Head Dance Instructor
Amanda Brennan, the head dance instructor for Imagine Studio, is a recent graduate of Naugatuck Valley Community College. Here Amanda received her Associates’ Degrees’ in Visual and Performing Arts (Dance) and in Science (Early Childhood Education). She has been trained professionally in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and modern. Amanda is a member of a new modern dance company, ATTAK. ATTAK has had several performances including 5×5 Dance Festival 2013, Connecticut Dance Alliance 2013, Kiva 2014, and a Tiger Woods Charity Event 2014. The company members take turns choreographing pieces based on specific experiences or events. The company bases their choreography off of material that they have learned in their modern dance courses as well as what they have learned in their dance training.
While attending NVCC, Amanda worked as the Dance Assistant for Elena Rusnak (Director of the Dance Department), was a production assistant for various dance concerts, was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and was the President of the Terpsichorean Dance Ensemble. Amanda received The Dance Department Award of Merit in 2011, 2012, and 2013. She has also received the Elena Del Vecchio Rusnak Dance Scholarship in 2012. Amanda has completed her first year two years of Teachers Training School at Dance Masters of America and plans to continue her education there for the next two years. Amanda has taught several styles of dance at the Elmwood Community Center for the past seven years. She has also taught at other dance studios in the area.
During her time student teaching, Amanda received the “Professor Ruth M. Sasso Scholarship for Academic Excellence and Quality of Applying Early Childhood Education Concepts to the Teaching of Young Children.” She was also was the Treasurer of the Early Childhood Education club. For four years, Amanda directed a summer preschool camp, Little Critters, in the town of West Hartford. During this time Amanda planned and implemented activities for the camp. Before directing the camp, she worked as an assistant at Little Critters for three years. Amanda currently is attending CCSU working towards her bachelors in education.
Working with children in both academic and creative ways, Amanda enjoys her passion for teaching. She hopes to continue to teach children in school and in dance for many years to come. Amanda has a strong passion for dancing and working with children in a positive atmosphere. She is motivated and dedicated to her students and her work.