Wingman League






Dance Connection is a proud member of the Wingman for Dance program.  Wingman is a powerful youth leadership program that inspires empathy, compassion and courage in all children. The Wingman program has been successfully used in schools and sports clubs throughout Connecticut and it has now been adapted for use in dance studios nation-wide.

The mission of Wingman for Dance is to inspire dancers, regardless of age, level or skill to become helpful heroes that go above and beyond for each other. Wingman boosts children’s confidence and recognizes their unique strengths. Wingman will improve the overall vibe of your studio by creating an atmosphere of connection and belonging.

Wingman is a project of Dylan’s Wings of Change, a foundation dedicated to the memory of Dylan Hockley, one of the first grade victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Dylan’s Wings of Change is a part of the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, a 501c3 registered public charity.

Jenn D'Auria, Wingman Coordinator

Jenn D'Auria, Wingman Coordinator

Jenn joined our DC Family 23 years ago and has been part of our teaching staff for the past 16 years. For the past 30 years, Jenn has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and pointe and continues to study today. She has also been a member of our recital company productions and a part of our award winning competition team and was awarded the “Future Star” award by Dance Spirit Magazine. Jenn has participated in many regional and nationally recognized competitions and workshops and has performed in Walt Disney World four times, aboard cruises to Bermuda and Canada, in Las Vegas, at Long Island Ducks Stadium, at Broadway Dance Center’s Performance Weekend, appeared on Channel 12 news, and at various local street fairs. She has auditioned for the New York City Knicks dancers and “So You Think You Can Dance”. Jenn continues to educate herself by attending dance workshops and taking dance classes. Jenn has been teaching our recital company for the past 14 years and Dance Connection’s Competition Performance team for the past 13 years. Jenn has received many platinum and top score awards for her choreography and has won numerous special judges awards for her competition dances, including “Best Choreography” and “Most Entertaining”. Jenn is also a mentor for the Wingman for Dance Program. Wingman for Dance is a team- bonding/trust building activities inspired dancers to be empathetic, courageous and inclusive young leaders. As Jenn enters her 23rd year with the Dance Connection family she hopes her love and passion for the art of dance can reach the littlest of our twos all the way to the tip top of our most seasoned dancers.

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