Teachers

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Kimberly Baker

Kimberly Baker is a dancer, choreographer, and arts educator. She is currently in her third season with Tiffany Lawson Dance. She has danced with Core Project Chicago, SHMIBdance, The Monocle Eclectic, Innervation Dance Cooperative, Alliance Dance Company, Renegade Dance Architects (of Chicago), and independent choreographers Christine Hands, Bonnie Christine Willis, CJ Tiso, and Charlique C Rolle. She is currently co-choreographing a multi-disciplinary show set to premiere at Harold Washington Library, June 25, 2017 inspired by the many concepts surrounding home. You can catch her teaching all over Chicago, mostly with the little ones in Chicago Public Schools.

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!

LisaCaldwell-264x300Lisa Caldwell

Lisa is originally from St. Charles, Missouri, and started dancing at the age of three at American Youth Performing Arts. She trained at Ballet Mississippi and the St. Louis Ballet School, and performed with the St. Louis Ballet Company in The Nutcracker and Christopher d’Amboise’s Tribute. Lisa attended the University of Kansas on scholarship and graduated with a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Business Administration. She performed in the University’s performing dance company for four years and also served as the marketing officer. She had the opportunity to perform works by Patrick Suzeau, Michelle Heffner Hayes, James Moreno, and Melissa Thodos, and trained in aerial silks at The Last Carnival. While at KU, Lisa fell in love with teaching and now teaches dance to children and adults across the Chicago area. Currently she is an intern/trainee and a social media coordinator for Thodos Dance Chicago.

BaronClay_TeacherBaron Clay

Baron Clay is a licensed Zumba instructor who is enjoying his fitness journey. With a background in dance and performance (16+ years), he takes the basic structures of Zumba and incorporates them with his own styles of dance and music to give you a well rounded class, all the while increasing and decreasing your heart rate, having a fun time dancing and sweating, and working your way towards a more fit and healthy you.

Alex-TeacherAlex Gordon

Originally from Beaumont, TX, Alex  began his formal dance training at Washington University in St. Louis (2006-10) where he received his BA in architecture and minor in modern dance.  While in college, Alex joined The Slaughter Project Dance company and also guested with Saint Louis based companies and performance artists [such Tom Brady, Atrek Dance Collective, Ashliance Dance Company, and the University of Missouri dance department. In the summer of 2010, Alex attended ADF (The American Dance Festival) on a work-study scholarship.  Afterwards, Alex joined the The Missouri Contemporary Ballet (2010-15) in Columbia, MO where he also become the Resident Costume Designer (2014-15.)  Alex has also guested as a dancer and costume designer for Deeply Rooted Young Choreographers Showcase (2013-2014). Alex is currently a member of Thodos Dance Chicago and Ardent Dance Company and continues to teach, choreograph and design.

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, and Technique & Acro Instructor for Dreamz Dance Company. He is a former company dancer with the Dancefx Concert Dance Company in Athens, GA. 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

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Kristi 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 (CSUF). Upon graduation, Kristi joined Keshet Dance Company (Albuquerque, NM), where she served as IT specialist, digital archivist, dance instructor, and company dancer. During her time with Keshet, Kristi had opportunities to create and premiere her own choreographic works as well as perform abroad in Italy and Switzerland. Since relocating to Chicago in mid-2015, Kristi has had the honor of performing works by Kevin Iega Jeff, William Gil, Reesie Davis, and Alia Simon Montijo. Kristi actively teaches youth and adult dance classes throughout the Chicagoland area and is a company artist with Noumenon Dance Ensemble.

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.

Kristin-TeacherKristin Nelson

Kristin’s passion for dancing started at a young age. She trained at several studios in the Chicago land area, before finishing up her 4 years in high school at Inspire School of dance. She then headed to Hope College to continue her career and love for dance. She received her BA from Hope College in Dance Performance and Choreography. She studied under Erik Alberg, Maxine Debruyn, Anne Rene Petarca, Dorrell Martin and Sharon Wong. During her time there, she was on Hope’s jazz and tap company, at the time called IDT, where she studied under Linda Graham, Amanda Smith Heynen and Rosanne Barton DeVries. IDT was privileged enough to perform annually with Chicago Tap Theatre in their Holiday Show. Kristin was also on Hope’s modern dance company, dANCE pROJECT, where she studied under Steven Iannacone, Matthew Thorton and Alicia Diaz, and on Hopes Dance education performance group called Strike Time. She danced and performed at the Summer Jazz Intensive at NYC Joffery Ballet School.
Since her graduation from Hope’s dance program, Kristin has been dancing and choreographing with Chelsea Harkelroad for [undefined]movers. They have presented work at or with: The Spirito Singers, Matter Dance Performance, Elgin Ties Dance Festival, Chicago Home Theatre Festival, Core Project Presents Going Dutch, Alliance Dance Company Presents Kaleidoscope, Thaw, Awakening Movement and Roughhewn People. She currently teaches at Inspire School of Dance in Naperville and Glenwood Dance Studio in Chicago.

Brenna-TeacherBrenna Pierson-Tucker

Brenna co-founded Esoteric Dance Project along with Christopher Tucker in the winter of 2010. She 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. There she received the Young Artist Award and was also invited to attend the Craft of Choreography Conference as a developing choreographer. 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 reconstructing works by JoséLimon and Trisha Brown. Her choreographic works have been showcased in several venues throughout the country, including being featured in several Dance Chicago Festivals as well as the Open Space Project, and she has had works performed at the Broadway Performance Hall and Velocity Dance Theater in Seattle, Washington. Brenna is also continuing her education with the study of Labanotation. She is certified in the elementary level and is pursuing her intermediate certification at present.

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 several local ballets including Snow White in the Old West and The Little Mermaid for Ballet Etudes of Huntington Beach in addition to playing the role of the Nutcracker prince for American Pacific Ballet Company. During this time he also collaborated with Golsanam Dance and Music Company where he performed various traditional and contemporary Persian dance pieces. Brennen earned his degree in 2014 and moved to Chicago to begin dancing professionally. He has spent the last year as a member of Thodos Dance Chicago, performing with them both locally and nationally, and plans to continue his career with the company next season. 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.

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