Buddy Casimanois a performer with 25 years of working experience in all mediums of show business. Before tumbling into show business, he was a competitive elite level gymnast, as well as a 3 time Jr. Olympic swim champion. In the 80's,(after beating her in his High School talent show...), he became a back-up dancer & choreographer for teen pop sensation Debbie (Deborah) Gibson, touring the world with her for 7 years. After his 3rd world tour with Deborah, he pursued his dream of dancing on Broadway. If you stay focused, & work hard?sometimes your dreams come true! Some of his favorite show credits include: Broadway's Miss Saigon, Starlight Express, Hercules Live, Red Hot Broadway, Miss Saigon 1st National Tour, That's Christmas & most recently, POP goes BROADWAY (starring Deborah Gibson andco-choreographed with fellow judge, Eddie Bennett). Buddy has been kicked by Madonna, had his nose broken by Sandy Duncan, fell down the stairs with Sally Struthers, & sipped tea with George Michael... A pair of his dance shoes are displayed in the Hard Rock Cafe, as well as in the Smithsonian pop-culture exhibit. He has appeared in numerous music videos on MTV, & worked with other recording artists such as... Sylvester, Deborah Cooper, Darlene Love, Paul Young, & Tommy Page. His legs were the model for Elvis in the international "ABSOLUT Memphis" ads. Buddy has danced for some of the best choreographers & directors including; George Schlatter, Twyla Tharp, Jerry Mitchell, James L. Brooks, Arlene Phillips, Michael Peters, Otis Salid, Jodi Moccia, & Paula Abdul, and has directed and choreographed some incredible performers such as: Ben Vereen, Karen Ziemba, Jennifer Holliday, Adrian Zmed, Asa Somers, Eugene Fleming, Andrea McArdle, Anthony Rapp, Norm Lewis & Lea Salonga. Buddy has been teaching dance & judging National talent competitions for 20 yrs, and currently teaches master classes in jazz, musical theater, lyrical, & his own athletic, jazz-infused style, "Buddy-ography". Now... LET's DANCE!
Liz Piccoli(AEA/AGMA/SDC Associate Director/Choreographer) enjoys a professional career as a dancer, instructor, choreographer and director. Among her performance credits are: “West Side Story” (Virginia and Lyric Operas); off-Broadway, “Shafrika, the White Girl,” (Vineyard Theatre); “Fat Camp” at NYMF. Liz also performed with the Metropolitan Opera in productions of “Romeo et Juliette” and “The First Emperor". Her choreographic credits include: Assistant Director/Choreographer to Tricia Brouk, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" (Central Coast Theater); Assist. Choreographer, "Ionescopades" (York Theatre/Lucille Lortel Nomination); SDC Observer, Dan Knechtges ("Lysistrata Jones", off-Broadway and Broadway); Assist. Choreographer, the TVLand Awards opening number starring Liza Minnelli; Erotic Broadway at The Triad; and Choreographer for the Tennessee Williams play "Now The Cats With Jeweled Claws", off-Broadway at La MaMa in NYC. Additionally, Liz choreographed for a new musical in workshop based on Pink's album "Misunderstood", and is part of the NYC Jazz Choreography Project at Alvin Ailey and the Cool New York Festival in Brooklyn. Most recently she choreographed "The Wizard of Oz", "Oliver", and "Footloose" fpr the Ohana Arts Program in Oahu, HI. In May 2013, Liz Co-Directed and Choreographed a new musical, enjoying a successful off-Broadway run, about the 80's fitmess craze. "Spandex, the Musical", will return to the NYC stage this spring and is proudly sponsored by Crunch Fitness, and American Apparel. Other recent projects include choreography for "Hip-Hop High", which has been picked up by Universal Studios, the creation of a new show for John G of Derek David Productions, and commercial work for Smirnoff Vodka and Resorts World Casino. Liz strives to inspire artistic passion and growth in others; www.lizpiccoli.com.
Eddie Bennetthas established himself as a professional entertainer with over 18 years of continuous work in the theatre industry. His first professional credit landed him in the lap of well-known L.A. based choreographers, Helene Phillips and Barry Lather. Eddie soon moved on to national tours and regional theatre credits in such shows as A Chorus Line, Gypsy, & Bye Bye Birdie. Continuing to exceed, he joined the Broadway show "CHICAGO: The Musical"; he has toured and still continues to work with the Broadway company. This past year marked Eddie's 14th with "CHICAGO". He has played every male ensemble role in the Broadway stage production, still running at the Ambassador Theatre in NYC. In 2008 Eddie made his debut as a choreographer, putting up two full production shows. The first was "Deborah Gibson's, Pop Goes Broadway", starring 80's pop sensation Debbie Gibson, at Harrah's in Altlantic City for which he received rave reviews for his choreography; "superb" and wonderfully animated" - The Courier Post and The Daily News. It was hailed as "the very best" in production shows featured in all of Atlantic City. Next was "The Flunky" A New Musical", in LA. Eddie worked with top LA director Kay Cole on this hilarious new musical, marking his first show in pre-production for Broadway! Eddie's choreography has since been in high demand. Additionally he has choreographed "Mira Quien Baila" star Bianca Marroquin's sold out show, "Luz". Other choreographic credits include: his first major film, "FISH: A Boy In A Man's Prison", based on the acclaimed novel by the same name; his first major concert, "Debbie Gibson And Tiffany: Journey Through The 80's", kicking off the tour on "GMA Summer Concert Series"; his first music video, "Electric Youth: Reloaded", with it's debut on the season finale of the popular "The Jace Hall Show". Eddie was also featured on Season 5 of "Celebrity Apprentice", and has been a guest judge on the widely popular "Dance Moms". Along the wat, Eddie has had the chance to work and dance with a slew of celebrities, inluding Patrick Swayze, Patti LaBelle, Angela Lansbury, Usher, Debbie Gibson, Wayne Brady, Lisa Rinna, Bebe Neuwirth, Michelle Williams, Wendy Williams, Billy Ray Cyrus, Chita Rivera, Jerry Springer, George Hamilton, Kevin Richardson, Ashlee Simpson, John O'Hurley, Marvin Hamlisch, and Carol Woods (also his son's Godmother).
Nuala Potts,a native New Yorker, holds a BA in Theatre Dance from C.U.N.Y. Queens College. Her proximity in NY allowed her to work regularly with artists such as the Martha Graham Company, American Tap Dance Foundation, Limon Dance Company, Dance Theatre Etcetera, Manhattan Tap, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Nuala has been a competitive Latin Ballroom dancer and appeared as a featured tap dancer on the PBS Dance in America Series for the Gregory Hines Special. She has established herself as a teacher, director, judge and choreographer throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. The eclectic teaching style she has developed, led Nuala to be recruited from the US to Canada to implement dance programs for several of Vancouver’s leading dance institutions. Nuala is an advisory board member of several organizations dedicated to fostering the art of dance through choreographic residency programs, public and private school curricula and professional performance based projects.
Maureen Brownis a singer, dancer, choreographer, teacher, and voice over & recording artist who has performed in television, theatre, radio, videos, & concerts worldwide. Some of Maureen’s television credits include singing with opera celebrity Paul Potts, NBC’s Today Show, MTV Awards, Billboard Awards, Cosby Show, Arsenio Hall Show, Dave Chapelle Show, and All My Children’s Anniversary Show. Her theatre performances have included the west coast tour of “Dreamgirls”, “Aida” in Amsterdam, European tour of of “Bubblin’ Brown Sugar”, the National tour of “The Wiz” with Stephanie Mills, “Harlem Suite” with Jennifer Holliday & Maurice Hines, Radio City Music Hall’s “Christmas Spectacular”, “Red Hot Broadway”, “Salute to Broadway”, and a world wide tour with C&C Music Factory. As a voice over and recording artist, Maureen sang for the audio recording for the west coast tour of “Dreamgirls”, and she can be heard on radio & TV public service announcements, as well as in music promotions and comedy skits. Maureen was also honored to sing at the US Marines/NYC Toys for Tots Gala & Hurricane Sandy Benefit Relief in NYC. A multi talented performer, & teacher, Maureen is an active member of Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federations of Radio and Television, and the American Guild of Variety Arts.
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Shawn Mahoneyhas a distinguished list of credits throughout his career as a dancer. His early training included The Boston Ballet Center for Dance and the American Ballet Theatre School, where he was an ABT apprentice. Shawn subsequently went on to become a principal, soloist and a corps de ballet dancer with The Boston Ballet for six years before becoming an invited member of Twyla Tharp's "Twyla Tharp & Dancers". Through his career, Shawn has had the honor to perform at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and as a guest artist with the Washington Ballet, Suzannne Farrell & Company and The Balanchine Project to name a few. In 2001 he founded Mahoney Agency, epresenting dancers to provide them opportunities for performance engagements. He has since continued to teach master classes, as well as choreographing, coaching, and adjudicating. In 2006 Shawn was appointed a faculty position at Emerson College, and he proudly sits on the Chelsea Cultural Council.