Broadway Dance Academy was opened in 2004, 12 years later it’s still growing and standing strong. After taking my daughter, Ava to her first dance class and watching her in her first recital, I realized that I needed to bring something else to this area, in the field of dance training. So with Ava being my biggest reason, Broadway Dance Academy’s doors were opened and my
connections with so many people started.
Throughout the years, we (the staff) have seen these young dancers grow into beautiful, talented dancers. Many of BDA’s dancers have gone on to perform and continue their education on professional dance teams, such as CMU, MSU and U of M. Which is such an accomplishment to both the dancers and the studio, we love to see these dancers continue their training and the love for dance.
Now a bit about my history….I have been involved in the dance industry for over 30 years, many of them at a professional level. I have studied dance in Flint, Detroit, Lansing, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, France, Italy and London. Before opening my own studio,
I taught at numerous local dance studios in the area. Some of BDA’s dancers have
appeared on TV, ESPN, earned many dance titles and overall awards at various
competitions and are teaching dance, fitness, health education or rehabilitation.
I have choreographed for many pageants, fashion shows and special events.
I was born and raised in Linden, after high school I traveled all around the world with
modeling and dance and now reside in Linden with my family. My goal for BDA has really not changed since I have opened my doors, but has increased in what I want to give to these dancers. I want to give them the knowledge to take dance to any level they choose for their future. I want them to know how to audition, interview and take constructive
criticism gracefully. We have many sayings in class… I hope they remember all of them,
if not, here’s a couple of my fav’s below:
• When Teachers are “On YOU” it’s because they care, it’s when they stop that you
should be concerned.
• It’s no fun to dance half way, it’s so much more fun to dance “Full Out”
• “You have to do your homework in dance, just like in school! Practicing and studying
are one in the same!!!”
• Dance from the tip of your head to the tip of your toes!
• Always Respect your teachers, then they will respect you!
• Support comes from the home, If you want your dancer to take it seriously, then so do
Miss Amy is the backbone to BDA, she steps in wherever she is needed. She runs the front office and has been teaching for 9 years. She is well instructed in Ballet, Tap and Jazz. She has two daughters, Megan and Chelsea, which are alumni dancers of BDA. Miss Amy is also a substitute teacher for the Linden School District and brings her teaching talents to our classroom; the kids just adore Miss Amy. With all of this, Miss Amy still finds time to head up our fundraising department, which opens opportunities to help with dance related costs. Miss Amy is a pleasure to have at the studio and brings warmness to everything she does. We are blessed to have her part of BDA.
Lauren is 25 years old from Fenton, Michigan. Lauren has had fifteen years of ballet instruction, eight of which at YPBT and the Paavola School of Dance. During high school, she attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp twice dancing under the direction of Jefferson Baum when she was invited to join the International Ballet Ensemble in Europe. She also studied with professionals including Joe Tremaine, Ray Leeper, and Nan Giordano at the Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago summer festival. After high school, Lauren studied dance at the collegiate level at Oakland University, Western Michigan University, and the University of Michigan - Flint. We are happy to have Miss Lauren’s expertise with BDA.
Viktoriah has graduated from University of Michigan with an undergraduate studies in Biochemistry degree. Viktoriah has coached gymnastics consecutively for eight years with a diverse group of athletes. She coached levels 1-9 for her first four years at Mid-Michgan Gymnastics. Following Mid-Michgan, She coached pre-team and levels 5-7 at AGA gymnastics. For the last two years, she has been the head coach of Pride Cheer and Tumble coaching cheerleading for middle school and high School cheer teams. In eight years of coaching, she has been educated under college and national coaches and she is excited to share her knowledge of acro dance with you all.
Master Ballet Teacher:
Jennifer began her early training with Lorraine Peltonen and Flint Ballet Theatre. She graduated from Western Michigan University and was a member of University Ballet Theatre, performing soloist and principal roles. Jennifer has directed the Dancescape program, served as Nutcracker rehearsal coach, and choreographed musicals at the Midland Center for the Arts. She has also choreographed jazz and contemporary pieces on YPBT dancers for their spring concerts. Jennifer has studied with many wonderful teachers including Jacob Lascu, Margaret Marsh, and Jurgen Schneider. As a member of the Cecchetti Council of America, Jennifer is certified to teach the Cecchetti Method of ballet, and continues her studies with Bethany Lenhart, CCA board member and permanent examiner. She travels to Vermont every summer to coach teachers preparing for CCA certification.
Megan is an alumna dancer of BDA. She has educated herself in dance for eight and a half years, five being at a collegiate level. Megan has studied both Human Biology and Dance Education at the University of Michigan - Flint and Michigan State University. Through the dance department at both colleges, she was apart of the repertory and Orchesis dance company. Within those companies, she studied under professional choreographers and was able to create, collaborate, and explore new concepts through movement. In addition, Megan danced with the professional dance company Vertical Ambition. As well as teaching dance. She also coaches competitive gymnastics at Grand Blanc Gymnastics Co. in Grand Blanc. She was a level 7 competitive gymnast herself, which in turn, helped with her dancing - specifically acro, leaps, turns, and jumps.
Ms. Brie is a resident of Fenton with her beautiful family. She has 2 daughters that dance at BDA and she herself was a former student of Ms. Jeanette’s here at BDA. She has been involved with cheer/ poms and dance for over
10 years. We are happy to have Ms. Brie to our BDA staff!
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