Carmel Ardito, director, choreographer and owner of The Carmel Ardito School of Dance in Moscow and Peckville will celebrate her 50th anniversary instructing dance. In celebration the 50th anniversary, the dance school is hosting “The Golden Gala,” May 31, 9 p.m. – midnight in the ballroom of the Scranton Cultural Center. The Gala immediately follows the Peckville Studio Senior Performance.
The ticket price for adults is $23 at www.carmelarditodance.com, or $22, if purchased at the studio; and for children, $16 on the website or $15 if purchased at the studio. Ticket price includes food stations, desserts and cash bar. At the gala, videos of past performances will be shown; pictures and memorabilia will be on display and the staff with perform a special dance dedicated to Ardito. Reservations must be made by May 20. For more information call, 570.689.4565 or, visit www.carmelarditodance.com.
Ardito began her dance career, taping with “Mr. Rooney,” a former vaudeville performer. Later, she trained with Tony Grant Sr. where she performed on his weekly television show. Additionally, she studied with David Blight in Wilkes-Barre and performed on his television show. Through Blight’s studio, she danced on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour in NYC and became a three- time winner on the program, which brought her group to a final performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Ardito changed dance directions after meeting Constance Reynolds of Ballet Theatre of Scranton where she began concentrating on Ballet. Reynolds introduced Ardito to The Royal Academy of Dance, London, England where she received her dance certification. She studied at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, as well as New York City, The University of Western Kentucky, and with Dance Educators of America in Erie, Pennsylvania.
In high school, she began teaching dance at studios in Scranton and in 1962, she decided to open her own studio in Peckville. Since then, Ardito has touched the lives of many young people.
She has many memories, throughout the last 50 years. “My favorite dancing memories are usually about blunders that I made while performing, which were earth shattering at the time, and are very funny now. Also, a very special favorite dance memory is remembering my daughter when she became a ‘ballerina’ at age three,” said Ardito.
Although trained in many different styles, Ardito enjoys teaching ballet. “I teach pre-ballet, classical ballet, tap and jazz at my studio and I can honestly say that I enjoy all three types. However, I am thrilled when our Classical Ballet dancers reach the level when they understand the ‘concept’ of ballet. It is like someone turned on a light and I know from then on, all types of dancing that they do will be better,” said Ardito.
Ardito passed on her love of dance to her daughter, Julie Ardito. “My daughter and I have a very unique appreciation for each other’s talents.” Along with her own studio, The Julie Ardito School of Dance in Old Forge, Julie remains connected to both The Carmel Ardito School of Dance locations in Peckville and Moscow studios. She is the director of the Lyrical Departments. “Because her choreography in the studios is unique to her, coming from within, I always trust her choreography will be beautiful and creative and that her classes will be polished,” said Carmel Ardito.