Miss Debbie: Studio Owner, Front Desk Admin, and Costume Designer
Debbie Stewart fell in love with dance the first time she saw her daughter Nicole on stage. Debbie has had experience in retail management and business operations for 20 years. Debbie loves to be able to help make everything run smoothly at the studio for our families!
Miss Nikki: Studio Owner, Artistic Director
Nicole Brown is the artistic director and opened Broadway Lights Dance Center five years ago with Debbie. She started dancing at the age of three and has not slowed down since then. Nicole competed throughout her childhood traveling all over the world to places such as Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City and performed in Italy. Nicole won various scholarships for classes, workshops and choreographed for multiple studios and dance teams. She went the University of Akron as a dance major and due to injury went on to teach dance instead of performing. Nicole has 20 years of teaching experience and starting assisting at the age of 13. Nicole also has 8 years in the Air National Guard and is proud to have served our Country. She is married with three amazing kids and is living her dream as the director of Broadway Lights Dance Center
Miss Jessica: Ballet, Pointe, and Contemporary
Jessica Flores was born and raised in Atlanta and began dancing during middle school in Kennesaw, Georgia. After studying various dance styles, Jessica narrowed her focus to classical ballet and contemporary. She then spent two years in the school at Atlanta Ballet on scholarship and three years as a member of Atlanta Ballet’s Fellowship division (2008-2010 and 2013-2014), performing corps and soloist roles during her time there. From 2010 through 2011, she trained and studied with the Alonzo King Lines Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University of California in San Francisco, eventually returning to the south to complete her degree in English at Georgia State University (completed in 2016). It was upon returning to Atlanta that Jessica made appearances in music videos such as “Floating Away” (by India Shawn ft. James Fauntleroy) and “City Shoes” (Victoria Canal). She also joined a contemporary dance company, Gotta Dance Contemporary, and later performed works by local choreographers such as Kassandra Newberry Taylor, Stephan Reynolds, Rachel Truitt, Rebekah Diaddigo, and Lonnie Davis. Over the past three years, Jessica has developed a love for teaching ballet, pointe, and contemporary dance to students of all ages, coaching and choreographing a winning solo for the Youth American Grand Prix in 2016. This June, Jessica will be certified to teach yoga (RYT 200) and is looking ahead with joy to joining the family of Broadway Lights Dance Center! "
Miss Sharon: Competition, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Tumbling
Sharon Black has been dancing all her life. She recently joined the Florida area from N.Y. 4 years ago. She comes from a family of Dancers and Showgirls and as a child she trained with Frank Hatchet and Robert Christopher. She has been competing since she was 5 years old and has won overall high scores and National competitions. Sharon is trained in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Acro, Pom, and Kick line. She has worked with Professional Sports teams and her work was shown at Madison Square Gardens, Nassau Coliseum and aired on the Jumbotron at a NY Islanders game. Sharon has choreographed winning numbers at National competitions and won choreographer awards. Dance is her love and she is so happy to be a part of Broadway Lights Dance Center.
Miss Christina: Creative Movement, Combo, Musical Theatre
Christina is a 2007 graduate of the Conservatory of Shenandoah University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Arts Management with a concentration in Dance and a 2011 graduate of James Madison University where she earned her Master of Science in Kinesiology with a focus in Campus Recreation Leadership. She is the owner of Fairytale By Christina and also works at Pure Pilates as a group fitness instructor. Christina has been teaching dance for 15 years and specializes in children ages 2-10. Originally from Fairfax County, Virginia, Christina moved to the local area in 2011. In addition to teaching she enjoys hiking, Pilates, kayaking and spending time with her husband Durham, their son, #minidanceman, and dog Rookie.
Miss Susan-Leigh: Voice
Susan-Leigh Davis is originally from and grew up in Pensacola, Florida. In 1994-1998 she attended UWF for a degree in Music Performance and Education. Over the next 5 years, Susan-Leigh pursued a career in the music industry. In 2003 she married the love of her life and they eventually decided to settle down and start a family in Navarre, FL in 2004. Over the past decade, Susan-Leigh has used her talents in teaching music to kids of all ages through music camps, the classroom, and worship at Live Oak Church. She is currently the director of the K-5th grade alternative education program, Learning With Grace. Susan-Leigh's daily goal is to share Christ by serving others.
Miss Robyn: Creative Movement,Combo
Robyn has been a lifelong dancer as she started taking classes at age three at Murphy's Dance Studio in Albany, GA. She went on to perform in numerous productions with the Albany Ballet Theatre and continued dancing throughout her school years. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and pointe. Moving to Florida to study Elementary Education, she has been combining her first love of dance with her passion for helping young children find a love of their own.
Miss Vanessa: Hip-Hop
Vanessa is a graduate from the University of South Florida with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She started dancing when she was 10 taking her first Hiphop class. Since then, she has danced on her high school dance team as well as at an ESPN event in Tampa when they were hosting Super Bowl XXXVIII. Vanessa is a four year veteran dancer for the Tampa Bay Storm Arena Football team in Tampa and although she has danced many styles her favorite to teach is HipHop!
Miss. Christy- Ballet, Lyrical, Tap, Pre-school Tumbling, and Creative Movement
Dr. Christine King Padgett is originally from Birmingham, AL. She has been dancing since the age of three. She trained at Corky Bell Dance Studios in Birmingham, AL in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, flag, and baton. In the mid 1990s, she shifted her focus to teaching. She attended Auburn University, and she is a state certified classroom teacher (Preschool through 9th grade, all subjects) and holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. She's a married mom with two young sons. She has been happily dancing her way through life for almost 40 years, and wants everyone to be able to experience the same love of dance, regardless of their situations. She believes that dancing should be fun and good exercise. Positivity and building the self-confidence of each dancer are very important to her.
Shelby Leurck - (Student Assistant Teacher)
Beginner Hip Hop
Jaden Cave - (Student Assistant Teacher)