Today we’d like to introduce you to Bridgette Borzillo.
Bridgette, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I graduated from ASU with a BFA in Dance/Choreography in 2007 and started teaching Ballroom at Arthur Murray shortly after. I danced with 32 Flavors Dance Company, Scorpius Dance Theater, and Dulce Dance Company before I started CaZo Dance (CaZo is the first two letters of my maiden Name “Caron” and two letters from my Married Name “Borzillo”). We were established in November of 2014 and bounced around the valley with rehearsal space until we became 4-month residents with NueBox at Phoenix Center for the Arts in 2016. We then created a connection to Mesa Arts Center through NueBox and we are now Education Partners at Mesa Arts Center.
I graduated from Arizona School for Massage Therapy – Tempe in October 2008 and quickly established my practice in Rehab Plus Phoenix in February of 2009. I moved my practice to Old Town Scottsdale in February 2014.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth road, especially for 18 months because we didn’t have a home for rehearsals. I offered to trade Massages for dance space and I cannot be more grateful to Lisa Juliet (Ballet Fusion Fitness), Jenni Hall (Dancers Domain), and Adage for allowing us to use space for rehearsals for our first year. I also owe a lot of gratitude to Julie Akerly from NueBox for choosing us for a 4-month residency and also introducing us to Mesa Arts Center. We’ve also struggled financially as many of dance companies do. But we are continuing to push and create Cinematic dance works for our followers/audience to enjoy!
It took me about two years to establish my Massage Clientele but I found it easy because working out of a Sports performance/Rehab facility, there was a never-ending flow of potential clientele coming through those doors. I just had to capitalize on them. The move hurt my business a bit just because I was out of sight out of mind. I would walk around the facility at Rehab Plus and people would remember to book with me. Not so much now.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about CaZo Dance and Massage by Bridgette – what should we know?
CaZo Dance – We are an Education Partner at Mesa Arts Center where we teach classes, rehearse, and also perform at free community events. We specialize in telling stories through movement and acting. We create full-length stories that are accessible to the general public that has no dance knowledge but still retains great technique so that the dance community can also enjoy. Our classes are also accessible to the general public because we have a “no-judgment” zone during our classes. We are all there to better ourselves and don’t want any pressure during that process. What sets us apart from other companies in the valley is that we are very literal in our work, so it’s easy to follow. We have also started an apprentice program where younger dancers can come in and learn the ropes of the professional company, understudy, grow, train, and have a mentorship. This program is designed to flow dancers into the core company. We also have an Acting Coach, Stephanie Tippi Hart, that works with our dancers to make sure we tap into the vulnerability of the characters and she also creates transitions for the shows.
Massage by Bridgette – I specialize in Medical and Injury massage. I am very good at what I do, so much so that once a client’s pain is gone, they forget to come back to me until the next time they are in pain.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I feel that my ambition, creativity, and work ethic has been the most important in my success. I constantly set goals for myself and always try to find new ways to achieve them. I think outside the box and make sure I am true to myself and don’t follow the crowd. I never stop working. If I am not at my massage office, I am working on something for the dance company. When I am at home enjoying my night with my husband, I will still take reservations for massages. It never stops. I always have something to do.
- Massage by Bridgette – $70/hour or $90 for 90 minutes
- $10 per drop in class – Monday nights 6-7:10 pm, Saturdays 12-1:30 pm for CaZo Dance
- Address: Mesa Arts Center
1 E. Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85210
Massage by Bridgette
7526 East 2nd Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
- Website: www.cazodance.com
- Email: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.Instagram.com/CaZoDance
- Facebook: www.Facebook.com/CaZoDco
- Twitter: CaZoDance
One with red dress and black and white one were done by Stephanie Tippi Hart, Floating girl is by Michael Simon, Bottom on is by Rosie Perez