FACULTY

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 Baker
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 DeFerrari
Cait is an alumni and former competition team member of Lorraine Spada School of Dance. In 2004, she founded the TMHS Dance Program where she was captain and director until 2007. She went on to attend Assumption College where she graduated with a B.A. in Marketing 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 now continues her dance training at local Boston studios such as the Jeanette Neil Dance Studio and The Dance Complex. She has attended many conventions and master classes taught by SYTYCD cast members as well as commercial dance icons such as Brian Friedman, Wildabeast Adams, and Laurieanne Gibson. This past summer Cait attended the National Dance Teacher Summit where she studied pedagogy techniques, injury prevention, and new concepts in choreography. She had the opportunity to learn from Mia Michaels, Doug Caldwell, and La La Land choreographer Mandy Moore. This July she will be traveling to New York City to attend Broadway Dance Center’s Summer Intensive, and is excited to continue spreading her passion for dance to her students at LSSOD.

Nicolette McCoy
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.

Julia LaFleur
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 Howell
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 Bean
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.

Eric Mee
Eric started attending Lorraine Spada School of Dance in elementary school. At the studio he studied jazz, ballet, modern, lyrical, musical theater, and tap disciples. As a student he competed in regional competitions and attended conventions across New England. Eric brings his musical background to dance. Since elementary school Eric has held a concert percussion background where he later became the principal percussionist of the Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Eric has received his Dance Education Training Course certificate from the Dance Teachers Club of Boston with concentrations in various dance styles, dance history, music, and injury prevention. Eric went on to attend Bentley University where he graduated with a B.S. in Corporate Finance and Accounting and minors in Law and Management. He continued his dance education at the Jeanette Neil Dance Studio where he studied jazz and contemporary styles. Eric is excited to share his love of dance with the students of Lorraine Spada School of Dance.

Janenne McCoy
Janenne is a 15-year student, former competition member, and alumni of Lorraine Spada School of Dance. She has received her gymnastics training from Reading Gymnastics Academy and Wilkey’s Gymnastics. Janenne has also performed with the Albany Berkshire Ballet in their annual performance of The Nutcracker. She is the choreographer and dance instructor at North Shore Children’s Theatre where she teaches musical theatre and tap. She is also a seasonal choreographer for musicals at the Village Middle School, the Marblehead Community Charter School, and the Veterans Middle School. Over the years, Janenne has attended numerous dance conventions and master classes where she has studied under famous choreographers such as Laurieanne Gibson, Brandon Bryant, Ellenore Scott and more. Currently, she attends Regis College where she is pursuing a B.A. in Biology and is the director of Regis College Dance Company, choreographing contemporary and jazz. Janenne is overjoyed to continue her love for the arts with the students of LSSOD.

 

 

OTHER LSSOD FAMILY MEMBERS

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.

Rachel Cerbone
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.

Janelle Jackson
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 .