Kirby Shields -
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 , Technique, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Preschool, Mommy & Me
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!
Meet our contemporary instructor. Chloie has been dancing since she was 9 at her studio in Wallingford, CT, along with Kirby. She also attended the Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) for four years throughout high school. Her love for contemporary started her junior year of high school when she joined her studios competition team. Since graduating high school Chloie has continued her dance training by attending classes, conventions and more. Chloie is excited to share her love of dance with her students and continue to grow alongside them.
Contemporary, Contemporary Technique & Choreography
Miss Katelyn -
Katelyn will be teaching some of our Toddlers in Tutus, 6-7 Ballet/Tap Combo, and 6-7 Jazz classes! She started dancing when she was 2 years old and hasn’t stopped since! In her 15 years at her studio ,in Milford, CT, she studied ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, hip-hop, and musical theatre. She was a part of the Lee Lund Dance Company for 7 years, and has since returned back as a member of their Alumni Company. Katelyn is very excited to be joining the Higher Movement faculty and can’t wait to watch her students grow and progress!
Toddlers in Tutus, Age 6 -7 Combo, Age 6 -7 Jazz
Miss Keilany -
Ever since the age of 3 years old she's carried an unconditional love for dancing. Throughout 17 years of experiencing different rhythms, techniques, styles and culture, I’ve learned more about dance purpose progressively everyday. Having an open-mind, different cultures of dancing has become one of my expertise with a long list of experience in multiple dance techniques such as Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Brazilian, African, Indian, Latin salsa, Merengue, Tap, Modern, Belly dancing, and Contemporary. I’ve learned to open my horizons to trying new things around the world through dance. My future goal is to become the best Professional, Rymathic, Proactive, Engaging Dancer/Dance teacher traveling the world learning,teaching and experiencing different aspects of dance.
Ballet Technique, Pre - Pointe & Pointe
Miss Kimberly -
Originally from Torrance, CA, Kimberly Brubacher received her early classical ballet training primarily at the Lauridsen Ballet Centre. She later continued her pre-professional training at the Maple Conservatory of Dance in Irvine, CA under the tutelage of Charles Maple, Kristin Hakala, and Patrick Frantz. She attended summer intensives with The Washington School of Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Upon graduating from high school, she was accepted into Ballet Austin’s Butler Fellowship Program on full scholarship. In 2016, Kimberly joined the Alabama Ballet as an apprentice where she had the privilege of performing in classical repertoire including George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, Giselle, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and contemporary works such as the pas de deux in Jamorris Rivers’ The Purple Ones, Roger Van Fleteren’s Shoo-Pah!, and Nadine Barton’s premiere work, Watts. She has had the honor of performing with the Love Festival held in Västervik, Sweden, Zion Dance Project based in Dallas, TX as a Principal Artist, and with Ballet Project OC in Southern CA. She is in her second season with Ballet Hartford and is excited to join the faculty at Higher Movement LLC this year.
Miss Lynn is certainly not a newcomer to the world of Performing Arts, since she will be going into her 46th year of teaching in the Wonderful World of Dance. She started dancing when she was 2 and never stopped!!! She has performed and competed in local and national dance competitions for 13 years, gaining wide recognition for her skill. Miss Lynn has taught dance and fitness in a variety of community settings and is known for her kindness, enthusiasm and patience. She has owned and operated her own dance studio for 4 years, teaching beginner through advanced starting from ages 2 through adult. She was the founder of Tap and Jazz classes at Vinnie’s Jump & Jive, a non-traditional dance studio in Middletown, CT. Lynn was the Tap and Jazz Guest Teacher at Central Connecticut State University in their Dance Practicum Program Classes. Miss Lynn has studied under the direction of prominent teachers such as Phil Black, Charles Kelley, Frank Hatchett, Peter Gennaro, Charles Goddertz, Guz Giordano, Roni Mahler, Bob Rizzo and Sandee Juliano, just to name a few. She also has danced a tap duet with her daughter, Kimmy, for 13 years, 12 of which were in competition where they won numerous 1st place medals, trophies, and special awards in several national competitions. She was the Dance Director for the City of Middletown, Parks and Recreation Department Program, and ran their Summer Dance Camp for 4 years. Miss Lynn has also taught at dance studios in Maryland, Virginia & New Hampshire.
Miss Lynn is extremely excited to become a new faculty member of Higher Movement Dance, where she will share her passion for dance in her own, unique way!
Melissa is one of our front desk staff members and this is her second 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👋💕
Miss Olivia -
Miss Olivia will be teaches our Tiny Tots Hip Hop, Hip-hop 2 and 3 classes. She began dancing at the age of two, where she fell in love with dance. She has been trained in a multitude of genres, such as tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, modern, kickline, and pom, while dancing at her studio in Hamden, CT. She has won National titles, danced in Disney World parades, been a member and captain of the 13-time State Champion dance team, Hamden High, as well as the World Champion, Rutgers University Dance Team. She can't wait to be apart of the HIgher Movement dance family!
Miss Tracy -
Miss Tracy is the Acro and Tumbling Teacher here at Higher Movement! This is her 4th 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!
Mission Statement: Higher Movement, LLC. strives to improve our students cognitive and physical development in, and outside of the classroom. Dance and fitness enhances and exercises creativity as well as teaches the importance of teamwork by allowing students to interact with each other. By communicating with one another, students create relationships. Dance and fitness classes improve students' social, physical, and mental skills in a disciplined environment.