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.
Ms. Brooke Diefenbach
I started dancing at the age of 6 at Dance Education Center in Clinton, Massachusetts. When I turned 11 I switched to Charlotte Klein Dance Centers in Worcester, Massachusetts and trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop till I graduated high school in 2016. At Charlotte Klein I attended many competitions competing solos and group dances placing top ten, receiving gold and platinum awards. I traveled to Dance Masters of America nationals in Orlando and in Boston. I also traveled to many different conventions including the Pulse, NYCDA, and Nuvo. At Nuvo in 2015, I was awarded a scholarship from Kenny Wormald in hip hop to travel to Los Angeles and train at Dancer Palooza. While training at Dancer Palooza I worked with amazing artists such as Bobby's Beat Camp and received a leading part in Jojo Gomez' jazz funk dance. In August 2016, I started at UNCG as a dance major and after realizing it was not for me I transferred to the University of Hartford where I am currently an entrepreneurship major.
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.
Kate Cavenagh has over 20 years of tap teaching experience and is
currently working with the American Tap Dance Foundation in NYC to complete Level 3 of their Tap Teacher Training. She grew up dancing under Miss Jackie Lynn in Middletown, CT and has mentored under Barbra Duffy and the ATDF Faculty since the early 2000s. Kate attends and performs at Tap festivals in NYC, is a member of the #Taplife Company, and taught classes in history and improvisation at #Camplife (#Taplife festival, NH) in the summer of 2018. She has been the coach of the Uconn Tap Team (2011-2018) and is the current dance captain for the
Greater Hartford division of #Taplifetoo. She is the founder and
artistic director of the Connecticut Tap Collaborative, a dance and
music company that promotes education, tradition, and improvisation.