Born in Italy, Tonia began her dance training in Massafra in ballet (RAD method), modern, jazz and contemporary with the National Dance Council of America Inc.
From the age of 17 she deepened her studies of classical ballet (Vaganova method) with Sylvia Humaila (first dancer at the Timisoara Opera – Romania) and at the same time she had the opportunity to study with many renowned international dancers and teachers such as: Carlos Palacios (ballet), Mia Michaels (contemporary), Michelle Assaf (modern jazz), Terry Beeman (contemporary), Giuliano Peparini (lyrical), Wes Weldink (lyrical jazz), Bill Goodson (jazz=funk), Christopher Huggins (lyrical), Bruno Collinet (contemporary), Danilo Mazzotta (ballet), Fabrizio Monteverde (contemporary), Desmond Richardson (contemporary), Mauro Mosconi (modern), Radu Ciùca (ballet), Elen Diolot (ballet) and Steve La Chance (jazz) for which she was assistant.
Tonia has been a dance teacher and choreographer for the past 11 years in many dance schools and in several workshops with Raffaele Paganini, Garrison Rochelle and Little Phil. She also worked with Sans Papier Theatre Company as dancer and choreographer on the opera rock “Notre Dame de Paris” and “Romeo and Juliet”, with Compagnia Stabile del Musical as dancer on the musical “West Side Story” and “Tutti pazzi per il Musical” and with CDG Contemporary Company.
She is a certified dance instructor with FID (Federazione Italiana Danza) and with AND (Accademia Nazionale Danza), Rome – Italy. Her passion for dance and teaching led her to obtain exceptional results; some of her students are now professional dancers who work in reputable theatres and companies like Teatro Alla Scala (Milan – Italy), Compagnia della Rancia (Rome- Italy) and Stage Entertainment Italy (Milan – Italy).
Tonia teaches the Adult Beginner Jazz class on Wednesdays from 10-11am, and INT/ADV Contemporary on Saturday Afternoons from 3:15pm-4:30pm. Her classes focus on alignment and technique, and execution combined with a strong emphasis on evoking feeling and emotion through movement.