Creative Dance Introduction To Dance Pre-Ballet

Creative Dance, Introduction To Dance & Pre-Ballet Plus Bios

Alyssa Pitaluga

Alyssa Noelle Pitaluga hails from Long Island and has been dancing since she could crawl. She has studied Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern and Hip Hop. Classically trained by Ali Pourfarroukh, Kristen McGrew and Katherine Healy at American Theater Dance Workshop. Alyssa was Captain of Oceanside High School Dance Team. She attended various intensives which include Larry Keigwin, Limón, EMIA’s Life Dance Co., Amy Marshall, Mark Morris, Paul Taylor, Briansky Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, and American Theater Dance Workshop and more recently the Joffrey Ballet on full scholarship. A graduate of the Adelphi University Dance Department, Long Island Dance Project and Jazz Roots Dance Co. Credits include Dance Adelphi, Jazz Roots Dance-Jazz on the West Side, Two World’s Nutcracker-Columbine Doll, Snowflake, Spanish and Flower, Eglevsky Ballet-Sleeping Beauty-Bluebird soloist, excerpts from Paquita, La Bayadere and Coppelia and Divine Rhythms Dance- Snow Queen and Sugar Plum soloist. Alyssa recently completed a teaching internship with Ballet Hispanico.

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.

Danielle Aliotta

Danielle Aliotta is a singer, dancer, actress, and choreographer based in NY. Danielle was first inspired to start performing at eight years old after seeing Cats on Broadway with her mother and grandmother. Since then, she started intensely training in dance, music and theater throughout her academic career. She recently received her Bachelor’s degree in Dance concentrating in Voice Performance and Choreography from Goucher College. Along with her collegiate dance studies, Danielle intensively studied music, specifically musical theater and opera. She completed her senior voice recital entitled “My Favorite Things”. Her training at Goucher also offered her the opportunity to study dance and music abroad in London for a semester. Choreography had sparked Danielle’s interest prior to attending college when she first choreographed her school production of High School Musical. She then went on to choreograph two original musicals in high school as well. Throughout her 4 years at Goucher, she had the opportunity to choreograph the ballet section for the main stage opera production, along with her own original work. Danielle aspires to perform on Broadway and the West End. She would like to thank her family, friends, mentors and coaches for supporting her on her journey to pursue her dreams! Danielle is an Alumni of ATDW.