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.

 

 

 

 

Kristen RybickiKristen Rybicki (Ballet) has been associated with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as Teaching Artist for the past several years teaching dance to various CPS schools in the city. Additionally, she’s been with After School Matters as a Choreographer in association with Karen Harmon (Curin)

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 


Brooke Kirschsieper - 7-4-16Brooke Kirschsiepe
r (Jazz), holds a BS in Theater Dance Performance from Illinois State Univiersity. She has trained in Modern, ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop and has been teaching dance at surrounding studios for the past 4 years.

 

 

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASarah Ferree (Twinkle Stars, Ballet) – rejoins Dance Workshop with a BS in Exercise Science, from Western Illinois University. Additionally, she spent six months in the Walt Disney College Program in Orlando.

 

 

 

 

 

  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.


Amanda FreebackAmanda Freebeck
(Adaptive Dance) A graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she received her bachelor’s degree in child/Adolescent Studies with a concentration in dance. Amanda’s dance training includes ballet, jazz, lyrical, pointe, and modern, performing with 3 Spot Dance Troupe, providing dance enrichment classes to local