Romano, JoDe

JoDe Romano

JoDe Romano “La Chispa” has danced in the Franco Zeffirelli production of Carmen, starring Placido Domingo and Maria Benitez, at the New York's Metropolitan Opera (including in front of President Clinton), which was also broadcast on the PBS series "Live From Lincoln Center" and toured Japan in 1997. For over 20 years, Ms. Romano lived, studied and performed Spanish dance in Spain and Japan, and was a soloist and choreographer for the José Greco Dance Company. She has also danced as part of The Charo Show in Las Vegas with Jerry Lewis. She has choreographed The Broadway Workshop production of Rita Hayworth-Hollywood Goddess, numerous zarzuelas (traditional Spanish operas) and the mixed media dramatic presentation, Picasso's Guernica, at The Thalia Theater in New York and has taught workshops at The Alvin Ailey Studio and Ballet Hispanico. She has also been featured on the "Dr. Oz" show teaching a castanet workout. Currently, Ms. Romano conducts Spanish dance and castanet classes for children and adults at 92nd Street Y's Harkness Dance Center where she has taught for over 15 years and is a graduate of the 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) program. She was recently a guest teacher at Hunter College and co-developed and taught a DEL workshop. She also teaches at Studio Maestro and Steps in New York, as well as other locations throughout the NY metropolitan area. She is available for performances and has completed a series of instructional DVDs on castanet and flamenco movement techniques. Ms. Romano has also produced and played castanets on her Spanish Classical Piano and Castanets CD. You can visit her website here.