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Buddy Casimano

Buddy Casimano

BUDDY CASIMANO  is a performer with 30 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 80s, (after beating her in the High School talent show…) he become a back-up dancer & choreographer for teen pop sensation Debbie (Deborah) Gibson, touring the world with her for years.  After his 3rd world tour with Debbie, he pursued his dream of dancing on Broadway.  And quickly learned that if you stay focused and 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, “The’s Christmas”, & most recently “POP goes BROADWAY” (Starring Debbie Gibson).


Buddy has appeared in numerous music videos on MTV, & worked with other recording artists such as …Sykvester, Deborah Cooper, Darlene Love, Paul Young, & Tommy Page. Recent works include: Director/Choreographer onboard Norwegian Cruise Lines, Director/Choreographer of numerous corporate industrials, & co-choreographer of the Debbie Gibson /Tiffany Tour.


He 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.  He has had the pleasure of directing and choreographing some INCREDITABLE performers such as: Ben Vereen, Karen Ziemba, Jennifer Holiday, Adrian Zmed, Asa Somers, Eugene Fleming, Abdrea McArdle, Anthony Rapp, Norm Lewis & Lea Salonga. His life in show business has been filled with crazy experiences like: being kicked by Madonna, having his nose broken by Sandy Nuncan, falling down the stairs with Sally Struthers, & sipping tea with George Michael.


Buddy’s legs were the model for Elvis in the international “ABSOLUTE Memphis” ads. A pair of his dance shoes are displayed in the Hard Rock Café, as well as a pair in the Smithsonian pop-culture exhibit. Buddy has been teaching dance and judging for National talent competitions for 20years and currently teaches mast classes in jazz, musical theatre, lyrical, & his own athletic, jazz-infused style he calls “Buddy-ography”.
His mantra is: If you don’t sweat…it don’t count.
Now…LET’s DANCE.

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