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    The Academy for Dance & Theatre Arts

More About ADTA

Our Services

Professional Dance & Theatre Training


Classes in Ballet, Tap and Jazz for older students. Pre-Dance and Combo classes for younger students. Summer Camps and Intensives for current students.


Acting classes for students age 7 through adult. Three age appropriate levels offered. Summer Camps for ages 5-12 and 13-18.


Several performance opportunities throughout the year for both students and the community.


Private vocal lessons for singers and those wishing to learn. Combines music theory as well as vocal strengthening and breathing. Students must be able to read.


Private coaching sessions for audition and performance prep.


Technical theatre services such as Production Management, Stage Management and Technical Direction.

Our Past Projects

Here is a small gallery of our students and their work. Click on an image for more information.


Since 2011, ADTA has offered professional training in Dance and Theatre to students of all ages. Here are our current offerings.


Our Pre-Dance class is for pre-school children ages 3-5. It is designed to teach students basic skills in movement, music, rhythm and small motor skills.


Our Combo classes are for children ages 5-10. They are designed to teach students basic skills in tap, jazz and creative dance. Tap teaches rhythm and small motor skills. Jazz is taught to increase strength as well as flexibility and physical fitness. Creative dance is the precursor to ballet and is taught to students who are not old enough to begin more formal, serious ballet training. It helps them to develop an appreciation for classical music and slow, controlled movements.


Formal ballet training is the strongest of all forms of dance. Any child can benefit from good ballet training. Posture, self discipline, artistic achievement and overall good health are just some of the many benefits. Ballet in a professional school is taught on levels, not by age. However, a child must be at least 8 or 9 years old before they can begin formal ballet lessons. The serious nature of the class, the development of self discipline and the action of “turn-out” by the bones and muscles cannot be achieved safely before this age. Ballet will emphasize the appreciation of classical music, development of controlled movement, coordination, good posture and self discipline.


Tap dancing is a fun style of dance that anyone can learn, regardless of previous dance experience. Beginning tap dance classes focus on learning single tap steps, then incorporating the steps into series of combinations. Tap dancing is beneficial in many ways. Benefits of tap dance include increasing cardiovascular conditioning, strength, flexibility and coordination. Tap dancing also develops a great sense of rhythm and timing. Tap can be done as a solo dance or with a partner or group, either way Tap is FUN!


Jazz is a form of dance that showcases a dancer's individual style and originality. Every jazz dancer interprets and executes moves and steps in their own way. Jazz dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. To excel in jazz a background in ballet is helpful, as it encourages grace and balance.


Taught in three age appropriate classes, Acting is for students who are interested in learning about live theatre. The younger class will focus primarily on performing and acting through creative games and activities. The older group classes will include voice and speech exercises and incorporate those into solo monologues and group scene work. All classes stress the importance of a fun, creative environment.

Adult Classes

ADTA holds adult classes in Tap, Ballet and Acting.  These are an excellent alternative to high impact fitness regimes. Classes will tone and strengthen muscles, including the brain, while also building flexibility, balance and poise. No experience required!

Meet Our Instructors

Clare Cannizzaro

Co - Director

...is currently Company Manager with the global broadway tour of "Shrek the Musical."  She trained at the Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Company in Parkersburg, WV.  She attended Point Park College and began touring and working in Professional Theatre.  Credits include Windwood Theatricals: Barry Manilows Copacabana; Troupe America: Babes in Toyland; 2Luck Concepts: Mazowsze, the Polish National Folk Song and Dance Company, Helikon Opera of Moscow; Columbia Artists: Oliver, TAP DOGS; and several other regional, stock and touring credits.

Bartolo Cannizzaro

Co - Director

...is from Vermont where he began teaching theatre and dance at the age of 15.  His first studio teaching experience was at Spotlight on Dance (now spotlight Vermont) where he had the feeling he would be doing this for some time.  Bart holds a BA in Theatre and Small Business Management from the University of Vermont.  Company credits include Columbia Artists, 2Luck Concepts, Shakespeares Globe Theatre of London, the Tricycle theatre also of London, Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, DC, The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Berkeley Rep and The Public Theatre in New York as well as several regional, stock and touring credits.

Anna Blum


...is a visual artist/illustrator who developed a love for dance at the age of 3 when she began taking ballet, tap, and jazz at the Betty Mackey dance studio in New Martinsville. At age 10 she auditioned for and was accepted to train with the Mid Ohio Valley Ballet in Parkersburg. While training and studying ballet she toured her home state of WV performing several full length story ballets each season under the instruction of Norma and Suzy Gunter. During that time Anna also received instruction from many guest master teachers and visiting dance professionals. At the age of 17 she was awarded a scholarship by the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio. Anna decided to continue her ballet education and experience by attending BalletMet. Now she hopes to share her ballet knowledge and experience with a new generation of young dancers.

Carly Fox


…has been dancing since the age of three. While working on her degree at West Virginia University, she studied Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Dance Pedagogy and also choreographed for WVU’s fall concerts.
    Miss Carly studied African music and dance which included a study abroad program of the music and dance of Ghana. She was an instructor at LIL’ JAMMAZ HIP HOP COMPANY and was also part of their Adult Hip Hop Team. Miss Carly also studied Ballet at Morgantown Dance Studio.
    Miss Carly graduated from WVU with a masters degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education. Miss Carly is currently employed at Short Line School as a Pre-K teacher.

2015 / 2016 Class Schedule


Combo I: 4:30 – 5:15
Combo II: 5:15 – 6:00
Ballet Technique: 6:00 – 6:45
Adult Tap: 7:00 – 8:00


Pre Dance: 4:30 – 5:00
Jazz Technique: 5:30 – 6:30
Ballet / Pointe: 6:30 - 7:30


Acting: 4:00 – 4:45
Acting: 5:00 – 6:00
Adult Acting: 6:00 – 7:00
Adult Tap: 7:15 – 8:15


Jazz Technique: 5:00 – 5:30
Tap Technique: 5:30 – 6:00
Ballet Technique: 6:00 – 6:30


Private Voice Lessons: 10:00am – 8:30pm


November 23 - 27, 2015
December 21, 2015 - January 1, 2016
March 28 - April 1, 2016

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Our Address

263 1/2 Locust Street
New Martinsville, WV

Our Phone Number

(304) 815 2803
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