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Our Faculty

We are proud to have with us the following faculty who represent dance and performance studies with integrity and outstanding character.

Thank you for trusting us with your education in the performing arts!

- the Board of Directors and Executive Team

If you are interested in working with us, please start here.

Then send us an email with your resume!

Laren Cavicchio

Board President & Instructor

Laren brings a wealth of knowledge in dance, movement, and pedagogy as well as production management and design, business, and leadership. New Concept Dance Co. has been her vision and intention since 2001 when she was working at a non-profit dance academy in St. Petersburg, Florida first as a teacher and choreographer, and then also as an administrator and business manager. 

In addition to her professional work, Laren has volunteered more than 3,800 hours of service and leadership in public schools, charter schools, senior centers, non-profits, and animal shelters, and has been honored with the Presidential Service Award for years 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023. She believes strongly in the power of philanthropy and community, and is proud to be part of the charitable work she supports.

​​Laren is the founder of the Continuous Dance Training program, which provides a more effective and safer way to train no matter what age or level. She serves her competitive dancers as a coach, mentor, and choreographer, and gives them what they need to reach higher levels and abilities in dance and performance. ​​For her full bio, click/tap here.

Courtney Kleszczynski

Guest Teacher

Courtney is a Florida native who was born and raised in Tampa, and has enjoyed working in and living in Pasco and Hillsborough County.

She comes from a family of teachers, athletes, and sports coaches, and found her calling as a teacher when she took over classes at the same dance studio where she grew up as a child. Her native dance studio taught her the value of community, compassion, and education.

While in college she continued to take dance classes and teach dance whenever the opportunity presented itself. After achieving her degree in Elementary Education at Florida State University, she achieved her teacher's license and returned home to teach.

Once back home she began teaching dance and theatre, planning plays, directing and choreographing musicals, teaching set design, props design, and costume design, while also teaching dance history and developing middle school and high school students love for the art form and sport of dance.

Courtney’s leadership roles span being a competition team dance captain, an educator, a choreographer, a studio director, a competition director, and a dance program director. Her main goal as a teacher and choreographer is to support each dancer and encourage the exploration of a developing craft. Her choreography is energetic, age appropriate, and fits each dancer as well as showcases them as individuals.

She is very proud to be a member of the New Concept family and is looking forward to serving New Concept Dance Company students who wish to perform and compete!

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