Bio: Simone DePaolo  studied at the Alvin Ailey School of American Dance and is currently assistant artistic director at D'Valda & Sirico Dance & Music Centre in CT. She performs with local bands singing at various Italian & American functions, and has appeared regionally in Broadway productions of Smokey Joe’s Café. Simone is a headline performer in many clubs and resorts across Europe and Egypt. Her television credits include appearances on Saturday Night Live.

 

Name:  SIMONE DEPAOLO                                                   

Current role/Position:  DANCE INSTRUCTOR/ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Hometown: FAIRFIELD,CT

Training/background: BALLET, JAZZ, MODERN,TAP, MUSICAL THEATRE

Inspiration (s): GENE KELLY, MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV

Dream teacher (past or present) Why? GENE KELLY-GREAT TECHNICIAN, PERFORMED EVERYTHING WITH A NATURAL EASE AND SPONTANEITY

Most memorable learning moment: PARTICIPATING IN A Q&A WITH BEN VEREEN

Lessons I’m still learning: HOW TO ALLOW THE UNIVERSE TO JUST FLOW, NOT TRY TO HARD TO MAKE “IT” HAPPEN

My area of strength: MIW- MAKIN IT WORK

My area of improvement: PRIORITIZING

10 words or less-Advice for THE aspiring dancer: WORK HARD, DREAM BIG,ENJOY THE RIDE

10 words or less-Advice for THE dance teacher: YOU JUST NEED TO BE A STEP AHEAD

10 words or less- advice for THE studio owner: SURROUND YOURSELF WITH LIKE-MINDED FACULTY

Motivational one-liner for choreographers:YOU’RE THE VESSEL, THE UNIVERSE IS THE CAPTAIN

My Suggested music playlist for class: SOMETHING DISCOVERED ON ITUNES GENIUS

The ideal dance space should…… BE A HAVEN FOR FREEDOM TO JUST BE…

 

 

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