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.
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.
Owner / Artistic Director , Technique, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Preschool, Mommy & Me
Contemporary, Contemporary Technique & Choreography
Miss Taylor -
Miss Taylor is starting our very first pointe program and will be teaching pre-pointe! She has danced professionally with several ballet companies and holds a BFA with a concentration in dance studies, pedagogy and business. Taylor plans to teach and perform professionally. We welcome Miss Taylor to our dance family and hope you all get to meet her at some point this year!
Miss Olivia -
Miss Olivia will be teaching our 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 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!
Pre - Pointe & Pointe
Toddlers in Tutus, Age 6 -7 Combo, Age 6 -7 Jazz
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.