Back Handspring Clinic

A Heartfelt Thank You To All!!

The McKeon Dance & Gymnastics Center proudly hosted 2 events to benefit the Lustgarten Foundation. The Lustgarten Foundation was founded in 1999, it is the largest private foundation dedicated solely to funding Pancreatic Cancer Research.

The McKeon Dance & Gymnastics Center proudly hosted 2 events to benefit the Lustgarten Foundation. The Lustgarten Foundation is America's largest private foundation dedicated solely to funding pancreatic cancer. Founded in 1998 the foundation provides critical support in the search for better diagnostics and treatment of pancreatic cancer and to this date has committed more than $110 million dollars to research worldwide. 100% of the proceeds from each event was donated to the Lusgarten Foundation.

The McKeon dance program kicked off the holiday season in December with their "Winter Wonderland Show". Our competitive dance team along with all the recreational dance students performed various dances to holiday themed music. It was such fun to see our senior students dance alongside our adorable 3 year olds!

The Winter Wonderland Show was dedicated in memory of Dorothea McKeon, founder of McKeon Dance & Gymnastics Center and her Sister In Law Janet McNeil.

We are very proud of all our students for their
selfless effort to raise money for such a worthy cause.



Congratulations Hannah Winship!!

Hannah attended the ASH Dance Convention this past weekend where she continuously caught the eye of the judges and received the Faculty Pick Scholarship, the Complexions Contemporary Ballet Intensive Scholarship, ASH Apprentice Scholarship and was selected as an Apprentice Runner Up!
We are so proud of Hannah and all her achievements!


Thank you to the Turn It Up Dance Competition for having our 2015 Regional Title Winners, Hannah Winship and Alaina Gobbi at their annual photo shoot! The girls had a great day modeling the TIU clothing line and met new friends including Valerie from the hit TV show "So You Think You Can Dance"!

We are very pleased to announce that our own Colleen Stackpole has been selected as an Outstanding Athlete of AAU! Colleen was chosen at the Junior Olympics in Virginia Beach in August where she captured 1st Place in the Sr Division for Xcel Bronze! Way to go Colleen, keep up the hard work!


Miss Courtney and Miss Casey took our students Emma Cummings and Thiago Pacheco and headed to New Jersey at the end of August and became certified Acrobatic Arts instructors! They attended classes for 2 days with the kids and learned great skills to bring back to the studio!


Miss Danielle and Miss Casey attended the Dance Teachers Web Conference At Foxwoods Resort in August where they took classes in tap, contemporary, lyrical and attended teacher seminars tool!


Earlier this summer, Brianna Leung, Hayley Caliri, Hannah Smith, Julia Hall, Hannah Winship and Brooke Hill went to the Generation IV Dance Intensive at Smith College. It was a week long overnight program where they participated in master classes every day with teachers such as Teddy Forance, Nick Anthony and Sandi Duncan just to name a few! They met Kalani from the Dance Moms television show and also performed in a show at the Academy of Music Theatre at the end of the week!


Miss Casey and Miss Brea attended the Pulse Convention in New York in July where they took classes in Hip Hop, Contemporary and Lyrical with great teachers such as Brian Friedman, Tricia Miranda and Brooke Lipton, they also went over to Broadway Dance Center and took classes there as well!




We are SO PROUD of our very own Kayla Brunson!!!!!!!
She made the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS CHEERLEADING TEAM!!!!!! Way to go Kayla!!!!!!


Hannah Winship recently attended the Pulse Dance Convention/Competition in Boston, MA. She had a great weekend and won a two part scholarship!!! 1- to a PULSE convention next season, and 2 - invitation to their Summer Intensive!!!!! Congratulations Hannah!!





A big congratulations to Jordan Remillard! She attended the ASH Dance Convention/Competition in New Brunswick, NJ and was awarded "The Technical Excellence" Award for her acrobatic solo. Great job Jordan!






Congratulations to Brooke Hill, Laina Cleaves, Hannah Winship and Julia Hall for being called up to demonstrate with the master teachers in the tap, contemporary and lyrical classes at the Ambition Dance Convention!! We are so proud of them! In addition to that honor, Brooke Hill was awarded a paid solo entry to their competition, Laina Cleaves received a scholarship to their 2015 convention and Hannah Winship was chosen by all 5 judges to return next year as an apprentice teacher! Great job girls, keep up the good work!

It was an exciting day at the Turn It Up Dance Convention in Mystic, CT!! Hayley Caliri, Thiago Pacheco, Ashley Round and Meghan Smith were the proud recipients of full scholarship awards for the TIU 2015 convention! What a great way to kick off our competitive season!

Eight McKeon students recently participated in the Turn It Up Dance Convention in Mystic, CT as assistant teachers. Charlotte Beaudrot, Julia Hall, Cassidy Baratta, Brooke Hill, Laina Cleaves, Hannah Winship, Hannah Smith and Katie Baratta were chosen out of hundreds of dancers at the TIU National Dance Competition this summer for this fantastic opportunity. They assisted with various levels and genres of dance and were also able to take some classes as well. Job well done girls!

This past summer at the Turn It Up Dance National Championships, Hannah Winship was chosen
to participate in the Master Teacher Assistant Program at their Springfield, MA convention in October!
Hannah did a wonderful job demonstrating for her peers in various classes as well as
taking a few classes herself! Great job Hannah, we are very proud of you!

Hannah Smith, a 10 year student of McKeon Dance Center has been chosen by the International Dance Organization to represent the IDO at the World Tap Dance Championships! The competition will be held in Riesa, Germany in December and will include dancers from 35 countries and five continents.

To be selected to compete at the IDO World Tap Championships, Hannah had to first qualify at a regional event where she won a platinum medal at the Headliners Dance Competition. She then had to submit a video dance to audition with IDO, and was then selected from thousands of other audition and video performances.

Once in Germany, Hannah will have to advance through four rounds of competition in order to bring home the gold. She is competing in the junior soloist division with a tap style performance to the music entitled "Flight Of The Bumblebee"

Hannah is proud to represent the US Tap Team and is looking for your support through either company sponsorship or donations. Please email leannesmith@charter.net for information.

We are very excited for Hannah and wish her the best of luck!!


Back Handspring Clinic

Gymnastics Clinic

Would you like to learn or improve your Back Handspring?

McKeon’s holding Back Handspring Clinics on the following Monday’s:

October 13th
November 10th
December 8th
January 12th
February 9th

From: 7-8:30pm

Cost: $20 each or
5 clinics for $90

Clinic Includes:

• Proper Technique
• Explanation of technical facts and body position
• Progressions in and out of back handspring

Click here to view/print the Back Handspring registration form


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