Shannon Levitt, Lake Geneva Studio Director/Founder BAA Dance
Shannon Levitt began her formal dance training in Omaha, Nebraska, followed by studying with studios in the Chicagoland area. During college, Shannon studied dance with the University of Illinois Dance Department, and Joel Hall Dance Center in Chicago. Shannon was a member of the nationally ranked University of Illinois-Urbana Dance Team and the University of Illinois-Chicago Dance Team. Shannon was the former dance team coach and choreographer for Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake, IL. In addition, she has choreographed and served as a technical coach for state championship level dance teams while traveling to work with high school dance teams competing at the national level. Shannon has choreographed several high school musical theater productions and most recently choreographed pieces for the Esencia Dance Festival in Chicago and the Hope Through Dance Festival in Woodstock. Shannon has a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching as well as a Masters of Arts in Teaching. Shannon has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Methods in Fine Arts at Aurora University. Most recently, Shannon has served as guest faculty for Dance Masters of Wisconsin conventions, and served on the faculty of the 2012 National Association of Dance and Applied Artists Convention and continued her dance training in Los Angeles, CA during the summer of 2015. During 2017-2018, Shannon was one of fifteen teachers selected in the State of Illinois to serve as an advocate for the Arts and Humanities as an Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. She worked at the state and national level to passionately advance arts education. In addition to teaching high school English and raising her two children with her husband, Sean, Shannon has taught all levels of dance for the past 25 years.
Kristen Varrassi, Genoa City Studio Director
Kristen Varrassi started dancing when she was 2 years old. She has studied ballet, jazz, tap, clogging, lyrical/contemporary, hip-hop, and poms in Schaumburg, IL. During high school she joined the H.D. Jacobs High School Dance Team. After graduating, she coached the Jacobs dance team for 8 years. Her team won 6 AAA state hip-hop titles and 2 AAA state open pom titles. During college, Kristen was a co-captain of the Judson University Pom Squad. In addition to all of her dance experience, Kristen has her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Kristen has a passion for dance and making a difference in the lives of children! In addition to teaching dance classes, Kristen served as the Early Childhood Director for Broadway Academy of Art and Dance beginning in 2012. In 2015, she was named the Studio Director of the Richmond, IL. Kristen lives in Twin Lakes with her husband, Adam, and their sons, AJ and Lukas.
Tianna Pabst, Fox Lake Studio Director
Tianna Pabst has been studying dance for 20 years. She began her studies at Performing Arts of Spring Grove. There she participated in many professionally staged ballets includingThe Nutcracker, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty and The Little Mermaid. During high school, she trained under Mrs. Shannon and was a graduate of Broadway Academy of Art and Dance. She furthered her studies in Chicago at Visercal and with Piel Morena Dance Company. She is currently a company member and choreographer for the professional dance company based in Lake Geneva, Sparrow Dance Company. Ms. Tianna was a finalist in the Miss Dance Masters of Wisconsin Dance Pageant. Ms. Tianna teaches all levels of ballet, contemporary, and jazz at BAA Dance and proudly coaches the BAA Dance Team. Ms. Tianna loves sharing her passion and enthusiasm for dance and is excited to continue her dance journey as the newly named director of Broadway Academy of Art and Dance - Fox Lake.
Evan has been teaching since 2005 and started dancing in 1998. Evan is an Accredited Member of Dance Masters of Wisconsin , Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, and most recently the prestigious Gus Gioriodano Jazz School in Chicago by examination to teach. He continues his dance education by attending professional dance conventions, workshops, and classes throughout the year. Evan has also taught several Hip Hop masters classes. As one of our competition team instructors, Evan has choreographed and taught award winning routines. Evan’s most recent work includes performing and choreographing for Sparrow Dance Company based in Lake Geneva, WI. Evan is also a choreographer for Chapel on the Hill productions. Mr. Evan teaches all levels of hip-hop and tap at BAA Dance. Mr. Evan's senior hip-hop competition team proudly received several top ten placements this past season. Mr. Evan enjoys working with all types of dancers and sharing his love for dance!
Helaina Callahan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. While studying at UWM, she was privileged to work with some of the most influential and well-rounded artists of today. She learned a great deal, first hand, of how the arts can change communities for the better. Helaina works with all ages as a dance instructor and choreographer at Broadway Academy of Art and Dance. She is grateful to be working with such an amazing and talented team of artists through Sparrow Dance, a local dance company who focuses on working with talented dancers in the surrounding area. Helaina is honored to introduce inspiring and innovative choreography and is enthusiastic for the future dance has in our community. Ms. Lainie teaches advanced and pre-company level dancers at BAA Dance.
Amy Nolan's dance career began in 2001 and her love for dance kept growing. After joining her dance team, she decided at age 16 to begin her formal dance training in; hip hop, jazz, ballet, modern and lyrical. After high school, she was able to attend master classes where she studied under artists such as Mia Michaels, Dave Scott, Cris Judd, and Wade Robson. Amy furthered her dance career by teaching dance at her local studio along with committing her time to coaching the Burlington High School dance team. She started assistant teaching at LakeviewRehabilitation Center in the education department, primarily working with autistic students and has also enjoyed teaching dance to special needs students. This is Amy’s twelfth year teaching dance specializing in jazz, hip hop and poms. Competitive dance has always been the foundation for Amy’s dance career. She has coached and choreographed countless competition teams for 8 years winning numerous awards including overall high score, most energetic, and outstanding choreography. For 9 years Amy has been a choreographer and dancer with Sparrow Dance, a local professional dance company. Sparrow Dance drives her to continually create new works and constantly strive for perfection as an artist. Ms. Amy is very eager for what the future holds at BAA Dance and excited to teach all levels of jazz and our competition jazz team!
Paige Hammond is very excited to continue her dance teaching career at Broadway. She is a recent graduate of Crystal Lake Central High School, and attends McHenry County College to pursue her occupational therapy degree and also her degree in dance education. Ms. Paige trained with Summers Academy of Dance for 16 years, when she started at the age of 2, and has worked with them for 5 years as well. Paige has had the privilege to work with her community with many different events and charities throughout the years, and is looking forward to continue giving back to the community here at BAA Dance. In her 8 years apart of the BBT company at Summers, she has danced under the teachings of Abby Ellison, Victor Ramirez, Maray Gutierrez, Guillermo Leyva, Giordano Dance Company, The Rockettes, and many more. Ms. Paige enjoys to bringing fun and her love of dance to students of all ages, and is very excited to join the Lake Geneva and Genoa City team this year!