We had the good fortune of connecting with Angela Todaro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angela, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success is versatility. As a dance artist I never wanted to be put into one “box”. I truly have a love for all styles of dance and have trained across the board for decades. Becoming a versatile dance artist has opened so many doors for me to explore projects on film and on stage. My choreography very often has a blend of styles, which I feel then makes it my own.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I grew up in Rochester, NY and I can’t remember a day that I wasn’t dancing. I knew having a career in the arts was going to be a risk and struggle, but I also knew that I didn’t see myself doing anything else. I started choreography and dance teaching in high school and it strengthened my love for dance. Being able to create and share it with others is all I’ve wanted to do since. After graduating from the University at Buffalo in 2010, I moved to Los Angles and started auditioning right away for anything and everything. I landed jobs in a few dance companies, musicals and music videos and haven’t stopped since. The network of artists that I have been able to connect and collaborate with in Los Angeles is a huge part of what has kept me going. Looking back over the past decade, I’m amazed at the projects and people that I have had the privilege of working with.
Even throughout 2020 (probably the biggest challenge yet to the entire arts community), I’ve been fortunate to able to work on smaller projects to keep my art and soul alive during this time. I have hope for a future that will flourish and I’m excited for what’s to come!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Some of my favorite spots in Los Angeles are our mountains and beaches. I would take a friend on a hike, then relax in the sand at the beach. Grab some great sushi or vegan food and see a show in the evening.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to Marilyn Schneider for fostering my dance training as a child, making sure we took various styles and trained from different teachers. Also, to my college dance program that required more than just training in ballet and modern – University at Buffalo’s department of Dance and their slogan, “Versatility Matters.”
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