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.
Jeremy Burke taught tap at the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center in Alexandria, Virginia for six years, and also ran the tap program at M&S Studios in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was a founding member of the D.C. tap group Metro Tap. He performed at the Kennedy Center Honors with Julie Andrews, was in the top 100 of the first season of So You Think You Can Dance, and he is a Pro-Am Hustle Champion dancing with mom fellow GDS teacher Judy Burke.
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 currently is a company member with Matter Dance Company in Chicago. Josh choreographs routines for studios, performance groups, and high school and college dance teams all over the country. For more information visit: http://joshualeefletcher.wix.com/jfda
NATALIE MOREIRA trained at Bossov Ballet Academy and Kirkland Academy in New York City. Her professional career began with Columbia Classical Ballet of Columbia, SC, and Sarasota Contemporary Dance where she spent 3 seasons dancing full time, and teaching at local studios. Though she is trained in Russian technique Natalie has expanded the boundaries of her teaching methods and focuses her combinations on weight shifting, moving through space, spirals, and personal expression.
Brenna Pierson-Tucker is co-Artistic Director of Esoteric Dance Project which she co-founded in 2010. She holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. She received her early training at Interlochen Arts Academy. Brenna has performed 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 choreography has been featured in Chicago and regionally.
Aaron Renteria is a company member at Joffrey Ballet where he has danced in ballets such as Krzysztof Pastor’s Romeo & Juliet; Christopher Wheeldon’s Fool’s Paradise and The Nutcracker; and Yuri Possokhov’s Bells. Prior to joining Joffrey Ballet Aaron studied under Lola de Ávila and Patrick Armand at the San Francisco Ballet School. Later, he became a member of the San Francisco Ballet (SFB) company.
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.
Kate Robinson is a Certified BeMoved Dance Instructor. Kate mentors new instructors in the Methodology of BeMoved; 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, and more. Kate’s enthusiastic teaching style is sure to inspire.
Adina Stuhlman has a BS in Dance and a minor in History from Ball State University. There she had the opportunity to perform in several dance productions, choreographed The Daughters of Shiloh, her senior thesis, and was the dramaturg for Reimagining Mary. Adina also spent a semester studying in Israel at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Adina is a ballerina at heart but enjoys exploring other styles and new ways of moving as well.
Amy Williams is a Chicago dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She has a BA in Dance Performance from Illinois State University. 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. Amy has developed a style of teaching that enables virtually anyone to be in a choreographed dance!