Casey Harkness Andrade
FSPA Dance Director, Dance Company Director; Instructor of Jazz, Contemporary, and Dance for Musical Theater
Casey Harkness Andrade is a professional choreographer, educator, and performer. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance Performance from Rhode Island College where she trained and studied with exceptional choreographers including Clay Talifaro, Sean Curran, Colleen Cavanaugh, and Mark Taylor. Casey has worked and performed with various artists throughout the Northeast. While dancing with the Andary Dance Company, Casey had the opportunity to perform at the Cunningham School in New York City. As a member of the Franklin Performing Arts Company, Casey has enjoyed roles such as Morticia in The Addams Family and Mayzie in Seussical. Casey has ten years experience being an adjudicator and choreographer for regional and national competitions such as Elite Dance Challenge and Celebration Talent. She has been an adjunct faculty instructor at Rhode Island College, where she taught jazz and worked with the RIC Dance Company as assistant rehearsal director. Casey is currently an adjunct professor at Dean College, teaching courses in both jazz and tap. A member of FSPA’s Dance Faculty since 2011, Casey is the director of the dance department and the FSPA Dance Company. She teaches a variety of classes in dance and musical theater as well as creates and facilitates curriculum, placement of students, and performances for the school.
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.
Director of FSPA Dance Ensembles, Instructor of Tap and Jazz
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 Commercial Dance and Jazz
Alexandra Cardi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Developmental Psychology and a minor in Dance from Plymouth State University. She was an active member of her university’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble and Dance Team as both a performer and choreographer. Her senior year, the dance faculty selected Alexandra as the recipient for the Contemporary Dance Ensemble Award. This merit award is given to a senior who has shown a strong commitment to faculty and student choreography within the dance division over four years of study. Over her years at Plymouth, she had the opportunity to work with professional guest artists such as Mziyanda Mancam, Urbanity, Bosoma, and Pantos Project. She was a captain of the university’s dance team her senior year. Currently Alexandra works as a Consulting Behavior Technician for children with Autism in Rhode Island. Alexandra joined the FSPA Dance Faculty in 2017.
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.
Broadway Faculty - Voice and Dance
Tyler Hanes was only 17 when he was discovered by Ann Reinking while attending Broadway Theater Project in Tampa, FL. She cast him in the 1st national tour of the Tony Award winning musical Fosse. Following the tour, he attended Carnegie Mellon University, leaving after a year to make his Broadway debut in the 2002 Broadway revival of Oklahoma! Soon after, he appeared in the original Broadway companies of Urban Cowboy, The Boy From Oz, The Frogs, the 2005 revival of Sweet Charity, and as Larry in the original revival company of A Chorus Line. Tyler also appeared in the Broadway companies of Hairspray and the 2014 revival of On The Town. He starred as Rum Tum Tugger in the highly anticipated Broadway revival of CATS, for which he was nominated for a Chita Rivera Award for Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway show.
Off-Broadway, he was featured in the musical Juno opposite Victoria Clark, Stephen Sondheim's A Bed And A Chair: A NY Love Affair, opposite Bernadette Peters, and American Dance Machine for the 21st Century.
As a choreographer, his credits include Kristin Chenoweth: For The Girls on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre, Dancing With The Stars, Kristin Chenoweth’s Some Lessons Learned World Tour, Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home for PBS, The American Country Awards, Prohibition with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, The Way You Look Tonight with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, and the Latin American premiere of El Chico De Oz in Lima, Peru. He is currently producing and starring in the upcoming dark comedy “Ms. Guidance.”
Instructor of Tap
With years of teaching experience, Charlie Holbrook has served as Dance Instructor for Beantown Tap Festival, University of Rhode Island, Dance Masters of America, Boston Conservatory and was a Dance faculty member at Dean College for several years. He is currently on the Dance faculty at FSPA, Cathy Taylor's School of Dance, Elite Dance Center, and Krylo Dance Studios. Charlie joined the FSPA Tap Faculty in 2008.
Andrew Scott Holmes
Instructor of Jazz
Andrew Scott Holmes is an FSPA alum. Andrew has performed with Princess Cruises as a Resident Guest Entertainer. He attended Baldwin-Wallace University to obtain a BM in Music Theatre. From Goodspeed Opera House to Great Lakes Theater and beyond, Andrew has had the privilege of playing leading roles as well as understudying Broadway stars. Performances with Franklin Performing Arts Company include Joseph...Dreamcoat
(Doctor/Escapologist), Into the Woods
(Drosselmeyer, Nutcracker Prince, Russian), West Side Story, Cinderella
, and ‘Tis the Season
! Andrew is a member of Actor’s Equity Association. Proud of his FSPA beginnings, he couldn’t be happier to be home with friends, family, and the talented stars of tomorrow.
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
riginally from Cape Cod and now a Boston-based dancer, Michayla Kelly performs in contemporary, modern, ballet, and opera works. She is currently Company Manager & Artist with VLA DANCE as well as a freelance performing artist. She is passionate about delving deeply into projects and being involved with works that promote ethical arts practices. Michayla has danced professionally with José Mateo Ballet Theatre, Odyssey Opera, Pantos Project Dance, Pat Catterson, and VLA Dance. As an arts administrator, she has worked with Cape Dance Festival, Ashani Dances, and Reaching Heart School for Ballet. Michayla is also a dance educator, with an emphasis on ballet training that creates independent thinkers. Michayla holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Goucher College, where she double-majored in Dance and Mathematics, graduating Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with honors in both majors. At Goucher College, she was selected to perform in works by artists including Jessica Lang, Gabrielle Lamb, Meredith Rainey, Ronen Koresh, Adam Hougland, Iquail Shaheed, Iyun Ashani Harrison, Elizabeth Lowe Ahearn, Victoria Lynn Awkward, Ken Skresz, and Diane Coburn Bruning. She was the recipient of The Friends of Goucher Dance Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the Major, The Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship for Dance, The Ruth Baird Prize for Scholarship, Sportsmanship and Athleticism, The Marian M. Torrey Prize in Mathematics, The Pearl Davis Leavitt Award for Mathematics, and The Margaret Guccione Prize for her paper "The Fundamental Shared Essence of Dance and Mathematics.”
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.
Instructor of Ballet
Ellen Oliver combines her interdisciplinary interests in movement, film, and painting through her choreography, performance, and teaching. Ellen actively presents her projects in venues and festivals inside and outside of New England. She is the 2020 Artist in Residence for the White Mountain National Forest, and she is a returning Young Artist in Residence at Bearnstow, Maine. Her dance short films have been screened at local and international dance film festivals, including Motion State Dance Film Series in Rhode Island and Festival of Recorded Movement in Vancouver, Canada. Ellen is currently a performer and Youth Program Director at Metamorphosis Dance Company/TEN31 Productions, and she is a dancer at Lorraine Chapman The Company. She has recently performed for HDC Dance Ensemble, Ali Kenner Brodsky & Co, Fusionworks Dance Company, Cynthia McLaughlin, and Kelley Donovan & Dancers. Ellen co-founded ProviDANCE Project and 3 Spice Dance in 2017. Ellen continued her dance studies in high school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and received a BA at Hampshire College and the Five College Dance Department, where she studied for a semester at Universidad de las Artes in Havana, Cuba. She joined the FSPA Ballet Faculty in 2019. Learn more at: www.ellenoliverdance.com
Broadway Faculty - Voice, Dance, and Marketing
Christopher Rice has appeared in the Broadway companies of Pretty Woman and The Book of Mormon. His tour credits include Hamilton, West Side Story (Baby John, Tony u/s), and White Christmas. His viral #Tappy YouTube videos have received over 10 million views and been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, The Meredith Vieira Show, On Air with a Ryan Seacrest, and more.
Chris has appeared with Franklin Performing Arts Company as Jack Kelly in Newsies as well as his own creation: Christopher Rice’s The Tappy Christmas Special: LIVE! Follow Chris on Instagram & Twitter: @ChrisRiceNY
Broadway Faculty - Voice and Dance
Clay Thomson has performed on Broadway in King Kong (King’s Company), Newsies (Spot Colon), Matilda (Michael Wormwood), and the Broadway National Tours of Wicked (Chistery), West Side Story (A-rab), and Cameron Macintosh’s Oliver. TV credits include: Saturday Night Live, The TONY Awards, MACYS Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Tonight Show, GMA, The Late Show, The View, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and more. Clay has performed at events featuring Shawn Mendes, Harry Styles, and Pharrell Williams. He recently choreographed the Franklin Performing Arts Company production of Matilda and starred in Christopher Rice's The Tappy Christmas Special: LIVE! For more, follow Clay on Instagram and Twitter @claythomson!