Where Are They Now? Andrew Winans
Andrew Winans is a proud Ocean Dance Force alumni. He attended the studio in high school while performing in shows in the Jersey Shore area. From there, he went on to attend and graduate from The Boston Conservatory with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, emphasis in Dance. While at school, he danced professionally with Urbanity Dance Company and Jazz Inc. Regional Theatre performing credits include 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Footloose, Chamberlain, Hair, Godspell (Maine State Music Theatre); West Side Story, The Little Mermaid (Fiddlehead Theatre Company); Wonderful Town, Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof (Reagle Music Theatre); Mary Poppins, Hairspray (Wheelock Theatre); Mary Poppins (New Bedford Festival Theatre); Pippin (ReVision Theatre); and Musical of Musicals (Moonbox Productions).
He has assisted some of the country's top choreographers including Eileen Grace: Director/ Choreographer of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular National Tour for over 10 years, former Radio City Rockette in NYC, and in the ensemble of The Will Rodger's Follies and 42nd Street on Broadway and National Tour. Also, Michael Susko: award winning regional Director/ Choreographer, and in the ensemble of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Scarlett Pimpernel, and 42nd Street on Broadway and National Tour. Also, while at The Boston Conservatory, he served as assistant to the head of the Musical Theatre Dance Division, Michelle Chassé. Andrew has choreographed and taught classes at The Boston Conservatory, Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, Freehold Regional Performing Arts Center, The Studio: ADFA, Boston Patio Playhouse, New Bedford Festival Theatre, Boston Children's Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, and Reagle Music Theatre.
While in high school, Ocean Dance Force provided a wonderful foundation in technique and performance thanks to Mr. Dan, Miss Sheryl and Miss Erin. Another valuable lesson learned while in the studio was endless hard work and determination to get what you want. Whether it was at the ballet barre with Miss Sheryl or stretching with Miss Erin, the constant attention and support from the teachers at ODF was essential in the early learning process of dance training. It was a wonderful training grounds in preparation for college and a professional career. They can't be thanked enough for the hard work they put in every day to their students!
Currently Andrew is playing Neleus at Wheelock Family Theatre in Boston, MA. Check out this video showing the transformation from every day face and hair to becoming a statue over the course of 25 minutes. He does this twice through out every show, because he has to remove the makeup to be a part of the Ensemble in other numbers as well as this character. Neleus is a statue that comes to life in the song "Jolly Holliday" after Bert brings the dreary park in London to life and color! He dances around with Bert, Mary, Michael and Jane through out the number.
Ocean Dance Force is SO PROUD of Andrew and his accomplishments! His dedication, determination and desire will surely take him to his wildest dreams and beyond!! Congrats on a great start to your Career Andrew!!