Meet our Instructors

 

Alana Mahdalik

Alana J. Mahdalik holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Dance and Economics from James Madison University, Virginia and has received training at the Hartford Conservatory and Trinity College.  She has been teaching various styles and levels of dance to all ages since 1989 and with the former Arts In Motion (AIM) from 1995-2007 where she also served on their Board of Directors for several years.  She is the Artistic Director, instructor and choreographer for the Youth Dance Ensemble she founded in January 2002 and began teaching at Capitol Theater Arts Academy in the summer of 2007.  Over the past years, the group has performed for numerous public events throughout Eastern CT.  Alana represented AIM and was featured in CPTV’s May 2002 documentary, CT and Its Cities, The Challenge of Renewal.  Her modern training specializes in the Limon and Horton methods with additional training in Modern techniques such as Bartenieff, Cunningham, Duncan and Graham.  Her training also covers Folk Dance and Swing Dancing.  She has studied Anatomy and Kinesiology focusing on the mechanical analysis of movement.  Alana has a background in Live Mannequin work and choreographed thirteen Stafford High School musical productions from 1994 to 2006 along with the 2004 AIM Kid’s Co. production of Once On This Island.  She has worked with Adult Education programs and Arts commissions on dance workshops and is also a National Baton Twirling Association judge.  Alana holds a full-time national management position with United Natural Foods, Inc. as National Director, Supplier Program Planning & Education and formerly held the position of Direction of Marketing, National Supplier Programs where she has worked for 21+ years.  Alana enjoys gardening in her spare time and is an avid collector of frogs (not real, of course!).


Ara Wilnas

Ara began her ballet training over 30 years ago with Northern CT Ballet. Her training included school years with CT Concert Ballet, a pre-professional ballet training school, and summers at programs such as Hartford Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet. Training was provided by many renowned instructors including Franco DeVita, one of the designers of ABT's National Training Curriculum, Alla Osipenko, and Rolando Yanes. In her early twenties she danced professionally as a guest artist with CT Concert Ballet and Northern CT Ballet, as well as performing in the corps with Tim Martin Choreographies of New York. After Ara's performance career ended due to injury at a young age she maintained her love of dancing for the last 15 years by teaching and choreographing all over the state with schools such as Christian Academy of Dance and Mystic Ballet.
Ara has been featured as The Evil Queen in Snow White, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and the lead role in a contemporary version of The Red Shoes. These were some of her favorites because they required strong technique as well as character acting. She has also been trained in Lindy Hop and East Coast Swing by globally celebrated dancers such as Frankie Manning, the leading authority on Lindy while he was alive. During the last seven years, she returned to teach at Connecticut Concert Ballet in Manchester, CT with Artistic Directors David Lawrence and Wendy Fish-Lawrence. She has experience with the classical ballet techniques and training methods of Vaganova, Cecchetti, and American Ballet Theater.
Ara also enjoys writing, photography, and hiking with her husband and two kids. As a dance teacher, she wants to give her students the personal attention and encouragement they need to find their creativity and a love for music and movement. She would like to show that everyone can be a dancer.

 

Rev. Heather Delusso

Reverend Heather Delusso is an internationally known Psychic Medium. From a very young age, Heather has been collecting life experiences connecting with spirit as well as learning about and adopting both personally and professionally various holistic health practices. In addition to her work as a psychic medium, Heather is a lifelong meditator, a gifted Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Healer and Master Teacher, Sound Healer, Animaal Communicator, and Spiritual Teacher. Heather has successfully written and taught an animal communication class availble for anyone to participate in. As an ordained Metaphysical, Inter-Denominational Minister, Reverend DeLusso is aware of most religions in the world and accepts all paths to God and Universal Consciousness. She is able to provide services that are spiritually based and compliment all beliefs and ideals. Heather's passion is to educate the community about Holistic Health modalities and wellness. Heather is currently working on the creation of an animal acupressure healing course. 

 

Peter Glass

 

Peter Glass has owned and operated Peter Glass Photography for more than 25 years. He specializes in stock, portrait, editorial, and corporate photography. His photos appear regularly in magazines, textbooks, advertising brochures, and on book covers. He offers adult education photography classes at local colleges, towns, art associations, libraries. Peter holds a Master of Arts degree in Film and Television Production from the University of Texas.  His current work can be viewed at http://www.peterglass.com and http://www.stockpeterglass.com.


Lisa Huppert

Her time spent as a public educator and in various roles of community leadership, has given her valuable experience and skill. Her work as an artist, writer, teacher, leader, healer, and psychic medium as garnered the respect of her community and those who have come to know and work with her. Lisa holds a Master Degree in the field of Integrated Health and Healing which afforded her the opportunity to strengthen her skill and knowledge of holistic modalities, particularly in the areas of holistic stress management and expresive art. Lisa is co-owner of Serenity Grove Wellness Center, LLC where she continues her work as a gifted Reiki Healer and Master Teacher, Psychic Medium, Tibetan Bowl Sound Healer, Holistic Stress Management Instructor, and Arist. Lisa's passion is to educate the community about holistic health modalities and wellness. Presently she is working on creating workshops that use art for healing. Lisa holds a BS in Special Ed & Elementary Education, a MA in Language Arts, and a MA in Integrative Health and Healing. She is a certified Holistic Stress Management instructor and a trained SoulCollage facilitator.


Michele M. Maclure

Michele lives in Windham with her husband Bob, tending culinary, medicinal, labyrinth, flower and veggie gardens on their 2 acres. She has been studying, growing, harvesting, creating and cooking with herbs for over 20 years. Michele has a small herbal business entitled “Thyme Traveler Herbals & Creations”, for which she also vends at local fairs and craft shows. She has been a teacher at Meiklem Kiln Works and Center Space Studios for three years, presenting a variety of herbal programs, as well as presenting at CT Herb Association’s Annual Herbfest, Windham Hospital’s Healing Hearts Program presenting heart healthy and herbal food program. Her passions are gardening, cooking, creating, learning the medicinal uses of herbs and teaching about herbs and their many uses and passing that knowledge onto others.She is involved with community gardening through the Windham Garden Club, tending public gardens throughout Windham, CT.


Ronald Zincone

An award-winning photographer with an online business, located in Kingston, RI. He is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography (NYIP), a member of the Astronomical Society of Southern New England (ASSNE), the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO), the Astronomical League (AL), the Frosty Drew Observatory, a Certified Photographic Consultant C.P.C., and a Certified SkyWarn Spotter fot the NWS. Zincone has pursued outdoor photography since 1999, an official business since 2005 and a lifelong learning teacher since 2006. He is southern New England's #1 traveling teacher of photography and astronomy.