STAFF

  • Tony Mansker Guest Teacher


    A native of Manhattan Beach, CA. Mr. Mansker began his performing career at age 11, in the role of Bilbo Baggins in the musical version of The Hobbit. Tony had the great blessing of training with some of Southern California’s best performing arts instructors, most notably Lisa Diaz of Legacy Dance Studio, Lisa Semko of Lisa Semko Vocal Studio. Alex H. Urban-founder and Artistic Director of MET2, and the incomparable Paula Morgan.

    Tony continued his training and moved to New York at age the age of 17 to attend New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre. Performing credits include over twelve hundred performances of Disney and Cameron Macintosh’s smash hit MARY POPPINS. An original cast member, he also had the pleasure of tap dancing across the ceiling as Bert on numerous occasions.

    In 2009, Tony shared the stage with the legendary Maurice Hines in Arena Stage’s record breaking production of SOPHISTICATED LADIES. Previous performance credits include: WEST SIDE STORY ( US and International Tours). CABARET (Emcee). THE WIZARD OF OZ (Tinman). FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Motel) THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. 42nd STREET (Andy Lee). SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Cosmo). TV credits include The 61st Annual TONY Awards. The View, Good Morning America, Inside Amy Schumer, The Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade, Commericials for Coca Cola and Nintendo DS.

    Tony served as Director/ Choreographer for Surflight Theatre’s production of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL in New Jersey. He also created new 90 minute versions of the hit shows FOOTLOOSE THE MUSICAL and FAME THE MUSICAL for the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. In 2006 and 2009, he served as Director/Choreographer for over 200 young actors in BYE BYE BIRDIE and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, for the Metropolitan Educational Theatre Network, aka MET 2, in Southern California. Other choreography credits include FOOTLOOSE THE MUSICAL at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. CABARET. MACK AND MABEL and THE WHO’S TOMMY for Surflight Theatre.

    Tony currently serves on the faculties of several fine dance schools in the New York/New Jersey area. He also serves as guest choreographer/teacher for many dance studios across the USA and world, including Mexico City. Canada and Spain.

    Tony is a professional member of Dance Masters of America, and a certified teacher of The Paula Morgan Technique, an innovative and elite level system of dance training, created by Tony’s own teacher, Paula Morgan.

  • Yuki Fukui Ballet & Modern


    Yuki Fukui originally from Tokyo Japan, is a NYC based dancer, choreographer and teacher. Fukui started dancing at age 3 and received her training from Yoko Shimizu in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Misao Kai in Tokyo (Japan) and Sara Magistro in Paris (France) as a young dancer. In 2006 she moved to NYC to attend Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts. While her time there she had the privilege of performing works by Takehiro Ueyama, Karla Wolfangle, Rebecca Stenn, Jose Limon(staged by Sarah Stackhouse), Anna Sokolow (staged by Jim May), Jill Johnson, to name a few. Since graduation in 2010 with a B.A in the Arts concentration in Dance, Fukui has performed with HIU-Shudan, DajhiaIngram Dance, The Movement Collective, Amalgamate Dance Company GAS Series and Dirty Soles Dance. Currently, Fukui is an artist represented by Bellus Productions LLC. In addition to being a member of Mersiha Mesihovic/CircuitDebris, Fukui dances for Gwen Rakotovao Company where she serves as the Associate Artistic Director.

  • Anthony Locascio Tap Master


    A native New Yorker, Anthony LoCascio has performed, taught, and toured internationally since 1994. He has opened for people such as, Natalie Cole, Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder; Appeared on, Regis & Kathy, Good Day New York, MTV and more.

    Anthony has been seen internationally as far as Monte Carlo and South Africa. As a NYC cast member, and the first American to earn a standing role in Tap Dogs, he performed with the Dogs for close to 17 years, often playing The Enforcer. He finished a six-week tour in South Africa with the International Cast in 2013.

    Anthony frequently teaches at conventions and tap festivals, and adjudicates at competitions throughout the world. Currently, his projects include his Role of Spiritual Gangster for Singer/Songwriter Frank Persico, as well as choreographing, performing, and enjoying his Taplife Company. See the very first #Taplife Company live visiting the link: www.tinyurl.com/taplife

    You can take class with Anthony at Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Anthony is also an entrepreneur who is currently working on new, intuitive, mobile applications for dance and beyond.

  • Staci Cousert Musical Theatre, Jazz & Acro


    Staci is excited to have brought her talents to NYC after having lived and taught in the Chicagoland area for the last 14 years. She has been seen domestically and internationally in “Sesame Street Live!”, locally in NYC performing with Anthony Lo Cascio’s #Taplife company and in many theatre productions over the years. In addition to performing, she has choreographed numerous Theatre productions in a number of venues.
    Growing up in Kansas City, Staci started dancing at the age of 2 and was already teaching others by the age of 13 through a Teachers’ Training Program. She was part of the Kansas City Dance Theatre Company which performed 2 full-length musical-dance productions a year. Through this Company, Staci was able to visit Chicago & NYC to study with various Masters.
    Staci enjoys being at the front of the classroom as a teacher of Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics, Ballet, & Lyrical. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist with a keen interest in biomechanics, kinesiology, and anatomy.

  • Yvonne


    Come full circle!! Yvonne is a Rehearsal Director & company member with Jennifer Archibald’s Arch Dance Company in NYC. As Rehearsal Director she has been led to teach in the settings of Columbia/Barnard University, Ailey/Fordham Program, Howard University, CAP21, Dance New Amsterdam, Balettakademien (Stolkholm), and others. Since 2007 she as also served on faculty for the nationally recognized Bates Dance Festival Youth Arts Program. Yvonne was formerly a company member of Raja Feather Kelly’s The Feath3r Theory.

    After receiving her B.A. from of the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Yvonne began her performing career in San Diego, CA serving as Eveoke Dance Theatre’s Concert Company Dancer, Resident Choreographer, Apprentice Company Co-Director, Youth Performing Group Director and Senior Teaching Artist.

    Yvonne’s love for dance & movement has led to a versatile career including teaching Yoga in NYC for Yoga to the People, Coaching top athletes at Hammer Athletics in Syosset, and a Nutrition Health Coaching Practice. She is honored to work under the guidance of her very first mentor, Miss Kristin!

  • Jaclyn


    Coming soon!

  • Brittney

    Brittney Field resides in Hauppauge, New York. She is a graduate of Michelle Ferraro’s Dance USA in Coram, New York. Brittney is currently a part Royal Thieves Dance Crew in NYC. In addition, Brittney is the Associate Director of Unique Soulz Dance Company. Among her many accomplishments, Brittney has been awarded multiple dance titles along with scholarships to Urban Legends, The Hollywood Summer Tour, Monsters of Hip Hop, Millennium Dance Center and Broadway Dance Center. In addition to dance, She also earned her Degree in Business Administration. Brittney appeared in CBS’s Television show “Person of Interest”. Brittney danced in videos for singer/dancer Gina Starbuck’s “Meet the I” and David Castro’s cover “Beauty and a Beat”. She performed at Go Magazines’s Award Show in NYC and she assisted Geo Hubela and Megz Alfonso in the choreography for the Brooklyn Nets Half Time Show. When in Los Angeles, she trains at the renowned Millennium Dance Complex, International Dance Academy, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio and The Edge Performing Arts Center. Brittney has attended Showstopper and Monsters of Hip Hop Conventions. In addition, she trains at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Brittney will continue her intense training in dance and choreography around the United States as she pursues a professional dance career.

  • Annie


    Annie is a freelance dancer and dance teacher currently living in New York City. Her early training in Little Rock, Arkansas introduced her to ballet, pointe, hip hop, jazz, and contemporary dance. She began her pre-professional training under Arleen Sugano and joined Ballet Arkansas’ Second Company at the age of 14. Annie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet from the University of Utah, where she also earned her Ballet Studio Teaching Certificate. While at University, Annie was privileged to have studied from professors such as Maggie Wright Tesch, James Ady, Jan Fugit, Melonie Buchanan-Murray, Michael Bearden, and Jay Kim. She was challenged to dance versatile works by choreographers such as Val Canaparoli, Eric Handman, and Tong Wang, among others. In NYC, Annie has danced works by Sara Rodriguez and
    Nathanial Hunt.

    Annie has experience teaching all levels—from two year olds to adults. In addition to ballet, she has taught creative movement, jazz, contemporary dance, a boys movement class, and strength and conditioning classes. Annie has taught at studios in Utah such as Salt Lake City Ballet and The Dance Project SLC; and at Idaho Falls School of Ballet in Idaho. Annie currently teaches at The School at Peridance in Manhattan, and The Studio in Mineola, NY. She loves teaching the joy of dance to young artists!

  • Jacqueline Briar Baligian

    Jacqueline Briar Baligian is a dance educator/choreographer/producer with over 25 years of experience. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Jacqueline moved to L.A after graduating high school, to attend California State University majoring in Theatre Arts & Dance. From there she was on to NYC where she became a scholarship student at the Broadway Dance Center. While studying at BDC Jacqueline was hired to co-direct the children’s dance program. Her students have appeared in commercials, at Disney World, on Broadway, numerous television shows, and as Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.

    Also a performer, Jacqueline has danced in live industrials for the Suave shampoo with the star of Modern Family, Sofia Vergara, and Allabouteyes.com. Jacqueline also recently performed on the Rachael Ray Halloween Special with Rachael Ray, Pee Wee Herman, and magicians Penn & Teller and on the Regis and Kelly Show with Kelly Ripa and Nick Lachey.

    Currently, Jacqueline travels all across the country as a master class teacher, choreographer, and competition judge. Her choreography has won numerous awards and cash prizes. Jacqueline assisted teacher/choreographer, Sheila Barker on a show starring tap legend Savion Glover, entitled “Invitations to a Dancer”. She recently choreographed the opening number, starring Jerry O’Connell for the Rachael Ray show’s first episode of the 6th season and was thrilled to be asked back to choreograph Rachael Ray’s 1,000th episode with Regis Philbin and Rosie O’Donnell. As a producer, Jacqueline has assisted on dance segments for Good Morning America, the Today Show, the Food Network, and many more.

    Jacqueline was voted one of the most popular judges/instructors by “Dance Spirit Magazine”. One accomplishment that Jacqueline is especially proud of is the creation of “Dance Dice”, a unique game/teaching tool for teachers to use in class with their students. In 2011, Jacqueline made her debut as a Broadway Producer, being one of the producers of Broadway revival of “Godspell.”

  • Alyssa Vernet

    Born and raised a New England based artist, Alyssa began her training as a student of Melissa Hoffman Dance Center where she grew up learning and performing around the Boston area. After graduating from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance with a BFA in performance dance, she danced for modern/contemporary companies such as KAIROS Dance Theatre, ParadiseMoves and Pantos Project Dance where she is also on faculty as an educator. In addition to performing, Alyssa has been featured dancing in commercials for Hasbro and the soon to be released new music video for the artist Taska Black. She enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge for dance through teaching and choreographing as well as adjudicating with Dance Masters of America around the country.

  • Dee Delgado

    Since graduating Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, Dee Delgado has lit up stages across the nation. She began training in dance as a child and is well versed in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, acrobatics, lyrical and tap. Dee’s extensive history in dance has awarded her opportunities to perform live as a New York Knicks City Dancer for three consecutive seasons (2007-2010), HBO’s hit show Vinyl and on NBC’s Maya & Marty Show as a featured dancer. Her skills and experience have landed her roles in musical video productions for artists like Beyonce Knowles in “Countdown”, Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” and Jennifer Lopez’s “I Got That Good Hit” music video. Dee was interviewed on American Latino TV and appeared in 50 Cent’s live television performance on Good Morning America in 2014. She’s had the privilege of performing at two MTV VMA’s, first with Beyonce’s performance of “Single Ladies” in 2009 and again in 2014 with Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” performance. Dee has also performed with musical artists like Zion y Lennox, Chelsea Chris, Tina Novak, Kim Sozzy and Willa Ford. For well over a decade, Dee’s dedication to the art of dance has been made evident by her countless achievements and she looks forward to sharing her professional knowledge with her students!