About Destination Broadway® and the Co-Founders
In 2004, Linda Haas decided that there was a need for a special program to help aspiring young singers, dancers and actors in search of their dream of performing. Linda’s motivation came from trying to help her own daughter pursue a career in the performing arts. She enlisted the help of her husband Jim. Together they developed Destination Broadway®, a one-week musical theater learning intensive focused on the skills needed by a young performer pursuing a career in the performing arts.
The Destination Broadway® program continues to evolve to meet the needs of our students as well as parents. Special classes have been added with excellent information about college auditions and college application, the role parents can play and the balance necessary to achieve success.
Our entire staff is dedicated to helping YOU, the young performer AND parent, acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for success as you pursue a career in the performing arts.
Director and Co-Founder Linda Haas
Linda Haas has spent over 32 years as the owner and Artistic Director of The Academy of Dance and Performing Arts. She has three locations on the Virginia Peninsula with over 950 students. Her dance competition teams have won hundreds of awards and they are the 2012 National Dance Champions. Linda has judged National Talent competitions and is a member of Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America, and the Professional Dance Teachers Association. Former students can be seen on Broadway, national TV commercials and in professional dance companies.
Linda is the former Mrs. Virginia International 1989. She served two years on the Women's Board for Mary Immaculate Hospital. For 22 years, Linda directed a preliminary Miss America Pageant and is currently the Virginia State Executive Director for the Miss Outstanding Teen and Pre Teen Program scholarship program that is an affiliate of the Miss America Organization. Linda serves on the Board of Directors of the Miss Virginia Pageant and recently received a 30 year volunteer award from The Miss America organization.
In 2011 she and her husband Jim were named Volunteers of the Year by Operation Smile for their efforts to raise enough money to pay for over 620 surgeries.
Linda resides in Yorktown, Virginia with her husband Jim. Their daughter, Tiffany, competed in the Miss America Pageant as Miss Ohio, graduated from CCM in Cincinnati, joined the Broadway cast of Wicked as the Swing and Nessarose, went on tour with Wicked as Glinda and is currently the Glinda Standby in the Broadway cast of Wicked.
Jim Haas coordinates all administrative aspects of the Destination Broadway® program to include the admissions process, housing, food, transportation and chaperones. As a parent of a daughter following her dream of performing, he is able to help parents understand the important role they play in the success of a young performer.
Jim Haas is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, New York, and has a Masters Degree in Business from Washington State University. He is currently an Investment Advisor Representative with the firm Haas Investment Management, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor.
Jim began his career as a Financial Planner in 1980. He is a Certified Financial Planner and specializes in retirement planning, wealth accumulation, tax reduction and financial decision making for individuals and small businesses.