Lori Bilbrey-Vaghefi began dancing at Marguerite Benson Hall School of Dance and continued her training at the American Dance Center in Saratoga Springs, New York, under the direction of Madam Phyllis Latin. She was a faculty member and principal dancer for Mobile Ballet for 25 years, dancing numerous roles such as "The Dying Swan" in Carnival of the Animals, "Dew Drop Fairy" in The Nutcracker, "The Fairy Godmother" in Cinderella and "Carabosse" in The Sleeping Beauty. She also held the position of Ballet Mistress of Mobile Ballet for five years.
Ms. Bilbrey-Vaghefi served as fine Arts Specialist for Mobile County Public School System and was the ballet director for Dunbar Creative and Performing Arts Magnet School for seventeen years. Under her direction her students performed annually with Mobile Symphony Orchestra and in numerous community outreach performances and charity benefits on stage and television. Some of her former students are now dancing with American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Radio City Music Hall, Disney World, Cirque de Soleil and on Broadway. She also has been a frequent guest ballet instructor for Dance Masters of America.
In 2013 the Mobile Arts Council selected her to be the recipient of the Greater Mobile Arts Award for Art Educator.
Sloan Blaise Shepard has been dancing since the age of six and competing since she was eight. She has won numerous awards at many competitions all over the country. Sloan performed in The Disney World Fourth of July Parade at age ten. She has been featured on ESPN and Oxygen performing in pieces choreographed by Glen Jenkins. She was a member of the Lynn Robinson Dancers for eleven years where she performed and competed. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, acrobatics and baton at Robinson's School of Dance. She also studied at Mobile Ballet under the direction of Winthrop Corey for numerous years. She was a member chosen by audition of the Dunbar Magnet School Ballet Company directed by Mrs. Lori Vaghefi for three years. She was also a Dunbar Magnet dancer under the direction of Mrs. Shelia Goodrich. During her time at Dunbar she attended UDA Dance Camp at Auburn University she was chosen to represent her school by competing a solo where she placed first. Sloan began her high school experience at Mary G Montgomery where she was the first ever featured twirler. She spent her remaining high school years at Alma Bryant High School. Sloan was President of the Kickin' Cane Dancers, a member of the student government association and a leadership student her junior and senior year. She performed for Mobile Counties Celebrate the Arts program for three years and was invited to be in the opening number her senior year. Her group was also among a few groups to represent Mobile Counties Celebrate the Arts Program in Disney World. While in Disney she took class from the elite Disney Performers as well as the Cirque' Du Soleil Performers. Sloan participated in Mobile County Junior Miss and is now part of the Alumni Counsel. She attended Faulkner State on a full dance scholarship. She was a member of the Sun Chief Sound Dance Team for two years. She judged for Dance USA and Washington County High School Dance Team Tryouts. Sloan has choreographed numerous winning mini and junior competition routines.
Sydney Adams, a California native, began her dance studies at the Santa Rosa Ballet school and continued her studies at San Francisco Ballet School and Dance Theatre, where she became a company member at age 17. Later, Ms. Sydney moved to NYC where she was a full scholarship student and went onto become a member of the Richmond Ballet. She also was personal assistant to Jerome Robbins and helped with the reconstruction project Jerome Robbins Broadway. Since relocating to the South, Ms. Adams has instructed at Spring Hill College, Parapluie Dance Company, and Mobile Ballet. Her students have gone on to such fine companies as NYCB, colleges such as SMU, FSU, and summer programs such as San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Nothwest Ballet, and School of American Ballet.
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.
Mrs. Kylie began dancing at the age of three. She studied ballet, tap, and jazz at Sheffield's School of the Dance for 12 years and had the opportunity to compete in several cities. While attending Baker High School, Mrs. Kylie was a member of the dance team and had the privilege to dance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2004. After graduating in 2006, she attended the University of South Alabama as a Marketing Management major. As a four year member of the nationally ranked USA Prowlers Dance Team, Mrs. Kylie was inspired to take the position as the Baker High School Dance Team coach in 2008. As the coach, Mrs. Kylie choreographs the dance team's routines for the football halftime show, UDA competitions, and pep rallies. Mrs. Kylie has a true love for the art of dance and enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion with 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.
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.
Elizabeth began her dance training at the age of three in Pascagoula, MS. She studied Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, and Gymnastic, at The Studio of Dance and Gymnastics under the direction of JoAnn Christopher. At the age of 13 she became a Member of the Melange Dance Company in Pascagoula where she had the privilege to perform and take classes in many cities. After graduating in 2006, she attended the University of Southern Mississippi majoring in Dance Education. She also was member of the Southern Misses Basketball Dance Team and the Repertory Dance Company. In 2008 she assisted in chartering the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Student Chapter at USM where she held the office of Secretary. In 2009 was was given the opportunity to represent USM's chapter at the NDEO conference in New York City where she took classes under The Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Martha Graham's studio, and many more. in 2010 Elizabeth was hired by Mobile County to start a new dance program at Causey Middle School. She teaches Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Dance History to 100 7th and 8th grade students. Her advanced class, Elation Dance Company, has also had the privilege at dancing in MCPSS Celebrate the Arts, MCPSS Honor Dance, Universal Studios, Disney World, and MCPSS Reflections Benefit. She is also the Cheerleading Coach at Causey Middle School, where they took 1st place in every category in 2011! Elizabeth is currently finishing her Masters Degree in Secondary Education at William Carey University.
Tylesia graduated from Murphy High School as an honor student. She was heavily involved in cheerleading and other activities through out her High School years. She has been dancing since age 3 studying all forms of dance. Tylesia began competing at the age of 7 with Debbie’s School of Dance, winning numerous competition awards, trophies, and dance scholarships. She later joined The Centre’ for the Performing Arts in Daphne, Alabama under the choreography of Mr. Glen Jenkins, Artistic Director. During Tylesia’s years at The Centre’ she was a vital part of the competition team, while dancing with this team she achieved many accomplishments and won many competition titles. She has competed with many dance companies to name a few Tremaine Dance, Masquerade Dance, West Coast Dance, NYC Dance, holding titles from them all. She finished her last year of competition with Broadway South Dance Team. Ty is currently a member of University South Alabama’s Dance Team as a 2010-2011 Prowler. Tylesia has always had a passion for dance and shows it when performing on stage. She is known by many for her talents on and off stage, and she expresses herself best through dance. We are proud to have Ty continue with us as a part of our dance family!
Krystal Rouse Ellis started her dance training at Kelli's Steps School of Dance in Biloxi, Ms. where she was on the "Showstoppers" team for eleven years and was part of many conventions and competitions. She had the honor of being part of a Showstoppers team that was selected to represent the state of Mississippi at Dance Excellence International Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California where her team received commendation letters from the mayor of Los Angeles, Biloxi and from President Bill Clinton. While serving as a Showstopper, Krystal helped win the Grand National title in Orlando for three years. She was the team's soloist, and honored with the judges special awards, and earned the Dance Teachers United Scholarship for jazz and ballet. Krystal has studied in New York with top dance greats including Nan Giordano, Charles Kelley, Germaine Salsberg, Steve Sirico, and Raymond Lukens. While in NYC, she earned her dance certification through Dance Educators of America. Her performing credits include Miss Mississippi Pageant, Mississippi Firedogs Football and Seawolves Dancer, Copa Casino, and Palace Casino. Extending her dance career, Krystal is a Les Mills Body pump certified Instructor, and has worked with the Franchise MyGym, fitness for children. Krystal recently relocated in the Mobile area with her Coast Guard husband and their two children.
LeAnna Crysel 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
Nick has been involved in art all his life, mainly painting and drawing. It wasn't until 10 years ago that he found his passion for dancing. Being able to express yourself with your talents, either to inspire or entertain others, is a blessing for anyone. One specific style of dance Nick found himself drawn to is popping. When you see someone who is experienced in this style, it's magical the way he or she can move their body to the beat of the music. The body becomes an instrument in the song itself. From popping to b-boying, to jazz, and contemporary, Nick has been exposed to many styles and through this he has developed his own style and brought his personality to the forefront of his dancing. When teaching, he wants his students to learn how to express themselves in the dance. All forms of art are best seen when the artist brings his inner thoughts of creativity to the surface. When painting, the artist uses the brush to create a beautiful composition. When dancing the music uses the dancer to create a beautiful performance. Nick has taught extensively all across the Gulf Coast. Broadway is proud to have him in our dance family!
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