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 is a 15 year student, alumni and former dance team member of Lorraine Spada School of Dance. In 2004 she founded the Tewksbury High School Dance Team. Caitlin attended Assumption College where she was a member of the Hip-Hop dance Program where she taught dance in the Worcester area. Cait now continues her dance studies with Jeanette Neil, MTV Made's Carl Alleyene, and America's Best Dance Crew: StaticNoyze. She has also studied with Brian Friedman and Chris Judd. Cait currently teaches dance in the Boston area and is thrilled to be working with the students of Lorraine Spada School of Dance.
Nicolette is a 14 year student, alumni and former dance team member of Lorraine Spada School of Dance. She attends Regis College full time where she is studying to receive a B.A in Business Management and a dual minor in Economics and Accounting. She is a member of the Regis College Dance Company and also takes credited dance classes at Boston College. She has attended several dance conventions and master classes with Brian Friedman, Chris Judd, Laurieann Gibson and other well known choreographers.Nicolette is the dance director and choreographer for the North Shore Children's Theatre summer programs and the Nathaniel Bowditch Middle School in Salem, MA. She also had the pleasure to work alongside Candy Kosow Gold, a New York Broadway Producer at a theatre workshop in the North Shore. 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 looks forward to bringing acro dance to Lorraine Spada School of Dance and an excited to start teaching.
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!
OTHER LSSOD FAMILY MEMBERS
Katie Lovell - Guest Teacher/Choreographer
Katie grew up in Topsfield, MA and found her love for dance at North Shore Dance Academy in Peabody, MA (now located in Danvers, MA). Her training was focused in Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary. Katie continued her dance education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and graduated in May 2013 with a B.A in Dance and a B.A in Psychology. At UMass, Katie was able to further her growth as an artist while studying other forms of dance such as Modern, Contact Improvisation and Composition in addition to Ballet and Jazz. Her professors included Thomas Vacanti, Paul Dennis, Adrienne Hawkins, Billbob Brown and many more. Throughout her college career, she performed and choreographed for various dance concerts. Katie has also participated in prestigious summer programs such as Parsons Dance Summer Intensive, Parsons Dance Choreographic Workshop and Urbanity Dance Summer Intensive. Katie is excited to share and teach the art of dance.
Lindsay Lacasse - Guest Teacher/Choreographer
Lindsay 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.