FSPA offers Ballet, Ballet Conservatory, Contemporary, Dance Conditioning, Dance for Musical Theater, Jazz, Modern, Tap and Commercial Dance from beginner to advanced levels with special programs for young children, teen beginners, boys and adults. FSPA's dance program offers structured training in a positive, creative environment to help for growth and accomplishment.
FSPA Ballet Director
Cheryl Madeux received her training at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts under the direction of Sharon Dante and Donna Bonasera. Ms. Madeux has enjoyed a long professional career, dancing with such venerable companies as the Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, and as principal dancer with the Hartford Ballet. Ms. Madeux has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe, worked with leading choreographers including Gerald Arpino, Kirk Peterson and Twyla Tharp, and 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. Among her accomplishments, Ms. Madeux was awarded first place in the National Society of Arts and Letters Ballet Competition at age 15, was a finalist in the Third Paris International Ballet Competition and the Prix de Lausanne, and was awarded a Level 1 Presidential Scholar in Dance. Many of Ms. Madeux’s FSPA Ballet Conservatory students have been accepted to some of the most prestigious summer programs available and a select few recently participated and advanced to the finals of the Youth America Grand Prix in NY. Ms. Madeux is also a summer faculty member for the ABT® Young Dancers Program in NY and an examiner for the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She was recently a guest judge and teacher for the IV Connecticut Classic Ballet Competition. Ms. Madeux joined the FSPA Dance Faculty in 2002.
Casey Harkness Andrade
FSPA Dance Director, Dance Company Director
Casey Harkness Andrade has been a professional choreographer, educator and performer for more than 10 years. She received her BA in dance performance from Rhode Island College, where she trained and studied with exceptional choreographers such as Clay Talifaro, Sean Curran and Mark Taylor. She continues her education at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, where she studies weekly with Michelle Barber, Chio, Justin Boccittio and Diana Laurenson. Her choreography has been recognized both regionally and nationally with numerous awards. While a member of the Andary Dance Company, Casey had the wonderful opportunity to perform at the Cunningham School in New York City. In 2011 Casey became an adjudicator and choreographer for the Elite Dance Challenge regional and national competition. Casey is an adjunct faculty member at Rhode Island College and has been on faculty at FSPA since 2011.
FSPA Dance Department Coordinator, Dance Company Director
Kellie Stamp is a graduate of Stonehill College where she was an active member of the Stonehill Theater Company. She served on their Board of Directors and competed at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. After receiving her Masters of Performing Arts Education from Emerson College, she continued her tap and jazz training at the On Stage Academy for the Performing Arts, as well as with Rosemarie Boyden and at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Kellie has also studied Dance for Musical Theater with Broadway actress and choreographer, Leslie Woodies. In addition to teaching dance classes as FSPA, Kellie choreographs for Electric Youth, Broadway Bound, Broadway Light and many FSPA and FPAC productions. She is also the Director and choreographer of CenterStage and Next Step. Kellie first joined FSPA in 2001. Her performing credits include lead roles in 42nd Street, West Side Story
and Sweet Charity
, as well as many roles in FPAC productions including Addams Family
, Anything Goes, Into the Woods, Humbug!, The Miracle Worker and Little Shop of Horrors
. Her choreography credits include FSPA and FPAC productions of Humbug!, Anything Goes, 'Tis the Season, Cabaret
and many others.
Dorothy DeLutis Beaton
Dance Department Artistic Advisor
Dorothy Beaton began dancing at her mother's DeLutis School of Dance . She studied in Boston at Jacob's Pillow and in New York and attended Boston Conservatory where she majored in dance. Dorothy danced professionally with the Christopher Ryder Revue and toured New England with the Dance Makers. She taught at the DeLutis School, where she was also co-owner and co-operator and served on the FSPA Dance Faculty for ten years , beginning in 1992 . Dorothy is an active member of Dance Masters of New England and Dance Teachers Club of Boston. She is best recognized for her work with young children and fostering her love of dance to all and was honored to receive an FSPA Faculty Award in 2012. Her love of dance and interest in Parkinsons (her mother developed PD in her later years) brought her to teaching Dance for Parkinsons on Cape Cod. Dorothy trained for Dance for PD at Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn NY where this innovative program originated and is proud to be affiliated as a member teacher of Dance for PD.
Instructor of Ballet
Jennifer Markham received her early training from Judi Drozd at Terpsichore Dance Center and with Madeline Cantarella Culpo, Deirdre Duffin Swindlehurst and Nancy Ropelewski King at the Cantarella School of Dance/School of the Albany Berkshire Ballet. She danced with the Albany Berkshire Ballet and toured throughout New England, New York and Pennsylvania. Miss Markham has appeared in A Dancer’s Christmas
with the Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble and has performed with CreationDance and Margot Parsons Dance Company. With Margot Parsons, she was privileged to have new works created for her using both live and recorded music, in classical and contemporary forms. Ms. Markham holds a BA in Political Science and History, with a minor in Women’s Studies, from Emmanuel College and an MS in Arts Administration from Boston University. She is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. On the FSPA Dance Faculty since 2012, Ms. Markham also teaches at the Boston Ballet School and South Shore Ballet Theatre.
Instructor of Dance and Musical Theater
Cassie Murdock received a bachelor’s degree in Dance Performance from Rhode Island College. With years of dance performance and dance education experience, Cassie has performed and taught throughout the New England area. She joined the FSPA Dance Faculty in 2013.
Instructor of Tap
Charlie Holbrook joined the FSPA dance faculty in 2008. With years of teaching experience, he has served as dance instructor at such institutions as Boston Conservatory, University of Rhode Island, Cathy Taylor School of Dance, American Academy of Dance and Dean College. He currently is a teacher and co-director of Krylo Dance Studios in Rhode Island. Charlie's performance experience includes work at The Bonanza Hotel in Las Vegas, The Jimmy Fund Telethon, The Heart Fund Telethon and Leukemia Society Telethon. He has studied with Jack Stanley, Henry LeTang, Danny Hoctor, Ron Daniels, Roy Dodge, Jimmy Sutton, Dean Barlow and Bob Audy.
Instructor of Ballet, Jazz and Boys' Dance
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.
Instructor of Ballet
Rilla Tolmie began her dance training at the age of seven with Teresa Sheridan Dubois. After studying acting at BU’s School of Fine Arts under Samuel Hirsch and William Lacey, she continued her ballet training at Boston Ballet with Virginia Williams, Ballet Rusee Prima Ballerina Madame Ana Roje, Lithuanian ballerina Tatiana Babushkina and Meicyslaw Morawski of the Kirov Ballet. Having joined FSPA’s Dance Faculty in 1992, her teaching experience also includes Green Meadows School, Needham Arts Center, Mary French Dance Studio in Wellesley Hills and Backstage Dance Center in Ashland. Ms. Tolmie currently serves as Ballet Mistress at the Capachione School of Performing Arts in East Bridgewater. She began choreographing for the Franklin Performing Arts Company in 1996 and also danced the role of “Frau Silberhaus” for the Company’s production of The Nutcracker
Instructor of Hip Hop
Kyle Weaver is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a degree in Music. He has been teaching hip hop professionally throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island since 2004. He has coached many groups that have gone to regional and national competitions. Kyle and his routines have won many top awards, including a Young Choreography award in 2005 at ADA, as well as several 1st and 2nd place highest score awards throughout the years. Kyle lead a group in 2010 that was specially selected to participate in the Entertainment challenge at the International Dance Challenge (IDC) regional competition, and again in 2013 at EDC Nationals. Kyle currently teaches hip hop at several studios and shares his unique perspective and intricate style with aspiring dancers, teachers and choreographers. He joined the FSPA Dance faculty in 2013.
Marina Van Winkle
Instructor of Ballet
Ms. Van Winkle, originally from Russia, danced with the Kiev State Dance Classical Ensemble, appearing in both principal classical and character roles. She has taught ballet for the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater and the Acton School of Ballet, with many of her students accepted to top ballet schools. With a master’s degree in Education from Kiev State University and a master’s degree in Health Education from Middlesex Community College, Ms. Van Winkle is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy focusing on Sports and Dance Medicine at the University of Rhode Island.