At Off Broadway Dance Theatre, we believe all students should have a chance to “shine.” Our students are encouraged to explore singing, dancing and acting and experience all facets of the performing arts.
With an emphasis on Musical Theatre, Off Broadway Dance Theatre not only offers traditional dance instruction, but we also offer Acting, Musical Theatre, Broadway Movement and other theatre based classes. This helps each student be the best performer he or she can be whether it is in a school drama or professional theatre.
Our studio prides itself on being a place where every child gets an equal chance. No parts are given based on seniority or how many classes a child takes, performing opportunities are given to everyone who shows an interest. Every student is a STAR in our studio
“But at the dance theater, one thing you won’t find is drama,” says Fox 5 Atlanta.” If you’re looking for Dance Moms, you’re in the wrong place. Shannon helps theater parents encourage their children’s talents without becoming overbearing. Her approach was featured on Fox 5 Atlanta.”
MEET OUR STAFF
Shannon Hannah Mayer – Owner/Director
Shannon Hannah Mayer became Owner/Director of Off Broadway Dance Center in June of 2000. A native of Dothan, Alabama, she began her training in dance at the early age of 8 years old. Shannon received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Brenau Women’s College in Gainesville, Georgia. She went on to pursue a career in musical theatre and dance which has given her the opportunity to perform throughout the southeastern United States.
Shannon has appeared as a performer for Discovery Cruise Lines, as a performer and Dance Captain for the Savoyards Musical Theatre Company and is the resident choreographer for many north Georgia theatre companies as well as remaining an active performer. She is dedicated to the education of children and the commitment to helping the community.
Chris Mayer – Owner/Artistic Director
Chris Mayer is the owner and artistic director of Off Broadway Dance Center. Christian has an extensive background as a director and actor in the North Georgia area. He began his theatre career at Georgia State University and has worked with such notable theatre companies as Neighborhood Playhouse, Galaxy Productions, The Holly Theatre, Underground Theatre, Cumming Attractions Theatre Company and Village Center Playhouse to name a few. Chris is also active in the film and commercial industry, having appeared in numerous television commercials and industrials for such clients as Kroger, Sports Shoe and The Animal Planet.
Kimberly Ragghianti – Instructor/Choreographer
Kimberly Ragghianti has been a dancer from a young age and a professed “Jack of All Traits” having trained in Advanced Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Ballet, Pointe, Baton, Gymnastics, Improvisation, Belly Dance, and Musical Theater. Kimberly graduated from Kennesaw State University with a minor in Dance and major in Early Childhood Education. She has extensive experience in performing on stage and with creating choreography for solo performers and groups. She has choreographed dances for spring concerts, elite dance minor shows, children’s theater, and in other performance avenues.
Kimberly’s dance style encompasses grace, emotion, power, and individual attitude. She is excited about being an instructor at Off Broadway Dance Theatre and looks forward to encouraging her students to dream and dance without boundaries!
Leah Porter – Instructor/Lyrical, Modern, Jazz
Leah Porter has danced her entire life and has loved every minute of it. She grew up in North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for High School. She studied under many dance legends including Melissa Hayden, Trish Casey, Dianne Markham, Sean Sullivan, Brenda Daniels, and Christine Spizzo.
After receiving a dance degree from UNCSA, Leah continued studying dance at Florida State University where again she had the honor of studying under some of the best instructors in the country including Suzanne Farrel, Anjali Austin, Lynda Davis, Shelia Humphreys, Rick McCullough, Anthony Morgan and Patty Phillips. While in school Leah danced in countless student and faculty pieces and concentrated her studies in choreography and composition. She also performed for two years with the Corazone Dancers, a salsa dance company.
After graduation Leah took on various jobs in TV production but not as a dancer. She longed to be back on stage and accepted a contract at the Waterside Theatre in NC. She was cast as a dancer in the Lost Colony, Jesus Christ Superstar and Oklahoma. Soon realizing her body would not hold up forever, Leah renewed her passion for dance by teaching it to others. She enjoys teaching all forms of dance to anyone who wants to learn and believes Martha Graham’s words that “Dance is the hidden language of the soul.”
Amy Cain Lucas – Ballet Mistress
Amy has been dancing since she was 3 years old. At the age of 13 she moved to Ballet Rotaru where she studied under Pavel Rotaru, Mary Rau, Lisa Sheppard and many other amazing dancers. While with Ballet Rotaru she performed in such ballets as The Nutcracker, Gizelle, Don Quixote, Les Sylphides, Romeo and Juliet, and City Beat. She attended Georgia’s Governor’s Honors Program as a dance major and has since gone back and taught as a theatre teacher for the past two summers. She got a BFA in Musical Theatre and has been acting professionally in Atlanta for the past 8 years.
Amy has worked with Theatre in the Square, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Jewish Theatre of the South, Theatrical Outfit, Crown Uptown (KS), Penobscot Theatre Company (ME) and Theatre of the Stars. When she is not on stage she is teaching theatre and dance and we are thrilled to have her as our Ballet Mistress.
Saleh Sabat – Private Guitar Instructor
Saleh is proud to welcome Off Broadway as a new teaching home. A graduate of Liberty University in Virginia with a degree in Music, Saleh wishes to pursue his career as both a performer and music educator. Saleh was a performing member of the Sounds of Liberty as a Lead Guitarist and currently plays for North Point Community Church.
Saleh enjoys teaching children ages 8-99 with any style the student prefers. Each students will not only walk away with a passion for music, but will learn to read music, learn technique and theory. He encourages students to compose and try a variety of styles.
Kat Slatery – Instructor/Choreographer
Kat is an actress and dancer formerly from South Florida. An expert in hip-hop dance styles, Kat’s credits include both live and video appearances with the Black Eyed Peas, Brandy, Sergio Mendes, Timbaland and Magoo, Kelly Clarkson, David Archuleta, Soulja Boy and many more. In addition to dance, Kat is an actress and can currently be found as the lead role in the upcoming film “Snowflake” now shooting in Boston.
Jen MacQueen – Instructor/Choreographer
Jen MacQueen has workshopped new tap pieces for, shared the bill with, and performed alongside many well-known tappers such as Savion Glover, Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy, Gregory Hines, Harold Nicholas (of the Nicholas Brothers), Buster Brown, Baakari Wilder, Josh Hilberman, Ayodele Casel, Tony Waag and Lady Di Walker, plus many others. Jen honed her skills as a rhythm tap teacher and choreographer while she danced professionally with The Tap Collective, a rhythm tap company in New York, for the 6+ years she lived there. Jen moved to Atlanta in 2004, and currently works as a musical theatre performer and choreographer.
Past performance credits include: Pre-Broadway: Laura (title role) and Frankenstein – The Musical. Off-Broadway: Be, New Faces, Fear Of, Vaudeville 2000, That Other Woman’s Child and The Elegance and Comedy of Tap at New York’s Town Hall Theatre.
Off-Off Broadway: A Birthday Surprise, Sky Over Ninevah, Paradise Lost, Take A Chance and Steps Beyond. National Tours: Promises Promises. Recent Regional Theatre: Chicago, Phantom, Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, Godspell, Sophisticated Ladies, Smoke On the Mountain, The Sanders’ Family Christmas and The 1940’s Radio Hour.
Past choreography credits include: Off-Broadway: Be, New Faces of 2001, Fear Of, Vaudeville 2000 and The Elegance and Comedy of Tap. Off-Off Broadway: Cannibal: The Musical, A Birthday Surprise, Mag Mor and The Broadway Dance Performance Outlet. National Tours: Red Hot and Cole and Promises Promises (tap sections). Recent Regional Theatre: Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, Smokey Joe’s Café, Cabaret, Annie Get Your Gun, Fiddler On the Roof, Chicago, A Year With Frog & Toad, The It Girl, Guys & Dolls, Pete ‘n’ Keely, 4 Guys Named Jose, Das Barbecu, Tuesdays with Morrie, Evening of Fosse, The World Goes ‘Round, Pippin, Christmas Canteen, Dirty Blonde and The 1940’s Radio Hour.
For the past 10 years, Jen has taught workshops and set works all over the United States. She substitute taught for her teachers and mentors while in New York, and now teaches master classes sporadically around choreography and performance gigs. Jen has won a total of 11 Spotlight Awards for her work as both a choreographer and performer in New York, has been nominated four consecutive years for Suzi Bass Awards here in Atlanta, and has recently won two Woodie Awards for her work on The World Goes Round and Pippin. Jen also currently runs the TaP THaT Rhythm Tap Dance Studio, where she teaches private lessons. www.tapthat.biz
Kristen Feyt – Instructor/Choreographer
Kristen began dancing at age 3 and performed in the Nutcracker Ballet in Roswell. She has taken dancing, acting, piano, and voice lessons for 14 years and has performed and competed in acting and modeling for John Roberts Powers at IPOP in Los Angeles.
Off-Broadway Dance Theatre has become home to Kristen for the last 6 years. Kristen had studied and performed various dance styles such as Ballet, Pointe Ballet, Jazz, Broadway Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Tap, Hip Hop, and Ballroom Dance. At OBD, she has performed in various plays at the Off-Broadway Children’s Theatre, OBD Summer Stock, OBD Kids Competitive Troupe, and Dance Company. For three years, Kristen has competed with the OBCT Troupe at the National Junior Theatre Festival, as well as with the OBD Kids Troupe, competing at the National Performing Arts Festival. She has performed in musical theatre shows such as Godspell, Seussical, Honk, Once on this Island, Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Aladdin. In 2010, Kristen received the “Student of the Year” Award from Off Broadway. Kristen teaches at OBD during Summer Camp, Summer Stock, and during the school year. She currently teaches Junior Hip Hop, Junior Jazz, and Junior Musical Theatre, as well as assisting in choreographing dance during shows.
At school, Kristen is a Charter member of the Mount Pisgah Chapter of the International Thespian Society and has performed in Our Town, J.B., and When Shakespeare’s Ladies Meet. Kristen enjoys listening to music, reading, writing short stories and poetry, and photography. She has played Varsity Volleyball for two years as well as Varsity Cheerleading at Mount Pisgah. She is a member and Chair of Mount Pisgah’s Art Honor Society.
Marsha Lanzo is a native of Great Britain where she began her career in London playing the title role of ANNIE. Following runs in London’s West End and a National Tour with ANNIE, Marsha starred in OLIVER, as Bet, with the movie’s original Fagin, Ron Moodie. At 15 Marsha next appeared in the musical EVITA as Peron’s Mistress, at that time she was the youngest person ever to play the role. Later that year Marsha became the youngest person to win the title of Miss Dance Great Britain, at 16. Marsha then joined the cast of CATS and went on to play the roles of Jemima and Rumpleteazer. Marsha’s other credits include: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, GYPSY, THE BOYFRIEND, KISS ME KATE, WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, HEAVEN’S UP, MOBY DICK, GRAND HOTEL, MY FAIR LADY, THE FANTASTICKS, SITTING PRETTY, BABES IN ARMS, FUNNY FACE and THE GOOD COMPANIONS. Marsha performed for Her Majesty the Queen in the Royal Command Performance at Buckingham Palace. Recording credits include the original cast recording for PICKWICK and MOBY DICK, as well a single for RCA records.
Marsha earned a BA in Music and Communications for the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is married and raising three children here in Milton.
Megan Glikes – Piano
As a pianist, collaborator, and educator, Megan Glikes enjoys working with other musicians and students of various ages in a number of capacities including performing, rehearsing, studying, and teaching private lessons. She regularly collaborates with choirs, instrumental and vocal soloists, and chamber ensembles and continues to be involved and interested in church music.
Glikes earned a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2012. At UNCG, she taught class piano, accompanied student singers and instrumentalists, and served as a rehearsal pianist in the opera program. In 2009, Glikes graduated summa cum laude from Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., where she received her Bachelor’s degree in music in addition to several accolades including the school’s Presser Award during her senior year. As a student, she accompanied the Gordon College Choir and collaborated with many of her peers. A native of Troy, N.Y., Glikes has performed recitals in venues in New York, New England, and North Carolina. Her teachers have included Andrew Willis, Mia Chung, Alina Polyakov, and Barb Musial.
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Emelie Coleman – Junior Level Jazz and Preballet
Lindsey Neal – Lyrical and Modern
“Three different acting, dancing and performing needs….
all of which were met at Off Broadway Dance!”