Sondra Bonitto

Sondra Bonitto

Dance Director/Instructor

Sondra BonittoSondra started  her studies in the performing arts at the age of 4 at The Frank Hatchett Center for the Performing Arts in her native Springfield, Mass.  She trained for 13 years  in all forms of dance as well as voice and received awards in dedication, choreography and performing student of the year.  Upon graduation from Classical High School,  Sondra pursued her studies at The Boston Conservatory of Music.  She was accepted with a scholarship and in 1989, earned a BFA in  Musical Theatre with a minor in dance and directing.  In her senior year at The Conservatory,  she made her professional debut as Geneva Lee Browne in the Nickerson Theatre’s Production of 1940’s Radio Hour.  To follow shortly after graduation,  Sondra was one of the stars of the Nickerson’s Little Shop of Horrors.

In 1990, Sondra moved to New York City and was reunited with her mentor,  Mr. Frank Hatchett, and shortly after joined his teaching staff at Broadway Dance Center.  She remained part of the Hatchett staff as well as establishing her own teaching style for over 10 years and maintained a reputation for being a well respected  and sought after instructor/choreographer. Some of her students have gone on to work in film, television, music videos and on broadway.

Sondra made her broadway debut in the Broadway hit Ragtime (original cast/album).  And was a featured singer in City Center Encore Series of House of Flowers starring Maurice Hines.  In 2000, she received a nomination for a Barrymore Award (Philadelphia) for playing the title role in Harold Arlen’s St. Louis Woman.  Other regional credits include:  Dreamgirls (stand-by for Jennifer Holliday, where she reprised her role as Effie at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta); Ain’t Misbehavin (Charlayne); Sophisticated Ladies (The Chanteuse); Blackbirds of Broadway (World Premiere) Long Road Home (Female Lead /us); The Who’s Tommy (Acid Queen); Smokey Joe’s Café (BJ/Pattie) ; Ragtime (Sarah’s Friend).

She has been awarded on the competition circuit for best choreography, 1st overall, “musical theatre at its best”, “poetry in motion” and “most entertaining.”