( b. Dec 31, 1938 Cardale, Pennsylvania, USA - d. Feb 24, 2015 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA ) Male
Ron Tassone was a Point Park dance professor and former Broadway dancer. Born in Cardale and reared in Fairbank, he was a natural performer. He would ask for nickels from diners at his grandparents' restaurant and use them to play his favorite song on the jukebox when he was almost too small to reach its buttons. Then he would put on a one-man -- almost one-toddler -- dance show for the restaurants' patrons, said his brother, Eugene. He was accepted to study dance at The Juilliard School at 16.
After graduating, he spent three years as a member of the Peter Gennaro dance troupe that performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Branching out from performance into choreography and then teaching, Mr. Tassone came to Point Park in 1975 to establish the dance program's jazz major.
Mr. Tassone was a prolific choreographer, creating more than 25 jazz works at Point Park and choreographing or directing musicals around the region. He co-choreographed the American College Theatre Festival award-winning Grand Hotel, which was performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in April 2002.
In 2012, he received a lifetime achievement award from Pittsburgh New Works Festival.
Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette obituary
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