During an incredible first year as Head of Dance in the Musical Theatre Program at Texas State University, Cassie choreographed Into the Woods and Urinetown (for which she won the Austin Critics Circle Award and a KCACTF Meritorious Achievement Award.)
Mark Hollman, composer of Urinetown, commented that it was some of the best dancing he had seen in a production of this show
“My compliments also to Choreographer Cassie Abate for finding movement-ready moments in a musical that is often empty of dance. Her work on "It Takes Two," the duet between the Baker and his Wife is memorable for its simplicity and its cuteness.” - Broadway World, Into the Woods
“The number one part of Urinetown was undoubtedly Cassie Abate’s fresh and funny choreography. The new head of dance in musical theatre, Abate proved her chops with movement as diverse as the show’s songs.” - Austin Chronicle
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