the balanced body series
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.
inner dancer workshop: 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.
lisa gajda maiolo
inner dancer workshop: 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 myTherapyNYC. 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.
inner dancer workshop: 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.
inner dancer workshop: 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.