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Gary Marino

Lecturer, Ballet


Gary began his formal training in the music department of SUNY at Albany, then went on to study dance with Melissa Hayden, Elizabeth Carroll, Edward Vilella, Kay Mazzo and Peter Martins at Skidmore College. He also studied jazz with Rhett Dennis at the Luigi School in New York as well as modern with Ethel Winter of the Martha Graham School. Mr. Marino began performing with the Skidmore Dancers, Saratoga Ballet Company, Schenectady Civic Ballet, Buffalo Repertory Ballet Co. and Camelon Dancers. At Artpark he choreographed and appeared in “La Traviata” and “Rigoletto.” His choreographic experience also includes numerous ballets for the Buffalo Repertory Ballet Co. Previous teaching experience includes Skidmore College, Royal Academy of Ballet, Union College, Steppin’ Out Dance Academy, Performing Arts, Lockport City Ballet, Classical Ballet of Western New York, Dawn Marie's Dance Works, Dance Spectrum, David DeMarie’s and Mary Alice's Dance Studio in Orchard Park and SUNY at Albany and Buffalo, among others. Currently, Mr. Marino is also on faculty at American Academy of Ballet, Spezio’s Dance Dynamics, Darlene Ciglia’s Dance Project and Niagara University. In addition, he has judged numerous dance competitions in the U.S. and Canada including Dance Masters of America Western New York Dance Championships. Recently he has performed with Configuration Dance Theater in Michael Shannon’s ballet, "Been There Done That" and as the Merlin character in "Arthur." In addition he has created a new ballet in collaboration with Peter Bennett from Jackie Gleason’s "Gigot" performed at Niagara University. Many of his students have gone on to join ballet companies and touring companies. In addition to teaching classical Vaganova technique in ballet, he has coached both figure skating for the Buffalo Skating Club and gymnastics at Gleason’s Gymnastics. Summers have been spent guest teaching in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., at the Ballet Regent School and the New York State Summer School for the Arts. Other talents involve composing music, as he has recently produced a ballet class recording with pianist Guy Boleri.