The SoBo Crew
Cyndal Ellis is Co-Director of SoBo Studio and Al Amal Belly Dance Company. She teaches Fusion Belly Dance, Modern Dance, and Dunham Technique at SoBo and at schools throughout southern VT. In 2017, Cyndal received a Certification through the Institute for Dunham Technique Teacher Certification. She holds a B.A. in anthropology and dance from Smith College. She has over 20 years of dance experience. She has taught at Jacob’s Pillow, Smith College, Landmark College, and grade schools throughout New England. She was a member of The Sovereign Collective with which she performed and taught nationally. She was also one of the co-directors of Firekeeper Productions and toured the mulit-media production “The Mabel Story” throughout New England. Cyndal loves to share the joy of dance with people of all ages and abilities. *photo by Kiqe Bosch
Toni Nagy is Owner and Co-Director of SoBo Studio. She starting out dancing in the club scene in Boston when she was 15. She then majored in dance at Sarah Lawrence College. She studied different forms of Hip Hop in NYC for 10 years, and has cultivated her own style that involves isolations, basic breaking, footwork, and new current styles. She infuses her training of contemporary modern and belly dance. *photo by Jeffrey Lewis
Reily Mumpton has been a practitioner of Wester Martial Arts for 9 years, graduating from Marlboro College with a degree in Medieval History and Legal Studies surrounding combat in Medieval Society. His main focus has been studying German Martial Arts (including Longsword, Arming Sword, and Dagger) and he spent four years learning Italian Rapier under instructor Ian Bigelow. He now shares his passion for Medieval History in both classes and live presentations.
Katie Tordonato was born in Rutland, VT and began her dance training at Miss Lorraine’s School of Dance at the young age of five. A few years later, she began taking classes at Centre Dance until she graduated from high school. Here, she studied jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary and hip hop. In 2011, she was accepted to Keene State College in New Hampshire where she majored in Theatre and Dance with a specialization in Choreography and Performance under the guidance of Marcia Murdock. Her four years here primarily revolved around modern. She took a dance internship class for two semesters where she taught educational dance as an afterschool program for students from kindergarten to fourth grade. Katie is excited to share the joy, creativity and confidence that dance has brought her with others.
Caitlin Quinn is originally from Warner Robins, Georgia where she began her training at International City School of Ballet under the direction of Georne Aucoin. While there she competed at Youth American Grand Prix and qualified for the New York finals. Her professional credits include the trainee program at Ballet Austin, Nashville Ballet 2, Minnesota Ballet, Ballet San Antonio, and most recently Fort Wayne Ballet. While there she danced many various classical roles which include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Kitri in Don Quixote, Lise in La Fille Mal Gardee, Odette and Odile in Swan Lake, and the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker. She has also danced more contemporary works by Gerald Arpino,Jose Limon. And David Ingram. She has continued her dance training and desire to learn with workshops at Complexions, River North Dance Chicago, Arcos, and New Dialect. She has been teaching for 8 years and hopes to continue to pass down the art of classical ballet to the next generation of dancers.
Ernesto Lea Place is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has danced professionally with Ballet Florida, Nashville Ballet II, Minnesota Ballet, Ballet San Antonio and Fort Wayne Ballet. He has gotten the opportunity to do works by great choreographers such as Ben Stevenson, Fernando Bujones, Jose Limón, David Ingram, Gerald Arpino and many of the classics by Petipa. Performing has been a part of his life from a young age and he has loved his journey as a classical dancer and is currently studying at NECCA seeking for new heights in his career.
He has taught throughout the US in various levels and styles of dance. He truly enjoys sharing his passion for dance with all his students.
Ever since Ian Bigelow was a kid, he’s been playing with swords and homemade sword-like objects. His love for sword-play led to fencing in his early teens. He began studying USFA sport fencing in 1997. In 1999, he started training in historical fencing at Marlboro College. Fencing brought Ian to a more in-depth study of the history, art, and science of swords and sword fighting throughout the world. From training with Thomas Leoni in Italian rapier and traditional Chinese sword with Sifu Scott Rodell, to German longsword with Christian Tobler, Ian has studied with many internationally renowned masters. Ian now teaches fencing at Marlboro College, the Compass School, Hilltop Montessori, the Putney School, and the Grammar School, as well as SoBo Studio.
Jessica Greene is blessed to live with her three inspiring children and faithful Alaskan sled dog in Putney, Vermont. She is an artist, yogi, doula, and postpartum support group facilitator. She has coordinated wellness programs for Brattleboro-area families through It Takes A Village since 2013, and started teaching family-style yoga classes at Putney Moves in 2017. She is delighted to be teaching Gentle Yoga with Childcare at Sobo Studio!
Sarah Lavigne has been a big fan of Let Your Yoga Dance for years and is now a trained teacher. She trained with Megha Buttenheim founder of Let Your Yoga Dance. For her Let Your Yoga Dance is a combo of exercise, fun and sometimes spiritual growth or personal clarity. Come connect with other dancers and your self.
Adrasteia K Andrews gives you an easier, more memorable nickname to recall. Adra is a fun- spirited, light-hearted, energetic mother of four. Returning back to the well-suited community of ever loving Brattleboro, we, as a family look to raise and influence our own while making the healthier lifestyle changes that could have only been dreamed of. With a background of dance, performing arts and wearing many of many hats to fit the bill in-between, this newly acquired, outstanding ability to increase health and wellness in the community makes for an extraordinary lifestyle that is a privilege to uphold.