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
Born and raised in Birmingham, AL. He began dancing his sophomore year when he was recruited by a dance group called Jump Off Dance Crew where he danced for 3 yrs and then joined ILLumny Dance Crew in 2012. He trained with different dancers who specialize in various dance styles. He begin traveling and performing with the group in various showcases and competitions across the United States as well as auditions including America’s Got Talent, Background for Artist Mainstream and also performed locally and internationally. In the Summer of 2016, Tigah decided to relocate to Pensacola, Fl to help with his grandmother and grow more in his craft. Tigah wants to focus on his dream of opening up his own studio and background dancing for his favorite artists.
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 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.
Janine Kirkham: Musical Theater and Ballet / Tap Combo
Janine Kirkham grew up in both Arizona and Montana. She started dancing at age 3 in Creative moment level. She is trained in ballet, tap, modern, and Ballroom. Her childhood was spent on stage. In addition to Dance Janine was active in musical theatre, chorus and was an award winning drama student. She has a degree in Elementary education and a master’s in English Literature. Janine believes that a fun, creative and loving environment is critical in fostering a solid foundation in young dancers.
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.
Larissa Joy Laughlin: Musical Theater, Lyrical, Acting, Jazz
Larissa Joy is a classically trained graduate of Pittsburgh’s Point Park Conservatory of Performing Arts - one of the top programs of its kind in the nation.
During her studies in the Musical Theatre program, Larissa worked with numerous accredited Broadway performers, directors, and musicians. Larissa Joy is a Cleveland native with regional performing credits including: Geauga Lake, Cedar Point, Cassidy Theatre, and Mercury Summer Stock. Her passion, since the age of five, for music and performance drives her to help others find their inner talents. She enjoys teaching privatevoice, piano, clarinet, ukulele, dance and acting lessons. Larissa Joy is also well known in the autism community as both youth counselor and music teacher.
Samantha Ruberti: Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, and Compition Team
Samantha Ruberti Is a Classical Ballet, Pointe, and Contemporary teacher from Southern California. She grew up in a strict Russian Vagonova technique ballet school where she honed her skills under Clarissa Boeriu. She developed her Contemporary passion while training under Krenley Guzman at Ventura College and continued training at Rock School for Dance Education and Joffrey Ballet New York. She then moved to Italy with her husband and ran the Aviano Air Base Dance Program. She has since moved back state side now with two babies and taught locally, and is incredibly excited to join the BLDC family! Sam’s passion for teaching started when she was young and has continued to grow. Her philosophy in training elite dancers involves hands on learning and primarily dancing alongside the students. She loves to teach in her pointe shoes to help students connect with what they are feeling and how it should look. Sam is a fun energetic teacher who prides herself on being able to connect with the student on a personal level so that they may be open to constructive critiques in a way that will help them accomplish their dance goals and continuously blossom into pre professional and professional dancers.