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 alumni students of 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 is 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 senior at Central Michigan University and is currently studying Early Childhood Development and Learning along with minors in family studies and 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 jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, modern, acro, poms and hip hop beginning at age 3 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She then attended the University of Pittsburgh and graduated in 2015 with a 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 at a local dance studio. She worked with many professional choreographers in the Pittsburgh area and gained years of teaching and choreography experience. After graduation, Joelle moved to North Carolina and continued dancing and teaching there while taking graduate courses through East Carolina University. Currently, she is a registered dietitian in Alma, MI and is excited to continue teaching at Off-Broadway! She loves spending time outdoors with her puppy, going to the beach, and traveling in her spare time!


  • Judi swartz

    zumba instructor

    Judi Swartz holds BS and MA 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, Boom, 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, Strong by Zumba and Zumba Toning instructor. 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.  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 6 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 summer 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 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. 

  • Hanna Angst

    Dance Instructor

    Hanna Angst is a sophomore at Central Michigan University studying to get her B.S. in Elementary Education with a major in math and a minor in reading. She is also a member of Infusion Dance Team, a student-ran organization, at CMU. She started dancing at three years old and has trained competitively in jazz, ballet, lyrical, tap, contemporary, acro, musical theater, and hip hop at Spirit Expressions Studio of Dance in Laingsburg, Michigan. Prior to teaching at Off-Broadway, Hanna taught tap, ballet, acro, jazz, and a beginning dance class in Laingsburg. She loves teaching at Off-Broadway because she gets to share her love of dance with her students while she helps them to reach their goals as dancers. Hanna loves to create a warm, hardworking atmosphere in her classroom where her students feel at home while working to be their best. 


  • Lenae Baldwin

    Dance Instructor

    Lenae Baldwin is currently a senior at Mt. Pleasant High School. Lenae has been dancing since she was five years old and has been a student at Off-Broadway from the beginning. She is trained in jazz, tap and ballet, however, her favorite is tap. Lenae has performed at the Wheatland Arts Festival in a local clogging group, has performed in several Mt. Pleasant High School musicals, and was a part of the MPHS Dance Team. When not at Off-Broadway, Lenae enjoys helping with summer camp, camping, and enjoys being on the Varsity Golf Team. Lenae looks forward to working with and sharing her love of tap with the younger generation.