Office: Dance Center
Frankie Soldevere (she/her) is an Upstate New York-based dance educator, choreographer, and scholar. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from SUNY Brockport and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Dean College where she was the 2016 recipient of the Board of Trustees Prize for the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance. Her legacy lives on at Dean College as the Founder and President of Loose Screws, the Dean College Tap Team. She has performed with Ryan P. Casey’s Off Beat Tap Company in their 2016 regional tour of “Unbound: a rhythmic romp through classic literature,” The Boston Tap Company, and Dropkick Murphys.
Frankie’s philosophy of teaching values rigorous musical and rhythmic engagement, improvisational play, sound technique of footwork and terminology, and the passing of tradition through historical tap dance repertoire of past and present. Her most recent scholarship examines the ways that the Euro-centric Hollywood entertainment industry of the 1930s-1950s misrepresented black vernacular tap dance on film, and what that means for tap dance as it exists on television and social media today. Currently, Frankie is on faculty at Playhouse Stage Company, SPAC School of the Arts, and travels nationally to set choreography, teach master classes, and adjudicate for StarQuest Dance Competition.