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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 young performers and 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:
July 8, 2015: Application Deadline
     • July 13, 2015: Notification of acceptance
     • 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.

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.

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  • 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.


“I wanted to let everyone know that I have been casted as "Phyllis" in the upcoming national tour of 42nd Street! I couldn't have done it without attending the dance intensive last year. Everything that I learned throughout the week at Goodspeed  was put to use in ALL of my auditions throughout the year, especially for 42nd Street. I felt mentally and physically prepared to take on the audition process. I felt like I was a veteran of the theater world. I want to give a HUGE thank you to all the staff, faculty, and guest teachers who truly pushed me to my limits and helped me individually strive to be the best that I can be. After the intensive, I saw a huge shift in my attitude towards the audition process and my love for performing in general.” - Mallory Nolting, Dance Intensive Participant

"It was a life changing experience that I am forever grateful for! I learned more about myself as a person & an artist in this one week and gained the confidence and momentum I needed to continue on this path towards my dream." - Jacqueline Cedio, Dance Intensive Participant

 "I can't wait until someone asks me about it in an audition and I get to tell them all about how great it was!" - Aaron Heaps, Dance Intensive Participant

"I signed up for an intensive and that is exactly what I got. Every day was absolutely intense and I loved every minute of it. I was exposed to many different styles and different people that taught me so much about the business. I could not have asked for a better way to spend the week." - Dance Intensive Participant


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.

Ralph Perkins RALPH PERKINS has choreographed for several regional theaters across the country, as well as Las Vegas venues. Among his credits are La Cage Aux Folles, Camelot and 1776 for Goodspeed Musicals. South Pacific for The Asolo Repertory Theater, as well as Papermill Playhouse. Hello Dolly! (St. Louis Critics Circle nominee), South Pacific and The King and I for The Muny in St. Louis. Sweet Charity for Barrington Stage Company. Sunday in the Park with George for The Repertory Theater of St. Louis, as well as Urinetown and Kiss Me Kate in which he received Kevin Kline Award nominations for outstanding choreography. Residing and working in Las Vegas, Nevada for many years, Ralph was choreographer for EFX starring Tommy Tune at the MGM Grand, Tournament of Kings at the Excalibur and Siegfried and Roy at The Mirage, to name a few. Ralph choreographed several years for the annual Golden Rainbow Aids Benefit in Las Vegas. His work “The Wall” received the Toddy Award for best production number, an award voted by the Las Vegas entertainment community. Ralph founded The New Works Project Ltd., a contemporary dance company based in Las Vegas. He served as artistic director for NWP during its five years of active existence and created over forty contemporary dance works for the company. In 2002 Ralph relocated to West Hartford, CT to become director of dance for the theater division at The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. Along with his theater division obligations, Ralph also teaches the Martha Graham technique for The Hartt School dance division and has assisted on restaging and reconstucting some of Graham's classic works there.
Matthew Powell

MATTHEW POWELL received his training at the School of American Ballet and danced professionally with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, San Francisco Opera, the international tour of West Side Story, and more. Mr. Powell is currently guest faculty at The Juilliard School, and as a teacher, he has worked with The Juilliard School, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Tech, The Rock School for Dance Education, Kansas City Ballet School, Trey McIntyre Project, Matthew Bourne, Karole Armitage, ‘Billy Elliot’ on Broadway, the universities of Iowa and Alabama, Broadway Dance Center, and more. As a choreographer, Mr. Powell was awarded a fellowship from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet, and recently received an award for his choreography at Regional Dance America. He has created six works for Broadway Dance Center, is the on-set choreographer for BLOCH dancewear, and has been fortunate to receive numerous other commissions including Kansas City Ballet’s 50th Anniversary season, Kansas City Ballet School, the Art Exhibit “Capturing Nureyev,” among others.. His most recent creation, Quarter Note, premiered this summer at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre to critical acclaim. Guest ballet master credits include Royal New Zealand Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and ‘Flesh and Bone,’ an upcoming limited series set to air on the STARZ Network in 2015. Mr. Powell has also worked as assistant director for opera productions across the country. Upcoming projects include a choreographic commission for The Joffrey Ballet School, and Guest Ballet Master for the Slovak National Ballet.

Alex Sanchez ALEX SANCHEZ New York Choreography: Far From Heaven, Playwrights Horizons; Fiorello, City Center Encores!; Giant, The Public Theater; Where's Charley?, City Center Encores!; Red Eye of Love, Dicapo Theatre. Regional: Follies, Chicago Shakes; Far From Heaven, Williamstown; Roman Holiday, Guthrie; 42nd Street, Stratford Shakes; Giant, DTC; Camelot, Glimmerglass; Mary Poppins, Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid, Muny. A soloist with Ballet Chicago, Ruth Page Ballet and performed in over ten Broadway shows. Website:
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 spent nearly two years in the revival cast of Pippin on Broadway (Original Cast and u/s Leading Player, Catherine, Fastrada). She also recently completed a brief stint on the 1st National Tour of Pippin as Fastrada. She is thrilled to return to the Goodspeed where she previously appeared in yet another production of Pippin (“Manson Trio”) as well as 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 recent performing credits include: Apache Specialty Dancer in the Pre-Broadway production of Can-Can at Paper Mill Playhouse, Lola Touche in the Developmental Production of Chix 6 at The Queens Theatre, u/s for the Baroness in the 1st National Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Brooke Wyndham in the Arvada Center’s Legally Blonde, and many other regional credits. Molly is also an accomplished aerialist and an instructor for the dance fitness company Broadway Bodies.

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 (Physio Arts) 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.
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 John McMahon

JOHN McMAHON’s credits include the "Not Since Carrie" Broadway production of Prince of Central Park, and the revival of the Gershwin musical Oh! Kay!. Off-Broadway, he was heard playing for entire run of the hit musical Ruthless! and the revue Whoop Dee Doo!. A graduate of Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where he musical directed three USO tours, entertaining troops in Germany and Iceland. He was the musical conductor and co-creator of the musical revue Bottoms Up!. He directed the original revue of the music of Rick Crom’s Absolutely Rude!, and musical directed his Star Trek parody musical Space Trek. He composed original music for the “Valley of the Dolls” spoof Below the Valley of the Dolls and collaborated with Broadway lyricist Ira Gasman (The Life) on several cabaret songs. A Bistro Award Winner, he is a frequent cabaret performer, working with many performers such as Andre De Shields, Joan Rivers, Heather MacRae, Marta Sanders, Lea DeLaria, and the legendary Mr. Ruby Rims. McMahon can be heard on the soundtrack of the critically acclaimed Japanese made-for-television movie A Table for Two. He composed the music and co-wrote the book for the musical Satan’s School for Girls, which was produced at the Dudley Riggs Theater in Minneapolis and nominated for a Jeffrey award for its Chicago run at the Circle Theater. His original revue That’s My New York, written with lyricist Jay Jeffries, enjoyed a successful four month run at Judy’s Chelsea, and won a Manhattan Association of Cabarets (MAC) award for the song “Where’s Shirley?”. His jazz arrangement of Sondheim’s "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" can be heard on Lea Delaria’s CD “Play it Cool” on Warner Brother’s jazz label. As Laura Bell Bundy's longtime accompanist and musical director, he conducting both her cabaret acts at Joe's Pub and at Feinstein's in NYC. He is musical director of the musical Lovely, starring Kelly Briggs and Jerry Christakos, which won the 2003 New York Nightlife Award, was nominated for a 2003 MAC Award, and tours with it extensively throughout the country. McMahon and Jeffries have completed their musical Friends Like These, which won the award for Most Promising Musical in the musical reading series at The Players Theater in NYC. Along with performing his one-man show, McMahon and his lyricist Jay Jeffries are currently developing their newest musical about Aesop, Love And Other Fables, which received a public reading at Chicago’s Windy City Playhouse in April 2015.

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.


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