The official Web site of acclaimed children's and family entertainment personality, Ron Albanese (POLKA DOT!)
In 1999, Ron was the editor of an entertainment newspaper. Interviewing
an aspiring singer, he learned of an open position with a local entertainment
company. Taking a trip there during lunch, the proprietor said two things:
1) "hello," and 2) "You're hired."
Hired? To do what? Entertain at birthday parties, that's what, dressed up as popular kiddie characters. Though somewhat grueling, Ron found entertaining very ... entertaining. Every weekend, he'd set out on the highways and byways of the great New Jersey area, his car filled with furry zip-up bodies and heads designed to look like cartoon dogs, friendly puppets who "love you," and rodent royalty who live in a magical kingdom, among others.
After a couple of hundred events, he decided to shed the costumes to become a new character. He created his own outfits, and pulled from his various musical and comedy influences to become POLKA DOT!
Since then, Ron has literally performed at thousands of events in backyards, schools, fairs, festivals, amusement parks, and many more places ... oh, along the way, he started a family with his wife Toni. The whole crew is a big part of the POLKA DOT! universe - Toni makes costumes, is a photographer, and also is a popular face painter. Nick and Sofia sing and play instruments in the shows, and continually provide Ron with inspiration.
Today, Ron Albanese/POLKA DOT! is an acclaimed, unique children's and family entertainment personality in the greater New Jersey area - having a party? Staging a summer kids' concert? Need an event host? There's increasingly only one answer to it all: "Call Ron Albanese/POLKA DOT!"!