Dana Colagiovanni

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Born and raised in South Florida, Dana has been performing for nearly her entire life. As a high schooler she had the opportunity to sing at Disney's Candlelight Processional and Carnegie Hall. Further pursuing a career in the arts, she received her BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Mississippi (Hotty Toddy!), and her MFA in Acting from the University of Virginia (Go 'Hoos!). Between schooling, Dana worked in regional theaters across the country, including multiple national tours of A Christmas Carol with The Nebraska Theatre Caravan. She is now proud to call New York home. If she's not on the stage, you will probably find Dana in a classroom or on a yoga mat. Dana has a great passion for sharing the magic of theatre with others, and has taught performers of all ages. She is also a registered member of Yoga Alliance, with certificates in both Vinyasa and Yin yoga. Dana's other hobbies include cooking, running, and hanging out with her 3-legged cat, Harley.


A few words from our Community Ambassador...

The Motivated Community means love, friendship, and safety. I feel completely supported and loved every class I take. I am so grateful to have found another artistic home in Motivated Movers. Living in New York can be stressful and frenzied, yet someone stepping into the studio with my MM family makes time slow a bit and breathing a little easier. Joining Motivated Movers is one of the best things I've done since moving to New York.

Embracing Movement...

I love to embrace movement through Yoga. Yoga is a very personal practice for me; I get to be connected to my body and breath without worrying about counts, timing, or what anyone else looks like. I used yoga during graduate school as a way to escape the demands of conformity in art. Even though we are able to embrace ourselves as individuals, sometimes the musical theatre world asks us to fit into a box dependent on looks, height, weight, flexibility, and technical ability. Yoga does none of that. Your mat will always meet you where you are. So, when I dance (or perform), I try to treat it like a yoga session--moving and breathing for the joy of being alive. Yoga has helped me to embrace many other forms of movement--I highly recommend to all artists!!