Because your child deserves joy.
At Broadway Arts & Dance Academy, our mission is to shape the minds, bodies and spirits of the performing artists of tomorrow. We help instill discipline, improve physical conditioning, and expand imaginations by teaching children and young adults how to focus their minds, strengthen their bodies and conquer their fears through the performing arts. Our classrooms are your child’s gateway into a world of expression, a garden of friendships and a sanctuary for their minds.
Meet the Team
Owner / Dance Instructor
April trained extensively in the Los Angeles area at Dancemaker Studios, where she began at the age of 5. Her dance education covered all areas from ballet and modern to tap and jazz. She began working as a professional dancer and singer at the age of 18 on the national tour of Saturday Night Fever and moved to New York where she was an original cast member of 2 Broadway shows as well as appearing on television in Ugly Betty and MTV. She has been a member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for the past decade performing for millions of people in arenas around the world, including at Amalie Arena in Tampa, every winter.
As an educator, her pedagogy skills have been honed over the years through teaching numerous classes, workshops and private lessons in Los Angeles and New York and by working alongside Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winning directors, choreographers, authors and composers.
Owner / Vocal and Theatre Instructor
Jason graduated Magna Cum Laude from Shenandoah University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music Theatre and received the Cecilia award for vocal excellence. He immediately moved to New York City and over the course of 18 years starred in 8 Broadway shows including Jekyll & Hyde, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Footloose, Grease and The Rocky Horror Picture Show and was known as "one of the most alluring voices on Broadway". In Las Vegas, he sang with rock royalty Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen. He has toured the world performing with shows, bands, and symphony orchestras. He has appeared on Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU and been voice-over talent for Rockstar Video Games and many cartoons.
As an educator, Jason has been teaching vocal and acting lessons as well as being an audition coach for the past 15 years. He's worked with and studied under Tony Award winning directors and choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Christopher Ashley, and Jeff Calhoun. His students have also gone on to perform on Broadway and in National Tours.
Lital Gelman is a professional dancer and choreographer who was selected to participate in workshops in cities such as New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA, where she studied under world-renowned choreographers
specializing in Hop-Hop, Tap, Jazz, and Musical Theatre. Lital furthered her studies at the University of South Florida (USF), where she was selected to participate in the Dance in Paris study abroad program where she collaborated with four nationally known choreographers in Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, and Rouen.
Her original work,Trepidation, was selected as one of the top ten final pieces at the America’s College of Dance Association of the Southeast United States Region.
Immediately after graduating from USF, Lital joined Tampa City Ballet as a founding dancer and choreographer of the Company. As a professional modern dancer and choreographer, her place in the Company could not have been more adequate. Lital is a collaborator, an educator, and a firm believer in body-care. . Part of this commitment inspired Lital to become a registered yoga instructor. This addition to her studies helps broaden her knowledge of body care by having a holistic understanding to human conditions through the perspectives of the body, mind, and life.
(Ms. Crys) always loved dance, but she never began taking dance classes until she was 12 years old. Fortunately, her background in gymnastics made for easy transition .
Crystavia has been teaching and choreographing children from ages 5-15 in contemporary, ballet, hip-hop, and even praise dance since she was 17 years old. After graduating high school, Crystavia attended Indian River State College where she received her AA in dance, and is currently continuing her studies in Ballet, Modern, Dance History, etc. at the University of South Florida. During her time at USF, she has had the privilege of working with artists from and outside of USF such as Andee Scott, Bliss Kohlmyer, Charles Anderson, Charlotte Johnson, Claudia Lavista, and John Parks.
Crystavia has also been involved in many local events and performances as a performer and choreographer.
After obtaining a Bachelors of Fine Arts in the Fall of 2020, Crystavia plans to dance professionally and to create a non-profit organization that encompasses all forms of the arts, as well as creating a safe space for children from troubled homes.
Jennifer Marie trained in classical ballet, modern, tap and jazz in New York City and is a graduate of the famed Fiorello LaGuardia HS of Performing Arts and Music and Art. She toured with the Greatest Show on Earth, Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, performed in Atlantic City, Las Vegas and Off Broadway in Tony and Tina's Wedding. Most recently Jennifer worked in Entertainment Management for large productions shows and concerts. Some of her credits include Production Stage Manager for Cirque du Soleil and Operations Manager of the iconic music venue The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas. She has enjoyed teaching at studios and conventions through-out the US and Canada.
Ryan studied piano performance at Belhaven University in Jackson MS, and went on to record two albums, both produced and recorded by himself. As a piano teacher, his goal is to bring the excitement of mastering new songs, while also providing a solid foundation through learning musical notation, chord progressions, and scales, which are imperative for tackling more difficult pieces. He also hopes to provide his students with the tools for exercising their own creativity, and discovering the joy of improvisation, allowing them to create their own musical masterpieces.
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3101 22nd Ave N Saint Petersburg FL United States 33713