Drea’s Dream Dance Convention

1st Annual Drea’s Dream Dance Convention

November 2nd, 2014, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., $100/dancer

Holiday Inn & Suites Boston/Peabody, One Newbury Street, Peabody, MA

I’m excited to welcome a spectacular faculty for the 1st Annual Drea’s Dream Dance Convention. This year’s faculty includes guest teachers Rachel White-Ball (Ballet), Albert Cattifi (Contemporary), Lauren Gaul (Jazz/Ballet), Rhonda Miller (Jazz/Tap), Tony Mansker (Musical Theatre/Tap), and Angie Sellers (Jazz/Musical Theatre). Dancers, age 6 and up are welcome to attend. The cost is $100 per dancer. All proceeds benefit Drea’s Dream and the Andrea Rizzo Foundation.

“Drea’s Dream is a dance therapy/expressive movement program for children with cancer and special needs funded by the Andrea Rizzo Foundation. The Andrea Rizzo Foundation is the only 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization in the US that provides grants to exclusively fund dance therapy programming for children with cancer and special needs. Services are provided by trained Dance/Movement Therapists (R-DMT’s and BC-DMT’s) registered with the American Dance Therapy Association. The Foundation funds expressive movement programs that are directed by dance professionals of the highest caliber.”

The following video is a moving rendition of Andrea Rizzo story and Drea’s Dream: Dance Across America.

I hope you’ll join me at this inspiring event.

To register, please download, fill out, and submit the registration form, with payment, to The Andrea Rizzo Foundation by October 15, 2014: Drea’s Convention Registration Form 2014-1

Download the convention schedule here: Drea’s Convention Schedule 2014

Download convention information here: Drea’s Dream Convention Info 2014.pages

Volunteers and outside donations and sponsorship are grateful and appreciated!! All registrations, payments and donations should be mailed to: Rachel White Ballet, P.O.Box #4006, Peabody, MA 01961

Faculty Bios:

photo Rachel White-Ball: Rachel began her training at the New Haven Ballet in Connecticut. She graduated high school from the prestigious University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem as a ballet major. Rachel also trained with the School of American Ballet, the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Hartford Ballet before joining Boston Ballet’s BBII at the age of sixteen. After retiring from the stage, Rachel served on the faculty of both the School of Dance Connecticut (formally the School of the Hartford Ballet) and the city of Hartford’s Dance Program for City Youth. Rachel is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. The New York City Ballet as a trainer certifies Rachel for the NYCB Workout. She is a certified member of Dance Masters of America in Ballet and is a member of the Ohio Chapter #16. Rachel is also an active member of the International Association of Dance Medical Science (IADMS). Currently, Rachel is a Master Ballet teacher based in the greater Boston area and teaches for many schools, colleges, and conventions throughout the United States and Canada.

Albertheadshot Albert Blaise Cattafi: Albert has been dancing from the age of 5, thanks to his sister Elena, and since that time has established himself as a fine young artist. His training includes the renowned faculties of both The Joffrey Ballet School in New York and Kelly Allen’s For Dancer’s Only in New Jersey. Albert is a member of Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance, has appeared in an international Coke Zero Commercial, and was featured in Jeff Amsden’s “A Few Good Men…Dancin'”.

As a soloist, his dancing has graced such famous stages as The New Amsterdam Theater in NYC, Sadlers Wells Theater in London, and The Lucent Danse Theatre in Holland. To great acclaim he has worked with Tony Award winning directors Des McAnuff (The Wiz) and Jerry Mitchell (Peepshow), and as assisted some of the country’s top choreographs such as Sergio Trujillo (Tony Award winner), Ray Leeper (SYTYCD), and Mia Michaels (Emmy Award winner). Albert Blaise was the assistant choreographer on Franco Dragone’s cirque extravaganza “INDIA,” and has also assisted on the production of major Broadway shows including “Spiderman,” “Tarzan” (Holland), “Billy Elliot,” and “Flash Dance.” He has performed on the Video Music Awards for Florence and the Machine, the American Music Awards for Kelly Clarkson, and has performed as a guest on “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Albert Blaise Cattafi was an original member of the LA dance company “Shaping Sound” under the direction of choreographers Travis Wall, Teddy Forance, and Nick Lazarini. Recently he has returned from Las Vegas where he was performing in Cirque du Soleil’s “LOVE.” Albert believes you should always strive for perfection. You can never stop learning; therefore, never stop growing. Smile.

LaurenheadshotLauren Gaul: Lauren performed as a Radio City Rockette for 10 years at the world famous Radio City Music Hall and also on the National Tour. She performed in numerous shows and industrials such as Nothing Like a Dame, Dance Break, the Astaire Awards, Audi, Astra Zeneca, and Warburg Pinkus Industrials. She has performed concerts with Riedel Dance Theater, Journey Dance Co., and Tap Team II & Co., and performed works by Max Stone, Shea Sullivan, Cherice Barton, Anna Sokolow, Daniel Nagrin, and Mark Morris. Most recently she choreographed the Drama League Nominated production of Tennessee William’s The Mutilated starring Mink Stole and Penny Arcade (Off B’way). She choreographed industrials for Lady Footlocker, IZOD, Sesame Street, Sesame Workshop starring Recording Artist Brandy, and had her work presented at Jacobs Pillow, Jazz Dance World Congress, Broadway Dance Center, and many more. She was an assistant choreographer for Broadway Bares for three years directed by Jerry Mitchell, also for the Elan Awards, Rescue Rue (NYMF), Chicago (regional), Torched (Off B’way), Princess Cruises and Celebrity Cruises. She received her MFA from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance and is an ABT® Certified Teacher through Level 5. She has been on faculty at Perry Mansfield, the Rockette Experience and has taught at OCU, MacComb College, SUNY Purchase, BDC, New Dance Group, DMA, the Arts Council of PA, and for numerous conventions and competitions. Lauren is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Pace Performing Arts in the Commercial Dance Program.

Rhondaheadshot Rhonda Miller: Rhonda (Director of the BFA Commercial DAnce Program) created and developed the Commercial Dance Program. She was a founder and co-owner of LA’s premier dance studio, The Edge, and was the leader for many years of its convention business, LA DanceForce. After relocating to New York, Miller’s work caught the eye of director-choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who include her on his team for the renowned Broadway Bares. Stage credits are Nothing Like A Dame at the Marquis Theater in New York City, ABC Daytime Salutes at Town Hall, All Shook Up, CHICAGO, City of Angels, RENT, A Christmas Carol and The Wild Party. Previous NYMF credits include Have a Nice Life (Outstanding Ensemble), Austentatious, Gemini, The Musical and Common Grounds (Outstanding Choreography). Television credits include General Hospital, The Boys for HBO and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show for HBO. Her work has also been seen in commercials and industrials for such Fortune 500 companies as Apple, Chrysler, Toys R Us, Warner Brothers and Exxon-Mobil. She recently choreographed Les Enfants de Paris for NYMF 2011, “Broadway Nights” for Celebrity Cruise Lines, was stage director for Nickelodeon Upfronts and worked with Catherine Zeta Jones on the American Film Institute Awards. Miller holds her BFA from the University of Utah and her MPA from Oklahoma City University and is proud to direct the Commercial dance program at Pace, the first program of its kind in New York City.

Tony Headshot Tony Mansker: Originally from Manhattan Beach, CA, Tony is a proud member of the Original Broadway Cast of Disney’s smash hit MARY POPPINS. He also had the pleasure of tapping upside down and across the ceiling as Bert on numerous occasions. Tony shared the stage with the legendary Maurice Hines in Arena Stage’s production of SOPHISTICATED LADIES. Television credits include INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, THE VIEW, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, THE MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE, THE WALT DISNEY WORLD CHRISTMAS DAY PARADE, and numerous commercials including Nintendo DS and Coca Cola.

Mr. Mansker served as Director/Choreographer for Surflight Theatre’s production of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL in New Jersey, as well as created new 90-minute versions of FOOTLOOSE and FAME THE MUSICAL for the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Other choreography credits include FOOTLOOSE THE MUSICAL at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, CABARET, MACK AND MABEL and THE WHO’S TOMMY for Surflight Theatre.

Tony currently teaches Ballet, Jazz and Musical Theatre all over the United States and Mexico. He is certified in THE PAULA MORGAN TECHNIQUE, a revolutionary method of dance training created by Tony’s teacher, Paula Morgan. Tony is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts; BFA in Theatre.

Angie Sellers headshot Angie Sellers: A former Disney World dancer, Angie is the Director and Choreographer for many award winning entertainment companies that produce shows for multiple Theme Parks, Touring shows, and Corporate Events across the country and abroad. She recently was awarded the distinguished “Spotlight Award” as Creative Director of the Year. Throughout her career she has directed and choreographed many Six Flags productions, Industrials, Professional Basketball dance teams and Television Specials including NFL halftime shows. She choreographed the touring production of “The World’s Greatest Magic” and “The World of Magic” in Branson, MO. She is honored to have co-produced and choreographed a live televised special that won an EMMY Award for “Best Special Event.” A member of Dance Masters of America, Angie has established herself as a master teacher, choreographer, and performer. She is passionate about sharing her love of dance and travels with many organizations judging and teaching across the United States.


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