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Musical Theatre Dance Intensive

Musical Theatre Dance Intensive


Goodspeed Musicals Musical Theatre Institute

AUGUST 3 - 10, 2014

Calling all up-and-coming hoofers!


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 will provide dancers with the full set of skills necessary to land a spot in an ensemble. Our campus will be filled with young artists learning to build their Broadway-style repertoire with instruction in tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and audition techniques 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

Click on any photo below to view a gallery of photos from the 2012 Music Theatre Dance Intensive.


To register, please fill out and submit an application with a $400 deposit. Please make checks payable to “The Goodspeed Opera House Foundation.”

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Early application deadline: June 4, 2014 (Applications who apply by this date will be given special consideration)
  • Early notification: June 12, 2014
  • Early acceptance tuition due: June 19, 2014

Application deadline: July 9, 2014
  • Upon acceptance, a final tuition payment of $1,400 will be due: July 21, 2014

Please make checks payable to "The Goodspeed Opera House Foundation."

NOTE: 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.


  • 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 Fiddler on the Roof.


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 BROADWAY: Disney's Newsies! (Associate Director), Jekyll and Hyde (Associate Director/Choreographer). TOURS: 9 to 5 (Associate Director), High School Musical (Associate Choreographer). REGIONAL: Evita (Flat Rock Playhouse), Fame (Macau International Music Festival), The Fig Leaves Are Falling (Connelly Theatre), Songs For A New World (XL Cabaret), CabaretLittle Shop of Horrors, A Christmas Story (Kansas City Repertory Theatre), Joseph...The Sound of MusicAll Shook UpPump Boys and DinettesHairspray (New Theatre), The First Wives Club (The Old Globe), Pippin (CTG and Deaf West), The Happy Embalmer (NYMF), A Wonderful Life (Paper Mill Playhouse); The Pirate (Prince Music Theatre), Grease (Lenape Regional PAC), Rockers On Broadway (B.B. King's), Broadway Under The Stars (NYC & Company), Frankenstein (37 ARTS, Off-Broadway), Drama Desk Awards.
Matthew Powell

MATTHEW POWELL received his training at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet. He performed professionally with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, the San Francisco Opera, and danced principal and soloist roles in more than 50 works by choreographers such as George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp, Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Michael Smuin. Additionally, Mr. Powell has danced in regional productions of Fiddler on the Roof (choreographed by Lisa Stevens), All Shook Up (choreographed by Richard, Hinds), and portrayed “A-rab” in the international tour of West Side Story. As a teacher, Mr. Powell is a faculty member at Broadway Dance Center, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and has guest/substitute taught at Marymount Manhattan, Billy Elliot on Broadway, and Ballet Academy East. Additionally, he was a faculty member at the Rock School for Dance Education and Kansas City Ballet School and has taught classes at institutions such as the Universities of Iowa and Alabama and company class for Kansas City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the West Side Story International Tour. His choreography received a fellowship from the New York Choreographic Institute, and he has choreographed works for Kansas City Ballet, Regional Dance America, and most recently. He also has worked as Assistant Director to Dorothy Danner for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s production of Pirates of Penzance and for Michigan Opera Theatre’s production of The Magic Flute. Upcoming projects include choreographing a new ad campaign for BLOCH dancewear, featuring principal dancers from American Ballet Theatre, and this summer Matthew will be dancing in Fire and Grace, which will be filmed in Los Angeles for DVD release.

 Noah Racey NOAH RACEY is a New York based performer, director, choreographer, and educator. Broadway: 2001 revival of Follies; original casts of Thoroughly Modern Millie (Associate Choreographer), Never Gonna Dance, and Curtains. At New York’s Town Hall: 10 years resident choreographer/director with Broadway By The Year series, Brooklyn To Hollywood starring Tovah Feldshuh, 2008 Nightlife Awards, World Premiere of All Singin, All Dancin. Noah was Associate Director for Jeff Calhoun’s High School Musical, High School Musical 2 (Fox, Atlanta), and Shenandoah (Ford’s Theatre DC, starring Scott Bakula).  He choreographed the 2008-2009 White Christmas National Tour (directed by Jeff Calhoun), 5th Avenue Theatre’s Cinderella and Guys and Dolls, as well as Goodspeed Musical’s Show Boat and Annie Get Your Gun, both of which won Connecticut Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Choreography. Noah choreographed the Broadway-bound (in 2013) World Premiere of It Shoulda Been You (George Street Playhouse, directed by David Hyde Pierce, starring Tyne Daly), and the World Premiere of Turn Of The Century (Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, directed by Tommy Tune, starring Jeff Daniels and Rachel York). Also in 2013, Noah will star in Noah Racey’s Pulse at Asolo Rep, (directed by Jeff Calhoun). He is the founder and Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed New York Song & Dance Company, appearing on “So You Think You Can Dance” and in Noah Racey’s Pulse this season. Noah is a Boston Conservatory graduate and a proud product of—and strong proponent for—arts funding in public schools.
 Debra Collins Ryder

DEBRA COLLINS RYDER joined the Hartt Dance faculty at the University of Hartford in January 2006. Most recently she has been a principal ballet teacher for both the Hartt Community and College Dance Divisions, where she also teaches Dance History and supervises student teaching internships for the college division.  Prior to her teaching at the Hartt School, she co-directed and helped develop the Eastern Connecticut Ballet, where she choreographed several works of critical acclaim. She was a principal dancer with the Hartford Ballet for many years, where she performed and was featured in many full length ballets. A versatile dancer, she was also featured in numerous modern and neo-classical works by Balanchine, Pilobolus and many others. While in the company, she also acted as ballet mistress.  She graduated with honors from Virginia Intermont College with a degree in Ballet and Ballet Teaching, and was on full scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet. A native of Philadelphia, she presently makes her home in Farmington with her husband and son.    

Wendy Seyb

WENDY SEYB is a director/choreographer who creates dance comedy stories for theater, film and dance. Theater career highlights include choreographing The Pee Wee Herman Show (Broadway/HBO), and The Toxic Avenger Musical which garnered Ms. Seyb three nominations: a Lucille Lortel Award, a Joe A. Callaway Award, and Toronto's DORA Award. Ms. Seyb directed and choreographed Birthday Sax for Ars Nova, and has choreographed for Disney Theatrical Productions, Nickelodeon, and SeaWorld. Through her company, EveryDayMan Adventures, Ms. Seyb has created over 20 dance comedies.  Her work has been presented at esteemed New York venues such as Dance Theater Workshop, Joyce SoHo, Baryshnikov Arts Center, DRA Gala at Cedar Lake Theater, HERE Arts Center, The Flea Theater, The Duke Theater, and the Ailey Citigroup Theater. In 2012 she was invited to participate in The National Choreographers Initiative, where she created work on ballet dancers from top companies around the US. Ms. Seyb is a recipient of the Golden Nose Award for her dance comedy Super Novas; and is an alumna of Dancebreak and Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. Ms. Seyb is currently creating a dance comedy series, a piece for The Sacramento Ballet, and choreographing a new film musical. 

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.
Rickey Tripp

RICKEY TRIPP Performer, Choreographer, Dance Educator, and Certified Zena Rommett Floor-Barre Technique Instructor. B.A. in Dance, San Jose State University. Broadway: Tony Award Winning Show In the Heights. Off-Broadway: In the Heights Drama Desk Award 2007 for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. T.V.: SMASH Season 1. Other credits include: Aida National Tour, Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the famous Rockettes, Seth’s Broadway 101 ’09 Choreographer/Co-Director. Associate Choreographer: The Broadway Boys. Assistant Choreographer: Fortress of Solitude A New Musical and Hip-Hop with Seth Stewart. Assisted choreography on: In the Heights, Desperately Seeking Susan the Musical West End Premiere, 9 to5 The Musical, The Wiz Encores! presentation, Bring It On A New Musical, Pan A New Musical, and SMASH. Company Work: Mark Stuart Dance Theatre. He has taught Master Classes and set choreography for various dance studios across the country including the prestigious NYU Theatre Department. As a teacher, he has over 10 years of experience and currently on staff at Broadway Dance Center, NYC.

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.



  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.
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.
Dan Pardo DAN PARDO has been on the Goodspeed music staff for the past three seasons and is very excited to be an accompanist and vocal coach for Goodspeed's 2013 Dance Intensive. Earlier this season, Dan was the Music Director and Vocal Arranger for The Fabulous Lipitones at The Norma Terris Theatre. He also music directed Come From Away for the 2013 Festival of New Artists and accompanied last year's concert, An Evening with Ed Dixon. Some other Goodspeed favorites include City of Angels and Show Boat on the main stage and The Great American Mousical (Directed by Julie Andrews) in Chester. Additionally, Dan has been a vital force within Goodspeed's Arts Education Collaboration, which provides hands-on theatre workships to hundres of under-served Connecticut students each year. Outside of Goodspeed, Dan has written piano-vocal arrangements for Sleepless in Seattle (Passadena Playhouse), Roller Disco! (ART, Oberon Stage), Schmoozy Togetherness (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and several productions through TheatreWorks USA (Skippyjon Jones, We the Peaple, The Teacher from the Black Lagoon). Dan is a proud graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania and is certified to teach music, grades K-12.
 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 has served as assistant musical director and conductor at the Goodspeed Opera House on over 20 productions including this summer’s acclaimed production of Carousel. He served as conductor for Goodspeed’s national tour of The Boyfriend directed by Julie Andrews. On Broadway he was assistant conductor of By Jeeves directed by Sir Alan Aycbourn and conducted the original cast recording which was supervised by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. Other conducting credits include Camelot, Cabaret, Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, Man of LaMancha, Falsettos, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, By Jeeves (Pittsburgh Public Theatre), Sunday in the Park With George (St. Louis Critic’s Award – Best Musical Director/Conductor), Urinetown (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Company, Pirates! (Huntington Theatre), Mame with Sandy Duncan (Barrington Stage), West Side Story (Gateway Playhouse), Adrift in Macao (Lyric Theatre of Boston), Happy End (Juilliard Repertory Theatre), Louisiana Purchase (Swine Palace Theatre), Illyria, Two Gentleman of Verona (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Anyone Can Whistle, Little Me, She Loves Me (Theatre Factory St. Louis and Valley Song (Manhattan Theatre Club).  Wade was musical director for 6 seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival where he also composed incidental music for The Glass Menagerie with Joanne Woodward. Currently he is on the faculty of Boston Conservatory where he as conducted productions of The Apple Tree, Chess, 42nd Street, Tommy, Sweet Charity, Showboat and Strike Up the Band.  He has also served on the faculty of National Theatre Institute at the O’Neill Theatre Center, Circle in the Square Theatre School, the Juilliard School, Emerson College and 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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