Paula Iacono, LISTD in the Ballroom and Theatre Arts branches of the I.S.T.D. and is the Founder and Director of the Iacono Ballroom Center, located in Amherst, New York. Paula has been a professional member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, ISTD, since 1991. Since then she has also acquired her Licentiate and Judging degrees in the Ballroom and Theatre Arts Branches of the I.S.T.D.
Paula's dance training and performance background spans five decades and includes stage, television and ballroom competition. Ms. Iacono is a former ballet dancer from Boston, Massachusetts. She was conservatory trained at the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, the Boston Conservatory, the Cambridge School of Ballet and the Boston Ballet. Ms. Iacono has worked for numerous choreographers where she has had the privilege of dancing a variety of genres that include modern ballet, Jack Cole, Martha Graham and musicals including West Side Story, Oklahoma and Fiddler on the Roof.
While in Buffalo Ms. Iacono has appeared on PBS, Channel 2, Channel 7 and Fox TV. She has performed for Upstage New York, Theatre in the Square, Zodiaque Dance Company, UB on the Green, The Arts in Education Institute of Western New York.
Paula started her training in Ballroom dance while completing her BA degree in dance and theatre arts from SUNY Buffalo. It was during this time that she also trained, competed and performed in Theatre Arts and American Rhythm, later moving on to compete in the International Standard Division placing as finalist in competitions across the United States and Canada.
From 1988 – 1995 Paula also served as a performing and teaching artist with the Arts in Education Institute of WNY. While with the Institute Paula performed in commissioned pieces and taught aesthetic education in schools throughout WNY. Her love of dance also lead her to help start up the MUSE Program, an arts organization that brought music and dance to schools in the Western New York area.