The Schools - Faculty & Staff

With a reputation of excellence since 1980, and two 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.

Susan Chambers:
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.

 

Naomi James:

Proud native of Fort Bragg, NC and United Kingdom, has over fifteen years of dancing under her belt. Her training includes Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Musical Theater and many other styles. Naomi has worked with Choreographers such as Aakamon Jones ‘AJ’ Jones, Codie Wiggins, Fatima Robinson, Jamal Sims, Draico Johnson, Kiki Ely, Sean Bankhead, Danny Teeson and many more. 

Naomi has inspired herself to be more than just a dancer. She believes in nothing but the best out of everything she does. In 2014 she started to take her fitness lifestyle a little more seriously and started throwing herself in books and research. In 2015 she was AAAI/ISMA (American Aerobic Association International/International Sports Medicine Association) and CPR/ AED certified.

Naomi pushes for nothing less than 1000% and she expects the same out of every person her classes.

  

 

Mallory Baxley:
Pre-Professional, Student, and Teen Adult Divisions

Mallory  Baxley is a dancer, choreographer and teacher in Atlanta, GA. She currently serves as the Artistic Director of Atlanta contemporary dance company, Zoetic Dance Ensemble. Mallory received her dance training at Chambers Performing Arts. She graduated with honors in 2011 with a BFA in Dance from the University of Georgia, where she was  company member of contemporary and aerial dance company, CORE Concert Dance Company, under the direction of Bala Sarasvati. Mallorydanced with Zoetic Dance under the direction of Melanie Blanchard for 4 years before becoming Director. She has trained in Liverpool with Wired Ariel Theatre in bungee assisted dance, Pittsburg, PA at Point Park University’s Summer Dance Intensive and New York, New York at the American Dance Festival. Mallory’s choreography has been shown at various Atlanta venues since 2012 including the Masquerade, Terminal West, the Music Room, the Mammal Gallery, Armstrong Atlantic State University (Savannah, GA), the University of Georgia (Athens, GA), Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, West End Performing Arts Center and many more. Her work has been shown across the U.S. in Chicago, IL, San Francisco, CA, Detroit, MI, Greensville, SC, Florida and Alabama. Mallory has taught at various dance studios in Georgia, as well as Dayton, Ohio. She has had the honor of working with contemporary dance artists and companies such as Sean Curran, Matt Kent (Pilobolus), zoe | juniper, and Gallim Dance. Mallory has also trained and worked with local Atlanta artists including T. Lang, Tara Lee, John Welker, Carol Szkutek, Sarah Wildman and Emily Cargill. Mallory's film work has shown  at various venues and galleries in Atlanta including Atlanta Contemporary, MINT Gallery and Agnes Scott. In addition to her work with Zoetic Dance and Chambers Performing Arts, Mallory guest choreographs for the Susan Chambers Dance Company and high schools in Gwinnett County. 

 

Maggie Hudson:
Children’s Division

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.

Rick Gomez: 

Pre-Professional, Student, and Teen Adult Divisions 

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. 

 

 

 

Paige Chambers:
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 Peterson: Pre-Professional and Student Divisions

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. 

John Streit:
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.

Paris Hawkins:

Paris Hawkins, originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, received her early training from Collins Hill High School dance department in Suwannee, Georgia. Ms. Hawkins Graduated from Brenau University of Gainesville, Georgia with a BFA in Dance Performance. She has been trained in Styles and techniques such as modern, jazz, contemporary, ballet, hip-hop, and musical theatre. While at Brenau University, she danced in works choreographed by Atlanta Ballet’s Kristy Nilson, Black Label Movement’s Carl Flink, and Charlotte Boye- Christensen of Now ID. She has choreographed numerous pieces of work for Tau Sigma Dance Fraternity, Gwinnett County School’s Dance Departments, also produced works for Evening of Dance at Brenau University, and regional dance studios in the area. She is no stranger to travel since she has traveled internationally to Sorrento, Italy to perform and take class with Staibdance Contemporary Dance Company in the summer of 2016 and has also performed in Detroit, Michigan with Zoetic Dance Ensemble this past June 2017. This will be Paris’ 2nd season as a company member. She is thrilled to be dancing with such an amazing group of talented women and is excited for what this season has in store.

 

Administration

Cheryl Jones: Alpharetta Receptionist

Bio To Come

 

Denise Waters: Suwanee Receptionist

nise worked for AT &T for over 30 years with AT&T communications working in Pittsburgh, Pa., Los Angeles, Ca., and Atlanta, Ga and recently retired. She has always been a lover of music, dance, art, and fashion. Working at Chambers Performing arts allows her to be involved with the things she enjoys and she is getting to know the families and students. Denise is planning to open an e- commerce store selling women's clothing and accessories naming it Nickname Pearl.

 

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