dr. kelly angelucci, dpt
the balanced body series
inner dancer 2021: conditioning | personalized physical therapy evaluations

Kelly Angelucci is a 2018 graduate of DeSales University where she completed a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Sport & Exercise Physiology. While at DeSales, Kelly studied ballet, jazz, modern, and tap technique under the direction of Trinette Singleton, Tara Madsen, Julia Mayo, Jill Fitzgerald, Tim Cowart, and Angela Sigley Grossman. She performed in professional and student-choreographed works at numerous venues in the Lehigh Valley area, as well as historical reconstructions originally choreographed by Doris Humphrey and José Limón. Kelly also choreographed two of her own works at DeSales and presented them throughout the Lehigh Valley. Kelly is currently working towards her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at DeSales and will graduate in August 2021, hoping to pursue a career focused on dance injuries, wellness support, and treatment. Additionally, Kelly is in her third season as a first company dancer for emme dance collective based in Lancaster, is a teacher and choreographer for Expression of Dance in Nazareth, PA, and is a certified Zumba fitness instructor.  

 

Kelly is excited to work with dansphere in order to influence dancers on a larger platform to provide education that will allow dancers to reach their full potential. Kelly believes in the importance and well-roundedness of the dancer’s physical, emotional, and mental, and spiritual capacity, as well as the ability to prevent injuries and burnout, emphasizing overall health and well-being for optimal competence and proficiency of one’s craft.

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dylis croman
monday meditations
inner dancer workshop 2020: mind | body connection through yoga

Dylis Croman started her professional career in New York City dancing with The Feld Ballet/ NY at the age of seventeen. She has been working professionally in the business for 23 years. Croman’s credits include Chicago, A Chorus Line, Sweet Charity, Oklahoma, Thou Shalt Not, Fosse, Movin' Out, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. On television, she appeared as Andrew Daniels on "Guiding Light", "Smash" on NBC, Fosse (trumpet solo, filmed for PBS “Great Performances”), as well as many national commercials. She was introduced to the Fosse style at an early age by her mentor, Ann Reinking. Croman was deeply inspired by her teaching of this unique, stylized form of dance that powerfully resonates to this day. She now stars in her dream role of Roxie Hart on the national tour and Broadway productions of Chicago.

 

Most recently, Dylis expanded her love for yoga and completed her 200-hour E-RYT certification specializing in vinyasa flow, as well as Yin. Throughout the demands of her dance and theatre career, she has benefited immensely from yoga, finding the practice crucial to the mind, body and spirit. Her motto: Devotion to self is the key to freedom and joy.

mary ann lamb
inner dancer 2021: artistic authenticity through movement

Mary Ann Lamb teaches and choreographs all over the world - she is best known for her work on Broadway and film. She has had both starring and supporting roles in Broadway shows such as Curtains, Fosse, A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to the Forum, Rock of Ages, Contact, Seussical, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Song and Dance, Goodbye Girl, Starlight Express, Carrie, and Chicago

Lamb has danced in a variety of television roles, commercials and films, including the Oscar Award-winning films, Chicago, and Rock of Ages. Lamb’s extensive dance career is on display in a PBS documentary titled, Working Dancers II.

In addition to Broadway, Lamb has danced in eight productions at New York’s City Center in the prestigious Encore series. She has played the lead role in the York Theater’s off-Broadway presentation of New Girl in Town, and in the Sacramento Music Circus’s production of Damn Yankees. 

She is an adjunct faculty member at Western Connecticut State, where she teaches musical theater, jazz and modern dance. She was Associate Choreographer for Susan Misner and Jonathon Bernstein’s, The Shape She Makes at ART Theater in Cambridge.

She has taught in universities, including New York University, Penn State and Julliard. She is on the faculty of Showstopper Conventions. In the summer, Lamb is part of the dance faculty for a number of summer dance and theatre intensives, including TPAT at Wake Forest University, Triple Arts, UNCSA Summer Dance, and the Martha's Vineyard Musical Theater Summer Workshop.

Her vision of dance is shaped from working with Jerome Robbins, Graciella Daniel, Gwen Verdon, Ann Reinking, Kathleen Marshal, Susan Stroman, and Rob Marshal. These luminaries of the theater in addition to many others have inspired Lamb to pass on her artistic passion to others.

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lisa gajda maiolo
inner dancer workshop 2020: mental and emotional resources for dancers

Lisa Gajda Maiolo is a veteran of eighteen Broadway shows. She is currently seeing clients as a therapist at Equity Therapy in New York. Lisa has run groups for mothers, teenage dance companies and dancers coping with the complexities of career transition. Using existential, relational and parts-party-based therapeutic modalities, she works with individuals and groups where they are, encouraging them to do the work that is possible today.

 

Lisa is committed to improving the lives and careers of performers by exploring mental health. Pursuing one’s career from a place of curiosity about who they are and how they function, makes them significantly more effective. No longer bound by a limiting win-or-lose mentality, performers' experiences become fodder for their craft. Everything they engage in—including their losses--useful and meaningful. Performing artists’ agency lies in how they interface with their career’s challenges. Let’s use this difficult time to know more and become more effective in a career that will ask us to be resilient, regardless of  circumstance.

krisha marcano
inner dancer workshop 2020 and 2021: career and financial manifestation

Krisha Marcano is the Founder and Creative Career Coach at The Artistry Center Network, LLC.  She spent the first eight years of her career in dance companies like The Martha Graham Dance Company & The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She then transitioned to Broadway for the next seventeen years where she was blessed to do a number of great broadway hits like Fosse, Disney's Aida, Sweet Charity, and Motown the Musical. She originated the role of Squeak in Oprah's 2005 production of The Color Purple.  

 

Krisha is now the Assistant Professor of Theatre Dance, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs & Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Drama. Krisha lived, survived and thrived as a dancer, singer, actor in New York City, and volunteered for seven years while on Broadway as the co-chair of the Business Group for Career Transition for Dancers.

 

She created The Artistry Center Network to realize her continued need to be of service to her community of performing artists by teaching entrepreneurial and artistic wellness.  The Artistry Center Network is a global community platform for artists to network more efficiently, connect with resources, engage in private and group coaching, attend events and create their own ecosystem. Krisha's  classes are a deep dive into the artistic and financial wellness of the working artist, from Dreaming to Actualization.

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julia mayo
inner dancer workshop 2020 and 2021: contemporary modern technique

A native of Louisiana, Julia Mayo grew up performing with the Baton Rouge Ballet Theater under the direction of Molly Buchmann and Sharon Mathews. Julia continued her dance training in New York City and holds a BFA in dance from the Juilliard School under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, and an MFA in dance  performance and choreography from New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts. Julia has worked with Eliot Feld, Aszure Barton, Seán Curran, and Jacquelyn Buglisi and has performed repertory by Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, and Antony Tudor. Julia was a member of Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance in NYC and has performed internationally with various companies. 

As a choreographer, her work aims to explore human emotions and relationships through systematic study of movement that is rich in physicality and intention.  Her choreography has been presented by the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, DeSales University, University of Wyoming, Lafayette College, Western Wyoming Community College, as well as festivals around the country.

Julia is dedicated to educating her students about dance and encouraging them to use this information to further their knowledge of the human body and its artistic and communicative capabilities. By acknowledging the individuality of each student, she aims to facilitate a deep understanding of dance as an art form. She is currently and Associate Professor and Chair of the Dance Department as DeSales University. As an educator and artist, Julia is excited to be a part of dansphere. She believes that holistic dance education fosters a greater awareness within each dancer of who they are and the importance of their voice as artist communicators.

susan misner
inner dancer workshop 2021: artistic authenticity through acting techniques

Susan Misner choreographer, director, actor) was the series choreographer (episodes 4-8) for the FX miniseries Fosse/Verdon; she also played Bob Fosse’s second wife Joan McCracken. Other choreography credits include: Ryan Murphy’s Simply Halston (Netflix), Younger (series finale on Paramount +), Electric Company (PBS), and upcoming Dreamworks Studio movie The Bad Guys.

She recently wrote, choregraphed, and directed a short film entitled Bend, which premiered at various film festivals around the world this past year – and won Best Short Film at NYC’s Lincoln Center Dance On Camera Festival.

A dance play that she co-conceived and choreographed entitled The Shape She Makes received its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), and garnered two Elliott Norton Awards for Best Production and Best Choreography.

On film, she has appeared in Chicago (for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award), Being Charlie, Assassination Nation, Walking On The Sky (Best Supporting Actress Award, New York International Independent Film Festival), Summer Days Summer Nights, Tanner Hall, Something’s Gotta Give, Cayman Went, Somebody's Hero, Seneca, and many others.

She has a long list of TV performing credits including four seasons on The Americans as Sandra Beeman, two seasons on Billions as FBI Agent Terri McCue, two seasons on Shut Eye as Dr. Nora White, the second season of Amazon’s Jack Ryan as U.S. Ambassador Calabrese, in addition to recurring roles on Nashville, Person Of Interest, The Good Wife, In Treatment, Without A Trace, and Rescue Me, plus episodes of Gotham, The Blacklist, Banshee, The Following, Blue Bloods, Sex And The City, Elementary, NCIS, White Collar, Royal Pains, Fringe, multiple appearances on all three series of the Law & Order franchise, both CSI shows, and she portrayed Gretchen Martin in the miniseries The Bronx Is Burning opposite John Turturro.

She is the veteran of four Broadway musicals: Guys And Dolls, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, and Dream.

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aaron severini
inner dancer workshop 2021: musicality and music theory for dancers

A recipient of a New Music USA Project Grant, CBA Fellowship at New York University, and The Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowship, Aaron Severini's journey to a life in music grew out of a career dancing professionally for New York City Ballet (NYCB). Mr. Severini’s passion for composing—first for choreographers and dance companies—quickly expanded to include music for concert, film, television, and new media. Following his career with NYCB, he was accepted into The Juilliard School where he received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in composition.

Premieres include Catch performed by three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Cory Smythe at Davies Symphony Hall (CA), Sleet performed by the Juilliard Orchestra under the direction of Jeffrey Milarsky at Alice Tully Hally (NYC), String Quartet performed by Han Shi, Sissi Yuqing Zhang, Jeremy Kienbaum, and Kevin Mills at 92nd Street Y (NYC), Curios performed by pianist Robert Fleitz at The Music Gallery, Steinway & Sons (FL), and The Monarch performed by pianists Steven Beck and Stephen Gosling at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater (NYC).

Mr. Severini collaborates regularly with choreographers and has composed original scores for Norbert De La Cruz III/Satellite Collective (Echo & Narcissus), Marcus Jarrell Willis (POM/POM Portrait of Man/Pieces of Me Film and Kindred Spirits/My Brother, Dear Sister, Part I: Kindred Spirits), New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, The Juilliard School, and New York Choreographic Institute. His music for filmmakers and videographers includes works for PBS documentaries, iPad/iPhone applications, and promotional campaigns for Cartier,  UNICEF, Squarespace, the New York City Ballet, and others.

our collaborators
these proliferate human beings are a core part of what makes dansphere the organization that it is. each individual listed here has brought their expertise, passion, and belief in the dansphere mission to each class they teach.