MEET THE TEAM
About India Scandrick
India Scandrick, Manager, and Creative director of Broadway Performing Arts has made a name for herself in the world of performing arts. The actress, singer, director and choreographer, is a star of stage, television and film. She’s known to be a very talented individual. Scandrick said she got her start as a participant in Georgia’s National American Miss Pageant. She won in her division with a rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” that impressed her mother so that she quickly sent her daughter out on auditions in California. This move at age 10 landed her many acting roles and experiences, her first one being with Dream Works. Three years later Scandrick celebrated her 13th birthday on Broadway, where she performed in Disney’s “The Lion King” as Young Nala. The experience was a hallmark in career that spans 13 years. Her resume is thick with experiences, including television acting roles in: Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne,” “Disney 365”, Lifetimes “The Fantasia Barrino Story”, WGN series “UNDERGROUND” and FOX hit series “Sleepy Hollow”, and “Making History”. She also has appeared in films such as “The Greening of Whitney Brown”, Netflix “Spork”, and other theater musicals like “A Christmas Carol” at the Alliance Theater and “Annie”. Most recently, the triple threat uses her God given talents and her Bachelors Degree in Theater Arts, from Clark Atlanta University, to train and direct over 200 students weekly. During the day Scandrick works at Eagles Landing Christian Academy as the Middle School Drama teacher and the Fine Arts department choreographer. She had her Directorial Debut there in 2014, and since then she’s directed shows such as: Steel Magnolia, Mulan, The Lion King, and Cinderella. Every day after hanging her middle school drama teacher hat up she Spends time at her studio, BPAC, teaching dance classes, voice lessons, acting classes and coaching 3 competition dance teams. India’s goal and calling is to create an aspiring creative environment for students to learn and grow to become positive role models and amazing performers with a high self-esteem.
Dometrice Clemmons/ Ms D
Co-Manager of Broadway Performing Arts Studio. Dometrice Clemmons is also the Founder of She STEAMS, an innovative, engaging and fun after school and summer learning program for girls ages 7 to 14 that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts,Math and Service. She has a 27+ year successful track record of positively enhancing the lives of thousands of young women and children throughout the state of Georgia. Her background is flanked by countless successes in the areas of community service, outreach ministry, mentoring and educational programs that enhance the mental, physical and emotional well-being of young women and children.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia and graduate of Spelman College, Dometrice served on the board of The Points of Life Foundation (at the White House) for the purpose of developing tactics that would engage students across America in community service. Her other areas of expertise include tutoring and addressing the issues of hunger and homelessness on a nationwide basis. After securing funding for a “Safe and Drug Free” grant, Dometrice’s leadership catapulted 15 at-risk high school dropouts to be accepted into college or higher learning.
As an accomplished businesswoman, Dometrice has developed over 14 childcare facilities in the state of Georgia. Additionally, Dometrice is a philanthropist who funds over 80% of her parenting programs from earned revenues generated from mentoring, consulting and turnaround services for other businesswomen as they pursue small business endeavors.
When Dometrice is not busy giving of her time, tithes and talents to make her community better, she enjoys spending time with her wonderful and supportive husband, Gino Lassiter. She is also a great mother to two amazing daughters, India (an actress) and Angel (future college student) Scandrick. She also enjoys golfing, reading and traveling.
MEET THE STAFF
Meredith Olivia is a recent graduate of the University of Alabama where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography. While there, she performed with the University’s student company, Alabama Repertory Dance and Theatre, where she performed in various cities throughout Alabama. Along with performing, she has taught ballet, modern, jazz, and tap at several studios in both Georgia and Alabama where her choreography has been awarded and recognized in various competitions. She has also had immensely rewarding opportunities to intern and work with companies such as: Now Next Dance (DC), Trisha Brown Dance Company (NY) and The Georgia Ballet. She is currently a company dancer with the Atlanta Festival Ballet. After eighteen years of dance, Meredith is honored to continue her passion with her students at Broadway Performing Arts!
Sarahjeen François is an actress in the Atlanta metropolitan area. She recently graduated from Clayton State University obtaining a B.A. in Performing Arts with a concentration in Theatre and a minor in Dance and is currently an Acting apprentice at Horizon Theatre Company in Little 5 Points. Her plans for the future include furthering her education by pursuing an M.F.A. in Theatre. Just a short while ago, Sarahjeen performed with Peach State Opera as a featured dancer for their 2015-2016 touring production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Other Notable theatrical and dance performances by Sarahjeen include No, No, Nanette the musical, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Batboy The Musical, Rogers and Hart’s The Boys From Syracuse as well as Clayton State University Dance Ensemble’s productions of Recrudescence and Equilibria in which she performed and acted as a choreographer in an original student piece.
***Note to My Mighty Tappers, you are all lovely dancers with an immense amount of natural talent! You ladies inspire me everyday and I am so very proud of you! KEEP UP THE AMAZING WORK!
***Note to my Broadway Mom Dancers, YOU GUYS ROCK! You’ve worked so hard and impressed me every step of the way! Thanks for putting your faith in me and making this journey one of the most fun adventures I’ve ever had the joy of experiencing. I truly am honored to have awakened the dancers in you!
Jardyn Griffin is 22 years young and a recent graduate from Clark Atlanta finishing as a theatre major, she earned her Bachelors of Arts. Performing since the age of 6, acting and dancing has always been Jardyn’s first love. Choreographing became a talent Jardyn discovered when she was 16 having to create choreo from Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern, to Contemporary for a dancing elective in high school. Since being enrolled and after graduation she’s performed on stages across Atlanta and has been in numerous music videos as a backup dancer. During her matriculation at CAU, she joined one of the school’s dance organizations which helped mold and build her dancing creativity. A piece of Jardyn’s creativity will be enjoyed tonight!
“I’m so proud of the girls! Each and every one of them has grown and I know they’ll be great!”
Erica began her dance career at the tender age of 6 . During her 12 years as a pupil she has trained extensively under the instruction of many seasoned dancers including Toni Doctor,Broadway performer and principal dancer for the Atlanta Ballet; All Star tap choreographer Angie Sammons and international master tapper Jay Fagan , just to name a few…
During Erica’s decade at her home studio she has had the privilege to lead the Elite division as a soloist and during her freshman year of high school she began instructing and choreographing for the younger Elite division . Throughout high school she participated in the advanced dance program after her first audition. After leaving her home studio to further her dance career, education and experience she joined the BPA family teaching tap to hundreds of girls and working closely ,also shadowing one of the most talented and seasoned dancers , India Scandrick , which proves to be one of her greatest achievements . She also volunteers as an assistant dance coach for the DeKalb Early College Academy dance team. Erica’s message to the girls would be: “If you find what you’re passionate about and make it a career , you will always be successful because you’ll always be happy.”