ABOUT

OUR STORY

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

Our year-round school is conveniently located in central Nassau County on Long Island, New York. The studios are large, modern, fully mirrored with sprung floors specifically designed for dance. It is here that our students are trained in the disciplines of Ballet, Broadway Theater Dance, Musical Theater, Lyrical, Hip - Hop and Tap. Registration is on all levels, beginner to professional, children (3 years old) to adults. There is live musical accompaniment for most classes.

A distinguished ballet department is the backbone of any school. Students must have strong backgrounds in classical ballet to succeed in any form of dance. Our illustrious faculty, led by Broadway Veterans Michelle and Jerome Vivona, is comprised of professional dancers from some of the greatest companies in the world, artistic directors, and choreographers, provide training with strong technique and artistry.

The history of the American Theater Dance Workshop is varied and rich. We began in 1982 as The American Dancemachine, a professional company and school, whose mission it was to reconstruct, perform and preserve the great dance numbers from Broadway shows. When founder/director Lee Theodore died in 1986, we became The American Theater Dance Workshop. Our goal was to continue the educational aspect. To this day, in our Theater Dance, Musical Theater, Tap, Repertory and Variation classes, we teach choreography from both the Broadway and Ballet repertoire, so that they will be preserved for future generations.

The American Theater Dance Workshop’s Ballet and Theater Dance Repertory Companies, whose members are our most advanced dancers, perform in libraries, schools and for organizations in the Long Island area. Since 2009, our companies have performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Capezio Theater at Peridance in NYC and the Tilles Center.

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.

ACCOMPLISHED ALUMNI

The American Theater Dance Workshop is proud of all of our valued alumni. We take special pride in these very well-known alumni who have been successful on Broadway, television, feature films, and prestigious dance companies. Examples include Lauren King (New York City Ballet), Melissa Errico (Broadway and music), Jamie-Lynn Sigler (television and Broadway), and Natalie Portman (Academy Award Winner and Broadway) just to name a few.

OUR HISTORY

The Beginning

The history of the American Theater Dance Workshop is extraordinary and unique. Our company began in 1982 as The American Dancemachine, home to the famous Professional Touring Company that reconstructed, performed, and preserved the great dance numbers from a multitude of Broadway shows.

The Transition

When Dancemachine founder and director Lee Theodore died in 1986, we became the American Theater Dance Workshop. Our goal is to continue sharing the educational aspect of dance. Currently, in our theater dance, musical theater, tap, acting, hip-hop and repertory classes, we teach the choreographic styles of the Broadway and contemporary stage so that they will be passed down and shared with future generations.

Where We Are Now

The American Theater Dance Workshop is led by two of Long Island's most decorated and experienced Broadway Professionals - Michelle and Jerome Vivona. Together they've spent the better part of their adult lives working with and learning from the greatest artists of our generation. The lessons they've learned come from years of hard work, training, and learning the work ethic needed to succeed at the highest level of American Theater by performing with many of the world's leading talents - up close and personal - sharing the stage and screen with legendary performers, directors and choreographers. Because of their deep connections with the Broadway community they are able to bring their colleagues and current Broadway VIP's to the studio to work with their students and guide them on what is happening onstage from the Golden Age of Broadway to today. There isn't another studio on Long Island that has access to the depth of knowledge and experience the Vivona's bring to Mineola on a regular basis: Broadway Master Classes that have students learning from Broadway Directors and Choreographers, Broadway Dance Captains and Broadway cast members teaching actual Broadway choreography- up close and personal and sharing their thoughts, expertise and feedback with our dancers in an intimate setting. The level of growth that's possible for an artist when receiving that kind of first hand guidance cannot be underestimated. You really cannot fully understand or appreciate the energy of the studio without visiting and meeting our staff of incredible professionals. We want to be your studio - come see why the training and friendships you make at ATDW will last a lifetime, and why our students say "Friends Gather Here"