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Buddy Casimano instructs students during a jazz class at Techniques Dance Studio in Wanatgh. The Merrick native, 44, has been dancing professionally for nearly 30 years. (Nov. 6, 2013)(Credit: Bushra Mollick)

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Confessions of a former backup dancer

Buddy Casimano, 44, of Merrick, propelled himself into a decades-long performance career when he signed on as Debbie Gibson's backup dancer, traveling with her on two tours from 1987 to 1992. Since then, Casimano spent years performing on Broadway and teaching dance and fitness classes on Long Island.

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