Thomas Giroir
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Thomas Giroir

Thomas Giroir was awarded one of three 2014 Connecticut Dance Alliance Achievement in Dance Awards. Giroir has been recognized for his achievements in teaching and dance photography. Giroir earned his BFA in Dance at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and joined the Hartford Ballet where he danced for nine years. Before his knee injury...

Mackenzie Sagun
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Mackenzie Sagun

Mackenzie Sagun– began her dance training at ASD at the tender age of three and has performed extensively . Mackenzie is a 2012 graduate of the ASD studio and has gone through extensive teacher training while in the teaching assistant program at ASD. Mackenzie  has won numerous  top awards in National dance competition, she has...

Shana Pirie
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Shana Pirie

Shana began her dance training at ASD at the age of 3.  She has also trained in gymnastics, acrobatics, and tumbling at Dunne’s Gymnastics.  Shana has won countless awards in regional and national dance competitions.  She has trained extensively with Alyson Ayer and continues to perform with the ASD Company.  Shana graduated from Eastern Connecticut...

Diandra Davis
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Diandra Davis

Diandra Davis- has been training is dance sense the age of three, she studied with Alyson’s School of Dance until she graduated high school and moved on to dance for Old Dominion University where she obtained her BA in dance performance. While attending ODU Diandra studied under names such as Joni Petre-Sholz, Kathy Brenner, Amanda...

Rachel Pirie
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Rachel Pirie

Rachel has been a dance instructor and choreographer at Alyson’s School of Dance since 2005. She studied at ASD for 18 years, was a member of the Synergy Dance Company and is an award winning competition dancer.  Rachel learned to teach through the ASD dance assistants training program. She was an honors student at East...

Sara Jones
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Sara Jones

Sara Jones has dedicated the past twenty-three years of her life to dance. Starting at the age of four she trained at Studio 83 school of Dance. From the age of eight until the present she has trained at Alyson’s School of Dance in Uncasville.  In 2001, Sara graduated from the Hartford Conservatory with an Associate’s...

Jeanne Giroir
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Jeanne Giroir

Originally from Texas, Jeanne Tears Giroir was a recipient of the Ford Foundation scholarship at the age of 12. She spent summers in New York City on scholarships at the American Ballet and the Harkness Ballet. At the age of 18, she became a member of the Harkness Ballet in New York, and then the...

Alyson Portelance-Ayer
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Alyson Portelance-Ayer

Alyson began her dance training at the age of four and has performed extensively. She holds a BS degree from the University of Connecticut in Child and Family Counseling and received her Masters Degree from WesleyanUniversity in Dance and Liberal Arts. She has owned her own studio for twenty-five years and her students have performed throughoutNew...