Dance Instructors

Janelle Bradway

All levels of Dance & Fitness Instructor, Owner/Director

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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.

Tracy Lombardo

All levels of Dance Instructor

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Miss Tracy is a graduate of Adelphi University, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. There, she performed and choreographed for the Adelphi Dance Theater. She has also performed in Frank Hatchett’s Broadway Dance Center Showcase in New York City, in the First East Coast Aerobic Competition and in The Taste of Hartford. The Rockville Festival, Manchester Food Festival and The Vernon Tri-Town Taste are a few other local performances Miss Tracy has taken part in. Miss Tracy choreographed and performed in a commercial for Formal Elegance in Manchester.                                                      

Miss Tracy‘s training began at the early age of five with Helyn Flanagan. She taught three years at the Flanagan Studio and demonstrated for Miss Flanagan at the nationally attended Dance Caravan conventions. She began teaching, choreographing and directing New Steps Dance Center in 1988.

Along with sharing her talents with New Steps, Miss Tracy has performed with The Sonya Plumb Modern Dance Company and taught creative movement at the Glastonbury YMCA for six years. She is also a teaching artist with JDPP Residency at Parkville School in Hartford as well as the Bridging Boundaries program. Miss Tracy also teaches at the Greater Hartford Academy of The Arts and is currently performing with the Judy Dworin Performance Ensemble. 

Sydney Cothran

All levels of Dance Instructor

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Miss Sydney graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and a Certification in Elementary Education. In 2016, she got her Master’s Degree from Central Connecticut State University in Elementary Education. She is currently a 4th and 5th grade math teacher in New Britain.

Miss Sydney began dancing at New Steps at six years old. She became a teaching assistant at age 13 and continued to assist until she left for college. Throughout college, she took advantage of any dance offerings on campus, such as pop-up classes and zumba! She also continued to stay involved with New Steps, often assisting backstage during dress rehearsals and recitals. When presented with the opportunity to teach at New Steps, she immediately accepted!

Staying active is always very important to Miss Sydney. As a former cheerleader, she now gets her exercise by attending barre regularly and running. She is currently preparing to run her 3rd half marathon in the fall!

Shawna Macsuga

All Levels of Dance Instructor

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Miss Shawna graduated from the University of Hartford with her Bachelors of Arts degree, majoring in Elementary/Special Education. She is in the process of becoming AFFA Group Fitness Certified. She has been with New Steps since she was three years old and has taught there for several years. She was previously named New Steps Dancer of the Year and attended the New York City Dance Alliance Convention in Boston, where she received dance training from educators around the world.

In addition to dancing and teaching at New Steps, Miss Shawna also danced at Anita Deprey Dance Studio & Performing Arts in East Hartford, where she competed for three years in ballet, modern and contemporary. She was also a part of Figments Youth Dance Ensemble, a unique pre-professional modern dance company for dancers ages 10-18, for three years. There, she expressed herself by creating and teaching her own original choreography.

Miss Shawna has experience teaching dance to children ages 3-16 for the last 10 years. After working at several dance studios, she has developed a style of teaching that is appropriate, fun and effective. She loves working closely with all children and believes dance is a true expression of oneself. Dance has been a passion of hers since she was a little girl and she takes pride in passing that down to her students. 

Courtney Barker

Dance Instructor


Miss Courtney graduated from Utah State University with her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education along with an emphasis in Music.  Dance, music and acting are Miss Courtney’s passion and she has been involved in the creative arts her entire life.  For over 20 years, she has taken lessons and taught classes in the fields of dance, vocals and acting.  She has studied under “twitch” Stephen Boss, Mandy Moore, and the Broadway Connection.  Throughout her career, Miss Courtney has been involved with professionally choreographing everything from commercials to community theater.  In addition to teaching at New Steps, Miss Courtney is a substitute teacher within the Glastonbury Public School district and is the Dance Teacher for Glastonbury Park & Recreation Music & Arts summer camp.

Karen Lesh

Tap Dance Instructor


Miss Karen began Tap dancing when she was five years old, and fell in love with it. She grew up dancing here at New Steps, co-founded Cornell University’s first and

only Tap troupe, On Tap, which still exists today, and has studied/taken classes with Savion Glover, Clare O’Donnell, Nancy Newell, Artis Moon, and more.

Tammy Carlson

All levels of Dance Instructor

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Miss Tammy is a graduate of Goucher College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance. She has been associated with the Professional Dance Teachers Association in a teaching capacity during a Boston convention. She has performed at many levels. At the age of 10, her earliest dance experience was under the direction of the nationally-known Helyn Flanagan.  During college, she performed with the Hartford College for Women Dance Club, Trinity College Performing Arts Dancers and the Goucher College Dance Festival. She also has danced competitively on a local level and has placed well in those events.

Miss Tammy’s teaching experience includes eight years of teaching for Helyn Flanagan, from whom she received her performing arts training. She taught for over six years at The U.S. Dance Club and has also been a part of Judy Dworin Performance Ensemble Residency at Parkville School in Hartford and Snow School in Middletown, teaching dance and movement to children.  Miss Tammy founded New Steps Dance Center in 1984, where she has taught, directed and choreographed.

Miss Tammy and some of her students have performed in the Taste of Hartford, Vernon Tri-Town Taste and Manchester Food Festival. She choreographed and danced for Northwestern Hair Show for Ethiopia at the Hartford Hilton. Miss Tammy performed in Frank Hatchett’s Broadway Dance Center Showcase in New York City.

New Steps Aerobic Team, choreographed by Miss Tammy, placed third in the First Annual East Coast Regional Aerobic Competition. Miss Tammy, Miss Tracy and the New Steps Dancers have performed in various fundraisers including “Touch of Love” Benefit (babies with AIDS), and the unforgettable Collection Hair Show.

Heather Parlee

Guest Dance Instructor


Miss Heather is a recent graduate of Clark University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Oil Painting and a minor in Art History. Through all for years of her college career, she was an active and prominent member of Clark University’s Hip Hop Collabo, a student-run hip hop dance group where she performed, taught and led throughout her time with the group. She served on the Executive Board for HHC as head of publicity for two years and as Co-Director for one. Miss Heather has choreographed and performed for events, workshops, and fundraisers throughout her community.

 Miss Heather’s dance training began at the early age of three at the Julie Lang Studio of Dance (formerly Betty Jane Turner) where she danced for 13 years and was classically trained in ballet, lyrical, contemporary and jazz.

 In 2011, Miss Heather joined the New Steps family and began teaching summer hip hop classes. Since graduating, she has taught classes throughout the school year.

Daniella Lombardo

Guest Dance Instructor

Daniella Lombardo is originally from Connecticut, who is currently a student at Jacksonville University studying dance and sociology. Her dance training was done at Hartt Community Division Dance Department in the pre-professional program. She was apart of a Figments Youth Dance Ensemble from 2010 to 2015. She spent two of her summers studying with the director, Lorelei Chang, of DancEnlight Company (2011 and 2012). In 2013 and 2014 her summers were spent at the Joffrey jazz and contemporary intensive along with studying with Angel Corella at Hartt in the summer of 2014 as well. Daniella currently works with the Judy Dworin Performance Project in the Bridging Boundaries program. This program uses the arts and social work to bridge the separation of families affected by incarceration.

Miss Lauren

Guest Dance Instructor


Miss Lauren is 17 years old and is a senior at East Hartford High school. Since her freshman year, she has achieved high honor roll each quarter. She is also a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, the National Honors Society, and Figments Youth Dance Ensemble.

Miss Lauren going on my 15th year at New Steps Dance Center; however, her family has been here since before she was even born. In her own words.. "One of the main reasons my family chose New Steps and to stay at New Steps was the family dynamic. The second you step foot into the studio, you can feel the love and support both teachers and dancers exude. New Steps was an outlet for me throughout many personal hardships. No matter what was going on in my personal life, I could always count on New Steps and everyone there to lift my spirits.

I started demonstrating in 7th grade. I've gone from teaching Twinkle Tots for two year olds all the way to Juniors at the age of 14. The main reason I teach is for seeing the excitement on everyone's face when the step just clicks. It's always the favorite part of my week seeing their smiles when they come in for class. Seeing how much love younger dancers have for dance always reminds me of the reason I love to."

Meet our assistant dance teachers, student assistants & dance class demonstrators who help us throughout the year...

Miss Kat

Assistant Dance Teacher


Miss Kat is 17 years old and an incoming senior at Glastonbury High School. This year will be her thirteenth year dancing at New Steps. She loves the atmosphere at New Steps and the bonds she has made with other dancers here. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and traveling. Most importantly, she loves sharing her talent and passion for dance with the girls that she teaches.


Miss Allie

Student Assistant Dance Teacher

Miss Allie began dancing at the age of two at New Steps, and has loved being able to express herself through dance ever since. She will be entering the Honors program at East Catholic High School in the fall. Outside of dancing, Miss Allie also enjoys reading, writing, acting, making new friends, and spending time with her family. Miss Allie loves being able to teach others dance and hopes to do so for a long time!



Miss Courtney

Student Assistant Dance Teacher


Miss Courtney is 12 years old and is a 7th grader at Smith Middle School.  She has been dancing at New Steps since she was 4 years old.  Courtney has been a demonstrator for the past 3 years and loves seeing the kids enjoy dance as much as she does.  She loves expressing her feelings through her movements.  Courtney believes that dance is an opportunity for kids to show their emotions through their movements.  That's why she loves being a part of the New Steps family.



Miss Kathryn

Assistant Dance Teacher

Miss Kathryn is 14 years old and is in 9th grade at Glastonbury High School.  In addition to being an Honor Roll student, she enjoys playing basketball, soccer and softball. 

Kathryn is in her 6th year of dancing Hip Hop at New Steps Dance and Fitness Center, and her second year of demonstrating.  She truly loves to dance because she gets to express herself, create a special bond with her classmates and teachers, and because it just puts her in a better mood!  Kathryn loves New Steps because of the special relationships she has developed with everybody there and all the fun memories she’s made.  She loves teaching because she gets to let others enjoy dance as much as she does.

Miss Katelyn

Student Assistant Dance Teacher


Miss Katelyn is 11 years old and has been dancing since she was two. She loves all types of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, modern and her favorite, hip hop. Katelyn enjoys helping little dancers. New Steps is always her happy place. When she is not dancing she enjoys soccer and softball.

Miss Kathleen

Student Assistant Dance Teacher


Miss Kathleen is 12 years old and attending Smith Middle School. She is going into her 9th year at New Steps, and is going into her second year demonstrating. Miss Kathleen’s passion for dance extends into her daily life from doing little made up choreography in the kitchen to practicing her dances in the middle of the school hallway in between classes. Miss Kathleen wanted to start to teach young girls how to dance because she wants them to love New Steps as much as she does.

Miss Cassidy



Cassidy is 9 year old and she goes to Nayaug Elementary School. She is in her 6th year at New Steps and received her 5 year trophy last spring. She loves demonstrating and helping the little kids learn new things. She loves dancing because the loves music and feeling the beat. While dancing at New Steps she always has a smile on her face!