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Danea Polise

A former professional Dancer, Singer and Actress, Ms. Polise has shared the stage with the legendary Chita Rivera in Anything Goes (Dance Captain/ Erma u/s), tapped side by side with Tony Award Winner and Dance icon Donna McKechnie in the final revision of Mack and Mabel, performed with Broadway Star and Tony Award Winner Elaine Stritch at Carnegie Hall and has worked with Broadway musical legend Jerry Herman. She has traveled the US and Canada appearing in the First National Broadway Tour of Victor/Victoria with Grammy Award winner Toni Tennille (of Captain and Tennille fame), the National Tour of 42nd Street (Peggy u/s, perf) and the World Premiere production of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? with FRASIER Television Star Millicent Martin. She has danced at Carnegie Hall, performed six seasons with NYC Orchestra and appeared regionally at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Theatre Under the Stars, North Shore Music Theatre (Wizard of Oz, Dance Captain/ W/W u/s), The Westchester Broadway Theatre (Footloose,Dance Captain/ Swing and Anything Goes, Dance Captain/ Swing), North Carolina Theatre (Over Eight Main Stage Productions), and the Majestic FOX Theatre in Detroit where she appeared in Beauty and the Beast. Ms. Polise spent three seasons dancing at HERSHEYPARK, danced on the Casino Circuit in both Las Vegas and Atlantic City and sailed the seas dancing aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines M/S Sovereign of the Seas.

She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Marymount Manhattan College in NYC where she earned a BFA Degree in Dance Performance and a double minor in Philosophy and Psychology. She received her DMA Teachers Training Certification from Kent State University in Ohio and has taught locally at NCDI, NCT Conservatory and was part of the launch team for NC Arts in Action. Ms. Polise relocated from NYC to Raleigh in 2005 and has taught Master classes all over the country. She is the Single Mother of two Children who have no interest in dance. 🙂

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