Broadway Performer Will Instruct Masterclasses for Aspiring Dancers

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Academy of the Arts, a new nonprofit educational institution, is launching its programs on December 28, 2021, by presenting two master classes for ages 12 to adult. The classes will be led by accomplished performing artist Chadaé Nichol.

A performer, arts educator and Joliet native who made her Broadway debut in Motown the Musical, Nichol will lead a contemporary jazz master class at 4:30PM, Tues., Dec. 28;  followed by a musical theatre dance master class at 6:15PM also on Tuesday, Dec. 28.

Both classes will be held at 2135 CityGate Lane, next to Hotel Arista in the CityGate Centre campus, Route 59 and Ferry Road.

“We are so eager to launch our programming, and so fortunate to have Chadaé join us for this cornerstone event,” said Academy of the Arts Co-Founder Dylan Ladd. “Holding these classes during winter break fills a gap for students, and even a lot of local performing arts schools suspend classes during this time, so it allows students to keep up their skills, fill their time and be exposed to an accomplished artist.

“This kind or experience can be a great holiday gift for budding performers,” he added.

Participation is $100 per class and a select number of needs-based scholarships are available. Enroll at

Chadaé Nichol: Master Class Teacher / Artist Brief Bio

Chadaé Nichol made her Broadway debut in Motown the Musical. She was most recently seen at the Lyric Opera in the Chicago productions of Oklahoma and Showboat. Regionally, Nichol has been part of productions of Little Shop of HorrorsCabaret, and The Wiz.

She also has starred in productions at Disneyland in California.

Currently, Nichol is the education manager for The Broadway Collective. She earned her BFA in Musical Theatre from Ball State University.

Academy of the Arts

Academy of the Arts aims to provide high-level arts curriculum while engaging students in a rigorous academic education when its new state-of-the-arts facility plans to open in the fall of 2025. Learn more about Academy of the Arts as well as upcoming master classes, fundraising initiatives and other opportunities to support its mission at

In addition to space leased to Academy of the Arts, CityGate Centre also is the multi-use campus with AAA Four Diamond Hotel Arista, CityGate Grille, Che Figata, Zorba Cocktail Bar, LavAzza, Arista Spa and Salon, DuPage Medical Group, Olympia Executive Fitness Center and Tap in Pub.