TONY CALIGAGAN has danced with the world's most celebrated dance companies As a Principal dancer to rave reviews with Jazz Unlimited Tony also won awards from the San Diego Dance Alliance for his performance with “Three’s Company “ . A local modern dance company directed by Jean Isaacs. Tony has also performed as a principal in numerous musicals.Other credits include San Diego Opera, Lead dancer in productions by Pacific Opera and Starlight Theater, Sacramento music circus.
In 1985 he left for New York on a full scholarship and was eventually offered a contract to dance with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre where he was trained in Horton, Graham, Ballet and Jazz. Other credits include: Milton Meyer dance co. Contemporary Motions, Euro-ballet and Ballet Jazz de Paris starring in a work by the World Reknowned, Roland Petit. Tony was cast as a principal dancer in the Broadway production of "Jerome Robbins' Broadway", where he learned an enormous amount from Robbins' genius. Tony worked directly with Jerome Robbins as a principal in both the broadway cast and the International tour. The experience of working with a choreographic legend rubbed off as Tony has won awards for his staging and choreography in the corporate entertainment industry. Tony also was awarded a “Tommy” award as “Jazz Dancer of the Year”. He has performed in numerous Television commercials including a principal spot with Paula Abdul. Recently he is featured on the PBS 2006 broadcast/ DVD of “Broadway The American Musical” for his role of Bernardo in West side Story.
Tony was an honorary guest faculty at Hope College in Michigan and City Univeristy in New York, as well as The School of Creative and Performing Arts. Tony is currently teaching Jazz and Dances of the World Latin at UCSD. A Jazz and Salsa teacher in high demand Tony’s teaching style incorporates Graham and Horton technique, Luigi with the influence of Bob Fosse’ s unique Broadway style in jazz . His focus is for dancers to leave UCSD with a grounded base utilizing strong dance technique with the versatility to succeed in the dance world. IN the Latin dance world his classes have received praise from the Union Tribune, North county times and La Sonrisa magazine. As instructor of the largest on-going salsa class in the region (enrollment varies from 70-105 students each Friday night). These classes have spawned the growth of a Salsa performance team in which Tony’s choreography is presented in venues throughout southern California by members of the “Salsa Inferno dance company”. Tony is also an instructional writer for La Sonrisa Magazine sharing his vast knowledge of dance and partnering skills with other instructors and dancers alike.
Tony has made a living as a professional dancer for 20 years and is owner and Executive producer of “Heatwave Productions” a leading entertainment company in San Diego staging Corporate event shows all over the country. He has written, directed and choreographed for hundreds of events for the conferences and meetings around the nation. He brings his experience as a performer and working choreographer to UCSD as he enters his 15th year teaching for the Theater and Dance Department.