Shelley Collock (owner/instructor) is a 15 year alumni of the Creative Dance Center and graduated in 2014 from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of Arts in dance, and a minor in public health. Shelley has trained and worked with numerous dance companies and choreographers including Tara Madsen, Ursula Payne, Lar Lubovich, and Pilobolus. After college, Shelley moved to Pittsburgh where she danced with the Mary Miller Dance Company and was an instructor for Arthur Murray Dance Studios. After moving back to Connecticut, Shelley danced with companies including DancEnlight and Dimensional Dance. Shelley is a current faculty member in the dance department at Choate Rosemary Hall and is currently dancing with the Immix Dance Project.
Cynthia Sorvillo Baloga (founder) began her study of dance at Matchie Studios of Dance and Drama in 1963. During her 15 years of study at Matchie Studios, Cynthia trained at the Central Connecticut Ballet Company, Area Youth Scholarship Ballet, Nutmeg Ballet, and John Barker School of Classical Dance. After graduation, Cynthia moved to New York City to pursue training of the Lennigrad Syllabus (previously referred to as the Vaganova Method of Ballet). Adult education dance courses were also pursued at Hartford Ballet and Nutmeg Ballet.
Cynthia’s first employment opportunity was at the Center for Performing Arts in Jacksonville, Florida, where she was appointed director of the ballet department. While living in Florida, Cynthia attended ballet classes at Jacksonville Junior College. In 1982 Cynthia returned to her hometown of East Hampton, CT to open the Creative Dance Center where she continues to teach ballet, tap, and jazz.
Cynthia’s passion for community service began with an invitation to volunteer at the East Hampton Senior Citizen Center from 1982 to present. She enjoys teaching line dancing and tap, as well as chair exercise classes. Her time at the Senior Citizen Center inspired Cynthia to create intergenerational dance performances donating proceeds to the local food bank. Cynthia’s many years of community service was recognized in 2007 when she was awarded Citizen of the Year.