Kimberly Baker is a dancer, choreographer, and arts educator. She has danced with Tiffany Lawson Dance, 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. Her choreography has been featured in venues throughout Chicago. She also teaches dance with Chicago Public Schools.
Ella Baseman came to Chicago to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ella was previously part of the New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble 2, and trained at Broadway Dance Center for tap and street jazz in New York City. They previously taught tap classes at Oberlin College, and have choreographed for various student performances. They specialize in rhythm tap.
Judy Burke founded and directed the Adult Dance Department at the Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria, Virginia where she taught ballet, tap, jazz and social dance. She has an extensive teaching resume, as well as numerous performance credits including TV, movies and Broadway, and competed on the U.S. National Swing Circuit for 10 years.
Katie DeSalvo is a Chicago native and DePaul University alumni. She has choreographed extensively with St. Patrick’s High School since 2009, from Wizard of Oz to Tarzan. She traveled across Europe touring with the On Broadway Dancers in 2016 and danced with her ballroom student for Arthur Murray’s international competition in Barcelona in 2017. Currently, she performs contemporary repertoire with the non-profit Reveries in Motion and socially dances tango with the 312 Movement in Chicago.
Josh Fletcher came to Chicago from Indiana in 2016. He was Director of Dance at River City Dance Connection and Artistic Director for Vision Dance Company. He danced for Dancefx Concert Dance Company in Athens, Georgia and is currently a company member and company manager for Matter Dance Company in Chicago. Josh choreographs routines for studios, performance groups, and high school and college dance teams all over the country and is the owner of JFDA Choreography. For more information visit: http://joshualeefletcher.wix.com/jfda
Brenda Fournier has been teaching BeMoved since 2011. She’s a former professional dancer who worked for more than 15 years in ballet and musical theatre. As a young girl she was a member of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s corps de ballet and performed in their productions of Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Nutcracker, Petrouchka, Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps), La Bayadere (1st girl corps) and others. Some of her favorite musical theatre credits include Cabaret, Sugar, and Chicago.
Ginger Jensen is originally from Blair, Nebraska and has been teaching dance, performing and choreographing in the Chicagoland area for 25 years. Ginger performed with 4 professional companies in Chicago and was the founder and artistic director of Renegade Dance Architects (of Chicago). As an independent artist she has shown works in several notable dance festivals, and choreographed many musicals. Ginger’s passions in the industry have evolved into setting curricular standards for dance education and teachers. She has academic degrees in Mathematics and English with a Theatre emphasis and a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Spertus Institute and is currently working as Operations Manager for DanceWorks Chicago.
Ali Keirn has been a Southerner in the city since 2012. Before she arrived, she choreographed for The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville in Oceano, California and Tweetsie Railroad Wild West Theme Park in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Ali holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Performance with a Minor in Dance from Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina. She specializes in softshoe and musical theatre tap styles and has been dancing with and choreographing for Matter Dance Company for the past 8 years.
NATALIE ELIZABETH’s Russian ballet training began with Greater Lansing Ballet Company, continued with the Bossov Ballet Theatre, and the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Academy. Her professional career began with dancing and teaching for Columbia Classical Ballet of Columbia, SC for 2 seasons. Moving into the contemporary dance world she joined Sarasota Contemporary Dance where she spent 3 seasons performing full time, creating work, and teaching at local studios throughout Florida. Arriving in Chicago in August 2019 Natalie has worked with Lucky Plush Productions, performed her own work at J E L L O dances, taught ballet at University of Chicago as an adjunct, and continues working in her own neighborhood at Glenwood Dance Studio.
Aaron Renteria is a company member at Joffrey Ballet where he has danced in ballets such as Jerome Robbin’s Interplay and Glass Pieces; George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments; Christopher Wheeldon’s Fool’s Paradise and The Nutcracker; Andrew McNicol’s Yonder Blue; Alexander Ekman’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Justin Peck’s Year of the Rabbit and The Times Are Racing; Nicholas Blanc’s Beyond the Shore; Annabel Lopez Ochoa’s Mammatus; and Yuri Possokhov’s Anna Karenina and Bells. Prior to joining Joffrey Ballet in 2016, Aaron studied under Lola de Ávila, Jean-Yves Esquerre, and Patrick Armand at the San Francisco Ballet School. Later, he became an apprentice and was promoted to the Corps de Ballet in San Francisco Ballet (SFB).
Brennen Renteria began his dance training at the age of 10 in his hometown of Corona, CA. He has a BA in dance from California State University, Fullerton, where he 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). In Chicago Brennen danced professionally with Thodos Dance Chicago. He is currently a company artist with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater.
Adina Stuhlman has a BS in Dance and a minor in history from Ball State University and studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel post-graduation. Adina was an apprentice with Inaside Chicago Dance, danced as a Guest Artist in Spectacle Spectacular (a fully improvised danced musical) with J. Lindsay Brown Dance, and was a Supernumerary in the Lyric Opera’s production of Dead Man Walking. Adina is a ballerina at heart but enjoys exploring other styles and new ways of moving as well.