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 dance company with whom she tours the world with, most recently performing throughout China.
Tricks, Kicks & Jumps, Competition Team, Hip Hop
Stefano Gil was Born in Caracas, Venezuela where he began his training at Ballet-Arte School. In 2005 he joined Ballet Teresa Carreño performing Demi-Soloist and Soloist Roles. In 2007 he joined Caracas Contemporary Ballet under Artistic Direction of María Eugenia Barrios. In 2008 he traveled to Colombia where became a member in Colombian Ballet Company- INCOLBALLET directed by Gloria Castro performing as a soloist. He has been part of International Ballet Festivals in Cali, Colombia and his native Venezuela. He’s performed with these companies in Belgium, Holland, Russia, Guatemala, Dominican Republic among others. Since 2012 he has performed as a Guest Artist in Staten Island Ballet, New England Ballet, FJK Dance company. His Repertoire includes: Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Our Waltzes, among others. He has been teaching Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical Jazz, Contemporary Dance, Turns and Leaps since he was in his native Venezuela.
Tots In Tights, Hip Hop
Jeanne has been teaching jazz, hip hop, ballet, tap and creative movement in Fairfield County for over 30 years. Jeanne received a B.S. in Dietetics from the University of Vermont where she also taught Mime. She studied dance with Kim McKeever, Chuck Kelly, Mikki Williams, Steve at Broadway Dance Center and Steps in NYC. She has choreographed for productions at the Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester, VT as well as for the Fairfield Children’s Theater and Roger Ludlowe middle school. Jeanne is certified with the Dance Masters of America, through Kent State University. In addition, she is certified with the Dance Teachers University, UNLV as part of the 2013 and 2015 Dance teacher web live conference. Jeanne’s love of dance is shared with all of the children she teaches!
Sarah Joslin-Dirk is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. There, she was a company member with the Universities pre-professional dance company, Orchesis, for four years. She performed and trained in advanced ballet, modern, and various jazz styles. Sarah created work for dance department productions and Orchesis Dance Company concerts, collaborated on extracurricular works such as films and performances, been awarded with "Outstanding Choreography" and "Service to the Arts", and danced in music videos, art films, and festivals. A piece of hers has been presented at a national festival, ACDA.
In addition to her work in college, she is second year apprentice to Interwieve Dance Theater in Boulder, CO. This company meets annually during a dance festival that is held at CU Boulder where she recently choreographed for their pre-company.
Errick La’Mont Johnson, a proud native of Atlanta, GA has always enjoyed the freedom that dance provides. At a young age he could be found mimicking the styles of Michael Jackson and Usher, and admiring the creative freedom of artists like Missy Elliot. It was during his early years in college at Valdosta State University that he decided to pursue his dance aspirations with full force. With 7 years of teaching experience under his belt in Hip Hop, and many other dance styles, Errick has quickly become a very knowledgeable, open-minded, and versatile teacher with a goal of making sure his students understand their movement and how to challenge themselves.
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, Barre-Contemporary
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.