‘Mrs. & Mr. P’
Founders of Mrs. P’s Dance & Acrobatic Studios
Sondra started her studies in the performing arts at the age of 4 at The Frank Hatchett Center for the Performing Arts in her native Springfield, Mass. She trained for 13 years in all forms of dance as well as voice and received awards in dedication, choreography and performing student of the year. Upon graduation from Classical High School, Sondra pursued her studies at The Boston Conservatory of Music. She was accepted with a scholarship and in 1989, earned a BFA in Musical Theatre with a minor in dance and directing. In her senior year at The Conservatory, she made her professional debut as Geneva Lee Browne in the Nickerson Theatre’s Production of 1940’s Radio Hour. To follow shortly after graduation, Sondra was one of the stars of the Nickerson’s Little Shop of Horrors.
In 1990, Sondra moved to New York City and was reunited with her mentor, Mr. Frank Hatchett, and shortly after joined his teaching staff at Broadway Dance Center. She remained part of the Hatchett staff as well as establishing her own teaching style for over 10 years and maintained a reputation for being a well respected and sought after instructor/choreographer. Some of her students have gone on to work in film, television, music videos and on broadway.
Sondra made her broadway debut in the Broadway hit Ragtime (original cast/album). And was a featured singer in City Center Encore Series of House of Flowers starring Maurice Hines. In 2000, she received a nomination for a Barrymore Award (Philadelphia) for playing the title role in Harold Arlen’s St. Louis Woman. Other regional credits include: Dreamgirls (stand-by for Jennifer Holliday, where she reprised her role as Effie at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta); Ain’t Misbehavin (Charlayne); Sophisticated Ladies (The Chanteuse); Blackbirds of Broadway (World Premiere) Long Road Home (Female Lead /us); The Who’s Tommy (Acid Queen); Smokey Joe’s Café (BJ/Pattie) ; Ragtime (Sarah’s Friend).
She has been awarded on the competition circuit for best choreography, 1st overall, “musical theatre at its best”, “poetry in motion” and “most entertaining.”
Bachelor of Fine Arts – Suny University, Purchase – prima ballerina
Instructor at Mrs. P’s for 15 years
Sherill Central School, Vernon, Mohawk Valley Performing Arts, Sandies Dance Academy, Empire School of Gymnastics, Valley Gymnastics, Burklyn Ballet Theater, R.A.D. Toronto, Boston School of Ballet, NYS School of Arts
Ballet Nova of So. Fl., Charleston Ballet Theater, Pennsylvania/Milwaukee Ballet, Chautaugua Dance Festival Co., Buffalo Ballet Co.
Dance Elite Competition, Tri Valley Competition
During Ashley Bachner’s professional career, she performed both on Broadway in the Tony Award winner for Best Musical, “Fosse”, as well as the National Tour. She has worked with dance luminaries Gwen Verdon, Anne Reinking, Chris Chadman, Chet Walker, Frank Hatchett, Bob Audy, Henry LeTang, and ballet legend Madame Davarsh. She has also performed as a Rockette at both Radio City Music Hall and the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas.
Other credits include “Tommy”, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”, “Jazz on Jazz”, and “Singing in the Rain”. Her television credits include “The Tonight Show”, “Law and Order”, “The Chappell Show”, the PBS Great Performances taping of “Fosse”, and “Good Day LA”. She can also be seen in the motion pictures “Across the Universe” and Tim Burton’s “Mars Attacks”.
She has been an assistant teacher for the past five years, which led her to study and become a certified graduate member of Dance Teacher Training Association (DTTA).
Anna was born into the business. Her parents owned and operated Mrs P’s Dance and Acrobatic Studio of Weston, Fl. Anna has been dancing for more than fifteen years. Her love for dance led her into the Weston Dance Company.
Anna is a third generation acrobat, so it is not surprising that after being trained by her father (Mr. Joey) and grandfather (Mr. P) that she following in their footsteps and specialized in acrobatics.
Anna decided to attend Dance Teacher Training Association (DTTA) where she received and became a certified graduate member.
Lindsay has been dancing for the past 13 years. During this time she has developed a deep understanding and passion for the styles of dance such as Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and Contemporary.
Ten years ago Lindsay auditioned for and was accepted into the Broadway Dance Company at Mrs. P’s. While she followed her love for the dance she became a competitive dancer and received many honors and high scores at numerous competitions.
The opportunity arose that she performed at Downtown Disney as well as being selected to perform in a production of Grease as ChaCha.
To round out Lindsays performing arts, she was selected to be a member of the worlds largest voice concert at NBPS and was also a member of the Universal State Choir. To complete her education in the performing arts, Lindsay is a certified member and graduate of Dance Teacher Training Association (DTTA).
Her 20+ year career as a graphic artist/web designer and her organizational and people skills have prepared her to keep our busy studio running smoothly and ensure that our students and their families have a positive experience from the moment they walk through the doors. She is more than prepared to face all of the challenges that the crazy world of dance throws her way.
Be sure to say hi to Jennifer on your way to class!
Beth had the privilege of auditioning for the June Taylor Dancers. She was given that opportunity because of her wonderful tap teacher Patty Manzelli, who was a former June Taylor Dancer.
She taught dance for several years, working mostly with younger students, for Marie Allen with Allen Dance Studio, whom she is still very close with.
Beth has danced at Mrs P’s for the last eight years. Her daughter Samantha also danced with Mrs P’s during that time, and was a part of our Broadway Dancers until she graduated. During this time Beth was able to fulfill her dream of dancing with her daughter on stage multiple times. She has been working at Mrs P’s for the last two years as the front desk assistant and loves talking to all of the new parents just starting their dance adventures with their little ones.