Ann Marie DeAngelo, former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, was featured in Backstage as a “multiple-career artist”. She founded her own experimental dance troupe called Ballet D’Angelo, touring extensively in Europe and showcasing her choreography; was the founding Artistic Director of Ballet de Monterrey, the first privately funded arts organization in Mexico; and Associate Director of the Joffrey Ballet.
By Guy Adams
Ann Marie DeAngelo was pegged by Backstage as “a multiple career artist.” Her dance career with the Joffrey Ballet spanned 10 years, and she later became the company’s Associate Director. Before that, she was the founding Artistic Director of Ballet de Monterrey (1990), and of her own experimental company, which toured Europe extensively in the late 1980s. She has been the producer and director for seven Gala benefit evenings for Career Transition For Dancers, at City Center in NYC. As a choreographer, Ms. DeAngelo’s Bell Witch, a one-act ghost story, was nominated for a Benois de la Danse award in 2004. She has created more than 40 ballets, including participating in Dance Break 2006, a high-profile showcase in the Broadway community. She has taught at numerous universities, summer dance programs, and schools, and has been movement coach to Bette Midler. She holds a certificate in Arts Administration from New York University.
ANN MARIE DEANGELO, started her professional dance career performing with the Joffrey Ballet. Pegged as a virtuoso, she was featured in TIME Magazine as ”...one of America’s most outstanding ballerinas” . She later served as Associate Director, marking her tenure with the Joffrey nearly 18 years. She danced the classics as well as worked with and in ballets by iconic ballet choreographers such as Fredrick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Cranko, Agnes DeMille, Kurt Josse, Jiri Kilian, John Neumeier, Jerome Robbins, Tywla Tharp and Antony Tudor. She performed internationally in numerous galas and companies including: Stars of American Ballet, Stars of World Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba, The Belles Artes in Mexico, Municipal Theater in Brasil, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in Canada. She was also a member of the Frankfurt Ballet under the direction of William Forsythe.
Backstage magazine called DeAngelo a “multiple-career artist”, because of her versatile talents, both creatively in producing her own work, as well as voices of others. In the mid-1980‘s she founded her own experimental dance troupe called Ballet D’Angelo, which toured extensively in Europe. She was the founding Artistic Director of Ballet de Monterrey, which was the first privately funded arts organization in Mexico. She served two seasons as Artistic Director with Ballet Omaha’s - before the board decided the organization would become a presenting entity. Ms. DeAngelo has produced and directed nine eclectic dance shows for Career Transition For Dancers (CTFD), raising over $1 Million per event; and recently conceived and directed Capezio’s 125th Anniversary show performed at City Center in New York City. A work of hers was presented called The Cobbler Rap with original music by percussionist Marty Beller, lyrics by Lloyd G. Miller, and sung by Dax Valdes and performed by talent that included Allegria, Bounce, Nicole Graniero, Craig Salstein, World Cup All Stars and Daniel Ulbricht (of New York City Ballet). Other talent on the program included: Misty Copeland and Jared Mathews of American Ballet Theater; Rasta Thomas and the Bad Boys of Dance; Cartier Williams; Anna and Emily Venizelos (formerly from Cirque du Soleil), Dance Sport Ballroom competitors; Fosse contributor David Warren Gibson with Jennifer Dunne and Dana Moore, The Lombard Twins, Mark Stuart Dance Theater, Break-the-Floor with Mandy Moore, Momix, Anthony Morigerato, Noah Racey’s New York Song and Dance, The Rockettes, Mr. Wiggles and Crazy Legs of Rock Steady Crew, Twitch and more.
As a choreographer, Ms. DeAngelo has created over 50 works including full-evening pieces for her company Ballet D’Angelo that included: Zeitgeist I & II; The Last of the Best; and Gypsy Band. Choreography for ballet companies include: The Joffrey Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba; Ohio Ballet; Pittsburgh Ballet Theater; Oregon Ballet Theater; Ballet Pacifica; Nevada Ballet Theater; BalletNY, Zig Zag and ABT II. She has created several woks for Ballet de Monterrey, including their first contemporary work, Paradise, which starred Hip Hop pioneer Mr.Wiggles, in a lead role. Before that she collaborated on a duet with Toni Basil, that she performed on Sesame Street with Hip Hop legend Skeeter Rabbit. She has created works for various universities including Goucher College and Marymount Manhattan College. Ms. DeAngelo created a one-act “ghost love-story” based on the most documented supernatural phenomena in American history which is called the Bell Witch ghost. The Bell Witch ballet, was originally created on Nashville Ballet in 2003, with original music by Conni Ellisor. It incorporated a 3-D scenic design element. The ballet was nominated for a “Benois de la Danse” Award and a segment was performed at the Bolshoi Theater, Moscow. DeAngelo participated in the inaugural season of The National Choreography Initiative, and was one of six choreographers chosen to participate in Dance Break in 2006, a high-profile showcase for choreographers in the Broadway community. She has returned to Ballet de Monterrey to create “Paradise Revisited, La Noche (which was performed at the Joyce Theater during their New York appearances); and A Tribute to Broadway. She was choreographer for a new musical in China, called The Promise, which premiered at the Shanghai Expo 2010. She has contributed choreography each year for CTFD programs that included Opening Number, In the Mix!, Stay With Me (with John Selya and Nicole Graniero) Carousel, She Remembers? (with actress Lynn Cohen), and Ghost Town with music by Richard Rodgers.
In 2010, she commissioned and choreographed a new song/dance piece by Marvin Hamlisch, called I’m Really Dancing. The concept was about how dancers never stop being dancers, even when they stop. Lyrics were by Rupert Holmes. The piece featured Mr. Hamlisch along with Angela Lansbury, Charlotte d’Amboise, Ann Reinking, Desmond Richardson, Chita Rivera, with DeAngelo’s brand of an eclectic mix of dancers, baton twirlers and gymnasts.
Under the umbrella of DeAngelo Productions (her non-profit development
company) projects included: “The Variety Show – Jugglin’ Styles”, with award winning artists: juggler/illusionist Michael Moschen; environmental visionary Joanna Haigood; performance artist Ann Carlson; Mr. Wiggles, and US Team rhythmic gymnast Charlene Edwards; The Hamptons Dance Festival and “An Evening of Jazz and Dance” for Boys Harbor, hosted by Chevy Chase; In the Mix, a high-energy cross-disciplinary work; and “Dance Sez” a choreographic workshop/educational dance-event series, She was Director (and co-producer) of a new show that toured the US (a story about Gregory Hines) called Thank You, Gregory - A Tribute to Legends of Tap that starred Maurice Hines along with Jason Samuels Smith, and including talents Dormisha Sumbry-Edwards, Michelle Dorrance, Melinda Sullivan, Kendrick Jones, Brent McBride, and Joseph Webb. Currently in development is America Dances - a marriage between the past and future of dance in our country told through a story about dance and dancers.
Director and Producer: Ms. DeAngelo creates the entertaining dance evenings at City Center: “Shall We Dance - A Tribute to Richard Rodgers”; “Dancing on Air”; “That’s Entertainment”, hosted by Liza Minnelli; “One World” starring James Earl Jones and hosted by Bebe Neuwirth, “Dance Rocks!” hosted by Christine Ebersole; “On Broadway!” hosted by Angela Lansbury; “America Dances!”; “The 25th Anniversary Celebration”; A Halloween Thriller.” hosted by Chita Rivera, with the Rolex Award going to Nigel Lithgoe; and, the upcoming “Jump for Joy” again hosted by Angela Lansbury with Rolex Award going to Liza Minnelli.
Teacher and Coach: Ms. DeAngelo has taught, for numerous dance companies, universities and summer courses; and continues to teach workshops to non-dancers “Bringing Performance to Life”- most recently at Rancho La Puerta. She has also taught ballet, and been a movement coach to Bette Midler.
Ms. DeAngelo also has a certificate in Arts Administration from New York University.