Owner, Director, Instructor
Christine Seibold has a Fine Arts Degree in Dance from NVCC and has been dancing for over 30 years. She has backgrounds in recreational, competitive, pre-professional, and classical trainings which complement her dance degree in the Fine Arts. Her teachings focus strongly on technique with a flair for fun, combining the classical or formal style class structure with the flexibility and creativity to expand each child’s dance experience.
Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop Instructor
Jea’Nelle graduated from NVCC in 2006 with a degree in Fine Arts/Dance and has been instructing children ages 2 and up ever since. At NVCC she trained in all aspects of dance including ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and dance pedagogy. She danced with the Terpsichorean Dance Ensemble for three years and served as the club president from 2005-2006. She received the Award of Merit for the 2005/2006 school year. Master classes and workshops include: Bob Fosse workshops with Jim Clark, Anna Sokolow workshops with Lorry May and Pilobolus workshops with Rebecca Anderson Darling. Jea’Nelle also attended the Litchfield Jazz Festival Summer Dance Institute from 2003-2005 were she studied modern, ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap and yoga. Jea’Nelle has been teaching at SSOPA since 2005. She instructs Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, and Intro to Ballet. She also instructs the Contemporary Elite Team.
Hip Hop Instructor
James was trained at Broadway Steps where he learned hip hop, jazz, and tap. After that experience he then practiced on his own for four years. During those four years he worked with three different dance crews as a member and choreographer. He has had experience from being on the show So You Think You Can Dance and has been performing for six years. This is his fifth year teaching and he loves every minute of it. From being brought up in a dance studio to learning his current street dance styles on his own, he has found out the best ways of breaking down these complex styles. Teaching and learning these new styles of dance has been the most fun that James has experienced in all his years of dance. He can’t wait to pass it on to you!
Ballet, Pointe Instructor
Elisabeth Fox has been teaching dance for over thirty-five years. She began her dance training at the prestigious Washington Ballet. She continued studying dance at the University of Maryland and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. Elisabeth was a soloist with Rockville Ballet, a Maryland regional dance company. Elisabeth’s extensive teaching credits include: Princeton Ballet, Capital City Ballet of Sacramento, American Community School of London, Royal Oak Dance Center in Michigan, Montgomery Village Center for the Arts in Maryland, The Westover School and Main Street Ballet. Elisabeth also received her level two tap certificate from The Royal Academy of Dance while living in London.
Acro Dance Instructor
Syril has been in five dance crews as stunt man, member, and choreographer. He has been a guest teacher at various dance schools in Connecticut. The highlight of his career so far is the performance he did for Jeri Kansas at Grand Central Station. It was an opening for a Kimono Fashion Show.
Musical Theater Instructor
Michele is completing her 14th year teaching at the Southbury School of Performing Arts. She is very proud of her position here and loves sharing her Musical Theater talents with her students. She is also available for Private Singing Lessons for boys and girls of all ages. Michele directed her first production at age 10! She performed her way through middle and high school and at WCSU, majoring in music, minoring in theater; she was in “Fiddler on the Roof.” Michele was in the 3 premiere shows at “Musicals at Richter” in Danbury. Her favorite roles include Cora in “Little Mary Sunshine,” Sister Berthe in “The Sound of Music” and a cast member of “Anything Goes” and “Jerry’s Girls,” at the Brookfield Playhouse. Michele has developed her singing skills with world famous composer, John Rutter at Carnegie Hall and John Harris in NYC, also with vocal coaches Pamela Hoffman, Anne Carlson, Elizabeth Russo and Francine Falcon. She performed with the Danbury Concert Chorus in Havana, Cuba. Michele has been a member of The Connecticut Master Chorale since 2001, Tina Heidrich: Director/Conductor. This highly acclaimed chorale just finished its 18th season and has performed at West Point, Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the White House.
Ballet and Lyrical Instructor
Emily completed her certificate in dance from Naugatuck Valley Community College, in May of 2013. Her studies in dance through college were strongly focused in modern and ballet. She has been dancing for over ten years and this experience includes being a student at Southbury School of Performing Arts since their opening and training in ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop, and musical theatre. Emily recently completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Comprehensive Special Education. She graduated just this weekend with Magna Cum Laude Honors from Southern CT State University. Emily now holds her K-12 teaching certification in special education and is currently working as a substitute teacher at a middle school. She is looking forward to having her own classroom this coming fall and continuing to teach in a school as well as at the dance studio. Emily has a true passion for both teaching and learning and enjoys being a member of the SSOPA Staff!
Tap, Contemporary, Jazz and Hip Hop Instructor
Victoria has over 25 years of dance experience in ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical. She was involved in the Miss America Scholarship Program and was crowned Miss Wolcott in 2006. During that time she initiated a dance for exercise program for elementary school children. As a contestant in the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Pageant, Victoria received the community service, talent and congeniality awards.
In 2007, Victoria went on to graduate with a Fine Arts degree in Dance, visual and performing arts, with a concentration in Modern. Additionally, Victoria’s dance experience includes a Fosse based workshop with Jim Clark, work with Lori May from the Sokolow Now Company, Rebecca Anderson Darling from Pilobolus, Matthew Westerby, James Robey, and the late Frank Hackett. She is a current member of the Connecticut Dance Alliance.
Victoria was the coach and choreographer of the Wolcott High School Dance Team, taught hip hop at Westover School and has been an instructor at SSOPA since 2007. Victoria instructs Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz and Contemporary Classes. Victoria received an associates of science as a physical therapy assistant and as of April is a licensed PTA. Over the last year Victoria has been a member of ATTAK Dance Company based in West Harford and founded in 2013 by Elena DelVecchio Rusnak.
Broadway Tap and Broadway Jazz Instructor
Dancing since the age of 3, Shannon has over 35 years of experience in dance. She received her training in Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Musical Theatre dance. An award winning Choreographer and Director her work has been seen throughout CT, NY, Off-Broadway and internationally. A graduate of the WCSU theatre program, Shannon holds a BA in Communications, Theatre Arts and Vocal Performance and a MA in Education. Shannon has worked for the past 20yrs with a number of CT high schools as their Choreographer/Director. She won the 2009 CMTA for Outstanding Musical(Thoroughly Modern Millie) and the 2011 CMTA for Outstanding Choreography(42nd Street). Shannon is also an accomplished performer. She has been teaching dance for 18yrs and enjoys working with dancers of all ages. Shannon is thrilled to be part of the SSOPA family.