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Miss Marguerite Villante

Ballet, Competition Ballet, Modern, Creative Dance, Pointe, and Tap Instructor

VillanteMarguerite was born in Staten Island, New York, and has been with Rising Stars for 24 years. She is a very gifted teacher, dancer, and choreographer who attended the prestigious Freehold Regional Performing Arts High School program located in Howell, NJ. She has studied dance at Brookdale Community College and continues her dance education at numerous workshops including the Pulse, Broadway Dance Center in NYC, as well as Dance Teacher's Conventions in NYC for the past 4 years. Additionally, she is certified by DEA (Dance Educators of America). Marguerite brings extensive experience to the very talented Rising Stars core of instructors. She finds time in her very busy schedule to volunteer for such events as the "Dancing for a Cure" benefit and "Alex's Lemonade Stand" benefit for pediatric cancer.

Adding to her accomplishments, Marguerite is a judge for various dance competitions. She has performed professionally in Lollapalooza, Jones beach NY in 1996 as well as choreographed numerous local and high school plays including Oliver, Annie, the Wizard of Oz, Cabaret (for which she was nominated for an Excellence in Choreography Basie Award from Count Basie theater in Red Bank), Carousel, (for which she earned another nomination for excellence in Choreography as well as a nomination and a WIN for Outstanding Dance Ensemble Basie Award from Count Basie theater in Red Bank), Guys and Dolls, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Grease, Little Mary Sunshine for Freehold Boro High School and most recenlty, The Wedding Singer for Manalapan High School. She has also taught dance during the summer for Ivy League Summer Day Camp, a Manalapan dance camp. Marguerite has worked with the Manalapan Symphony in choreographing two pieces for the Nutcracker in the Manalapan Arts Council Holiday Show in 2010. She is currently working in theater on "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," which opens in July of 2012. Marguerite's creativity with her dance routines and her ability to teach proper technique make her one of our most valuable teachers.