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!