Angelina Gallo Competition Director/Instructor
Miss Angel was born and raised in Plymouth, Michigan and studied under the direction of Theresa Valchine and Cyndi Buczek at “Dance Extreme.” Miss Angel participated and won many Regional and National titles. She was “Star Systems” top Regional soloist in 2003, 2004 and 2005; and she was the National Top Soloist winner in 2004 in Las Vegas Nevada. Miss Angel began her career teaching at “Dance Extreme”, and was the recipient of the “California Contemporary Workshop Scholarship” in 2007 and “SHOCK The Intensive Scholarship” in 2005. Miss Angel was a feature performer in the “Make a Wish Celebration of Dance Showcase” and has assisted Kevin “Tokyo” Inoue and Sonya Weast.
Miss Angel followed her desire to study dance in New York City where she was enrolled in the work/study program at Broadway Dancer Center. The program allowed her the opportunity to train at the top dance facilities in New York City. Miss Angel credits her training to industry greats such as: Mia Michaels, Sonya Tayeh, Mandy Moore, Zandra Thomas, Mike Minery, Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo, Gil Stromig, Jake McWilliams and Nick Lazzerini. After studying extensively with them in Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Ballet for two years in New York, Angel was eager to get back into the classroom to share her style and techniques with students.
Miss Angel is widely recognized for her unique and edgy style of dance and her award winning choreography. Recently she has received awards for Overall Junior and Senior Top Scoring Small Groups, Large Groups, and Duo/Trios, Fabulous Feet, Overall Choreography Excellence, Best Original Contemporary and Lyrical Choreography, Best Open Choreography, and Best All-around Choreography. She has had an impressive run with the Pink Ladies and is enthusiastic to continue the journey with them. She not only choreographs and trains the competitive dancers, but she has found comfort in teaching and inspiring dancers of all levels. She has a way of touching her student’s lives with passion, emotional expression and a creative style of dance.
Since Angel began the Contemporary trend in the Richmond market, her classes are desired from students from other dance venues. Her classes fill quickly since she can inspire, educate, create unique movement, and make the experience of her class positive and uplifting. She teaches her students to understand their bodies and how they have the ultimate control to create any movement asked or desired. Miss Angel’s forte is giving her students the opportunity to dig deep within themselves and try movement that may not “feel “natural. Miss Angel will be joining the Encore staff for a fourth year to share her vast competitive background with the Pink Ladies and all the dancers of Encore Studio.