Danielle LaVia (previously Danielle Porcellini) is a Brooklyn native, but grew up in sunny, South Florida, where the winters were much more bearable. As a child, she tried out pretty much everything from softball to gymnastics to ice skating, but wouldn’t stop belting in the bathtub since the age of six. Graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, Danielle has performed in leading roles such as Fantine and Eponine in Les Miserables, Catherine in Pippin, and Gloria in Damn Yankees. Also seen in theatres such as The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities (Antonia in Man of La Mancha) and the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre (Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde), as well spending a year at sea as the Lead Female Vocalist on Holland America Cruise Line. She is professionally trained and has been performing professionally in styles such as Musical Theatre, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Country, and Opera.
After her adventures in vagabonding all over the world, she spent 3 years in New York where she continued her career teaching and singing at venues and major events, while also working part time at Ellen’s Stardust Diner in Times Square, where she got to sing her heart out to thousands of people every day! She has now brought her career down to Charleston, SC and teaches via Skype to students in many different places! Danielle has recorded and released 2 albums and was blessed to have her dear friend, Gregory Jbara (Star of BLUE BLOODS and Tony Award Winner), sing a duet with her on both albums ("Baby it's Cold Outside" - Home for Christmas and "Anything You Can Do" - Gypsy in Me).
Danielle also wrote, directed, produced, and starred in her own one woman show that she performed at Feinstein’s 54 Below in the Broadway district of NYC.
She couldn’t feel more blessed to be living in a place where opportunities are constantly at her fingertips, and is sprinting forward to grab them. As a firm believer that “happiness is a choice,” Danielle has grown tremendously in her travels over the years and understands the importance of “Do what you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” And that is exactly what she is doing.
Danielle has been Teaching and Musical Theatre Directing since 2007 and has been teaching Privately since 2010 to a wide age range. She focuses on technique, breathing, diction, posture, broadening range in the vocals, and working on a wide variety of songs that fit your vocal needs, as well as bringing you out of your comfort zone and pushing your voice to grow. She also focuses on acting techniques and audition preparation and gives you the confidence to walk into an audition and feel prepared and ready to rock it!