Carmel Ardito’s philosophy about life is very simple — live it! As director and choreographer of the Carmel Ardito School of Dance Studios, her typical workday begins long before she enters her “formal studio.” Being a sole proprietor, her job is all-encompassing. She plans class work and choreography, costuming the dancers and designing scenery, and takes care of the books in the morning. In the afternoon, she’s off to the studio to teach her students. “Hopefully, I will instill in them the love and appreciation of dance that will be with them forever. Most importantly, I hope they will enjoy all of it!” she said.
Ardito said women should follow their dreams and be unafraid of risk. “Fear stops many people from truly exploring their passion, so don’t be ruled by it. Never stop learning and expose yourself to as many experiences that pertain to your field as possible,” she said.
The challenges in her life include keeping the creative spark lit so she can inspire and to help students have confidence in themselves, while also providing a good dance education. Her greatest mentor was Constance Reynolds, creator of the Ballet Theatre of Scranton.
Her parents have supported her tremendously. Her mother, who is 92, has missed just one of her recitals. Her former husband, Paul Ardito, was instrumental in building her studios and helping her with productions. Her daughter, Julie, also a dancer, has been the greatest emotional support of her life. She is also grateful to the dance studio staff.
Ardito also thanks God for the gift of working with young people — loving and understanding them, and helping them to hear music and create movement. “What more could anyone want?” she said.