Roberta Casanova (Garippo) began dancing at a young age and started her professional career in The Chicago Tribune Charities “The Nutcracker” at The Aire Crown Theater under the direction of Larry Long. Roberta received her training from the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Gus Giordano Dance, Lou Conte Dance Studio and Joel Hall Dance Center in Chicago. In high school, Roberta had an opportunity to dance as part of the prestigious Maine South Hawkette Dance Team, and was soon teaching the summer dance program at Maine South High School. Before the start of Center Stage Academy of Dance, Roberta enjoyed teaching at various studios, companies, and competitive teams throughout the Chicagoland area. Miss Roberta was selected as a performer and choreographer for Radio Disney, and she has had the honor to share the stage with Ariana Grande, Zendaya, R5, Bridgit Mendler, Debby Ryan, and many other artists. She has hosted In Tune With Radio Disney on Radio Disney AM 1300 and hosted Just Dance Chicago, a radio show dedicated to connecting dancers to auditions, performances, and all things dance related in the Chicago dance community. . She has performed with David Guetta, Neil Young, Twista at Chicago Legends, Sonny Geracy, The New Invaders and The Richie Lee Band at The Riverside Casino and has been featured in various music videos including Mannheim Steamroller. Roberta has choreographed and performed pieces in Dance Chicago, The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, The Taste of Chicago, MTV’s Red Carpet Nights, and productions of Moulin Rouge, Chicago and Carnaval at The Victor Hotel and has choreographed for The Northbrook Children’s Theater production of Big. She has enjoyed performing with Prevail Dance Co., Pure Renditionz, Hip Hop ConnXion, and The Chicago Honey Bears. Miss Roberta was the lead choreographer for the Chicago Wolves Flashmob performance at the Allstate Arena and was featured in a commercial for Unique Thrift Stores . Roberta loves to give back to the community and has volunteered at Shepard Jr. High, Northbrook Jr. High and South Park Elementary School. In 2014, Roberta and her husband Logan, started OutDance Diabetes, a campaign through Ballare Apparel dedicated to raising money for JDRF. Roberta continues to perform nationally and is excited to share her passion for dance!