Teaching Staff

Janet Carr-Campbell,

                  Christina Walters,

                          and Jack Klauschie

 

 

Janet Carr-Campbell, Music Machine Director, Arranger, Choreographer

Cofounder and Artistic Director of The Music Machine, Janet has performed around the U.S. in shows and solo piano recitals. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Janet won the first prize in the Liberace Keyboard Entertainer Search in 1980. She spends her winter months doing Artist in Schools residencies at local elementary schools. Janet cues the surtitles for  Anchorage Opera productions, is the Organist and Children’s Music Director at the First United Methodist Church, and is the accompanist for the Anchorage Concert Chorus, University Singers and many vocalists and instrumentalists. Janet works with the Anchorage Concert Association helping to select and train the local children who join the cast of touring Broadway shows. (Sound of Music in 2019, Peter Pan in 2016, Les Miserables in 2014,Wizard of Oz in 2010, and Sound of Music in 2019).  In 2011, Janet was honored as a  BP-YWCA Woman of Achievement. For 41 years, Janet has loved sharing her joy of music with the kids of Anchorage.

 

Carly Campbell, Dance Machine Co-Director

For seven years, our well-loved Dance Machine Director has been Carly Campbell, a graduate from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has studied dance since childhood, focusing primarily on modern, jazz, and hip hop.  Carly enjoys sharing her love of dance and music with children. She studied voice with Kate Egan and taught Music Fun Time at Anchorage Music & Dance Center from 2013-16.

She is now married, living and teaching dance in Scotland. She returned two years ago from her new home in Scotland to direct the Dance Machine. We are happy to say that she'll return to direct the Dance Machine again this summer!

Jack Klauschie,  Choreographer

Music Machine Co-Director

Dance Machine Co-Director

Jack received a degree in drama from San Diego State University, with a double emphasis in Musical Theatre and Stage Direction. More recently he completed a Masters Degree in Secondary Education Techniques. He has taught at many schools in Anchorage, and is currently at Highland Academy.  He has run the Drama departments at Bartlett High and Polaris K-12, as well as serving as Artistic Director for The Character Workshop for many years. He directs, choreographs, designs, and writes plays, and occasionally performs. This is Jack’s 22nd season with The Music Machine, and his nineteenth with The Dance Machine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GUEST INSTRUCTORS

We are thankful that various guest instructors fit us into their busy schedules. This year our guest instructors include  Jessie Embley and Stephen Grantier.

 

 

Jessie Embley began her training at Anchorage’s Dance Spectrum School of Dance and became a company member, teacher, and choreographer for jazz and tap. After many years participating  in the Music and Dance Machine, she served as the Dance Machine director. Jessie has choreographed and taught with the Anchorage School District, the Dance Together Alaska Festival, Broadway Kids, and many other local organizations. Jessie is currently a member, performer, choreographer, and one of the founding members of Momentum Dance Collective.

She is ecstatic that her girls participate in the Music Machine programs that kick-started her interest and career as a performer.

 

Stephen Grantier is in his 16th year with the Underground Dance Company (UDC), where he works as an instructor and dances on the professional Hardcore team.  He has choreographed with the Dance Machine for nine years. He appreciates the enthusiasm that the kids show in learning his hip-hop routines.

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To contact The Music Machine!

Phone: 907-345-9039

Alternate (cell): 907-227-0509

Email: themusicmachine@live.com

The Music Machine, Inc.

13320 Floral Lane

Anchorage, AK 99516