3450 Winton Place
Rochester, NY 14623
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Founder, Artistic Director
Odasz Dance Theatre & Western New York Ballet
2201 N. Clinton Ave
Irondequoit, NY 14617
The mission of Odasz Dance Theatre and Western New York Ballet is to benefit youth through providing access to enriching educational programs in ballet & artistic dance coupled with professional-quality performance opportunities
Community Projects & Award Highlights
Outreach performance for the Jewish Home of Rochester
Educational performances for Durand United Church of Christ
Outreach dance workshop classes for Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School
Lecture and demonstration at "Craft of Choreography" conference
Special Needs dance classes for several nursing homes in the Rochester area
2016 Outstanding School Award (Youth America Grand Prix, Chicago)
2016 1st Place for all ensembles (YAGP Chicago)
2015, 2016 Outstanding Choreographer Award (YAGP Chicago)
2015 Top 12 Placement at YAGP World Finals for ensemble piece, "We, Always We"
2015 Top 12 Placement at YAGP World Finals, Olivia Bevilacqua
2015 Outstanding Teacher Award (YAGP Chicago)
2015 1st place for all ensembles (YAGP Chicago)
2014 Excellence in Dance Award, "Loudest Lack of Breathing" (Rising Star Talent Competition, Rochester, NY)
2014 Rising Star Award, Emma Fernandes
2013 Rising Star Award, Emma Fernandes
2013 Excellence in Dance Award, Alyssa Milligan (Rising Star Talent Competition, Rochester, NY)
2013 World Ballet Competition top 10 placement & scholarship recipient, Riley Bevilacqua
2012 Rising Star Award, Steven Pitoni
2011 Rising Star Award, Lauren Bakewicz
2010 Rising Star Award, Brittany Touris
2009 Rising Star Award, Laura Rich
Above is Odasz Dance Theatre's Laura Rich performing her contemporary solo, "Left in Leaves" at the Youth America Grand Prix semi-finals competition in Chicago, IL 2014. Laura was the recipient of the Scholastic Arts Spotlight Scholarship in 2015, accepted on a 10 month contract with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel, and is currently in the conservatory program at STEPS on Broadway in NYC. She has been training at Odasz Dance Theatre since age 5 and danced as a Principal with Western New York Ballet.
Odasz Dance Theatre's contemporary piece, "We, Always We" received 1st place overall at the Youth America Grand Prix semi-finals competition in Chicago 2015 and placed in the Top 12 at NYC world finals. Above are corps de ballet, soloists and Principal dancers of Western New York Ballet performing the award winning piece.
Odasz Dance Theatre dancer Emma Fernandes, age 10, performing "Between Here and Earth." Emma is an apprentice with Western New York Ballet and appeared in the starring role of Clara in WNYB's December 2014 production of The Nucracker. She has won the top award of "Rising Star" 2 years in a row at the Rising Star Talent Competition (2013, 2014) and received 1st place for her contemporary solo at the Youth American Grand Prix Chicago semi-finals competition in both 2015 and 2016.
Odasz Dance Theatre's classical ensemble, "Merlitons from The Nutcracker" received 1st place at the YAGP Chicago semi-finals in 2015. This piece is an excerpt from Western NY Ballet's full-length production of The Nutcracker. The dancers above are all aged 12 and under.
Odasz Dance Theatre's Olivia Bevilacqua, age 11, performing "Slither" at the YAGP
world finals in NYC 2015, for which she placed in the Top 12 .