All levels of Dance & Fitness Instructor, Owner/Director
Miss Janelle graduated from Central Connecticut State University with her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. She also became a certified Health and Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports and Medicine. Miss Janelle has been dancing at New Steps since she was five years old. She has been teaching with the company since 2001 and was named New Steps Dancer of the Year in 1998. Miss Janelle has attended the New York City Dance Alliance Convention in Boston for the last 20 years, where she has had the opportunity to receive dance training from teachers from around the country.
In addition to dancing at New Steps, Miss Janelle has taught creative movement, tap and jazz for the Glastonbury YMCA. Miss Janelle was also the Director and Choreographer for the Glastonbury YMCA productions of High School Musical, Annie, Alice in Wonderland and Beauty & the Beast.
Miss Janelle founded Fitness with Janelle in 2008. After working in big gyms and experiencing group fitness classes from other teachers, she developed a style of teaching that is appropriate, approachable, effective and fun. She takes pride in working with each of her students.
Barre & Pilates Instructor
Heather Budinscak is owner of Position First Pilates and Dance Conditioning, LLC. She is a fully certified STOTT Pilates Instructor and has been published in Dance San Diego. Heather is also a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) certified personal trainer and takes a special interest in Fascial conditioning, sports conditioning and injury rehab.
Heather completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography from New York University's TISCH School of the Arts, where she had the opportunity to dance for a number of choreographers, including dancing primary roles in world premieres by Robert Battle and Nicolo Fonte. She has danced professionally for Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Saving Grace Dance Ensemble, DanceFusion, Myra Bazell/SCRAP, Allied Motion, apprenticed for the Pennsylvania Dance Theatre, and currently dances for DancEnlight.
Heather is founder and choreographer of FreeFall Contemporary Dance Company, having shown her own work in New York City, Philadelphia, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Heather was on the leadership committee of the New Hampshire Dance Alliance and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Sonia Plumb Dance Company.