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JoDe Romano

JoDe Romano began her professional dance career at the age of 3. She is a graduate of and former instructor at the High School for the Performing Arts, Houston Texas and has appeared as a featured dancer in The Houston Grand Opera's production of Carmen.

Ms. Romano has also danced in the Franco Zeffirelli production of Carmen at the New York's Metropolitan Opera before former President and Mrs. Clinton. Starring Placido Domingo and Maria Benitez, this version of Bizet's classic was broadcast on the PBS series "Live From Lincoln Center" and toured Japan. Excerpts from this production were also part of the Met's 3 Tenors Gala 2000.

For over 20 years, Ms. Romano lived. studied and performed Spanish dance in Spain and Japan, and was a soloist and choreographer for the Josť Greco Dance Company. Previous to her work with Mr. Greco, Ms. Romano danced flamenco as part of The Charo Show in Las Vegas with Jerry Lewis and others.

Ms. Romano's professional credits include her choreography of The Broadway Workshop production of Rita Hayworth- Hollywood Goddess. She has also taught workshops at The Alvin Ailey Studio and Ballet Hispanico. In addition, she has choreographed numerous zarzuelas (traditional Spanish operas) and the mixed media dramatic presentation, Picasso's Guernica, at The Thalia theater in New York. Ms. Romano performed at the "Sing for a Cure" benefit at the New York's Richard Rodgers Broadway Theater with special guest Mike Wallace, Which was held to raise funds for research into Lou Gherig's disease.

Currently, Ms. Romano conducts Spanish dance and castanet classes for adults at The 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center and is a graduate of the 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) program. Ms. Romano was recently a guest teacher at Hunter college in New York City and developed and taught a DEL workshop.She also teaches at Studio Maestro and Steps in New York City, as well as other locations throughout the NY metropolitan area and has been featured on the Dr. Oz show teaching a castanet workout. Ms. Romano taught a flamenco class before the Maria Pages performance in the New York City Centers Fall for Dance. She is available for performances, lecture demonstrations, and workshops, and has completed a series of instructional DVD's on castanet and flamenco movement techniques.

Ms. Romano has also produced and played castanets on her Spanish Classical Piano and Castanets CD.