Upon arrival in the United States, Ms. Francisco studied at the Washington School of Ballet and at the Ballet Center, under the direction of Irena Prochotsky. Additionally, she has taught and performed with the American Contemporary Ballet Company of Washington.
Ms. Francisco’s credentials include participation in seminars in the Classical Ballet Method of dance in both Vaganova and Cecchetti technique. She was the owner and Artistic Director of her studio in Caxias do Sul, Brazil and Montgomery School of Ballet in Silver Spring, Maryland.
She is currently the owner and Artistic Director of Abigail Francisco School of Classical Ballet in North Beach, Maryland. She taught for Charles County Community College, Calvert County Parks and Recreation and was Founder and Artistic Director of the Chesapeake Ballet Company, Inc. She was also the original Artistic Director of the Calvert Artist Showcase. She is a proud volunteer at the Calvert Country School and the North Beach Community. Ms. Francisco is well known for her successful staging of major full-length classical ballets Giselle, Paquita, The Nutcracker and Les Sylphides.
Additional credits include Gaîté Parisienne and Peter Pan as well as scenes from Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, La Bayadère, Coppelia and The Sleeping Beauty. Her original choreography has become a much anticipated addition to many of her performances throughout the area. Her school was honored to host the filming of an episode of “Cool Women”, a television series developed and produced by Debbie Allen. She was the Artistic Director and Stage Manager of the Dancing for Peace event which took place at the reflecting pool in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.. She staged performances of her Youth Performance Ensemble in San Francisco and Atlanta, and was awarded the Mary D. Harrison Award by the Arts Council of Calvert County to an individual who continually promotes or enhances the arts in Calvert County.
In 2019, Ms. Francisco was awarded the North Beach Hometown Hero Award for her numerous contributions within the town of North Beach over the past 30+ years. She was featured on Fox 5 to discuss some of the charity work she has orchestrated with the help of the Spiritist Society of North Beach, including fundraising campaigns to purchase wheelchair-accessible playground equipment along with two beach wheelchairs for disabled community members, and most recently, to supply two AED defibrillators to the Beach Patrol, along with full training.
In 2016, Abigail Francisco was awarded a Tribute and an Official Citation from the Governor of the State of Maryland, in recognition of the past three decades providing excellence in the arts to the people of Calvert County .
In May, 2016, Abigail Francisco received a Proclamation from the Board of Calvert County Commissioners paying tribute for her commitment and service in Calvert County. During the 2016 Business Appreciation Week, Abigail Francisco was granted by the Board of Calvert County Commissioners a Certificate of Appreciation for the economic impact, social contributions and career opportunities that she brings to the residents of Calvert County.
In 2012, North Beach Mayor Mark Frazer bestowed to Abigail Francisco the “Key to North Beach” in recognition of her altruistic community-minded contributions including the Christmas lights which she encouraged and designed. Abigail Francisco School of Classical Ballet was voted “Best of the Bay Dance Studio” by the readers of the Bay Weekly newspaper.