The Estelle Jones School of Dance
The Estelle Jones School of Dance was created in 1963, by Estelle Jones, an exceptionally gifted dancer and teacher, who had world class training in Classical Ballet, and sought to share her gifts and knowledge with the people who would appreciate them for generations to come.
Miss Estelle received her ballet training with the late Mary Angelo of Hartford, and with the American Ballet Theatre School in New York City, where she studied extensively with some of the worlds leading dancers, such as Alexandra Danilova, (who appeared in the movie, "The Turning Pointe"), and the late Bronislava Nijinska, (sister of the great male dancer, Nijinsky), Madame Scholar, William Dollar, Igor Youskevitch, Leon Danielian, as well as many other famous dancers. She studied jazz dancing with "Luigi" at his New York City Jazz Center, as well as the David Howard Dance Studio and Broadway Dance Center. Miss Estelle danced professionally in summer stock in New York City, and in the Corps de Ballet of the Connecticut Opera Association for four seasons. Miss Estelle taught professionally for over forty years, both here and abroad. In 1998, she celebrated forty years of teaching in West Hartford, and a Proclaimation was presented by former Mayor Bouvier in recognition of her devoted commitement, and for sharing her love of dance with the West Hartford community. In 1977, Miss Estelle introduced Classical Ballet to Central Connecticut State University as a credited course, and after teaching for twenty-one years, retired from the University in 1998. In 2006, a scholarship was created in her name at the university for aspiring teachers of dance. The dance studio at CCSU was dedicated to her, and a plaque honoring her memory has been placed outside the studio.
Miss Cathy follows in the footsteps of her mother (Miss Estelle). She became a teacher's assistant at a young age, calling the dance studio her second home. Pursuing her love of teaching, Miss Cathy attended Central Connecticut State University and received a B.S. degree in Education, becoming dually certified in Special Education and Elementary Education. She has been employed with the Plymouth Board of Education for twenty-nine years. Miss Cathy has taught Special Education for eight years, first grade for one year, and has been teaching second grade for the past twenty years. Miss Cathy is a memeber of Dance Masters of America, Inc., and the Dance Teachers' Club of Connecticut, (Chapter #18), of D.M.A. She is an active member of the organization, and through D.M.A., is certified by test to teach dance. Miss Cathy also keeps up her studies at monthly master classes, at conventions, workshops and at various dance studios in New York City. She has taught for the Arts in Action Camp in Avon, and has taught Greek Folk dancing to children of various ages at the Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Miss Cathy's inspiration comes from watching her students excel in every endeavor they pursue.