Bruce was a nationally ranked gymnast and springboard diver throughout high school and college. For ten years thereafter Bruce served as coach for a nationally ranked gymnastics team while also working as a professional acrobat. Bruce has performed as a high diver, bungee diver, and in a two man trampoline act known as Flash and Crash. He has performed in venues such as amusement parks, state fairs, NBA half time shows and circuses throughout the country. Television appearances include WONDERAMA, ABC’s THAT’S INCREDIBLE, ESPN, and several television commercials. Some of his antics can be seen on YOU TUBE – Just perform a search under his name.
Shannon is an alumnus of CATS, Tap CATS, and Hoofers Club at Center Stage along with many years in the pre-professional acting class and countless leads in Center Stage shows and summer shows. She has assisted Mickey and George in CATS, Tap CAT, and Jr. CAT classes and has choreographed the summer shows since graduating. She continues her training at Broadway Dance Center taking weekly classes and summer intensives with Ricky Hinds. She is currently a member of USA Gymnastics and a wonderful part of our Starz Gymnastics Program. Immediately after graduating Center Stage, she got her first professional show at Surflight Theatre in “A Chorus Line” under the direction/choreography of Mitzi Hamilton and Jessica Lee Goldyn. Other favorite show credits include “Anything Goes”, “CATS”, “Oklahoma!”, “Spamalot”, and “Junie B. Jones: The Musical”.
Sue has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rowan University and is a member of both Dance Educators of America and USA Gymnastics. She has trained extensively as a dancer and musical theater performer in New Jersey, New York City and London, England. She was a member of her high school gymnastics team as well as a cheerleader in both high school and in college. Her theater credits include Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street, Val in A Chorus Line, Nancy in Oliver!, The Witch in Into the Woods, Gladys in The Pajama Game, Mona Kent in Dames at Sea, Nelly Forbush in South Pacific and Tiger Lily in Peter Pan. She has been a teacher and the director of the young children’s and older children’s jazz and tap companies at Center Stage Dance for many years. She has enjoyed developing our young dancers and preparing them for our pre-professional companies throughout the years and has won many choreographic awards for her work with them. Many of her students have gone on to appear on Broadway, movies and television.
Sally brings a wonderfully eclectic background to our gymnastics and acrobatics program. She comes to us from Capital Gymnastics National Training Center – the #1 Gym in Northern Virginia where she coached level 4, 5 and 6 gymnastics and level 6 to Elite power tumbling. She was a state, regional and nationally ranked trampolinist and double mini trampolinist, also participating in synchronized trampoline She started as a dancer, then diver and found her passion as a gymnastics coach in 1999 to present. Sally is a USAG professional member for girls artistic gymnastics and has attended Region 7 Regional Congress regularly. We are so happy to welcome Sally to our faculty.
Mike Korner, Gymnastics, Acrobatics
Mike brings his passion for gymnastics and theatre to our students, and has become one of the most sought after gymnastic teachers on our faculty. A member of USAG, Mike is safety certified, and continues to enhance his education by attending yearly gymnastic seminars. In addition to his classes at Starz Gymnastics and Center Stage, you may see him using his extensive acrobatic and dance skills at Plays in the Park in Edison and other regional theatres.