Bre has been a dancer at DancEd since she was able to walk and has never missed a recital. She is currently a senior at Carthage College where she is a captain of the Dance Team while studying communications, public relations, and dance. At DancEd she is the Communications Director where she works with Fortress Consulting Group to ensure the website is up to date. She is also in charge of Instagram and assists with the official Facebook page.
Ms. Dani loves to smile and have fun with her dancers. She was a member of the Stevenson High School Dance Team and enjoys teaching poms and hip hop. Currently, she is super excited as she is expecting her first child (fingers crossed she’s having a dancer)!
Miss Danielle is a former DancEd Dancer who is known for her soft-spoken manner and positive attitude! Little kids love her because she is able to give corrections in a fun way, which constantly keeps her classes exciting.
Ms. Erin is always willing to lend a helping hand and is one of our favorite jokesters at DancEd. She has a fun and silly attitude which always ends with her dancers leaving class smiling!
Miss Gabriela is a Florida native who attended Columbia College in Chicago. She has performed at numerous dance events in Chicago and has taken class with numerous Master teachers. She enjoys sharing her love for dance while instilling self-confidence in her students.
Ms. Julie has performed and choreographed on both the jazz and tap concert stage for many years. She is the artistic director of her own Dance Company and has numerous dance accolades and achievements. Ms. Julie is a favorite among the middle school and high school students and enjoys helping her dancers get to the next level.
Ms. Kate is the DancEd Dance Team Artistic Director and DancEd poms guru. Over the years Ms. Kate has helped many North Shore dancers make their respective High School Poms Team and Dance Company Group (Orchesis). She loves butterflies and is always eager to lend a helping hand to dancers who need it. Ms. Kate has won numerous choreography and teaching awards during her time as DDT Director.
Ms. Katie is the DancEd Story Ballet Artistic Director and Dance Team Administrative Assistant. She loves making ballet class fun and exciting and always enjoys giving kids gold stars. She has two daughters, Quinn & Paige, who fill her time when she is not at DancEd. Ms. Katie is a jack of all trades but modern, tap, and ballet are her favorite dance genres to teach and perform.
Miss Kristy is incredibly hard-working and a very dedicated teacher. Her teaching style instills work ethic into her kids, including her daughter Emmerson. She mainly assists with Dance Team choreography and classes, and her high energy brings her students to the next level.
Miss Meghann’s favorite styles of dance to perform and teach are ballet and modern, and she always helps Ms. Katie backstage with our annual story ballet. DancEd has cherished Miss Meghann for many years due to her sweet and kind attitude as well as her dedication to the studio.
Miss Monica loves teaching dance and sharing the art form with young dancers. She is a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago with a BA in dance and enjoys exploring the creative process of dance and choreography. Miss Monica is always quick to smile and lend a helping hand when needed. She loves playing with her dog and drinking coffee.
Miss. Nancy is the lady at the front desk and she keeps everything moving! She makes sure to help the teachers, parents, and students whenever she can while also doing a ton of behind the scenes work. DancEd and Jump ‘n Jive would not function without her!
Ms. Shannon was also a member of the Stevenson Poms Team and was even a captain during her time there. She continued to dance throughout college and recently got married! Kids love Shannon’s high energy and “team work makes the dream work” attitude.
Miss Tara grew up dancing at DancEd and performing in the Story Ballet! Since she enjoyed her time so much as a student, she decided to come back as a teacher. She currently teaches school full time and DancEd feels very fortunate to have her teach one night a week.
Ms. Tracy is an all-time favorite DancEd teacher who brings energy and enthusiasm to her dance room, she has a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Education. Seeing her dancers smile and shine on the stage is one of her favorite past times. She especially loves watching her two daughters, Breanna & Brittany perform on their respective College Dance Teams. Ms. Tracy feels very fortunate to have taught so many wonderful and talented dancers on the North Shore for so many years! Here’s to hoping for 25 more fantastic years!!
Ms. Val is a high energy, move and groove dance teacher. She is loved by all aged kids from 1 ½ to 18 years of age and is able to bring hope and joy into all of their lives. She enjoys being creative and having fun with all, especially with her daughter and son, Sammie & Max. Parents who watch Ms. Val’s classes say they are tired from just watching her teach as she brings so much enthusiasm to each class!
Mr. Wes is DancEd’s ultimate Hip Hop DJ who worked with the Chicago Bulls for several years and appeared on American Ninja Warrior and So You Think You Can Dance. He loves the energy, creativity and personality that Hip Hop allows. He loves to say, “come ready to work, grow and have fun!”