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Musical Theatre Dance Intensive

Musical Theatre Dance Intensive


Goodspeed Musicals Musical Theatre Institute

August 2-9, 2015

Calling all up-and-coming hoofers!


Why limit your dance training to academia? Learn from professionals at the home of the American musical! Goodspeed's Dance Intensive is designed as a musical theatre dance boot camp for college age performers and young professionals. The distinguished faculty will cover numerous disciplines of dance with a musical theatre focus. Each day will include sessions focused on preparing dancers for musical theatre auditions and the week will culminate with several mock auditions in front of industry professionals. Goodspeed’s Musical Theatre Dance Intensive provides dancers with the full set of skills necessary to land a spot in an ensemble. Join us on the Goodspeed campus to build your Broadway-style repertoire with instruction in tap, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop for the musical stage. If you can’t help but move to the rhythms of Broadway and you want to be cast in musicals, this is the workshop for you!

Goodspeed Musicals' 42nd Street, My One And Only, The Boy Friend, & Half a Sixpence

If you have any questions or would like to receive information about future programs in a variety of subjects, please contact Joshua Ritter at or at 860.873.8664, x745.

Click on any photo below to view a gallery of photos from the Musical Theatre Dance Intensive.


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With your application, please send a deposit of $400 in the form of a check payable to “The Goodspeed Opera House Foundation.” If you prefer to pay by credit card, please contact Josh Ritter at 860.873.8664, x745. (If you are not accepted, your deposit will be refunded in full. If you are accepted, your deposit will be deducted from your total tuition. In all other cases, the tuition payment is non-refundable.)
Applications must submit a link to a dance reel in an email or mail a DVD copy of a dance reel with their application to be considered for the program. The reel does not need to be professionally produced. Cell phone videos are acceptable. We would like to see a short clip of applicants performing some tap, jazz, modern, and ballet.

Important dates and registration information:
June 3, 2015: Early Application Deadline
     • June 11, 2015: Early Notification
     • June 18, 2015: a final tuition payment of $1,400 will be due
July 8, 2015: Application Deadline
     • July 20, 2015: a final tuition payment of $1,400 will be due
If you would like to apply for this program after the deadline, please contact Josh Ritter at 860.873.8664 x373 or to inquire if space is available.


Send application to: Goodspeed Musical Theatre Institute, Attn: Education Dept, PO Box A, East Haddam, CT 06423
We also welcome digital applications via email.

If you have any questions, please contact Josh Ritter at or at 860.873.8664, ext. 745.


  • BALLET FOR MUSICAL THEATRE: Warm up with ballet classes and improve your technique! 
  • JAZZ FOR MUSICAL THEATRE: Each day a different style of theater dance will be taught by one of NYC's "Best in the Business." Enjoy feedback and tips from professional instructors on auditioning for that particular style. The program will include classic, contemporary, Fosse, Randy Skinner’s movie musical style, and much more.
  • TAP FOR MUSICAL THEATRE: Learn from the best! These classes will not just be for the advanced tap dancer. Students will be separated and challenged according to level. Participants with a range of experience will receive the attention they need to enhance their musical theatre career. 
  • MUSICAL THEATRE REPERTORY: Learn choreography from Broadway shows both past and present. These classes may also include singing and staging. No two days will be the same!
  • SPECIALTY CLASS: Work on your special skills in these classes such as Ballroom, Latin, Hip Hop, Bollywood, etc. 
  • AUTHENTIC NEW YORK AUDITION:  The Musical Theatre Dance Intensive week is designed to prepare you for this ultimate audition experience. On Saturday, you will audition for a Broadway musical of our choosing. Held in true form, exactly as you would encounter in New York, a creative team consisting of a casting director, producer, director, choreographer, and musical director will take you through the paces! You will also receive personal feedback to be sent to you via email. Learn “who got cast and why” – a rare and invaluable lesson on how things are done in the business. 

PROGRAM ALSO INCLUDES: Health and Physical Conditioning for Dancers, Resumé Assessment, Musical Theatre Dance History, Daily Q&A Sessions, Access to Goodspeed's extensive Musical Theatre Collection, Housing on the Goodspeed Campus. PLUS receive a complimentary ticket to see Goodspeed's La Cage aux Folles.


Kelli Barclay KELLI BARCLAY NYC: Pipe Dream at City Center's Encores!, Camelot in Concert starring Jeremy Irons, Oscar Hammerstein Awards salute to Carol Channing. NYMF: Himself and Nora, Hurricane the Musical, My History of Marriage. Goodspeed Opera House: My One and Only (CT Critics Circle Award for Best Choreography,) How to Succeed in Business...(CT CC Award nom.) and Hello My Baby at The Norma Terris Theatre. MUNY: Bye Bye Birdie, Singin’ in the Rain (Kevin Kline Award), Beauty and the Beast, 42nd Street, 50 Years of Muny Magic, and White Christmas. Feature film: Made for Each Other. Associate Choreographer on Broadway: 42nd Street (Revival), Irving Berlin's White Christmas, State Fair, Ain't Broadway Grand. Associate Choreographer on four City Center Encores! productions. Asst. Choreographer: Radio City's Christmas Spectacular Detroit MI. Original ballets: Angels Among Us featuring NY Times best selling author Alma Daniel. Extensive teaching in all forms of dance including as a member of the faculty of American Ballet Theater's Dance Intensive in NYC.
Richard J. Hinds

RICHARD J. HINDS  a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, was the Associate Director for Disney’s Newsies! on Broadway, which is currently on tour. Other Broadway/Off-Broadway credits include Jekyll and Hyde (Associate Director/Choreographer), Il Divo - A Musical Affair (Assistant Director) and Here Lies Love (Associate Director/Choreographer). He has Directed/Choreographed Smokey Joe's Cafe (New Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre), Evita (Flat Rock Playhouse), Fame (Macau International Music Festival), The Fig Leaves Are Falling (Connelly Theatre), Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors (Kansas City Rep.), Joseph… (Capital Playhouse), Hairspray, Joseph…, Pump Boys and Dinettes, The Sound of Music, All Shook Up (New Theatre), Wikimusical (NYMF), Up on the Rooftop (Hershey Music Box Theatre), Dancebreak (Ailey Citigroup Theatre) and BC Beat (Cielo Club). 

Richard has choreographed for The Bethenny Show, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, America's Got Talent, Good Afternoon America (featuring Liza Minnelli), industrials for Samsung, Sephora, General Motors, Stonewall Community Foundation, SP Richards and national commercials for Macy's.

He has served as the Associate/Assistant on Disney’s Newsies! (Paper Mill Playhouse), 9 to 5 (National/International Tours), The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe),A Christmas Story (Kansas City Rep./5th Ave Theatre), Volleygirls (NYMF), The First Wives Club (The Old Globe), Pippin (CTG and Deaf West), Disney’s High School Musical (National/International Tours), The Happy Embalmer (NYMF), A Wonderful Life (Paper Mill Playhouse), The Pirate (Prince Music Theatre), Rockers on Broadway (B.B. King’s), Broadway Under the Stars (NYC & Company), the Off-Broadway production of Frankenstein (37 ARTS) and the Drama Desk Awards.
Nick Kenkel

NICK KENKEL just finished a successful staged-reading of the new play Kung-Fu at the Signature Theatre, written by David Henry Hwang. He was just seen on Broadway as an original cast member in the first revival of Evita, starring Ricky Martin. He’s also performed on Broadway in Catch Me If You Can, Legally Blonde, and The Wedding Singer. He’s worked on stage and video for numerous recording artists including Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Missy Elliott, Gwen Stefani, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Anastasia, Jamie Foxx, and Debbie Gibson. Nick has performed on television in numerous programs such as MTV’s VMAs, E!’s Holly’s World and Ice Loves Coco, Rosie O’Donnell, Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, As The World Turns and has performed as a dancer on Saturday Night Live in over 40 episodes. 

Nick was the Associate Director and Co-Choreographer for PEEPSHOW starring Holly Madison, Mel B., Coco Austin, and Kelly Monaco. The show ran for a very successful four and a half years on the Las Vegas Strip at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Receiving rave reviews by the Boston Globe, Nick directed and choreographed his own version of Legally Blonde at North Shore Music Theatre, one of New England’s finest regional theatres. Nick has also choreographed for the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine. On Broadway, Nick was the Asst. Choreographer on Legally Blonde and Assoc. Choreographer on Catch Me If You Can. Nick choreographed/restaged the first national tour of Catch Me If You Can. As a choreographer, Nick was selected and featured in DanceBreak 2006, a prestigious NYC showcase profiling emerging theatre choreographers. His work can currently be seen at the new Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn as he is a regular choreographer for the Brooklynettes NBA pro dance team. Nick has choreographed for television commercials/promos, recording artists, and musical/stage shows but is MOST proud to serve as a choreographer and now director for Broadway Bares, an annual burlesque concert that raises over a million dollars each year for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Randy Skinner RANDY SKINNER is an award-winning director, choreographer, and performer whose work has been seen on Broadway, National, and International tours, and at Regional theatres. He received Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, and Astaire nominations for his choreography for 42nd Street. He also choreographed the opening number for the 2001 Tony Awards television broadcast. Other shows include Ain't Broadway Grand (Tony, Outer Critics nominations); Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Tony, Drama Desk nominations); State Fair (Outer Critics nomination); After the Night and the Music (MTC/Biltmore Theatre); Do Re Mi; Of Thee I Sing; Face The Music; No, No, Nanette and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (the last five at City Center Encores!); Gotta Dance! (City Center); Happy Days (Los Angeles); Stormy Weather with Leslie Uggams (Pasadena Playhouse); An American in Paris (Alley Theatre); Abby's Song (City Center); Puttin' On The Ritz (Kennedy Center); On The 5th (Takarazuka Revue Company, Japan); Lucky In The Rain; George M!; Babes In Arms (all three at Goodspeed Opera House); Hello, Dolly!; Strike Up The Band; Pal Joey; and Lone Star Love (Lucille Lortel nomination). He has received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award, the Los Angeles Dramalogue Award, the Connecticut Critics Award, and the Cleveland Times Theatre Award. Among Mr. Skinner's performances are roles in A Chorus Line, Gypsy, Dames At Sea, Hello, Dolly!, Pal Joey, Once More With Feeling, High Spirits, Walking Happy, and Babes In Arms, directed by the legendary Ginger Rogers. His "taps" can be heard on the recordings Lucky In The Rain, Sondheim At The Movies, 110 In The Shade, and Strike Up The Band. He most recently choreographed the West End production of Lend Me A Tenor The Musical. Mr. Skinner is a graduate of Ohio State University and he regularly teaches master classes throughout the country at universities and festivals.
Molly Tynes

MOLLY TYNES is currently in the cast of Pippin on Broadway (Ensemble and understudy Leading Player, Catherine, Fastrada). She is thrilled to return to Goodspeed where she previously appeared in Pippin (Manson Trio) and Annie Get Your Gun. She helped create and served as a teaching artist in Goodspeed’s first ever Audition Intensive in 2010 and again in 2011. Other performing credits include Chix 6, Pre-Broadway Developmental Production at The Queens Theatre originating the role of Lola Touche; The Little Mermaid, Developmental Workshop (various roles/aerialist); Chitty Chitty Bang Bang First National Tour (understudy Baroness); Legally Blonde, Arvada Center (Brooke Wyndham); Curtains, Paper Mill Playhouse and TUTS Tour (Ensemble); as well as many other regional credits. Molly is also an accomplished aerialist and an instructor for the dance fitness company Broadway Bodies.

Leslie Unger LESLIE UNGER is a director, choreographer, performer and educator. Based between Connecticut and Berlin Germany. U.S. Credits include: 10 year faculty member, The Lou Conte Dance Studio, home of Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago; faculty, River North Dance Chicago; Resident Choreographer, Chicago Center for Deafness, Center Theater Company. Directorial credits include: Regional ― Evita; Company; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Some Enchanted Evening. Choreography credits: Little Shop of Horrors, Man of La Mancha, Summer of 42, Forum, Titanic, The Mikado and many others. Staff at the Hartt School ― Director, Choreographer, Instructor within the Musical Theatre Department. European Credits include: Cats, European tour; Forum; Damn Yankees; Hello, Dolly; Gypsy and many others. Founding choreographer of Toys Musical Productions, European World Premier of Lord of the Rings. (Assistant to the choreographer, resident director), Founding director of the dance/martial arts studio X-STEP in Berlin Germany. Artistic Manager in New York, for German pop recording artist, Joana Zimmer Her direction and choreography includes: Music Videos, Industrial, Commercial, Film and Runway fashion shows in the U.S. and Europe.
Mary M. Wilson

MARY M. WILSON began her ballet training at the Enid Knapp Botsford School of Dance in Rochester, New York. Ms. Wilson went on to study at the American Ballet Theatre Scholarship Class Program with Patricia Wilde, John Prinz and Valentina Pereyaslavic before joining American Ballet Theatre’s studio company, ABTII. She joined the main company in 1983. As a member of American Ballet Theatre’s corps de ballet, Ms. Wilson was responsible for learning, interpreting, and performing an extensive repertoireof classical and contemporary dance. She collaborated with renowned choreographers and dancers in creating new and restaged works, including Antony Tudor, Agnes DeMille, Martha Graham, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Natalia Makarova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Twyla Tharp, and Lynn Taylor Corbet.

Ms. Wilson retired from the professional dance world in 1989 after a fall resulted in a chronic hip injury.  She went on to pursue a career in architecture. She holds a BA in History of Art and Studio Art from Yale University and a Masters in Architecture From Princeton University. Her interest in architecture was initially inspired by the transformative power of performance space that she experienced as a dancer. She is now exploring how all of architectural design can be influenced by the principles of dance to make our built environment more humanly scaled, culturally meaningful, and alluring.

Currently, Ms. Wilson is practicing architecture as a sole practitioner through Studio eM in East Haddam, CT., and is offering studio classes in ballet along with a series of workshops focused on the promising relationships between dance and architecture.


  SARAH BIGHAM graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ithaca College in 2004 with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. A former dancer, her love for the performing arts carried over into this new profession. She began her career as the primary physical therapy for Disney's The Lion King, both for the first national tour and Broadway companies. She is thrilled to say she has been a part of such a talented and passionate team of therapists at PhysioArts since 2009, working throughout the Broadway and downtown dance communities. Sarah serves as the Center Coordinator for Clinic Education for PhysioArts, setting up internships for physical therapy students interested in pursuing dance medicine. In 2011, Sarah achieved a long time goal of becoming a Certified Functional Manual Therapist, passing certification with distinction. She is now part of the faculty for the Institute of Physical Art, sharing her enthusiasm of the material with fellow therapists. Sarah is passionate about injury prevention and strives to further her involvement in the dance medicine community.
  ANDREW KREIGH is the Music Assistant at Goodspeed. He graduated college this past spring from The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Business. Andrew's past music theatre positions include, touring with The Kids From Wisconsin as a keyboard player for two years performing 60+ shows each summer, followed by two summers as the Assistant Music Director for Mac Haydn Summer Stock Theatre in Chatham, New York the last two years. He has also worked as a freelance accompanist, pianist, and church organist. Andrew is excited to join the staff here at Goodspeed and looks forward to sharing his love for musical theatre with many.
Bill Nabel

BILL NABEL has appeared in over 9,500 Broadway performances in eight Broadway shows: A Chorus Line (Al), Sweeney Todd (Pirelli), 42nd Street (Bert Barry), Home Sweet Homer (Melios), Ain't Broadway Grand (Max), Evita, The Most Happy Fella (Giuseppe-originated at Goodspeed Opera House), thirteen years at Beauty and the Beast and Carnegie Hall in Andre Previn’s opera, Streetcar Named Desire. A finalist for the American Academy of Arts and Letters Richard Rodgers Prize for Take Me America, the musical; he’s also received a Connecticut Playwright Fellowship Grant and a Puffin Grant. He wrote book/lyrics for Take Me America, a new musical about seven people applying for asylum in the United States, which was produced by the Village Theatre in Seattle. Other musicals: Love On Ice, the world’s first cryogenic musical; Who Killed Mario Lanza; and Gollywobble, a musical based on “The Andy Griffith Show” for Paramount Pictures. His plays: Lying To Spielberg was a New American Playwright (NAPP) selection at Utah Shakespeare Festival, Love, Loss and What I Drove; Habeus Corpus; Go Ask Your Father; MILF; The Accompanyist; Hubble; The Schwarzchild Radius and The Champ. Also: Lehman Engel-BMI Musical Theater Workshop, Tufts University, Dramatists Guild, Abingdon Theatre New Playwrights, AEA, SAG-AFTRA.

In August, Love On Ice, the new cryogenic musical that tests if love can burn at minus 412 degrees Centrigrade, will be pitched at the “PiTCH” at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival in Auburn, NY.
 John Pike

JOHN PIKE is a professor at The Hartt School Theatre Division (University of Hartford) teaching musical theatre history, text analysis, and contemporary theatre. Previously, he was on faculty of Syracuse University. As stage director, recent productions include Working (Hartt), The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Little Women (Opera House Players), and Big (Artful Living Productions).  Also a musical director, he has conducted A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), Coram Boy (Hartt), and A Little Night Music (Syracuse University). Other favorite productions as director/musical director include Titanic, Cabaret, The Apple Tree, Pippin, Brigadoon, and The Frogs. John is the co-author of The Christmas Tree Dinner, which was performed at the Old Lyme Inn in 2010/2011. He has written music for several plays and is the author of The Grand View and The Womb. For many years, John served as Artistic Associate for Goodspeed Musicals, where he worked on more than 90 productions and was publisher of Show Music Magazine. His articles have appeared in Playbill, The Sondheim Review, and Dramatists Quarterly. More recently, he edited the book HAIR: The Story of Show That Defined a Generation and is the author of the current Achieving the Impossible Dream: Goodspeed Musicals at 50.

F. Wade Russo F. WADE RUSSO Goodspeed: over 20 productions, including last summer's Hello DollyThe Boy Friend National Tour directed by Julie Andrews.  Broadway: By Jeeves (assistant conductor, original cast recording conductor). He most recently conducted Company (Pittsburgh Public Theatre) & Showboat (Asolo Repertory). In 2011 he received the St. Louis Critics Award for Sunday in the Park with George (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis). Other regional theaters include: Huntington Theatre, Barrington Stage, Lyric Theatre of Boston, Gateway Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Weston Playhouse, Juilliard Repertory, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Boston Conservatory. He has served on the faculties of the O’Neill Theatre Center, Circle in the Square Theatre School, Emerson College, Juilliard School and currently the Boston Conservatory.
  WILLIAM J. THOMAS has been playing keyboards in the orchestra pit at Goodspeed Musicals since 1993 and has served as principal conductor for the Goodspeed Musicals mainstage productions of 42nd Street (2009), Li'l Abner (2006), Me and My Girl (2003), Brigadoon (2001), and George M! (2000). Bill was also associate conductor for Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (2008), Big River, Happy Days, 1776, High Button Shoes, Pirates of Penzance, Abyssinia, Where's Charley?, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Babes in Arms, and They All Laughed!. Norma Terris credits include Lizzie Borden (music director), Tin Pan Alley Rag (conductor), Dorian, and Gotham!. Bill has been the chief keyboard programmer at Goodspeed Musicals since 2000 and recently served to oversee the transition from "Kurzweil" to Apple "Mainstage" technology at Goodspeed's East Haddam Theatre. 
WILLIAM J. THOMAS has been playing keyboards in the orchestra pit at Goodspeed Musicals since 1993 and has served as principal conductor for the Goodspeed Musicals mainstage productions of 42nd Street (2009), Li’l Abner (2006), Me and My Girl (2003), Brigadoon (2001), and George M! (2000). Bill was also associate conductor for Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (2008), Big River, Happy Days, 1776, High Button Shoes, Pirates of Penzance, Abyssinia, Where’s Charley?, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Babes in Arms, and They All Laughed!. Norma Terris credits include Lizzie Borden (music director), Tin Pan Alley Rag (conductor), Dorian,and Gotham!. Bill has been the chief keyboard programmer at Goodspeed Musicals since 2000 and recently served to oversee the transition from "Kurzweil" to Apple "Mainstage" technology at Goodspeed's East Haddam Theatre. - See more at:

Housing & Transportation

Tuition covers accommodations at Goodspeed that are within walking distance of the program for students ages 18+. Students under age 18 must make alternate housing arrangements. CLICK to learn more!

Sponsored in part by:

Adolph & Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation

The Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre

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