Julie Reed-Russo (Owner, Director, Teacher, Choreographer)
Julie Reed-Russo has been dancing since the age of three and teaching for the past sixteen years. She has trained with Sandee Juliano,Sharon DiCrosta, Frank Hatchett, Bob Rizzo, Savion Glover, Germaine Salsberg, Janice Barringer, Bryan Lewis and Jay Fagan just to name a few. She has performed regionally and across the country for fundraisers, commercials, industrials, and competitions. She has done performances in Las Vegas, New York and Epcot Center in Walt Disney World. She has been involved with many organizations such as Relay For Life, Muscular Dystrophy, Toys For Tots, and Breast Cancer Awareness. Julie has held several dance titles including National Miss Dance Educators Of America 2001. She is a Qualified Member of Dance Educators Of America, Inc. and National Association Of Dance And The Affiliated Arts and is certified by examination (level I and II) in the Dance Educators Of America Teacher Training and Certification Programs. She has taught for NADAA and many schools around Connecticut and Massachusetts. In addition, she has judged dance competitions. Her choreography has been recognized, garnering many overall awards both regionally and nationally. Her students have performed all over the country in ballets,competitions, musicals, industrials, benefits and have won national championships, overall awards, titles, pageants and scholarships. Julie continues to further her dance education by taking classes at Broadway Dance Center and participating in Dance Conventions.
(Hip Hop II-Adult, Lyrical I, and Acro)
Danielle has been dancing since the age of two and teaching for the past nine years. She has trained with Frank Hatchett, Sheila Barker, and John Burris. She continues to take classes at Broadway Dance Center, Steps, and has attended many dance conventions. She has done performances for the Boston Celtics, Norwich Navigators, Seusical The Musical, Beauty And The Beast, talent shows, dance competitions, recitals, and has been an extra in a few movies. Danielle has also taught for the Westbrook Park And Recreation Department. She also currently choreographs for local theater groups. During her competition career, Danielle was nominated for the Dance Spirit Award and has won many scholarships and has placed in many dance titles.
Casey Krane knew her passion was Irish step dancing at the age of five after seeing Riverdance on PBS. She pursued her dream of becoming an Irish step dancer with the Kathleen Mulkerin School of Irish Dance in West Haven, and has been dancing for over 15 years. Casey had the opportunity at the age of twelve to perform live with world renowned fiddle player, Natalie MacMaster, twice in Connecticut. She also was a member of the Emerald Dancers, an elite group of Kathleen Mulkerin dancers who performed in Ireland for two weeks. Besides her many performances, Casey also enjoys competing and has two National Champion titles from the NAIDF organization, in 2010 and 2011. With these titles she qualified for
the World Championships in Germany but was unable to attend due to her college studies at the University of Connecticut. Casey has been teaching for seven years. Casey plans on obtaining her TCRG. (Irish Dance Teacher Certification) While teaching at Westbrook Dance Academy, she plans on spreading her love of Irish Dancing and music to her
students in her hometown of Westbrook.
Tammy Johnson Lepisto
Tammy has been dancing since the age of two, owned her own studio for twelve years – Miss Tammy’s School of Dance – and taught for The Village School of Dance in Guilford for two years. She also taught the creative movement program for Pumpkin Patch in Westbrook and Cromwell. Tammy has studied under Debbie
Lynn Van Epps, Rosemary Lafo Eastwood, Frank Hatchett, Bob Rizzo, and Gregory Hines. She and her past students performed regionally for competitions and fundraisers. Tammy’s students performed in Six Flags New Jersey, Starship Dance Theatre, Clinton Bluefish Festival, and many school musicals. Tammy has
been involved in Toys for Tots, Relay for Life, and the Multiple Sclerosis Walk. Tammy is certified through Dance Masters of America and is a past member of the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Artists where she served as Vice
President for ten years.
(Hip Hop I, Hip Hop Technique)
Christina has been dancing since the age of five and teaching for the past ten years. A former student of Julie Reed-Russo, she has also trained with Sandee and Linda Juliano, Janice Barringer, Bryan Lewis and Sara Conlon. In her competition career, Christina won many special awards, dance titles and overalls. She has competed and performed regionally and across the country. In addition she has also attended many dance conventions and workshops. She has choreographed many school plays, Quinceaneras and weddings. Christina loves dance and continues to further her dance education.
Holly has been dancing since the age of 6 and has extensive training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theater, Hip Hop and Pointe. She has studied under the direction of Julie Reed-Russo at Westbrook Dance Academy and is currently continuing her studies at Broadway Dance Center in New York City as well as at numerous dance conventions. Her musical theater performances include Sweeny Todd, Chicago, Young Frankenstein and Sweet Charity where she was the dance captain, chorographer and lead dancer. Holly has performed at Walt Disney World as well as numerous recitals and local fundraisers. During her competition career, Holly won numerous dance titles, pageants, scholarships, and overall awards. In 2015, Holly was a member of the Westbrook Dance Academy Competition Team which won the National Grand Championship and placed Third at the World Dance Championship. In August of 2017 Holly will travel to Spain for a Performing Arts Abroad dance internship.
(Intermediate Combo, Junior Ballet)
Kelsey has been dancing since she was 6 years old and teaching for the past five years. She has trained with Julie Reed-Russo, Anthony Locasio, Casey Anthony and Sheila Barker. As a competitive dancer she won many titles and awards, including Miss CISC 2010, Miss Dance Diva 2010, as well as several overall awards for her solos, duos, and groups at both the regional and national level. Her high school musical theatre performances include 42nd Street, and Thoroughly Modern Millie where she was the lead. Kelsey attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City where she studied Musical Theatre. She has performed with Artful Living’s production of Shrek the Musical, choreographed Westbrook High School’s production of Young Frankenstein, and most recently – in July of 2017 – Kelsey was the choreographer for Broadway Bound East’s production of Lion King Junior. Kelsey is excited to bring her passion for dance to Westbrook Dance Academy and will continue to further her dance education.