Eva Zitterkob joined the staff of Italia Performing Arts in 2016, directly on graduating from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, with her Masters Degree in Performing Arts Leadership and Management. She previously received her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts Studies from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. At BYU she also studied contemporary, jazz, and dance improvisation/composition, along with acting in the Stanislavsky and Alexander techniques.
Eva has danced, choreographed, and taught dance numbers and dance classes since 2007. While working on her undergraduate degree she was employed instructing children in musical theatre. While acquiring her graduate degree, she has taught dance to children in Winchester. Through her years of teaching dance, her students have ranged in age from preschoolers to senior adults.
Eva’s dance training began in 2000 with ballet, tap, lyrical, and jazz instruction. At nine years old she became interested in taking dance classes during a summer arts academy in her hometown of Weatherford, Oklahoma. In 2001, while continuing her dance training, Eva began performing in community theatre at Southwest Playhouse (SWPH) in Clinton, Oklahoma. Her first role was a schoolgirl in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In 2005, after dancing with a ballet company in The King and I at SWPH, she moved her dance training to study with Penny Askew at Western Oklahoma Ballet Academy, focusing on classical ballet and modern dance.
Eva choreographed her first musical, Clue, the Musical, in 2007 at SWPH. Through 2013 she acted, sang, danced, choreographed, and taught dance numbers for theatre productions. Eva learned that her love of dance grew through choreographing and teaching. She has choreographed for seven musical theatre productions and performed in over 21 productions as well.
During 2013, Eva worked as a gymnastics coach and dance adviser at Olympic Gold Gymnastics in Clinton, Oklahoma, teaching basic dance techniques and performance strategies. While there she observed the benefit of dance training for gymnasts, along with the potential value of gymnastics training for dancers.
Eva feels dance is a great way to express feelings and emotions while bringing a calming balance to a busy life. She is happy to be part of the staff at Italia Performing Arts.
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