Ms. Alyce Carella
Alyce Carella, dancer, teacher, and choreographer is the artistic director of the Alyce Carella Dance Centre in West Hartford, CT, which was established in 1960. Miss Carella has literally taught thousands of students the “joy” of dance over the years from the age of 2 to 80, beginner to professionals.
Many of her students have performed professionally in New York, Disneyland, FL, Las Vegas and California. More than a dozen previous students have opened their own school of dance.
In the beginning of her career she performed and choreographed all over the eastern coast in concert, theater and TV. She performed with Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole, Liberace, Jerry Lewis and many other celebrities at the world renowned 500 Club in Atlantic City. She choreographed numerous musicals for local theater groups and summer stock, and had her own Jazz Dance Company which performed for 12 years in concert and lecture demonstrations.
Miss Carella was also the Director of Dance for 20 years at Miss Porter’s School, Farmington, CT, and taught for several dance teachers organizations in CT and Boston MA area. She was accepted into the Dance Masters of America, Inc., a member of the Dance Teacher Club of CT and Dance Alliance and the National Association of Dance and Afflicted artists. She is a charter member of the Association of Entrepreneurial Women and served on the advisory board for two years with the organization.
Experience: 1976 to present Dance Instructor and Associate Director of the Alyce Carella Dance Centre West Hartford Ct.
* 1978-1980 Cheerleader for the Hartford Hellions indoor soccer team.
* 1979-1983 taught a summer program at Trinity College, National Youth Sports Program for under privileged children.
* 1979-1981 WDRC and Cocoa Cola Dancer for UConn basketball half time shows, auto shows and other various events in Ct.
Escorted people out on the ice for the Hartford Whalers hockey-shoot to win.
* 1986-2003 Taught all forms of dance for the West Hartford School systems. Jazz – hip hop – country line - 50’s be bop
* A life time student and choreographer, studied dance with teachers from NYC.-Chicago-Las Vegas, California and many other states. I presently continue to work full time at Alyce Carella’s and for many years have been the Associate director of the school.
• 2000–2015 very active with choreography for Intermediate and advanced students entering competitions in the Ct. Area.
Interests: Theatre, music, all types of dance shows, dance conventions and traveling.
My name is Gemma. I have been the studio manager at Alyce Carella Dance Centre for the last 11 years. Ms. Alyce is my grandmother and Ms. Laura is my mother, so I have grown up in the industry my entire life. I also took dance for 15 years. Currently I am pursuing a new career in real estate as well as managing the studio at night. My family and I look forward to bringing you the joy of dance for many more years to come.
Tatsiana Plaksina was born in Minsk Belarus. She began studying dance at age 5 with the Childrence Dance Company, then continued to study with the Russian Ballet Academy in Minsk. Tatsiana has 15 years of professional performing experience with State dance Company of Belarus as a primo ballerina.
In 1997 Tatsiana was awarded a diploma from the State University of Fine Arts and a diploma in Pedagogic in Minsk, Belarus and received a bachelor of fine arts degree with a major in dance, and a master of Art degree in dance, specializing in Choreography.
In 2004 Tatsiana began teaching for Alyce Carella Dance Centre and is currently still there with a very large ballet following.
Mrs. Tatsiana Plaksina
Ms. Lili St. Amand
Lili “Bloom” St.Amand has been teaching Hip Hop since she was sixteen! She found her love for Hip Hop when she was six years old. She believes in spreading her love and knowledge for Hip Hop through her teaching and is always eager to teach the next generation so Hip Hop can stay alive. Lili has participated in countless battles. In May 2017 Lili had won World Of Dance New Jersey Head Bangerz Brawl. She was asked to come back in 2018 to judge the battle and preform on stage. This past year Lili entered the world of competitive dance and choreographed for three teams. And not only did she choreograph for three teams but all of them scored very high in there categories! Lili continues to constantly educate herself and be on the Hip Hop scene so she can stay current and give her students the best knowledge and teachings possible.
Felicia Isotti is originally from Melrose, Massachusetts where she began dancing at the age of 3. She started her formal classical ballet training at Northeast School of Ballet, under the direction of Denise Cecere, also being able to study tap, jazz, and modern. Throughout her many years of training, she had the opportunity to attend summer intensives such as Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, American Academy of Dance, UNCSA, Joffrey Academy of Dance, Pennsylvania Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. Currently Felicia is studying at the University of Hartford’s, The Hartt School, as a ballet pedagogy major. Studying classical ballet and modern, she has been able to perform many original contemporary and ballet pieces by faculty such as Elizabeth McMillan, Katie Stevenson Nollett, and Debra Colins-Ryder as well as guest choreographer, Michelle Thompson-Ulrich. She has also performed in classical ballets such as Le Corsaire, coached by Hilda Morales. This is Felicia’s first year at Alyce Carella Dance Centre and is excited to work with all of the students.
Erica Marie Wolf
I studied dance at Hartt School at the University of Hartford Ct. and received my BFA in ballet Pedagogy. I was named on the dean’s list 2016-2018-2019 and then graduated in may 2020.
I worked with Saugerties Ballet Center in Saugerties Ny, and was an instructor from 2014-2016 teaching various styles of dance including ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical and Jazz for students ranging from 3-18 yrs. old in addition to teaching private lessons as well. Choreographing multiple pieces for summer showcases. Locally I’ve been substituting for teachers in the Hartford area.
I’ve also worked for Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet Summer Intensive, Tivoili, NY. And was a residential assistant from summer of 2017-2019 were I performed may different duties as well as teaching.
I’ve done an internship at The Hartt School Community Division Dance Department, Hartford, Ct. 2018-2020. There I worked with students from 9- 15 yrs. old. With the mentorship of various renowned teachers. In 2020 I was chosen for my original contemporary work “Who You Once Were” to represent the Hartt School At the American College Dance Association Conference. I am excited for the opportunity to be working with Alyce Carella Cance Centre this fall and look forward to meeting everyone.