Our Faculty is Outsanding and Highly Qualified
JAMES REARDON, Artistic Director, is a native Bostonian whom most people will remember for his outstanding soloist career with the Boston Ballet under the direction of E. Virginia Williams and Violette Verdy. Other companies he has worked with include the Royal Ballet of Flanders, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Cincinnatti Ballet, Opera Company of Boston, Erie Ballet, and Festival Ballet of Rhode Island. James' training began with a Ford Foundation Scholarship at the Boston Ballet and continued under scholarships at the schools of the Joffrey, Harkness, American Ballet Theater, and Stuttgart Ballet companies. James has worked with such notable choreographers as Agnes deMille, John Cranko, Choo San Goh, Anna Sokolow, Ruth Page and Leonide Massine. He has danced principal and soloist roles from the Balanchine repertoire including Tarantella, Pas de Dix, Phlegmatic in Four Temperaments, Valse Fantaisie, Stars & Stripes, Symphony in C, and La Sonnambula. James has recently participated in a Vaganova Workshop at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a Teacher's Symposium at the Chataugua Institue with Jean Pierre Bonnefous, Violette Verdy and Patricia McBride. James founded the Boston Dance Company in 1992 with Clyde Nantais. Since its inception the Boston Dance Company has been performing Nutcracker throughout New England in such venues as Salem State College, Lynn Memorial Auditorium, Collins Center for the Performing Arts, Strand Theatre in Dorchester, Rochester Opera House in New Hampshire, Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Worcester State College, Bridgewater State University, and throughout New England. Boston Dance Company has also produced major performances at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston, New England Life Hall and Cape Cod Community College. Boston Dance Company has been honored to be the only Ballet Company selected to run workshops and perform in the Massachusetts Dance Festival for the past 2 years.
CLYDE NANTAIS, Executive Director, holds a BFA from the Boston Conservatory and a Master of Education degree from Temple University. From 1971-1974 Mr. Nantais performed chorus and leading roles in Equity summer stock and dinner theatre productions of such Broadway musicals as West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, and Guys and Dolls. He then danced with the Boston Ballet for seven years and taught in its school for seventeen years. From 1980-1988 he was on the Faculty of the Boston Conservatory and Ballet Master of the Boston Conservatory Dance Theatre. Between 1980 and 1990 Mr. Nantais worked as a Guest Artist, Choreographer, Ballet Master and/or Master Teacher with numerous companies including Ballet Santo Domingo, Berkshire Ballet, Festival Ballet of Rhode Island, Pioneer Valley Ballet, Ithaca Ballet and Ballet Arkansas. From 1990-1992 he was Principal Ballet Teacher for the National Institute of the Arts in Taipei, Taiwan. Upon his return to Boston in 1992, he founded the Boston Dance Company with James Reardon. Since 1992 Clyde has been teaching at the Boston Dance Company, the Charlotte Klein Dance Centers in Worcester and Westboro, the New Art Center in Newton, and at the Franklin School of the Performing Arts where he has choreographed over 25 Broadway shows. He was also on the faculty of Dean College from 2000-2004. He returned to the faculty of Boston Ballet in 2001 and is also currently on the Musical Theatre Faculty of the Boston Conservatory where he teaches Advanced Ballet. Mr. Nantais is also an
accomplished costume and set designer and his teaching competencies include all levels of Ballet, Pointe, Partnering, Variations, Men's Ballet, Jazz and Yoga. Mr. Nantais has staged or choreographed over 50 ballets for more than 30 colleges, schools or companies internationally.
ERIKA WOLF. Ballet Mistress, enters her 13th season with the Boston Dance Company as dancer, Ballet Mistress and teacher in the school. Prior to dancing with BDC, Erika danced with the Louisville and Connecticut Ballet Companies. She trained at NWCA in New York under the direction of Mimi Wallace, and at the Joffrey Ballet School. She spent her summers at DanceAspen and at Burklyn Ballet Theatre, where she also served as Resident Choreographer for three years. In addition, Erika's choreography has been set on the Louisville Ballet and the Boston Dance Company. She received a Somerville Arts Council Artist Fellowship Grant for her ballet Progressions in 1999. Erika holds a BA degree in psychology from Harvard University and a PhD in clinical psychology from Boston University.
CATHERINE WAGNER recently graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University and has been seen dancing in works by Daniel McCusker, Wanda Strukus, and Joan Green. Cat recently created and acted as the artistic director of Iris Theatre, an emerging physical theatre collective based in Somerville, Massachusetts. In May 2010 Cat directed and performed with Iris Theatre in "Alice, I'm Late," an original dance theatre piece based on Lewis Carroll's "Alice in and Wonderland, " and "All Springs," an original play based from Ovid's "Metamorphoses." Prior to her theatrical training at Brandeis, Cat was a member of the Maine State Ballet Company, where she performed in many full-lenth ballets, including "The Nutcracker" and George Balanchine's "Serenade." She has also studied and performed with Double Edge Theatre, a physical theatre ensemble now found in western Massachusetts