Our Staff

Janice Peterson – Miss Janice has been teaching and choreographing for children through adults for over 30 years.  She began her career in dance as an Irish Step dancer at the Griffith Academy of Dance in Wethersfield, CT. She then moved on to study in the field of performing arts – tap, jazz/hip-hop, ballet /pointe. She currently takes classes at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and attends Master Classes for teachers at various conventions throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York City.  In addition, she has been a guest artist/teacher in jazz for the Hartford Ballet/Conservatory. Miss Janice has hosted several dance functions at her school for local non-profit organizations and continues to give back to community during charity events, such as Relay for Life Newington.  Miss Janice has developed a program for learning disabled children starting in 2001.  Studio 3 is the only school in the dance community that trains dancers with learning disabilities. They are also given the opportunity to mainstream with other dancers within the studio and perform with them during our year-end production. Miss Janice is available for wedding dance choreography as well as one on one audition training. 

Amy Nesbitt, RYT-200, AFFA-PT- Miss Amy, Director of Yoga & Fitness, is a choreographer, certified dance teacher, yoga instructor and personal trainer.  She currently teaches modern dance, fitness classes & yoga, and also works with clients one on one. A graduate of Sacred Rivers Yoga and certified RYT with Yoga Alliance, she enjoys sharing and facilitating the practice of Yoga. She has over 1000+ hours as a personal fitness trainer as well. She is certified through Athletics and Fitness Association of America.  Amy specializes in exercise routines designed to improve overall fitness and health, including strength, muscular endurance and cardio respiratory conditioning. She currently teaches Pilates and various conditioning classes here at Studio 3. She also holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Saint Joseph. Her teaching, and performing background in CT is extensive as she has taught for the Hartford Ballet, The University of Hartford, The Hartford Conservatory, CT Dance Alliance, and was a Faculty Member at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts for Dance & Theater for several years. For more than ten years, she was a member of Spectrum in Motion Dance Theatre Ensemble teaching and performing under the tutelage of Olivia Ilano-Davis. Amy has also collaborated and performed with Scapegoat Garden Dance and Sonia Plumb Dance Company; both dance companies are here in CT. She is honored to have worn the International Peace Belt as an Artist for World Peace. Miss Amy has enjoyed 15+ years of teaching here at Studio 3. She is proud to call Studio 3 Dance, Yoga & Fitness her home.

Corey Hutchins – A Native of Manchester CT and has been tap dancing for 27 years. Hutchins began his studies at the Betty Jane Turner School of Dance, Manchester CT and the Artist Collective (Hartford CT). He has studied with Derick K Grant, Lady Dianne Walker, The Late Harold “Stumpy” Cromer and Clare O’Donnell (also from CT) He has work shopped with the late Gregory Hines, The Late Dr. Kimmy Slyde, Dr. Savion Glover, and more. He has been on stage at numerous Tap City Performances (New York City Tap Festival) 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2013. In 2004 Corey started a 6 year run with “Riverdance the Show” where he performed on stages around the world which included Radio City Music Hall (NYC), Pantages theatre (LA), Numerous Fox Theatres and the U.S., And the Gaiety theatre in Dublin Ireland. He 2010 Mr. Hutchins was invited to Perform at the White House for The First Lady Michelle Obama and other Celebrity guests. Corey has been influenced a lot by Jazz musicians. He has performed with the Legend The Late Dave Brubeck, Donald Harrison, Jr., The Late Jackie McLean, and The Curtis Brothers. In 2013 Corey Co-formed “Medusa” (A CT based Live Jazz Band). In February of this year Hutchins was casted as the soloist Tap dancer in The Apollo Theatre’s Europe Tour of “James Brown – Get on the Good Foot a Celebration  in Dance.” Hutchins Joined the Cast of “Soulwalk” (2015) and “Vibe”(2017) both are Original Tap Dance Shows (directed by Hilliary Marie Atkinson) Performed in New Jersey He makes his 3rd appearance this year in the New Jersey Tap Festival where he is again apart of the teaching Faculty in August. Corey Hutchins is the Founder and Artistic Director of CT Tap and the Connecticut Tap Intensive which makes its 4th annual run in October of 2017.

Irena Qyja– Miss Irena has studied dance continuously since the age of 10 and minored in dance at the National Ballet School in Albania. She continued her studies in dance and choreography at the Academy of Fine Arts of Albania where she earned a BFA in choreography and dance teaching. She was on staff at the National Ballet School for 8 years where she taught professional ballet and pointe for ages 10 to 18. She continued her training in the Greater Hartford area with the Hartford Ballet while she was a faculty member with Joann Ferrero School of Dance teaching ballet, pointe and gymnastics, as well as choreographing for her dance recitals. While Miss Irena’s favorite style of dance is ballet and pointe, she appreciates all forms of dance and enjoyed the opportunity to study and learn various forms of traditional world dance in college, including Italian, Latin, and Eastern European dance forms.

 Michael Schneider– Born in New London CT on February 9th 1984. Music has played a huge part throughout his life. As a child he learned to dance by watching and imitating the dancers in music videos. Artists such as Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Lisa Lisa, New Edition, 112, and many more have impacted Michael to dance. At first Michael saw dance as just a fun way to exercise and entertain those around him. It wasn’t until Michael was a junior at New London High School that he realized dance for him was more than just a good time. Given the chance to join the NL PEP Squad it was here where Michael developed his ability to choreograph. He then built up the confidence to compete in a talent show dancing to one of his favorite artists, Ginuwine, and winning the show. He then connected with a group of Latin students and created a dance team called Mambo Latino. While still being part of Mambo Latino he joined a local dance organization called Colors of Life. This organization brought together young adults who teamed up to create a Broadway show with many styles of dance and entertainment. He continued doing this for 3 years along with Mambo Latino. Connecting with a few performers from The Colors of Life, Michael joined another group called Oasis. Wanting to go further with his talent he took a shot at Americas Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance and it was a wonderful experience, as Michael described it. Michael has had the opportunity to work with artists such as Cassie, Twitch, and Live Latin bands. Michael describes his love for music and dancing as his true passion and encourages teens and adults to follow their passion to fulfill happiness.

 

Liane FisherMiss Liane has been dancing for 40 years and holds a Master’s degree in Ballet Repertory and Dance History and advanced teaching certification in ballet, pointe, and modern dance from Dance Educators of America. She has performed with the Royal Ballet , Boston Ballet, Rhode Island State Ballet, Hartford City Ballet, Brass City Ballet, Dance Prism, Ballet Theatre of Boston, Pioneer Valley Ballet and Northeast Youth Ballet. She has performed in Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Manon, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Snow White, La Bayadere, Don Quixote, and other ballets. She also choreographed and directs a full-length Nutcracker. She has choreographed ballet productions for many studios and was ballet mistress at Ballet Theater Company, for the ballets Gwendolyn the Pig and Nutcracker. For many years she taught for Boston Ballet in their City Dance Program. At Boston Ballet she also served as Vice President of Education and Outreach on the BBVA Board. She has taught Ballet Technique and Dance History as a professor in the Dance Department of Dean College, as an Adjunct Professor at Manchester Community College, and as an Artist-in-Residence at Wesleyan University’s Green Street Arts Center. Previously she was also the Dance Curriculum Coordinator for the Performing Arts Division at UMass Amherst. Liane has taught at many studios around Connecticut and Massachusetts. Liane’s training began in England in 1975 with the Cecchetti method under Gillian Robinson at the West Berkshire Ballet School. Her later training included Gail Gere Collins at Pioneer Valley Ballet; Jose Mateo, Allegra Kent, Lisa Simon, and Arthur Romanenko at Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theater; Irene Merrill at Cape Cod Conservatory; Ken Lipitz, Andrea Hawkins and Marilyn Patton at UMass Amherst; Raymond Lukens, Juan Sanchez, Kat Wildish, Charles Kelley, Germaine Salsberg, Nan Giordano, and Al Gilbert at Dance Educators of America; David Howard, Peter Schabel, and JoAnn Rowan at the David Howard Summer Intensive at Ballet Arts Worcester; Andre Lepecki at Tisch NYU; Ken Pierce at Longy School of Music, and Jacqueline Anderson, Cecchetti Syllabus Studies.