Michele Pigliavento


Michele holds a BA in Theater/Dance Concentration from SUNY Geneseo, and a  MSED in Guidance and Counseling from Hunter College in NYC. 

She is a proud and privileged veteran of seven Broadway shows, making her Broadway debut at the legendary Palace Theater in WOMAN OF THE YEAR, with Raquel Welch and then, Debbie Reynolds.  She was delighted to dance alongside Angela Lansbury in the 1983 revival of MAME.  Michele was in the original companies of THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of ANYTHING GOES, and THE GOODBYE GIRL, starring Bernadette Peters and Martin Short.  As a stand by to the title role, Michele played Louise opposite Tyne Daly’s Mama Rose in the 1989-91 revival of GYPSY, a role of a lifetime.  Another dream come true was playing Maggie (At the Ballet) in A CHORUS LINE, at the Shubert Theater. 

Michele enjoyed a long and successful career in NYC, where she worked with countless directors, choreographers and actors who are world renowned. Aside from her extensive work on Broadway, she worked at Radio City Music Hall, off-Broadway, regional theater, summer stock and numerous National Tours. Since returning to Schenectady, Michele taught for one year at Schenectady High School, appeared with NYSTI in IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, and has served on the Creative Committee at the National Museum of Dance. 

Currently, her life is devoted to her family and her students at the studio.  She is very thankful to her parents, Orlando and Eleaner, and her sister Deb, for the opportunity to share her expertise and passion with a new generation of dancers at Orlando School of Dance!