Our Outstanding Faculty

Becky Garlicki

Becky was trained and certified by the American Society of Russian Style Ballet in the Legat Technique and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gordon College.   She has taught for the ASRSB at the Anna Roje School in Boston, as well as their International Ballet School in Croatia, The Pontine Movement Theater in New Hampshire and Brookline Music School in Brookline, Massachusetts; along with many others.   Becky has performed with companies including Copley Square Ballet, Pontine Movement Theater, and the American Society of Russian Style Dance.   Becky brings her extensive knowledge, experience, warmth, and love of dance to all her classes.

Betty Gundersen

Founder and Director of Betty Gundersen Studio of Dance, Betty has shared her love of dance with thousands of children over the past 40 plus years. Betty received her early training in the Boston area under direction of Adrienne Parker, Al Pesso and Tatiana Barbuceana and was a member of The Youth Ballet Guild. She has trained with many masters throughout her career. She studied intensively with the New York School of Ballet Repertory, as well as Finis Jung, David De Marie and Robert Christopher to name a few. Betty is highly regarded for her work with children, guiding and instilling the love of dance and importance of good technique to all young students. As a member of Dance Masters of America, The Cecchetti Council of America and The Dance Teachers Club of Boston, Betty is able to offer her students the opportunity to attend workshops and train with many wonderful choreographers.

Jane Krantz 

Jane grew up training at the King Centre for the Performing Arts in Bergen County, New Jersey, where she performed and competed across the nation with the American Youth Dance Company. She attended The Hartt School on scholarship under the direction of Stephen Pier and holds a BFA in Dance Performance. Prior to completing her senior year, Jane was one of only three dancers from the United States to be selected to travel to Mexico City for the ArcDanz Professional Dance Program, where she performed at the Museo Soumaya. Upon graduation, Jane attended the Connecticut School of Yoga, where she obtained her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification. She teaches yoga in the Hartford area; as well as teaching and choreographing at dance schools in the Connecticut and New York area. Jane continues to dance professionally, performing both nationally and internationally as a soloist; along with companies and theaters across the U.S. including The Now Unboxing Project, Playhouse on Park, and Comedy Central's "Funny or Die" Tour. She also dances and takes on the role of Company Manager for The Dance Collective.  Most recently, she performed as a soloist in Edinburgh, Scotland at the 74th Annual Choreographer’s Showcase and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Donna Lindgren

Donna received her dance degree from Sullins College and received her early training at the New Jersey School of Ballet and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She has studied with many masters including Gus Giordano, David Howard, Finish Jung and Luigi. As a member of the Cecchetti Council of America and Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey, Donna continues to study and work with many professionals in the dance field. A versatile teacher and choreographer in Massachusetts and New Jersey for 33 years, Donna’s work with the competition team has earned many distinguished choreography awards and has led the team to earn numerous top awards for group dancers and soloists.

Jennifer Paquette

Jennifer is an alumna of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She graduated with a BFA in Dance with concentration in Jazz Dance Performance. Here she studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Pointe, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, and African. She received the Dance Program's performance scholarship for three years. Jennifer has participated in numerous classes and conventions with world renowned teachers such as Joe Lanteri, Joe Tramaine, Denise Wall, Sonya Tayah, Frank Hatchett, Mia Micheals, Gus Giordano, and Luigi. After returning from New York, where she studied at the Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway, she continued her training at the Jeanette Neill Dance Studio in Boston. Jennifer has choreographed and modeled for Paul Mitchell Professional Haircare Systems and choreographed the winning routines for Teen Miss Dance of New England and second runner up to Teen Miss Dance of America. Her choreography has earned her 1st and 2nd Overall High Scores, as well as, the Sherry Gold Memorial Award for outstanding choreography. Jenn most recently performed for the Red Sox World Series Kick Off Party at Fenway and the New York Jazz Choreography Project. She has appeared on HGTV and is dance company member of Jazz Inc. from Boston. She is very excited to be a part of the BGSD Family!

Mariah Rasmussen

Mariah Rasmussen is a dancer, yoga instructor, and personal trainer from North Eastern Connecticut. Mariah first started dancing at a young age and went on to further her education at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. She studied Interdisciplinary Studies, allowing her to create her own major entitled Dance and Wellness Administration. Since graduating in 2016, Mariah has performed with Nozama Dance Collective, Urbanity Underground, and Lorraine Chapman: The Company. In addition, Mariah has showcased work at Canterbury Shaker Village in NH, Plymouth State, the Urbanity Underground Showcase, and Boston Contemporary Dance Festival. She continues to work as an independent choreographer in addition to performing and teaching throughout New England.

Ara Wilnas

Ara’s ballet training began over 30 years ago with Northern CT Ballet, CT Concert Ballet, Hartford Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet. She’s worked with 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 with CT Concert Ballet, Northern CT Ballet, and Tim Martin Choreographies of New York. During this time she was featured in many roles including The Evil Queen in Snow White, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and the lead role in a contemporary version of The Red Shoes. For the last 20 years she has been teaching and choreographing all over the state with schools such as Connecticut Concert Ballet, Mystic Ballet, Aprille’s Danceprints, and ACT Performing Arts Magnet High School. She has experience teaching the classical ballet techniques and training methods of Vaganova, Cecchetti, and American Ballet Theater.  Her philosophy is to give her students the personal attention and encouragement they need to find their creativity and a love for music and movement while learning the important technical and artistic skills needed to pursue the level of dance they desire.

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