Our Services

Professional Dance & Theatre Training


Classes in Ballet, Tap and Jazz for students of all ages including adults as well as 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.


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

  About Us

Bartolo & Clare Cannizzaro

The Academy for Dance and Theatre Arts, ADTA, was started by a local married couple who have both traveled the world working in professional Dance and Theatre.

Bartolo and Clare Cannizzaro are excited to bring their experiences to the people of the Ohio Valley. They have worked with companies such asColumbia ArtistsTap DogsShakespeare's Globe Theatre of London, Helikon Opera of Moscow and the Public Theatre in New York City.

Clare, who is from the area, trained at the Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Company in Parkersburg, WV.  Bartolo, who grew up in Vermont, has been involved with theatre since he was 5 years old, and has been teaching dance and theatre since the age of 15.

Bartolo and Clare are highly involved with the local performing arts community. They have  performed many times on the stage of the Lincoln Theater and are also faculty members at the Mid Ohio Valley Ballet Company in  Parkersburg.  Bartolo is on the board of the Lincoln Theater Restoration Council and is the treasurer of  Artslink. Both are active members of the Wayward Players, and together they directed and choreographed the hit production of Godspell, a joint venture of the Lincoln Theater Restoration Council and the Wayward Players.  Bartolo adapted and directed the production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.  He also directedAlice in Wonderland in 2011.  The Summer of 2013 Clare and Bartolo co-directed and choreographed Annie Jr.

Along with the training at ADTA, students are offered several performance opportunities throughout the year including the holiday productions of the Nutcracker and Babes in Toyland and the year end Revue and Showcase productions. 

  Classes Offered at ADTA


Our Pre-Dance classes are for pre-school children ages 3-4. They are designed to teach students basic skills 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! 

  2015 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


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

Adult Ballet / Stretch:  6:30 – 7:30


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


November 23 - 27, 2015

December 21, 2015 - January 1, 2016

March 28 - April 1, 2016




263 1/2 Locust Street, New Martinsville, WV  26155

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