Our instructors continually train with some of the best dancers and athletes from Russia, Brazil, France, Australia, Italy, Canada, Japan, UK, Turkey, and other countries all over the world to ensure you are getting the best, most updated techniques in the performing arts.

 

MICHELLE

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Owner, Pole, Burlesque, and Tone & Tighten Instructor

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Michelle has been a performer all of her life, from her first recital at age 3, to performing in front of millions as a New England Patriot Cheerleader at Superbowl XXXVI. She has studied a variety of dance styles ranging from ballet, tap, and jazz in her younger years, to funk-jazz, cheer-dance, pole dancing and cabaret/burlesque in her later years.

In total, Michelle has performed for 10 professional sports teams ranging from NFL, WNFL, AHL, AFL, AFL 2, CBA, and USBL. Michelle has been teaching dance for over 15 years in the Connecticut area and continues to perform and compete nationally. At the age of 43, Michelle entered her first pole fitness competition and took third place in the Northeast Aerial Arts Professional Champion division (Pole Sport Organization). In 2016, Michelle took first place in the Northeast Pole Sport Organization, Level 4 Entertainment division. 

Michelle is a X-Pert, Vertical Dance, and PDC certified pole instructor, as well as a member of the PFA and the APFA. Michelle is the creator of two popular DVDs, “Dance Yourself Fit” and “Tone and Tighten” and has appeared in over 13 of Ellen Barrett’s fitness DVDs. Michelle is the owner of Work It Dance and Fitness in Norwalk, CT, and is a breast cancer survivor.

 

TONY

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Owner and Pole Fitness Instructor

Tony became interested in learning to pole dance after watching his wife Michelle train for years. He would use the pole that Michelle installed in their living room to do pull ups and leg lifts every morning. As he noticed his body becoming stronger, he became even more interested and started to take classes with Michelle to gain more formal training.

After more than a year of practicing, Tony decided he was ready for the next step and went through the rigorous X-Pert Teacher Certification. Tony passed with flying colors and became Work It Dance and Fitness’ first male pole dancing instructor.

 

TAVA

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Bellydancing Instructor

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Tava is a life-long dancer who began her training in belly dance as a New Year’s resolution in 2000. Now, as a highly regarded instructor, choreographer and performer in the tri-state area, Tava has choreographed for theatrical productions ranging from Fantasy Belly dance to Shakespeare.

She has performed at many prestigious theaters including DNA, Merce Cunningham and The Gene Frankel Theater, as well as clubs, restaurants and cultural events. Known for her fluid and expressive style, Tava has appeared on television, in print, and on multiple DVD’s. www.BellydancebyTava.com

 

KRISTA

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Pole Dancing Instructor

Ever since Krista could walk, she was dancing. She began taking classes at the young age of three years old, and eventually began teaching ballet, tap, modern and hip hop to all age groups for several years.

In 2010 Krista moved to Norwalk and temporarily put dance on hold. But without her creative outlet she began to feel a void that nothing else could quite fill. That’s when a friend asked her to take a pole dancing class at Work It in 2013. Krista’s world was instantly turned “upside down”.

Pole was a challenging and exciting combination of dance, gymnastics and strength training. She has been a loyal member of the Work It community ever since, appearing in Work It Fit’s DVD workout videos: Dance Yourself Fit and Tone & Tighten. Now as a pole dance instructor she is excited to share her lifelong love of dance with others!
 

LUISA

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Pole Dancing Instructor

Luisa is originally from Switzerland and studied dance in Zurich, Paris, Rome and New York. She’s trained in ballet, modern, jazz, belly dancing, salsa and pole of course. She completed the ElevatED Pole 1 certification at Body & Pole and an exotic dance teacher certification from Stripxpertease. She’s also planning to take the Liquid Motion and Flexibility ElevatED certification.  In 2015, she became the mom to a wonderful baby boy.

 

CORY

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Fusion Dance Fitness Instructor

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Cory started his studies in modern dance while in his ninth grade year of high school. Growing up in Fayetteville, NC, Cory studied under two highly skilled dance instructors: Asha Bala, a well trained modern dance and Indian Bharatanatyam instructor and Charlene Coxa well known Modern, Jazz and African instructor.Cory’s skills include West African, Modern, Hip-Hop and Jazz dance styles. He has taught in various workshops and performed in different venues through out the east coast and the mid west.

 

MICHELLE D.

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Tone and Tighten and Buti Yoga Instructor

Michelle comes from 20 years of formal dance training in Connecticut, California, Arizona and the Dominican Republic. Hip hop, samba, sass – you name it, Michelle knows it.
She has trained under America’s Got Talent winner, Kenichi Ebina; and has performed and competed with the premiere dance organization in Phoenix, Lavish Dance Company.
Michelle spent six months in the Dominican Republic learning bachata, marengue and salsa.

Michelle holds Buti Yoga certification; and has been teaching across the US West Coast.
Practicing in countries yoga studios, Michelle most enjoys blending the techniques she has learned to guide her students on the proper way to hold each asana (yoga pose), and find the flow to tone, build and enlighten.

Michelle holds instructor certification from Beachbody, one of America’s largest fitness organizations; and CPR certification from the Red Cross. She is also certified in Reiki.