Faculty & Staff

Jeremy Doran - Pas de Deux

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Since 2005, Jeremy has been a student under the direction of Elisa Schroth (Christian Academy of Dance, Killingworth, CT.) He has danced leading roles in many productions with the school including "Ahavah" (2008-2013). Jeremy also participated in CAD’s Ensemble program allowing him opportunities to perform annually at Project Dance NYC, since 2009. Jeremy has also participated in summer intensive dance programs at Academie de Ballet, Chesapeake, VA (2007, 2008), Dance Ad Deum, Houston, TX (2009), and Ballet Magnificat! Jackson, MS (2010, 2011, 2012). In 2012, Jeremy was a part of Ballet Magnificat’s Pre-Professional Summer Program. Jeremy has also held the role of Prince for the Danbury "Nutcracker" (2011,2012), as well as the Prince in the NCCB performance of "Cinderella" (2012.) In 2013, Jeremy held the role for the Cavalier in The Danbury "Nutcracker," as well as the NCCB "Nutcracker." Jeremy performed as a company artist with Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet from 2014 to 2016. He also taught Pas de Deux during CAD's 2015-2016 school year.

Cindy Fromme - Creative Movement, Primary, Ballet 1

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Cindy Fromme's lifelong love of dance began at the age of five at the Clinton Dance Studio in her home town of Clinton, CT. She attended the National Association of Dance's Student Cavalcade of Dance in New York City. After high school, Cindy taught at the Clinton Dance Academy while attending Southern Connecticut State College, and completed an internship at the New Haven Regional Center's dance therapy program. Her studies included courses in theater and music for children. She graduated with a B.S. in Special Education, and taught in the Clinton and Westbrook School systems while teaching ballet at the Clinton Dance and Gymnastics Academy. Cindy currently teaches the Creative Movement, Primary, and Ballet 1 classes at Christian Academy of Dance, and enjoys being able to introduce the art of ballet to the beginning student. It is very gratifying to her as an instructor to see her students apply what is learned and watch their creativity unfold as they explore moving to music.

Stephanie Gagliardi - Adult Ballet, Ballet 5/6/7

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A Connecticut native, Stephanie Gagliardi began her formal training with the School of the Hartford Ballet at the age of 13. Her first teacher there was Franco DeVita, former Artistic Director of American Ballet Theater’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. During her time in Hartford she had the opportunity to train with world renowned teachers such as Alla Osipenko, Alla Nikitina, Susan Brooker, Peter O’Brien, Christine Busch, Adam Miller, Raymond Lukens, and Hilda Morales. In 2003 and 2004, Mrs. Gagliardi was selected for the re-staging of Kirk Peterson’s original ballet, "The American Nutcracker." Casted as a lead in Marzipan and Snow/Flowers corps, she danced alongside the American Ballet Theater’s Studio Company at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford. Mrs. Gagliardi has attended notable summer intensives such as Boston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Princeton Ballet, and Roxey Ballet. After attending Princeton Ballet School’s Summer Program in 2004, she was awarded the Nora Orphanides Scholarship and was invited to study at the school under the instruction of Douglas Martin, Mary Barton, and Maria Youskevitch. She began teaching for the school as a substitute shortly after and also had the opportunity to perform with their professional company, The American Repertory Ballet under the direction of Graham Lustig. In 2006, she began attending the University of Hartford’s the Hartt School on merit scholarship and graduated magna cum laude. She was blessed to be coached by Hilda Morales and perform lead roles in ballets such as "Giselle," "Les Sylphides," "Swan Lake," "Sleeping Beauty," "Pas de Quatre," and "Paquita." She has also danced in Martha Graham’s "Panorama," Adam Miller’s "The Great Divide," and Katie Stevinson-Nollet’s "Bal Musette." As an undergraduate, she was recognized for her skill in teaching by Miguel Campanaria and was asked to join the Hartt School’s Community Dance Division’s faculty in 2008. She discovered a passion for teaching ballet to students of all ages during this time and has also worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Hartford. Stephanie has appeared as a guest artist with Eastern Connecticut Ballet in their production of "Hansel and Gretel" and Premiere Ballet Theater’s "Snow Maiden." In 2012, Stephanie came to know Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior through Living Rock Church, Christian Academy of Dance, and dancing in "Ahavah." She has been dancing for the glory of God ever since and regularly attends Project Dance New York and the Ad Deum Summer Dance Intensive in Texas. Stephanie is a founding company member of Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet and has performed throughout New England and even in Birmingham, Alabama with the company. Vincent Hardy, Steve Rooks, Caleb Mitchell, Elizabeth McMillan, and Elisa Schroth have all set original works on her. She currently resides in Clinton, CT with her husband Frank, and is a teacher for the Christian Academy of Dance and Eastern Connecticut Ballet.

Sydney Stouffer - Ballet 3/4, Jazz 3/4, Adult Ballet, Beginner Modern

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Sydney Stouffer began her early to intermediate training in Grand Rapids, Michigan under the direction of James and Lucia Martin and Akop and Giane Akopian. When she was fifteen she was invited to join Turning Pointe School of Dance’s Senior Ensemble under Debra Burr and Tess Sinke. Just one year later she joined Michigan's first faith based professional ballet company, Soli Deo Gloria Contemporary Ballet. She was a Company Apprentice for two years and even had the opportunity to choreograph for their 2015-2016 season. In 2011, Sydney had the privilege of studying at ABT’s summer program in Detroit. In 2014, Ms. Stouffer was awarded a full scholarship to Ballet Magnificat’s summer intensive where she was placed in the pre-professional level. Ms. Stouffer has traveled all over the state of Michigan and in Chicago performing both classical and original works. Not only has she been a part of large-scale productions, but has ministered through outreach events and workshops for under-served communities. Ms. Stouffer has seven years experience in choreographing works for churches, nursing homes, hospitals, and fundraising events. Sydney is very thankful to be a part of Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet’s coming season and is very excited to see what God is going to do!

Lara Tant - Guest Instructor

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Lara Tant is from Philadelphia, PA. She trained at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC, under the direction of Ludmila Markovina and Alla Sizova. She spent her summers training at American Ballet Theatre, Chataqua and Pittsburgh Youth Ballet,and completed her professional training at the Joffrey Ballet School. She has danced professionally with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Connecticut Ballet, Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Alison Cook-Beatty Dance, Mooney-Cooley Dance, David Fernandez and Lou Troisi. In 2007 Lara co-founded Exit 12 Dance Company. In the Fall of 2016 Lara will tour Europe with Azoth Dance Theatre. In the summer of 2016 she guested with the Farm to Ballet Project in Burlington, Vermont as a principal dancer and was featured in a PBS documentary. Lara has taught ballet and creative movement at Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Ballet Des Enfants, Armonk Dance, ATB, Brooklyn Ballet, Steps on Broadway and Spotlight in Vermont. She is a Bolshoi Certified Ballet Teacher for levels 1 through 3. In 2015 she traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to teach dance to children in the townships. For the past five years she has been a full time faculty member at the Joffrey Ballet School in Manhattan in the Children, Youth Ballet and Adult Programs. Lara graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Dance Performance Degree from the College of Saint Mary’s, LEAP program. She is thrilled to join the faculty at the Christian Academy of Dance and perform with Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet this Fall.

Paiter van Yperen - Modern, Contemporary, Ballet 2/3, Ballet 6/7

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In 2007, Paiter started dancing at the age of 12. Under the direction of Elisa Schroth, he trained in both classical ballet and modern dance at the Christian Academy of Dance. He has had the privilege of performing many lead roles there and became an apprentice with Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet in 2013 while still a student in the school. In 2014, he was promoted to Company Artist and has performed at Project Dance New York and all throughout Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Hampshire, Michigan, and Alabama. He continues to pursue excellence by regularly attending intensives at the Martha Graham School in NYC and Ad Deum in Texas. He has participated in master classes with dance professionals all over the country including Steve Rooks (former Principal Dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company), Randall Flinn (Artistic Director of Ad Deum Dance Company), Freddy Moore (Alvin Ailey and Footprints Dance Company), and Durrell Comedy (Jose Limon Dance Company and Mark Morris Dance Group). Paiter has appeared as a guest artist with the Danbury Music Center as the Nutcracker Prince. He is currently on faculty with the Christian Academy of Dance and Jazz-N-Motion, both of which he has choreographed original works for.

Amy White - Administrator

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Amy graduated in 2015 as valedictorian of Middlesex Community College, attaining degrees in Communication and Entrepreneurship. Her heart has always been in dance, beginning with ballet lessons at the age of five. She studied for eight years at Christian Academy of Dance, graduating at the highest level. She was a member of the CAD dance ensemble, known today as the Youth Company. She participated in Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet in its founding years, performing at area churches, schools, nursing homes, and Project Dance New York. She also danced many leading roles in "Ahavah," including Mary, Archangel, and Messenger. Amy has been on faculty at CAD as an instructor of ballet and jazz but had to take a step back from her teaching and dancing career due to a serious back injury. She believes wholeheartedly in the philosophy of CAD and has continued through the years, volunteering her service behind the scenes as backstage crew and helping to manage the stage. Amy is excited to continue to be a part of Christian Academy of Dance as its administrator, helping to further its mission to glorify God and to share the gospel through the beauty of dance.