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Teacher Biographies


STUDIO 44 is committed to bringing you fun, accomplished, experienced instructors who will nurture your spirit as they guide you through an energetic workout. Our eclectic group of both local and New York City talent includes a wide range of professionals from currently performing dance artists and highly skilled certified trainers to a third-degree black belt. We would like to introduce you to…


Carla Bowden: Carla is a third-degree black belt and has been training in Seido karate under world famous Master Nakamura since 1971. Carla has taught karate and kickboxing to adults and children for over 20 years and is still associated with Seido headquarters in New York City.


Luis Espinoza aka Sweet-Lu: Luis is a world-renowned Break Dancer and part of the elite B-Boy World Team as one of the team's top 10 Break Dancers in the USA. Teaching for 9 years, Luis is also the founder of United Outkast Break Dance Crew and the youth break dance crew Battle Toadz, for which he volunteers his time. Credits include the movie Step Up 3D and music video Rising Up with The Roots.


Emily Frangipane: Emily holds a B.F.A in Dance from Emerson College. Performing credits include, among others, a National Tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” She has danced and choreographed in NYC, Fairfield and Westchester. Her choreography has been produced throughout Boston for the Emerson Dance Company. In 1999 she founded her own modern-jazz company, The Reach Dance Project.


Brian Herman: Brian began dancing growing up in the South Bronx. Later, he and his brother Paul formed the Double Up Dance Group and performed across the United States, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean with top recording artists and choreographers. Credits include, among other, the American Music Awards, MTV, a Reebok commercial, and music videos with top hip hop artists.


Tava Naiyin: Tava is a professional bellydance instructor, choreographer and performer. She has studied with the country's top dancers and is noted for her authentic style and fluidity. Tava performs regularly in NYC and CT and has appeared in three DVD's, on television, and in print communications.


Luisa Tanno: Luisa has been teaching dance since 1998. She is a certified yoga instructor, licensed massage therapist and personal trainer. Luisa has been dancing professionally since the age of 16 and has studied and performed in New York, Los Angeles, and Connecticut. Luisa is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.


Scott Thompson: Scott is an award-winning director and choreographer and has worked with Broadway’s brightest talents in over 80 productions nationwide. He has directed many productions including “Gypsy” with Betty Buckley. Scott has founded several prestigious musical theatre companies, and is the winner of many awards including the San Francisco Theatre Critics Award for Best Director and Choreographer.


Christina Uleano: Christina has been teaching dance and group fitness since 1988. She is a certified personal trainer and AFFA certified group exercise instructor. In addition, Christina received a BA in Psychology from SCSU where she also minored in Dance and holds an MBA in finance. She teaches and performs in both New York and CT and is a master instructor for CALVINOGRAPHYdance ™ in NYC.