ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
The Academy of Dance and Music enjoys more than 65 consecutive years of expertise and growth. Over 25,000 students have taken dance or music lessons at our Academy - more than any other studio in the area.
Founded in 1957 as the Judyth Parks Academy of Dance Arts, we started as a small studio, and grew to become the largest dance and music school in the Wallingford area. Known as the Wallingford Academy of Dance and Music (ADAM), now currently teaching three generations of families. The Academy offers comprehensive dance programs for all ages: Diaper Darlings to Adults. We also expand beyond traditional dance classes by offering Voice and Piano lessons, Summer Dance Camps and Intensive Dance Camps, Fairy Tale Princess Camp, and fantastic Birthday Parties.
PRINCIPLES OF OUR DANCE SCHOOL
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MEET OUR STAFF
Courtney started dancing at the age of 2 here at ADAM. She trained consistently in NY at the age of 9. Soon after she attended Professional Childrens School and lived in Manhattan for 2 years. Courtney graduated from Curry College where she majored in communications and minored in women's studies in Psychology. She appeared in local television commericials while living in MA. She later graduated and came into the family business and at age 25 took over as head director.
Natalie began dancing at ADAM at the age of 2 and was part of the Company program. She went on to Naugatuck Valley where she majored and graduated with a degree in dance. She has been an instructor since 2013 and just recently took on her role as the studios Assistant Director. Natalie mainly teaches Hiphop, Contemporary and Jazz.
Assistant Director & Instructor
Carolyn started dancing at the studio back in 1969. She minored in dance at Roger Williams. She has danced and taught with ADAM for over 50 years and her main style is Tap and Preschool.
Sydney danced at ADAM since she was 2 years old and also competed in our competitive program. She graduated from CCSU where she minored in dance and was president of their dance company. Although she dabbles in almost all styles, she mainly teaches jazz and contemporary. Sydney is the fourth generation of Academy of Dance and music and plans to keep the family business alive.
Cheryl began dancing at Gloria Jeans as a competitive dancer. She graduated and later joined our ADAM family and has been teaching now for 17 years! Over the years she has taught everything from Diaper Darlings to Adult classes but her main style is Tap.
Bio coming soon.
Jillian has been dancing for 20 years! She joined our ADAM family in 2018. She has been named World Tap Champion 4 times and now coaches a group of dancers that compete at the IDO World Tap Championship (One of our own dancers is part of this group). She is an official member of the U.S Dance Sport Competition Federation. Although she teaches all styles her main and favorite style is Tap.
Bio coming soon
Kristen has been dancing for 22 years and teaching for 9 years. She graduated from CCSU, majoring in Communications & minoring in dance. She was captain of the CCSU dance team & member of the dance company. Kristen spent two seasons with the WNBA Dance Team for the Connecticut Sun & one season with the Howlers Dance Team for NLL Black Wolves. She coached a high school dance team for 2 years and is the Founder and Director of Rise Dance & Training.