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Francesca Carillo-Vaccino

Francesca Carillo-Vaccino is a dancer and choreographer from New York. She was a member of MadCap Contemporary Dance Company and has trained extensively with Complexions Contemporary Ballet under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. Film credits include "At the Top of the Pyramid" and "Don Peyote" Favorite stage credits include the role of Velma Kelly in the Broadway fundraiser at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY. In addition to her performing credits Francesca has taught and choreographed at studios throughout New York. She was the lead choreographer and Assistant Director of the North Shore Summer Theater Program in 2015. She has also worked with recording artists choreographing and directing live performances and tours. Francesca is proudly represented by MSA agency in New York and LA.


Wendy Clark comes to us from Texas and will be attending NYU Steinhardt ABT Ballet Pedagogy master's program. She's danced professionally with: Ballet Spokane, City Ballet of San Diego, Eugene Ballet Company as well as Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble, Chris Swaim's "Mouth", Austin Classical Ballet and TexArts. She comes with a wealth of teaching experience most recently sharing her passion and knowledge with dancers in Texas at the Austin Community Ballet, Cedar park Dance Company, Danceworks and TexARTS as well as Dance Center of Spokane, Kalamazoo School of Music and Dance, Baylor University, Iowa Youth Ballet Pre-Professional SUmmer Intensive, Education for the Arts, and Goddard College where she also holds a BA in Liberal Arts. She served as Youth Director for TexArts Nutcracker, TexARTS Coppelia Summer Intensive Director, and TexARTS Mini-camps. She received her training from: Stage 7 School of Dance in San Diego, Eugene Ballet in Idaho, Milwaukee Ballet, Sarasota Ballet and Ballet Arts Academy in Spokane, WA.

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A Holiday Favorite Gets Cracked

Broadway alums Jerome and Michelle Vivona, who are now the husband-and-wife co-directors of the American Theater Dance Workshop, will present the second annual production of Cracked, a new take on Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. The ballet, which follows Clara’s granddaughter through the streets of New York to the Land of Sweets, blends familiar elements of the holiday favorite with complete new twists. The American Theater Dance Workshop and Nomad Contemporary Ballet production will run for four performances on December 12 and 13, 2015.

Brooke Leventhal as Kara featured in a FIOS 1 News interview at ATDW!

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World Premiere of Cracked featured in Newsday's TOP 10 Things To Do on Long Island this week!

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American Theater Dance Workshop partners with Nomad Contemporary Ballet

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American Theater Dance Workshop, in its 31st year, announces an exciting and far reaching new artistic partnership with the Nomad Contemporary Ballet Company. Beginning immediately, ...

New Hyde Park, NY - April 28th, 2014 - American Theater Dance Workshop becomes an official school of the Nomad Contemporary Ballet. The American Theater Dance Workshop in New Hyde Park, NY, under the Artistic Direction of Michelle and Jerome Vivona, is excited to announce this new and far reaching artistic partnership with the Nomad Contemporary Ballet Company will begin immediately in cooperation with Founding Artistic Director, Kristen McGrew and Assistant Director, Melissa Bartucci.

The Nomad Contemporary Ballet Company will begin residency in New Hyde Park at the American Theater Dance workshop this summer. This relationship will create a pathway for our ballet students to observe rehearsals, train, perform and work alongside the artistic staff and the professional dancers from the Nomad Company in both weekly classes and ballet master classes throughout the school year. “This partnership is an exhilarating milestone. ATDW has already sponsored two Nomad Repertory Workshops. An ATDW student was seen alongside our dancers and as a direct result of that she has been offered an Apprenticeship with Nomad. We look forward to nurturing and giving a first opportunity to these young dancers, a taste of the life of a professional dancer.” – said Nomad Assistant Director, Melissa Bartucci. The agreement will also afford the Nomad Contemporary Ballet Company additional rehearsal space in conjunction with their nomadic existence in Lower Manhattan.

“It’s thrilling to become a part of Long Island’s diverse arts scene and ATDW with over 30 years of training pre-professionals is a perfect fit for Nomad. The synergy between us has led to some very big plans for the year to come” – said Kristen McGrew, Nomad Artistic Director. "This artistic relationship will allow for more of our young dancers to be identified as possible apprentices and junior members of the Nomad as they begin their professional journey under the caring and supportive eyes of both the Nomad and ATDW teaching artists" says ATDW Artistic Director, Michelle Vivona.

"We could not be more excited by the added artistic growth opportunities and performance possibilities for our students; already we’ve seen young dancers identified to work with the company and gain performance opportunities this summer! This partnership fits into our mission of providing the best technical and artistic training environment possible for our pre-professional students. Kristen and Melissa are both fantastic creative artists and teachers and their company is fresh and exciting, we are truly fortunate to have them honing our ballet dancer’s artistic growth." Said ATDW Artistic Director - Jerome Vivona.

About the Nomad Contemporary Ballet
Nomad Contemporary Ballet is a small company that strives to provide a vehicle for beginning and veteran choreographers to workshop new pieces. Audience members can discover and follow new talent from the beginning of their careers or watch an established artist create new work that pushes the boundaries of their current vocabulary.

About the American Theater Dance Workshop
The objective of The American Theater Dance Workshop is to provide the best training possible to all students; those who want to enjoy the discipline, exuberance and healthy exercise dance can bring to their lives, and those who intend to pursue a career in dance and theater. Our administrative and artistic staff plus our curriculum help our dancers to achieve these goals.

Learn classical ballet and contemporary Broadway choreography by joining our dance classes at American Theater Dance Workshop of New Hyde Park, Long Island, NY. We provide the best and most professional training that prepares young and adult dancers to perform in the worlds of Ballet, Broadway Theater Dance and Musical Theater.

American Theater Dance Workshop - Announces Guest Master Teacher for Adult Ballet (Tues & Thurs 4/29 & 5/1) Veronica Lynn
Veronica Lynn, a native of New York City, began her dance training at the Pennsylvania Ballet School. among her teachers was her mother, Former American Ballet Theatre Principal dancer Lupe Serrano. At age 17 she joined the Pennsylvania Ballet Company and performed principal roles in the Nutcracker, Serenade, and Merce Cunningham's Arcade.
Ms. Lynn then joined American Ballet Theatre where she danced from 1985-1999. As a soloist her extensive repertoire included variations in La Bayadere, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Etudes, Coppelia, and Cinderella. She performed principal roles in Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Symphonie Concertante, Ballet Imperial, Bourree Fantasque, and the Nutcracker. She was also featured in many ballets by Tudor, MacMillan, Ashton, Kylian and Massine.
Ms Lynn recently toured with "Suzanne Farrell Stages the Master of 20th Century Ballet" where her roles included Bejart's Romeo and Juliet pas de deux, Robbin's Afternoon of a faun, Balanchine's Apollo, meditation pas de deux and Divertimento No. 15.
We are thrilled to host Ms. Lynn at the studio.

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