Our Faculty

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"Miss Tamra" Saric

Miss Tamra, owner and director of the Lathrop School of Dance, has been with the school for over 30 years and part of the faculty since 2003. She has her Advanced Teacher Certification from Dance Educators of America in Level 1 Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Modern. Miss Tamra attended Western Connecticut State University, where she received her BBA in Marketing with a minor in Management. 
In addition to teaching our 9 month Ballet, Tap & Jazz combo classes, kids hip hop and 4 week adult Tap classes, Miss Tamra started and is the Director of the very first LSOD Dance Team, now 11 years running!
Outside of dancing at LSOD, Tamra enjoys choreographing and performing in dances for Faith Church’s Christmas and Easter productions. She has taken classes with Tremaine and Dance Olympus in NYC, and studied Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Modern in West Palm Beach, FL summer 2018! Summer 2021 the faculty is taking virtual classes from the Dance Teacher Network Conference and Break the Floor with amazing teachers including Mandy Moore - she is FANTASTIC!
"To me, dance is about enjoying music and movement, having fun and letting loose. Our dance school is a safe and fun environment full of joy and laughter - and I'm so happy to be a part of it all these years. I am so thankful to God for this life I have – my husband Marko, my daughter Mila, my friends and family, and this Lathrop family – I’m very blessed!"

"Miss Julielle" Topolski

"Miss" Julielle has been "Miss" Tamra's right hand 2019-2021, teaching and assistanting classes, posting on our Instragram & Facebook, as well as editing all our music (just to name a few things!) She has been dancing at Lathrop since 2008 and has been part of the faculty since 2015. At Lathrop she has taken classes in tap, jazz, ballet, line dance and was part of the dance team which she became captain of. She has attended multiple Tremaine conventions in NYC and took classes in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop with them. She has continued to teach at the studio while earning a degree in Business Administration.

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"Miss Julielle" Topolski

"Miss" Julielle has been "Miss" Tamra's right hand 2019-2021, teaching and assistanting classes, posting on our Instragram & Facebook, as well as editing all our music (just to name a few things!) She has been dancing at Lathrop since 2008 and has been part of the faculty since 2015. At Lathrop she has taken classes in tap, jazz, ballet, line dance and was part of the dance team which she became captain of. She has attended multiple Tremaine conventions in NYC and took classes in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop with them. She has continued to teach at the studio while earning a degree in Business Administration.

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"Miss Theresa" Carcaldi

"Miss Theresa" Carcaldi has been dancing with Lathrop for 17 years. She’s taken classes in tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary modern, hip hop, and line dance, and she was dance team captain her senior year of high school. She is a graduate of Marist College, where she continued her dancing and even choreographed dances. She is ecstatic to be back with her dance family at LSOD! Theresa teaches many classes including Parent & Me, Jazz Funk, Hip Hop, to name a few!

Heather McKeown

Heather McKeown is a dance artist, performer, choreographer and instructor, as well as a certified holistic heath coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a 200 hour certified Vinyasa Yoga instructor, and a visual artist. She is a dancer/performer with The Parker Project, a contemporary modern dance company based in CT, and she is growing her own business/brand Heather Corwyn LLC, consisting of educational and coaching programs and courses for self-confidence, body acceptance and food freedom.

 

Heather offers her own yoga, mediation and paint classes online and in person, and she is a freelance visual artist working mostly in acrylics.
 

Her dance training consists of ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary partnering and contact improvisation. She trained at Muhlenberg College, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Dance Choreography. During that time, she studied abroad at the Accademia del' Arte in Arezzo, Italy working closely with Nomad Dance Academy, Wagner Moreira and Helena Fernandino and other international artists. She has studied under and worked with many dance artists such as: Larry Keigwin, Nicole Wolcott, George Jones, and Karla Garcia.

Heather is a huge advocate for holistic health and nutrition and spreading love, joy, and balance to all. Check out her personal website here: heathercorwyn.com

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Megan Sajovic

“Miss Megan” Sajovic has been dancing with us for 19 years. She is a 2013 graduate of Syracuse University with a B.A. in English and Textual Studies and Secondary English Education, and recently finished her M.S. in Inclusive Special Education (Generalist 7-12) degree through Syracuse University. She is in her fourth year as a special education teacher at DHS and third year as a volunteer assistant coach for DHS varsity softball.


Megan became certified in Zumba Basics 1 in September 2010 and since has also become licensed in Zumba Core, Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold and STRONG by Zumba. "One of the main reasons I love Zumba is that it's entirely up to you for the whole hour! You can modify steps to scale it back or make it as intense as you want to make the class fit just for you AND there are absolutely no wrong moves! If you can play Simon Says, then you can Zumba, it's that easy! Plus it's a social activity so you're doing it with friends, which certainly adds to the fun!”

"Miss Megan" Lamontagne

"Miss Megan" Lamontagne not only has a passion for dance but for teaching as well. Her beautiful ballet background has really inspired our students. She has been dancing at Lathrop School of Dance for 25 years and plans to continue for many more! Megan has danced in a variety of recitals and performances including The Nutcracker Ballet by the Danbury Music Center, for 10 years.
Megan is currently enrolled in nursing school. She and her husband Justin enjoy spending time with their two children!
"Teaching dance, especially ballet, is a stress reliever for me and hopefully for all my students because I try to make it fun!"

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"Miss Madison" Benson

"Miss Madison" has been dancing at Lathrop for 13 years. This is her third year on faculty, assisting in Hip Hop classes, and the students love her! She's been in musicals at Newtown Middle School, Newtown High School, and with NewArts during the summer

"Miss Lilly" Wasilnak

"Miss Lilly" is a kind and dedicated assistant teacher for our ballet, tap & jazz combo classes. She has been taking dance at Lathrop since 2010, joined the faculty in 2018, and is currently in 9th grade. "Miss Lilly" takes classes in tap & jazz, hip hop, ballet, and has also taken contemporary modern and line dance at Lathrop. She is on our Lathrop Dance Team where she dances at events in the community.

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"Miss Rachel" Krauss

“Miss Rachel” Krauss has been dancing at Lathrop since she was five years old. She takes tap, jazz, and ballet currently. This will be her first year on the faculty, and she is extremely excited. She is currently in the 11th grade and outside of dance she is a part of the varsity color guard in town. Miss Rachel is also involved with the Honors Association at Newtown High School, where she volunteers around the school.

"Miss Claudia" Sorrentino

“Miss Claudia” is a Senior in high school and has been dancing at Lathrop for the past 13 years. She is so excited to be joining the faculty this year, and can’t wait to start assisting the little ones. Outside of dance Miss Claudia really enjoys running, for the past 2 years she has been apart of the track team at Newtown High. 

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"Miss Erica" Palmieri

"Miss Erica" Palmieri has been dancing at Lathrop for 14 years now. She takes tap, jazz, hip-hop and ballet classes, and brings a spark and excitement to every class and dance. She also has been part of the faculty for 5 years, assisting in Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap and Ballet classes. Erica has been performing in musical theatre since she was 7 years old, in shows such as Summer's Last Dragon, Seussical, Mulan, Fame, The Little Mermaid, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Elf, A Christmas Carol, James and the Giant Peach, Legally Blonde, Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, Pippin and more. Erica is also a voice student with Sabrina Post.

"Miss Alexa" Wissell

"Miss Alexa" has been a student at Lathrop for 14 years, and is currently taking tap and jazz and dance team. She has been on faculty for 3 years, assisting in ballet, tap and jazz - always smiling and caring for each student. She volunteers for the Southbury Food Bank and is part of the National Honor Society, as well as the Honor Society for Math, Spanish and Science!

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"Miss Cat" DaRocha

"Miss Cat" is a Senior in high school and has been at Lathrop since she was 4 years old. She's been a wonderful addition to the faculty for 3 years assisting with our little ones, which has been an awesome experience for her. Outside of Lathrop she participates in plays including The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Annie, Into the Woods, and many more. She also babysits and tutors for kids all ages. Cat is Vice President of a club that teaches Portuguese to students and is a part of an exclusive singing group at Newtown High School. She spends time with her family and friends and is very blessed to have them.

"Mr Stephen" Wutzl

"Mr Stephen" has danced at Lathrop for 10 years in an all boys class as well as being the only guy in Hip Hop with all girls! His experience, kind heart, and confidence make him a great example and role model for other boys who want to dance, and that is why we are excited to have him join the faculty last year! Outside of Lathrop, Stephen is on his schools tennis team and he is very active in community service activities in his town.

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