ABOUT JCPA

 Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts (JCPA) seeks to educate and inspire people of all ages in the various areas of performing arts including singing, dancing, and acting. Our center strives to incorporate and emphasize the aspect of performance in its curriculum by providing students the opportunity to perform in several shows a year, with professional directors, choreographers, actors, singers, and dancers. 

 

Immersing students in a performance-based atmosphere, rather than a competitive one,n allows students to take the technical skills learned in classes and apply them in actual performance situations.  JCPA's mission is to equip students with knowledge and experience to develop in the various areas of performing arts. 

Meet The Dream Team

Samm Osborne

Samantha Osborne is truly a magnificent addition to the JCPA staff. Not only was she a dynamite performer in her younger days, spending years studying her performance craft at the Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts, but she has blossomed into a beautiful and humble Acting teacher. She most recently earned her Master’s in Elementary Education and is working at Shutesbury Elementary School as their performing arts teacher. She is also a certified driving instructor and has helped many local teenagers become safe and capable drivers. In the past, you may have seen Miss Samm teach tap, acrobatics, acting and at Ja’Duke preschool. Basically, if you need to learn something, Miss Samm is the teacher for you!

Eula Sagan

Dance teacher, preschool teacher, driving instructor and social media director are all titles Eula Sagan has at Ja’Duke. Before that, she started as a student at JCPA in 2004. Eula went to study psychology at Regis College, where is also joined their dance company (RCDC). That is where she started her choreographic journey and taught Beginner Jazz, Advanced Jazz and Hip-Hop. Eula took classes in contemporary, ballet, hip-hop, Latin, African dance and more. Senior year she was elected Director of RCDC and received the Sister Marie de Sales Dineen Artistry Award for her excellence in the arts. Eula continues to use that excellence as she teaches at Ja’Duke.

John Waynelovich

While being a part time music teacher of all varieties at Ja’Duke over the past decade, John Waynelovich has spent the rest of his between time co-building Tabata Songs, teaching dozens of Piano students, and touring on weekend- providing live music classes for JUMP, the largest dance convention in the world. He is excited about the opportunities that the new building are bringing to the Ja’Duke family- including his plans to start a unique custom private/group music school ‘Next Level Music Academy’ in 2020!

Kimberly Williams

Kimberly Williams is co-owner of Ja’Duke Inc. She began performing at the age of two and has not stopped since! She has been teaching for over 20 years in all areas of performing arts. She was recently nominated for Dance teacher of the Year by UDMA and has taught and inspired thousands of children in Franklin County and beyond. When she isn’t performing, teaching, or choreographing, she keeps herself busy with her four children. She is excited to see what this new year holds and is looking forward to the endless opportunities the Ja’Duke Theater will provide.

Nick Waynelovich

Caroline Burden

Caroline found her passion for dance at JCPA, and has studied and taught there ever since. She graduated from Goucher College with a BA in Dance in May 2018. At Goucher she was apart of the Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble and had the opportunity to work with guest artists in residence and faculty. On campus Caroline was the co-director of Pizzazz: Goucher’s Musical Theatre Club, as well as the Chair of the Dance Mentor program. Additionally, Caroline spent a semester studying abroad at the Accademia dell’Arte in Italy. Most recently, Caroline attended the Dance Lab New York Young Broadway Choreographers Intensive in NYC. She immersed herself in dancing, choreographing, and making meaningful connections with professionals and peers.

Currently, Caroline works full time at Ja'Duke teaching class, choreographing musicals and working administratively in all aspects.

Jenna DiDonato

Jenna may not have started dancing at a young age, but she quickly realized that dance and the performing arts was where she was meant to be. Ja’Duke instilled the love and passion for doing what she loves most. After studying at JCPA for three years, she began teaching classes and fell in love with choreographing and being able to tell stories through her pieces. She is currently in her last year at Greenfield Community College, after which she will transfer to UMASS and complete her business degree. Jenna strives to keep learning and growing in dance by taking classes and doing intensives. She wants to continue to pass along the knowledge and love of dance to her Ja’Duke students.

Judy Kulp

Judith Kulp is super excited to begin another year of teaching, performing, learning and laughing at Ja’Duke. Judy has been teaching Jaduke students since the first Triple Threat Workshop in the basement of the old Shea Theater!  But she has been teaching singing and classroom music for over forty years! She is a graduate of Smith College where she studied voice with Dorothy Stahl. She is also a charter member of Ja’Duke having played the role of Aldonza in the first ever Ja’Duke production Man of La Mancha!  She has sung professionally with The Desert Chorale, a 20 voice chamber choir based in Santa Fe, New Mexico and with Mr. Nick’s Swing Orchestra and the King Phillip Dixieland Band.

Helping children sing correctly and more easily and enjoy their vocal opportunities is her passion. She loves teaching Tiny Tot classes, Children’s Chorus, Musical Theater and has been vocal teacher for the Disney classes since the start of the Jaduke Disney experience in 2007. Judy has been involved with just about all Ja’Duke shows since 1997.  She has played wenches and nuns (several times!), chaperones and spelling bee winners, divas, teapots and even a singing kangaroo! She also writes children’s musicals, two of which have been performed in the Jaduke Blackbox Theater: The Fairy House and The Fairy Tea Party (or How Pirates Almost Spoiled the Day). Stay tuned for the next installment in the Fairy House saga:  working title-Margaret and the Giant!

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