Artistic Director/Founder 

 

  Donna Bonasera is best known in the dance world for training dancers of the highest level technique and her memorial choreography for both the ballet and musical theater stage. Ms. Bonasera maintains a positive relationship with dance professional throughout the United States and abroad.  She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Connecticut Dance Theatre where she is constantly evolving and developing proper dance training programs based on the Vaganova Method of Classical Dance and Musical Theater based on the teaching of Lee Theodore, founder of American Dance Machine. She received a diploma from the Russian Choreographic Schools in Russia and studied directly with the late Lee Theodore on the preservation of original Broadway choreography and styles of the great Broadway choreographers.

      Many students trained under Ms. Bonasera’s tutelage have gone on to professional careers in some of the most distinguished ballet companies throughout the world; as well as featured performers on Broadway, and top  executives for Ballet Companies. She has coached trained students for such prestigious ballet competitions as the New York International Ballet Competition, Paris International, Mississippi International, Varna, Bulgaria International, Prix de Lousanne, Switzerland , American Youth Grand Prix and CT Classic Ballet Competition.  Ms. Bonasera was the former Associate Director of the Nutmeg Ballet and returns as a frequent guest artist and choreographer along with guest teaching throughout the country. Ms. Bonasera's teaching and choreography can also be seen at  East Street Ballet, in Hadley MA, Franklin School of the Performing Arts, Franklin, MA., Ballet Theatre Company, West Hartford,CT and Reach for the Stars in Terryville, CT. She is a member of the Warner Theater Stage Company,  and on the committee for National Dance Week.

 

Mikalah Ferrigno has been an active dancer since enrolling in classes at the age of three.  Beginning with ballet and tap, her interest and passion grew for dance as she progressed, adding more styles such as lyrical, modern, hip hop and more at Miss Melanie’s Dance Zone in Torrington, CT.  During her time there she participated in numerous competitions and enhanced her training through workshops with dancers such as Jason Samuels, Savion Glover, Musa Cooper, Alex Wong and various other dancers from “So You Think You Can Dance” While in high school,  Ms. Ferrigno also worked at the studio as a teacher’s assistant, aiding the younger kids in various techniques.   With 15 years of training and upon graduation, Ms. Ferrigno continued her schooling and has since gone on to teach and choreograph at Miss Melanie’s Dance Zone and has now joined  Connecticut Dance Theatre, Inc. as a faculty member for the Appreciation Children and Adult division and performer in CDT productions such as “Clara and the Nutcracker”.  Having been a dancer for 19 consecutive years, Mikalah hopes to further reach and help children discover their passion for dance and physical fitness, while creating a fun and educational environment for students to explore their natural creativity.        

Donna Bonasera is best known in the dance world for training dancers of the highest level technique and her memorial choreography for both the ballet and musical theater stage. Ms. Bonasera maintains a positive relationship with dance professional throughout the United States and abroad.  She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Connecticut Dance Theatre where she is constantly evolving and developing proper dance training programs based on the Vaganova Method of Classical Dance and Musical Theater based on the teaching of Lee Theodore, founder of American Dance Machine. She received a diploma from the Russian Choreographic Schools in Russia and studied directly with the late Lee Theodore on the preservation of original Broadway choreography and styles of the great Broadway choreographers.

Many students trained under Ms. Bonasera’s tutelage have gone on to professional careers in some of the most distinguished ballet companies throughout the world; as well as featured performers on Broadway, and top  executives for Ballet Companies. She has coached trained students for such prestigious ballet competitions as the New York International Ballet Competition, Paris International, Mississippi International, Varna, Bulgaria International, Prix de Lausanne, Switzerland , American Youth Grand Prix and CT Classic Ballet Competition.  Ms. Bonasera was the former Associate Director of the Nutmeg Ballet and returns as a frequent guest artist and choreographer along with guest teaching throughout the country.

 

Mikalah Ferrigno has been an active dancer since enrolling in classes at the age of three. Beginning with ballet and tap, her interest and passion grew for dance as she progressed, adding more styles such as lyrical ballet, modern, and hip hop at Miss Melanie's Dance Zone in Torrington, CT.  During her time there she participated in numerous competitions and enhanced her training through workshops with dancers such as Jason Samuels, Savion Glover, Musa Cooper, Alex Wong and various other dancers from "So You think You Can Dance". While in high school, Ms. Ferrigno worked at Miss Melanie's as a teacher's assistant, aiding the younger kids in various techniques. With 15 years of training and upon graduation , Ms. Ferrigno continued her schooling and has since gone on to teach and choreograph at Miss Melanie's Dance Zone and joined Connecticut Dance Theatre, Inc. as a faculty member for the Appreciation Children, Teen and Adult Divisions and a performer in Connecticut Dance Theatre productions. Ms. Ferrigno hopes to further reach and help children discover their passion for dance and physical fitness, while creating a fun and educational environment for students to explore their natural creativity.

Syril Hunter is best known in the Connecticut Hip Hop scene for his great work in Acro/breakdance.  Mr. Hunter performs and competes all across the region and in New York with very innovative and impressive choreography.

Riley McGregor was born in Morristown, New Jersey, but raised in Burlington, Connecticut. She trained in Torrington at the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory for five years beginning in 2011 and graduating from their pre-professional training program in 2016, spending sumers training with schools such as the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, Bolshoi Ballet in NYC and the school of Ballet Arizona in Phoenix. After graduating from the Nutmeg, Riley joined the Studio Company at Ballet Arizona. She dance with the Studio Company for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons performing in both the school of Ballet Arizona and Company productions. She has performed roles such as Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle in Giselle, roles in The Nutcracker, La Bayadere, Western Symphony and many more.

Kate Costello is passioate about 0performance educations and all of the important life skills that can be learned in the drama classroom. She is an actress, director, singer writer and voice over talent.  Ms. Costello appeared on numerour off Broadway and regional stages, including Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, Coach Light Dinnder Theater, Stage West, Willlington Stage, Buck's County Playhouse. Additionally, She has acted in many films and industrials and has cast talent for Macy's, McDonald's Corp., Toy Fair, Bayer, Sears Roebuck and Grey Fox Murder Mysteries.  She has an M.S. degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from Southern Connecticut State Univesity  and teaches at SCSU and Naugatuck Valley Community College