Simply Dance Studio

"reach for the moon, but DANCE on the stars"

Best of 2020

Best of New Haven Living 2015 & 2016 : Best Dance Lessons

Best Dance Studio New Haven Advocate 2014-2017

About Us

Director - Amanda 'Dance'

Artistic, passionate dancer of 29 years, with 8 years professional experience and 15+ years of performance experience​. Multi-talented dancer familiar with production management, director management and strong choreography skill set. Highlights : Jazz,Tap & Toe Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Modern, Musical Theater, Ballroom (various styles), Choreographer, Production Management & Directing, Music Editing, Aerial Silks &, Tumbling, Vocal ability, Actress, Model

Professional Dance & Modeling Credits:

Various Modeling jobs from 2018-present including recent publications in Gezno Magazine and Fabotiq Models Magazine and Yale Campus Ads.

Raw Artist 2017-2019

Eminence Dance Movement - 2016 - present Founder/Producer/Director/Choreographer/Dancer

"Hallelujah" - Lead Dancer

"Addiction" - Eminence Movement -Lead Dancer

"No One" Music Video - Fiction - 2017 - Lead Dancer

Pulse Teacher Certified - 2015 & 2016

Broadway Dance Center Teacher Workshop Certified - 2014, 2015, 2016

Dance Master’s Of America First Year Certified - 2015

Wiz Production by Arts in Corp - 2014 - Choreographer

Mulan Middle School Play - 2013 - Choreographer

Training & Education

2016 - Present Dancer Teacher Degree/Certification, National Dance Education Organization, Silver Springs, MD - Online Courses. Relevant Courses: Development Domains in Dance, Dance Kinesiology & Applied Teaching Practice

Various industry training programs & camps including Broadway Dance Center, Just For Kix

Pulse Teacher Certified - 2015 & 2016

Broadway Dance Center Teacher Workshop Certified - 2014, 2015, 2016

Dance Master’s Of America First Year Certified - 2015

Certified Dance Teacher

State of CT Head Teacher Certification

B.A. Degree

Trained under industry leader such as:

James "Combo" Marino, Brian Freedman, Tyler Peck, Travis Wall, Shelia Barker, April Cook, Greg Zane, Savion Glover, Rudy Abreu​

I've danced on several national teams and traveled to Disneyworld in Orlando, Las Vegas, and Atlantic City and more. I am a Certified Dance Teacher and you can find me

My ultimate goal as a dance educator is to teach my students to us their maximum potential in a safe and proper way. I want to share my passion and love of dance with each and every student as well as open up theirs, to teach the discipline and love of a beautiful art form. I wish to be more than just a teacher to them but a mentor in their every day lives. My passion is to help each dancer to achieve their dreams, and provide all the capabilities in doing so.

Learn more about me in this exclusive interview! 

Associate Director - Melanie Shea

My name is Melanie Shea and I am Simply Dance's Associate Director. I started dancing when I was four years old and began teaching when I was 11. Dance has given me so much in my life and I am so lucky to be able to pass that long to my students. I am a Connecticut certified Elementary School teacher in addition to my dance training. I enjoy traveling to New York yearly to continue my dance education to constantly show my students the newest techniques and keep my own ideas fresh.

Dance can help students develop so many life skills in addition to learning the art. My goal is to help my students not only learn to dance, but become well rounded individuals with confidence in themselves to succeed.

Teacher: Kylee Latta

My name is Kylee and I am 22 years old. I have been dancing since I was 2 and teaching since I was 13. I am currently a nanny of two adorable children but my ultimate goal is to become a police officer or child psychologist. Growing up with younger siblings has helped me navigate all types of situations with kids and I truly love working with young kids and helping them grow to their full potential.