As creative director of Dance Designs Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, Carol Baskinger brings her show business experience and the theatrical skills of a professional performer and choreographer to the students of the school, which she founded in 1979. Through her dance expertise, her knowledge of the show business trade and her vision of what dance/ theatre training should be, Carol expertly guides the faculty, students and future of Dance Designs. In addition to her professional experience, Carol's warm personality and extensive formal education make her especially effective as a dance instructor. She holds a B.A. Degree as well as Teacher's Certification in Dance and Theatre, and still maintains her studies to keep an open mind to innovative ideas and methods of instruction and direction. This past summer she attended Rhee Gold's Teachers Conference in Scottsdale, Arizonia. She also maintains active membership in Actor's Equity and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
This accomplished actress, dancer, vocalist and choreographer has captured audiences throughout the United States, Canada and the Bahamas. Included among her extensive credits are "The Rodney Dangerfield Show," Hotel Tropicana, Las Vegas; "Metropolitan Life Insurance Convention," Hilton Head, South Carolina and Waldorf Astoria, New York City; "Dance Uptown Series," Broadway; "No No Nanette" at the Garden State Arts Center, Holmdel; and a two-year appearance on the CBS Soap Opera, "As the World Turns." Her starring roles include shows at the Rainbow Room, New York City; The Bahama Princess, Freeport; The Hyatt Regency and Peachtree Plaza Hotels, Atlanta; The Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal; The Harbour Castle Hilton, Toronto; and many others. Carol is recognized as an outstanding choreographer. Her dance creation of the national award winning show "Mandrake," performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., earned The Award of Excellence in Choreography, She has choreographed countless professional shows, nightclub acts, television spots, pageants and industrials, and has been coaching professionals and aspiring performers for special appearances. Carol's choreography has sent her and her entertainment company to international acclaim in Bogota, Columbia. Carol is extremely proud of the students that her school has had the privilege to instruct and guide their professional careers. Many of them have gone on to be dance, theater and music majors. Many can be seen on MTV, Broadway, Radio City, and tours with major ballet companies including New York City Ballet.
FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU SAY “CAPEZIO”
The former CEO of Ballet Makers, Mr. Alfred Terlizzi. When I first opened Dance Designs we had worked together on many different projects. He was just a wonderful human being!
FAVORITE CAPEZIO ITEM
BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR OTHER DANCERS
Knowledge is power. Make sure you study well and do not turn down any opportunities to learn. You never know what you will need at that next audition/interview. Be eclectic and open minded. Be aware and always, always a pleasure to work with. No one wants to work with attitude and difficult personalities.
UNUSUAL FACT/LOVE/HABIT/GOAL/ABILITY THAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW
When I was in college, I was the first woman in America to be a manager of a Gulf Gasoline station. I even got my picture in the Daily News pumping gas!