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At 8&1 we dance for life and we train dancers who share our passion. If you are ready to achieve more, and you love to see hard work change your game; our Summer Intensive is the right spot for you.

We invite you to audition for our program. Master teachers for every discipline. Meet our professional dancers both Dallas and East.

Possible performance opportunity in July with our professionals in PVD. Audition is April 1st 2022, 6:30pm.
Multiple scholarships available.

Join us for our Summer Intensive as we host master teachers of all disciplines and genres. We are pleased to bring such an exciting and magnificent group of professionals together to help inspire and nurture the next generation of dancers. We have all worked or currently work in the industry, produced, toured, choreographed, been featured in major roles, music videos, as well as many other credits. Be inspired, gain strength & confidence, Train to continue your pre-professional or professional career.

These classes are suited for ages 9+ intermediate and advanced levels-Professionals.

The Summer Intesive will be held at:

8&1 Studios East
418 Quequechan St.
Fall River, MA

Schedule & Teachers are subject to change.


Kyra McCarty

Kyra McCarty is a May 2010 graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, Alabama, receiving her diploma with a concentration in dance. In May 2014, she graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with dual degrees in Dance (BFA) and Mathematics (BS). Throughout her dance career, she has received scholarships to train with Tremaine Dance Convention, Hubbard Street Dance/Lou Conte Dance Studio, Bates Dance Festival, and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Additionally, she has had the opportunity to train at various summer and winter intensives including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, International Ballet Competition, Ballet West, Ballet Memphis and the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD).

She has performed works by notable choreographers such as Fabrice Lemire, Martha Faesi, Allyne D. Gartrell, Jamal Story, Millicent Johnnie, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Ms. McCarty has numerous years of teaching experience with Dallas Black Dance Academy, Oxford Ballet School and the Deborah Kaye School of Dance both in Oxford Mississippi. Currently, Ms. McCarty performs and is rehearsal director for 8&1 Dance Company under the direction of Jill S. Rucci, in addition to serving as dance instructor and company director for Rowlett Dance Academy, owned and operated by Carol Ann Maggiotto. She loves working with and inspiring students by nurturing their passions and helping them reach their full potential. Ms. McCarty is a native of Oxford, Mississippi.

Lisa Bibeau

Ms. Bibeau is a native of Westport, MA and is a graduate of the Hartford Ballet's Teacher Training Program, one of the most highly respected programs in the United States to train and certify teachers of the Vaganova. At Hartford Ballet, Ms. Bibeau studied Vaganova technique, pedagogical study and modern training in Graham, Cunningham and Limon techniques. Ms. Bibeau has also studied classical ballet with Mikhail Korogodsky from the Riga Ballet Academy in Russia, David Howard of the Royal Ballet in London, and Margilyn Caselli of the New York City Ballet. In addition to her ballet training, she has studied with respected jazz artists Frank Hatchett, Gus Giodano and Luigi.

Ms. Bibeau has performed with the Hyannis Ballet, the Island Moving Company, and the Cape Ballet. She has performed a wide variety of roles from classical to contemporary. Principle roles include the title role in Cinderella and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. As a choreographer she has received critical acclaim for her original short and full length works. These include A Meadow Fantasy, an original full length ballet based on the children's book of tales, Mother West Wind written by Thornton Burgess, Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Princess and the Pea. In addition she has restaged several classic ballets including Coppelia, Giselle and Sleeping Beauty.

Ms. Bibeau is a well known master teacher, working with students as well as professionals not only from the SCB but from other area companies. She is well known for her holistic approach and broad knowledge of technique, theory and history of ballet. In addition to teaching shes also a popular coach working with students and professionals participating in ballet competitions not only here in the United States but abroad as well.

Although Ms. Bibeau is extremely proud of her company, The Spindle City Ballet, her greatest accomplishment and her husband Paul's, is their daughter, Larissa.

Casssidy Smith

Cassidy Smith is Currently Dancing with the New England Patriots Cheer Team. Ms. Smith graduated from Dean College in Franklin, MA with a major in Dance & a Minor in Psychology. Cassidy was selected to be a Dancer on the Dean College Pom Team, and the Boston Cannon's Dance team 2021.

Aside from her Professional Performance Experience, Miss Smith is a sought out Artist and Guest Teacher.
Brooklyn Toli

Brooklyn Toli joined the Conservatory in 2021 as an assistant professor of theater and teaches tap dance for the musical theater program.

In 2012, Toli was invited to join the Boston Tap Company and discovered her passion for tap dance and working with students. Since then, she has earned her Teacher Certification at the Chicago Human Rhythm Project's Summer Dance Festival, completed Karida Griffith's Roots, Rhythm, Race and Dance professional development program for dance educators, and continues to teach throughout New England. Stage credits include "On Tap!" with the Beantown Tap Fest (2015–2018), West Side Story at the Zeiterion Theatre (2018), Club Drosselmeyer at the Oberon Theatre (2018–2019), "Follies for Boston" at Big Night Live (2021), and a preview of Rhythm Delivered at Cisco's Global Digital Conference, Cisco Live (2021). She currently performs with DrumatiX, a tap dance and percussion group under the direction of Noa Barankin.

Toli is dedicated to philanthropy, and proudly works towards her initiative Building Confidence Through Performing Arts by creating arts opportunities through volunteerism, and Sisters Support Success, an outlet to empower women by providing professional attire at no cost. Toli obtained a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Rhode Island College.
Chad Geiger

Chad Geiger began dancing at the age of 18, after having been a gymnast for the preceding six years in school. After a short amount of time, he quickly transitioned into Professional work locally in the DFW Area. Geiger was a Principal Dancer with 8&1 Dance Company Dallas and performed in Multiple Cities on Productions Such as "Exchange St.", "Control," and his personal Favorite "Rejected". Chad moved to Los Angeles to Continue and expand his Professional Dance Career and has since worked with artists like Dua Lipa, Meek Mill, Miguel, and Kensington Moore.

He's appeared on television shows like Carpool Karaoke, The Late Late Show with James Corden, America's Got Talent, and the BET Awards. He is excited to be pursuing new opportunities and continuing to expand his career as an artist.
Amy Palmieri Burns

Amy Maria Burns is a magna cum laude graduate of Adelphi University, earning a BFA in Dance. She's had the honor of working and studying with Robert Christopher, Carmen de Lavallade, Gail Gilbert, Edisa Weeks and Rebecca Wright. Ms. Burns has danced in works by Robert Battle, Maria Bauman, Laura Bennett, Colin Connor, Danny Grossman, Deb Meunier, David Parsons, Pascal Rioult and Anna Sokolow.

Amy currently dances with Balliamo Dance Collective, Metamorphosis Dance Company, Denizen Arts, Elemdi Dance Collaborative and as a guest with Bill Evans Dance Company. She danced for many years with Fusionworks Company, Dancing Legacy, Sokolow Now and Danza Organica. She has been on faculty at Brown University, Brookline High School, Dancing Arts Center, Dean College and is a Balanced Body certified Pilates instructor.

She currently teaches dance and Pilates at Metamorphosis Dance Company. When not dancing Amy spends most of her time with her three greatest accomplishments who go by the names Anthony, Eliana and Marcus.
Jill S. Rucci
Founder/Creative Director

Jill S. Rucci is Founder, and Director of 8&1 Dance Company Dallas which is in its 10th Season of Success. Ms. Rucci originally from the Boston Area moved to NYC to pursue her dreams. She was a principal dancer and guest choreographer for Vissi Dance Theater for over 10 years. Jill has trained, taught, performed and presented her choreography in many cities including
Boston, Los Angeles, Dallas, New York and Olbia, Italy.

Rucci is proud to create original productions; "Exchange Street", "Heart and Soul", "Rejected", "Control", and "In the
Spirit," just to mention a few. Rucci was recognized by THEATER JONES as The "Heavy Weight in Dallas", producing shows that

Jill received her Dance Degree from Dean College and continued her education in NY at Alvin Ailey, Steps, Broadway Dance Center, and The Millennium and Edge in Los Angeles. While in NY, Jill also performed with Bare Bones Dance Co., she performed and choreographed for New Jersey Squires ABA and was a West African-stylized dancer with Magna BA Drum and Dance Co.
Ms. Rucci danced with Contemporary Ballet Dallas and was honored as a Guest Choreographer for the Company. She is currently the resident Choreographer for JWU and has accepted many guest artist positions as Adjunct Faculty for major Universities. Jill expanded her Company to the East coast in 2019. Ruccis' mission was to create a professional space for Artists to call home.

Now, in 2021 her dreams have become a reality through diligent work, determination and focus. Following 20+ years of professional experience, she is focused on the next generation, with 8&1 Studios being the portal for success. They have a mission to Inspire, Mentor, and Educate Artists. Rucci is ecstatic to share her passion and resources for her Students and Professionals, and looks forward to many more successful and inspirational feats.

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