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, and studied with some of the top dance educators in the country. 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, beginner through advanced in virtually all forms of dance: jazz, hip hop, tap, modern, lyrical and ballet. She has also served as an adjunct college dance lecturer at Dominican College of NY.
FITNESS PROFESSIONAL Supercharged personal trainer and fitness instructor, Graziella passionately practices what she preaches! Although fitness has always been a natural part of her career as a dance pro, Graziella furthered her education on the human body with a personal training certification in 2008, and a holistic nutrition certification in 2015. She is a dynamic personal trainer and instructor that takes fitness to the next level, challenging each client to their fullest potential and evolving level of fitness. You'll never get bored with Graziella's instruction, and will stay inspired with her sunny outlook, continuing fitness education and constant new developments in fitness, health and nutrition that she brings to the table.
A self- motivated individual who trained herself to become Ms United States, Graziella truly enjoys educating her clients, and keeping them motivated to stay fit and healthy. Graziella has been seen through the tri-state area TV with her own Spanish- speaking fitness segment on the Telemundo morning show, Al Amanecer Con Jackie! Currently, Mrs. Ventura teaches a variety of group and private fitness classes from her signature bikini bootcamp, to hip hop/latin cardio, Pilates and fusion workouts. Don't forget to check out her latest and greatest Fit Foodie recipes and fitness tips on Graziella TV!