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Meet Gabriella Sorrentino

UPDATE: Since August 2018, Sorrentino is performing with the Broadway company of Hamilton as Dance Captain, Swing and understudy for Peggy Maria.

Pictured is alumna Gabriella Sorrentino.

Previous role: Swing/Dance Captain in Hamilton | Broadway in Chicago
Degree earned: B.F.A. in Dance, 2012
Hometown: Staten Island, N.Y.
High school: Professional Performing Arts School
Now living in: Chicago, Ill.
Hobbies/interests: Reading, Pilates, and spending time with family and friends

Why did you choose to study dance at Point Park University?

I loved that I could pursue a B.F.A. in dance with a jazz concentration because other programs I looked into did not have that option. Additionally, I loved that I would be receiving a liberal arts degree.

How did your Point Park experience help you advance in your career?

I really owe it all to the teachers who supported me and helped me grow as an artist (especially my mentor, the late Ron Tassone). My teachers at Point Park believed in me and helped me grow into the performer that I am today. I'm truly grateful for them.

Pictured is alumna Gabriella Sorrentino.

What have you enjoyed most in your current role?

I get to jump into the show in so many different tracks which at times is challenging, but also rewarding. Each role is different and beautiful in its own way.

What are your key responsibilities as dance captain?

My responsibilities are to teach current cast and future replacements the show, take notes throughout the week (which are given out to the cast), run rehearsals, and collaborate with the creative team in order to maintain and keep the show to its high standards.

In what ways have you grown as an artist as a result of this experience?

It's taught me a lot about being confident in myself, and knowing that I have a lot to offer this company in terms of leadership and performance.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Keep training and be focused! I kept my eye on the prize and never faltered when it came to wanting to be the best artist that I could be.

What advice do you have for recent graduates?

This business is not easy. Keep believing in yourself and what you have to offer. Everyone has their own journey. Never compare your journey to anyone else. In time, you will be where you are meant to be.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Pittsburgh will always have a special place in my heart because I got my equity card at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and I am a proud alumna of Point Park University.

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