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Michelle Hippensteel

Michelle Hippensteel

Owner & Creative Director

Michelle is the Owner and Creative Director at Neighborhood Dance. She has more than 25 years of experience as a performing arts professional in the classroom and on stage. She received her B.A in Theater at Southern Connecticut State University and holds state teaching certifications in the areas of Theater and Dance in the public schools of Connecticut and North Carolina.

Growing up at a dance studio in South Florida, she has fond memories of the positive, creative environment it provided, and the experiences she had performing for her local community. Her interests in musical theater led her to pursue a career performing on stage, and she hired on with the likes of Disney, Hersheypark, Odyssey Dance Company, and Tuacahn Amphitheater, earning membership in Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) along the way. Her favorite role was when she played Rumpleteazer in Cats!

While performing, she pursued her other passion teaching dance and musical theater to children. She joined Tada! Youth Theater in New York as a teaching artist and choreographer. Then she spent 10 years in Connecticut teaching, choreographing, and directing musical theater and dance productions at the New Haven Ballet, Hartt School of Performing Arts, and performing arts magnet schools in Trumbull and Hartford. Some of her productions included Thoroughly Modern Millie, Music Man, Alice in Wonderland, and The Nutcracker. As a thought leader in performing arts education in Connecticut, she was selected by Hartford Public Schools to develop their curriculum guide for dance education in 2015.

Michelle is continuing her mission to bring quality dance and musical theater education to her community as the Creative Director at Neighborhood Dance.

Meet the Team

Tony Houck

Tony houck

Musical Director

Voice, Musical Theater

Jeni Seas

Jeni Seas

Dance Instructor

Pre-K, Ballet, Jazz, Tap

Emma Manion

Emma Manion

Dance Instructor

Pre-K, Ballet, Jazz

Kaitlyn O'Grady

Kaitlyn O'Grady

Dance Instructor

Ballet, Lyrical, Adult Ballet

Taylor Eagle

Taylor Eagle

Dance Instructor

Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Encore Dance Company

Mary Noiseux

Mary Noiseux

Dance Instructor

Ballet, Jazz, Tap