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 premieres of Billy Elliot in 2015, Sister Act 2016, Hunchback of Notre Dame 2017, Newsies 2017, Ragtime 2018 for Archbishop Stepinac HS. She is nominated consistently for outstanding choreography 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 alongside 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 Cave™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.
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.
Ashley Flanagan grew up dancing, singing and acting, in White Plains, New York, under the tutelage of her mother, Francesca DeAngelo. She has studied extensively Rose Jackson-Moye, Melanie Hodges, Betsy Ceva, Lisa Hopkins (Tap Kids), Jeanne Alala (DCG), Mallory Graham (Dance Caravan), Sheila Barker, Frank Hatchett, Germaine Salsberg, Gary Flannery and Peter Schabel.
Ashley attended UNC Greensboro (Music, Dance, Theatre) and has been teaching ballet, tap, and jazz at The Dance Center of Greensboro for the past 5 years and was DCG’s competition program director. Ashley, an accomplished singer, dancer, actress most recently starred in The Giants Dance, an original musical presented at the Greensboro Fringe Festival and reprised her starring role as, Patsy Cline, in Always Patsy Cline at the Paramount Theatre in Burlington NC to rave reviews and sold-out houses. Ashley’s other credits include Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde at the Barn Dinner Theatre, dancer/singer‘Scrooge’ the Musical by Philip Stern, (Northeast Tour), various roles in Cabaret, Carousel and several musicals with the Yorktown Regional Theater Company (KJK Productions).
She has won numerous awards for her ingenious choreography and staging from various competitions. She is a member-teacher of the Cecchetti Council of America and in In June 2017, Ashley completed her Teachers Grade II Cecchetti ballet examination. She is a certified Progressing Ballet Techniques instructor and recently received her Tumbling certification. We are so happy to welcome her to New York Dance!
Debra King (Bona): Born in New Jersey, Debra trained at Princeton Dance and Theater Studio under ABT’s Susan Jaffe and Dayton Ballet’s Risa Gary Kaplowitz. She continued her dance training at SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Dance, graduating magna cum laude with a BFA in Dance in 2012. While at Purchase, she performed works by prominent choreographers including George Balanchine, Stephen Petronio and Susan Jaffe. Debra is currently dancing professionally in NYC with XAOC Contemporary Ballet, mishiDance, Mook Dance Company, and Exit 12 Dance Company.
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.
Katie Eshbach: Pennsylvania native, Katie Eshbach, received her pre-professional training at Pennsylvania Regional Ballet. She attended summer intensives at School of American Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. Katie then went on to receive her BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase College. While at Purchase, Katie performed works by renowned choreographers including George Blanchine, Merce Cunningham and Jessica Lang. Since her graduation, Katie has been dancing professionally with Hudson Ballet Theatre, mishiDance and XAOC Contemporary Ballet. When she’s not dancing, Katie works as a personal and group fitness trainer in New York City. Katie has taught dance and fitness across New York and in Australia.
Aaron Thao: Ho-Shia Aaron Thao was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received his bachelors in Human Biology from Brown University and began his dance training in Minnesota while pursuing a degree in medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Aaron continued his dance training throughout New York City, and has danced professionally with Ballet For Young Audiences, Continental Ballet Company, Spark Movement Collective, Ballet Theatre Company and Exit 12 Dance Company. He was featured in the July 2014 issue of Minnesota Medicine.