DIRECTOR, Alden LaPaglia
Ms. LaPaglia's mission, as an artist and a teacher, is to inspire the way she has been inspired. She holds a dual BA in Dance and Psychology from Goucher College and received her Pilates certification under the direct tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska and Sari Santo. Her early dance training at the School of Richmond Ballet (Richmond, VA) with teachers Arnott Mader, Jasmine Grace, Jerry Weiss, Susan Israel Massey, Malcolm Burn, and Judy Jacob ignited a fire that has never ceased to burn, and her experience performing in the professional company's production of The Nutcracker for nine years has shaped her approach to her own school.
Professionally, Alden has toured nationally as a featured dancer in Bye Bye Birdie, and danced in New York City as a soloist in recent, annual Luigi Tributes and with Becky Radway Dance Projects, Incidents Physical Theater and choreographer Sarah Seely. Post-graduation she also performed at the Kennedy Center with Goucher's Choreographie Antique. Her choreography has been featured in Snorks and Pins' Romeo and Juliet, Angry Birds The Musical (West Village Musical Theater Festival), the Fourth Arts Block Festival, and many other venues in and around NYC. Her one-of-a-kind, immersive production of The Nutcracker, now in its fifth year, is a true highlight of the holiday season.
Alden has over 15 years of teaching experience, teaching dance at Discovery Programs, NYC Elite, the Maryland School of Ballet and Modern Dance, and Sudbrook Summer Arts Camp before establishing her own Brooklyn school in 2014. As a Pilates Instructor, she has served on the faculty of Steps on Broadway and Peridance Center, the adjunct faculty at Hofstra University, the Pilates staff at Goucher College, and as an off-ice conditioning coach at Chesapeake Skating School. Additionally, she has been a featured fitness consultant for Dance Spirit Magazine and has taught at private Pilates studios throughout the City.