A Little Bit About Each Of Us
Our Director...Doreen Rafferty
Doreen first became a certified dance instructor in 1983 with Dance Educators of America at age 17.  She continued on to certify
through EEA, NAC-AP, AFAA, and IDEA.  She has been the Director of the Academy of Dance Arts since 1988.  Before coming to ADA,
Doreen taught at Brookfield Dance Center, the Lathrop School of Dance, and was an original owner of Dance, Etc.  She also taught for
Parks & Rec, managed the class rogramming at local fitness centers, and trained their instructors.  Doreen has worked as the Dance
Mistress for Beginnings...Resident Arts Workshop, was the original choreographer for Journey of Brookfield, and was the founding
Director of Stagestruck...East Coast Dance Competitions.  She has been judging dance competitions since 1995, was a competition
dancer in the 1980's, and has been choreographing for and training students to compete for 26 years.  Doreen is a state certified
Coach with special Mediator training.  She coached the New Milford High School Dance Team for 8 years, has choreographed for the
Bethel High School Dance Team and the Danbury School System, and has worked teaching the dancers of high school Color Guard
units.  She was certified in Clogging and has trained in Irish Dance in studio, with several independent instructors, and with the
Footnotes Dance Company.  Doreen has numerous years experience teaching original choreography for Irish Dance.  She enjoyed a
successful stint as a competitive Ballroom Dancer in the late '80's and early '90's.  Her college credentials are in Communications and
Theater Arts.  Her professional television, video and stage credits include
42nd Street, a video with Richard Simmons, The Christmas
for Cablevision, a episode collaboration with MTV,  choreography for Amigos De Cristos, and work with Agnes De Mille.  She has
performed in stage productions of
Pippin, Grease, and Bye, Bye, Birdie, has done choreography for local theaters and stage
productions, and has worked as Stage Manager.  Her students have danced with the Nashville Ballet, in the National Touring
Companies of
Footloose, Fosse and Hairspray, on Broadway in Tarzan, 42nd Street and Fosse, and two became Junior Olympians.  
She has been a member of Dance Educators of America since 1983, and served on the Brookfield Arts Commission from 2000-2009,
acting as Commission Secretary for 6 years.  Doreen also served on the Planning Committee for the Connecticut State Dance Team
Competition, and was host and site director for the South West Conference Dance Team Championships for two years.   She holds
specialty education certifications in Baby Work, Dancing through Pregnancy, Dancing with Injuries, Injury Prevention, Senior Dance,
and Anatomy/Physiology.  In addition, she has performed as a back-up singer with and choreographed for local bands, and has done
print, runway, and host modeling.  She is CPR, First Aid, and AED certified and she is also certified as a make-up artist, a personal
trainer, and an interior decorator.  A recent honor was being selected as an Outstanding Educator through recommendation to the
Brookfield Education Foundation.  She is proud to direct one of the studios that is known as Brookfield's Favorite Dance Studio!
Lisa Dye
Lisa is from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.  She
graduated from Point Park College with a B.A. in Dance,
and is certified by test to teach Ballet through Dance
Educators of America.  She is also certified in Ballet, Tap,
Jazz, and Acrobatics by Dance Masters of America, and
earned Safety and Spotting Certifications with USA
Gymnastics.  Lisa has been a Member of Dance Masters of
America, and regularly attends workshops with Dance
Educators of America in NYC.  She has 28 years of
experience teaching throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware,
New Jersey and Connecticut, and has received numerous
awards for her outstanding choreography and technical
skill as a teacher.  Lisa is a powerful, energetic and
exacting instructor who helps her students to achieve new
heights in their dance training.
Anna Damia
Anna has been teaching for 26 years, with nine of those
here at ADA.  She owned City Center Dance for 6 years,
and prior to that, was on staff at Jacki's Dance Factory.  
She has trained with Phil Black and Lynda Gache, and at
Broadway Dance Center with Frank Hatchett, Germaine
Salzberg and Mike Minery.  As a member of Dance
Olympus, Anna trained with Jo Rowan, Charles Kelley,
Gus Giordano and Sarah Jo Fazio.  She has done
choreography for the DHS Dance Team, the CT All Stars,
numerous dance competitions, and for our award winning
competition team.  She has had students perform the
roles of Jane in
Tarzan, and Ariel in Footloose, on
Broadway.  Students see Anna as a fun and motivating
instructor who cares deeply about them.  She continues to
bring new ideas to our ADA stage each season.
Pamela Shepperd
Pam is in her sixth year teaching at ADA where students
enjoy her signature Meditation Cool Down at the end of
classes.  She is experienced in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical,
Pointe and Hip Hop.  She has taught on staff at Fabulous
Feet Dance Company in Waterbury, and at That’s Showbiz
Dance Theatre School in Stratford.  Pam has performed
on the dance companies at The Dance Company in
Southbury, and The Children’s Studio for the Performing
Arts in Oxford.  She was the Head Coach and
Choreographer for the Oxford High School Dance Team
for two years.  She attended the Universal Dance
Association summer camp with her team and was the
Competition Coordinator for the SWC League
Championships and Spirit Spectacular.  Pam continues
her dance education attending classes at Broadway
Dance Center, DEA workshops and Master classes.  Pam
is a certified Zumba and Zumbatonic Instructor and loves
to ‘Exercise in Disguise’.  She is a Licensed Clinical
Social Worker in Danbury, CT and has her Dance Teacher
Certification through Dance Educators Of America.
Kathryn Smith
Kathryn is a teacher that every student enjoys.  They love
her kind, supportive and gentle manner, and her words of
encouragement.  Her sense of creativity keeps her
classes fresh and contents exciting.  She has 35 years of
dance experience and has trained at the Butler Ballet and
the Indianapolis Ballet, as well as with Diane Lauridsen,
formerly of ABT.  In addition, Kathryn studied at Jordan
College of Fine Arts at Butler College, as well as with
many notable dance teachers.  Kathryn has many years of
professional performance experience in musical stage
shows, showcasing her dance and performance skills.  
She is also a well trained, highly experienced, and
multi-certified fitness instructor, who continues to work
actively in the fitness field.  She updates her training and
knowledge on a regular basis, continuing to be a safe
instructor and an up to date educator. Her talents and
skills are sought after in the industry.  Kathryn is a certified
Dance Teacher through Dance Educators of America.  
Samantha Flook
Samantha has her Bachelors Degree in Dance from
Hofstra University.  She began her training here at the
Academy of Dance Arts and has 21 years of training in
Ballet, Modern, Acro, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical
Theater and Tap.  Samantha was a talented part of our
competition team, winning numerous awards for her
dance successes, and studying in the summer at the
Alvin Ailey Dance Center in NYC.  She has performed in
many shows with professional choreographers including
recreations of "Steps In The Street" by Martha Graham,
Bill Bojangles "Stair Dance", "Pippin", and many others.  
After internships with dance companies based in New
York, Samantha became a member of the Sonia Plum
Dance Company, based here in CT.  Dance pieces she
choreographed have been featured in benefit
performances for CT Ballet, helping to raise funds for the
Khalda Logan scholarship program.  Samantha
continues to further her dance repertoire and knowledge
of this art, to share even more skill and passion with our
James Jandrok
James, a.k.a. WARP, will continue to teach Break Dance,
and will add an Animation and Street to our schedule!  
His classes will include Tricks, Power Moves, Krumping,
Pop & Lock, Gliding, Hip Hop, Choreography, and any
other elements necessary for our dancers to receive
great training.  James was brought up in a dance studio,
training at Broadway Steps, where he studied Hip Hop,
Jazz, and Tap.  He has worked with three different dance
crews as a member and as a choreographer.  James
has been on the popular television show So You Think
You Can Dance and has been performing professionally
for four years.  As a teacher, he has focused on finding  
the best ways of breaking down complex Street and
Break Dance styles. Teaching and learning these styles
of dance and others, have been the most fun out of all he
has experienced.  He looks forward to coninuing to pass
it all on to our ADA dancers!
Alicia Goncalves
Alicia began her dance training at ADA, and in high
school, transferred to study with the coach of her high
school dance team.  After finishing school she
immediately returned to ADA, and began her career as a
Dance Teacher at our former New Milford location, where
her classes were popular with our teens and adults.  She
has returned to our Brookfield studio after marrying and
starting a family.  Alicia was a founding member of the
Brookfield High School Dance Club, which preceded the
current BHS Dance Team.  She is a certified Dance
Instructor through the Arthur Murray Teacher Training
Program, and spent many years teaching and competing
throughout the East Coast.  Alicia is also an experienced
fitness instructor who taught locally, and has
successfully combined her talents to create fun and fit
classes for dancers to enjoy. Her passion is her dancing
and she is thrilled to be back in the studio, working with
our students, and doing what she loves to do.
Meghan Krebs
Meghan comes to our staff from the Northeast Ballet
company in Schenectady, New York.  She worked her
way through the ranks of this company, becoming a
Prinicpal Dancer, and performing the roles of Snow
Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy in their performances of
The Nutcracker.  The bulk of her training comes from
the Myers Dance Center, where she also taught on staff
as a Ballet Mistress of advanced levels for several
years.  Meghan is a graduate of Syracuse University.  
During her time at Syracuse, she was the
Choreographer for their student run dance company,
DanceWorks.  In addition, Meghan has studied at
Steps on Broadway in Manhattan, and at Studio
Meastro. She has been a welcomed addition to our
summer program as a guest instructor, with students
loving her thorough coverage of Ballet Technique, and
her helpful manner.  We are happy to bring Meghan on
staff and look forward to a productive season.
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Alysa’s dance career started here at ADA when she was
three years old.  She has choreographed our recent
Alumni dances and several competition solos.  She
participated on the competition team and served as an
assistant teacher and substitute teacher.  Alysa has
taught Ballet and Jazz classes for the Brookfield Parks
and Recreation Department.  In high school, she
auditioned for and attended the Rockette Summer
Intensive, where she trained and performed in NYC with
Radio City Rockettes.  She also joined us in traveling to
Florida to dance in the Orange Bowl Halftime Show, and
this past January,  performed on stage at Downtown
Disney.  She has participated in workshops with award
winning choreographers like Travis Wall, and has had
the opportunity to take classes with many well-known
instructors, including Nappy Tabs.  Currently a Junior at
Sacred Heart University, Alysa is studying Psychology
and working towards a Minor in Dance.  She is an active
member of Sacred Heart’s Dance Company, and is very
excited to continue her dance career here at ADA as a
member of the teaching staff.
Chelsea is trained in Irish, Tap, Lyrical, African, Ballet, Jazz
and Modern.  She began dancing with the Gray School of
Irish dance at the age of 5 until the age of 15, where she
competed in Irish and became a preliminary champion
dancer at 13.  While continuing her training here at ADA, she
began assistant teaching, and also studied and taught at
Vitti’s.  Chelsea is a gifted and energetic teacher who loves
dance and sharing this love for dance with her students.  
She is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University where
she was President of the Ballroom Dance Club.  She trained
under U.S. Nine-Dance Champion Alec Lazo, and performed
at galas including the Breakers, in West Palm Beach.  She
has also taken master classes under U.S. Champion
Michelle Officer.  Chelsea competed at many different
ballroom competitions across Florida and continues to train
and compete around the world, just returning from Russia.  
Chelsea has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in
Dance, and was educated by Dr. Kathleen Klein, Associate
Professor of Dance and Chair of the Dance Department,
Gaynelle Gosselin in Alexander Technique and Dance
Somatics, and Modern classes under Jin Young Lee.  She
continues to further her education, schooling and training, to
keep improving herself and her dance students.
Alysa O'Donovan
Chelsea Scalzo