Meet our dance family
Samantha flook - director
Our dance family is here to welcome you!
Beginning Dance, Lyrical, Ballet, Jazz
Gabby began dancing at the age of 5 and has studied at multiple studios across New Jersey and Connecticut. Her passion for performance also extends into the musical theater realm, where she has been both a performer and choreographer for various school and community theater companies. In addition, Gabby works full time as a school social worker and is both a licensed mental health professional and doctoral student in educational leadership. She is excited to be combining her love for dancing and education as a member of the ADA family!
Ballet and Pointe
With a background that started with Youskevitch and went through SAB and Joffrey, Aj’s education, training and experience is outstanding and offers strength in technique, precision and speed. She is thrilled to work with the students here at ADA and boy, do they love working hard in her class!
Beginning Dance, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, Pilates
Alysa Is an ADA alumni who danced competitively and continued on to Sacred Heart University where she earned a B.S in Psychology with a minor in Dance. While dancing in college she was welcomed on staff at ADA in 2015. Miss Alysa is a company choreographer and instructor. She is also a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor in Mat and Reformer, with addi training in Total Barre and on the Stability Chair. Pilates is an essential form of cross training for dancers so she is happy to be able to work with Dancers at ADA. When Miss Alys is not at ADA or running her Pilates studio she loves to hang out with her two dogs and her husband, Nick! Miss Alysa is looking forward to the 2022 season.
Dan L. Sas was the founder, ballet master, director, and choreographer of SAS School of Dance. He taught all levels of ballet in the Russian Vaganova method, Pas des Deux, and Character dance. Dan was born in Baia Mare, Romania, to parents who were both folklore dancers. His mom was a gymnast (who was chosen to compete on the Romanian Olympic team in the
1950s) and his dad was a musician. Dan left home at 9 years old to enroll in the School of Choreography in Cluj, Romania.
After 9 years of dedication and hard work, where he studied ballet and academics, Dan graduated in 1978. He served 18 months
in the Romanian military, and then pursued his career as a principal dancer at the Romanian Opera House.
Dan lives in New Fairfield, CT, with his wife Maria, and has three children. Dan is pursuing his lifelong dream of teaching, choreographing and inspiring students in the art of dance.
Beginning dance, Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Acro, Tumbling
Lisa has been on staff at ADA for many years and is loved and adored by all of her students.
Bio coming soon...
Todd studied at some of the most prestigious ballet schools in the country, including; The Boston Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet , Teatro Alla Scala in Milan, Italy and The School of American Ballet. Todd danced professionally with the Washington Ballet, and Boston Ballet among others. While in Boston, Todd earned a degree at Emerson College. Due to some serious eye problems, he had to curtail his performing career, and as a result developed a love of choreography and teaching dance. He has choreographed and taught ballet and pas de deux classes across the country from as far away as Alaska and up and down the east coast as well as Europe and the Middle East. Todd’s classes are energetic and mentally and physically challenge students to reach their full potential.
SYRIL (SKY) HUNTER
Hip Hop, Street, Animation and Breaking
Sky is new to the staff at ADA and is ready to bring wonderful energy, style and strength to our hip hop program,
Bio coming soon...
Nadia has been dancing for over 20 years. Tap is her favorite technique. She graduated from CCSU with a B.S in Dance Education and is currently working on her Masters of Education in Special Education. She has won multiple choreography and technique awards. Nadia also teaches a form of adaptive dance and dance therapy with art in a clinical day school. She has two dogs, Mack and Ellie and an orange cat named Sunshine. She is very excited to start her journey with us at ADA!
Contemporary, Lyrical, Ballet
Jenna Racca is a dedicated educator who has been dancing for 20 years. She trained in the Russian Vaganova method of ballet under Dan Sas for 8 years and her passion for contemporary dance was fostered by Sam Flook. She previously taught Creative Movement, Ballet 1, Ballet 2, and choreographed lyrical for the competition team at Sas School of Dance. She also joined the American Academy of Ballet and the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet for summer intensive training and danced in the Danbury Music Centre’s Nutcracker Ballet for 11 years. She was a founding member of The University Ballet Company at the University of Connecticut and danced on UConn’s Encore Dance team. Jenna is also a full time 2nd grade teacher with her Master’s of Science in Curriculum and Instruction. Jenna is so excited to join the ADA family and share her passion for dance!