MINEOLA, NY - 07/01/2018 — The press and public are invited to the grand opening of the American Theater Dance Workshop’s brand new, state of the art, performing arts center on July 8, 2018 for an introduction to the most prestigious arts training school on Long Island.
The event will take place at 500 Jericho Turnpike in Mineola, NY from 1pm-3pm. Guests will be treated to a meet and greet with the Artistic Directors, Broadway veterans Michelle and Jerome Vivona, a ribbon cutting with local dignitaries and members of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce, fun activities, music, a tour of the facility and the ability to register for the Summer Dance Intensive starting on July 9th. The American Theater Dance Workshop offers the most professional dance, singing and acting instruction on Long Island for aspiring performers, beginners to professionals, from ages 3 to 93!
“I had such a great time working on Broadway and as a Radio City Music Hall Rockette for over 25 years, now it’s my turn to pass on that knowledge to the next generation of dancers and performers” said American Theater Dance Workshop Artistic Director and Owner, Michelle Vivona.
The American Theater Dance Workshop is open Monday through Sunday from 10:30am -12:00pm for adult classes and every evening from 4:30pm to 9:30pm for their youth training programs. More information on the company and the event can be found at www.americatheaterdance.com or by calling (516) 248-6420.
About the American Theater Dance Workshop
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’s own Michelle and Jerome Vivona is comprised of professional dancers, artistic directors, and choreographers that provide strong technical training that encourages artistry.
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.
ATDW’s Artistic Directors, Michelle and Jerome Vivona, were recently honored by the Broadway League and Actors’ Equity Association for careers spanning more than 25 years working professionally in the arts. Between them they’ve appeared in 10 Broadway shows, 6 National and International tours, on television and film.
Michelle began her training in Pittsburgh under her parent’s tutelage, moved to NY at 18 and immediately began working professionally. Working on Broadway, Off-Broadway, TV and Film as well as spending 6 seasons on the Great Stage as a world renowned Radio City Music Hall Rockette. Michelle has taught dance at Carnegie Mellon University and is currently a visiting Lecturer at the Long Island High School for the Arts.
Jerome began his dance training on Long Island and rapidly progressed to the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC, ultimately joining four Ballet Companies around the USA and Canada and was featured in Dance Magazine for his work. He moved into Musical Theater and worked as a Broadway Dance Captain, Dance Supervisor, Writer, Director and Choreographer. Mr. Vivona is also a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute's producing workshop in NYC. He was responsible for choreographing the W.I.T.C.H. launch commercial for the Disney Channel, ABC Family and Nickelodeon TV. He has won or been nominated as Best Director for his multiple award winning productions of West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Sweet Charity, Footloose and the Producers. He also wrote, directed, and choreographed the World Premiere productions of: An American Canteen in Paris and Spotlight Broadway, presented by Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment and Celebrity Cruise Lines. Mr. Vivona also choreographed the Broadway.com commercials that aired during the 2002, 2003, and 2004 Tony Awards broadcasts. Mr. Vivona also lists among his credits highly acclaimed productions of: The All Night Strut!, and How to Succeed...among others. Off-Broadway he choreographed: Tallulah’s Party, In Celebration of Life 6 and a featured piece for Wall to Wall Loessor. He also Conceived, Produced, Directed and Choreographed the off-Broadway production of Just Feet from Broadway at Symphony Space.
The history of the American Theater Dance Workshop is varied and rich. We began in 1982 as The American Dance Machine, 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 year-round in schools and for organizations in the NYC and Long Island area. Since 2009, our companies have been seen at the Long Island High School for the Arts, Heckscher Park, at street fairs, in libraries, schools, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Peridance – Salvatore Capezio Theater and the Tilles Center among others.
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