Originally from Detroit, MI, Kori Ross started dancing and competing at the age of nine in her hometown studio The Dance Place. Her path to becoming a professional dancer began in 1996 while attending Jazz Dance World Congress in Washington D.C. It was there she received a two year apprentice scholarship to study with Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, an opportunity that had given her the foundation to be a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer.
Two years later she came to the Gulf Coast and became a company member with Pure Gold Productions. It was there she was promoted to lead dancer and co-choreographer at the age of twenty one. For the next five years she performed and choreographed in a number of casinos and shows around the country. This was an experience that she can now reflect on to her students today of what it takes to be a professional dancer.
For the past ten years Kori has been a dance educator and national award winning choreographer. In addition to teaching and doing company work with Broadway South, she has taught at Donnas Visual and Performing Arts in Ocean Springs, MS. She has trained students who hold National Titles, have been awarded National Scholarships and dancers who are successful professionals in the industry today. We are honored to have Ms. Kori in our Broadway family!
Sloan began dancing age 4 in Greenville, MS at Frances Hickman's school of dance; continued tostudy there under Teresa McGee and began teaching at Teresa McGee School of Dance. She was UCA All Star Cheerleader; member and choreographer of nationally ranked high school cheer team at St. Joseph's in Greenville and served as captain and assistant choreographer to Betty Aden for Delta Dancers dance team at Mississippi Delta Community College. Sloan continued study of ballet study under Jozia Meiszkowski at Mississippi University for Women Ballet Company and performed several ballets there including Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty, and danced role of Spanish Hot Chocolate in The Nutracker. She has also choreographed Peter Pan at Delta Center Stage and choreographed for dance and cheer teams throughout Mississippi and was a former instructor and judge for Mississippi Jazz Dance Classic. Sloan is certified in Tap Certification through Southern Association of Dance Masters and trained with various instructors with SADM, including Annie Day, Joe Istre, and Janice Aguilera. She was also choreographer and teacher at the former award winning Southern Style Dance Company and The Dancer's Studio of West Point, MS, with intense training and study there under Sara Waide. Sloan continued her studies at Broadway South in Jazz, Tap, Hiphop, and Musical Theater Dance. Other interests include painting children's murals, running, and kickboxing. In addition to dance, Sloan holds an active pharmacy license in four states, and is a mom to a wonderful son, Julian. We are thrilled to have Sloan on our superb faculty.
Ms. Jayne began her dance training at age 3 in Titusville, FL. There she became a company dancer with Edith Royal of the Royal School of Dance in Orlando, FL. While dancing in the Royal Company ,she performed with Denise Jackson & Greg Huffman of the Joffrey Ballet, Suzanne Farrell & Sean Lavery of the New York City Ballet as well as Russell Saltzback of the Joffrey Ballet. Ms. Jayne was also a dancer in the Easter Parade at Walt Disney World and was selected at age 9 to perform on the hit national television show "Bozo". She has also performed in Nutcracker, Hansel and Gretel, The Emperors Clothes and several Evening of Ballet performances. Ms.Jayne has also taken several master classes with Gus Giordano and Russell Saltzback of the Joffrey Ballet as well as additional classes in New York City and Paris, France. After moving to Mobile approx. 16 years ago, she became a Cheerleader Director for the Mobile Youth Football Conference as well as coaching several cheerleading teams where she helped earn several cheerleading competition wins. Ms. Jayne is also company assistant to Ms. Michelle in the Broadway South Dance Company.
Lauren Michelle Weaver began dancing at the age of three, and began competing at the age of five. She studied ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical dance at Sheffield's School of the Dance. She has had the privilege of participating in a number of national competitions in places such as New York, Las Vegas, Orlando, and Los Angeles where she had the opportunity to perform and dance with Chita Rivera, Liza Minnelli, Paula Abdul, Wade Robson, and many other dance legends. Individually, she received many dance scholarships and titles through dance organizations such as: Tremaine Dance Conventions, New York City Dance Alliance, West Coast Dance Explosion, Company Dance, and LA Dance Force. She was a member of the dance team at the University of South Alabama for 3 years where they have been ranked as one of the top dance teams in the nation. She has choreographed dances that have competed in competitions receiving first place, highest score, top choreography, and numerous special judges awards. She has also judged for the dance competition, Dance Magic Inc. She was one of the choreographers for Distinguished Young Women's "Rock The Runway" benefit. In addition to dance, she was a cheerleader at Murphy High School where she was captain and named an All-Star. Her choreography has won many local, regional, and national top awards.
Glen Jenkins has been involved in dance, voice, and piano the majority of his life. He was a 1998 recipient of the Alabama State Piano Sonatina Scholarship allowing him to perform with the Alabama State Symphony at age 18. Turning his focus to dance, Glen is a former "Mr. Dance America 2001", former principal dancer with "Souletry Performance Ensemble" out of Panama City, principal dancer with "Alabama Contemporary Dance Company", dancer for the Nationally Televised "America’s Junior Miss Scholarship Program", and Finalist to "Mr. Senior West Coast Dance Explosion" held in Las Vegas. He has performed with artists such as "Third Phaze", Billy Gilman and worked along side of choreographers Bradley Taylor, DJ Guthrie, Nick Watkins, and Dena Rizzo. His performance credits include extensive roles in many musicals including "CATS", "Oklahoma", "Fantastics", "Best Little Whore House in Texas", & "Fiddler on the Roof" just to name a few. Glen has been a guest Teacher/Choreographer for studios & organizations across the United States. His choreography has won him numerous awards and has been featured on ESPN & Oxygen cable networks. He is currently performing with the "Eastern Shore Choral Society" and is on staff as a Judge and Master Teacher with "Masquerade National Dance Competition" and "Fire & Ice National Talent Competition". Glen’s former dancers can be seen in many collegiate dance lines, in national commercials for Target, Old Navy, JC Penny, Gap, performing in Las Vegas/Disney World, and along side Chris Judd on the WE TV series "Dirty Dancing". Glen is also member of "Dance Teachers United".
Wendy Horton-Hardwick began her early dance training at Herndon’s Dance Center in Mobile, AL. At the age of 14 she began performing as a soloist with the Parapluie dance company in Mobile, AL. She has received summer scholarships to Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago and to Debbie Reynolds, Studio F, in L.A. On several occasions she has attended summer programs in New York City, at Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Steps on Broadway, and Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance. During high school she was chosen to attend the Broadway Musical Theatre Project and study with professionals, including, Gregory Hines, Ann Reinking, Vanessa Williams, and Ben Vereen. After graduation from high school she was awarded a full tuition dance scholarship to attend college at New World School of the Arts in Miami. While there she studied with world famous master teachers and choreographers, among them, Daniel Lewis, Peter London, and Tina Santos. She has also performed as a principle dancer with Alabama Contemporary Dance (formerly Parapluie), where she worked with world famous choreographers and master teachers, Gary Abbott, Chuck Davis, and David Anderson. She also choreographed and served as rehearsal director for the company. While dancing with the company she had the opportunity to perform with the Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble. She was also invited to perform in England. Her performance credits include performing as a guest artist at Broadway Dance Center’s annual showcase. In 2002 she traveled to New York City to perform at the High School of the Performing Arts and in Central Park for the commemoration of the September 11th tragedies. She has also performed for Disney in the Hunchback of Notre Dame Festival of Fun Parade. Currently she is a local dance teacher and choreographer, as well as, a preschool teacher at Hutchens Elementary School.
Kerrie Bentley Benson has been teaching for the past 19 years in Birmingham, Mobile and to dance teams and studios regionally. She trained at studios in Birmingham, Jacksonville, Broadway Dance Center NYC, Hubbard Street Dance Studio Chicago, Pineapple Studio London and ProDance Las Vegas - learning from Napolean and Tabitha D'umo, Darren Henson, Liz Imperio, Chio, Derek Mitchell and others. She was the dance team coordinator and choreographer for the Birmingham Steeldogs Arena football dance team - "Showsteelers", leading them to AFL2 "Dance Team of the Year" 2002-2005. She was also the University of Alabama at Birmingham "Blazerette" choreographer 2003-2006. She choreographed the Miss UAB and Miss University of South Alabama pageant for many years and grew up on the pageant circuit, serving as Miss Jacksonville State University and winning a talent scholarship in Miss Alabama 1995. While at JSU she performed with the JSU Basketball dance team, a "Marching Ballerina" with the Marching Southerners and as a co-ed cheerleader. She is featured in Fran Glendinning's "Yoga - Southern Style" fitness DVD. She performed in regional productions of Mame, Anything Goes, Bye Bye Birdie, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and as "Cassie" in A Chorus Line, and the murderess "Mona" in Chigago. She hung up her performing hat when she welcomed her son Rockstar into the world, followed by his brother Colt. She now is in development and fundraising with Children's of Alabama, lives with her husband Bart in Mobile and enjoys teaching her "girly hip hop", jazz and the special needs class Dance Without Limits at BSD!
Mr. Adrian has spent the last ten years teaching and performing all over the South. He does more than just dance. He feels the music and translates it into a Hip-Hop dance style that is all his own. His style ranges from East coast to West coast hip-hop including break dancing and mainstream hip hop. He has choreographed for Six Flags Over Texas and taught workshops at Dance Teachers United. Mr. Adrian's current goal is to bring his style of hip-hop to his students in an entertaining and enjoyable way.
Kati Weis is a returning member of the Broadway South Dance family. As a native of Mobile, Kati danced with BSD while she was in high school, where she competed with BSD's company for two years on both a regional and national level. As an adult, Kati is proud to return to a place where she cultivated her passion for dance, and now serves as a ballet teacher here at BSD.
Kati has trained is countless styles of dance for some 20 years, including jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, and African dance, as well as several Latin styles, including salsa, merengue, bachata, and reggaeton. In high school, Kati danced in the 2005 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the 2007 Capitol One Bowl Halftime Show. In college, Kati channeled her love of dance in the fitness world, and became a certified ZUMBA Instructor.
Kati loves spreading her love of the art of dance to others. She strives at every class to instill the powerful skill sets and life lessons that dance has to offer in her students.
Jessica Malone Kynaston began her dance training at Herndon's Dance Center in Mobile, Alabama. Jessica continued her dance training by attending Dunbar School of Creative and Performing Arts and John L. LeFlore High School where she was a member and soloist in Moving Images Dance Company, as well as attending the High School Dance Festival in Miami, FL. At age 13 and 14 she received scholarships to the summer ballet intensive at the Joffrey School of Ballet in New York City. She has also attended summer dance programs at Florida Dance Festival, Pensacola Junior College, Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Steps on Broadway, and Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance. While there Jessica studied with famous teachers David Howard, Dorothy Lister, Finis Jung, Robert Atwood, Mia Michaels, Frank Hatchett, and many others. Jessica was a member and featured soloist of Parapluie Dance Company from 1994-1999. In 1998 she performed the role of Sugar Plum Fairy with Azalea City Ballet Nutcracker and was a guest artist in Ballet Mississippi's production of the Nutcracker. During her senior year of high school she was a member of Mobile Ballet Company, where she performed in the Nutcracker and the original production of Dracula. She has received scholarships to Joffrey Ballet School, Ballet Mississippi, School of the Hartford Ballet, and University of Hartford's BA in dance program. During her freshman year of college Jessica majored in dance at the University of Hartford on scholarship, was a member of the touring ensemble associated with the Hartford Ballet Company, and taught dance to school age children at inner city schools. At age 19 she was accepted into Joffrey Ballet School trainee program. Jessica has taught dance in Mobile and Daphne. She currently has a Maters degree in Forensic Psychology and is employed as a Victim Advocate at Penelope House in Mobile Alabama. She is currently pursuing a second masters to become a Licensed Counselor.
Brianna Warren graduated from Faith Academy with honors, and was actively involved in many student organizations. For eight years she trained and competed in gymnastics up to level nine. She was also a member of the Faith Academy junior varsity cheerleading squad, as well as a part of Cheer Force 1's stealth team. She was a member of Carol Lloyd's dance studio, and she competed at local competitions with their dance team. After the studio announced their closing the following year, she came to Broadway South Dance to continue her dance training. As a dancer at Broadway South, she continued to grow into the dancer she is today. She was a part of Broadway South's competitive dance team for three years in which they won numerous awards for their excellence in dance. Brianna was chosen by New York City Dance Alliance to attend a two week workshop in New York City, where she was immersed in the various styles of dance. She completed her final competition season with Broadway South Dance with an Excellence in Dance Award from Showstopper's Nationals. She is currently a student at the University of South Alabama, as well as a member of South Alabama's dance team, the Prowlers.
Torey began dancing at the age of 3 at Carol Lloyd School of Dance. She continued her training at Sheffield School of the dance where she started competing at the age of 7 where she studied jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, and lyrical. Torey competed in many cities including Las Vegas and Orlando, FL. She has performed for celebrities such as Chita Rivera, Liza Minnelli, Paula Abdul, Wade Robson, Christina Applegate and many others. She also studied at Mobile Ballet and after graduating high school, Torey continued her dancing at the University of South Alabama where she was a member of the nationally ranked Prowler dance team.
LeAnna Towery is proud to bring twenty-two years of dance experience from "The Music City" Nashville, TN! She began her dance training at Ann Carroll School of Dance where she was a Company Dancer for seven years. While in the Company she travelled to New York City and trained at Broadway Dance Studio, as well as to Los Angeles where she trained at The Edge Performing Arts Studio and performed at Disneyland. In addition to her Dance Company experiences, she was also a demonstration dance teacher for multiple dance classes. During her time at Brentwood High School she joined the Varsity Dance Team where the team placed 1st in the nation at the Universal Dance Association Nationals Competition in Orlando, FL. She was an active member of her church, Brentwood United Methodist Church, where she performed liturgical dances during worship and served as co-president of her choir consisting of 125 youth. The youth went on many Choir Tours to St. Louis, Chicago, Canada, etc. where they performed for various audiences. After graduating high school she then went on to study Early Childhood Education at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she continued taking dance classes and choreographing various shows for her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha. After earning her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2009 she moved to Prattville, AL where she began teaching Pre-K4 at Prattville Christian Academy. While she was a faculty member there she served as the school's Drama Director where she directed & choreographed shows such as Pioneer Drama's, Doo Wop Wed Widing Hood, and Broadway Jr.'s, Annie. During the summer of 2012 she travelled across the country with a children's music group, The Groove Club, where she performed at multiple public libraries, Vacation Bible School events, City Zoos, etc. She recently moved to Mobile, AL where she currently teaches first grade at St. Paul's Episcopal School and is also active with the Upper School's Theatre and Show Choir programs. Her continued goal is to use both her dance training and education degree to give the dancers at Broadway South Dance Studio the most beneficial and enjoyable dance training possible
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