Creative Arts Instructor

Shane Elks

Shane Elks is a graduate of the Musical Theater Program of The American Musical and Dramatics Academy in NYC. While studying in NYC, Shane served as mentor and instructing performer as part of the education program for such Broadway shows as RENT, Crazy for You and On The Town. His continued studies led him to Classical Voice training under the tutelage of instructors from the Julliard School of Music with The New School of NYC. Shane also received intensive instruction from both Ariel Bybee and John Mack Ousley of The Metropolitan Opera Company and with their guidance, served as a featured workshop presenter at the NYU Tisch School of Arts. Shane completed internships with the On-Stage Director and Choral Master of The Metropolitan Opera Company and has been a featured and choral performer for major theater productions both on and off Broadway. He has acted as principal performer for several professional touring companies and has worked as a professional performer in the Cabaret circuit for over 10 years.

For the past five years, Shane has worked in the Musical Therapy field with assisted living and rehabilitation centers in the greater Charlotte area. He recently began The Elks Academy, which is a private performing and visual arts academy for students of all levels and abilities. Shane has a huge passion for Art Education because he has observed first hand, both as instructor and therapist, that art can break through many barriers and help teach those who learn differently. He believes that art in any manner can open minds and help individuals express emotions not easily expressed. This knowledge has lit a light inside Shane that he wishes to share with all, and we are thrilled to have him on staff at CI to share his talents with our children, families, and community.

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