"I was eight years old when I began taking ballet, tap, and acrobatics from Anna Marie. She was young—it was the early 1950s—but she trained me well. When I was sixteen, I made my professional debut as a classical ballet dancer in a command performance for Prince Rainier and Princess Grace in Monte Carlo. I danced across Europe, was première danseuse of the Bordeaux Opera Ballet, and danced with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet under the direction of Dame Alicia Markova. My Broadway shows include “Hello, Dolly!,” “Meet Me in St. Louis,” and the record-breaking performance of “A Chorus Line.” Anna Marie gave me a life-long passion for dance, and I still dance every day for the joy of dance."
Ralph Petruccelli starting dancing at AMDS at age 9 until he graduates from Mount Pleasant High School in 1996 He went on to perform and manage many Regional theaters and National tours during his career as a dancer.
He has performed in the National Tour of Movin' Out (Drill Sgt., James U/S, Featured Dancer) and the 1st National Tour of Oklahoma! (Featured Dancer, WIll Parker U/S, Dance Captain). Regional credits include: A Chorusline (Mike Costa), Footloose the Musical (Ren McCormick), Smokey Joe's Cafe (Mike) to name a few. He also spent time with Royal Caribbean Cruise lines as a part of the Wave Revue cast as a featured performer. He has also stage managed Oklahoma! the 1st National Tour, Barbie Live! in Fairytopia National Tour, and Camelot National Tour.
He joined Bender Performing Arts in Phoenix, AZ in 2017 to teach Ballet Technique, Boys Ballet, Ballet Partnering, and private choreography to a new
generation of performers and dancers.
My name is Amelia and I graduated from the Anna Marie Dance Studio in 2008. After high school, I was a member of The Young Americans, a performing arts outreach group based in California. I went on to pursue my bachelors degree in psychology from Millersville University, where I was member and eventually president of the competitive Collegiate Dance Team. I have continued to be involved with the Anna Marie Dance studio as a faculty member as well as teaching at other local studios. The studio and the faculty helped shape who I was as a teenager and now that I have my only family, Miss Anna Marie (who has Become Mom-Mom Anna to my Son) is still a huge part of my life.
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