Our Team...

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Teachers:

Miss Kirby

Kirby is the owner and artistic director at Higher Movement. She is passionate about dance, starting as early as the age of 3. Kirby studied at her studio in Wallingford, CT, as well as the Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) in New Haven, CT during high school. Following high school, Kirby chose to continue her dance training and education by attending the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City. Since attending AMDA Kirby has been a part of The Providence Dance Project. She is currently the director of the dance program at the Jewish Community Center in Woodbridge, CT. She is truly eager to impart her wisdom on her students and watch them grow into true artists. 

Owner / Artistic Director , Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Combo Classes, Zumba

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Mister Brandon

Mr. Brandon was born and raised in Connecticut. At a young age Brandon grew a strong passion for Hip Hop. Over the last 11 years he has taught thousands of students in numerous schools, studios & productions. In addition to dance and choreography, Mr. Brandon co owns a production company, Mirage Productions. He is sought out by choreographers and recording artists to help bring their visions to life! 

Breakdancing & Hip Hop 

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Miss Kate

Kate began dancing at the age of 9 at her studio in Stratford, CT. While there she took classes in ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, and tap. She was part of the company team and participated in competitions for 7 years all over New England and has won numerous awards and scholarships. When not competing, Kate studied at Broadway Dance Center in New York. After graduating high school, she took on the role of teaching in Stratford and Derby. Kate is so excited to start her journey at Higher Movement and share her love of ballet and pointe with the students! 

Ballet Technique & Pre-pointe/Pointe

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Miss Tracy 

Miss Tracy is the Acro and Tumbling Teacher here at Higher Movement! This is her 7th year teaching at the studio. Miss Tracy did competitive gymnastics for 7 years and competed in all 4 events: Floor, Vault, Uneven Bars and Balance Beam. Over the course of her 7 years competing, she won multiple state championship titles in all 4 events, as well as many other achievemants and gold medals at local meets. Teaching Acro and Tumbling is one of Miss Tracy’s favorite things in the world and she loves to watch her students grow into amazing dancers!

Acro

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Ballet, Pointe, Adult Tap

Miss Karen

Miss Karen attended Jacki’s Dance Factory in Danbury, CT and The Connecticut Conservatory in New Milford, CT to receive the majority of her early dance training. She continued her higher level of study at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, concentrating in Classical Ballet and Pointe. Karen has also had the honor and privilege of attending classes conducted by the legendary Master Teacher David Howard of The Royal Ballet at Ballet Academy East in Manhattan. She has choreographed and performed in numerous productions, including venues such as The Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT and the Bushnell Theater in Hartford, CT. Karen enjoys continuing her dance education training by attending various workshops, conventions, seminars and online programs, thus enabling her to share with her students the enrichment from fellow instructors from around the world. Karen's teaching style incorporates both Vaganova and Cecchetti techniques with Balanchine influences. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology from Western CT State University with a Minor in Chemistry and has received training in the sciences of Anatomy and Physiology.

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Hip Hop

Miss Juli

Miss Juli is a Morlock School of Dance Alumni and has been dancing here since the age of 3. Starting with gymnastics she has trained in all styles including jazz, contemporary, tap, ballet, commercial hip hop, and various street styles. She has trained under teachers who have worked with artists such as Ariana Grande, Missy Elliot, Justin Timberlake, and Janet Jackson. Juli has performed on big stages such as World of Dance Boston in both 2017 and 2019 and as a headliner performance at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in 2021.  She has extensively trained with Jillian Woodward, James Marino, Tiffany Maher, and James Alonzo. At the age of 15, she began working with the dance company Kalligraphy where she gained knowledge of not only the professional and commercial dance world but the street and battle scene as well. With Kalligraphy Juli has been able to travel across the country and make many connections in the dance community. Juli has been a teacher’s assistant and general dance studio volunteer since she was 10 years old and loves working with children of all ages. Juli is eager to begin teaching and helping every child’s growth as a dancer and to teach the importance of confidence and drive.

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Miss Laneisha

Hello my name is Laneisha Perkins. I was born and raised in Norwich CT. I started dancing at the age of two. In 2009 I joined a competition team called Dance 10. We traveled up and down the east coast competing at dance competitions. I’ve performed at Disney, New York and Maine just to name a few places. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and im a Preschool teacher. I am currently in Graduate school, I’m pursuing my School Counseling degree. I have a lot of experience with kids and dance. I'm so excited to join the Higher Movement. 

Front Desk Staff:

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Miss Melissa 

Melissa is one of our front desk staff members and this is her fourth season with Higher Movement! Although she has no dance history, she’s been a “Dance Mom” for over 12 years. Melissa is married to Bud who’s a Minister here in Meriden and they have 2 daughters and a son in-law. She always has a smile on and loves greeting our new and returning dance families as they arrive! If you see Miss Melissa at the studio be sure to say hello👋💕

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Miss Vanesa 

Miss Vanesa is one of our front desk members and is excited to be a part of the Higher Movement family. Vanesa is originally from the Philippines and speaks the native language, Tagalog. She has three kids: ages 12, 8, and 7. Vanesa spends her free time teaching them how to speak Tagalog too. Her family has a pet rabbit named Willow Tree and a guinea pig named Flex. Vanesa's favorite musical group is BTS. She loves all of their songs but her favorites are “Mic Drop, Dynamite, and Boy With Luv". Growing up, Vanesa always enjoyed watching movies of Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire tap dancing. She promised herself, someday, she will learn how to tap dance too!

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Admin Staff:

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Miss Michaela

Miss Michaela is the social media coordinator for Higher Movement. She runs our various social media pages and takes photos at the studio. Michaela is a current student at Central Connecticut State University, expected to graduate December 2022. She is excited to continue pursuing her love for social media and getting to know the students at Higher Movement in the process. Michaela has 3 years experience working with kids in the daycare setting and has a love for art and design. Though not a dancer, her creative approach keeps the social media full of exciting content. If you see Michaela in the studio feel free to say hi!!

Mission Statement: Higher Movement dance studio is dedicated to providing quality dance education in a safe, welcome & family friendly environment.