Our Staff

  • John and Allyson klak

    studio owners

    John and Allyson opened the Off-Broadway Performing Arts Studio in the fall of 2010 and are the proud parents of two very active students at the studio. Allyson grew up in Livonia, MI. She earned her undergraduate degree from DePauw University (IN), her teaching certificate from Wayne State University, and a Master’s degree in Humanities from Central Michigan University. Allyson taught English at Shepherd High School for several years before switching to Shepherd Middle School where she currently teaches English and History. John, who grew up in Holly, MI, attended Central Michigan University. He majored in both Speech with a theater concentration and English and graduated with a B.S. in Education. He later earned an M.A. in educational administration and community leadership at CMU. He has taught English and Theater and has directed the extra-curricular plays and musicals at Mt. Pleasant High School for the past sixteen years. In addition to overseeing the maintenance and running of the studio with Allyson, John teaches acting courses at Off-Broadway.

  • allison Dennis

    office Manager/dance instructor

    Allison is in her senior year at Central Michigan University. She is studying Child Development and Family Studies.    Allison has been dancing since she could walk but started taking classes at the age of 10. She has studied ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, clogging, lyrical and modern. The style she finds most enjoyable is ballet but lyrical is a close second! Allison is very excited to be a teacher at Off-Broadway and can't wait to share her enthusiasm for dance with all her students.When Allison is not at the dance studio she enjoys spending time with her husband Logan and their two puppies, Odin and Stella. 

  • Amy Duffy

    Dance Instructor

    Amy Duffy s pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater Performance from Central Michigan University, where she is also a member of the University Theater Dance Company. She has been dancing for years and is trained in Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Musical Theater and Tap. In addition to teaching dance, she has worked as the choreographer for multiple companies and shows, as well as for Shepherd Public School's arts department. Amy is so excited for the opportunity to teach at Off-Broadway! 



  • Andrea Purrenhage

    Dance instructor

    Andrea Purrenhage is a classically trained Vaganova Ballet Dancer currently teaching at Central Michigan University and Off Broadway Performing Arts Studio. Purrenhage trained at the Metropolitan Ballet Center and Professional Ballet School studying ballet, point, partnering, modern, jazz and tap. She continued her training with several dance companies including The Dayton Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, New York Theater Dance of Hoffstra University, and Eglevsky Ballet. Purrenhage joined the Alma College Dance Company in 1999 and enjoyed performing a wide repertoire including The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Tarentella, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Ecstatic Colors, and Hermit Songs, to name a few. She also performed with her husband (who is also a dancer!) at the United Way's "Dancing With the Stars" event in 2013.


    When not dancing Andrea enjoys spending time with her husband Gabe, and her son Mason and daughter Giselle, who are proud Ganiard Gators! Mt. Pleasant has become one of her favorite cities and she loves doing things to support our wonderful community.

  • Coreena Yates

    Dance Instructor

    Coreena is a 2006 graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School. She attended Alma College and was a member of the Alma College Dance Company. She is currently a Special Education Paraprofessional for Mt. Pleasant Public Schools. She and her daughter. Isabella, are proud to be Pullen Panthers. 


    Trained in Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet, she started her training at nine years old with Rochelle Bertsch School of Ballet. Over the last 16 years, Coreena has taught many levels of ballet including pointe and technique. Coreena enjoys teaching all ages of dancers and has performed a variety of Classical Ballets such as Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote, Swan Lake and various other pieces from the classical ballet repertoire. 


    Coreena is an active Associate (ACCA) member of the Cecchettie Council of America. Currently, she has passed Teachers Examinations for Grades I, II, III, IV, and V, which is considered a Professional Level by the CCA. As a Qualified member of the CCA, Coreena hopes to extend her extensive knowledge of classical ballet to those around her. She is currently still training with Rosina DeVries-DFCCA, to obtain the next professional level of accreditation: Intermediate, LCCA. 


    Coreena is very exited to be a part of Off Broadway and looks forward to a wonderful dance season! 

  • elizabeth klak

    dance instructor, Desk Assistant

    Elizabeth Klak is a junior at Central Michigan University and is currently studying Early Childhood Development and Learning with a B.S. in Education along with a minor in dance. She is a 2014 graduate from Mount Pleasant High School. While in high school she was dance captain of the MPHS Dance Team and dance captain of MPHS musicals. Elizabeth has been taking dance classes since she was three years old. She has been trained in jazz, ballet, pointe, hip-hop, lyrical, modern, tap, and poms. To match her upbeat attitude and style of dance, jazz is her favorite. She loves to share her passion for dance with others and is a firm believer that we are all dancers and with hard work, can achieve our goals. Elizabeth can't wait to work and have fun with all of the students at Off-Broadway Performing Arts Studio! 

  • Joelle DeNisi

    Dance Instructor

    Joelle received training and danced competitively in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, modern and hip hop beginning at age 3 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She then attended and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with B. S. in Nutrition and Dietetics and a minor in dance. Throughout college, Joelle also danced with the University of Pittsburgh Dance Ensemble and taught dance at a local studio. Through her experiences, she has worked with many professional choreographers in the Pittsburgh area and gained year of teaching and choreography experience. After graduation, Joelle moved to North Carolina and continued dancing and teaching in the area while completing graduate coursework through East Carolina University. She is excited to move to Michigan and share her love of dance with the dancers at Off-Broadway! As a recent graduate, she also plans to pursue a career as a dietitian and loves spending time outdoors and traveling in her spare time. 

  • Judi swartz

    zumba instructor

    Judi Swartz holds B.S. and M.A. degrees in education. She was a dance instructor for tap and ballroom at Vision Studio of Performing Arts in Mt. Pleasant for 13 years, at the Off Broadway Studio for 4 years, and at the Academy of Performing Arts in Alma for 12 years. She has been the choreographer for 9 shows with Gratiot County Players. She enjoys attending dance workshops and classes to learn new combinations and technique. 


    Judi has been an aerobics instructor at McLaren Fitness

    since 2002. She is a certified Personal Trainer through AFAA, (Aerobics

    and Fitness Association of America). She also holds certifications in

    Primary Group Exercise and Kickboxing from AFAA She also holds certifications in Turbo Kick and PiYo from Beachbody.

    She has been certified to teach Classic, Cardio Circuit and Yoga Stretch for the

    Silver Sneakers Program. She is also a certified Zumba, Zumba Gold, Zumba Kids, Aqua Zumba, Pro Skills, Zumba Sentao, Zumba step and Zumba Toning instructor.

    She is also a temporary faculty member at CMU teaching Zumba Fitness. She is also teaching fitness classes for the Commission on Aging.

     

    She retired in 2007 from Mount Pleasant Public Schools after 34 years in education. She is currently a graduate student in Health Fitness and ASL, (American

    Sign Language), at CMU. She is also a national presenter for Zoo-phonics Inc., doing trainings for teachers of pre-school and early elementary students. As you can see, she is a ‘life long learner‘ as well!


  • Lexi vansickle

    Dance Instructor

    I am a third year student at Central Michigan University, pursuing a carer in recreational therapy. I currently dance on the Infusion Dance Team through the University, a student ran group. I have been dancing for over fifteen years, and I did most of my training at Fenton Dance Academy. I danced competitively for ten years and my favorite style is tap. I love to spread my passion for dance by creating a positive and fun atmosphere in the classroom. 

  • Noelle Gaffka

    Dance Instructor/ Fitness Instructor/ Assistant Manager

    Having grown up in Mt. Pleasant, Noelle is ecstatic that she is able to give back to her community by sharing her love of dance and fitness with those she meets at Off-Broadway. Noelle has over 23 years of training in all styles of dance and 4 years as a group fitness instructor. Along with studio training, Noelle has been a participant on athletic dance teams and in competitive dance. Noelle has taught dance and movement at various supper camps, retreats, and conferences throughout the U.S. 


    It was at Off-Broadway that Noelle was inspired to become a Zumba Instructor. After experiencing a sever back injury, Noelle lost mobility, flexibility, and strength. During each Zumba class, an Off-Broadway Zumba Instructor worked with Noelle to regain what was lost. This experience created a passion and dedication in Noelle to make it possible for every person to be able to experience dance and fitness regardless of physical limitations, disabilities, or injuries, Noelle has trained to teach modification that fit any person with back, knee, hip, and shoulder concerns, She can even teach dance and fitness to those who must remain in a chair. 


    During breaks between classes, Noelle can be found chasing her mischievous cat. Kurt was rescued as a kitten outside of Off-Broadway by the studio owners and family. He is an honorary park of the Off-Broadway family and evn loves to dance....most days.