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Conservatory of Performing Arts

Ronald Tassone

Professor

In Memoriam

Professor Ron Tassone passed away on Feb. 24, 2015. Ron was beloved by students and faculty, and helped launch many a dancer’s career. He started the jazz program at Point Park and his legacy will live on through the work of his students. 
Obituary: "Ron Tassone/Broadway Dancer and Point Park Professor," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 


Education

  • B.F.A., Dance, Juilliard

Courses Taught

  • Dance Composition
  • Jazz Dance
  • Production, Rehearsal and Performance

Background

Ron Tassone began his career in summer stock and upon graduation made his Broadway debut in Gypsy, followed by seven other Broadway shows including Subways are for Sleeping, No Strings, Here's Love, Fade-Out, Fade-In, Funny Girl, George M. and Billy. He has also appeared on various television shows and in films.

Tassone established the jazz major within the Point Park dance program and assumed the role of director of dance for 10 years. He has choreographed more than 25 jazz dance works at Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse. In addition, he has choreographed and/or directed many musicals at theatres such as Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Kenley Players, Phoenix Star Theatre, Music Fairs, Inc., and West Virginia Public Theatre. He was honored to be the co-choreographer of the American College Theatre Festival award-winning Grand Hotel, performed at the Kennedy Center in April 2002.

Tassone served as adjudicator for Dance Masters of Pennsylvania, Dance Masters of America, Lucas & Co. and Headliners regional and national competitions.