Faculty

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Owner / Studio Director

Raelyn Joyner – Studio Owner/Director

Raelyn has a small dance background that started when she was 7 and, was a poms coach for many years.These days she enjoys running the studio and believes NIDC is a great studio with lots to offer.

She loves to see not only her own 2 daughters grow and improve in dance every year but also all the NIDC dancers.

Raelyn strives to make NIDC a home away from home for her dancers and their families. A place for dancers to come to to learn and grow in not only dance but also in life. She likes to emphasis the importance of instilling as much self confidence in NIDC dancers as possible. She wants them to enter our doors with a release of whatever troubles could be happening outside of them and leaving the studio feeling refreshed, positive and confident to face what lies in front of them.

She is proud to offer a variety of teachers who specialize in all different dance genres. Offering a wide variety of teachers helps our dancers grow even further.

Raelyn feels extremely grateful for all the parents that entrust their children with her and her staff here at NIDC.

 

Our Instructors

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Stephen Blood –  Teacher

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Our Instructors

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Lauren Caputo – Guest Teacher/Choreographer

Lauren has been dancing since the age of 3; she has been under the direction of Mary Pilalis owner and director of Aspire Dance Company from Center Stage Dance Studio. During her time with Aspire she was the national champion in 2008, and her solo has placed in the top three at every nationals since. In 2011 she became the artistic director of Integrity Dance Company. Although her time with Integrity was short she won three choreography awards and was responsible for three of her seven soloists winning national titles. During high school she was also the captain and choreographer of her high school dance team for two years: The Lake Park Lancettes. She choreographed two state winning routines, and in 2011 received the highest artistic score in the state of Illinois for her open dance routine. Her high school team won the title of Grand Champions that year. Lauren is currently a junior at Purdue University where she is apart of the Golduster Dance Team. As a freshman she choreographed routines for the Big Ten, both men’s and women’s basketball and football. This year she is the captain of the team. Although her major is Speech- Language Pathology, her one true love is dance. She has had opportunities to work with Radio City Rockettes, Mia Michael s, Amy Miles, Lizzie McKenzie, and many other professionals in the business. She loves opportunities to work with kids and hopefully inspire them to love dance just as much as she does.

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Mattie Hayes – Teacher

Mattie Hayes has grown up in Sycamore her whole life being heavily involved in both dance and volleyball. It wasn’t until high school when she realized dance became something more to her than volleyball ever did. She participated in the Sycamore High School Orchesis Dance Company and eventually gave up her volleyball career to put her full efforts into dance. She took the next step and decided to attend NIU where she then made their dance team on scholarship. She plans to be a Silverette all four years of college while studying rehabilitation to become a geriatric Occupational Therapist.

 

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Kristin Hill – Teacher

Kristin began her role as Artistic Director of the Sycamore High School Orchesis Dance Troupe in 2007 after being hired to create the new dance curriculum for the physical education department. Since graduating from NIU majoring in dance education, she has choreographed musicals and Orchesis dances for both Neuqua Valley High School and Sycamore High School, choreographing up to 15 dances every year. Dancing since she was three, Kristin has toured the world as Chicago Honey Bear Dancer and currently teaches at Northern Illinois Dance Center.

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Madeline Kuhn – Teacher

Madeline has been dancing since the age of eleven, and started dancing competitively at the age of fourteen for M&M Dance Company. In 2011, Madeline was part of the newly formed Integrity Dance, under the instruction of Lauren Caputo and Josh Rivera. She has trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theater, and Horton style modern. Her training also includes conventions and intensives with Inaside Chicago Dance, West Coast Dance Explosion, New York City Dance Alliance, and Jump Dance Convention. Madeline was an officer of Sycamore High School’s Orchesis program, and danced for the SHS Poms Team her senior year. Education has always been a passion of Madeline’s, as she is currently an Elementary Education major, and a Dance Performance minor at Northern Illinois University. Madeline hopes to inspire young dancers to reach their full potential through proper technique, in a welcoming and hard working classroom.

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Kennedy Kunz – Teacher

Kennedy has been dancing since the age of 5 years old and brings her love of dance everywhere she goes. Growing up in Minooka, Kennedy first attended Illinois Dance Academy and then later furthered her dance career at Donna Mueller’s School of dance and then Encore Dance Company. Attending numerous dance conventions and competitions, Kennedy has had a lot of experience with top choreographers and directors. In high school, Kennedy was on the Varsity Pom team all 4 years and the captain of the team her senior year. Dancing wasn’t just yet over for Kennedy after high school, she currently helps out with the Dekalb High School Dance team choreographing their competition and football routines. She also is the choreographer for her sororities philanthropy event, Do it to the Crowd, a dance competition amongst all the Greeks. She is so excited to be a part of Northern Illinois Dance Center and hopes to instill her passion for dance onto others.

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Donielle Logan-Richmond – Guest Teacher/Choreographer

Donielle Logan-Richmond is a professional dancer and choreographer currently under contract with Ascension Performing Arts Hip Hop Dance Company in Chicago, Illinois and Outlet Professional Jazz Company of Elk Grove Village. Donielle was formerly under contract with Diva Le Dance Professional Hip Hop Company for four years. Some of Donielle’s most recent achievements include being Lead Choreographer for the Calvin Harris Concert Opener hosted by KISS FM radio at the Aragon Ballroom, performing in Dance Chicago: Urban Movement, FreeSpace Dance Festival, Tales of Herror Art Festival and ABC’s Extreme Make Over Weight Loss Edition. In addition to her choreographic and performance credits, Donielle currently teaches Hip Hop and Contemporary at the award winning RISE Dance Center of Schaumburg.

Donielle has over 11 years of teaching & coaching experience both recreationally and competitively. Donielle has created award winning competitive routines in the genres of Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz and Lyrical. Donielle recently launched her own company ACTIVATE YOUR ARTISTRY that hosts Master Classes and Intensives in the Northern Illinois area to provide dance instruction that focuses on building positivity and passion in dancers. Donielle has been dancing a total of 26 years and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from Northern Illinois University under the direction of Judith Chitwood, Autumn Eckman, Steven Norman, Paula Frasz and Brian Carey Chung. Donielle was also a three time scholarship recipient in Theatre Dance when she attended Elgin Community College. Donielle is very excited to be back at NIDC this season.

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Atlee Mathews – Assistant Director/Teacher

Atlee has been teaching for NIDC since our opening in 2009. She has danced herself since she was three years old and has competed in lyrical, jazz, and tap since age nine at both Summer’s Academy of Dance in Crystal Lake and Dixon Dance Academy in West Dundee. Atlee was on the Sycamore High School Varsity dance team for all 4 years in high school, and she was also the first president of the Orchesis Dance Company. She is also the current Sycamore Middle School dance team coach and helped them win their first ever conference championship during the 2015 season. As a graduate of NIU, Atlee  participated heavily in her sorority as chapter president and VP of marketing, as well as being a member of a variety of other campus organizations.

 

Atlee has had professional training in a variety of styles that brings a fresh aspect to her dance classes. She likes to incorporate new styles, techniques and ideas to create an edge in her routines. Atlee’s classes focus on the importance of strong technique, individual growth, artistic ability/performance quality, and overall dance quality.

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Courtney Scott – Performance Group Coordinator/Teacher

Courtney has been dancing since the age of three within the Hampshire area. She has studied with some of the nation’s leading ballet and jazz professionals including Natalie Geever, Chris Johnson, Tammy Newquist, Beth Fowler, Kristina Leonard and Sheri Gilpin. While a company member of the Beth Fowler Dance Company Courtney was featured in roles such as the Russian Doll, and Chinese Soloist in the Nutcracker, and the Spring Fairy in Cinderella. She has performed with Pastiche Dance Ensemble of Milwaukee, performing at multiple art galleries, Harley Davidson’s 100th Anniversary, and Summerfest dancing different repertoires including the Matrix. She has danced at a Rock River Raptors Football games and also previously worked with Studio A’s award winning competition dance team. Courtney hopes to continue to share her love of dance with the dancers of Northern Illinois Dance Center.

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Rachel Skaggs – Guest Teacher/Choreographer

Rachel Skaggs has been dancing since the age of 2 years old. Throughout her youth she trained at various different studios and companies and danced competitively for many years.  Since the age of 14, Rachel has been teaching dance to children and adults of all ages. She has attended many competitions and conventions throughout the world, where she has danced under many prestigious artists who have all helped her to excel in her dance career. She has also danced for professional sporting events and festivals throughout the United States. Rachel has had the great experience of coaching a Pom Team for several years, and has worked on production numbers for different teams in the area.  Rachel received her Master’s Degree from Northern Illinois University in Public Administration in December 2012.  Rachel has been blessed with the opportunity to share the joy of dance with individuals of all ages, by teaching dance continuously for the last 8 years of her life. She is grateful for the opportunity to share her dance experience and joy for dance with Northern Illinois Dance Center.  As a part of the NIDC team Rachel will continue to share her love of dance with the other dancers while also emphasizing the importance of technique and structured training.

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Sharon Smith – Ballet Program Coordinator/Teacher

Sharon Smith has been involved with dance, ballet and teaching for over 25 years.  Sharon received training in ballet, jazz and modern and also has training as a figure skater and as a gymnast.  She completed the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and also received training in Vaganova, Bournonville, Cechetti and Balanchine techniques.  She has trained under David Howard, Cynthia Harvey, Kennet Oberly, Wes Chapman and Roger Van Fleteren and danced with companies in Kansas and Illinois. She has taught every level of ballet from ages 3 to adults, as well as Pilates and strength and conditioning. She has choreographed for high school musicals as well as dance school performances and was assistant choreographer for the Illini Figure Skating Club.  For the past several years, she has worked with developmentally disabled adults and children at Barbara Olson Center for Hope, Milestone, Inc. and Easter Seals Autism Therapeutic School culminating in performances.

Currently she is a paraprofessional in the SOAL special education program at DeKalb High School.

While dancing and teaching, Sharon received a B.S. in Ecology, Ethology and Evolution and a M.S. in Wildlife Research/Ornithology from the University of Illinois, a Legal Assistant Certificate from Wichita State University and a Paralegal Degree from Elgin Community College.

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Shelly Tranchita – Teacher

Originally from the Chicago area, Shelly grew up dancing and performing in and around her home town of Worth, IL. With over 20 years of experience, she is very excited to join the NIDC staff. Shelly currently teaches Dance and Fitness at Sycamore High School, where she is the Assistant Artistic Director to the Orchesis Dance Troupe. Shelly enjoys her family, friends, water skiing, practicing and teaching yoga and traveling.

Even further, she is an avid believer in living life to it’s fullest, dancing your heart out, doing what you love.

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Mindy Walker – Preschool Program Coordinator/Teacher

Mindy is our most experienced instructor at NIDC. The students just love her and her exciting class! She teaches all forms of dance at all age and talent levels. She is very knowledgeable about children and all things dance. She has taught and run her own dance studio in the DeKalb area. Mindy is currently working as a pre-school teacher and getting her degree in education.

Teacher Apprentices

Clara Biletzky

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Jeff Bozek

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Abriella Joyner

Abriella also known as Ella has been dancing with NIDC since the 2009-2010 season.  She has been dancing since she was three and is now 13.  She is in 7th grade at Sycamore Middle School and is hoping as tryouts are coming up to make the SMS dance team.  She has competed with NIDC for what will be her 6th year this year, and has competed in Jazz, Poms, Musical Theater, Tap, and Hip Hop.  Ella also likes to play volleyball.

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Analisa Joyner

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