SLIGHTLY OFF BROADWAY is Thunder Bay's original"triple-threat" performing arts studio where you can study singing, dancing and acting. We offer a variety of programs for all ages and all abilities.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT is to encourage and nurture the creativity in everyone - all ages - all abilities. It's never about winning and losing...it's always about doing what you love and loving what you do!
Connie: has been teaching dancing since she was 15 years old when her dance teacher approached her with a job offer. She studied in Saskatchewan and has over 30 years experience. Her philosophy is to dance because you LOVE to dance. And that's what Connie did as a child, dancing as often as she could, including competing (and taking home mostly "first place" awards). "Singin' in the Rain" is one of her favorite movies and although TAP dance was always her first love, Connie is really enjoying teaching HIP HOP.
Connie's specialties are unique choreography and costume designs and besides making the majority of the studio costumes, she also finds time to make competition and festival costumes for other dancers in the city as well as Hallowe'en costumes, flower girl dresses, special order items and activewear for racing bikers.
In addition to teaching dancing, Connie is also a vocal coach and co-teaches musical theatre and Pop Ensemble with Jacqueline. Her vocal students have performed at different venues throughout the city as well as competing successfully in song&dance numbers.
Connie enjoys the creative side of things, often co-writing lyrics for original songs with Jacqueline. Her creative claim to fame is making great set pieces out of cardboard and other scraps of this and that. Her full-size grandfather clock was, by far, the students' favorite so far. They loved escaping through it in the haunted house musical.
Both Connie and Jacqueline also direct a liturgical dance troupe at St. Paul's Anglican Church.
Jacqueline: has been teaching in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada since 1983. She holds an honors degree in music (piano & voice) HBFA and has taken numerous workshops and classes in dance & drama. She is also a writer and composer.
Many of Jacqueline's former students now have their own successful careers in the music business. Some operate their own studios in Hamilton, Ottawa, and London Ontario. Others have performed in operas (Vancouver) and musical theatre touring companies. Currently, one of Jacqueline's former students is working in the performing arts field in London England.
Jacqueline's studio consists of students from ages 7 to senior citizens and students may study classical (including graded exams), music theory, musical theatre/broadway, pop, country, jazz, and composition. Every student is nurtured in a positive environment and training focuses on healthy singing, solid technique and stage presence.
From her early teens, Jacqueline was an active performer, appearing in musicals including The King & I, Most Happy Fella, and The Music Man. She also sang with the Lakehead Choral Group under the direction of Jim Whicher. Jacqueline has also directed two revue shows, hundreds of kids/teens' musicals and plays as well as pop ensembles and a gospel ensemble.
Jacqueline teaches voice and musical theatre as well as co-teaching the ladies' dance programs and Pop ensembles with Connie. Jacqueline is a member in good standing of the Canadian chapter of the Society of Children's Bookwriters and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the ICWP (International centre for women playwrights)
As a writer, Jacqueline has enjoyed being published in a variety of areas.
Jacqueline's first suspense novel was published by Red Rose Publishing and is available at many online sites, including Amazon.com.
Jacqueline has had articles published Absolutewrite.com as well as in Filbert Publishing's ezine. Her essay, "To Teach is to Learn" was published by Chalkdust and her writing also appears in the book, "Dear Mom: I always wanted you to know", available at Chapters. Her most recent publishing achievement is an upcoming article in the Writer's Digest book, "Screenwriters and Playwright's Market", coming out at the end of this year.
Watch for Jacqueline's kids' poems, "The Second Day of School", published in WeeOnes kids' magazine (Sept. 2004), "The Secret", published in My Friend Magazine (May 2005) , "Giggles" published in Dragonfly Spirit's April 2006 issue and her upcoming poems, "What's a Marsupial?" and "The Language of Tap", both coming out in Hopscotch for Girls magazine in 2009.
Jacqueline writes all of the original scripts used in both the musical theatre and drama presentations at Slightly off Broadway and is actively pursuing publication of two of her children's picture books and her adult thriller novel.
NEW...NEW...NEW... Due to the success of Jacqueline's creative writing camp for kids, watch for more workshops.
Connie and Jacqueline: also create and perform original song & dance telegrams for special occasions. They will arrive at your special event and perform an original musical number about the guest of honour. The lyrics to your song are presented to you in a giant gift card as a keepsake.
We can do: birthdays/retirement/graduation/wedding/ showers/bonvoyage/good luck/tributes/anniversaries and much more. Prices begin at $75.00.
Available to perform: Summer Concert Series, Fairs, Weddings (Church and or reception) Christmas Parties.