Assistant Director, Youth All Star Coach
Mariterese Altosino, a Chicagoland native, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dance as well as Business and Entrepreneurship from Columbia College Chicago. Post graduation, Mariterese danced professionally with Giordano Dance Chicago for four years, during this time she worked with world-renowned choreographers such as Ray Leeper, Peter Chu, and Marinda Davis and performed works by Ray Mercer, Christopher Huggins, Randy Duncan, Jon Lehrer and Gus Giordano. Mariterese has performed professionally in Dance for Life Chicago, Harvest Contemporary Dance Festival, Move Dance Festival, and has made TV appearances on Windy City Live and ABC 7 News. Altosino continued her professional career with the South Chicago Dance Theatre, Banks Performance Project, Water Street Dance Milwaukee, and participated in a choreographic residency with Choomna Dance Company of Seoul, South Korea. Mariterese is a veteran instructor with Universal Dance Association (UDA) and has been instructing summer camps at the high school and collegiate level for over ten years. Altosino has also been a summer curriculum choreographer with UDA for 5 years. Through UDA, she has taken her passion for dance internationally to teach, judge, and choreograph in Ecuador, Germany, Norway, Slovenia, Austria, London, and China. Her choreography has been performed at the Youth American Grand Prix finals, USASF Dance Worlds, UDA College and High School National Championship, and the IHSA State Finals. Altosino has presented coaching seminars both internationally and nationally at the Aussie Gold (Australia) Coaches Conference and the Varsity Coaches Conference. Mariterese continues to choreograph and teach for various studios and schools around the Chicagoland area, and is currently the head coach of the Downers Grove South Junior Varsity Dance Team, coach of the Studio 22 Youth All Stars, and the Assistant Director of Studio 22 High Tek.