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MISS SUSAN

Miss Susan has been instructing and choreographing dance in many genres, including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Broadway/Musical Theater & Lyrical for more than 30 years. She has studied in several cities across the USA and has taken master classes, conventions, and workshops, from many dance experts in their field such as Al Gilbert, Mia Michaels, Frank Hatchett, Gus Giordano, and Joe Tremaine. Miss Susan has choreographed musicals in Richmond Hill and in the West Michigan region, as well as award winning dances for competition teams in MI and GA. Her favorite things to do besides dancing are watching the NBA and HGTV, traveling, reading (Miss Susan was the former Community Relations Manager for Barnes & Noble in Holland, MI, before moving to Savannah), and caring for animals (neighborhood cat lady!). Opening OFF BROADWAY has been a dream come true.  Her dance studio and her dance family is her passion!

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MIKAYLA TILLMAN

Mikayla Tillman is currently a student at Armstrong State University, studying Rehabilitation Science for Physical Therapy. She has been trained in ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, tap, character, musical theatre, and jazz. She has attended dance workshops with DMI and attended special dance classes taught by dancers featured on So You Think You Can Dance including Kathryn McCormick from Step Up Revolution. Mikayla has competed in dance competitions such as DMI, Celebrity, Revolution, Encore, Inspire, Adrenaline, Fusion, DTI, Access Broadway, Headliners, Showstoppers, IDC, Platinum and Nexstar. She has been in several productions of the Nutcracker and Dracula with the Columbia City Ballet and has danced in special performances throughout the Savannah area. Mikayla has been a part of the Off Broadway family for several years and can’t wait to be a part of many more!

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NIKKI VATISTAS

Nikki Vatistas has been dancing for 19 years and a member of the Off Broadway family for 9 years. Her emphasis is on ballet and pointe, in which she was predominantly trained by Karen Burns. She has attended summer intensives at The National Ballet of Canada, Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education, and Orlando Ballet, as well as those in the Richmond Hill and Savannah area. Miss Nikki has competed in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 Youth American Grand Prix Semi-Finals, in addition to DTI, Access Broadway, Encore, Platinum, Nexstar, HDF, and numerous Scottish games. She taught and served traditional Greek dance at St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church, and serves as the youth dance director for the Savannah Hellenic Dance Festival competition team. In 2018, she graduated from GSU's Armstrong campus with her Bachelor of Science in Biology, Cell & Molecular and Pre-Medical tracks, and is employed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Division of Forensic Science as a DNA Analyst. Miss Nikki believes that through dance, any artist has the potential to do remarkable things.

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JANE YAKLIN

Jane grew up in Savannah and began taking dance classes at the age of 2.  She continued to dance regularly until the age of 26.  She studied tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, baton, hula, and tumbling.  Her favorite genres of dance are tap and ballet.  After her first child was born, Jane began teaching with focus primarily on tap, ballet, jazz, and tumbling.  She was a majorette in middle school and high school and performed at many dance competitions and community events.  Jane is married to Kenny Yaklin and has two sons- Hunter and Logan.  She has one daughter, Lacey, with whom she has been blessed to share the world of dance.  When she is not dancing, Jane is an Occupational Therapist in private practice at Coastal Pediatric Therapies and the Matthew Reardon Center for Autism. She is most excited to be a part of the wonderful team at Off Broadway!

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ASHLEY MORRIS

Ashley Morris is a 2015 graduate from Kansas State University where she received a bachelor of science degree in interior design.  Ashley is originally from Kansas City, KS but recently, she moved to Ft Stewart with her husband and 1 year old son. She is a local Georgia licensed REALTOR here with Coldwell Banker Southern Coast, willing to help anyone with their real estate needs. She is so excited to finally be in a place with warm and sunny weather!


 While in college, Ashley was a member of the KSU Dance Team three years. She had the opportunity, each year, to go to NDA collegiate camp and in 2012 be on the nationals team and perform among her best friends in Daytona, FL. After college Ashley went on to cheer in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs for four years. Throughout her time on the team she was selected to represent her team twice in attending ProAction Dance, served her 4th year as her groups Co-Captain, and was nominated for Pro Bowl in the 2018 season. 


When she moved to Savannah she knew she wanted to find a studio to teach at with a great dance family! Dancing has been such a major part of her life and she hopes to help other dancers lives change because of dance as well. She will be teaching jazz and hip hop classes. Ashley is excited to get to work with everyone and keep them growing as dancers and as young people.