Master Classes

FABULOUS MASTER CLASSES AT DEBRA SPARKS DANCE WORKS

Charlotte d’Amboise

Charlotte d’Amboise has been gracing Broadway stages for decades.  Since making her Broadway debut in Cats, Charlotte has been nominated for two Tony Awards for her performances in the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line (Cassie) and Jerome Robbins Broadway (multiple roles)She has also won numerous Fred Astaire Awards for her roles in Pippin (Fastrada), Sweet Charity (Charity), and Damn Yankees (Lola).  Most recently, she has been seen in the role of Roxie in Chicago, that has earned her the LA Ovation Award, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award.  Charlotte has also appeared in the Broadway casts of Company, Contact, Carrie and Song and Dance.  

Throughout her career onstage, she has worked alongside several legendary directors including Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, Michael Bennett, Peter Martins, Rob Marshall, Ann Reinking, Debbie Allen, Gillian Lynn, Rob Ashford, Diane Paulus, Walter Bobby, Scott Ellis and George Balanchine.

Her film credits include The In Crowd (1988), American Blue Note (1989), Just Off the Coast (1992), and The Preacher’s Wife (1996). She appears as herself in Every Little Step (2008), a documentary about the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line. In 2012, she co-starred in Frances Ha, directed by Noah Baumbach. On television she has appeared in Law & Order (2001), One Life to Live (2009), a videotaped performance of the Broadway musical Contact (2002) and the Kennedy Center Honors (1989, 1995, 2009).  Of all her experiences on stage, one of the most special moments for Charlotte was her performance in the Kennedy Center Honors (2009) performing with her brother (Christopher d’Amboise) in an evening honoring her father, Jacques d’Amboise which also aired on television.

Charlotte is the Co-Artistic director, with her husband Terrence Mann, of Triple Arts, a musical theater summer intensive for young artists.

Josh Assor

Josh is a New York based choreographer and performer. Throughout Josh’s career, he has worked in some of the most respected jobs in the industry including Broadway, national tours, national commercials, film and television. He has performed in major venues across the world including the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe.  Some of his recent choreographic work includes New York Fashion Week, Audi Ottawa, a commercial for Modos Furniture, Mary Poppins and Cinderella at Arrow Rocks Lyceum Theater. He choreographed world premiere of Medicine the Musical, which ran in New York City, Off-Broadway. He was the associate choreographer for the Saturday Night Fever National Tour as well as the Canadian Premier of Disneys Newsies at Drayton Entertainment.
As a performer, some of his favorite credits include Disney’s 1st National Tour of Newsies (asst. Dance Captain), Neleus in Mary Poppins on Broadway and the 1st National Tour, Baby John in West Side story (Stratford Festival), Wizard Of Oz National Tour (Troika), and dancing on NBC’s Saturday Night Live with Jimmy Fallon. Josh has been featured in Dance Spirit Magazine, Dance Canada Quarterly, Industry Dance Magazine and Dance Plug Los Angeles. He has taught at Edge Performing Arts Center and is currently on faculty at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City where he has been a guest choreographer for many of their events

Jessica Franco

Jessica Franco, originally from Bucks County, PA, has performed around the world on Ariana Grande’s Honey Moon World Tour, and throughout the states on The Billboard Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and Coachella. She was featured in music videos by Vance Joy and Fancy Hagood and is featured on Tezoro’s Floorwork instructional DVD’s Volume I and II. She was the Assistant Choreographer for Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman World Tour and has assisted with Ariana’s performances on The Voice, Jimmy Kimmel, American Music Awards, Saturday Night Live, Dancing With The Stars, and more. She is so excited to continue to work, create, and perform all over the world!

Dance Moms Miami’s “Angel”

Debra Sparks Dance Works was blessed to have Dance Moms Miami’s “Angel” (Victor Smalley’s partner) last week when Victor himself was unable to come. But don’t lose those dance shoes, because more Master Classes are on the way.  All we can say is “WOW” – what an amazing dancer and instructor Angel was for our many dancers (from DSDW and other studios) – who came out to learn some fantastic jazz moves!!!  Angel is welcome back any time!

You were great, Lauren Froderman!

Choreographer and TV Celebrity SEASON 7 WINNER OF “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE” came to Debra Sparks Dance Works to give a motivational, challenging, inspirational and rewarding master class!
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Lauren has landed many dream roles on television, music videos, and live shows, including:
• One of the Rockettes for Radio City Music Hall

• So You Think You Can Dance
• Big Time Rush
• Blake McGrath

Most recently, Lauren became the first dance athlete for Gatorade as well as the female dance athlete for the G Series Fit Line.

Rhonda Malkin

Established professional dancer with 17 years’ experience and TV personality joined Debra Sparks Dance Works in an afternoon of exciting dance, choreography, and movement!
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Accomplishments:

  • Special White House Performance for President and Michelle Obama
  • Los Angeles Lakers Girls (dancer/choreographer)
  • The Producers: The Movie Musical
  • The Academy Awards
  • MTV VMA’s and Movie Awards
  • NYC dance coach and celebrity personal trainer
  • Commercials for Sears, Macy’s, CBS, Westfield Shopping Towns
  • Live stage shows for Disney, The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Regis and Kelly
  • Rockette for 12 years

Mia Michaels
Emmy winner, choreographer, and dancer, Mia Michaels, came to Debra Sparks on Monday, February 4th, and conducted an exciting Master Class for the dancers!

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Whether she’s dancing on the stage or lighting up the screen, Mia blends her unique talent and creativity to produce an artistic presence all her own.

Past accomplishments:
– 2011 Emmy Winner – “So You Think You Can Dance” FOX
– 2010 Emmy Winner – “So You Think You Can Dance” FOX
– 2008 Emmy Nominee – “So You Think You Can Dance” – “Mercy” FOX
– 2007 Emmy Winner – “So You Think You Can Dance” – “Calling You” FOX
– 2004 Emmy Nominee – Celine in Las Vegas: Opening Night Live CBS
– 2003 & 2004 American Choreography Award Nominee

Christopher Fleming

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Years of dance training at the New York City Ballet have given Christopher Fleming a reason to smile. As principal dancer, Chris performed in ballets for many renowned choreographers, including but not limited to:
•George Balanchine
•Jerome Robbins
•Peter Martins

His expertise and skill set have taken him across the globe but he still has roots on the East Coast, managing a dance studio in Philadelphia and choreographing for a variety of creative venues in the city and around town.

Valerie Salgado

Debra Sparks Dance Works in Newtown, PA, enjoyed a Master Class with Valerie Salgado, the assistant choreographer from the NBC hit series “Smash” produced by Steven Spielberg. 

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Valerie has worked one-on-one with many stars including:
•Megan Hilty
•Uma Thurman
•Katharine McPhee
•Debra Messing

She taught and choreographed for Rosie O’Donnell’s Broadway Kids and can be found at the Broadway Dance Center as a guest artist. DSDW’s dancers enjoyed two hours of invigorating dance steps, choreography, and learned why “Smash” is such a smash! 

Russell Ferguson

Mr. Russell Ferguson, Season 6 Winner of “So You Think You Can Dance” joined us for our first Master Class, WOW! What an exciting evening of contemporary and Hip Hop at DSDW.

Feedback
“My Contemporary class @ Debra Sparks Dance Works studio was absolutely AMAZING!!!
The kids were so kind, focused, and polite all the way around. Thank you DSDW for giving me an opportunity to share my artistry! God Bless you all.”

Debra Sparks Dance Works Newtown PA (215)579-5678

Debra Sparks Dance Works 51 Walnut Ave in Newtown, Bucks County, PA, offers Classical dance training in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, and more. DSDW provides lessons for students of all ages. From Pre-School to Pre-Professional, there is something for everyone at DSDW. Dance students come from Newtown, Yardley, New Hope, Solebury, Upper Makefield, Lower Makefield, Langhorne, Richboro, Holland, Warminster, Warrington, Montgomery County, New Jersey, and surrounding areas.