Joe Antony Cavise began his professional career in 1981 when he joined the Actor’s Equity Association and the Screen Actor’s Guild. Mr. Cavise received critical acclaim from The New York Times for his role of Dick McGann in the Off Broadway production of Street Scene. In 1983, he joined the original Broadway Company of CATS and later, performed the lead role of
Mr. Mistoffelees.” He was featured in A Chorus Line-The Movie, and has appeared in numerous TV films and soap operas.
Mr. Cavise decided to leave his performing career to dedicate himself to children and dance education. He managed and taught at STEPS on Broadway, one of NYC’s foremost dance institutions. In 1989 he and wife Lori, opened Dance Cavise Inc. located in Mamaroneck, NY. In 1991, Mr. Cavise founded the Off Center Dance Theatre, Inc. (OCDT), and in 1993 its Youth Ensemble, now in residence at the Dance Cavise Studios.
Dance Cavise was honored in Dance Magazine, for its over the last two dozen years, and also featured on several
occasions in the New York Times. In 2001, Mr. Cavise was hailed “Westchester’s Dance Man” in Dance Teacher Magazine, a
national publication dedicated to dance educators in the United States. In 2006, he created “Beyond Ballroom”, a program that teaches boys and girls social interaction through partner dancing.
Joe has made teaching and mentoring children his life’s work. He was recently honored by the White Plains Youth Bureau for his work with children at their annual gala which was themed Follow My Lead. At the event, Mr. Cavise spoke of his favorite word that has become his teaching motto. “I tell children that I have a favorite word and, if you do this word today , you will be stronger , smarter and better tomorrow.” The children shout DANCE or LOVE but he continues, “My favorite word has only three letters and the first one is if you do this word today , you will be stronger , smarter and better tomorrow.” The children shout DANCE or LOVE but he continues, “My favorite word has only three letters and the first one is T, eventually they guess the word is T-R-Y”. Mr Cavise believes that, no matter what obstacle presents itself in life, we should always be inspired and, more importantly, inspire to T-R-Y.