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Chrissy Bowman - Owner/Director
Chrissy is an alumni and former dance team member of Lorraine Spada School of Dance. She graduated from Plymouth State University with a B.S. in Dance and Business Management. At Plymouth State she was captain of both the Dance Team and the Contemporary Dance Ensemble, performed at the American College Dance Festivals, and also received the 2004 Dancer of the Year Award. Chrissy completed the Dance Teachers Club of Boston Teacher Training Program, and had the privilege of studying under Diane Gudat, Tom Ralabate, and E. Laura Haussman. She has also had the opportunity to learn from Joan Wiegers, Amy Marshall, Brian Friedman, Robert Battle, as well as many other talented choreographers. She has most recently performed with fellow PSU alumni at the Built on Stilts festival in Martha's Vineyard, as well as many other performances around New England. Chrissy has been teaching at Lorraine Spada School of Dance since 2001 and she is honored to now have the privilege of directing the studio that has been so near and dear to her heart for so many years. Click here to e-mail Chrissy
Suzanne holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She received her dance training in classical ballet at Northeast School of Ballet. She performed principal roles in full-length ballets such as the Nutcracker and Cinderella with the Northeast Youth Ballet. Other training includes The Boston Conservatory and The Roxy Ballet. She began her modern dance training in 2001 with Ina Hahn and the Windhover Dance Company in Rockport. She has had the opportunity to perform several Doris Humphrey works such as Water Study, Variations and Conclusions from New Dance and Passacaglia. Suzanne presently teaches Ballet, Pointe and Modern at schools in the Boston area and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the dancers at the Lorraine Spada School of Dance.
Cait began her training over 20 years ago at Lorraine Spada School of Dance where she was a member of the dance competition and performance team. In 2004 she founded the Tewksbury High School Dance Program where she was captain and director until 2007. Cait went on to attend Assumption College where she graduated with a B.A. in Marketing & Communications and a minor in Psychology. During her time at school she was a member of the Assumption College Dance Club and taught classes in the Worcester Area. In 2015 she was certified by the University of Las Vegas in Dance Education for levels K-12, and continues her dance training in Jazz, Contemporary, Modern and Hip Hop at the Jeanette Neil Dance Studio and The Dance Complex in Boston, MA. She has had the privilege to participate in teacher workshops taught by So You Think You Can Dance finalists Alex Wong and Aaron Turner, and has attended many master classes with commercial dance icons such as Brian Friedman, Laurieanne Gibson and Chris Judd. This summer Cait is excited to be attending the National Dance Teacher Summit’s intensive program in New York City, where she will train under renowned teachers and choreographers such as Denise Wall, Travis Wall, Mia Michaels, Stacey Tookey and more. Cait is looking forward to spreading her passion and love for dance to her students for another year at LSSOD.
Nicolette is a 14-year student, alumni and former dance team member of Lorraine Spada School of Dance. Nicolette attended Regis College and holds a B.S in Business Management. She was a member of the Regis College Dance Company and continued her dance studies at Boston College. She was certified to teach dance through DTU of The University of Las Vegas. She has attended several dance conventions and master classes with Brian Friedman, Chris Judd, and many other well-known choreographers from So You Think You Can Dance. Seasonally, Nicolette is the dance director and choreographer for several theatres in the area including North Shore Children's Theatre in Salem, Ma, That’s The Spirit Players in Newburyport, MA, and the Salem, MA public school systems. She had the pleasure to work alongside Candy Kosow Gold, a New York Broadway Producer at a theatre workshop in the North Shore. She also teaches recreational ballet classes to young dancers at the Boston Ballet in Marblehead, MA. Nicolette is honored to share her love for dance with her students at Lorraine Spada School of Dance.
Janelle is an alumni and 15 year student at Lorraine Spada School of Dance. Growing up, she did gymnastics, cheerleading, and dance. She competed with LSSOD senior dance team, and also with East Celebrity Elite International level 5 cheer team. Janelle was involved with Team Ireland; a cheerleading team that went over to Ireland and competed/ helped run the first cheerleading competition in Ireland. She received a scholarship to cheer at Texas Tech University, and competed at cheerleading nationals with them. She is now a cheerleader for the Boston Celtics Green team, and continues to work with both dance and gymnastics programs. Janelle is excited to bringing acro dance to Lorraine Spada School of Dance .
Julia received her classical ballet training at Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater under the tutelage of Ms. Patricia Lavoie. While at SNHDT, she was a company member of Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet and performed various roles in many of Maurice Petipa’s ballets, including: Paquita, Giselle, Le Corsaire, La Bayadere, Swan Lake, Raymonda, The Sleeping Beauty, and Don Quixote. She also performed Ms. Lavoie’s original works and annually in The Nutcracker at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH. Julia was selected by Ms. Darla Hoover of the George Balanchine Trust to perform Balanchine’s Valse Fantasie, which she performed in 2001 and 2002. Her favorite roles and variations include: Pas de Trois from Paquita, the Temperament Fairy and Bluebird variations from The Sleeping Beauty, and Dew Drop Fairy and Snow Queen from The Nutcracker. Julia is also a visual artist and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2007. Since 2010, she has been dancing with Amy Fortier’s Ballet Misha, located in Manchester, NH. Since joining the company, she has performed in several of Ms. Fortier’s original ballets and contemporary works, including The Wild Swans, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ballet Nouveau, and The Nutcracker. She also assists the company with prop and set creation. Julia is thrilled to join Lorraine Spada School of Dance, and looks forward to working with all the wonderful dancers!
Deirdre’s Irish dancing career began with the Heavey-Quinn Academy when she was three years old. Throughout her competitive career, she had the opportunity to compete at both regional and national competitions, where she participated in both solo and group events. She has attended competitions all over North America including, Philadelphia, Tennessee, and San Diego. She began teaching Irish dance in 2005 and had the opportunity to attend many master workshops taught by Ronan McCormack, a well-known Irish dancer and choreographer. Deirdre enjoys working with dancers of all ages and is excited to be a part of the Lorraine Spada School of Dance!
Emily is a proud Boston native who began dancing at the age of three and instantly fell in love. Her training includes ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary, among other styles. She is a recent graduate of Roger Williams University, receiving a BA in Dance and Performance Studies and Global Communication. At RWU, she's performed in 10 dance theatre shows and has had the opportunity to work with some wonderful guest choreographers. Emily is continually taking classes in the Boston area and looks forward to sharing her passion with the students at Lorraine Spada School of Dance.
Rachel is from Reading, MA and was trained at Lapierre School of Dance in Reading for thirteen years. Rachel studied ballet, pointe, tap, and jazz at Lapierre as well as hip hop and contemporary. She also partook in her high school’s theater department, performing in musicals such as Peter Pan and Me and My Girl. Rachel attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst to pursue a degree in Journalism with a minor in IT. At UMass, Rachel took ballet, tap, and African dance with the UMass Amherst Dance Department. She was also captain of her student-run dance team, where she produced the team’s hip hop choreography for two years. She taught as a guest hip hop and contemporary instructor in Westford, MA for three years. Rachel is extremely eager to get back in the studio and share her passion for dance with Lorraine Spada School of Dance dancers.
Michelle started dancing at age two with the North Andover School of dance and quickly fell in love. She started her competitive career years later at Dance Works competing in styles such as ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, production, hip hop, and modern. By Junior year of high school she became a student at the New England Civic Ballet to focus more on training in contemporary and classical ballet. Michelle graduated from Plymouth State University and holds a B.S in Business Administration and certificate in Dance Pedagogy. During her time at Plymouth State she was a member of the Dance Division and Contemporary Dance Ensemble as a performer and choreographer. She has also worked with choreographers and companies such as Urbanity, Mziyanda Mancam and Broadway Choreographer Jesse Robb. She attended master classes with BoSoma, Deca Dance Theatre, Pantos Project and many more. Outside of Plymouth, Michelle has taught classes and work shops through out New Hampshire and the Northern Boston area. She is currently dancing with Neoteric Dance Collaborative and has performed at the Southern Vermont and Shaker Village Dance festivals. Michelle is so excited to share her love and passion for dance at Lorraine Spada School of Dance.
OTHER LSSOD FAMILY MEMBERS
Lindsay Lacasse - Guest Teacher/Choreographer
received her bachelor degree from Plymouth State University in the
spring of 2004. During her time at PSU Ms. Lacasse studied all aspects
of dance including performance and pedagogy. Lindsay is a former member
of the PSU Contemporary Dance Ensemble and PSU Dance Team. She was
also president of CDE and vice president of Dance Team in her senior
year at PSU. While dancing at the collegiate level she has attended the
American College Dance Festival for five consecutive years, and has
presented her choreography in a formal adjudication concert. Lindsay
was given an Upper Classmen Dance Scholarship her junior year at PSU and
she received The Dance Achievement Award upon graduation. Lindsay
attends many workshops given by Dance Masters of America and was excited
to be present at the Pulse dance teacher workshop in New York City this
past summer. Lindsay is also a licensed Zumba, and Zumba Toning
instructor. She is presently teaching ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern,
tap and instructing Zumba fitness classes for Dance Progressions in
Derry NH. For the last 7 seasons her dancers have performed original
works at the Plymouth State University Dance Premier. Lindsay has also
choreographed student routines for the Boston Celtics in 2005 and 2013,
and UNH veterans memorial football game in 2013.
Lorraine Spada - Founder
After Dancing twelve years at the Winnifred Ashenden School of Dance, Ms. Spada received a BFA degree in Dance from the Boston Conservatory, and an EdM degree from Boston University. She is a certified dance notator in Sutton Dance Writing and a member of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston ASME. Lorraine taught five years at The Boston Conservatory and notated “A Collection of Classical Ballet Variations” and “A Selection of Isadora Duncan Dances”. Miss Lorraine is honored to have had so many wonderful students and families at the studio for over 30 years.