Faculty

JAY FAGAN

Jay Fagan (Tap) has been trained by the very best tap dancers in the business including Gregory Hines, Henry LaTang, Sam Weber and Savion Glover, to name a few. He is a nationally and internationally recognized tap Master, professional dance choreographer, and former co-director of Especially Tap Chicago (ETC). Jay has performed all over the world, and most recently performed with his sister Connie Fagan in Sibling Rivalry. He was on academic/dance staff at Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK teaching tap, jazz, and musical theater.

 

TEANNA ZARRO


Teanna Zarro (Ballet)
received her ballet training from The Joffrey Ballet School, the Meredith Baylis American Dance Institute, and The Pennsylvania Ballet. She was a Company member of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago from 1998 through 2002.

 

 

 

AprilSirokieApril Sirokie (ContemporaryModern) a native of Indiana, has extensive dance training in Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet/Pointe, Partnering, Ethnic Dancing and Musical Theater. Her credentials include Choreographer and Performance. She has a BFA in Dance Performance from Ball State University and was recently named the Artistic Director of Footwork Dance Ensemble, Western Springs.

 

 

KATY WENGER
Katy Wenger (Tap, Jr Hiphop)
is a graduate of Oklahoma City University, with a Bachelor of Science American Dance Pedagogy degree. She has also enjoyed many responsibilities revolving around dance from producing dance shows, wardrobes, choreography, and teaching all levels of tap, ballet, and jazz.

 

 

 

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Connie Sweeney (Jazz, Lyrical),
a former member of performance Company Same Planet, Different World currently dances with Jay Fagan in Sibling Rivalry and is the former Artistic Director of Footwork Dance Ensemble Company at sister studio Jo’s Footwork, Western Springs.

 

 

 

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Katie Moan (Tap, Ballet, Jr.Jazz, Hip Hop)
has been dancing since she was five. She is accomplished in ballet, tap, lyrical, jazz, pointe, and hip hop. At Stagg High School, she was a member of the Varsity Pom Squad, Co-Captain in her senior year, and a member of the Stagg Orchesis Dance Club. A graduate of Luther College, she was Co-President for the student run hip hop dance team – Eklipse.

 

 

ZOE KOHLHAGEN


Zoe Martinkus (Musical Theater, Junior Jazz, HipHop, Twinkle Stars Combo & Kindergarten, and Director of the Dance Workshop Ensemble Company), has a Bachelor of Arts-Musical Theatre from North Central College. She has trained in tap, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, and modern through North Central, Lou Conte Studio, American Dance Center, and La Danse Academy.

 

 

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Alicia Fagan, (All-Star Pomdance, Director – DWS AllStar Elite Team),
has been associated with the studio for over 20 years, is a graduate of Columbia College, Fine Arts/Dance. She was a team member of Sandburg’s EAGLETTES and Orchesis.

 

 

  Zada Cheeks
Zada Cheeks
(Ballet), a native of Aurora, IL, began his dance training at the age of 10. He became a member of The Cartier Collective and Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s “BAM!” while graduating from West Aurora High School. Since then, Mr. Cheeks has also performed with dance companies such as: Chicago Dance Crash, Civic Ballet of Chicago, Corpo Dance Company, Inaside, Kanopy Dance Company, River North Chicago, and Winifred Haun and Company. He has toured nationally and internationally to China, Italy, Spain, and Venezuela.

 

Chris Zarate - HeadshotChris Zarate (HipHop Instructor & Director, City Nation)
Chris Zarate started dancing after a Michael Jackson performance caught his eyes. He would play the tape, imitate, and rewind almost every day, trying to perfect The King Of Pop and all his moves! This love for dancing would later expose him into dancing for Dj Too Kool Chris at the age of 12. For 3 consecutive years, he and his friends would be the opening act for the B96 BBash (2 for TKC and 1 for Zero Gravity). In 2002, he was blessed enough to bump into Hip Hop Connxion, where he spent 5 years furthering honing his performance skills and training under Karlo Familiar and Suave. He founded Work In Progress, with his intent to spread the word that dancers should never forget the reason why we started this art form in the first place; “Happiness and Joy.” He would later join the fierce and energetic, “The Puzzle League.”   Within this new group, he grabbed 1st place with them at the World Of Dance 2013.  Currently, he has joined with CODA (Chicago Onyx Dance Alliance) to further his learning experience from different choreographers

 

J.P. resume photo (2)JP Tenuta (Ballet)(BFA-Dance Performance Northern, IL) has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Company, Nashville Ballet Company (Nashville, TN)  MOMENTA Performing Arts Company; toured in Austria for Tanzsommer International, Ballet Chicago– Civic Ballet of Chicago, Chicago Festival Ballet, Bryant Ballet, Midwest Ballet and Salt Creek Ballet, plus, performances with NIU Dance Theatre.  In addition to his performances, JP’s dance background includes Modern, Jazz, and Lyrical and has taught for various dance studios & companies both nationally and internationally: Beginning Ballet for Boys, Advanced Ballet, School of the Nashville Ballet – Intermediate/Advanced Ballet, Modern (Graham/Horton) Von Heidecke School of Dance – Advanced Ballet and Pointe, Ruth Page Foundation – Advanced-Professional Open Class, Luna Negra Dance Theatre – Company Class

In addition to his performance and educational credentials, he continues to deepen his dance by attending various intensives at Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor School, Martha Graham, Lou Conte, and Ruth Page, to name a few.

 

Sara Anderson (Jazz) grew up dancing at Lynn Bassett’s Dance Factory in Greeley, Colorado as a member of the studio’s competitive company, performing across the state, at Disneyland, and from some of the best choreographers from Los Angeles. A love of dance and the arts motivated her to attend Oklahoma City University where she recently graduated Magna Cum Laude and received a Bachelor’s degree in Dance Management. She is also a company member of Chicago Tap Theatre!

 

 

 

  Madison Piner (Ballet) initial dance background came from Ballet Austin Academy training in ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theatre dance.  She is a former graduate of Oklahoma City University, with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance Performance, Summa Cum Laude.  Madison has been teaching preschool through advanced levels for over 7 years.  

 

 

 

 

Marissa Flores (ballet, twinkle, tap)  Marissa started training for dance at the age of 3. She has danced at several dance studios including Dance Images, The Dance Workshop and American Dance Cente in Orland Park. Her training includes all styles of dance – Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern and Contemporary. She was also in dance companies at both The Dance Workshop and The American Dance Center. In these excel programs she has performed in many events such as The Chicago Bulls ‘Pre-Game’ events, Miss Illinois Pageants, The Art Institute of Chicago, Anthaneum Theatre and Great America.  Marissa has also trained in gymnastics and has a strong theatre background.  She has been performing various theatrical productions with Missoulas Children Theatre.  In addition to training at various studios, Marissa has competed in many dance conventions such as Dance Olympus, Tremaine, and Dance Chicago. In high school, she was involved extensively in cheer and poms. Marissa continues her dance education while taking dance classes at Visceral Dance Centerand Lou Conte in Chicago. She is also currently attending Governors State University and working towards her Early Education degree.

John Cartwright is originally from Madisonville, KY and began his training in Evansville, IN at the Children’s Center for Dance Education. He continued his studies with the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Austin, National Taiwan University of the Arts, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. John graduated from Butler University in 2008 with a degree in Dance and Arts Administration. He has had the privilege to perform works by Bob Fosse, Bella Lewitzky, Sybil Shearer, Ann Reinking, Val Caniprioli, Ron de Jesus, Steven Mills, Amy Seiwert, Helen Pickett, Lila York, KT Nelson, Garfield Lemonius, Kevin Iega Jeff, Lucas Crandall, Brian Enos, Autumn Eckman, Kristina Isabelle, Robyn Mineko Williams, and Wade Schaaf. John has performed as a guest artist with Chicago-land companies such as Chicago Repertory Ballet, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater, NoMi Dance Company, Momenta Dance Company, Schaumburg Dance Ensemble, and the Berkshire Ballet Theater. Before coming to Chicago, John performed and choreographed for the Louisville Ballet and Louisville’s Moving Collective. His choreography has also been produced for main stage, touring, and educational outreach shows for Thodos Dance Chicago. John was a member of Thodos Dance Chicago for 7 seasons and was the co-artistic director of Thodos Dance Chicago’s Youth Ensemble for 5 years. Currently, John is dancing with Chicago Repertory Ballet for their 2017-2018 season. He is on faculty at the North Suburban School of Dance in Northbrook, IL, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Lou Conte Dance Studio in Chicago, IL and the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, which holds their summer residency at Centre College in Danville, KY. John is thrilled to be joining the faculty of The Dance Workshop this year!

Kalina Bartlett (Ballet)
began performing with Ballet Wichita at age 10 and danced principal roles while in high school. She returned to BW as guest artist for The Nutcracker, dancing Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wichita State University with a BFA in Performing Arts in Dance.  With Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre, she toured to New York City and Italy, and earned soloist roles with choreographers Cheyla Clawson Chandler, Rachel Boyajian, Darrell Grand Moultrie and Shauna Martinez. She performed professionally with Modern American Dance          Company (MADCO) in St Louis. She resides in Chicago, trains  at Lou Conte Dance Studio, freelances and teachesnce.

 

Lisa Caldwell (ballet and jazz) received her training from Ballet Mississippi and the St. Louis Ballet School. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Kansas, she moved to Chicago to be a trainee with Thodos Dance Chicago for their 25th and final season. Lisa enjoys teaching ballet, pointe, variations, contemporary, and jazz.

 

 

 

 

 

Bailey Murray Academy of Irish Dancing
The Creators & Directors

 Kevin Murray  has been Irish dancing for over 20 years. He has had a successful competitive career being the unanimous North West, United Kingdom Regional Champion, was three time European Champion consecutively, and was in the top 3 of the British National and Great Britain championships. He was also an All Ireland and World Championships medal holder. He then started performing in international Irish dancing shows. Since then, Kevin lit up the stage in over 25 countries, thousands of venues and in front of millions of people from troupe to lead dancer and dance captain. Kevin is also a certified Irish dancing instructor with “An Coimisiun.” 

Jenny Bailey-Murray  ~ is a certified Irish Dance teacher with “An Coimisiun” for 10 years. She started Irish dancing at the age of five and is originally from Downers Grove, Illinois.  She has placed in the top of her solo and team competitions all over the world. Jenny has held Regional and National titles as well as holding World Championship medals. She has been featured on many television stations and articles all over the world and has toured in international productions as lead dancer.

Kevin & Jenny
After Jenny and Kevin finished their professional Irish dancing career, they first created and choreographed their own show Celtic Dream which toured the UK and Europe. Jenny and Kevin then started their international school, Bailey Murray Academy of Irish Dancing with locations in the Isle of Man, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and now they are excited to open up in Illinois! Their school has been successful in training their pupils who held Regional, National, and World medals

 

Kimberly Baker is a dancer, choreographer, and arts educator living in Chicago. As a dancer, she has worked with think/dance collective, Alliance Dance Company, Innervation Dance Cooperative, IDC Speaks, Core Project Chicago, Renegade Dance Architects, Tiffany Lawson Dance, and Shmib. She has worked with independent choreographers Charlique C Rolle, Christine Hands, Cheryl Cavey, Bonnie Christine Willis, and Catherine Tiso, showing works in both Chicago and New York. As a choreographer, Kimberly has shown work at Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Harold Washington Library, Theater Wit, Raven Theatre, Fasseas Whitebox Theater, Union League Club, Collaboraction, and The Call. Kimberly is a teaching artist with Urban Gateways specializing in ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, ballroom, musical theater, hip hop, and improvisation.