Debbie Stewart: 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!
Nikki Brown: 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
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.
Christy- Ballet, Lyrical, Tap, Baton, Jazz, Combo, Creative Movement, and Competition Team
Dr. Christine King Padgett is a Christian, a wife, and a mom of two young sons. Miss Christy was raised in the Birmingham, Alabama area. She began dancing at the age of three at Corky Bell School of Dance in Birmingham, AL. In the early 1990s, she began assistant teaching with her studio, helping with classes, summer dance camp, and even helping to choreograph and teach dance and streamer routines to the local high school marching band. She trained there for 15 years in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, flag twirling, and baton twirling. In the mid-1990s, she left Birmingham to attend Auburn University, to pursue a degree in education. She continued to study dance while in Auburn, taking dance classes through the University in Social Dance and Modern Dance. Christy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education (concentration in French), a Master’s degree in Elementary Education, and a Doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Educational Psychology (teaching and learning track). During her studies, Christy learned not only teaching methods and techniques of planning educational curriculum, but also about the development, motivation, behavior, psychology, and learning of children and adults. She took a special interest in how the brain attends to, absorbs, sorts, stores, and retrieves information and skills. She completed her doctoral dissertation on the psychology of personality and gender identity, researching the influence of these factors on the choice of college major and career choice. Because of her advanced studies in both education and psychology, Miss Christy has special insight in how to motivate, reach, and teach her students in a developmentally-appropriate and engaging way.
Miss Christy is a certified teacher with the state of Florida Department of Education. She holds Florida Teacher Certification in the following areas:
Preschool Education (Birth – Age 4) - Elementary Education (Grades Kindergarten – 6) Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum (Grades 5-9) - Social Science (Grades 5-9) Exceptional Student Education (Grades K-12)
Miss Christy has also earned her Dance Teacher Certification through CLI Studios.
Miss Christy LOVES teaching dance, and she tells her students regularly that she has the BEST job in the world! Christy finds a lot of personal fulfillment integrating her love of dance with her love of teaching. She teaches dance in a fun, positive, and developmentally-appropriate way. She teaches dance technique and terminology using fun games, colorful props, and silly songs appropriate to each age group. The children have fun while getting good exercise and a good education. With her background in psychology in mind, Miss Christy focuses a lot on building the self-confidence of each dancer through positivity, encouragement, enjoyable learning activities, and opportunities for each dancer to feel successful and special.
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.
Holly : Creative Movement, Combo Ballet/Tap and Ballet/Jazz
Hi everyone, my name is Holly! I am thrilled to be a part of the BLDC dance family this year! Dancing, acting, and performing has been a passion of mine for quite some time. I was born and raised in Navarre and started dancing at age 5. I danced competitively, traveling all over the country for 13 years. I trained in ballet, jazz, pointe, lyrical, musical theatre, hip-hop, modern contemporary, and tap. I am so excited to instill the love of dance and performing that I had at a young age, into all the littles in my classes. I currently work as an Infant and Toddler Developmental Therapist with children ages birth to three and I adore what I do! I will be teaching creative movement as well as combo ballet/tap and ballet/jazz. This age group is so fun to work with and I can’t wait to get their creative gears moving and be a part of their dance journey!
Caitlyn Murrell :
Caitlen moved to Gulf Breeze in 2017 from southwest Florida. Trained in classical ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, tap and modern she grew up in a competitive studio environment. While at Carty Academy Theatre of Dance she competed at numerous competitions throughout Florida in both team and solo categories. During high school she joined her school’s nationally ranked dance team, competing in pom and high kick. During college she trained in ballroom dance, competing in amateur competitions. Post college she has continued with dance training and attended acting courses with Emmy nominated Kim Crow. Caitlen enjoys playing the piano, sewing and being an active mom to her 3 children. Welcome to our family!
Kendrah is excited to be teaching at Broadway Lights Dance Center this year. Since the age of two Kendrah has been taking dance classes, attending competitions, and assisting other teachers. She has been trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre. Kendrah has recently graduated from Navarre High School and plans to attend college next year where she will study theatre. She is ecstatic to be teaching such wonderful students with a fantastic team!
Robyn Wallace : Intermediate 2 and Advance ballet
Robyn Wallace grew up in Ventura, CA and began ballet training at the age of 3. She trained under the incredible direction of Clarissa Boeriu and performed lead roles in multiple ballets. After graduating high school, she attended the University of California, Irvine. Her senior year there, she worked with Donald McKayle and performed a principal role in one of his original works, and danced two roles in Artifact Suite choreographed by William Forsythe and set by Jodie Gates. She graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. Robyn spent a year training with coaches Clarissa Boeriu and Lisa Cuizon, during which time she choreographed and directed the first act of The Nutcracker for All American Ballet.
In 2011 Robyn was given a full scholarship to Ballet Chicago. Under the direction of Daniel Duell, she performed her dream role of Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, and had the honor of dancing a principal role in Balanchine ballet, Who Cares? In 2012, she retired from ballet to pursue a career in finance. She worked for several firms, including JPMorgan Chase.
Newly a Florida resident, she is thrilled to join Broadway Lights Dance Company and share her passion for ballet. With these words she finds the deepest inspiration for dancing and teaching: “In atmosphere of Love divine, we live, and move, and breathe.”