Tap Bios

Tap Bios

Victoria Casillo

Victoria Casillo most recently appeared in West Side Story at Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theater Tony Award. Other recent credits include Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Randy Skinner Choreography- Ogunquit Playhouse at the Portsmouth Music Hall), Anything Goes (North Shore Music Theater), Riverside Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theater, Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival, and others. Victoria performed as a solo tap dancer for the national MAC Cosmetics "Hey, Sailor!" campaign, and also appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association.


A Long Island Native, Victoria began her dance training at the American Theater Dance Workshop under Broadway veterans Michelle and Jerome Vivona. She received continued training at the School at Steps on Broadway under Leslie Browne, Lisa Harvie, Lisa Lockwood, and Debbie Roshe. In 2015, Victoria graduated with a Bachelor of Science from SUNY Empire State College. She is currently based in New York City.

Alyssa Noelle Pitaluga

Alyssa Noelle Pitaluga hails from Long Island and has been dancing since she could crawl. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from Adelphi University. She is an ABT National Training Curriculum Certified Teacher (Pre-Primary-Level 3 and Levels 4-5). Alyssa is Ballet Mistress and Performing Arts Choreographer of St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset and on the Josephine Foundation Board of Directors. She is an alumna, teacher and arts administrator of American Theater Dance Workshop. Alyssa performs professionally with Jazz Roots Dance Company under the legendary Sue Samuels. She studied Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, and Hip Hop, and she credits her classical training to Ali Pourfarrokh, Kristen McGrew and Katherine Healy. Alyssa studied with companies of Verdon Fosse, Joffrey Balelt, Briansky Ballet, Amy Marshall, Keigwin+Co., Mark Morris, Limón, Martha Graham and Paul Taylor. She interned with Ballet Hispanico and was Captain/Choreographer of Oceanside Varsity Dance Team. Credits include Jazz Roots Dance Company repertoire, “Cracked” American Theater Dance Workshop, “Air” Keigwin+Co., “Cloven Kingdom” Paul Taylor, “Dance Adelphi” semi-annual performances, Long Island Dance Project, “Nutcracker” Corps de ballet and Soloist Two World’s Dance, Eglevsky Ballet Repertory Company, American Theater Dance Workshop Repertory Company, “Nutcracker Suite” Soloist Divine Rhythms.

Michelle Vivona

Michelle began studying dance at the age of 4 at her parent's studio, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Her parent's both veterans of Broadway, television and film having worked with Luigi, Bob Fosse, and Jerome Robbins, Jack Cole, Michael Kidd, Peter Gennaro, Carol Haney and many other luminaries of the time as well as featuring on the Perry Como show. Michelle followed her dreams to NYC and shortly thereafter landed her first role as the Tap Leader in the National Tour of On Your Toes starring Leslie Caron and Natalia Makarova. She then was cast as Lorraine in 42nd Street, which led to her Broadway debut in Sweet Charity directed by Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon starring Debbie Allen, Bebe Neuwirth and later Ann Reinking. Anything Goes was next starring Patti Lupone, followed by working for Jerome Robbins in Gypsy with Tyne Daly and Linda Lavin.


Michelle and Jerome met as they were partnered together in the Paris Company of West Side Story. Returning home, they toured the US and Japan in Guys and Dolls Directed by Jerry Zaks and Choreographed by the late Chris Chadman, starring Lorna Luft. Jerome made his Broadway debut in the same show starring Nathan Lane. Soon after, they were married and moved to Long Island. Michelle joined the line at Radio City Musical Hall as a Rockette and Jerome opened on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying Directed by Des McAnuff and Choreographed by Wayne Cilento, starring Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, Sarah Jessica Parker and John Stamos. As Dance Captains, they took the show on the road with Ralph Macchio. Jerome assisted Wayne Cilento on his next Broadway project Dream, a Johnny Mercer Musical starring Leslie Ann Warren. Jerome went on to feature in the original Broadway casts of Seussical, the Musical Directed by Oscar Winner Rob Marshall and Choreographed by Tony Winner Kathleen Marshall, and then Kiss Me, Kate Directed by Tony Winner's Michael Blakemore and Kathleen Marshall. Michelle was then cast in Thoroughly Modern Millie Directed by Tony Winner Michael Mayer and Choreographed by Tony Winner Rob Ashford, starring Tony Winner Sutton Foster. Jerome was then featured in the Kander and Ebb musical Curtains, directed by Tony Winner Scott Ellis and Choreographed by Tony Award Winner Rob Ashford, and starring the Emmy and Tony Award Winner David Hyde Pierce.


During that time, Jerome went on to become an award winning Director/Choreographer staging such shows as: How to Succeed…, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Sweet Charity, Footloose and The Producers. While also writing/directing and choreographing the original shows An American Canteen in Paris and Spotlight Broadway for the James L. Nederlander Organization and Celebrity Cruise Lines, respectively.

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