Thank you for a wonderful 2017-2018 Season

We are grateful for the opportunity to serve your children and this community with classical dance and acting education! We ended our 2017-2018 season with two amazing performances of Peter Pan featuring nine of our wonderful seniors. We are so proud of all of our students, but want to extend a special thank you and congrats to those seniors moving on to the next phase of life! The show must go on! We announced our 2018-2019 season show will be  Frozen.  We are excited to present this brand new show and look forward to a fabulous 28th season of Franklin School of Performing Arts (and 3rd season of Columbia School of Performing Arts). 

NEW CLASS!! Contemporary Vocal Performance

Contemporary Vocal Performance  (10- 18yr) AUDITION ONLY

Calling all singers, ages 10-18! Do you love to sing? Do you love to collaborate and create new renditions of familiar songs? Love mashups and being musically creative? We are launching a new program called Contemporary Vocal Performance where we will do all of those things! Performance opportunities.
Contact us at for more info!

Summer Schedule is posted!

Frozen Dance Camp!

Dates: June 19-23rd  


Ages 2-5 & 5-7 years


Come cool off at our FROZEN dance camp! Students will have daily ballet and tap class, learn dances to their favorite FROZEN songs, have story-time, and do fun arts and crafts. Students should wear leotard, tights, ballet and tap shoes. If you do not have tap shoes, we have a supply of second hand shoes that can be borrowed (Color is not specific for summer classes. However, if you are purchasing new supplies, our school year dress code for this age group is pink short-sleeved leotard, pink tights, and Bloch pink full-soled shoes, and black student tap oxfords). Camp runs Monday through Friday with a short parent performance at 11:15 the last day. Camp minimum enrollment is 5 students.


Princess Dance Camp

Dates: July 10-14th


Ages 2-5 & 5-7 years



Mini-Make Believe Camp: Princess Trio (Ariel, Elsa, and Cinderella)

Saturday June 24th & July 15th


ages 2-4 & 5-7

$25 per camp/ $20 for each additional sibling.

Students should ce dressed in their favorite princess costume with dance clothes underneath. Students will participate in dance instruction, creative play, group games, story and crafts. 


Other Kinds of Camps... 


Beginner Costume & Sewing Camp

Saturday June 17th & July 22nd


Ages 7 & up

$25 per camp/ $20 for each additional sibling.

Does your child want to learn how to sew? This two hour intro class will teach the basics about sewing with hands on experience, as well as, look at classical ballet costumes through out history. 


Film and TV Camp

June 22-24th



In this 3-day workshop, kids and teens ages 8-18 will explore the detail, honesty, and nuance required for on-camera acting. All scenes and partners will be pre cast and memorized before the start of the intensive so that we can dive right in with character work. Over the five days, we will also cover film & television terminology, as well as audition etiquette and everything they need to know about local talent agencies. We'll have special guests from the industry to offer feedback and insight, and each student will be emailed their best performance scene upon the end of the 5 days.
This is a wonderful opportunity for any child or teen who loves acting and wishes to learn and grow in their craft! Limited spots available, so sign up fast!


Intermediate/Advanced Dance Summer Intensive


Featuring Nationally Recognized Guest Faculty

July 31- August 4th

Intermediate Level ages 8 & up/ Advanced Level ages 13 & up. More information soon.


4 -Week Dance Classes

Weekly Evening Classes: June 19th- July 13th

Beginner Ballet (9-13yrs): Thursday 5:30-6:30
Intermediate Ballet (levels 3-4): Thursday 4:45-6:15
Advanced Ballet: Thursday 6:15-8:15 

Beginner Tap (8-11 yrs):  Tuesday 3:30-4:15
Beginner Teen Tap (ages 12 & up): Tuesday 4:15-5:00                                                                                                     Int/Advanced Tap Class (13 yrs & up): Tuesday 5:45-6:30 

Beginner Jazz (ages 9-13): Wednesdays 3:30-4:15
Intermediate Jazz (levels 3-4): Thursday 3:30-4:45
Advanced Jazz (levels 5-6): Tuesday 5:00-6:30 

Beginner Modern (9 & up): Tuesday 5:00-5:45
Intermediate/ Advanced Modern for Teens and Adults (13 yrs & up): Tuesday 6:30-8:00

Children's Classes
Creative Movement & Tap (ages 3-5): Thursdays 4:30-5:15
Preprimary Ballet & Tap (ages 5-6): Wednesdays 4:00-4:45 (ballet)/ 4:45-5:15 (tap)
Primary Ballet & Tap (6-8): Wednesday 5:15-6:00 (Ballet) & 6:00-6:30 (tap)                                                                     

Tuition for full 4 Week Session (each class priced separately)
30 Minute Class: $50.00 (or pay by the class: $12.50)                                                                                                                    45 Minute Class: $63.00 (or pay by the class: $15.75)
1 Hour Class: $71.00 (or pay by the class: $17.00)
1 Hour 15 Minute Class: $78.00 (or pay by the class: $18.75)
1 Hour 30 Minute Class: $87.00 (or pay by the class: $21.00)
2 Hour Class: $100.00 (or pay by the class: $25.00)

* If you plan to drop in and pay for a single class, please email or call to ensure there is space @

Company Auditions

Mark your calendars: 
Company auditions May 6th!

Audition Times are based off
this years Ballet Levels

2:00- 3:00 PM
Studio A: Ballet 5, 6 & 7
Studio B: Primary C, Ballet 1, & Ballet 2

3:00-4:00 PM
Studio A: Ballet 3A, 3B, & 4 



Ages 7 & up welcome to audition. Students must take at least 1 Ballet, Jazz, and Modern class the whole season they are in company. Students are required to attend two weeks of our Summer Intensives during the 2017 Summer break. 

Students will perform at multiple community events, as well as, put on an evening length performance at Ingram Hall in January. 

Fees and Schedules will be given out at auditions.

2016 TAD Dance Festival

TAD Dance Festival
All of the FSPA dance companies attended the Tennessee Association of Dance's annual Dance Festival this past weekend at Middle Tennessee State University. 
TAD  is a dance conference we attend each year! Our students get to learn from guest faculty from major dance companies and college programs across the country. 

Mini Dance Company spent Saturday afternoon taking ballet, modern, and jazz at the TAD Junior dance festival. (not pictured: Gipsy).

Mini Dance Company spent Saturday afternoon taking ballet, modern, and jazz at the TAD Junior dance festival. (not pictured: Gipsy).

Junior, Teen, Senior dance company and their teachers. 

Junior, Teen, Senior dance company and their teachers. 

Congrats to our very own Emily Whitehorn and Selah Tiblier for receiving alternate runner up awards for the TAD Scholarships.

Congrats to our very own Emily Whitehorn and Selah Tiblier for receiving alternate runner up awards for the TAD Scholarships.

Congrats to Ms. Jackie for being asked to be a guest faculty member at the TAD Junior Dance Festival.

Congrats to Ms. Jackie for being asked to be a guest faculty member at the TAD Junior Dance Festival.

Learn more about Tennessee Association of Dance here.

Musical Theatre Master Class with Jp Christensen & David Rosales

Open to the Community and all FSPA Dancers. 

10:30-11:30   (8-11 yrs Beginner Jazz (level 1 & 2 at FSPA)) 

11:45-1:15       (12-15yrs Intermediate Jazz (level 3&4 at FSPA)) 

2:00-3:30     (16 & up/ Advanced Jazz (level 5 &6 at FSPA))



Beginner $15.00

Intermediate & Advanced: $25

FSPA Company Members have already paid for this event in company fees.



Download Registration form and bring or mail to FSPA

415 Duke Drive, Ste 370, Franklin TN 37067


JP Christensen

JP Christensen is originally from Nashville, TN. He has danced for Opryland USA, Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, and Radio City Music Hall.  JP was  an original company member in the Tony Award winning musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie", (winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical). He also appeared in the Broadway and national touring companies of "CATS" in the role of "Skimbleshanks". JP has also performed in "Fosse" on Broadway and the PBS special where he sang and danced alongside Ben Vereen, Ann Reinking, and "Cheers" and "Frasier's" Bebe Neuwirth. Most Recently JP was featured in "Chicago" the musical aboard the largest ship in the world Allure of Seas. 
JP is a sought after Master Teacher he has taught nationwide from California to New Jersey. His students  have been featured on Dancing with the Stars, performed with Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Jordan Sparks, and Macy Gray. They have been accepted into many training programs including ABT and the Rock. They have also gone on to do Major Motion Pictures,National Tours, Broadway as well as work for RCCL,  Disney World, Disneyland,  Tokyo Disneyland, and Universal Japan. JP has served as rehearsal choreographer for "Chicago" and "CATS" for Royal Caribbean Productions.  He is currently the casting director for all Royal Caribbean Productions, casting all dancers, aerialists, ballroom dancers, divers, acrobats , and sychronized swimmers for all 26 ships in the fleet. This includes 5 Broadway productions: "Saturday Night Fever", "CATS", "We Will Rock You", "Mamma Mia" and "Grease".


David Rosales

I have been a professional dancer for almost 30 years.  I have studied all forms of dance from Los Angeles to New York City.   As a teenager I attended classes at Tremaine and the Edge dance studios in L.A.  I was also a student at the Orange County High School of Performing Arts.  After moving away from California to work in Japan, I relocated to New York where I continued to train at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway.

In 2004 I became the co-owner and director of The City Performing Arts Academy in Visalia, CA.  I taught jazz, tap, hip-hop, musical theater, jumps and turns, lyrical and contemporary.  I also choreographed for the schools dance company which competed and performed throughout the state.  Former students have gone on to perform with Justin Bieber, Jordan Sparks and Macy Gray.  They have also been accepted into training programs including ABT, Alvin Ailey, and The Rock.  Also they have been featured in Motion Pictures, National Tours, as well as work for Disneyland, DisneyWorld, Tokyo Disney, Universal Japan, and Royal Caribbean Productions.

In 2010 I accepted a contract to work for Royal Caribbean International. For the past four years I have traveled the world onboard Royal Caribbean ships most recently on the Allure of the Seas, the worlds biggest cruise ship, performing in the Broadway musical Chicago.

I have recently relocated to Fort Lauderdale. I am currently on staff at North Brwoard Preperatory School as an instructor for their dance program. I am a guest artist at Broward Center for the Perfoming Arts, where I have helped create the dance portion of a new program for performers. (Currently in its second session). Also I work for Royal Caribbean as a rehearsal choreographer of small projects.

Recital Announcement

Recital Announcement

We are excited to announce that we will be going under the sea with a our Spring Recital being based off the story of The Little Mermaid. 

We have made some changes to our Recital. Please carefully read through this information. 

Due to theatre limitations we are Spring 2017 Recital will again be the second week of June. This means classes will go ONE WEEK OF JUNE. (June tuition will be prorated to just one week).
Classes will officially end June 3rd. 

Dress Rehearsal will be FRIDAY June 9th
Show Day will be Saturday June 10th. 

*This year we have a 2:00pm & 7:00pm show on Saturday.

2016 Graduates!

Congrats to our 2016 Graduates! 

Jasmine Clark: Western Michigan University, academic and artistic scholarship as a double major in dance and interdisciplinary health services.

Jessica Florey: Convenant College, Double Major Psych and History

Amanda Mover: MTSU, Major in Athletic Training

Grace Phipps: Samford University,  Minor in Dance


Read more about what Jasmine Clark has to say about her time at FSPA... 


My name is Jasmine Clark, and I have been a student at FSPA for 8 years. I just want to emphasize again, that we are so thankful for all of our incredible teachers, past and present, for everything that they have taught us, and the way they have each impacted our lives. Obviously you just saw that they did a great job teaching us how to dance, but all of our teachers bring so much more to the classroom than just dance, so real quickly I just wanted to share with you all, five things that I have learned at FSPA besides how to dance.

The first thing is leadership. I have had the opportunity to choreograph my own pieces on my peers for the last four years, and I have had the opportunity to teach children’s classes the past three years. Through these experiences, I have been able to learn to lead young children, my peers, and even their parents confidently and independently, but also with kindness and respect.

The next thing that the faculty has instilled in me is a lifelong respect for my body. I know I’ve heard our founder, Kaylee, say that you only get one body, so you might as well take care of it. As a result, the faculty has always done such a great job of educating us from a young age about how to take care of the bodies we live in right now and far into adulthood.

I have also really enjoyed learning to think critically about the how’s and why’s of physics, anatomy, and the artistic process. In class we never just learn the step. We always talk about which muscles should work, and why we balance when we disperse our energy throughout our bodies and similarly, we are not allowed to just string steps together when we make choreography, we are pushed to put steps together to effectively tell a story or develop our concept.

I think one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned during my time at FSPA is to respect each of my peers because everyone brings such unique gifts to the group. When I look at the other girls, I don’t think about who’s the best and who’s the worst. I look at them and see “oh you can suspend your jumps forever” and “you can choreograph the most insane formation changes”. In general, we can all look to each other for support rather than competition, and that is a result of the intentional work that the faculty has done to foster the positive studio environment.

Finally, I have learned that the combination of passion and hard work will get me farther than I could ever imagine. Yes, talent is great, but talent is only a small portion of what makes you great at anything. The whole faculty has always pushed me to work my hardest, and filled me with a deep passion for dance, and ultimately, that is what has gotten me to where I am now. This is an especially important lesson for me to carry to college, because reading textbooks and writing papers might not be my favorite thing to do, and it might not be the easiest thing for me to do. But, I will go into college this year with confidence knowing two things: 1. I am extremely passionate about what I am studying, and 2. that I am capable of working really hard, and like I said earlier, that combination will get me farther than I can ever imagine.

So to all of the faculty, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for 8 incredible years here. Regardless of where I go in life, your influence will follow me. "

Spring Recital Details - Story of Oz

The Story of Oz

June 10 & 11th, 2016
7:00 PM  
Ingram Hall, Nashville

Performance Schedule for Pre Primary & Primary A
The younger children's classes only perform ONE night of the recital.  All classes are still required to attend Dress Rehearsal. 

Ms Jackie's classes perform Friday June 10th
Pre Primary: Monday 11:00am
Primary A: Wednesday 5:30 pm

Ms. Jasmine's classes perform Saturday June 11th
Pre Primary: Tuesday 5:00 pm
Pre Primary: Saturday 9:00 am


Recital Pictures: 

Tuesday June 7
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm  

Drop by between 4:00- 6:00 to get your picture in costume taken by Martin O'Connor. Order forms will be available at the photo shoot, but here is a look at the prices. Package service is for one pose/costume. All packages will be delivered to the studio in two weeks.  Mailing is available at an additional cost.

Package A:  $40.00             Includes -   1 - 8x10, 2- 5x7's, and 8-wallets

Package B:  $35.00              Includes  -  2- 5x7's and 8 - wallets

Package C: $ 30.00              Includes -  2 - 5x7's

Recital DVDS:
This years DVDs will be available through Martin O'Connor.  He will be selling DVDs of both Friday and Saturday nights performance. 
$25 Per DVD

Martin will also take still photos of the two nights performances and selling them on a disk. 
$25.00 Photo Disk


Coming Soon...


- All costumes fees are now past due.

- Costumes will be tried on as they arrive, but will not go home until all costumes have been received. 

- When costumes go home they should be stored some where safe and not worn or played in. 


Learn more about FSPA Hip Hop Instructor Raquel Luster

Raquel Luster

Raquel first began dancing in 2004 at the summer performing arts camp COLOURS in Maryland. The following year she began her formal dance training at FSPA where she learned Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Modern. Shortly after graduating in 2010, Raquel started learning street styles Breaking and Locking under Irvin ‘Spi-D Rok’ Cannon and Ronald ‘Ron D’ Ware. She performed with Nashville’s dance group Music City Soul for two years. For the past five years, Raquel has travelled nationally for dance competitions where she has placed in Top 8 and Top 4. She has taught dance styles at the YMCA, Concordia Arts Academy and FSPA. Raquel has a Bachelor’s in Advertising and will be seeking her Masters in Dance/ Movement Therapy and Counseling.

Find out something new about the FSPA Tap Faculty

Megan White
Tap 1 & 2

1. Why do you love tap? 

I started taping when I was 2 years old. My mom said I wanted to tap so bad she begged the local dance studio to take a 2 year old in the 3 year old class. I haven't stopped since. I love how much creativity you're allowed  in tap. Your tap shoes are like a jazz instrument. The possibilities are endless. 

2. What do you love about teaching tap? 

I always say tap is like Legos. You have to learn all the basic steps to create a wonderful masterpiece. Tap is really just creating different combination of basic steps and changing the tempo or rhythm to create different sounds.


3. Dream role that includes tap? 

I love the tap number Abraham, choreographed by Robert Alton. It is Vera Ellen's solo in the movie White Christmas. 

Renee McKinney
Tap 3 & 4

1. Why do you love tap? 

I'm only happy when I'm tapping!

2. What do you love about teaching tap? 

Seeing students progress throughout the year and enjoying tap!


3. Dream role that includes tap? 

I played Erma in "Anything Goes", would have loved to been Peggy Sawyer in "42nd Street"   (I was her understudy!)
I was also in the chorus of "Singing in the Rain" but  would had loved to have played Kathy Selden!

Learn more about Acting teacher Stefani Paige

Stefani Paige

I don't recall a time in my life when I didn't want to be an actress. I used to play out very  dramatic scenes with myself and my imaginary co stars in the mirror, and every year in the elementary school production, I always added something "extra" to stand out...(much to the teacher's surprise). In middle school I wrote a 'Nerds vs. Preps' skit set in the 50s to the song Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree for the Christmas talent show. I cast it and held rehearsals at my house...(much to my mother's surprise). That little skit became a tradition at the school and was still being performed years after I left Jr. High. I had never felt so elated. I was lucky enough to make it as a member of Odyssey of the Mind (OM) which was a creative thinking and performing arts club. In OM, 7 children from each school were selected to write their own material for a mini-play, make their own props, and compete in timed improv challenges under very specific guidelines. My team won at regionals and got to travel to the big city of Nashville to compete state-wide. We didn't take home the gold, but there began my love for this city and the place where I would eventually complete my AS in Elementary Education, and a BFA in Acting at Lipscomb University. I also attended the Gately/Poole Acting Conservatory at Northern Illinois University where I grew braver and bolder in my craft. 

I've gotten to work alongside people like Carrie Underwood in her Temporary Home video (my first national gig where they put me in six layers and no makeup!). I've also worked with Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, and Brad Paisley. I've been lucky enough to have appeared in dozens of short films, music videos, commercials, two feature films, and a TV pilot with Sam Shepard. On the stage, I've gotten to experience all that magic in several roles with places like the Missoula Children's Theatre, the Tennessee Rep, Chaffin's Barn, and the Southern Literary Convention. 

I am truly living my dream getting to teach AND act, and teaching children how to act! It is my passion to continue to share the excitement and creativity of acting to as many children and teens as possible. I have seen it grow confidence in the shyest of the group, build collaborative teamwork skills in every student, and offer a safe place where there are no bounds to exploring themselves through character work. I also educate my classes on audition etiquette, proper terminology, and the differences between film and theatre performing. Spread the word, bring a friend, and let's get to acting!

Calling all Alumni!!

Join us for the first Alumni Lunch, in celebration of our 25th Anniversary! 

Sunday, January 10, 2016 @ 12:30PM

Located at the new studio: 415 Duke Drive, Ste370, Franklin TN 37067. 

Join our Facebook event page :

or email us let RSVP (


Ballet Faculty!

Learn more about Ballet Director, Thom Yzaguirre

Why do you love ballet?
When I was 6 years old and my mom asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said a ballet dancer. I was born in Red Lodge, Montana (a town of about 2000 people). Where I came up with that career choice is a mystery. I must have seen it on television. I do have a vivid memory of dancing around any chance I got; including in front of a lot full of cars at a drive in theatre waiting for the sun to go down and the feature to begin. When I graduated high school, I attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis as a theatre major. I also started my formal dance training at that time at the School of Minnesota Dance Theatre (MDT). I took everything (ballet, modern, jazz and tap). The School of MDT had a very similar philosophy as FSPA - the best dance education is a well rounded education. I loved ballet the most and had the most opportunities in the ballet field. I started training and dancing full time and have never looked back.

What are some of your favorite ballets?
The first full length ballet I saw live was American Ballet Theatre (ABT) performing "Swan Lake". Seeing this production made me more determined than ever to become a ballet dancer. This is still one of my favorite ballets. I had the honor of dancing the role of Prince Siegfried in "Swan Lake" Act II with both Nevada Dance Theatre and Nashville Ballet. Another of my favorite ballets to watch is George Balanchine's Neo-Classical Masterpiece, "Serenade".
Two of my favorite lead Contemporary roles to dance were, Choo-San Goh's, "In The Glow Of The Night" and Graham Lustig's, "Evening". My favorite Classical role was Prince Desire in "Aurora's Wedding" staged by Janek Schergen.

Tell us about your ABT training. 
I have completed the full Certification process for The ABT Curriculum. I am Certified from Pre-Primary through Level 7 and Partnering. Just as when you are a student of dance, as a teacher I feel you are always learning. Taking the ABT course reinvigorated my love for ballet and for teaching. It refined my skills and gave me some new approaches to teaching. It also helped to clarify the FSPA syllabus and gave a clear path to progressing from a beginner to a refined advanced dancer. I am proud to be only one of three fully certified ABT Curriculum teachers in the state of Tennessee and proud to have FSPA to be the only school in the state with two certified teachers as full time faculty (myself and Miss Jackie).

Which roles have you played in the Nutcracker?
I have danced almost every role that a male dancer can dance in "The Nutcracker"; the father of Fritz and Clara (my first year with Nashville Ballet I danced the father and Miss Jana danced my daughter Clara), Soldier Doll, a rat, the Rat King, the Nutcracker Prince, the Snow King, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, the Shepard, Arabian, Lead Waltz Cavalier, the character roles of Mother Ginger and Drosselmeyer and the lead male role of the Sugar Plum Cavalier.


Learn more about Ballet Teacher Jackie Zarcone

Why do you love Ballet? 

There are so  many reasons why I love ballet. I initially loved the stories, costumes, pointe shoe, and tutus but as I get older the more it evolves.  When I was younger it was all about getting my first pair of pointe shoes, having the prettiest costumes and performing. Now as a teacher it’s about sharing the history and traditions of ballet that have been passed down from the last couple hundreds of years and how ballet can enrich so many kids lives by giving them an outlet to express themselves.  Because ballet (and other dance styles) is truly the only universal language. 


What is your favorite ballet that you have ever performed or seen? 

My favorite variation I've performed would be Aurora's Wedding Variation from Act 3 of Sleeping Beauty staged by Ms. Elaine Thomas in which I was a fairy for FSPA's Peter Pan (2010). The Sleeping Beauty is my favorite ballet which my biggest dream is to see it performed live by the The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House.  


Why are you drawn to the ABT training curriculum?

Mr. Thom had just been certified in pre-primary through level 3 my first year on faculty and after hearing about the program, his experience and along with my decision to teach ballet full time made me want to get certified to add to my credentials along with my BA in dance from the University of Alabama.  It is allowing Mr. Thom and I to create a more unified and stronger ballet department from pre-primary through level 7 each year.  


What roles have you played in the Nutcracker? 

I've been a little of everything: party boy, soldiers, rats, polichinelle & Russian dolls.  Also, I got to be the Sugar Plum Fairy at an in house performance and snow demi-soloist in FSPA's The Story of Oz (2009).