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Our Team

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Maria Mahoney, Director

Combo classes, Tap, Acro, Stretch & Conditioning and JLT 

Maria founded the dance connection in 1995. She is a member of the professional Dance Teacher Association of America, National Alliance of Dance Associates, National Federation of Independent Business, and is licensed by American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publicists. Maria has studied with leading names in the world of dance, such as Luigi, David Howard, Ronni Demarco, Ginny East, Frank Hatchett, and Charles Kelly. She was awarded twice the overall scholarship from dance masters of America for excellence in ballet, tap, jazz and acrobatics. In 1992, Maria graduated from Roger Williams University with a B.A. in Dance & an Associates degree in Business Administration. She was also the recipient of the deans award for academic excellence in performing arts. Her choreography has received numerous top awards across Connecticut and Massachusetts. Her students regularly receive overall top awards at competitions. When she is not at the studio teaching, she is home being a mom to Cameron, Sean, Ryan, and Easton.

Jennifer McDermott

Lyrical, Jazz, Contemporary, Preschool, Tap, Acro

Kayla Bunnell


Fiona Connelly

Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, Preschhool and Musical Theatre

Torii Murno

Jazz, Lyrical, Modern

To deliver a distinctive training experience for our students, we supplement our team of year round extraordinary teachers with guest faculty and choreographers.


Lauren Barrett

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Melissa Joslin


Evan DeBenedetto

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Kayla Luoma


Rory Freeman


Luke Romanzi

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