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About the CT Performing Arts Center

The Connecticut Performing Arts Center (CT-PAC) is dedicated to providing opportunities in the performing arts for people of all ages. The goal of CT-PAC is to offer wholesome and affordable education in the performing arts, as well as live entertainment for the town of South Windsor and surrounding areas. 

 The center was founded in 2019 by Bryn Chandler, who has been performing since childhood, and holds a degree in Theater & Media Arts.  Bryn lives in South Windsor with her husband, Jesse and their 4 children.

I Love CT Performing Arts Center!  I’ve been dancing for more than 10 years, I’ve been to a lot of schools, and the instructors here are great!  Cassie K. is one of the best instructors I’ve had.  She challenges me, and has really helped me grow as a dancer.

Jordana B.

Meet Our Instructors

Bryn Chandler

DIRECTOR, DANCE & THEATER INSTRUCTOR

Bryn Chandler received her BA in Theater and Media Arts from Brigham Young University, with an emphasis in Acting.  She has performed and been involved behind the scenes in various choirs, theatrical performances, film, and television since childhood.  She was one of four lead choreographers for a multi-state Cultural Celebration involving over 2000 youth ages 12-18 that performed at the Oakdale Theater in Connecticut.  She volunteers her time each week directing the children’s choir and orchestra at her church. 

Aaron Bantum

HIP-HOP 

Aaron Bantum is a professional singer, dancer, actor and arguably one of the best Hip-Hop artists in Connecticut. As an instructor and choreographer, Aaron has taught students of all ages and dance levels, including 5 years at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. Aaron specializes in teaching Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern, Step, and Contemporary dance styles. He trained under choreographer Jimmy Locust, renowned for his choreography for pop icons Michael and Janet Jackson. Aaron’s extensive list of theatrical credits extend across Broadway, film and television, including the 2013 film “Las Vegas” with Morgan Freeman, in which he played Freeman’s younger self.

Nadine DeLoughy

ACRO

As a dancer for over twenty years, Nadine DeLoughy, LAT, ATC, has trained in multiple genres of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and acrobatics and was a competitive dancer for fifteen years. Nadine has taught and choreographed multiple genres of dance throughout the tri-state area. As a certified Acro instructor, her choreography has won numerous first place overall awards and choreographic recognitions. Nadine’s routines also placed in the Top 12 at YAGP Regionals and were invited to compete at the Dance Prix de New York.

Emma Luxemburg

DANCE & THEATER INSTRUCTOR 

Emma began dancing at 3 years old, and has studied and taught a multitude of styles including, but not limited to, ballet, pointe, tap (theatre and rhythm), jazz, musical theatre, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, and more. Additionally, as a theatre student, she has had extensive training in both vocal performance and acting. She has taught dance and theatre at Timothy Edwards Middle School in South Windsor, serving as the assistant choreographer for the Spotlight Show Choir and the student director for the school drama club. She has also assisted at CAST children’s theatre in Manchester.

Karen McQueen-McBride

TAP/BALLET/LYRICAL

Karen’s love for dance began at the age of nine, when she started taking classes at Bodies in Motion Dance Studio in West Hempstead, New York. She eventually went on to become the head instructor and manager of the studio. After earning her Degree at St. John’s University, Karen became the owner and director of the Bodies in Motion Studio. After ten successful years as a studio owner, Karen sold the business and relocated to Connecticut in order to focus on her growing family. Karen has extensive experience working students of all ages, and her expertise as an instructor ranges across a wide variety of styles, including tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, and lyrical.

Bozena Raczkowski

VOCAL / PIANO INSTRUCTOR

Bozena holds a MA and BA in Musical Education from the Academy of Music in Poland. She has over 35 years of professional experience as a musical educator and performer. She has performed all over the world at amazing venues such as Boston’s Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, the John Kennedy Center, The Bushnell and many more! Bozena is a very passionate and dedicated educator, piano teacher/voice coach. She believes each child is unique and therefore each lesson is tailored to the individual instead of using a one size fits all approach. To Bozena, music is a priceless gift and an adventure with the ability to alter ones life in the most positive way!

Rachel Russell

BALLET / JAZZ / LYRICAL

Rachel Graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Hartt School at The University of Hartford, with a BFA in Ballet Pedagogy and Performance. After Graduation, she taught Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary/Modern dance at at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, as well as Studio A Dance in Avon. Rachel has been selected to dance with Ballet Hartford starting in the fall.

Caroline Shroer

BALLET/JAZZ/LYRICAL

Caroline began her training at the New Paltz School of Ballet (NPSB) in New Paltz, NY. She attended summer intensives at the New York State Summer School for the Arts (NYSSSA) under the direction of Daniel Ulbricht and Amanda Edge, and Cincinnati Ballet under Catherine Batcheller. Caroline attended Mercyhurst University, graduating with honors and earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance with a minor in Musical Theatre. At Mercyhurst, she studied with Tauna Hunter, Noelle Partusch, Lesley Bories-Scalise, and Jennifer McNamara, and performed in multiple works of classical and contemporary ballet. She has taught ballet and jazz at NPSB, as well as college-level dance at Mercyhurst, and she has choreographed more than 10 dance works for stage and film. Caroline is excited to be dancing with Ballet Hartford this season.

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