With a reputation of excellence since 1980, and three metro Atlanta locations, Chambers Performing Arts has attracted the best instructors in the Atlanta area since its inception. All staff members have enjoyed professional careers with ballet companies, on Broadway, as Radio City Rockettes, on the Grammy awards- both nationally and abroad. Additional instructors have been personally trained by Chambers Performing Arts for a minimum of ten years before teaching. We are certain that you will find an instructor that is the perfect fit to stimulate and develop your training and love of the performing arts.
Founder, Director, and Instructor
Susan Chambers has been at the forefront of dance instruction in Metro Atlanta, Georgia since 1980. Her students are on Broadway, Radio City Rockettes, performing with dance companies, and on scholarship at some of the nation’s most prestigious conservatories & universities.
After training in Miami Beach during her childhood years, Ms. Chambers continued her training in New York, Chicago, Atlanta and San Francisco. She has studied tap and jazz with such notables as Henry LeTang of New York City and Broadway; Tony Coppola, Hollywood; Tommy Sutton, Chicago and Atlanta; and Daryl Retter, Hollywood. Ms. Chambers has taken master classes with Brenda Buffalino, Barbara Duffy, Mike Minery, Lisa Hopkins in NYC and has studied with Robert Reed and Acai Grey at Southeastern Tap Festival. She continues her training in the summer at Steps and Broadway Dance Center. She has also studied in Chicago with Lane Alexander, among others, at the annual JUBA Festival. While Ms. Chambers is trained to teach ballet as well as tap and jazz, her passion is musical theatre and tap. She also is avid about introducing the world of acting to students of all levels and enjoys writing the libretto to the annual concerts year after year.
Whether it be rhythm tap or Broadway, she has developed her own technique for tap and tap choreography. Many of her pieces have won competitions at regional and national levels. She has taught workshops across the southeast and abroad, and has taught tap in Munich, Germany, while her daughter, Jennifer Paige Chambers, was touring in "42nd Street".
Her students have gleaned scholarships to The North Carolina School of the Arts, Kirov Ballet Academy DC, The Joffrey Ballet, Perry Mansfield Musical Theatre, Broadway Dance Center, Edge LA, Millenium LA, Steps NYC, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, amongst others. Along with musical theatre and dance scholarships at major universities, such as the Point Park University, University of Alabama, Florida State University, and others. Several students have gone on to work on Broadway, with national Broadway tours, regional theater, and she has trained three Radio City Rockettes.
In addition to teaching jazz, tap, musical theatre, acting, and children's classes, and has developed her own program specifically designed for 3 and 4 year olds. She is Artistic Director of the Susan Chambers Dance Company, a non-profit pre-professional student performing arts organization dedicated to presenting the universal language of dance through concerts and community activities. She adapted the fairy tale "Thumbelina" into a production that was attended for seven seasons by thousands of greater Atlanta school children . In 2003, Ms. Chambers' adaptation of the all-new family production, "The Trial of Mother Goose" won rave reviews from students and teachers alike.
Pre-Professional, Student, and Teen Adult Divisions
Ms. Shevchenko graduated from the Kiev Academy of Ballet, Ukraine with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and was awarded the Laureate in National Competition of Art, Kiev in 1984 and 1986. She was a principal dancer for the Moldova Academy Theatre of Opera & Ballet, Ukraine and danced in 1983 with the Bolshoi Theater in Russia. Her repertoire of classics includes Odetta, Giselle, Juliet, Swanilda, Snow White, Octavia, Aurora, Sylphide, among many others. She has taught extensively from 1982 until the present throughout Russia and came to the the United States in 1996. She also teaches with the Atlanta Ballet.
Ahrielle originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canad,a began her training with classical ballet. From Canada moving to perform and train with a ballet company in Atlanta GA where she was contracted for 14 seasons. After seven years of performing on tour, began to venture within the entertainment and music industry of dance. Changing dance styles but keeping ballet an important priority in her training.
Training at some of the world’s most respected programs including New York's Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Atlanta Ballet, and Millennium of Los Angeles. Performing with top charting music artists on stage and in music videos, receiving principle dance roles in movies, dancing in commercials, on TV as well as many other industrial work. Adding to her portfolio, she is a teacher and choreographer. Teaching for competition dance studios winning top placement in the nation for her choreography in groups and solos. Traveling all around the US to teach master classes and hold workshops. Choreographing for dance studios, high school dance teams, dance companies, and competition schools. You can also catch her work in the up incoming SAG movie “Truth Seekers:The Music of the Souls” directed by Gaylord Parsons. Ahrielle is actively busy on film sets, dancing for television, and other published works while continuing to teach, choreograph and perform. Loving and living dance.
Credits include, recent remake of Footloose, Big Momma House 3, The Mo’Nique Show, Georgia Music Fall of Fame, All Access Music Awards, The Georgia Lottery, Intercontinental, Up Front Entertainment, JACS, Coca Cola, Adidas, Georgia Lottery, BET, Universal Studios, MTV, dancing and artist development for Young Money Cash Money, just to name a few.
Pre-Professional, Student, and Teen Adult Divisions
Mallory Baxley is a member of the Zoetic Dance Ensemble in Atlanta, Ga. She recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.F.A. in Dance. While at UGA, Mallory trained in aerial and modern dance under the direction of Bala Sarasvati with the CORE Concert Dance Company from 2008-2012. In 2009, Mallory traveled to Liverpool with CORE to train with Wired Aerial Theatre in bungee assisted dance. In high school, Mallory was selected to attend the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program in dance. She has attended the Point Park Summer Dance Intensive in Pittsburgh, as well as the American Dance Festival Winter Intensive in New York. Mallory’s choreography was selected and shown at the American College Dance Festival Association in 2010 and 2011. Her choreography and film work have been shown at high schools in the metro-Atlanta area. Mallory’s films have been shown at several events for Zoetic Dance Ensemble such as Dirty Pretty in 2008, Zoetic’s Choreographer’s Exchange in 2010, and in the company’s Haiti benefit show. In 2011, Mallory’s films Gleam and Oh, the Unspeakable Things were shown in UGA’s 2011 Spring Concert. Her films were also selected to be shown at the Athens 2011 AUX Art Festival.
Tre is a native Atlanta resident, was born to W. Oliver and Denise McClendon. Being the son of the owners of McClendon School of Dance, Tre has been surrounded by dance his entire life. Taking his first class at the age of 2, dancing was instilled as an important foundation in his life. He starting teaching his first classes at he age of 16 at McClendon School of Dance and since then has taught at workshops, arts centers, and dance schools all over the metro-Atlanta area. Tre is a recent graduate of Morehouse College, majoring in Computer Science. While in school, he continued to pursue his tap career. Tre helped create and now performs in a tap show that teaches children the origins of tap dancing in America. This show called Beat and Rhythm: The Evolution of Tap has gone into more than one hundred elementary, middle, and high schools all over the state of Georgia. His ultimate goal is to become one of the premier tap names in America.
Maggie was born and raised in West Germany. She started dancing at age eleven with the “Stadtgarde Kassel”, which is a dance company performing and competing in march dance and show dance. She danced competitively for over ten years and studied ballet for four years. Her dance team was very successful and won the title of German champion several times. She also participated in numerous performances in Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Maggie came to the United States in 1987 and because of her love of teaching children, she studied to receive a kid’s fitness certification and has been teaching kid’s fitness as well as dance classes at various locations for seven years. Her additional teaching experience comes from eighteen years of teaching group fitness and personal training. She has been featured on local TV as well as provided several lectures and seminars on fitness. Her goal is to instill the love of dance and movement in children by making the classes interesting and fun.
Mr. Gomez brings a wealth of experience to Chambers Performing Arts: from a vocal coach of the National Tour of Les Miserables, to a Professor of Voice at one of the top college-level conservatory programs in the country, North Carolina School of the Arts.
He has musical directed over 65 musicals and 20 operas thus far in his career. He is currently the Director of Musical Theatre at Brenau University and the Gainesville Theatre Alliance.
Co-Director and Instructor
Paige Chambers Rutsche is proud to have recently returned from her Broadway career and graduation from the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania where she studied Economics and Political Science at the Wharton School of Business to Chambers Performing Arts, where she is grateful to have trained. While studying full time at UPenn/Wharton, she was an Adjunct Professor of Musical Theatre at Temple University and a Visting Professor of Musical Theatre at Drexel University.
She began her professional career at the age of 17 when she appeared in the Tony-award winning Broadway show, "Crazy For You, "choreographed by the magnificent Susan Stroman and directed by the late Mike Ockrent. She left high school and graduated by correspondence in Berlin, Germany, when the show went abroad. She then returned to the States and continued on the First National Tour. When the show closed, Paige was offered a featured ensemble role in "42nd Street," set by the great Jon Engstrom, and went on the National Tour followed by the European Tour of the show. Following one of the greatest tap shows of all time, she then got the chance of a lifetime to appear in the "A Chorus Line." She was by far the youngest member of the cast, and was able to work alongside the great director Mitzi Hamilton (whom the role of Val was modeled after), Laurie Gamache (original Cassie on Broadway), Paula Leggett Chase (another original), and others. Paige then went on to the longest running show on Broadway (at the time), "Cats." She joined the 4th and final National Tour of one of the greatest musicals of all time, playing the siamese cat, Cassandra.
She then appeared as a legendary Radio City Rockette for three seasons in New York City on the great Radio City Music Hall stage. During her tenure with the Rockettes, she performed at the White House, appeared in several "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parades," appeared in the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center, on the Today Show, and in several print ads, such as Rosie magazine. Paige then appeared in Barry Manilow's "Copacabana" on the First National Tour. After Copa, she had the once in a lifetime chance to appear with the legendary Patti LuPone at Lincoln Center in the revival of "Anything Goes" as Purity.
Working with one of film's greatest directors, Mel Brooks, was her greatest honor in her Broadway career, appearing in the biggest show Broadway has ever seen in "The Producers." She also appeared in the Los Angeles show with Jason Alexander (George on "Seinfeld") and the hysterical Martin Short. Her most favorite moment came when she had the chance to co-star as the Swedish secretary alongside Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in the most Tony-award winning show in Broadway history.
Paige is also a tap trainer for the Broadway show and National tours of the second most Tony-award winning show in Broadway history, "Billy Elliot", where one of her ten year old students is currently co-starring as Michael in the show.
Ellie trained at the School of American Ballet, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and the Orlando School of Ballet. She is a graduated of Point Park University, B.F.A. program. She has been a Guest Artist with the SF Conservatory, Point Park Contemporary Company, and the Gainesville Ballet Company.
Pre-Professional, Student, and Teen Adult Divisions
John recently received his Master’s Degree from one of the best dance programs in the United States: the University of Arizona, where he attended on a full scholarship and teaching assistantship.
A graduate of the University of Georgia, Mr. Streit double majored in Criminal Justice and Dance, although, he does not intend to teach criminals to dance! During his tenure at Georgia, he performed principal roles with the UGA Ballet Ensemble including Franz in Coppelia and Hilarion and Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle. He also danced for four years with the UGA Ballroom Performance Group. Upon graduation, Mr. Streit joined The Georgia Ballet, dancing featured and Principal roles in The Nutcracker, Mary Poppins, I Never Saw Another Butterfly and Going Bach. He has danced several other roles in guest performances around Atlanta including Bluebird and Puss n' Boots in Sleeping Beauty, Snow King and Spanish Lead in The Nutcracker and a guest appearance with the Atlanta Ballet in Romeo and Juliet.
Besides performing and teaching Mr. Streit has a passion for choreography--his most notable piece was featured at The University of Georgia entitled 846--Dying to Live, which addressed the attitudes, response, and personal sentiments regarding the September 11th tragedy. He has also choreographed regularly for Brookwood High School's Dance Department and local studios around Atlanta.
Office Manager and Alpharetta Receptionist
Lori comes to Chambers Performing Arts from Jacksonville, Florida. She recently relocated with her family to Cumming, GA. She has been in various positions of Office Management since college with jobs in Nursing Home Management and elementary schools. Most recently, she worked for a private school in Jacksonville. Upon her relocation to Atlanta, a move she was happy to make, she is Owner of Klutter Cutters, a home and office organizational company. Working part-time with Chambers Performing Arts gives Lori the opportunity to put her office management skills back to work.
Melissa Lastinger: Hamilton Mill Receptionist
Melissa comes to Chambers Performing Arts from Georgia. She has been a stay home Mom, been on numerous committees at various schools and is currently on the Womens Advisory Board at Gwinnett Medical. Melissa and her husband enjoy spending time with family and friends, their 3 dogs and traveling. Living in a household with 3 male dogs, 2 sons and 1 husband, Chambers Performing Arts gives Melissa a much needed chance to re-connect with all the female Chambers children and Moms, and of course boys and Dads too!. You might even see her chair dancing to all the great music.
Claire Mann: Suwanee Receptionist
Bio to Come
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