New York Faculty
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We are thrilled to be partnering with some of the most talented dancers and choreographers working in New York City. Our NYC Faculty is available for private lessons, weekend workshops and weekly intensives.
Check out their bio's and get ready to take your performance skills to the next level!
Caitlin Abraham was an original cast member of An American in Paris with Dir/Chor Christopher Wheeldon both in Paris and on Broadway. She performed the principal role of Madame Baurel a number of times as well as the featured vocal track, Olga. She is also an original cast member of the 2010 revival of La Cage aux Folles with Tony Award-winning Dir. Terry Johnson. Caitlin played Liz on the National Tour of Chicago the Musical. Other favorite credits include “Cassie” in A Chorus Line (original choreography), a featured dance track in On The Town at Paper Mill Playhouse, as well as working with incredible choreographers such as Josh Bergasse (NBC’S SMASH), Josh Rhodes (Cinderella on Broadway), Peggy Hickey (Anastasia on Broadway), Dontee Kiehn (International Supervisor An American in Paris), and Anne Reinking (Chicago on Broadway). Caitlin works on a continual basis with the Verdon Fosse Legacy to reconstruct Bob Fosse’s original choreography. Under the direction of his daughter, Nicole, this select group of dancers learns Mr. Fosse’s original choreography from original cast members and films the pieces for the archival purposes of the Estate.
TV/Film/Industrial/Commercial Credits include: L’Oreal, Let’s Make a Deal, the 2010 and 2015 Tony Awards, Bob Evans, Cinderella for UNC-TV, Monet Impressions for UNC-TV, Carolina Jamboree for UNC-TV, as well as Transmission: a Jazz Documentary. She was featured in the dance films Wind and Tree and Salt Water (starring Desmond Richardson). Caitlin recently filmed a new Dance on Film documentary with the Verdon Fosse Legacy which is scheduled to air on the BBC this November 2018.
Before her musical theater career, Caitlin spent eight seasons at Carolina Ballet under Dir. Robert Weiss (New York City Ballet). She achieved the rank of Soloist and performed principal roles in masterworks by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Jose Limon. Caitlin also originated roles by Lynne Taylor-Corbett (...Gottschalk, ABT) and Robert Weiss. Favorite roles include: Choleric (The Four Temperaments), Caliope (Apollo), Girl with a Purse (Fancy Free), Iago’s Wife (Moor’s Pavane) and Red Rockin’ Chair (Carolina Jamboree). Caitlin has also enjoyed performing to benefit fantastic organizations including Dancers Responding to AIDS, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Amnesty International.
Caitlin has been teaching for over 20 years; she teaches ballet, pointe, theater dance, Fosse-style jazz, audition technique and vocal coaching. Teaching credits include: the trainee programs at both Joffrey Ballet School and the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Program, Alvin Ailey, New York City Dance Alliance, the Joffrey Musical Theater Intensive, Educational Performance Tours, Dance Educators of America, On Stage New York, Showstopper, Broadway Workshop and Dance Masters of America.
Caitlin teaches master classes and sets choreography at studios, performing arts school and universities across the US. Her adaptation of “BlackBird” from Bob Fosse’s Liza with a Z was seen at Symphony Space in New York City; she expanded the original 10-dancer cast to involve 25 pre-professionals from the Joffrey Ballet School. Caitlin has also adapted Christopher Wheeldon’s Tony-Award winning choreography to set a condensed version of the “An American in Paris Ballet” on Detroit Country Day School. Her work has been seen at NYCDA National Finals and at YAGP. Caitlin has received ‘Best Choreography” awards for her “Buenos Aires,” inspired by Rob Ashford’s 2012 Broadway revival of Evita, and for “Barso Re,” an Indian- themed contemporary pointe piece.
Chelsea began singing at the age of 15, and holds a BM from the Eastman School of Music and an MM from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Chelsea has performed with the New York City Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Roanoke and Greensboro Opera. She recently launched Chelsea Lauren studios based in New York’s Upper West Side where she works with young hopefuls.
Chelsea has over 10 years experience working with young singers, and is excited to share her love of music with children in Steamboat.
Learn more about her work, HERE