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.
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 14 years in the Connecticut area and continues to perform locally. Michelle is a X-Pert, Vertical Dance, and PDC certified pole instructor, as well as a member of the PFA and the APFA.
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.
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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
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!
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.
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.
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.
Vaqueiro has extensive training in the art of Capoeira. He started his training in Capoeira in May 2006. He belonged to the group “Ginga Minas Brasil” taught by Mestre Periquito and Estagiário Sapo in México city. From December 2007 to January 2008 he traveled to Minas Gerais, Brasil to study Capoeira. He started teaching Capoeira in Mexico, February 2008. In August 2008 he moved to the city of Queretaro where he started a new teaching/learning project with the support of Mestre Periquito.
Vaqueiro had his own Capoeira academy in Queretaro until his mentor, Mestre Periquito, died in 2011. He then trained/taught under Mestre Mindinho and in 2013 I funded the Group Capoeira Brasil in Queretaro. Vaqueiro continued his training with Mestre Mindinho in San Diego California, where he taught some classes for his students.
And now, Vaqueiro decided to come to Connecticut and introduce this beautiful combination of dance and martial arts for students of Work It Dance and Fitness!