OBDC FACULTY & STAFF

One Broadway boasts a staff of highly trained ADULT dance professionals.  We are proud to introduce them to you!

Laurie Rippon

Owner & Creative Director

 

Laurie is proud to own a business with deep roots and and a 28 year plus tradition in the Hershey community. This is her 13th season at the helm of One Broadway.  Laurie has a long connection to the studio, dance and the arts in general. Growing up in Hershey, Laurie danced under One Broadway’s founder Nancy Watson.  With years of private voice lessons, Laurie performed in her high school musicals and plays with lead parts, and while attending PSU was a member of the Penn State Chorus in Altoona, PA.  Laurie has owned several businesses;  including a hair salon where she was the creative director and an interior design firm decorating many area homes and businesses.  After becoming a Mother, Laurie became the Volunteer Coordinator of the Hershey Youth Cheerleading Assocoation for 6 years, also serving as head coach and choreographer. She has judged area cheerleading & dance team competitions.  As Executive Director & Creative Director of One Broadway, Laurie enjoys producing, directing and designing our fabulous show “Tappin”.  She is the creative force behind the scenes of One Broadway. She thanks her wonderful faculty of professional instructors and staff members for making One Broadway the continued success that it is!

 

 

Stacy O'Connor

Studio Manager

 

Bio Coming Soon

Meet One Broadway's Professional Team of Instructors!

Listed Alphabetically

AMY BECKER

Ballet, Hip Hop,  and OBDC Star Co. Dance Team Instructor

Amy’s passion and love for dance began when she put on her first tap shoes at the age of 3. As a One Broadway Alum, Amy trained under Nancy and Wendy Watson. As a student of One Broadway she was also a dance assistant and student teacher. She traveled to New York City to take classes at Broadway Dance Centre and Steps on Broadway. While in NYC she trained under some very well-known dancers/choreographers including Frank Hatchett, Kat Wildish, Tracie Stanfiled, and Shelia Barker. Amy recently graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education with minors in dance and exceptionalities. While at school she got to study many new dance styles which included modern, Afro-Columbian jazz, salsa, cha-cha, and improvisation to name a few. At Slippery Rock, she was in charge of SRU’s hip hop dance team, JamRock. She choreographed and staged the dances for many on and off campus events. Amy also works at Milton Hershey School over the summer months. She not only works with the students there, but also teaches dance to students ranging from Kindergarten to High School. Amy is thrilled to be back a One Broadway, and to share her knowledge and love of dance with others!

MEGHAN BRICKER 

Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical Contemporary Instructor

Entering her 8th year as a One Broadway instructor, Meghan is still thrilled to have returned to her roots to teach and instill a love of dance in our students. Meghan is a proud OB alum who trained for 13 years under Nancy & Wendy Watson and Bethe Nardis. Meghan has a B.A. in Musical Theatre and Dance from James Madison University and went on to enjoy a professional musical theatre career performing across the country in regional theaters such as Ogunquit Playhouse, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Galveston Island Musicals, Granbury Opera House, Cohoes Music Hall, Prather Entertainment Group and enjoyed a theme park summer at Paramount’s Kings Dominion. Meghan’s roles have ranged from ensemble to leads and she has been cast in shows alongside greats such as Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays, Tony Award nominee and original Good Morning America anchor Nancy Dussault, and film and Broadway star Conrad John Shuck to name a few. Previously in and out of New York, Meghan frequently furthered her dance education at Broadway Dance Center and tributes her vocal ability to coaches Roger Lentz and Brenda Witmer. Meghan now resides in Hummelstown with her husband and two children and considers it an honor to have your children in her classes where she hopes not only to educate in dance, but to influence them in many positive ways.

JANE BROCKMAN

 Musical Theatre Master Instructor

 

Jane has just finished three and a half years traveling all around the country on the National Tour of WICKED where she played the Midwife and Madame Morrible and will be playing the same part on Broadway this winter. She is thrilled to be back home in Central Pennsylvania where she and Tim are brand new residents! For six years Jane performed on Broadway in A CHRISTMAS CAROL starring: Jim Dale, F. Murry Abraham, Tim Curry, Frank Langella, Tony Roberts and Roger Daltry. Jane was seen as Lady Anne in CAMELOT with the NY Philharmonic broadcast “Live From Lincoln Center” starring Gabriel Byrne, Christopher Lloyd and Marin Mazzie. She performed the role of  Inga-Lena in ABBA’s latest Musical, KRISTINA at Carnegie Hall and The Royal Albert Hall, London and was the Mother Superior in SHOWBOAT at Carnegie Hall. Other NY performances include Off Broadway: THE KID, The York Theatre’s  ZORBA and Encores! KISMET. Jane also sings throughout the year with the NYC Ballet. Prior to that,  Jane was privileged to be a part of the National Tours of THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA where she understudied and performed the role of Margaret and THE SOUND OF MUSIC playing Sister Berthe. 

Film and TV credits include THE AMERICANS, THE PRODUCER’S movie directed by Susan Stroman,  LAW & ORDER SVU, All My Children and various commercials. Regionally Jane played the role of Mille with her husband Tim Shew in GRETNA THEATER’s production of 7 BRIDES FOR  7 BROTHERS. Other regional credits include both Nettie Fowler and Mrs Mullin in CAROUSEL, Marme in LITTLE WOMEN, Chelsea in ON GOLDEN POND, Glinda in THE WIZARD OF OZ,  Marion in THE MUSIC MAN, Maria in LEND ME A TENOR, Rose in GOD’S FAVORITE, Anna in THE KING AND I, Mrs. Upson in MAME, Lizzie in 110 IN THE SHADE, and The Baroness in THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Other performances include EVITA at The Papermill Playhouse and STARCROSSED at the Goodspeed Opera House.  
Jane has a B.M. degree in Voice from Penn State and a M.A. degree in Opera/Music Theatre from Southern Illinois University. She teaches Voice in New York and travels all over the country leading workshops in audition technique and working as an actor in New York

BRITTANY JADE FETHEROLF

Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, Pointe & OBDC Star Co. Dance Team Instructor

 

Brittany is well versed in many types of dance and musical theatre, yet finds her niche in ballet and modern. She started dancing at age three at a small studio in Hamburg, Pa. As Brittany progressed, she enhanced her dance training by attending intensives at the Rock School of PA Ballet, the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, and by attending classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Additionally, she was selected as one of 10 ballet dancers in the state to attend Pennsylvania’s Governor School of the Arts. Brittany holds a dual degree in Dance and Psychology from Goucher College. She has been fortunate to work with many professional guest artists including, Tanya Wideman, Thaddeus Davis, Heidi Henderson, and Roger C. Jeffrey. After college, Brittany worked professionally in several therapeutic programs geared toward children and adolescents. She has performed in Baltimore, as well as participated in many professional dance performances with Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange and Sara Carlson’s DANCELINK. She continues to perform with DanceEthos Performance Company of Allentown, Pa and currently has the pleasure of being a stay-at-home mother to her sons Everett and Archer. Brittany is excited to be welcomed to the dance faculty of One Broadway Dance Centre, and hopes to instill a passion and appreciation for the beautiful art of dance in her students. 

KATIE FLACK

Ballet, Jazz & OBDC Star Co. Dance Team Instructor

Dancing since age two, Katie has had no greater joy in life than performing and sharing that passion for dance with others through teaching! At age six Katie was chosen by her teachers to be the youngest member of her studio's dance team. Being a member of this elite competition team opened her eyes to new dancers while traveling up and down the East Coast for regional and national dance competitions. Over the next ten years she would attend more than 50 competitions in over 10 states! Along with competing, Katie has performed at Walt Disney World and at the Olympic torch ceremony in 1996. After completing 15 years of dance education at Wendy's Dance Studio, in Fairless Hills, PA she knew she could not walk away from competing and performing! Katie's academic pursuits led her to Drexel University in Philadelphia, where she studied Biology and Education. While at Drexel she was chosen to be on the Drexel University Dance Team. Katie spent five years with the team while obtaining her Bachelor's and Masters in education. Being named captain the last three years, Katie pushed her teammates and coaches to enter the collegiate competition realm. Through both the Universal Dance Association and the National Dance Association Katie claimed personal awards and team awards. Only six months prior to graduation, Katie led her team to the 2011 UCA & UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship.  With the support of her teammates and coaches Katie had achieved her dream of competing one last time! After graduation, Katie started her first teaching position in Columbia, MD at Atholton High School teaching her love of science.  After one year she was offered to coach the dance team which Katie to expanded into a Junior Varsity and Varsity Squad. Both teams qualified for the MAPDA State Championship, where her Varsity team placed 3rd, as well individual awards for two of her students. Katie is very excited to be teaching at One Broadway after recently moving to the Hershey Area.  Starting this new chapter in her life, she knows that she can share the same joy of dance, while training her students with the level of expertise she experienced in her dance career.

ELYSE GANTZ

Acro Dance Instructor

Having studied different forms of movement from a young age, Elyse is excited to be developing the acro dance program at One Broadway.  Elyse trained and coached at the Gymnastics Center of Hershey.  She spent ten years as a competitive gymnast, entering state and regional competitions and winning many titles.  She then became the captain of the team at Hershey High School where she became one of five elite gymnasts to score over 1000 points in her career.  She continued to coach at multiple levels and has choreographed routines for a number of gymnasts.  Elyse also has ten years of training in jazz, hip hop and ballet.  With the passion surrounding the One Broadway dancers and staff, she anticipates having another phenomenal year evolving the acro program. 

MEGAN GARRETT

Tap & Broadway Tap Instructor
 

A One Broadway Alumni, Megan,  was one of the first three assistants to Nancy and Wendy Watson and Beth Nardis when the studio was founded.   Megan has had the privilege to study tap under the “Greats” – Phil Black, Gregory Hines and Savion Glover.  Favorite Credits include:  Frank Hatchett’s “Invitation Only” Showcase in New York City -  two consecutive years, Hersheyparks’s Speakeasy Too: The  Tappin’ Twenties, two seasons of Bob McGrath’s Sesame Street Live, Christmas Candylane’s Dance Spectacular at Chocolate World and various TV, print and billboard advertisements.    Megan has also worked with high school Dance Teams and Cheerleading Squads on choreography for National competitions, as well as, choreography for Miss Teen Pennsylvania pageant contestants.  Although Megan has studied and performed all forms of dance from Ballroom to Belly Dancing, she considers Tap “the happiest form of dance” and looks forward to sharing her contagious love of Tap in her 14th year teaching at One Broadway.  

STEPHANIE GRAYBILL

Ballet, Pointe & Modern Instructor

Stephanie (Giosa) Graybill began her dance training at the age of 4 at a local dance studio in Philadelphia; it was then that she knew she wanted to dance forever.  Stephanie was accepted into Philadelphia’s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts where she was a featured dancer in the High School’s touring dance company. While still in high school, Stephanie was accepted into the esteemed training program with the Philadelphia Dance Company, Philadanco, and trained there for several years.  Here she was introduced to Modern Dance and was privileged to study under the direction of Jimmy Truitte, Milton Meyers, and Denise Jefferson. Stephanie went on to receive a BFA in Dance Education from The University of the Arts where she concentrated on ballet and modern dance techniques. Her time at the University of the Arts allowed her to continue studying under Milton Meyers and Denise Jefferson as well as Patricia (Pat) Thomas, Ronen Koresh, Andrew Pap, and Barbara Sandonato. Stephanie performed in countless productions and choreographed numerous dance pieces while living in Philadelphia.

 Stephanie’s professional experience includes teaching dance in Philadelphia’s Public school system on a substitute basis for three years, touring as a dancer in a production by Mark Charles, and performing as a featured dancer in five original productions at the American Music Theater.  Stephanie began teaching here at One Broadway in 2011. She understands the importance of teaching proper dance technique to young dancers. Her passion for dance and years of professional training and performing experience has provided her with the tools necessary to develop strong, well rounded dancers.

KRISTEN MICHAELSON

Tap, Jazz & Theatre Jazz Instructor

One Broadway Alumni Kristen Michaelson developed a passion for dance education and creative expression through choreography, while under the instruction of Nancy and Wendy Watson.  She is a graduate of Hershey High School, the Harrisburg Arts Magnet School Dance Program and holds a Bachelor of Science from Temple University.  Throughout her professional career, she has choreographed musicals for Local Theaters, most recently Seussical and Hello Dolly.  She has studied with top instructors at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway.  Her dance training propelled her into a career as a Professional Fitness Instructor in South Florida, which was highlighted in South Florida Magazine, appearances on the Dan Marino Television Show and as a featured team member with Bonaventure Resort and Spa.  She has managed health clubs in Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta and West Chester PA.  Since 2003, she has lived in Hershey, with her husband Roy and their two children Julia and Ryan.  She is proud to bring her 20 plus years of professional teaching experience and dance training back to One Broadway, where it all started, and join their legacy of inspiring legions of young dancers. 

MEGAN O'CONNOR

Assistant, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Street Jazz  and OBDC Star Co. Dance Team Instructor

 

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PAIGE RIPPON

Ballet, Jazz & Hip Hop Instructor 

Dancing since the age of 3, Paige found her life long passion for dance at One Broadway. A proud 2011 Alumni trained in all venues of dance, she is now entering her 4th year as an  instructor and could not be more thrilled to be sharing her love of dance with her students!  As a student of One Broadway, Paige was invited to New York City to study at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway (2004-2011). Training under various teachers including Frank Hatchett, Tracie Stansfield, Sheila Barker, Jared Grimes and David Marquez, and Ephrat Asherie. Paige attended Slippery Rock University with a minor in dance. There she became a member of Illusions Competitive Dance Team and a member/choreographer of Jam-Rock Hip-Hop Dance Team. Paige traveled to various competitions as well as performing at the halftime show for the Cleveland Cavilers.  Other performances include dance captain and student choreographer for the Hershey High School Musical (2010 & 2011) the AFF Fashion Show (2010), The Holiday Showcase at the Harrisburg Forum (2004), and New Years Eve in Hershey (2008-2010). Paige is  a graduate from Shippensburg University where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science. She hopes to use this undergraduate degree to become a pediatric occupational therapist. Paige cannot wait for the upcoming dance season to start and to see her students again!

CAROL SLATZER

Musical Theatre & Vocal Performance Instructor

Carol Saltzer is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College, where she studied voice & piano, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Social Science and minoring in Music.  Carol  has over 20 years of experience teaching private piano & voice lessons, and currently teaches in her Palmyra home. She has written, directed, and performed in original musical revues, she directed Beauty and the Beast at Palmyra High School, and she plays piano and is the costumer for Annville High School musicals. She has been the director, musical director, stage manager, producer, and actress in over 50 productions at many area community theatres. Some of her on stage roles include: Maria in "The Sound of Music", Dolly in "Hello Dolly", Ado Annie in "Oklahoma", and most recently appeared as Grace Farrell in "Annie" at Lebanon Community Theatre, where she is a member of the Board of Directors

TIM SHEW

Musical Theatre Master Instructor

Tim just finished appearing in a legendary Broadway event called THE VISIT starring CHITA RIVERA and ROGER REES. This was Tim’s 11th Broadway show. Prior to that, Tim comes directly from an out of town development production of THE VISIT @ WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL. Tim was the third Jean Valjean in the original Tony Award winning Bway production of Les Miserables and went on to perform that role more than 2200 times, twice on Bway and 1 year in the 10th anniversary producion in Australia.  Tim’s Other Broadway credits include: EVITA with Ricky Martin, BYE- BYE BIRDIE with John Stamos, Officer John Lonigan in WONDERFUL TOWN with both Donna Murphy and Brooke Shields. THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL as St. Cyr, The Alan Menken/Tim Rice Production of Disney’s KING DAVID, 1144 performances as Rusty Charlie in the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of GUYS AND DOLLS starring Nathan Lane, SUNSET BOULEVARD w/ Betty Buckley, and the pre- Broadway Andrew Lloyd Webber- Hal Prince musical, WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND.  Tim made his film debut as Officer O’Rourke in the movie musical, THE PRODUCERS.   Tim can be heard on Disney’s 3-D animated feature TANGLED and the CHICAGO and SHAGGY DOG  Movie soundtracks and has been seen in 3 New York City Center’s ENCORE productions: TENDERLOIN, FACE THE MUSIC and JUNO. Tim has performed with symphonies and orchestras worldwide including the Baltimore Symphony and the National Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch at the Kennedy Center’s 35th Anniversary  Celebration. Tim has numerous television and radio commercials  to his credit including LAW & ORDER SVU, CUPID, RYAN’S HOPE and had a recurring  role as BRUNO on GUIDING LIGHT. For 15 years, Tim has produced “Broadway Sings on Park Avenue;”a concert  to benefit children  affected and infected with HIV and AIDS and works extensively to educate and assist at-risk kids.  

Audiences may be familiar with his work in American touring companies of SHOWBOAT, EVITA and SOUTH PACIFIC and in the multi award-winning LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA. For many years, Tim performed the role of the “Big Fat Man with a Bag” (Santa Clause) at  New York City’s Radio City Music Hall’s “CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR”! He was thrilled to be a part of the new and revamped version of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID as Chef Louis. He has also appeared regionally as Daddy Warbucks in ANNIE, a pre-Broadway run of the new Kathy Lee Gifford musical SAVING AIMEE, and a performance at the world famous Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. in Frank Wildhorn’s  CIVIL WAR. Tim had the privilege of soloing in Leonard Bernstein’s MASS w/the Baltimore Symphony/Marin Alsop conducting at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center.  That recording was nominated for a Grammy. 
Tim and his wife, Jane are new residents of Hershey and continue their work in New York City and around the country.Tim's extensive work as a vocal director/teacher/clinician and adjudicator for theatre, choral and showchoir festivals has taken him around the world.

 

APRIL VERNER

Tap, Street Tap & OBDC Star Co. Dance Team Instructor

After joining One Broadway at the age of 8, April quickly realized dance was her passion in life.  She studied tap, jazz, ballet and pointe and became an instructor during her later years of high school.  One Broadway gave her the foundation that she needed to succeed and become a professional tap dancer in New York City.  April moved to NYC in 2001 where she joined Broadway Dance Center’s internship program.  She focused on mastering her tap skills under Michael Minery, Savion Glover, Gil Stroming, Omar Edwards, Jason Samuels and Jimmy Tate.  She also assisted and instructed at numerous tap conventions, including Michael Minery’s ‘Slide’ and Gil Stroming’s ‘Break the Floor’.  After her internship, she became a principal dancer with Michael Minery’s tap company, ‘Tapaholics’.    During her time with Tapaholics, she performed primarily at the Duke Theater on 42nd street in Times Square.  She also traveled with the company and danced at many off-broadway theaters along the east coast.   April is thrilled to be back at One Broadway as an instructor teaching the Street Tap program and choreographing for the OBDC Star Company Competition team! She hopes to be able to pass on the love that she has for tap to the next generation of dancers.

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