Sharon DiCrosta, founder and director of The Dancer’s Studio since 1972, has taught dance and related courses throughout the United States and Canada. Her experience in dance and theater is extensive, encompassing a variety of dance disciplines, with training both here and abroad. Sharon’s students have participated in dance events nationally and internationally, and may be seen on film, television, stage or in the classroom where many are currently teaching. Involved in many teaching organizations, Ms. DiCrosta is past President of Dance Masters of America Chapter #26 in New York City.
Sheri Bonanno has been on the teaching staff at the Dancer’s Studio since 1993. Her early training came from Sharon DiCrosta, and she received her BA in Dance in 1993 from DeSales University. Sheri has performed with the “Anita Feldman Tap Company” in New York City and the Muhlenburg Summer Theatre. She is a member of Dance Masters of America, CT chapter. Her students and her choreography have earned numerous awards at both the local and national levels, and Sheri continues to teach and judge throughout the United States.
Catherine Branigan Steele
Caity Branigan Steele received her training at The Dancer’s Studio in Northford, CT. Under the direction of Sharon DiCrosta she gained national recognition and was part of the World Champion USA Junior Tap Team. She continued her education at Eastern Connecticut State University, where she participated in and choreographed for their Dance Ensemble, as well as being a member of and student coach for the school’s competitive dance team. Caity currently teaches professionally and is certified with Dance Masters of America, Chapter #18. She is most proud to be a member of Kids for Kids, Dancing for Life, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting children’s charities and encouraging today’s youth to give back to their communities.
Sheila Huggins grew up in the small town of North Haven, Connecticut. She began studying dance at the age of 6 at The Dancer’s Studio under the direction of Sharon DiCrosta. She studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern and lyric before graduating from North Haven High School in 2009. She went on to study dance at Roger Williams University, but relocated to Hartford to study as a dance performance major at The Hartt School’s dance division under direction of Stephen Pier. While there she studied ballet, pointe, modern and contemporary styles of dance as a full time student. She has had the opportunity to work with teachers and choreographers such as Sheri Bonanno, Stephen Pier, Hilda Morales, Debra Collins Ryder, Nina Watt, Katie Stevenson-Nollet, Samantha Dunster, Shannon Gillen, Gregor Dolbashian, Loni Landon, past members of the Limon Dance Company, and many more. Durning the summer of 2013 she studied in Amsterdam, Holland for two weeks with the Henry Jurriens Summer Intensive. In May of 2014 she graduated from the Hartt School with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.
Lilet Bowtun is a dancer/choreographer who started dancing at the age of eight training in ballet, hip hop, West African, and jazz at Neighborhood Studios in Bridgeport, CT. She was then granted a scholarship to the Performing Arts Center of CT in Trumbull now known as the Rockwell Dance Center, where she continued her training adding modern, contempo-rary and partnering. Throughout the years she has attended several camps and intensives such as the Ailey Camp, Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts (EMIA), Monsters, SI Dance Camps, and the Pulse. Lilet has also danced for several companies in the Connecticut community including Team Leggo based out of Fairfield, and Kalligraphy based in Hartford. Now she wants to focus on teaching and sharing her love for dance with everyone around her, and is working toward her goal to become a full time dancer.
Stacey Richetelli a native of West Haven, Connecticut. She graduated from Montclair State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance performance. As a member of the MSU Repertory Dance Company she has performed in the works of Larry Keigwin, Martha Graham and Camille A. Brown. Stacey’s formal dance training began at The Dancer’s Studio under the direction of Sharon DiCrosta along with her studies at The Education Center of the Arts in New Haven CT. In the summer of 2015 she was awarded the Craig North Memorial Young Choreographer Award from the American Dance Awards. Stacey’s summer training included multiple summers at the Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts. She has also been a member of Kids for Kids Dancing for Life, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting many children’s charities. Along with teaching at her home studio, she began teaching in fall of 2017 at Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT and StudioOne in Branford CT.
Kimberly Spanier began her classical ballet training under the direction of Joyce Karpiej, former director of the Hartford Ballet School. She also spent summers studying at the Boston Ballet. Kim continued her training and joined the Company of Connecticut Concert Ballet where she danced lead roles in productions of The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Balanchine’s Apollo, Cinderella and Snow White. Kim lives in North Branford with her husband, Jay, and daughters, Sofia and Ellie.
Rosemary Eskenazi has been affiliated with The Dancer’s Studio for more than 25 years. Her duties include reception, registration, billing and scheduling, and her work keeps the studio running smoothly and efficiently. She is also the keeper and distributor of leotards, tights, tissues, band-aids and hair elastics! Whether teacher, parent, or student…Rose is always ready to lend a helping hand.
Darlene Richetelli is the newest member of our staff, but her relationship with The Dancer’s Studio dates back more than fifteen years. Having been a dancer’s Mom during that time, her experience gives her a unique insight from a parents’ perspective. Her duties include reception as well as payments and phone information, and she keeps a close watch on our students giving help when necessary…always with a smile!