For the last decade Stephanie has been submerged in her true passion; teaching the performing arts. She has been teaching in the public, private and charter schools in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. As a teacher she keeps honing her craft by participating in side project such as: performing in community theater as Columbia in the Rocky Horror stage show with the Andrew’s Living Arts Theater and dancing as a principle in The Body & Soul Dance Company. She is ecstatic to be a part of such a creative team!
Brandon has lived up and down the East Coast, everywhere from New York City to the suburbs of South Florida. A quiet kid who observed everything, he did not find his voice until he reached high school. In high school, he received his first instruction in movement in a class that used everything from yoga and weight training to ballet and improv. Dance became a way of expressing what words could not.
Brandon has been dancing ever since. His passion is for all stylized movement that tells a story and has led him to seek instruction in a variety of styles and genres from ballet and modern to salsa and swing. He also practices yoga as a way of centering and protecting his body both physically and mentally. Brandon currently studies with the Elegant School of Modern Dance, where he focuses on ballet, jazz, and modern.
Matthew Held- Matthew is an elite Personal Trainer and Yoga instructor and has his Bachelors in Exercise Science and Health Promotion.
Along with Matt’s professional activities, he is passionate about culture and art with a 2nd Black Belt in Tang Soo Do, experience in Capoeira, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, and certified in Kali. Matt plays multiple instruments including trumpet, berimbao, singing bowls, and percussion. Most recently, he has taken up a professional dance position with Body & Soul Dance Theatre.
Tai Johnson began dancing as a child, training with Barbara Sloan, one of the founders of Body and Soul. During that time she was not only able to perform with the company, but she has also formed a lifelong friendship with the current Artistic Director of the company, Sheila Scanlan. She has had the honor of performing with the company many times over the years. She is not only thrilled at how the company has thrived over the decades, but excited to see what it will become in the years to come.
Sheila Scanlan began her dancing career in NY taking Ballet, Jazz, and Tap classes. When she moved to South Florida in 1985 she began training at the University Center of the Performing Arts. By the age of 8 she was performing in a company called South of Broadway. She attended Parkway Middle School and graduated from Dillard School of the Arts. At 16 yrs old she began choreographing and her first works “Encounters” and “Wild Fire” were debuted at the Broward Center of the Performing Arts in 1994. While at Dillard she obtained scholarships to attend the New Arts Festival in Ft. Myers, The Florida Dance Festival in Tampa, and Alvin Ailey in New York. This allowed her to work with The David Parsons Company, Pilobolus, and the dance directors at New World, Mia Michaels, Reginald Yates and many other formative talents in the dance world. She continued her dance career at Broward Community College for 2 years. In 2000, she took over a dance class at Parkway Middle School. This inspired her to give rebirth to Body and Soul Dance Theatre where she could continue to cultivate the arts in Broward County.
She has stage managed and choreographed performances for the Boca Raton Theater Guild, The University Center for the Performing Arts, Art Serve, The Ft. Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus and she has stage managed for Dance Now! and the Miami Gay Men’s Chorus. She has also managed The Drive Home a rock band that ended up traveling with The Backstreet Boys in 2008.
After developing an after school dance program for the Dan Marino Foundation. This was a springboard for development of a dance program that encourages movement through literature for preschool age children for the City of Deerfield Beach. As well as a full length production that debuted in 2014 that brings awareness to individuals with disabilities and/or mental illness by utilizing theater and dance to tell their story called Psychosis.
Sheila continues to develop workshops, classes, choreography and productions to defy traditional concepts of dance and educate the community through the art of theater and dance.
Sarah Vargas has been dancing for 20+ years. Starting at just 4 in preschool with tap and jazz, she continued with Saturday’s Child, a ballet program for young girls. She spent middle school and high school learning more about ballet and modern dance in the performing arts programs at magnet schools, and taking outside classes with Ballet Atlantic, while earning scholarships for various summer intensives. Sarah earned her college degree in Business while still taking ballet and modern classes, until settling down to raise a family. She currently works in a manufacturing facility that specializes in products for diabetics, and manages production and inventory while scheduling packaging for thousands of items. Previously with Body & Soul Dance Theatre for the 2002-2004 seasons, now, mother of two boys, 20 & 14, Sarah is back to share her passion with her family’s love and support.
Jennifer is celebrating her 3rd season with Body & Soul Dance Theatre. She has been a featured performer in all styles of dance. Her dance career has spanned over 2 decades. She is embarking on creating original works to debut in the 2020 concert of Chaos.