Musical Theatre Master Class
Saturday, February 24
Master Class Mentor: Megan Tatum

Session One
3:30pm to 5:00pm
12 and under

This master class for younger dancers will focus on ensemble building and its significance in musical theatre dance. After warming up, working on technique, and learning various center sequences, the dancers will participate in various team-building theatre games. Participants in this master class will gain an increased knowledge of classical Broadway technique and choreography and an awareness of how to work as a team while being an individual character within that team.


Session Two
5:30pm to 7:30pm
12 and older

This master class for older dancers will explore numerous styles and genres of musical theatre dance. After warming up and working on technique the dancers will learn segments of choreography in the styles of various legendary choreographers such as Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins. Participants in this master class will learn why such choreographers are so iconic as well as gain an understanding of the purpose of dancing in musical theatre and the technique behind it.


Megan Tatum
Dance Mentor

Megan Tatum is a musical theatre performer/choreographer and feels absolutely blessed to join the Passion team.  She grew up in Chester, Virginia training in all styles of dance at Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, Richmond Ballet, and Chesterfield School of Ballet under the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus.  Megan is a kid at heart and loves working and dancing with children of all ages and abilities.  She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary with a B.S. in Kinesiology and Health Sciences Pre-Physical Therapy and a B.A. in Integration of Dance, Music, and Theatre Performance.  Megan has taught and choreographed all over Virginia at Broadway Dance Arts, Virginia Regional Ballet, SPARC, Dogwood Dell, Swift Creek Mill, and Henrico High School Center for the Arts to name a few.  Megan most recently worked with Virginia Repertory Theatre on A Christmas Story (Dance Captain/Featured Ensemble) and Junie B. Jones the Musical (Associate Choreographer/May/Mommy/Grace).  She lives in New York City, when not traveling to teach and perform, and assists physical therapists with Broadway and ballet companies such as New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Wicked, and Matilda.

Megan believes in not just teaching students to dance and perform but also to understand their body and how it moves so that they can have long and active lives enjoying whatever their passion may be.  She has performed professionally all over the country with Midtown Arts Center (Mary Poppins), Compass Rose Theater (Brigadoon), Alluvion Stage Company (Beauty and the Beast), Riverside Dinner Theatre (West Side Story), Virginia Musical Theatre (Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde, Children of Eden, Mame), and at Busch Gardens (Christmas Town).  Megan is so excited to share her joy for life and dance with the people she is able to mentor at Passion Academy.

Take your ballet technique to the next level with Sarah Ruppel Bullis. In this 2 hour ballet class, students will learn the principles behind the Vaganova Method of ballet training, in which the whole body is involved in every movement. Students who attend will gain more body awareness and take home tips on injury prevention.

Next Master Class Coming Soon!
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages 12+

For serious ballet students
Must have had at least 2 years of ballet training

Passion Dance Program Director, Sarah Ruppel Bullis is originally from Annapolis, MD where she began her dance studies at the age of four with Ballet Theatre of Maryland, under the direction of Edward Stewart. Before graduating high school she continued her training in Washington D.C. at the Kirov Academy and later at the Washington School of Ballet, under the direction of Mary Day. She spent her summers attending ballet training programs at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and American Ballet Theatre of New York City. After graduating high school, she studied in the B.F.A program of the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati for one year and then was invited to move to New York City to train professionally with Edward Ellison. In 2006 Sarah joined the Richmond Ballet as a trainee and later continued to enjoy a professional career with the Sarasota Ballet of Florida, under the direction of Iain Webb. Sarah’s classical ballet repertoire includes a variety of roles performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Anna Karenina, Checkmate, Cinderella, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Facade, The Nutcracker, Les Patineurs, Paquita, Pineapple Poll, Serenade, The Sleeping Beauty, Les Sylphides, Two Pigeons, Who Cares? and Valse Fantasy. She currently performs independently with local choreographers as well as with her own choreography.

Since 1997 Sarah has been independently teaching children’s ballet camps in the Annapolis and Richmond area. Her strong passion for teaching dance led her to join the Richmond Ballet faculty in 2010. In addition, she currently is an independent ballet and creative movement teacher with the Weinstein Jewish Community Center, Cartwheels and Coffee, and the Goddard School of Short Pump, and she is a barre fitness teacher at The Barre Boutique. In the Richmond area she has also guest taught at the Chester Performing Arts Studio, Regency Dance Academy, Central Virginia Dance Academy, and Country Club of Virginia. Establishing her own world-class dance program has been Sarah’s life-long commitment, and she is thrilled to join the incredibly talented team at Passion Academy.