Owen Alabado has been a dancer/choreographer for many years. In his later years he has specialized in Burlesque Hip Hop style movement. He is a self proclaimed male Pussycat Doll and specializes in fast, sharp, provocative movements. In his 17 years in LA he has worked on several dance commercials and some live burlesque/pussycat dollesque performances. In Theater, he has experience as a choreographer for musicals and served as a dance captain for several companies. He is also an experienced actor, stand up comic, and vocalist. His dance training was focused and honed at the University of Wisconsin: Stevens Point many moons ago.
Melissa Anderson has performed featured roles with dance companies as diverse as the Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Teatro Municipal de San Juan, Southern Ballet Theatre (Orlando, FL), Michigan Opera Theatre, and the Icelandic National Ballet. After her ballet career, Melissa became a company member of the Danceworks Performance Company (2002-2019). Melissa has taught Ballet at the UWM Peck School of the Arts, since 2008. Melissa is well-versed in teaching ballet to large groups and is a frequent guest Master Teacher at national dance conventions such as Chicago National Association of Dance Masters CNADM, Dance Masters of Wisconsin DMW, Southern Dance Masters, Atlanta’s Ballet Fest, and Texas Association Teachers of Dance TATD. Melissa is an American Ballet Theatre (ABTⓇ) Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABTⓇ National Training Curriculum. You can connect with her on Facebook at Melissa Anderson Ballet, Pointe, Choreography, Performance, or YouTube channel: MelissofiaFilms. *To show some love- Venmo @Melissa-Anderson-512
An enthusiastic and patient instructor, Kerensa DeMars has more than twenty years of experience teaching dance. Her bilingual teaching methods expose students of all ages to the cultural significance of Flamenco, its contemporary and historical practices alongside form and technique in a spirit of enjoyment and authenticity. *To show some love-https://www.studiokflamenco.com/donate
Danielle Gilmore began her yoga journey in 2001, as a complement to her demanding dance schedule. Graduating from the University of Arizona with a BFA in dance performance, her curiosity and study in injury prevention for dancers, led her to explore the restorative elements of yoga, using it as a way to recover from injury. Danielle received her 200-hr teacher training from Chicago Yoga Center, focusing on hatha, ashatanga, vinyasa, yin and anatomy. *To show some love- Venmo: Danielle-Gilmore-1, PayPal/Zelle: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda List is a Dancer/Choreographer out of Green Bay, WI. She has been teaching Adult Dance for 8 years. With a BA degree in Dance from UW-Stevens Point, WI, coupled with other studies around movement, spirituality, and psychology she believes in the power of healing through movement using movement as medicine. In addition to healing, her classes and choreography strive to create confidence and empowerment for adult beginner and intermediate level dancers. She loves to use a blend of several movement styles to create human conditions to "try on" through movement. She seeks to provide a SAFE SPACE for any adults looking to step into or further into their inner dancer and express their inner goodness through movement. Although her primary focus is in working with adults, she also works with youth in special projects such at LEAP-The Human Kindness Project.
Andria Nikoupolis Weliky brings a lifetime of dance, performing and teaching to all ages for over thirty years in a wide variety of dance forms, Classical Ballet, Middle Eastern Dance, Jazz, Modern and Tap to name a few. Continually inspired by nature, Andria is passionate about movement as a holistic practice. She herself embodies this nurturing essence through dance and strives to share this healing connection of balance and oneness with others. She is part of a movement studio collaborative newly opened in Sturgeon Bay, WI, STUDIO234, now offering classes for children and adults in dance and mindfulness movement practices. *To show some love- Venmo: @Andria NikoupolisWeliky
Veronica M. Robinson graduated from SUNY Purchase in 1987 with a BFA in Dance, after which she danced on scholarship at Alvin Ailey and Merce Cunningham. She also continued her ballet studies at Dance Theater of Harlem and at other Cecchetti schools of ballet. After returning to Milwaukee, she completed an MFA in Dance in 2001 and became certified to teach dance in secondary and elementary education in 2002. In Milwaukee, she has been a guest performer with Wild Space Dance Company, Foothold Dance Company, guest artist with Bauer Dance Ensemble, and has choreographed several of her own works for various venues. Currently, she is a certified and licensed massage and shiatsu therapist and educator. Veronica is also a raw foods and plant-based cuisine enthusiast and a certified health coach. *To show some love- Venmo: Veronica-Robinson-0725
Enid Smith has been teaching in the Chicago area for 15 years. Her class is rooted in the Cunningham technique which she discovered while training at the North Carolina School of the Arts and continued at the Cunningham studios in New York City. Her class mixes that work with the lush floor phrases she performed with such Chicago companies as Khecari and Same Planet Performance Project. She has been teaching all levels of modern and ballet at Dance Center Evanston since 2007 and taught professional level modern at Dovetail Studios from 2016-2021 where she now leads company class for Same Planet. She is a teacher for Chicago National Association of Dance Masters and has her Cecchetti teachers’ certification through Grade IV.
Photos: Marc Cartwright(Owen Alabado)//No September Photography (Danielle Gilmore)//Mary Breuer Photos (Amanda List)//Jen Aldrich(Andria Nikoupolis Weliky)//Andrew Rauhauser (Enid Smith) Header Design & Photography: Charlie Stephens // Matthew Gregory Hollis