Evan and Bianca New Vlog Series
Excuse me, we have a special announcement! We are always looking to push the way we do things as a business to elevate and support dancers. We are very excited to present a whole new side of Só Dança. We have chosen two dancers that will be sharing their own journey though dance in a new video series. Here is what you need to know to follow along...
WHY TUNE IN?
Só Dança is more than dancewear, shoes, and accessories. We are an industry leader who understands dance and are always looking for new ways to support dancers. This is an opportunity we couldn't pass up with these two incredible dancers.
Evan and Bianca, are both examples of greatness and live their lives in a way that is an example to others (dancers or not). You will get a glimpse into very different sides of dance. Bianca showing the world behind the elegance of ballet. Evan showing the energy that comes with tap. Both take an immense amount of dedication and perseverance.
Bianca Bulle (@biancabulle) had two older siblings that drew her into the dance world at age 6. Born and raised in Australia she ended up sticking with dance longer than anyone else in her family. She began her formal training at The Ransley Ballet & Performing Arts Studio in the Gold Coast.
When she was 16 she moved to New York City to train at The School of American Ballet. After just 2 years she joined as a member of Los Angelas Ballet, directed by Colleen Neary and Thordal Christensen, where it dind't take her long to work up to a soloist postion, and then a principal dancer.
Bianca has choreographed two original ballets which were performed by The School of American Ballet in New York and The Los Angeles Ballet in Los Angeles. She has volunteered her time to give to organizations such as Chance to Dance Community day and Hope Street. Passing along the knowledge she has learnt from renowned teachers and choreographers from all over the world is something Bianca finds incredible rewarding and is continuing to pursue.
Photo courtesy of Los Angelas Ballet
Photo: Natalie Fischer
Evan Ruggiero (@lord_pegleg) began dancing at the age of five at his hometown studio. By the age of ten, he was accepted into the famed New Jersey Tap Ensemble, under the direction of Ms. Deborah Mitchell. He soon graced the stages of Lincoln Center, The Shomberg Museum of Harlem, and The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, among others.
Upon entering his sophomore year at Montclair State University while pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, Evan was suddenly diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer of the right leg. Enduring nine surgeries in a six-month period in an effort to save the leg, the cancer returned more aggressively than the original diagnosis. He was faced with the ultimate decision of amputation in order to stop the cancer and save his life, as well as undergoing chemotherapy for 16 months.
In spite of the physical setback, Evan held close to the dream of dancing and learned of the famed Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates, a legendary African-American entertainer who taught himself to tap dance after losing a leg in a cotton gin accident at the age of twelve. Bates performed twice for the King and Queen of England and became a regular on The Ed Sullivan Show appearing a record 58 times.
Inspired by Bates's story, Evan aspired to passing on his legacy. Within eighteen months after the amputation, and only two days after receiving his “peg-leg," Evan was tapping again!
Follow along as we release their vlogs regularly. One coming very soon. We will update this page as they come, but also subscribe to our YouTube channel and click the bell to be updated as soon as we release more! We absolutely love both of these dancers and hope you support them and interact with them in this new series.