We are always looking to share new classes and offerings to the community. We are also currently looking to add more music classes to the studio!

Is there a class we don’t offer that You’d like to teach?
Are You interested in learning more about employment opportunities with A Common Ground?
Are You or someone You know interested in teaching a class at A Common Ground?
If you’ve answered YES to any of these, Please contact Jill!

Jill Hancock (Owner/Creative Director) began her career over 20 years ago teaching for Ona-May School of Dance. Ms. Hancock holds a certificate from New Visions Dance Project, a program set up by Alvin Ailey for people with disabilities. She has performed professionally with Maloney Productions and had her New York debut with New Dance Collective, a modern jazz company that she worked with for four years. Her choreography has been seen throughout the tri-state area and in performances for Gallaudet University and Muscle Mania World Competitions.

Veronica “Ronnie” Erdmann began training in various schools of movement, dance and music in her youth and continues learning various dance and movement to this day. In 1995 Ronnie began her participation in Sacred Circle Dance in Fairfield, Connecticut and soon learned to become a facilitator of this community dance style. Between 2000 and 2008 Ronnie led New Haven Community Sacred Circle Dance and since 2008 has been leading the seasonal Candlewood Sacred Circle Dance at A Common Ground.

For more information contact Ronnie by Email, FACEBOOK

Ase-AmenRa Karamu teacher of Afrikan Drum


Althea Kariamu teacher of Afrikan Dance.

Ase-AmenRa Kariamu of Kariamu Drum and Dance, began his drumming with master drummer, Brother Keindre O’Uhuru, director of the El Shabazz Orchestra in Harlem, NY. For the last ten years he has been teaching in the Juvenile Detention Center for CT Ballet in their “Out Reach” Program. Mr. Kariamu was “Mouse King” in several DMC Nutcrackers and has been a flutist for over 22 years. His instructors include Yamoussa Camara, master dancer/drummer of Guinea, West Afrika; and KoKayi, an Afrikan Dance Troupe of Mt. Vernon. Mr. Kariamu hosts West Afrikan Drum workshops throughout Connecticut, teaches at “A Common Ground,” and has been director of the Afrikan Drumming Program since 2003.

For more information contact Althea by EMAIL or FACEBOOK

Lauren Brown received a B.S. in Music Education at Western Connecticut State University, her concentration in classical voice. Lauren is a performer, a musician, and an educator. She participates in Community Theater productions at the Brookfield Theater for The Arts, has been heavily involved in community service with the Danbury Music Center, as well as Western Connecticut State University, and is thrilled to begin a new chapter in her life as an educator.

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