Shannon Levitt, Founder BAA Dance
Lake Geneva North Studio Director
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. In addition, she has choreographed and served as a technical coach for local, state, and National championship level dance teams while traveling to work with dancers all over the nation through conventions and dance concerts. In addition to producing and directing over twenty dance productions, Shannon has choreographed works for several concerts including Chicago Unite, Hope Through Dance, Esencia Dance Festival, and most recently, the Lake Geneva Music and Dance Showcase. 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 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 being the founder and owner of Broadway Academy of Art and Dance, teaching high school English and raising her two children, Olivia and Logan with her husband, Sean, Shannon has taught all levels of dance for the past 25 years and loves inspiring the next generation of all of the dancers she has the opportunity to train.
Kristen Varrassi, Genoa City South 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 and owner of the BAA Dance South location. Kristen lives in Twin Lakes with her husband, Adam, and their children, AJ , Lukas, and Emersyn.
Lainie Callahan, Instructor
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.
Tianna Chiluk, Instructor
Tianna Chiluk 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 with her students!
Brittany Cheves, Instructor
Brittany has been dancing since 1991. Early on she focused on classical ballet, tap and jazz.
As a freshman in high school she made the Varsity Jacobs High School Pom Squad where she danced and choreographed at home football and basketball games. She also competed state wide helping the team bring home 4 state hip hop titles and placed top three all 4 years in pom dance.
She earned her Bachelor of Speech Communication degree from Southern Illinois University where she also was on the Saluki Dance team dancing at football and basketball games and competed nationally at the UDA championships each year. After college she continued to dance professionally. Coaching and participating on the Chicago Slaughter Dance Team, dancing and choreographing for the Milwaukee Hitman Dance Team and also was featured in halftime routines for the Windy City Bulls Dance Team. She also has taught for Broadway Academy of Dance in the past. Her passion for dancing is apparent in her motivating energy and creative choreography. We are excited to have her back as an addition to our dance faculty.
Caitlyn Grubich, Instructor
Caitlyn Grubich is a 2019 graduate of the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, where she earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance & Choreography with minors in Nutritional Studies and Somatic Practices. While dancing at UW-Milwaukee, Caitlyn was featured in performances choreographed by fellow students, guest artists, and faculty. Her most notable performances include works choreographed by Andrea Burkholder titled Residence Time, Daniel Burkholder titled A[part], and Maria Gillespie titled Wild Gods. She was also a member of the collegiate dance team at UW-Milwaukee for the 2016-2017 season, placing 6th at UDA Nationals for both Jazz and Hip Hop. Caitlyn is currently teaching a variety of dance classes for Broadway Academy of Art & Dance in Lake Geneva, coaching tumbling classes at Milwaukee Reign in New Berlin, teaching aerial/dance classes at Warped Dance Studios in Sheboygan, as well as working on the final stages of becoming a certified Pilates Instructor. Caitlyn is also a proud graduate of Broadway Academy of Art and Dance. One of Caitlyn’s fondest memories was competing at the Dance Worlds, performing for 3 years with her competitive Hip Hop team.
Paige Pearson, Instructor
Paige has been dancing for 19 years. She trained with Summers Academy of Dance, where she performed in many performances such as the Nutcracker, Cinderella, Swan lake, and more. She is primarily trained in classical ballet, lyrical/contemporary, tap and jazz and has now entered her 9th year teaching. She has recently graduated from McHenry County College with an Associates of Art and Medical Assistant degrees, as well as Dr. Sears Wellness Institute with a license in health coaching. Ms. Paige is also currently a company member to Sparrow Dance Company. In her 8 years a part 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, Hubbard Street Dance, and many more. Ms. Paige enjoys bringing fun and her love of dance to students of all ages, and is very excited to keep sharing her passion with others!
Jeannette King, Instructor
Jeannette started dancing at the age of 3, through the years she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, & Swing. She taught dance in her hometown for 10 years, was a member of several dance teams, and was invited to a Hip Hop Intensive at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles California in her early 20s.
After attending a year at Columbia College in Chicago as a dance major, Jeannette decided to change her focus and pursue a career in music instead of dance. She has been singing professionally for over 10 years now, performing all over the Chicagoland area and surrounding states with multiple bands, and is also a Nashville recording artist. She released her first single in November, "Downgrade" which has been played on the radio in Chicago & Milwaukee a few times and is available on all streaming platforms. Jeannette has been teaching voice at The Lake Geneva House of Music for almost 4 years now, and is very excited to teach dance again after a hiatus. She is looking forward to joining the Broadway Academy Of Art & Dance South as a staff member this fall.
Amy Nolan, Instructor
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!
Evan Knutson, Instructor
Mr. Evan is currently taking an one year leave of absence, but will return soon for the fun on Broadway!