The Darien School of Dance was founded in 2010 at the YWCA Darien/Norwalk by Brigita Fulton. Mrs. Fulton believes that the beauty, athleticism and joy of classical ballet can be enjoyed by all ages. Starting dance at an early age develops physical, mental and emotional skills while encouraging a life long love of dance and learning.
Small classes are offered in a nurturing environment with individualized attention from experienced teachers. Dancers also have the opportunity to develop a respectful camaraderie with fellow students. Weekly lesson plans are prepared and monthly goals are established so that dancers are maximizing their time in class with learning an age appropriate dance curriculum in a fun non competitive atmosphere.
Brigita Veisbergs Fulton, Director, received her early dance training at the Boston Ballet School and was awarded a full scholarship at Steps in New York City. She has danced professionally in ballet, jazz and modern companies throughout the U.S. and abroad and has over 25 years of teaching experience. Mrs. Fulton is an ABT® Certiﬁed Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT ® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through level 3. Mrs. Fulton is also a Master Teacher of Leap ‘N Learn, the premier dance curriculum for early childhood dance education.
Missy Almy has a BS in Early Childhood Education and a MA in Elementary Education. Having taught Kindergarten and First grade for 12 years, Mrs. Almy is also an experienced teacher of tap, jazz and pre-ballet.
Deb Medwar started her ballet training at a young age in the Russian Legat Method. She continued her training through her teens and studied as an adult at the Boston Ballet School under the direction of Laura Young. Mrs. Medwar has a degree in chemical engineering and presently works as a consultant for the Darien Board of Education.
Hedi O’Connor studied ballet and modern dance in high school and was a member of the dance theater group at Colgate University while pursing a degree in economics and history.
Laura Petit danced professionally with the Hartford Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, New Orleans Ballet and Dallas Ballet before completing her degree in Physical Therapy specializing in Dance Medicine. Mrs. Petit is also a costume designer and makes many of the school’s costumes, headpieces and props used for the classroom and performance.
Olivia Villalba received her BS in Education and Dance Education K-12 from Hofstra University. Ms Villalba is a teacher in the Valley Stream, NY school system and is a professional dancer with Michael Kerr Dancers in NYC.