Montclair State Dancer Performs on Ellen
Montclair State University musical theatre major and tap dancer Evan Ruggiero performed last semester on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where DeGeneres presented him with a $10,000 scholarship from Shutterfly. During his appearance on the show, Ruggiero discussed his battle with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer that led to the loss of the lower half of his right leg.
But that has never stopped him. A week after Ruggiero finished intensive chemotherapy in October 2011 he resolved to continue tap dancing. Ruggiero appeared on Ellen on his 23rd birthday. “It was a great way to spend my birthday,” he said.