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.
Nicole Assaad started dancing ballet at age 8 at the Patel Conservatory. After a year, she moved to All American Classical Ballet School in Tampa, Florida where she received training from Julio Montano and Gisell Durand.
She won many awards and scholarships from competitions such as the Youth America Grand Prix, American Dance Competition, as a gold medalist and a recipient of the Fernando Bujones Award, and World Ballet Competition, receiving the bronze medal in the final round.
At age 15, she moved to New York City to study with the Gelsey Kirkland Academy under a full scholarship.
At age 16, she joined the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Studio Company, performing various roles, such as “Marie” and “Sugarplum” in The Nutcracker, “Columbina” in Harlequinade, the Flames of Paris Pas de Deux, “Kitri” in Don Quixote, Diamond and Charity fairy in the Sleeping Beauty, along with many other roles.
At age 18, she joined the Hong Kong Ballet’s corps de ballet under the direction of Madeleine Onne, where she performed in many productions such as Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, Pinnochio, Carmen, Lady of the Camelias, and many other original productions that toured in Canada, the US, Macau, and Mainland China.
Now she is teaching in the Tampa Bay Area and has been dancing with the Tampa City Ballet for the 2020-2021 season.
Jovana holds a Master of Music in Voice Performance from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA) as well as a Bachelor of Music from Stetson University (DeLand, FL). A St. Pete native, she is an alumnus of the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School where she received the Eikon Award for voice. Classically trained, Jovana has extensive experience performing in both the classical and operatic settings as well as musical theater. Most recently Jovana was seen as Miss Trunchbull in a local Pittsburgh area production of Matilda, performing with local choirs, as a soloist, including the soprano soloist for Mozart’s Mass No. 15 in C Major, and traveling around the US performing at various festivals. She has recently relocated home to Florida after actively teaching and performing in Pittsburgh, PA since 2015.
As an educator, Jovana has and continues honing her skills teaching voice and piano lessons. Her teaching approach is building a strong base with good technique with a strong performance emphasis while tailoring to the needs of the individual. The main goal is to help each student find his or her voice. Jovana has been involved in the theater program at various levels including director (The Wizard of Oz) and assistant director (Peter Pan among various other musical productions with Batavia Studios (Mars, PA). Jovana loves sharing her passion for singing, music, and theater with her students and has successfully seen students through leading roles and acceptances into summer programs and educational arts programs.
Alexandra, also known as Alex grew up in Salem, New Hampshire were she fell in love with dance at the age of two. She danced at Nancy Chippendales Dance Studio where she studied: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hop, & more. At a young age she auditioned for her studios competition team and she was able to travel all around New England each year to compete for 10 years. While training at her studio she was also able to be a part of many occasions including; Dancing with Dance Moms Miami & The Rockettes. She has recently moved to Tampa, FL for a change in her life and decided to pursue a career in dance. She has been teaching students from ages 8-18 in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Hip Hop for a year at Miss Sheila's. While teaching at this studio Alexandra was able to be a part of their production of Alice in Wonderland. Alexandra’s passion for dance has grown strongly in the past year, and has always been a part of her life. She hopes to express her passion and love with her students.
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.