshan Singh Bhuller, Amaury Lebrun, Lakay Worrell, Sidra Bell, Kevin A. Joseph, Nicola Lervasi, Kevin Albert, Yesid Lopez and Stefanie Batten Bland. She worked as a choreographer/teacher at Asbcompany under the direction of Sônia Melo. Recently she joined Amalgamate Dance Company as a Production/Company Intern and Universo Católico as Dancer and Assistant Casting Director.
Ilya is highly accomplished Ballroom dancer originally from Ukraine. He has successfully partnered with professionals and amateurs alike. Among his results are 1st place at the Empire Dance Championship Professional Division, Top 30 among 300 at the prestigious Blackpool Dance Championship Professional Division, 6th place Freedom to Dance Professional division, 1st place French Open Championships, 3rd place Disney World Championship, 1st place Kiev Waltz Championships of Ukraine, and 4th place Dutch Open Netherlands. Ilya comes to the Dance Collective to share his many talents, and to train with our competitive dancers to prepare for and compete in Pro-Am tournaments.
Musical Theater, Jazz, Contemporary, Company
Lucia Jackson began her dance and music training in Madrid, Spain. She attended the Professional Dance Conservatory of Madrid, where she learned ballet and flamenco. At the age of 18 she returned to her birthplace New York, after being accepted into The Ailey School where she completed a Certificate in Dance and was also awarded a Scholarship Level for one more year. Lucia has had the opportunity to perform Memoria at City Center and Revelations Cast of 50 at Lincoln Centerwith ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER. In 2015, she danced with Dardo Galletto Dance at the prestigious Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, inside/out stage. Lucia is now a member of FJK Dance Company, a unique mix of ballet and ballroom, Middle Eastern and jazz, with whom she tours the world with, most recently performing throughout China.
Latin Ballroom, Latin Ladies Style
Yana Tikhenko is a professional Ballroom dancer from Ukraine. She has performed and competed all around the world, touring throughout Asia and Europe. She’s an accomplished dancer who has won 1st Place at the American Star Ball, 1st Place at V International Open-Khabarovsk, 1st Place at the Champions of Ukraine in Ballroom Formation, 1st Place at the Crimea Trophy International Festival Formation, 3rd Place at the Disney World Cup, among many more awards. She has also been awarded the title of Honored Artist of Ukraine and the title of Honored Artist of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. At The Dance Collective, Yana brings her incredible talent and experiences to teach Latin Ballroom to kids and adults and to train our competitive dancers for Pro-Am tournaments.
We are pleased to welcome Sarina Wright to The Dance Collective. Sarina hails from the west coast, and brings a wealth of knowledge. She has an extensive background in competitive gymnastics, and acro. As well as dance, stretching and conditioning. For seven years she was a winning athlete, and holds 5 State championship titles. she has also taken her knowledge overseas, traveling to both Europe and Asia, and is proficient in training both serious athletes and social students.
Sarina will be teaching two age groups, 5-7 yrs old and 8-up.
Wilfredo (Freddy) Munoz, is an Eclectic native-born dancer straight out of Bridgeport, CT who originally started his training in the hallways of Central High School. He has had the pleasure of being mentored by icons in the commercial industry such as Rhapsody James (Motivating Excellence S4), Luam Keflezgy (Rock The Industry), and Galen Hooks (Artist Development). While maintaining prowess in the commercial world, he keeps true to his roots in the Hip Hop Underground scene with his breakdancing crew United Outkast as Bboy Frenzy.
Throughout his career he has danced for ana array of different jobs such as Target XOXO, The film "In the Heights," The KTU Tour, IHOP, The New York Knicks 7th Ave Squad, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Blasterjaxx, and SNL, all thanks to his agency Clear Talent Group.
Igor Gayenko is a world class ballroom and showcase competitor and instructor. He is a regular finalist at international and national competitions. Among his many titles are 3 times Blackpool junior finalist, United States youth finalist, Singapore Asian open amateur champion, and Indian national amateur champion. He has over 9 years teaching experience and now competes in professional standard and show dance. His titles include 2014 Houston challenge rising star professional standard champion and runner up in show dance.
Inner Alchemy / MELT
Betsy has studied and taught dance, fitness and health for 30 years. She has trained and performed with numerous Contemporary, Modern Jazz and Hip Hop companies in the Connecticut and New York area, including the Enrique Alarcon Dance Company. Her love of movement, dance, and fascination with the human body and the invisible forces that shape us, has inspired her passionate quest to help people heal, become more embodied, and find more joy and meaning in their lives. As Founder of Inner Alchemy, Betsy is a Certified Holistic Health Coach/MELT Method practitioner and trained in numerous other fitness and healing modalities. She brings a unique alchemy of disciplines and a dynamic, soulful teaching style to all of her classes.