DANCER & CHOREOGRAPHER Graziella began dancing at age 3 like most little girls, but it wasn't until she was 15 that she began rigorous technical training and competing at the local, state and national levels. Miss Baratta became co- captain of her nationally- ranked (3rd in the nation) dance team in high school when she was officially hooked on dance! She describes it as her "first love."
Graziella went on to obtain her BA in dance with business minor from Marymount Manhattan College. She was fortunate to study with some of the top dance educators in the country including Sheila Barker, Andy Blankenbuehler, Elena Commendador, Anthony Ferro, Katia Gelenzanova, Frank Hattchett, Katie Langan- Santee, Roy Lozano, Roberta Mathes, Gerald Otte, Frank Pietri, James Rapsody, and GermaineSalsberg, and others.
An early cum laude college graduate in 3.5 years, Graziella was eager to get into the industry she was already dipping her feet into. She founded her first dance company upon graduation and produced/choreographed and performed in numerous dance concerts in New York City and abroad for years to come. As a young choreographer, Graziella's choreography and company G-Volution were featured on some notable stages such as Madison Square Garden, the Bardavon Opera House NY, on MTV, and off- Broadway houses. Graziella was also the choreographer for the New York Red Bulls Dance Team in 2007.
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DANCE EDUCATOR AND COACH Graziella has been quoted saying "I can make anyone into a dancer"... and she truly believes it. It's all about hard work, determination and passion. In 2001, Graziella coached the JV Don Bosco Prep Dance team of NJ (first one in existence) to become 5th in the nation champions at the Universal Dance Team Championships, also choreographing the winning routine. Graziella has taught countless dancers of all ages along the east coast- in dance camps for the prestigious Universal Dance Association, in regular and master classes at studios in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, as well as at the college level.
Currently, Graziella teaches beginner to advanced classes in virtually all forms of dance: jazz, tap, hip hop, ballet, modern and lyrical, and is an adjunct dance professor in in New York. She is also the founder and choreographer of the Rockland All- Star Dance Team, now in it's 3rd year.