Ballet Conservatory Program
FSPA's Ballet conservatory Program offers classical ballet education of the highest quality. An extensive range of training and performance experiences provides exceptional opportunities for students of all ages and levels interested in the study of classical ballet. The FSPA Ballet curriculum is based on the foundations of the new ABT National Training Curriculum. As of 2015, all teachers on the Conservatory Track have been certified in the NTC program.
The first levels of the ballet program begins an earnest study of classical ballet. Barre work is introduced with a strong focus on individual turnout, foot development and port de bra. As dancers progress into the intermediate levels, the faculty carefully evaluates each student's progress and potential for pointe work while continuing to nurture the desire to dance. The Pre-Professional Program begins advanced ballet technique and pointe. Admission is by teacher evaluation and audition only. This program consists of our most challenging and demanding schedule and provides additional performance opportunities for dancers, along with private coaching and extra classes if desired.
Ballet Conservatory Ensemble
This class is designed to expand students' repertoire while improving technique and developing artistry. Dancers will learn challenging variations and ensemble sections from classical ballets such as Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty and will work on original choreography when appropriate. There will be a performance at THE BLACK BOX each trimester to showcase their efforts and put performance skills into practice. Conservatory Ensemble is offered to Ballet levels II-VI.
FSPA Ballet Director, Instructor of Ballet and Pointe
Cheryl Madeux, a Connecticut native, received her training at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts under the direction of Sharon Dante and Donna Bonasera. She has enjoyed a long professional career, dancing with such venerable companies as the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and principal dancer with the Hartford Ballet under the direction of Kirk Peterson. Madeux performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe and has been coached by such ballet luminaries as Igor Youskevitch and Eleanor D’Antuono. Her extensive classical repertoire includes all the full-length classical productions as well as principal roles in The Nutcracker, Giselle, Coppelia, The Firebird, Balanchine’s Serenade, Spectra de La Rose, and much more. It also includes works by choreographers such as Gerald Arpino, Kirk Peterson, George Balanchine, Michel Fokine, Anthony Tudor, Martha Graham, Margo Sappington, and others. Among her early accomplishments, Madeux was awarded first place in the National Society of Arts and Letters Ballet Competition at the age of 15, as well as a finalist at the III International Ballet Competition in Paris and the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland. She was later recognized by the White House Commissions Program for excellence in academics and dance and was awarded a Level One Presidential Scholar in the Arts. As an educator, Madeux has been a guest teacher and coach for many ballet institutions across New England. In 2005, she became ballet director at Franklin School for the Performing Arts and assisted in developing their conservatory ballet program, as well as choreographing and directing many of their full-length ballet productions. In 2009, she successfully completed her certification in the ABT National Training Curriculum for Primary through Level 7 & Partnering and was later appointed to the prestigious Board of Examiners for the curriculum. In addition, she became a summer faculty member for the ABT Young Dancer Program and ABT summer intensives, as well as an assistant instructor for the NTC teacher certifications. Madeux was a guest judge for the Connecticut Classic Ballet Competition in 2014 and 2019, an adjunct professor for ballet and pointe at Dean College and successfully coached dancers from FSPA to the YAGP finals in NY. Madeux currently continues her work with FSPA and ABT, and resides in Wrentham, MA with her husband and two children. Ms. Madeux joined the FSPA Dance Faculty in 2002.
Instructor of Ballet
Victoria Collins, a former FSPA Ballet Conservatory student, has been featured in the Franklin Performing Arts Company's production of The Nutcracker as Clara. Other ballet credits include Cinderella, Coppelia, and other repertoire concerts. After her time at FSPA, she continued her studies at Dean College in Franklin. At Dean, she had the opportunity to continue learning from Cheryl Madeux and other credentialed faculty such as Marc Arensten (Dean of the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance), Jill Silverman, Roshni Pecora, Kimberly Calore-Sedlak, Dina Ternullo Melly, and Todd Shanks. Her knowledge of dance expanded after newly receiving her ABT certification in pre-primary-Level 3 and she plans to continue her certification in the other levels in the future. Victoria is glad to be a new addition to FSPA faculty that she has long admired.
Instructor of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Musical Theater
Amanda Dubois has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance Performance and Communications from Rhode Island College. Her musical theater performance credits include Godspell
, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
and It’s All Your Parents’ Fault!
Dance performance credits include Triptych
, Arms of Justice
, ’Twas the Night Before Christmas
, La Giornata Omicida
and A Long Memory
. Amanda joined the FSPA Drama and Dance Faculty in 2016.
Jeremy Ruth Howes
Instructor of Ballet and Contemporary
Jeremy Ruth Howes is a noted choreographer, educator, dancer, and freelance photographer. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Dance. She received her early training from Mihailo Djuric and Susan Duffy and she also studied at Boston Ballet School and the Martha Graham School. For the past 17 years she has been a dancer with Anna Myer and Dancers creating roles in Myer’s original choreography. Early in her career she danced with Virginia Ballet Theatre and Northern Ballet Theatre and as a guest artist with Hartford Ballet and Northeast Youth Ballet. Her diverse repertoire includes principal and soloist roles in neoclassical, contemporary and classical ballets including: George Balanchine’s Serenade, Martha Graham’s Steps in the Street, Katie Stevinson-Nollet’s Guernsey Fields, Thang Dao’s Adagio 4:4, Denise Cecere’s The Nutcracker, Passion, Big Band, Three Little Pigs and Ma Goose, Peggy Lyman Hayes’ Yes, is a World and the full-length ballet’s of Le Corsaire, Swan Lake, La Bayadère, The Nutcracker, Raymonda, Paquita and The Sleeping Beauty. Jeremy Ruth is also a highly sought-after educator and award-winning choreographer. Her choreography has been performed internationally and featured at the American College Dance Festival. She has created 21 original ballets for Dean College’s Dance Company and her newest ballet Ocean’s Apart premiered alongside work by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Joseph Jefferies at Northeast School of Ballet’s Fall Series. She is on faculty at The Conservatory at Northeast School of Ballet, Dean College and Walker’s Dance. She is a Resident Choreographer and Company Photographer for Northeast Youth Ballet. Many of her students have gone on to study at prestigious summer programs and dance with companies around the world. She is excited to join the faculty of the Franklin School for the Performing Arts this year. Her greatest joy is instilling the love of ballet in her students and watching the transformative power of dance in action.
Instructor of Ballet
Clyde Nantais joined the FSPA Dance Faculty in 1992. He holds a BFA from Boston Conservatory and a Master of Education from Temple University. He has performed leading roles in Equity Summer Stock and dinner theater productions. Mr. Nantais danced with Boston Ballet for seven years before teaching in its school for 17 years. He also was the principal ballet teacher at the National Institute of the Arts in Taipei. He has served as Ballet Master for the Boston Conservatory Dance Theater, the Berkshire Ballet and the Pioneer Valley Ballet. As choreographer, he has staged over 50 original works for more than 40 companies and schools worldwide. Mr. Nantais is the Executive Director of the Boston Dance Company Studios and Associate Director of the Boston Dance Company. He also teaches Advanced Ballet for Musical Theater students at The Boston Conservatory and is on the faculty of the Boston Ballet and Charlotte Klein Dance Centers.