FSPA offers all levels of this fun and energetic discipline.
Jazz classes explore traditional, Broadway and contemporary styles in a fun, energetic atmosphere. Classes begin with a warm-up with stresses technique, flexibility, coordination and strength, followed by progressions across the floor, center work and combinations. Beginner students learn fundamental jazz steps and basic vocabulary through across the floor exercises and simple combinations. Intermediate classes focus on body placement and proper technique, stretching and development of skills. Advanced classes emphasize quality of movement in addition to perfecting technique, performance skills and varied styles.
Standard Track Jazz
The standard Jazz track allows students to learn fundamental jazz steps and movement combinations. Classes emphasize jazz steps, vocabulary, body placement, stretch, rhythm and musicality. Ballet is not required for standard track students allowing for fewer requirements and greater flexibility of schedules.
Various styles of jazz and stage movement are explored in Boys' Dance. Classes are well suited to students in musical theater.
Dance for Musical Theater
This class includes a Jazz warm-up, incorporating isolations and modern and jazz technique along with stretching. Students learn stylized movement from choreographers such as Fosse, Bennett, Robbins and Cole, who not only influenced the musical theater world but the entire dance genre. Curriculum includes an in-depth look into choreographers from various Broadway shows and movie musicals, learning the history and motivation behind the movement.
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.
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 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.
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.