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Jennifer Weigand-Watkinson

Jennifer has over 45 years of dance experience. She is a graduate of The University of the Arts where she majored in Dance and Also holds a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. As a dancer, she has performed and competed in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Florida. As a teacher and choreographer she has worked in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Florida. In Florida, she founded the En Pointe Dance Company which won several awards in regional and national competitions. She has choreographed productions of Water Babies and Mary Poppins. She has also choreographed for the Miss Palm Bay Pageant and worked with inner-city after-school programs in developing and producing It’s All About Us shows. Some of her students have gone on to dance professionally with the Orlando Ballet, the San Jose Ballet, the Voyage of the Seven Seas Cruise Line, the touring company of Lord of the Dance, and in Las Vegas. She is the Director of the Dance Express Dance Company and she is on the Advisory Council for the OASIS Dance Company. She is included in the book Creative Careers: Paths for Aspiring Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians, and Writers by Eliana Loveland. She continues her education every year by attending teacher conferences and conventions. She is a member of the Professional Dance Teachers Association(PDTA) and the International Tap Association(ITA).  She is also the creator and an instructor of Express It!™ Dance Fitness.

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Theresse Weigand-Watkinson

Theresse has been with Dance Express since it opened.  She is a dance major at Arts at the Capitol Theater Performing Arts Magnet High School and has attended the University of the Arts Pre-College Program in 2016 and 2017. She is a Dance Express Company Member and an Instructor.  She also dances with the Oasis Dance Company under the direction of Steven Khaos Wilson.  She has performed with Oasis throughout Connecticut and Washington, D.C. and competed with them in the RAW Hip Hop Battle in New York.  She has trained with the Rockettes, Brian Freidman, Shelia Barker, Lane Napper, Alex Wong, Twitch, Eleanor Scott, Cris Judd, Tyce Diorio, Dave Scott, and Mia Michaels.  She studies at Broadway Dance Center.  She has competed in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York and was a National Dance Champion in 2010, 2011, and 2012.  She has been awarded the Young Choreographer's Award and many other special awards.  She was the 2015 recipient of the Kenneth Jenkins Memorial Scholarship Award.  She specializes in teaching Preschool, Hip Hop, Bollywood, Jazz, and Improvisation.  She is also a certified instructor for Express It!™ Dance Fitness.

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Ryanne O'Connor

Ryanne has been with Dance Express LLC since it opened. She is a graduate from UCONN where she was a member of the UCONN Dance Company. She is an original member of the Dance Express Company. She has competed in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey and is a 2010 National Dance Champion.  She has trained with Lakey Evans, Sue Samuels, Mia Michaels, Sheila Barker, Tyce Diorio, Dave Scott, Desmond Richardson, Jason Samuels, Robin Dunn, Wade Robson, Shane Sparks, Rhapsody, Luam, Brian Friedman, and Cris Judd to name a few. She has also attended dance teacher training with Andrea Markus, Sean Curran, Billy Siengenfeld, Thom Cobb, Bob Rizzo, Becca Retter, Reagan Marie, and Janice Barringer. She has also had Early Childhood Dance Courses with Beverly and Annie Spell, PhD. Ryanne specializes in Jazz, Modern, Tap, Ballet, Improvisation, and Pre-School.