The FSPA Dance Company, Classical Ballet Ensemble, Disney-bound CenterStage, and our junior dance ensemble Next Step are selected by audition in the fall. The dance ensembles meet on a regular schedule to prepare performance repertoire for FSPA productions, outside invitations and community performances. FSPA offers dance training of the highest caliber, with an exceptional faculty and a focus on establishing proper and healthy technique. The school’s dance ensembles build upon dancers’ technical foundation and provide students with the chance to develop their craft and enjoy different performing opportunities. These exciting experiences create a dynamic community of students who are passionate about dance!
FSPA Dance Company
The FSPA Dance Company, open to students in Grades 9-12 (Grade 8 by special invitation), features the school's most advanced dancers who enjoy expanded performance opportunities. The Company presents a dance concert at THE BLACK BOX in June, along with several showcase performances throughout the school year. Working with FSPA dance faculty as well as guest teachers and choreographers to present pre-professional pieces in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and musical theater genres, dancers can delve deeper to explore new types of dance or to pursue a broader range within a particular discipline.
Travel opportunities for Company dancers include local dance conventions and FSPA’s annual New York City weekend, as well as field trips to performances and master classes. The January NYC weekend provides a full-on dance experience within the Big Apple’s vibrant dance scene. Students will have the opportunity to see a dance show and take classes at the city’s top schools, such as Broadway Dance Center, American Ballet Theatre and The Ailey School of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
CenterStage, for students in Grades 9-12 (Grade 8 by special invitation), is FSPA’s Disney-bound dance ensemble, participating in the Disney Performing Arts program. FSPA’s annual spring trip to Walt Disney World is full of fun and camaraderie, with time to explore the parks, take master classes with Disney performers and choreographers, and perform two shows on Disney stages! A truly magical experience!
Classical 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 classic ballets such as Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake and will work on original choreography when appropriate. There will be a studio performance each trimester to showcase their efforts and put performance skills into practice. Conservatory Ensemble is offered to ballet levels II-VII.
Next Step is FSPA’s junior dance company for students in Grades 5-8. Dancers enjoy outstanding training and performing opportunities, along with a special camaraderie that comes with being part of an ensemble group.
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 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.
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.