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  • STEPHANIE CLAY
    STEPHANIE CLAYTAP, BALLET, JAZZ & ACROBATICS

    Stephanie Clay began her dance career at the age of four in Aurora Illinois. At age 13, she began her professional training. She studied with Bruce Stegman, Julie Cartier, and Lane Alexander. Stephanie also received training from numerous organizations, i.e. The Chicago Human Rhythm Project, St. Louis Tap Festival, Robert Reed, Savion Glover, Idella Reed, Ted Levy, Tracey Vonder Har, Barbara Swanson, Jimmy Payne, Debbie Dee, Jay Fagan, Sarah Savelli, Al Gilbert and several Chicago land Conventions.

    Stephanie has directed many youth groups over the past 27 years. Her choreography for her students has earned several local and national titles along with invitations to perform at events such as The Taste of Chicago, The Orange Bowl Games, Dance Chicago, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, McDonalds Thanksgiving Day Parade, Dance America’s Dancer of the Year, and many community events and fundraisers. Several of her students have gone on to dance professionally. Her choreography has been used by professional tap companies and has been featured in the United States, China, and Venezuela. She has choreographed for Sesame Street with Bob McGrath and is sought after for her knowledge and expertise of Tap Technique. In the spring of 1998, Stephanie became a member of Especially Tap Chicago. The company performs thru out the United States and Europe. “ETC” is hired for many tap festivals not only to perform but also to teach and educate students in tap dance.

    Stephanie began judging for Applause Talent Competitions in 2008. Stephanie has been a guest instructor at Northern Illinois University teaching tap education.

    Stephanie is certified in teaching dance and music to children with special needs. Teaching dance to children with special needs is a true joy for Stephanie.

    Stephanie donated her time volunteering at GiGi’s Playhouse (a downs syndrome aware ness center for children) teaching dance lessons. Her Ballet students at GiGi’s have had several opportunities to perform their talents on stage with other youth along with Inaside Chicago Dance in their annual Youth Summit for the Performing Arts.

    In 2014 Stephanie joined faculty with Haley’s Playground. Together with Occupational Therapist Jackie Olson, they created a Sensory Play and a Dance Therapy Program. Stephanie currently runs three special needs dance classes weekly, each a different level of functionality. These classes are titled “Special Stars” dance classes. The Special Stars students have performed in annual dance recitals, Youth Summits, and Dance Competitions.

    In the fall of 2003, Stephanie opened her own studio in the suburbs of Chicago. The teaching staff consists of 12 professional instructors offering all genres of dance. It is the academy’s mission is to give the best dance education possible to our youth.

    • Joe Musiel
      Joe MusielJazz & Modern

      COMPANY DIRECTOR

      Joe was born in Buffalo, NY and later moved to Indiana where he studied Contemporary Dance at Indiana University. During his time at IU he has had the opportunity to work with a variety of renowned artists and companies such as Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott, Parsons Dance Company, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, American Dance Festival, Ballet Chicago, and Deeply Rooted Dance. In 2013, Joe moved to Chicago to accept a second company position dancing with Giordano Dance Chicago allowing him to learn and further his artistry from artists such as Brock Clawson, Ronnie Koresh, and Autumn Eckman. Recently he was a dancer with Dance in the Parks, West Side Story at the Paramount Theater (Aurora), as well as was a principle dancer at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In addition to performing on stage he has found a knack for choreography and has put those skills to the test by winning various choreography competitions put on by Chicago dance companies, setting work on professional companies, as well as receiving recognition for his choreography in showcases and studio dance competitions. Joe is currently in his first season as a company dancer with Cerqua Rivera, and he is so excited to hit the stage with this amazing organization and talented group of dancers.

      • Jordan Beyeler
        Jordan BeyelerBallet, Jazz, and Musical Theater
        Originally from Wichita, KS, Jordan is a dance teacher and choreographer based in the Chicagoland area. Her professional performance credits include Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Cirqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Carnival Choreographer’s Ball Chicago, Inaside Chicago Dance Choreographic Sponsorship, Jayson Tisa Dance Company and Visceral Dance Chicago WITHIN. When not in the studio, Jordan is a judge for Applause Talent Competition and Dancewerks Chicago. She majored in Dance at Columbia College Chicago along with training in the Framework Pre-Professional Dance Program under the direction of Pia Hamilton. Recently, Jordan made her musical theater debut with Norwegian Creative Studios onboard the Oceania Riviera!
        • Sammy Gonzalez
          Sammy GonzalezHip-Hop

          Sammy Gonzalez began his dance journey once he entered high school in where he joined his school’s hip hop team. Through out his high school career he trained in various styles while also being a member of RMHS Orchesis and RMHS Hypno. After vigorous training, taking classes, and winning scholarships for the Pulse Dance Convention, Sammy decided to focus solely on Hip Hop. Upon graduating in 2012, he began teaching at various studios in the northwest suburb area. In 2014, Sammy began his training with BoomCrack! Dance Company, an award winning professional company based in the West Loop of Chicago. When he’s not training with BoomCrack, Sammy has gotten numerous opportunities to perform with Benny the Bull, The Luvabulls, and the Break-a-Bulls from the Chicago Bulls and is currently an active member of the Chicago Bulls 312 Crew . Sammy always looks forward to share his passion for dance and all his knowledge with the students and not only looking to inspire students but to have them inspire him as well.

          • TIFFANY KRAUSE
            TIFFANY KRAUSEBallet and Pointe

            Originally from Dundee, Michigan, Tiffany attended Columbia Chicago College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Teaching and Public Relations. After graduation, she received an internship with Thodos Dance Chicago and made her professional debut performance at the Harris Theater in “A Light In The Dark” choreographed by Ann Reinking and Melissa Thodos. After her experience working with Reinking, Tiffany realized her passion for musical theater. Her regional credits include On The Town (Marriott Theater), West Side Story (Paramount Theater), and Wonderful Town (Goodman Theater) where she became a member of the Actor’s Equity Association. As for commercial work, Tiffany was a featured dancer in the Indian Bollywood film Dhoom 3, and has performed with global brands, such as T Mobile and McDonalds. Throughout her training experience, she was fortunate to attend many remarkable programs with Hubbard Street Dance Company, River North Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, and American Ballet Theater. She has received many awards and scholarships from various dance conventions and toured as an assistant with LA Dance Magic Convention at the age of 17. Along with being an active performer, Tiffany has been noted as an up and coming choreographer of the Chicago area. She was nominated twice as a featured artist for InAside Dance Chicago’s Choreographic Sponsorship Event, where she presented her works “Embrace Against Time” (2014) and “Those Left Behind” (2015). Last year, she was chosen as the Featured Bravo Choreographer for the Dancewerks National Werkshop, where she presented her work “Read Between the Lines.” Tiffany has choreographed many award-winning pieces within the competitive dance scene. As a performer, choreographer, and instructor, Tiffany is driven to craft, mentor, and inspire the next generation of dancers with the knowledge that she has gained throughout her diverse dance career and help them lead a healthy and enthusiastic passion for dance artistry.

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