Miss Cathy: Owner / Director / Instructor
Cathy is a certified elementary school teacher with over 20 years experience teaching Dance and Theater. Her energy, patience, and creatively structured classes keep students coming back year after year! She began her early dance training in Massachusetts studying Ballet, Tap, and Jazz at The Milford School of Dance. As a member of the Sr. Company she performed in local and national competitions including “Dance Makers”, “Talent America”, and “Show Stoppers”.
Miss Cathy went on to earn a B.S. in Education, a B.A. in Psychology, as well as her Elementary Teaching Certificate at Westfield State University. While working towards her degrees, she was an active member in the Musical Theater Guild as the choreographer and performed in many productions including: Cabaret, Grease, and The Sound of Music. After graduation, Miss Cathy began teaching at Backstage Dance Studio in Ashland MA, and became the Assistant Director in 2000. She also continued to study dance at the prestigious Jeanette Neilís Dance Studio in Boston as well as The Dancerís Workshop in Bellingham, Ma. In 2001, she was privileged as the choreographer for the Brimmer and May Performing Arts Summer Program for gifted and talented children in Chestnut Hill, MA.
Miss Cathy moved to Athens in May 2002 when she founded the first “Broadway Arts” Dance and Theater Company at the YWCO in Athens. In 2005, she fulfilled her lifelong dream of owning her own studio when she opened “Broadway Arts Center” in downtown Jefferson. Since then, she has been very involved in the community: working with the Athens Health Department promoting dance for fitness in Clarke County Public School, taught Creative Dance at the First Methodist Pre-school in Commerce, choreographed for the Jackson County High School Show Choir and most recently choreographing for the Jefferson Community Theater’s summer musicals: “The Wizard of Oz”, “Willy Wonka”, “Annie” and “Mary Poppins” and "Alice in Wonderland". Miss Cathy is grateful for the opportunity to bring her passion and love of performing arts to Jefferson, and strives to instill positive self-esteem, creativity and a lifelong appreciation of the Arts in all her students!!
Miss Kelly: Instructor (Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Hip-Hop – Company )
Miss Kelly was born and has lived in Georgia her entire life. She is happily married and a mom of 2 beautiful children; Carly & Casey. Miss Kelly graduated in 2000 from UGA with a degree in Health Promotion and Education. She taught elementary and middle school health before having her first child, and is currently the dance director at East Jackson Comprehensive High School.Her early dance training began at Simply Dancing in Lilburn, where she competed as a soloist and won several gold medals in regional dance competitions including: Tremaine, Dance Olympus, and DEA. Miss Kelly had the privilege to perform in the 1996 Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics as well as various community events such as Atlanta Braves in connection with Disney, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, nursing homes, elementary schools, Jerry Lewis telethons, and UGA. She also had the privilege to attend the “The Rockette Experience” workshop and has taken master classes in New York City at Broadway Dance Center. With over 18 years experience in dance instruction, the past 6 at B.A.C., Miss Kelly knows how to effectively develop strong dancers while still making classes fun for all ages and abilities.
Miss Paige: Instructor (Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Pre-Ballet)
Miss Paige’s hobbies include singing, acting, and especially dancing, and has been dancing for over a decade. Paige has performed in many musicals with Cornerstone Productions, Jefferson Community Theater, and Broadway Arts Center, including Horton in From Page to stage, Mary in Mary Poppins, Blue Fairy in Got no Strings and Princess Aurora in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty! Paige would love to double major in Special Education, and of course, dance! But her dream is to perform for Disney Cruise Line! She is very excited and thankful to be able to have this opportunity to teach all of your precious kids! She would like to thank her family, directors, and teachers, both past and present for their support and guidance!
Miss Emily: Instructor (Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pre-Ballet)
Emily started dancing at age 3 studying tap, jazz and ballet for 12 years in Commerce under Kim Sellers. She went on to recieve her B.F.A In Dance Performance at Brenau University where she was a member of the Brenau Dance Ensemble. In 2009, Emily joined the Gainesville Ballet Company and trained under Diane Callahan for 2 years. From 2013-2016, Emily was the Director of Dance at Claudia’s Dance Academy in Flowery Branch, GA where she taught dance to kids of all ages. In 2015, Emily and her partner won Best Performance at Jackson County Arts Council’s Dancing With the Stars-Jackson County Style. Emily currently works as a Special Education Paraprofessional at C.W. Davis Middle School and attending University of West Florida to obtain her teaching certificate in Special Education. Emily has a talent and heart for working with dancers of all ages and abilities, and is also looking forward to developing a special needs program at BAC in the near future!!
Ms Jennifer: Acting Coach
Jennifer lives in Jefferson with her husband, John, and their four children. She has been involved in theater and acting all her life, but in 4th grade she realized her passion for the stage while rehearsing as a cook in her school’s play “Rock Soup.” In high school she was in such shows as Fools, Diviners, and Harvey and assisted backstage in countless others. While in college at Fort Hays State University she performed in Lil Abner, where she met her husband, The Plough and the Stars, and Sylvia, again just to name a few. She and her husband moved to Georgia in 2000 to continue their education at The University of Georgia. In 2011 she performed “The Party Bomb” at Town and Gown in Athens. Most recently, she directed Annie, co-directed Harvey , Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka and performed in Brighton Beach, Biloxi Blues & Alice in Wonderland for the Jefferson Community Theater. She and her husband are active in their church where he sings in the choir and she teaches religious education classes. Confidence, teamwork, fast thinking, and public speaking are just some of the skills that she believes can be gained through theater and acting.
Miss Wendy: Vocal Instructor
Wendy was born in Hollywood; Hollywood, Florida that is. She, however, never knew the difference and has been involved in performance and singing from a very young age. While in Florida she trained at Nova University and the University of Miami School of Music. She moved to Georgia with her family in 1994 where she finished high school, taking roles in many musicals and singing in several competitions. She earned her degree in marketing from Georgia State University, but never left music too far behind. During this time, she sang in her church’s choir and entered the recording studio. She also started a side career as a singer for hire singing at several weddings and funerals. She was the Music Director at her current church as well as the director for the children’s choir. Recently, she has gotten back into the theater being the Assistant Music Director for Jefferson Community Theater’s performance of Willy Wonka, Annie and Mary Poppins. She is looking forward to the upcoming seasons with JCT and taking on more responsibility. Wendy is married and homeschools her 5 wonderful children. She lives with her family in the Jefferson area and enjoys singing (of course), decorating cakes, travelling, and spending time with her family. She enjoys teaching the art of singing and passing along what she has learned over the past 20 years of experience as well as sharing her passion for music.