Top Fitness And Dance Studios In Connecticut

January 6, 2014 8:00 AM

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Along with all of the cooking and baking at holiday time, not to mention all of the eating, attending fitness and dance studios become a healthy must. Luckily for Connecticut residents, there are plenty of award-winning fitness and dance studios in the state to accommodate everyone from the most energetic to the most reluctant. There are so many different programs that the best thing to do is sign up for one session of different varieties until you discover the perfect match for you. Here are only five of the many wonderful dance and fitness schools throughout Connecticut.

Connecticut Dance Theatre, Inc.  
120 Bank St.
Waterbury, CT 06702
(203) 573-0004

This popular dance and fitness school has something for everyone. It has sent some students directly to Broadway, while others have become dancers in the most prestigious ballet companies throughout the world. Still others have been featured performers in film. Offering a vast number of dance classes for all ages, Connecticut Dance Theatre is bound to keep anyone and everyone in shape. According to Executive Director and Choreographer Donna Bonasera, the school has three major categories: training for serious students who want to dance professionally; a recreational dance and wellness program that includes Zumba and concentrates on exercise and proper nutrition; and a dance appreciation category that allows people of any age to drop in and try out a class whenever they are able.

Connecticut Dance Conservatory LLC
279 Ferry Blvd.
Stratford, CT 06615
(203) 377-8755

Laura Kendrick, Director of Connecticut Dance Conservatory, and her staff consider dance classes as inspiration for the art of dance and music. The school offers “children tools for life-long success,” which includes everything from creativity and discipline to confidence. This school offers a whole variety of dance classes including ballet, tap, hip-hop, theater jazz and gymnastics, just to name a few. The conservatory also offers Zumba for kids.

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The Bethel School of Dance
273 Greenwood Ave.
Bethel, CT 06801
(203) 885-1700

This is not just your daughter’s dance school. People of all ages like to attend The Bethel School of Dance for the big performances with the great costumes, but something else is going on at this conveniently located Bethel facility. Fitness and fun-loving people get to Zumba their way to fitness as well as a healthy lifestyle. Stop in and try it out. You’ll walk away feeling great. Dance and fitness classes for ages two to adult include everything from ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop. This school offers a non-competitive curriculum for children so they will feel comfortable and there is a child-friendly play waiting area, as well as a flat screen TV for viewing children in classes. Patricia Del Gardo, the owner and director of the school, believes that “early exposure to dance can have lasting benefits, including acquiring social and physical skills that will stay with children throughout their lives.”

Limelite Dance Center
48 Silas Deane Highway
Wethersfield, CT 06109
(860) 296-5050

Miss Melanie, the owner and artistic director of Limelite, believes that students, regardless of age, need to be taught dance in a “caring and nurturing environment.” Here’s a school where fun is included with the classic training. Sure you get the best dance classes with an outstanding staff. However, this school wants to see its students enjoying the process and techniques while still having fun. The serious students are given the opportunity to be a part of Limelite’s Dance Company complete with performances and competitions.

Premier Dance School
180 Bloomfield Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117
(860) 232-2990

Highly professional, this school feels that dance is the spirit of life itself. Alla Nikitina is the Artistic Director and a teacher at the school. Here classical ballet training is considered the foundation and discipline of all dance forms. Once students learn ballet, they can easily transfer their skills into other areas of dance. The school believes that versatility of other dance forms actually makes a student “more well rounded.”

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Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at