Just For Women episode 36: “Behind the Scenes of Cirque du Soleil’s newest show, KOOZA” a conversation with cast member, Danielle Gatto
Danielle Gatto comes from a small town in mid-western America. As a child she took an interest in performing arts. She studied dance from the age of 10 and participated in various dance competitions and theatre performances. Growing up dance and gymnastics played a big roll in Danielle's life. She was named "All-American Cheerleader" by the National Cheerleading Association(NCA) and Universal Dance Association's(UDA)"All-Star." She was one of the very few chosen to be an instructor for the UDA. She also trained and traveled with her dance company for many years to places like Tremaine and Dance Masters of America(DMA).
As captain of her squads she lead both the cheerleading and dance squads to National Championships. These experiences paved a road for her leading to many offers for dance scholarships around the country. Danielle then chose to coach and choreograph college and university dancers and cheer squads but she knew she wanted to pursue her passion of performing dance to an even higher level by becoming a professional dancer.
She worked many shows across the country for producers like Greg Thompson. Dancing as her main emphasis, she also worked as a dance captain, magician's assistant, choreographer, and model. In 1999, she met her husband Anthony Gatto in Branson, Missouri in a production show. From 2000 on she decided to make a career change and move to Las Vegas, first working as Company Manager for David Saxe Productions then later assisting Anthony in his amazing juggling act. Together they traveled the world performing in numerous cities in the USA as well as many casinos on the Las Vegas strip also in France, Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, Monaco, Sweden, Mexico, Portugal, and China.
Somehow amongst her busy schedule she found time to diligently train and create, along with Anthony and her gymnastic coach Vladamir, an aerial ring act. She performed this act in casino shows. Her newest and latest project is creating her own hula hoop act. Her wonderful 5-minute act demonstrates the skill and beauty of hula hoop artistry that you must experience. Danielle is also a Certified Personal Trainer(CPT) and earned a Bachelors Degree in Finance graduating with honors as a Magna Cum Laude.
Now, Danielle is working with Anthony in the new Cirque du Soleil touring show, Kooza. There she plays numerous roles and characters as well as holding the Dance Captain position. She is a woman of many interests and talents besides being in show business, she enjoys improv acting, boating, snorkeling, cooking, learning to play the piano, playing with her french bulldog Mojo, going to see live shows, and spending time with her family and friends.