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
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
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.
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
Move with me, Tap, Combo Classes, Jazz
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!
Ballet & Contemporary
Margaret Vivian is originally from Albany, NY where she began dancing at the School of the Albany Berkshire Ballet, focusing on ballet and modern training. She spent summers dancing at intensives such as the New York State Summer School of the Arts, American Ballet Theater and Carolina Ballet. She recently graduated from Mercyhurst University where she earned her BFA in dance under the tutelage of Tauna Hunter, C. Noelle Partusch and Leslie Bories-Scalise. While at Mercyhurst she has the privilege of performing classical and contemporary works with The Mercyhurst Dancers, SoMar Danceworks, Ballet Concerto and the Mercyhurst University Dance Team. She is beginning her performance career with Ballet Hartford, joining them for her first season. She is a passionate teacher that seeks to create a positive, performative environment for her students, and she is excited to be joining the team at Higher Movement.
Melissa is one of our front desk staff members and this is her third 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👋💕
Front Desk Staff
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 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 dance studio is dedicated to providing quality dance education in a safe, welcome & family friendly environment.