Janice Peterson – Miss Janice, the Artistic Director of Studio 3, 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.
Sarah Bishop- She began her dance training at the age of four in Michigan and then in Pennsylvania. In 2001 she moved to Maine where she trained at Thomas School of Dance, studying ballet, tap, jazz, and modern dance. In 2003 Sarah was accepted as a corps dancer at Bangor Ballet, where she progressed to the position of soloist. At Bangor Ballet, Sarah had the great fortune to study ballet and pointe under the direction of Ivy Clear, former principal ballerina for George Balanchine at The New York City Ballet and then Robert Joffrey as a founding dancer in The Joffrey Ballet. In 2009, Sarah was selected to travel to Vendome, France, to perform in an international collaborative production of “The Little Mermaid.” Sarah supplemented her dance horizons and expanded her training by joining the Robinson Ballet company. Sarah toured for 12 seasons across Maine and New Hampshire with Robinson Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” performing a variety of corps and soloist roles. She served as Ballet Mistress at Robinson Ballet for two years, and in 2013 was invited to become a Company Contributing Artist. In 2015, Sarah graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maine with a B.A. in English and minors in Dance and Psychology. While in college, Sarah was invited to dance in a variety of student-choreographed pieces in the University’s bi-annual dance concerts. In addition to training with Ms. Clear, throughout her career Sarah has trained most notably with Andrei Bossov of Bossov Ballet, Ian Robinson of Batsheva Dance Company, The Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, and Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. In addition to her dance career, Sarah is a talented actress who has performed a variety of leading roles, and is founding member of The Brewers Theater in Orono, Maine.
Laura (Giannitti) Cecilia – Miss Laura started dancing at the age of 3, studying different types of dance such as ballet, point, tap, jazz and hip hop. Funny note: Miss Janice was her first hip hop teacher, Laura still praises her today for teaching her how to mover her hips. She started focusing on her love for hip hop dance in high school where she was part of 3 different competition teams including Wethersfield dance team where she was captain for two years. The team won many 1stplace awards as well as Laura received multiple awards for her individual performances. Laura is a special teacher because she combines her teaching certification and love for children with dance. She currently is an instructional coach/curriculum specialist for Hartford Public Schools. She carries a degree in Early and Elementary Education, Sociology, Fine Arts, Remedial Reading and Langue Arts and Educational Leadership. While attending Hofstra University she competed all across New York on the IMANI dance ensemble where the team won many hip hop competitions and performed on BET. She was also a featured hip hop dancer for DANCEWORKS. She has been teaching and choreographing dance for the past 15 years throughout Hartford Public schools, CT dance schools and camps, and even volunteered and taught dance for a summer in the Dominican Republic. She currently coaches two award winning Hip Hop competition teams who have been featured at Yard Goat games, Globe Trotter performances and much more. She is known for her high energy approach that inspires all to get up and go hard!
Tia Massa– A resident of Newington, Miss Tia began her dance training at the age of 5 at Studio 3 Dance Center by studying a variety of different styles such as tap, jazz, hip hop, ballet, pointe and modern. She was selected at a young age to participate in the studio’s Competition Team, Junior Company, and eventually Senior Company. She also had the pleasure of assisting dance classes with a wide variety of ages and abilities, including the studio’s special education jazz class. As a junior at Newington High School, Miss Tia was given the opportunity to perform in the school’s production of Hairspray as a lead dancer. Miss Tia continued her dance training at Broadway Dance Center in NYC as well as at various conventions around the New England Area. After graduating from NHS, she went on to attend Eastern Connecticut State University where she auditioned and was selected to be a part of the Competitive Dance Team. During her time with the team, she was able to attend the UDA college nationals held in Walt Disney World. In addition to competing at the national level, the team frequently danced at school basketball and lacrosse games as well. After graduating Eastern in 2016 with her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a minor in health, she returned to Studio 3 Dance Center to continue her passion of teaching dance. Since then, Miss Tia works closely with Miss Janice to coordinate choreography for Studio 3’s junior and senior competition teams.
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.
Jason Taylor – Jason began his training at the Harlem School for the Arts in New York. In 2001, he moved to Connecticut where he trained at Footlights Center for Performing Arts and Connecticut Concert Ballet in various genres. He performed for three years with the acclaimed Hartford Stage’s “Breakdancing Shakespeare” program. Jason continues his training with the Monsters of Hip Hop and attends classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City regularly. He is currently performing with the Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience.