Michelle and I became the Artistic Directors of the American Theater Dance Workshop four years ago this past August. Prior to that, we spent our careers working in Ballet Companies, on Broadway, TV and Film and Michelle spent 6 seasons as a Radio City Music Hall Rockette. Ballet to Broadway - we build dancers one step at a time.
As we inherited the knowledge from those greats before us, we feel obligated and passionate about sharing it with the next generation. We offer a supportive, dancer centric environment to learn and grow to your top level.
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When new students come to ATDW we first assess their level of experience and determine the best possible classes for their further development.
Michelle and Jerome Vivona each worked professionally for over 20 years, with some of the greatest names in the industry, Jerome started his career as a Ballet Dancer in a number of Professional Companies before transitioning to Broadway where he met Michelle who had been successfully working on Broadway already and later spent 6 seasons as a Radio City Musica Hall Rockette. Our staff is comprised of similar professionals with credits from Boradway, Opera Houses, Professional Ballet and Jazz/Tap companies. NO STUDENTS Teach here.
Our classes are based upon an annual price structure that is pro-rated for when a student joins us. We have ongoing registration in all classes and we have a robust adult Ballet and Tap program that allows for drop in classes.
Michelle and Jerome began teaching master classes while still performing and both have taught in the University, Arts High Schools, and the formal class environment and both taught at ATDW before taking the studio over in 2013. They both have an extensive resume of teaching and michelle's parents ran a studio(s) for over 45 years. Our staff are all professionals with extensive teaching credits and formal degrees/certificates in teaching.
we work with all levels of student from beginner to professional.
ATDW Produced a World Premiere Ballet called Cracked - a sequel to the Nutcracker and it was a complete artistic success. We have two performing companies (Ballet and Theater Dance) that routinely perform at venues across NYC, and Long Island and the Ballet Company has just been invited to perform in a showcase in Manhattan in March of 2017.
Do your research and you'll find that a school with a staff such as ours is very difficult to find outside of NYC. We offer professiona training geared to a career in the arts and for personal development and enjoyment. We look for students who wish to learn and work hard while making life long friends in the process.
Ask them what their dance background is, where did they dance? Whom did they learn from and work with? If their main answer is that they took classes at their studio or from teachers in NYC with limited or no professional experience - move on.