Founded in 1968 by former Broadway dancer and esteemed ballerina Doris Driver, New England Academy of Dance (NEAD) began as a boutique studio with only 12 dancers.
Slowly, the school grew to extend class offerings to dancers of all ages, and encompass a studio company.
In 2003, school ownership was transferred to a trio of directors with professional dance & choreography experience:
Frances Ortiz, Ginna Ortiz, and Ted Thomas.
Together, the new directors focused their energy on defining a curriculum for each distinct age group, and
transforming the Nutcracker and Spring Performances into highly theatrical, community events.
Enrolling over 500 dancers each semester during the past decade,
NEAD has grown to become one of the foremost dance institutions in Fairfield County.