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.

Alyce Carella

Mrs. Laura

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.

Laura Rugar

Ms. Gemma

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

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 the World of Dance stage. She has also participated in Breakdancing Shakespeare on Hartford Stage. In 2015 Lili did The production Hamlet with them and in 2016 she did Romeo and Juliet. Three years later she came back to Hartford Stage to be the assistant choreographer for A Midsummer Nights Dream. Through the summer of 2019 she also did countless street performances with Hartford Live, this is a program the Greater Hartford Arts Council created to bring lively performances to light the streets of Hartford with art. Her latest accomplishment was receiving the Jumpstart award this past March. This past summer she also choreographed a group of students to be apart of PlayHouse on Parks Shakespeare Festival. Lili is always striving to give her students the best education possible and is excited to help create the worlds next artists.


Felicia Isotti

Felicia Isotti is a recent graduate of The University of Hartford with a degree in Ballet Pedagogy. In her early dance training at Northeast School of Ballet, Felicia studied various styles of dance, participated in local productions, and performed classical and contemporary works internationally. She has attended several summer training programs located throughout the United States.  Throughout her college career she has had the opportunity to dance in original creations and master works of Martha Graham, Lar Lubovitch, and George Balanchine.


In addition to her performing, Felicia had the opportunity to intern with the University of Hartford’s Magnet School, Spectrum in Motion, and the Hartt School Community Division under the mentorship of renowned teachers. Felicia has completed Boston Ballet’s adaptive dance teacher training and was part of the Prism Project in which she worked with children with exceptionalities. She has been teaching the terrific twos, preschool ballet, and preschool tap for two years now. Felicia has always loved sharing dance to the younger generations and is so excited to continue teaching at Alyce Carella Dance Center!

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Megan Clabby

Megan Clabby started dancing at the age of 10 at Dancer’s Ink studio in her hometown of Mystic, CT. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and musical theater until graduating high school. Megan was also a team member at Dancer’s Ink where she was a part of the jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theater, and production competition teams for 3 years. She was the captain of the jazz team her first year on team and then captain of the tap team for the 2 years following. Megan also got the wonderful opportunity to be a dance teacher’s assistant for 4 years.


Megan currently attends Central Connecticut State University where she is a part of CCSU’s modern dance company “Dancentral.” She has been involved in 3 productions with Dancentral and studies modern, ballet, jazz, and tap under the company’s faculty. This fall semester, she has been voted the secretary of the company. 


Megan is so excited to join the Alyce Carella dance family and share her passion and love for dance with all!

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Cecilia Davis

Cecilia began dancing at the age of three, training in ballet and tap and later began studying several other styles including jazz and contemporary. She has trained throughout Connecticut and New York with companies such as the Joffrey Ballet School , Radio City Rockettes, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and the Hartt School. She has also competed in dance at the regional and national levels, attending the Youth American Grand Prix finals this past year. She plans to continue her dance education in college and pursue dance professionally.


Mollie Petrizzo

Mollie Petrizzo was raised in West Hartford, Connecticut where she began her dance training at the age of 3. Throughout her young dance career she danced with Alyce Carella Dance Center and Ballet Theatre Company, then at 17 decided to train at Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts. After graduating high school, Mollie was accepted as a dance major at Fordham University in New York City and just graduated in the spring of 2021. While in the Ailey/Fordham BFA program, Mollie performed works choreographed by esteemed artists such as Anna Sokolow, Earl Mosley, Yoshito Sakuraba, Darshan Bhuller, and Becky Brown. Mollie is currently dancing with the Dimensional Dance company in Hartford, Connecticut.


Kelly Guberman

Kelly Guberman grew up dancing at Alyce Carella Dance Centre with both Mrs. Alyce and Mrs. Laura as her dance teachers. Kelly has studied Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Ballet throughout her 14 years as a dancer. Her favorite styles are Jazz and Contemporary. Kelly has been recognized at various competitions in the past few years for strength, movement quality, as well as ability to portray stories being told. She received first and second place for her solos competed in 2019 and 2021, as well as multiple invitations to compete at a National level. Kelly has also trained with professional teachers out of New York city at Broadway Dance center. Kelly has enjoyed her time as a student teacher for Mrs. Laura, and is excited to be able to teach her own up and coming classes.

 Lena Madonick has been dancing at Alyce Carella since she was three years old. During the past 14 years, she has competed as a member of the dance team and as a soloist, in addition to dancing in the annual recital.  In addition to training at Alyce Carella, Lena has participated in numerous summer dance intensives including the Joffrey Ballet Contemporary and Jazz Intensive, the University of Hartford ballet intensive, and The Radio City Rockettes. Most recently, Lena served as co-captain of the Hall High School Pops N' Jazz dance team. Lena has served as an assistant and student teacher at Alyce Carella for five years and is excited to be able to be an official teacher in the upcoming year!


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