Miss Diane Esposito, 53, of West Haven passed away peacefully on January 22, 2018. Diane leaves behind her best friend Sharon Minnix (the late Joseph), Stacey & Mark Stopa, Joe & Julie Minnix & family, her favorite little buddy Josh and her large and loving Top Hat Family, a.k.a. The Top Hat Tribe.At the time of her death, Diane was a co-owner of Top Hat Dance Academy. For the past 30 years, she was a member of the Dance Educators of America and judged countless competitions nationwide. As a show manager for I Love Dance, Diane's choreography had been featured in shows from New York City, all the way to Las Vegas! Locally, she worked with many schools choreographing concert performances and festivals. Her students won numerous awards and accolades in the world of dance, something she was so proud of. As if dance did not take up enough time, Diane somehow managed to work at Dunkin Donuts, although a coffee drinker, she was not. In addition to dance, Diane had a few other things she was passionate about- the New York Yankees, the music of Adele, late night trips to the casino, strawberry milk and ham and cheese sandwiches. If you asked Diane what the best part of everyday was, she would simply say, "walking into the studio and sharing my love of dance with those amazing kids." She was happiest surrounded by the love of her Top Hat Tribe.
The hours for visitation will take place on Monday from 4 to 8 pm at the West Haven Funeral Home at the green. Remembrances will be shared beginning at 6:30. On Tuesday morning, everyone is asked to go directly to Our Lady of Victory Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 o'clock. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kick Program, c/o Top Hat, 375 Morgan Lane, Unit 408, West Haven, Ct. 06516. Should you choose to send flowers, the Minnix family suggests Fitzgerald's Florist.