The Cheshire Performing Arts Academy is fortunate to employ several of the most accomplished and well-rounded dance instructors in the state of Connecticut. Each of our teachers brings with her multiple years of competition and recreational dance instruction experience, and a true passion for the craft. While we are extremely proud of the awards and accolades our teacher's and their students have received, we are most proud of the strong reputations they have built as dedicated, hard-working, and committed role-models.
At CPAA you can always rest assured that your children are receiving the finest care and attention possible. This is made possible by the amazing women below:
Erin Brady is the proud owner and Artistic Director for CPAA. She started her dance training at the age of three. Her training began under the direction of Sharon L. DiCrosta of the Dancer's Studio, where she was part of the competitive dance team and remained until her senior year of high school. While dancing at The Dancer's Studio, Erin also attended the Educational Center for the Arts, an arts high school located in New Haven, CT, where she had the opportunity to further her dance training and had the honor to study under Willie Feuer and Susan Matheke, two former members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. During her high school career she had the privilege to learn and perform original works of the Merce Cunningham Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Paul Taylor Dance Company, "ROOM's'" by Anna Sokolow and many more. After graduating high school Erin attended the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, PA, for dance performance. While at UARTS, Erin was able to further her training with teachers from The Pennsylvania Ballet, Koresh Dance Company, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, BalletX, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and The Jose Limon Dance Company, just to name a few! Erin is very grateful to share her love for dance with such talented young upcoming artists!
Luke Bermingham was born and raised in East Granby, CT studying dance in his early years under the direction of Brenda Barna in Southwick, MA. Upon graduating magna cum laude from the Hartt School, under the direction of Stephen Pier, Luke had the privilege of performing classical works by choreographers such as Jose Limon, Martha Graham, and Marius Petipa. He also performed contemporary works by Emery Lecrone, Greg Dolbashian, Simone Orlando, and Pascal Rioult. His professional credits include dancing for CT based company DancEnlight, The Muny's production of the King & I, Antonio Brown Dance, Project 44, MadBoots Dance Co., and Abarukas. Luke currently dances for Yin Yue Dance Company as well as Robert Mark Dance in New York City.
Abigail Corr was originally born in Baltimore, Maryland but lived in Easton, Pennsylvania for the majority of her childhood. She began attending Stage Door Studio under the direction of Patricia Bartholomew in Wilson, PA at the age of five years old. For high school, Abigail attended the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts located in Bethlehem, PA. As a dance major at LVPA, Abigail received excellent training and took part in various performances of different dance styles and genres. In May 2016, Abigail graduated magna cum laude from The University of Hartford's Hartt School with a B.F.A. in dance, and an emphasis in ballet pedagogy. During her studies at The Hartt School, she had the opportunity to perform in both restaged ballet and classical modern works, as well as in new works choreographed by members of Hartt's dance faculty. Along with performing, Abigail was able to do teaching internships for two semesters at The Hartt School Community Division and in the Hartford Magnet School. Other dance education includes attendance at Bates Dance Festival, Complexions Contemporary Ballet summer program, Rioult summer intensive, and many more. Abigail plans to continue to live in Hartford, Connecticut where she completed schooling and will be teaching at two different dance studios in the fall along with dancing with Sonia Plumb Dance Company.
Brittany Danek, originally from upstate NY, has been dancing since the age of three at her family owned studio. For three years she was honored to be part of the United States Dance Team and traveled across the world to Riesa, Germany. In Germany she was able to compete in the World Championships and received the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals. Along with the World Team, she received the opportunity to perform for Disney World in the show Alice In Wonderland, as well as being a guest performer during the halftime show at the Orlando Magic Games in Orlando, FL. Brittany has also had the honor of being part of a few shows presented in NYC such as “A Chance to Dance” and “Impressions.” Along with performing, she also had the pleasure of being a guest choreographer for Suffolk University in Massachusetts, and was named young choreographer for New Haven in 2013. She loves to work with charities and continues to be part of many organizations such as Cheshire Lights of Hope, and Kids For Kids. Brittany currently travels along the East Coast as a Judge, Teacher, and Choreographer sharing her knowledge, love, and passion for the art.
Cheri Forbush Cheri Forbush began her dance training in East Hartford, CT with her teacher Mary Morlock. Since then she has studied many forms of dance including tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, African, hip-hop and musical theatre. She began competing at the age of 8 at many regional and national competitions, winning several awards along the way. She was fortunate to often spend summers in NYC studying with amazing talents, such as Frank Hatchett, Gus Giordano, Henry Le Tang, David Howard, Joe Lanteri and Mia Michaels. She is a graduate of Elon University, where she majored in Broadcasting and minored in dance. While in North Carolina, she was a member of the Elon Dance Company as well as part of a Liturgical Dance Company where she performed with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. Cheri has been teaching for over 20 years and has choreographed several musicals for local community theaters including the Thomaston Opera House and The Goshen Players. She lives in Durham, CT with her husband and three beautiful daughters, with whom she shares her love of dance. Cheri loves being a part of the CPAA family!
Jessica Zaczek has been dancing since the age of two. She grew up under the direction of Sharon DiCrosta at The Dancer’s Studio in North Haven, CT. Jessica began competing at the age of five. Since then, she has won multiple regional titles, including America’s Junior Dancer of the Year and Teen Dancer of the Year for New Haven, CT. With those titles, she was able to compete and dance with some of the most talented dancers from the U.S. and Canada. At the age of 16, she was won the national title of “Young Miss Dance Ovations” for the year 2009. Along with competing, Jessica has been given the opportunity to perform in professional showcases in New York City including “Tappy Holidays” and “Impressions.” Jessica’s most rewarding honor as a dancer was being given the opportunity to officially assist Alicia Monaco in classes across the East Coast. She has assisted at multiple conventions and summer camps including American Dance Awards and Dance Master’s of America. Jessica has recently graduated Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems. At QU, she was a member of the University Kickline all four years, and captain/choreographer her senior year. There, she was awarded Most Valuable Player for Kickline in 2015. As a choreographer, she has won multiple Young Choreographer awards and other recognitions. Jessica is thrilled to be on the original staff of CPAA, and cannot wait to start creating and inspiring!