Taylor Ackerman Hit the big time with Michael Rooney’s Season 2 of HIT THE FLOOR on VH1! Another ALDC success story!
To my surprise alum, Amanda Stelluto walked into the studio tonight just after returning from Tokyo Disneyland. I was so glad to see her – thought she would be great help in cleaning some competition numbers and helping out with upcoming photo shoots. When I asked Amanda when she could work she gave me her incredible news… She leaves this Saturday for her 5th contract to perform in Japan! 5 times is unheard of in this profession ~ and this will be my 20th Contract for Tokyo Disney! I am very proud of yet another successful, employable, amazing dancer!
Watch for alum, Taylor Ackerman on Fashion Police February 1, 2013!
In Black and Red, representing the ALDC – She will dance & tumble as Joan Rivers’ double!
Congratulations to Olvia Ice – Broadway Theatre Project Acceptance
Another ALDC Member was accepted to the World’s Most Prestigious Summer Musical Theatre Arts Education Program For High School and College Students. Olivia will train with some of the most accomplished working artists in the performing arts community, such as; Donna McKechnie (Cassie in the original cast of A Chorus Line), Christopher d’Amboise (son of legendary Jaques d’Amboise), Jason Samuels Smith (the legacy of JoJo Smith and Sue Samuels), and Herman Payne (the choreographer for Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” until Jackson’s death), among others. Intense training sessions will take place from 8am to 10pm daily! Way to go Olivia! Watch out, Jessica!
Mark Myars has been a busy boy, he can be seen in the TV Musical Smash Episode 12 (a Bollywood Routine) and Episode 14 (the Wolf Production Number). He is currently in rehearsal for Silence! The Musical where he will serve as an external cover. Mark can also be seen in the highly anticipated movie musical Rock of Ages starring Tom Cruise, directed by Adam Shankman. You’ve heard the remark “Don’t quit your day job”, not too worry – Mr. Myars retains his status as the Dance Supervisor for the Mega Hit Wicked World Wide!
He is responsible for all the movement in the Tokyo, London, Amsterdam, Singapore, U.S. National Tour, and Broadway Productions.
After “Hairspray” our own Kirsten will appear back on Broadway! This time in the original cast of Minksy’s!
A far cry from the eager 17 year old waiting around the block in the blistering sun at an open call for the tour of Hairspray with her pushy dance teacher, Abby Lee! After a successful world debut in L.A. the show is headed to the Great White Way!
Congratulations Kirsten! We can’t wait to see you peel!
(10 year student)
1991 Penn Hills graduate, was the Dance Captain on board the MV Mercury with Celebrity Cruise Lines, and assistant to the choreographer. She explored the Caribbean, South America, Mexico, the Panama Canal and Alaska. Not that the gypsy in Jennifer has been satisfied, she has returned to the Shoji Tabuchi Show in Branson, MO to enjoy the luxuries of “land-life”. This year, 2001, marks 10 years of a successful professional dance career!
Update: Jennifer had to light a fire under her director to get the dates off for Heather’s Wedding. Literally her costume caught on fire in the last show! As the Maid of Honor in Heather’s Wedding, Jennifer had to direct, choreograph and critique! Luckily a theater was waiting for her return! Jennifer will continue her Shoju Tabuchi Show In Branson, MO through this Holiday Season!
Update: Working steady since graduating from High School, Jennifer has performed across the US and around the world delighting thousands of audience members she has decided to retire while still in her twenties, must be nice! I am thrilled to have her back at the studio teaching! Her life long training at the (more…)
(15 year student)
This 1994 Penn Hills graduate, works that Rockette role, she was one of 12 dancers, chosen to workshop the new spring production, “Carnivale”. Heather just heard that she will also be working for the Radio City corporation setting more numbers this summer, nice work if you can get it – and she gets it all the time!
Update: Married in May of 2002, Heather is now residing on the West Coast of Florida and teaching at a local studio. This Rockette is gearing up for the New choreography in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She will be performing in the newly added Indianapolis and Cleveland Shows!
Update: April of 2003 brought more than showers, Heather was put on the “Rockette List” this good news means she doesn’t have to audition for her spot on the line – she’s got it! (more…)
(15 year student)
Since graduating from Penn Hills in 1996, and just moving to NYC to try his luck… Luck has been his middle name! First Job, featured soloist in the Radio City Christmans Spectacular at the Music Hall in NYC. Second Job, On Broadway as the Dance Captain of FOOTLOOSE! He is constantly working a a featured dancer; the Nikkon Industrial in California, the “Saturday Night Fever” Tour Commercial, Taina – a Music Video for Nickelodeon, the National Tour of Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana”. Also, a choreography note to his credits, Broadway’s Easter Bonnet Benefit. Mark dedicated his first speaking role to Mr. Miller and played to great laughs in the revival of “The Golden Boy”. Formerly done with Sammy Davis, Jr. this story is about a fighter – Salty would have liked that. Then came the Principal Role of Carnival Boy in “Carousel” at the renowned Papermill Playhouse.
Mark set the show “Footloose” in Japan for the second time and will be performing again in the 2002 Radio City Christmas Spectacular on the Great Stage at Radio City Music Hall! (more…)