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Mark your calendar for Aerial Workshops coming up this Sunday, May 7 with Marie Mastrodonato at ROOTS Dance.


We are offering two open workshops for beginner to advanced dancers:

  • Introduction to Aerials Workshop: 3:00pm – 4:00pm ($25)REGISTER
    • The intro workshop is for dancers who have a solid cartwheel and are working toward an aerial. Workshop will focus on the fundamentals of an aerial and building strength.
  • Int./Adv. Aerials Workshop: 4:00pm – 5:00pm ($25) – REGISTER
    • The intermediate/advanced workshop is for dancers who have mastered OR have hit an aerial before. Workshop will focus on advanced elements of aerials such as: confidence of execution, skills into and out of aerials, front aerials, different ways to execute aerials, and more.
Dancers from ALL studios are welcome to join us for these open workshops.

Marie Mastrodonato of M&M Elite Gymnastics Academy dedicated 16 years to her competitive gymnastics career, training at some of the most prestigious gyms in the country. She trained and competed at the highest amateur level, and was offered a spot on the Ohio State University Gymnastics Team. Unfortunately, a career ending injury stopped her journey just before she could join. Marie found that moment to be a blessing in disguise, for it led her to a new found love of coaching.

In her 5 years of coaching, Marie has taught children of all ages and abilities – from Park Districts to National Training Centers. By the age of 22, she opened up a Mobile Tumbling Program which has allowed her to expand her reach and share her passion with students in all different sports. Some of which include gymnastics, dance, cheer, martial arts, special needs movement, and more. Her unique and well-rounded experience provides her with the proper knowledge to help students reach their fullest potential.


Current ROOTS Dance Students, including anyone that has attended our past workshops or master classes this year, can register through their ROOTS Dance portal.

New students can register here.

If you have any trouble registering or you are unsure which level workshop you should register for, please contact us at dance@rootsacademy.net.

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