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Goodspeed Musicals' Musical Theatre Dance Intensive (Application deadline: July 2!)

Goodspeed Musicals is launching a Musical Theatre Dance Intensive and the application deadline is July 2! 

Musical Theatre Dance Intensive

August 13-19, 2012

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!



If you have any questions or would like to receive information about future Musical Theatre Institute programs, contact Joshua Ritter at or  860.873.8664, x745.


 Applications are due by July 2, 2012.
You must submit your application with a $400 deposit.

Send applications to:
  Goodspeed Musical Theatre Institute

  Attn: Joshua Ritter
  PO Box A
  East Haddam, CT 06423

Optional:  You may submit a link to an online clip of you dancing to a musical theatre song. We will review that with your application if you choose to provide us with something.  

Important dates:

• July 2, 2012: Application deadline  
• July 6, 2012: Applicants will be notified of status  
• July 13, 2012: Upon acceptance and deposit payment, the remaining tuition of $1,400 is due 

Total tuition: $1,800

Please make checks payable to The Goodspeed Opera House Foundation. Note: Upon acceptance, deposit is non-refundable. If you are accepted, your deposit will be deducted from your total tuition. If you are not accepted, your deposit will be refunded in full.

Please note: this program is only open to participants age 18 or older.

If you have any questions, please contact Joshua Ritter at or 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


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 currently serves as the Associate Director for Disney's Newsies! on Broadway. His other Directing and Choreography credits include DanceBreak 2011, Fame (Macau International Music Festival), Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors (Kansas City Repertory Theatre), Joseph..., The Sound of Music, All Shook Up, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Hairspray (New Theatre). Associate/Assistant: Disney's Newsies! (Paper Mill Playhouse), 9 to 5 (1st National Tour, UK Tour), High School Musical (Disney's National and International tours), A Christmas Story (Kansas City Repertory Theatre/5th Ave 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. Richard will be the Associate Director/Choreographer for the upcoming Broadway-bound tour of Jekyll and Hyde.



DANA MOORE  is a 30 year veteran of the Broadway stage. She was last seen on Broadway playing Hunyak (“Not Guilty”) in Chicago. She was also featured in Fosse (now on DVD), which chronicled choreographer/director Bob Fosse’s work from stage, film and television. Other outstanding Broadway credits include, A Chorus Line, Sweet Charity, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, On Your Toes, The Will Rogers Follies, How to Succeed…., Singin’ in the Rain, Dangerous Games, Sugar Babies and Copperfield. She has toured with Chicago and Falsettos and appeared in the films, The Producers: The Movie Musical and Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You. In New York City, Dana teaches Theatre Dance at STEPS on Broadway and is a musical theater faculty member at Marymount Manhattan College. She conducts master classes in cities across the USA and internationally, recently working as teacher and choreographer for the International Dance Intensive in Cyprus, Bardar Dance Institute in Oslo, Tapage Dance Company in Toulouse and the Jazz Musical Theatre Program at Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts. Ms. Moore is also a founding company member of Chet Walker’s WalkerDance Company. Dana has starred as Liliane La Fleur in the critically acclaimedproduction of NINE at the Westchester Broadway Theatre and performed in the New York workshop of Queen of the Stardust Ballroom starring Tyne Daley. Also, she set her own choreography to music composed by Caleb Hawley and ChristinE Pollack for the musicians and dancers collaborative, GIG.



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.






JON RUA most recently originated the role of ‘Jesus Pena’ in the world premier of the new musical Hands on a Hardbody at La Jolla Playhouse created by Doug Wright, Trey Anastasio (Phish), and Amanda Green. He has starred as ‘Sonny’ in the Tony Award Winning Broadway musical In The Heights. Jon has performed with the likes of Sean Hayes, Jane Krakowski, Anthony Anderson, Keith Carradine, Norbert Leo Butz, Tyne Daly, Andrea Martin, Priscilla Lopez, Jordin Sparks and more. Additional theatre credits include: Somewhere at The Old Globe (Craig Noel Leading Actor Nomination), Bring It On-The Musical (World Premier), Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Second Stage-Pulitzer Prize nominated), Damn Yankees (Encores!).  Workshops: Hands on a Hard Body(La Jolla), Sundance Theatre Lab (Banff 2011), Pan, Bare, Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, All Fall Down (Intar), Kingdom (Public Theatre), Lincoln Center’s American Songbook. TV: “Law and Order”. Jon has danced for such artists as Don Omar, Soulja Boy, and more as well as Commercial credits including Target, BillBoard, Puma, and Panasonic. As a choreographer, his work has been seen on NBA/NCAA Dance Teams, CBS, MTV, Broadway Bares, Award-Winning Webisode "Chaos Theory" and “Union Square”. He has assisted on such projects: Bring It On-The Musical, In The Heights, NYCC’s ENCORES! The Wiz, and Insanity. Jon has over 8 years of experience teaching internationally. Currently he’s on faculty at Broadway Dance Center spreading his movement, “The Grit”. For more on Jon, visit



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.

Housing & Transportation

Tuition covers accommodations at Goodspeed that are within walking distance of the program.


Goodspeed Musicals is an Approved Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Provider with the Connecticut State Department of Education. If you would like to earn CEU certificates by participating in the Musical Theatre Dance Intensive, please inform Joshua Ritter. Participants must give notification before the Intensive begins to be eligible for CEU certificates.


Joshua S. Ritter

Education & Library Director

Goodspeed Musicals

East Haddam, CT  06423

860-873-8664, ext. 745

Fax 860-873-2329

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