Anita Ehrler has been actively associated with the dance world as a student, a professional dancer. and a teacher for over 25 years. As a child growing up in Florida, Ms. Ehrler was trained under the tutelage of Joan Miller of the Palm Beach Ballet and Cuban Ballerina Cuka Martinez, as well as performing with the David Wright Dance Company of Miami. Upon moving to New York at age 17, Anita received a scholarship to the Harkness Ballet School. Shortly thereafter she joined Ronn Forella’s Second Century Dance Company, performing at City Center, Lincoln Center and the Delacorte Theatre.
Switching gears to Broadway, Anita appeared in Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ and Chicago, and Jerry Herman’s “Jerry’s Girls. In films and TV Anita can be seen in “Annie”, “A Chorus Line”, The Guiding Light, Night of a Hundred Stars and numerous Miss America Pageants, as well as commercials for MacDonalds, Dr. Pepper and Chevrolet.
Anita was the star of the award winning Pert Shampoo commercials in Canada and London. As an assistant/associate choreographer she worked on numerous projects with her mentor Ronn Forella, including Liza Minelli’s National Concert Tour. She has toured the country teaching for Dance Olympus, Danny Hoctor’s Dance Caravan, and Dance Masters of America.
Now the founder and owner of Dance Extensions Inc. since 1987 Anita spends her time training young dancers endeavoring to pass down the art form that she herself has learned so well from working and studying with so many great artists. Always cutting through on new frontiers, Anita is proud of her work on the Dance Extensions production of the teen television show “Talent Exchange”.
Frank Mastrocola began his career at age 12 as a musician and singer in a local rock band in Syosset, Long Island. He was introduced to the worlds of theatre and dance in high school by one of his teachers. Furthering his studies, he attended the Boston Conservatory of Music, and as a dance major.
His first professional appearance was with Rudolf Nureyev and the Boston Ballet in the Boston Music Hall. His professional career has taken him from Las Vegas and the London Palladium with Chita Rivera, to Broadway with Liza Minelli, Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett, Trevor Nunn and Andrew Loyd Weber, and to films with Sir Richard Attenborough, Ben Vereen, William Katt and Martha Ray. Frank’s Broadway credits include Bob Fosse’s ‘Dancin’, the original companies of Dream Girls, The Rink, Big Deal, Starlight Express and the workshop/creation of ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’.
His final and most memorable role on Broadway was the sexy “Rum Tum Tugger” in the longest running musical in Broadway history, “Cats”. His film and TV credits include A Chorus Line and Pippin, Live with Regis and Kathi Lee, and the Guiding Light. Well versed in many areas of the arts, Frank teaches dance, voice and acting at Anita Ehrler’s Dance Extensions.
As co-founder of Dance Extensions with his wife Anita Ehrler, Frank is now involved with the continued stimulation of the young creative mind. His efforts in this area are seen regularly at A.E.D.E. Frank Mastrocola portrayed the character “Rum Tum Tugger” in “Cats” on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre for 4 years. Appearing in the role longer than any other actor who played the part during “Cats” historic 18 year run.