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Meet Catherine

Message from Catherine Baggs, Founder/Artistic Director:

Aries In Flight was established to enable dancers and performers to learn, create, and explore their craft in a safe, judgement free environment. It is my firm belief that to have a successful career, you must have a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Dance and the arts are more than just skills that you learn; they allow each individual to expose themself to a powerful experience to create confidence, discipline, community, and self-love. Whether you are looking to dance for fun or professionally, let Aries In Flight lead you on your holistic dance journey!

Catherine Mancuso
Founder/Artistic Director

“I believe in being fearless. Once you let go of all the negative thoughts and stop worrying that others will judge you, life will become one giant ball of success.”

~Catherine Baggs

Catherine holds a BA in Music Theatre/Mathematics from American University (2006) where she was a Greenberg Scholarship Recipient. At American University she was the Teaching Assistant to Dr. Kippola for the course Dance Styles For Music Theater in which she taught mock auditions, remedial technical skills, and led every class warm up. She was also the Teaching Assistant to Carl Menninger for the course Fundamentals of Acting II where she coached students privately for in class performances. She was priveleged to choreograph for American’s productions of  Wish Eye Knew (DC Debut) and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

Catherine received her MA in Dance Education from New York University (2012) where she was a Steinhardt Graduate Scholarship Recipient. She also received the award for Outstanding Achievement In Graduate Dance Education upon graduation from NYU. While at NYU she performed with Kaledioscope Dancers and debuted Mischief In The Night at The Frederick Loewe Theater.

Catherine has assisted for Carol Schuberg and currently studies with her at Steps on Broadway (NYC). She has also studied with Frank Pietri, Tony Stevens, Debra Floyd, Nancy Newell, Skip Costa, Evidence Dance Company and various other instructors at Broadway Dance Center and Peridance Capezio Center.

Catherine began her career as a competitive dancer winning High Score Awards at various national competitions including Starbound and Barbaran. She has gone on to perform with Disney Cruise Lines, The Smithsonian Institute, Washington Women In Theater, and various special events for The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

As a Dance Educator, she is currently on faculty at Monmouth University, The 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, and American Youth Dance Theater. She has previously taught with Broadway Bodies, US Performing Arts Camps, and Summers at LREI. Her choreography has been featured at The Player’s Theater (NY), The Katzen Studio Theater (DC), The Frederick Loewe Theater (NY) and Dance New Amsterdam (NY). She has also presented at The National Dance Education Organization’s National Conference (2013) and was a co-presenter at The American Alliance for Theatre and Education’s National Conference (2009).

She is personally invested in the success of her students; she takes the time to walk with her students on their journey to success. Catherine combines her experience in dancing, singing, and acting and shows her students how to create masterful art. She is excited to be living her dream with Aries In Flight!

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