Teachers

Amy-TeacherAmy Williams

Amy is a Chicago native dancer, choreographer, and teacher. In 2005, she earned a BA in Dance Performance from Illinois State University and has been working for Chicago dance companies, theater companies, and schools ever since. Credits include: Innervation Dance Cooperative, Alliance Dance Company, Renegade Dance Architects, Tiffany Lawson Dance, Dance Chicago, Dance in a Box, Kaleidoscope Festival, InGen Productions, Barrel of Monkeys, Six Hours Short, North Park University, University of Chicago, and Countryside Montessori School. In the last few years, Amy has landed the role of choreographer in dozens of plays ranging from classic musicals to movie parodies to original works that call for a Bollywood number at a Comic-Con convention! Charged with the task of teaching choreography to actors and children with a wide variety of dance backgrounds and abilities, she has developed a style of teaching that enables virtually anyone to be in a choreographed dance!

Josh-TeacherJosh Fletcher

Josh is originally from southern Indiana, but has been living in Chicago since January of 2016. He attended the University of Evansville for his Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Miami University for his Master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education. He has served in the role of Director of Dance at River City Dance Connection, Artistic Director for Vision Dance Company, Assistant Coach for the nationally-ranked Miami University Dance Team, Instructor for Dreamz Dance Company, and a member of Concert Dance Company at Dancefx Athens. He is currently a company member with Matter Dance Company in Chicago. His passion for dance has taken him around the country to choreograph routines for studios, performing arts companies, and high school and college dance teams. For more information on Josh, please visit: http://joshualeefletcher.wix.com/jfda

Kristi-TeacherKristi Licera

Kristi began her dance training at age 8 in her hometown, Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Soon thereafter, she began dancing competitively in jazz, ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, contemporary, tap, and hip hop. In 2014, Kristi graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Dance from California State University, Fullerton. She was a member of the university’s Dance Repertory Theatre, where she the honor of premiering works by choreographers such as Daniel Charon, Colin Connor, Alvin Rangel, and Jonathan Fredrickson. Upon graduation, Kristi joined Keshet Dance Company (Albuquerque, NM), where she had opportunities to create and premiere her own choreographic works and perform abroad in Italy and Switzerland. Since relocating to Chicago in mid-2015, Kristi has had the honor of performing works with Thodos Dance Chicago, Noumenon Dance Ensemble, and Movement Revolution Dance Company. Kristi actively teaches youth dance classes at All About Dance Chicago and is in her first season as a company artist with Chicago Dance Crash – the premiere ‘dance fusion’ company (hip hop/contemporary) in the Midwest.

Gloria-TeacherGloria Mwez

Gloria wakes up every day in her penthouse tree-house and punches a dragon in the face. For breakfast she eats a superfood you’ll hear about next year. On occasion she uses the reflective windows of open and closed businesses to perfect pieces of choreography. Her favorite thing about dancing is its ability to marry all the elements of a person; the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional. She likes to call those elements instead, Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael. Dancing, to her, is storytelling. She’s mixed attributes of her favorite dance genres with her natural dance form to create a style she calls Hip[ster] Hop. She thinks this name is clever. Find her teaching Wednesdays and Sundays at Glenwood, coaching Fear Experiment dancers for Mac ‘n’ Cheese Productions, performing with Matter Dance Company of Chicago, leading Untitled Project dance Workshops, working with Chicago-based choreographers, and stomping down sidewalks pretending to be a model. Gloria Mwez has a pretty active imagination. She is the most interesting teacher in the world. She doesn’t always write her own bios, but when she does she prefers a Dos Equis.

Brenna-TeacherBrenna Pierson-Tucker

Brenna Pierson-Tucker is an artist, choreographer and educator who has called Chicago home since 2007. In the winter of 2010, she co-founded Esoteric Dance Project and has since created eight world premieres and assisted in the construction of another eight works for the company. Pierson-Tucker holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She received her early training at Interlochen Arts Academy where she first began experimenting with movement under the direction of Tina Curran, Sharon Randolph and Kay Braden. Throughout her career, Brenna has had the privilege of performing works by artists such as Kevin Iega Jeff, Christopher D’Amboise and Sonia Dawkins as well as re-constructing works by José Limon and Trisha Brown. Her choreographic works have been featured in Going Dutch, Harvest Dance Festival, Blueberry Dance Festival, Dance Chicago as well as the Open Space Project. She teaches at Glenwood Dance Studio and is continuing her education with the study of Labanotation.

Brennen-TeacherBrennen Renteria

Brennen first began his dance training at the age of 10 in his hometown of Corona, CA. He pursued a BA in dance at California State University, Fullerton where he performed and choreographed for their dance concerts. In 2011, Brennen attended the American Academy of Ballet Summer Intensive with a full scholarship and had the honor of taking ballet classes taught by David Howard, Sean Lavery, Galina Samsova and Brian Loftus. While in college, Brennen was featured in local ballets for Ballet Etudes, American Pacific Ballet Company and collaborated with Golsanam Dance and Music Company (traditional and contemporary Persian dance). Brennen earned his degree in 2014 and moved to Chicago to begin dancing professionally with Thodos Dance Chicago. Brennen toured and performed with Thodos both locally and nationally until the repertory ensemble was disbanded at the end of the 2017 season. He is currently a company artist with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater and will be performing with Elements Contemporary Ballet later this year. Brennen has been an active dance instructor since 2011 and finds great joy in watching students grow artistically and as individuals.

Kate-Teacher1Kate Robinson

Kate first came to BeMoved as a student. After a long hiatus from dance, she rediscovered her passion and became a Certified BeMoved Dance Instructor. Kate mentors new instructors in the Methodology of BeMoved and has elevated her own training to the Artistry Level. She has taught BeMoved Dance classes at Lou Conte Dance Studios, The Joffrey, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Old Town School of Folk Music, Joel Hall Dance Studios, Belle Plaine Studios and most recently at The Playroom in the Portage Park neighborhood. She is excited to bring BeMoved Dance to Rogers Park where she lives with her husband and teenage boys. Her classes are popular and Kate’s enthusiastic teaching style is sure to inspire.

Jorie for Teacher WebJorie Goins

Jorie is a dancer based out of Chicago, IL. Originally from Miami, Florida, Jorie earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in dance from Northwestern University in 2016. In addition to being a journalist/PR professional by day and professional dancer by night (or any other time when she’s not writing), Jorie is currently a performing apprentice with Noumenon Dance Ensemble and has performed works choreographed by Kristi Andarcia and April Torneby. Jorie is also the founder and blogger-in-chief of DanceTopia, which she hopes will serve as a digital dance hub where knowledge and passion collide.

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