National Association of Dance & Affiliated Arts
Greater New England, Chapter #20
March 5, 2023
March 2023 Faculty
Ashley D’Onofrio is from Windsor Connecticut where she grew up dancing in Enfield and Somers Connecticut. She started at the age of three at Riley’s School of Dance And also attended the Connecticut Contemporary Ballet Theatre. While training with many great teachers over years and attending numerous master classes and workshops at The School of Hartford Ballet, Broadway Dance Center and Steps in New York City. She has studied Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Character, Acrobatics and Irish step. She has had the opportunity to take class with Masters such as Brenda Buffalino, Avi Miller and Ofer Ben, Josh Hilberman, Max Pollak, Germaine Salsberg, Frank Hatchet, Jacques d’Amboise and many others. After Graduating from the Hartford Conservatory with a degree in Dance Pedagogy and Dance Performance in 2004 she has been teaching and sharing her passion and love for dance in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts area ever since. When not teaching or dancing, she enjoys being outdoors, hiking, swimming, going to the beach and spending time with her family.
Debra started dancing at age 4 and basically never stopped. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Performance/Theater, traveled the world as a musical theater professional, and lived in NYC for 10 years dancing on Broadway and as a Radio City Rockette. Debra has also taught dance throughout her performing career and beyond, now over 30 years. She currently teaches at the prestigious CLI Conservatory Pre-Professional Program started by Teddy Forance in Easthampton, MA and Massachusetts Academy of Ballet in Holyoke, MA. You might also see some of her classes online through the CLI Studios subscription program. In addition, she has created her own Broadway training program called “Broadway Brings Joy” that includes programming for both Youth and Adults. Debra is always trying to figure out ways to include her 9-year old singing/dancing son in her creative endeavors, so she strives to choreograph local musicals that can also involve him. Including professional productions, schools and community theater, Debra has choreographed nearly 30 musical productions to date!
In addition to dance, Debra is the Co-Director of Vega Yoga Mobile with her husband Aaron, bringing yoga to businesses, community organizations, non-profits, or to you virtually via zoom www.vegayoga.com. You can follow Debra online @debradvega, @broadway_brings_joy or @vegayoga_mobile.
Meghan Daly has been teaching and choreographing in the tri-state area for over 10 years. She has won several choreographic awards at regional and national competitions. Meghan has also taught at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, and Peridance in New York City. She has taught for the Alvin Ailey Summer Camp in Bridgeport for 12 years and has choreographed musicals for In The Spotlight for 10 years including “Meet Me In St, Louis,” “Damn Yankees,” “Guys and Dolls,” and “Music Man” ” She has worked with Northern Plains Dance in Bismarck, North Dakota as well as Paula Brown’s Summer Dance Intensive at George Faison’s Firehouse in Harlem, NY. She has performed for Brice Mousset at several dance festivals and performances through New York and assisted him on several projects including an aerial version of Romeo and Juliet. She has also performed with Connecticut Ballet in The Nutcracker and Cinderella at the Palace Theater and Bushnell Theater. She received a certification from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and Progressive Ballet Technique.