Melissa Kohl Blackburn

Melissa began dance classes at Jane Kohl School of Dance at the age of 3 1/2 and has attended master classes with many dance professionals from New York to California, in addtion to her classes and dance company work with JKSD!  She Attendied the HENRY LE TANG STUDIO in New York on a tap scholarship, is a graduate of DANCE MASTERS OF AMERICA TEACHERS TRAINING SCHOOL, where she received her certification, and is a member of DANCE MASTERS OF AMERICA CHAPTER #33.  She attended Oklahoma City University for three years as a dance major, then returned to Alabama and taught dance classes for the Tuscaloosa County School system. She perfromed as a featured dancer with the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre, and received a degree in dance from the University of Alabama.  


Her theatre credits include Annie, Go Ask Alice, Kiss Me Kate, Fame, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Ziegfeld's Favorite in The Whole Backstage production of The Will Rogers Follies, Peggy Sawyer in the WBS summer musical and Judy in White Christmas.



Lea Kohl Blackburn

From the Rainbow Room to the Kennedy Center, Lea has performed in theatres large and small across North America.  After growing up on the lake in a picturesque town in North Alabama, she sank her teeth into the Big Bad Apple and is forever grateful for and inspired by the home she's made in the New York theatre and dance community.


Lea studied tap, jazz, and ballet at her mom's studio throughout her childhood, and became involved with the local community theatre at an early age.  She fell in love with expressing herself on stage.  She earned a B.F.A. in Performing Arts from West Kentucky University and quickly set her sights on New York City.


Soon after her arrival, she booked the first national tour of the revival of 42nd Street and has since had the pleasure of portraying such musical theatre icons as Roxie (Chicago), Val (A Chorus Line), and of course Peggy Sawyer (42nd Street).


Lea now preforms with The Honey Taps, a professional song and dance group the pays homage to the effervescent chorus girls of eras gone by.  They have appeared nationally aThe Rainbow Room, The Plaza Hotel, JFK Library The Queen Mary, USS Midway, and Palais Royal.

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