Originally from Yuma, AZ, Gina Badone has been dancing, teaching, and choreographing professionally in Los Angeles, CA for the past 15 years. Gina came to LA as a scholarship student at Retter’s Dance Academy in Agoura Hills in 1999. Gina is a Senior Faculty member at Retter’s, teaching ballet, jazz, and hip hop to many levels of dancers.
Currently she is the Co-Director of the Bridge Scholarship Program where she personally coached SYTYD’s top ten contestant Valerie Rockey. She has also has taught on the DanceMakersInc convention, TurnItUp Dance convention, several chapters of the Dance Masters, and is continuing to inspire dancers around the country and the world.
Gina got her start on the convention stage by being the Personal Assistant and Co-Choreographer to Linda Bernebei-Retter for Tremaine Dance Conventions for many years. Now, Gina’s choreography is sought after both nationally and internationally for her energetic teaching style and creative choreography. Her work has been recently been featured on Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans, and the recent renewal of Reading Rainbow.
Gina’s other choreography credits include the American Girl’s Molly Movie, the Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy’s and more. She has also had many pieces featured in many of LA’s local dance venues, such as Keith Clifton’s “Friends in Dance”, Deborah Brokus’s “ New Perspectives” and others. Gina has a wide variety of performance experience including many corporate, industrial and televised events such as LA’s first live billboard for Moulin Rouge, WB’s Christmas at the Grove, and charity performances for the Boys and Girls Club, and City of Hope.
Gina is also a part of the talented team at Music Works Unlimited and breaking out with new choreography for young dancers in the styles of Hip Hop with Kidgroovz, Musical Theater with Theatrix and now Contemporary! She has also contributed to the MoHo Productions team in song writing and even singing. Gina hopes to continue to inspire, motivate, and continue to be a positive role model for young dancers everywhere.