I AM buddy
I am BUDDY CASIMANO, a performer with 30 years of working experience in all mediums of show business. Before tumbling into show business, I was a competitive ELITE level gymnast as well as a 3 time Jr. Olympic swim champion.
In the (late) 80's, I attended high school With teen pop sensation Debbie Gibson and after I beat her in the talent show, she hired me and I began touring the world as her back-up dancer.
While on tour, we performed at Royal Albert Hall for Princess Diana & Prince Charles, as well as Wembley Stadium in London, the Buddokhan in Tokyo, MoviStar Arena in Santiago Chile', the State Street Theatre in Sydney Australia and the legendary Madison Square Garden in NYC. But it was theRockin Rio II performance in Rio De Janeiro (1991) that would go into the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest paying audience for a concert EVER! A-HA & Debbie Gibson were the acts... 198,000 fans dancing along to Debbie's pop hits & my choreography.
After my 3rd world tour with Deb, I pursued my dream of dancing on Broadway. I learned that if you stay focused, work hard, go to EVERY audition possible and keep believing… your dreams can come true.
My life in show business has been filled with crazy experiences like being kicked by Madonna, having my nose broken by Sandy Duncan, falling down the stairs with Sally Struthers, & sipping tea with George Michael. My legs were the model for Elvis in the international “ABSOLUT Memphis“ ads and those shoes are in the Smithsonian pop-culture exhibit . There is also a pair of my dance shoes from Debbie Gibson's tour displayed in the Hard Rock Cafe`(Tijuana). #werk
"Miss Saigon" ( BROADWAY )
"Starlight Express" (Las Vegas)
"Hercules Live on Broadway" (NYC New Amsterdam Theatre)
"Red Hot Broadway" (Off-Broadway NYC Lamb Theatre)
"Miss Saigon" (1st National Tour)
"That's Christmas” (Chicago)
“POP goes BROADWAY“ (Atlantic City).
"Broadway Bares" V11-XIII (NYC)
music videos :
Only in my Dreams, Shake Your Love, Foolish Beat, Staying Together, Electric Youth, We Could Be Together, Anything Is Possible, & E.Y. ReLoaded ALL by Debbie Gibson
Someone Like You by SYLVESTER
Softly Whispering I LOVE You by Paul Young
Hip-Hop by Chris Cuevas
"Jeannie Boppin Jeannie"- Frank Haskell ( MTV Basement Tapes WINNER 1985 )
FURREVER FRIENDS by Kenner Toys ( 1986 )
On The Make - Taurus Films
I'll Do Anything - Paramount Pictures Directed by James L. Brooks
DANCE MOMS Season 2
CELEBRITY HOUSE HUNTERS
CELEBRITY APPRENTICE SEASON 7
MTV GUEST HOST 1988
LIVE FROM THE PALACE
TOP OF THE POPS
GOOD MORNING AMERICA
( many more...)
directors & choreographers:
George Schlatter, Twyla Tharp, Jerry Mitchell, James L. Brooks, Arlene Phillips, Michael Peters, Otis Salid, Jodi Moccia, & Paula Abdul.
Buddy's Choreography work :
Out of The Blue Tour 1988- DEBBIE GIBSON
Electric Youth Tour ( back-up singers only) 1989- DEBBIE GIBSON
Anything is Possible Video 1990- DEBBIE GIBSON Atlantic Records
"I'll be Your Everything" World Tour w/ NKOTB 1990- TOMMY PAGE
"One Step Ahead World Tour" 1991- DEBBIE GIBSON
"Hip-Hop" video 1991 CHRIS CUEVAS Atlantic Records
CHRIS CUEVAS Asian Tour 1991
Shock Your Mama video 1991- DEBBIE GIBSON Atlantic Records
director/choreographer onboard Norwegian Cruise Lines
director/ choreographer of numerous corporate industrials - clients include:
Walmart, ABC Family, ESPN, Novartis, King Pharmaceutical, Merck, The DISH Network, SUNOVIAN, NONI Juice, Advanced Auto Parts, YourSingapore.com
co-choreographer of the Debbie Gibson/Tiffany tour 2013
choreographer of the off-Broadway show “The Groove Factory” in NYC 2012.
He has had the pleasure of directing and choreographing some INCREDIBLE performers such as : Ben Vereen, Karen Ziemba, Jennifer Holliday, Adrian Zmed, Asa Somers, Eugene Fleming, Andrea McArdle, Anthony Rapp, Norm Lewis & Lea Salonga.
HOSTING SPIRIT OF DANCE AWARDS:
Springfield Mass March 5/6
Poughkeepsie March 12
Manchester NH March 19/20
Vernon CT April 2/3
Norwood Mass April 9/10
Millstone NJ April 16/17
Providence RI April 30/May 1
Sparta NJ May 7
Lowell Mass May 14/15
Worcester Mass May 21/22
Hyannis Cape Cod July 12-17th
DEBBIE GIBSON SHOWS:
APRIL 24/25 FREESTYLE FESTIVAL ON QUEEN MARY LONG BEACH CALIFORNIA SOLD OUT!!
OCTOBER U.K. SHOWS
APRIL 2017 80'S CRUISE
News & PRESS
RED SKY AT NIGHT
FLIGHT TO FREEDOM
After spending 25 years in the dance competition world as a judge / choreographer / and now exclusively Host & Emcee, I am offering: competition preparedness, cleaning of numbers, mock-judging, & dancer mentor programs.
I will clean your competition pieces, adjudicate your numbers, & get your teams ready for the season.
My "Buddy buddy" mentor program will offer direct access to me for consultation & help with competitions as well as support for auditions & preparation for the professional dance world. A one year, 6 month, or 1 month option is available.
*I will be taking on a maximum of 10 buddies each competition season.
Contact me : BuddyCasimano@gmail.com for information regarding all of the above.