Francesca DeAngelo is a renowned dance teacher, choreographer and company director with over thirty five years of experience. She has traveled throughout Europe and the Middle East as a performer and master teacher delighting children and adults with her dynamic, fun-filled classes and choreography. She recently co-choreographed the national high school premier of Billy Elliot in 2015 and Sister Act in 2016 for Archbishop Stepinac HS. She was nominated for outstanding choreography for Billy Elliot and won the Metropolitan HS Theatre Award for Outstanding Choreography in 2016 for Sister Act. She has choreographed over 35 musicals for KJK Productions Main Stage and Children’s Theatre, New York Dance Summer Theatre, Creative Summer Theatre/Dance program and several Broadway Star Benefits presented in the New York area. In addition, her students have performed at world-class venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and the London 2012 Invitational during the Olympics! Francesca also lends her expertise as choreographer for The New York Vagabonds—a male quartet-singing group that entertains audiences worldwide. As a teaching artist, she has taught along side members of the Paul Taylor Dance Company in NYC schools and at several Westchester County Public Schools.
Winnie Berger: Tucson, Arizona native Winnie Berger began her dance training at Ballet Arts under the direction of Mary Beth Cabana. In 2008, as a trainee for Ballet Tucson, Winnie danced in Swan Lake, A Midsummer Night’Â€Â™s Dream, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. She also participated in summer programs at Pacific Northwest Ballet, LINES Ballet, Houston Ballet, Washington School of Ballet, and Dance New York International in Paris. Completing a dual degree in Dance and Theology in the Ailey/Fordham BFA program, Winnie has performed works by Karen Arceneaux, Francesca Harper, and Carolyn Dorfman, and performed in Nick CaveÃ¢Â€Â™s installation in Grand Central Station with choreography by William Gill. She is currently working with Exit 12 Dance Company, Ballet Theatre Company, as well as, Pink Pig Ballet.
Susanna Daly has trained with some of the most respected teachers in the world, at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle as well as American Music and Dramatic Academy in NYC. She has been teaching dance for the past eight years and is founder of the Women’s Dance Collective, a new dance company based in NYC. Her performing credits include New Moves – Seattle, O.K. Dance Company 2012, Broadway Dance Center AIM Company.
Gabriel DeAngelo Producer and Musical Director has produced and directed numerous theatrical productions including Into the Woods, Guys and Dolls, The Sound of Music, Music Man, Grease, Anything Goes and many more. He has performed throughout the US and Internationally with many of the world’s leading choral conductors, and is also the founder and owner of the professional male vocal ensemble, The New York Vagabonds with whom he has toured throughout the U.S and abroad. Mr. DeAngelo holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Music Education and Performance and is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He is also an accomplished musical arranger and volleyball player/coach.
Craig Schulman: Invited to represent the U.S. at the 10th Anniversary of Les Misérables in London, Craig Schulman is the only actor in the world to have portrayed three of the greatest musical theatre roles: the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom Of The Opera; Jean Valjean in Les Miserables; and the title roles in Jekyll & Hyde. He has portrayed Jean Valjean in four different companies in three countries for a total of over 1,900 performances. Widely recognized from the PBS broadcast of The 10th Anniversary: Les Misérables In Concert; he has also played Che in Evita, Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof, Archibald in The Secret Garden, and Father in Children Of Eden.
Schulman moves freely between the worlds of Broadway, opera and symphonic pops programs. He has appeared with many opera companies around the U.S., singing leading tenor roles in The Tales of Hoffmann, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, Carmen, Die Fledermaus, La Bohéme, La Traviata, The Crucible, and Manon.
As a Pops artist, he is the creator and producer of the BROADWAY NIGHTS™ concert series and has appeared in all thirteen of the BROADWAY NIGHTS™ programs. He has three solo concert programs entitled, “Craig Schulman On Broadway”, “Heroes, Monsters & Madmen™” and “Be My Love… A Broadway Valentine”.
Television credits include The Guiding Light, All My Children, One Life To Live and most recently, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and NBC’s Weekend Today. He can be heard as the voices of both “Luciano Pavarotti” and “Placido Domingo” on MTV’s Claymation Celebrity Death Match.
Aaron Thao is originally from Minneapolis, MN and graduated from Brown University with a ScB in Human Biology. He discovered a love for ballet while studying at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and left to pursue a career in exploring the human body through the art of dance. Coming from a background in medicine, Aaron incorporates an education of human anatomy and function in his classes, particularly for developing young students, to ensure safe training, proper strength conditioning, and to minimize risk for injury. He believes a foundation in how the body works is critical to understanding what the body the can accomplish with movement and musicality.
Aaron has danced with Ballet for Young Audiences, Continental Ballet Company, Exit 12 Dance Company and has freelanced for various dance companies throughout NYC. He trained with teachers at Minnesota Dance Theater, TU Dance, Steps on Broadway, and Ballet Academy East and was recently featured in the July 2014 issue of Minnesota Medicine.
Cara West: As a dancer since the age of three, Cara West received her early training in Heidelberg, Germany which continued to Woodbridge High School’s Performing Arts program in Virginia. In 2005, she worked as a Universal Dance Association instructor teaching dance camps for middle school and high school dance teams across the US. Cara earned her BFA in Dance from George Mason University where she was selected to perform in works by noted choreographers such as Paul Taylor, David Parsons, Larry Keigwin, Patrick Corbin, Susan Marshall, Elisa Monte and more. Her choreography in college was selected to represent GMU at the American College Dance Festival which was further selected to appear in their final Gala performance. Upon moving to New York, Cara continued her work with Patrick Corbin and Larry Keigwin while finding a spot for herself in several companies including TrioDance Collective and Perceptions Contemporary Dance Co, as well as dancing for the Inn Series Opera Co.
During her movement practices and studies of ballet and modern dance in college, she also studied the inner body mechanics in Laban Movement Analysis. While dancing professionally in NYC, she continued her studies of body mechanics, alignment and strengthening by earning certifications in Personal Training and Pilates Mat and Apparatus from the National Council on Strength and Fitness and BENT Pilates. For the past five years, she has developed a unique, practiced skill set as a dancer, personal trainer and pilates instructor by combining her knowledge and experience from all these fields to teach the importance of body awareness, alignment and strength to her classes.