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Oswego, IL 60543
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Owner / Director

Brook has been sharing her love for dance with students for over 20 years. She has been owner/ director of Storm Dance Alliance for 14 years, during which time she has instructed thousands of dancers, helping to guide them into successful dance careers, including college programs, teaching positions, choreographers, and work as professional dancers. Brook believes in the principles of providing Storm dancers with a strong foundation in both technique and performance ability, thereby creating versatile, well trained dancers that are successful in any genre of dance. Even more importantly, she focuses on developing dancers that have strong, work ethic, self-discipline, moral character who understand the importance of giving back, helping those less fortunate, leadership, and respect for themselves and others.

Brook has trained extensively in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and tap, as well as acrobatics, poms, and modern. She completed her dance training at Northern Illinois University in their award winning dance program. While there, Brook also completed her bachelor of science in Nursing.

Brook has directed the Storm Dance Alliance Competition Company through eleven successful seasons. As director, her Precision and Intensity Company has grown to over 150 talented members, and has won many regional and national titles. In 2010 and 2012 and 2014 Storm was awarded the FDC Studio Excellence Award for their top performance at Nationals. This prestigious award is given to only one studio at nationals for earning the highest amount of overall points at nationals. In 2010, Brook was also awarded the Rainbow and FDC Dedication to Dance Award for teachers. Her choreography has won numerous regional and national awards, including several top petite and junior choreography awards, and teen and senior top entertainer titles at competitions in the past seasons. Under her direction, the company has traveled to compete and perform in Myrtle Beach, Walt Disney World, Dance Chicago, Branson, MO and the Wisconsin Dells, New York City, and Los Angeles. The company and its dancers have been invited to dance in Germany, New York, Las Vegas, Australia and more. Brook has also successfully implemented the Poms Team, Lightening Boys Hip Hop Team, Future Stars Mini Team and Performance Company to the studio, offering a wonderful opportunity for dancers wanting to experience the joy of competition at a less intense level. The studio also now offers a wonderful drama and music department, featuring piano, guitar, vocal instructor and a spring musical.

Under her direction, the studio has developed a beautiful annual Nutcracker performance, which over the past 14 years has grown to a cast of over 250 dancers. Each December, Storm Dance Alliance has entertained dance lovers from the local and surrounding areas with its charming rendition of a classic holiday favorite.

Brook prides herself on providing a family-friendly studio environment, and fulfilling dancers’ dreams of performing by ensuring that they receive training from the best teachers the area has to offer. All instructors at Storm are talented, professional dancers who have the ability to inspire excellence from all of their students. She is extremely proud of the place that Storm has become, and strives for an even brighter future for the studio and all of the dancers who call Storm home.

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Avnun Yakubov was born in Russia and received a Masters Degree in Choreography and Arts Management from the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in Leningrad.

Mr. Yakubov was the Artistic Director and Head Choreographer Alumnus of the Moscow Ballet Theater in Russia from 1973-1993. From 1974-1988, he staged numerous works in Italy, Austria, Turkey, and Greece. By invitation of the Italian government in 1992, he choreographed and produced "An Evening with Strauss." He also choreographed different ballets for the Kirov Theater in Leningrad and the Vaganova Choreography College.

From 1993-1997, Mr. Yakubov appeared in the Chicago Festival Ballet’s "Nutcracker" as Herr Drosselmeyer and served as Ballet Master and Choreographer for the Chicago Festival Ballet School. He served as a choreography instructor for the Looking Glass Theater Company’s production of Bulgakov’s "Master and "Margarita" and taught at the Lou Conte Studio.

Mr. Yakubov was the Ballet Master and Head Choreographer for the Faubourg Ballet Theater from 1995-2001. In 1997-1998 he staged and choreographed Ravel’s "Bolero" and "Paquita" with Alexander Lunev (principal dancer with the Kirov Ballet). In 1999-2000, he served as Ballet Master and choreographer at the Academy of Dance Arts. There he staged and choreographed "New Ballet Divertissement" and "Paquita" with Roger Van Fleteren (principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre) and Yumelia Garcia (principal dancer with Milwaukee Ballet).  

From June 2001 till August 2007 Mr. Yakubov was a Founder and Artistic Director of " Ballet Cultural Arts Center" and "Youth Ballet Theatre of Chicago - NFP"

In 2002 – Evening of Ballet was performed at the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts. Featured guest artists included Elena Martinson & Andrei Ustinov formerly principal dancers from the Kirov Ballet Theater and Mr. Yakubov’s Youth Ballet Theatre pre-professional division students. 

In the summer of 2004 Mr. Yakubov proudly presented his US Ballet Premier of “BAMBI”.  This full length ballet in 2 acts featuring original libretto stage version with staging and choreography by Mr. Yakubov. Performances by Milwaukee Ballet Theater members Jennifer Provins and Christopher Fellows - 1 st Principal Soloists and Kirk Henning of Daytona Ballet Company – Principal Soloist.  Performing from the Youth Ballet Theater (YBT) NFP were Principal Soloists Renee Briglio, Lindsay Cregier and Kira Stiers and the pre-professional division students of the YBT.  This wonderful event was held at Hemmens Cultural Arts Center.

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mr. Segovia started dancing at age 16. After dancing with Ballet de Santiago directed by Marcia Haydeé and Ballet Contemporáneo del Teatro San Martín, he joined Ballet Argentino as a soloist under Julio Bocca’s direction in 2006, touring all over the world and appearing in over 200 performances per season. Two years later, at 21 years old, he was promoted to Principal Dancer.

Along with ballet star Manuel Legris, he was the only dancer to perform a solo piece in Bocca’s Farewell Gala for over 300,000 people that was broadcasted on National TV. While at Ballet Argentino, he was also invited to perform in a Gala with Cirque Du Soleil, dancing a piece created specifically for him. Mr. Segovia later danced with The Washington Ballet and with the acclaimed Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, directed by Christopher Wheeldon with residency in both New York and London.

Throughout his career, Lucas has toured to over 250 cities around the world. He has appeared in some of the most important venues for dance worldwide, such as London’s Sadler’s Wells and New York’s City Center and Carnegie Hall, along with the most important opera houses and theatres. He has performed pieces by some of the most relevant choreographers, such as George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Alvin Ailey, Jirí Kylian, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, Alexei Ratmansky, William Forsythe and Twyla Tharp, among many others. Lucas has also appeared in Drury Lane Theatre’s production of West Side Story starring as “Bernardo”, which became Drury Lane’s most successful production in its history. Mr. Segovia has been awarded with the Premio Clarin, the most prestigious distinction for the arts in Argentina, and has been invited to be an adjudicator for the admissions at CHIArts, one of the most prominent high school of arts in the city of Chicago.

Kara Zimmerman was born in Hershey, PA and trained at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, PA. She has been dancing professionally for the past 16 years, and most recently with the Victor Ullate Ballet Company in Madrid, Spain.

After graduating High School, Kara moved to Seattle, WA to attend the Pacific Northwest Ballet School's Professional Division program on full scholarship. She trained there for two years before joining the Pacific Northwest Ballet Company as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2000. During her 8 seasons with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, she had the privilege of traveling to England, Scotland, Hong Kong, and Turkey to perform with the company. In 2008 Kara joined the Cincinnati Ballet as a Senior Soloist. Then one year later, she joined the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, IL where she danced in the company for the next 6 seasons.

While dancing at the Joffrey Ballet, she has performed lead roles in ballets such as Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Aria II), In the Night (2nd pas), The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum, Snow Queen, Arabian), In the Middle Somewhat Elevated (main pas), Cinderella (Summer Fairy), Don Quixote (Dryad Queen), Age of Innocence (2nd pas), Tulle (Lead Woman), Lilac Garden (The Other Woman), Prodigal Son (Siren), After the Rain, Reflections, Othello and Infra to name a few. In August of 2015 Kara moved to Madrid, Spain to join the Victor Ullate Ballet Company. During the past year she has been performing all throughout Spain and France and toured to South America where the company performed in Uruguay and Colombia.

Jeff received his training through the Academy of Ballet Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida followed by the Houston Ballet Academy in Houston, Texas, which he attended for two years on scholarship and was accepted into Houston Ballet’s second company. He spent the following four seasons dancing with the A.G.M.A. company BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio. Wolfe joined River North Dance Chicago the following season. Wolfe has spent the past six years freelancing around the United States and Canada, dancing with many companies including Montgomery Ballet (Soloist), Eugene Ballet Company (Principal), Ron De Jesus Dance, Owen/Cox Dance Group, and Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance. In the past 5 years he has taught ballet in conventions such as Epic and Dance Fever. Wolfe currently co-directs two national dance intensives TRIBE and BALLET MATTERS.

Seth began his training at the Dance Refinery under the direction of Lynn Herrick followed by Motivation Dance under Bruce Campbell. In 2007 he began traveling with and assisting beloved choreographer and master teacher Nick Watkins. Robinson received his Bachelors of Science in Dance from Ball State University. In 2011 Robinson created the contemporary-focused weekend intensive TRIBE, which travels around the United States providing intimate and intense training to students in a studio setting. In 2015 he created TRIBE’s sister company BALLET MATTERS. Robinson spent three seasons dancing with Chicago’s premiere contemporary ballet company Elements Ballet. Robinson now teaches on faculty of the national touring conventions The Streetz and REVEL. Robinson is a nationally acclaimed teacher and choreographer whose works have won numerous title awards at many prestigious competitions throughout the country. Robinson is best known for his electrifying classes and caring personality.

Ms. Barbara has been teaching children classical ballet, jazz and tap over 40 years. Graduated from Cook County Hospital Nursing school, Purdue University (Magna Cum Laude), MVCC receiving an RN, BSN, NP, liberal arts degree in dance and theater. Actively nursing over 40 years and currently works on a cardiac unit.Inspired as a young girl to the ballet world under the late Violetta Karosas (Ruth Page and 1969 Lyric Opéra dancer) and the late Juan Puodunis. Performing years of ballet on stage starting at age 8 with the Lithuanian Jacy Theater in Chicago became a passion for the love of the arts. Continued dance studies with Lou Conte, Homer Bryant, participant in numerous Dance Olympus (Mia Michaels),ACT 1,Piven (Jeremy) Theater, Second City Improv workshop classes.Professional credits include modeling, Mary Kay cosmetic Winner(over 185 competitors), musical theater (Cabaret -Kit Kat dancer), numerous major film and TV extra roles, can be seen as a lab tech in the Fugitive. Biggest show biz memory was working with Harrison Ford and Julianne Moore on the set for 2 days of filming. Decades of local community performing musical credits include 42nd st, Guys and Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Oklahoma, and Mame to name a few. Ballet character mother role in Hansel and Gretel at Rialto theater, baroness in "Nutcracker" at the Harris theater downtown Chicago, mother of "Giselle" at McAninch Center and last year in 2016 mother of Clara in "Nutcracker" at Matea HS in Naperville.

Nominated in Palos Heights for outstanding childrens' dance teacher and choreographer in 2011. Also has years of choreographing (dance director) for ice shows,precision ice drill teams, competitive skating programs, 4 decades of teaching dance recitals throughout the suburbs. I have been blessed and honored to teach at Storm Dance and thank you for this wonderful opportunity. I love children and the arts will be a lifelong loving memory they can cherish forever.

Erin grew up in Maryland training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and tap at Studio Dans. While in Maryland she began teaching at several local studios, thus beginning her love for teaching. She continued her education in dance at East Carolina University, a school in Greenville, North Carolina, which was fortunate enough to have a triple-track program in ballet, modern, and jazz. Along with her professor’s, she learned from residencies with various companies such as: BODYTRAFFIC, Parsons Dance Company, and Koresh. She also spent her summers training with the American Dance Festival, Thodos, and New Dialect. In 2016 she graduated from ECU summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance Performance. She moved to Chicago in January 2017 to pursue her career in dance, and hasn’t looked back since. She has continued her love for teaching as well, subbing for many studios in the Chicago area. Erin is super excited to begin her summer teaching at Storm!

Christina Gross is a 2006 graduate from the University of Iowa with a B.F.A. in dance with an emphasis in ballet, modern, choreography, and dance kinesiology. She studied under esteemed instructors: Charlotte Adams- founding member of Tenth Street Danceworks, Armando Duarte- member of Cinse Negro Dance Company, Jennifer Kayle- founding member of Architectsdance, and George De La Pena and Eloy Barragan- both former members of American Ballet Theatre. Christina also had the exciting and unforgettable opportunity to take master classes from dance companies such as Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane, Pilobolus, Alvin Ailey, Hubbard Street, and Luna Negra dance theatre. Christina was a member of "Dancers in Company," the university's traveling dance troupe and she also danced a summer season with "Duarte Dance Works" in 2005. In the spring of 2006, Christina had the amazing opportunity to be able to participate in the American College Dance Festival where she was able to take classes from master teachers all over the country as well as perform and have her own choreography adjudicated.

Christina has also had the wonderful opportunity to choreograph for the studio's yearly production of the "Nutcracker" and the pleasure of being one of the competition company's teachers and choreographers. Christina's routines have won many awards and high placements, truly showing her passion for dance, and her dedication to her students.

Christian Denice's began his professional dance career at Odyssey Dance Theater in Salt Lake City, Utah, and spent the next three years at River North Dance Chicago in Chicago, IL, under the direction of Frank Chaves. There, Mr. Denice worked with such choreographers as Robert Battle, Sidra Bell, Lauri Stallings, and Frank Chaves. He has guest performed with the Montgomery Ballet, Greensboro Ballet, and Company E. Recently, Christian lived in Montreal, Quebec where he danced for Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal and had the privilege of performing works by Andonis Foniadakis, Cayetano Soto, Wen Wei Wang, and Barak Marshall. In addition to dancing, Christian teaches and choreographs nationally and internationally. He has created works for Odyssey Dance Theatre, Odyssey II, Expansions Dance Company, River North Dance Chicago in collaboration with Frank Chaves, LEVELdance Chicago, DanceWorks Chicago, Interlochen Center for the Arts, METdance too, the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, and Missouri Contemporary Ballet. Christian is the 2015-2016 winner of the University of South Florida's Echo Choreographic Competition, and had a two-week residency at the University where he restaged his 2011 work, " raum". He is also the 2016 winner of the Joffrey Academy's Winning Works Choreographic competition where he had the honor of creating a work on the trainee and studio company dancers. This summer, Christian will be on faculty with DanceWorks Chicago Dance360, the Joffrey Summer Intensive, and AXIS Connect Los Angeles.

Abby Mitchell danced competitively for thirteen years. Even as a young girl, dance was her passion. She has trained in many styles such as jazz, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, hip hop, tap, modern, and musical theater. Abby began her training, under the instruction of Brook Langkan, at La Premiere Dance Company. After the studio went a new direction Abby stayed with Brook to continue her career at Storm Dance Alliance. She was a member of the competitive company from 2003-2013. Abby has even taken classes from world renowned choreographers like Mia Michaels, Stephen "Twitch" Boss, Jonathan "Legacy" Perez, Jeanine Mason, Bobby Newberry, and Misha Gabriel, to name a few. Along with the many years of dancing, she began student teaching at a young age. In 2011 she began teaching her own classes at Storm, and in 2014 Abby took on the role of Performance Company Director. Abby loves sharing her passion with her students. She hopes to continue to grow as a dancer and a teacher everyday.

Sarah began her dance career at the age of two, and there was no turning back. Dance became her greatest passion. She started her training in ballet, tap, acrobatics and jazz. By age seven Sarah was on the stage competing. In 2008 she joined Storm Dance Alliance’s Competition Company where she expanded her training to include lyrical, contemporary and hip hop. With the training from the Storm staff Sarah has won many awards and scholarships on the regional and national levels. In 2012 Sarah was awarded regional Senior Miss Spotlight. She was chosen to perform in Star Systems national opening number in 2011, along with Masquerade Dance Competition’s in 2013 and Spotlight Dance Cup’s in 2014.

While Sarah's passion for dance is strong, she has also discovered the joy of teaching. She began student teaching at 14 and began her own classes by 16. Sarah strives to share her knowledge from the past 18 years she has spent in the studio and on stage with her students.

Alanna started dancing at the age of fifteen, she continued her training at Northern Illinois University where she received the Dance Service Award and earned her B. F. A. in theater with a concentration in dance. During her time at Northern Illinois University she studied immensely under Autumn Eckman, Judith Chitwood, Brian Carey Chung, and Paula Frasz. She also was a 2013 scholarship recipient at Chicago’s Visceral Dance Center and trained at Lou Conte Dance Studio. Post graduation she has been seen with Paul Christiano’s “Hungry Ghosts”, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, DanszLoop Chicago, and has participated in multiple freelance dance shows. She has also performed with Winifred & Haun Dancers "Open Rehearsal", DanceWorks Chicago "DanceBytes", Chicagos "Carnival", and in a wide repertoire with Northern Dance Theatre in DeKalb, Illinois. Alanna was also a principal dancer with Hedwig Dances where she toured internationally to perform. She has been most recently contracted to perform with Aerial Dance Chicago, taking her dancing to new heights and opportunities Alanna has a passion for choreographing and teaching, she loves watching children's love for dance grow.

Devon Lloyd is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and teacher from Naperville, Illinois. After high school, she joined Memphis based company Varsity and started work with Universal Dance Association. For the past six years she has traveled nationally and internationally with high school and all-star dance teams. Recently she has joined the All-Star apprentice program and travels around the Midwest as competition Core Staff. Devon is a recent alum from Western Michigan University where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Devon has performed works by Peter Chu, Eddie Ocampo, Rennie Harris, and international choreographer Ohad Naharin. Throughout her time at school, Devon performed as a three year member of Hip Hop Connxion, Michigan Branch and toured with Western Michigan’s Western Dance Project for their 2013-2014 season. Most recently she performed at the Kennedy Center as part of the 2016 American College Dance Association’s National Competition. Devon is also a judge for both dance team and studio competition circuits and travels throughout the U.S. Devon is very excited to join Storm Dance Alliance’s family and share her passion for technique, versatility in movement, and the overall impact dance can have on her students.

Savannah Enoch has been dancing for nearly twelve years. From a very young age, she knew dance was her true passion. She has been trained in a variety of styles including jazz, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, hip hop, acrobatics, tap, modern, and musical theater. Savannah has received several awards on the regional and national levels. In 2010, she was awarded the national title of Miss Teen Dance at Rainbow Dance Competition. She has won several other titles and scholarships on the regional level as well. In 2009 Savannah was chosen by Showstoppers American Dance Competition to perform in their opening number for their national finals competition held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Also, she was chosen for Star Systems Dance Competition's opening act for their finals dance championship in 2011. Savannah has been student teaching at SDA since she was twelve years old, with the help of the incredible Storm staff. She is now teaching several classes of her own. Over the years she has learned that she truly loves to teach and inspire young dancers. She plans to share all of her knowledge about dancing and performing to her students. Savannah strives to always learn more and grow as a dancer and teacher, and continue on in her dance career.

At just two years old, Brittany Enoch began her life long journey in the world of dance. By the age of five, she was competing and training as a ballet, jazz, and tap dancer. With each year, her love and passion continued to grow as she became acquainted with more styles of dance, including lyrical, hip hop, modern, acrobatics, and contemporary. In 2004, she became a member of Storm Dance Alliance's competition team in its first season. Under the direction of SDA and Brook Langkan, Brittany has received many awards and recognitions for her talent. In addition to being a member of this award winning team, she also performed in a junior production of Peter Pan, The Nutcracker All Jazzed Up, and many performances of SDA's The Nutcracker Ballet, where she was featured as the Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy. In 2005, Brittany also had the opportunity to perform in Walt Disney World's Magic Music Days.

While her love for performance remained, Brittany began to discover another true passion, teaching. From ages 11-13, she started student teaching, and by 14, Brittany began instructing her own classes. She uses her first hand knowledge and experience gained from 14 years as a competitive dancer to provide her students with the best training possible. She prepares them technically, physically, and mentally to be the best dancer they can be. She instills her love and dedication for the sport and art of dance in her students through persistence, encouragement, and example. Brittany has been choreographing award-winning competition routines for SDA for five years. Some of her acknowledgments include top overall scores at the regional and national levels, costume awards, judges choice, and the 2010 Rainbow Connection Gold Group Challenge Junior 1st place title. With over eight years of experience in teaching and choreography, and 19 years in the dance world, Brittany can truly say she has found her life-long passion and purpose.

Choreographer and Co-Director of He [ART] Movement and assistant choreographer to Alvin Ramirez, Hammond has helped teach students all over the Midwest. Hammond began his training at the age of fourteen in hip-hop. Hammond now travels the Midwest teaching, assisting, and taking class from top named choreographers in the dance industry.

Originally from Springfield, IL Hammond trained under some of the best in the Midwest such as, Miss Tracey Sims of TeamTurnOut. While training in Springfield Hammond took on a college course in dance and theatre where he was put to the test of other cultures of dance. After his minor studies in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, etc. Hammond then carried his studies north and trained under Sam Renzetti’s Xtreme Dance Force. During this time Hammond had competed with the best of the best while dancing in minor shows and even traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada for a Nationals competition taking first place with his team.

This past year Hammond auditioned for Madonna’s 2015 World Tour and even though he did not make the cut, he still continues with his modeling/dance career with the help of Lily’s Talent Agency. Hammond has been featured on the runway of the 2015 Sperry’s Fashion show in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Hammond has also turned to modeling to develop a better understanding of other cultures of art where he can be seen in New Balance runway for fall clothing and even websites and catalogs such as Groupon and Home Depot.

After graduating from the competition world as a dancer, Hammond continues to assist Mr. Alvin Ramirez while furthering his training and teaching in the Midwest. Hammond plans to keep up his studies of dance and inspiring his students and mentoring them on life lessons along the way.

Matthew Pilalis began his dance training when he joined the highly competitive dance company Xtreme Dance Force in 2006. Matthew has been trained in Hip-Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, and Contemporary. His choreography has received numerous awards and recently he took 1st place at World of Dance in Chicago.

He has traveled regionally and nationally, receiving six Starpower World Victory Cups with Xtreme Dance Force under the direction of Sam Renzetti, JC Renzetti, Alvin Ramirez and Gilbert Mata. After graduating from the company in 2011, he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to purse his professional career in dance. Matthew worked on staff with JLS Entertainment Inc., while living in Nevada.

Matthew has traveled all around the world teaching and performing. His expertise in dance has allowed him to travel and frequently train in Los Angeles with top instructors. Matthew has had the opportunity to work with top choreographers such as NappyTabs, Kenny Wormald, Brooke Pierotti, Bobby Newberry, Nick Demoura, Nika Kljun, Marinda Davis, Bryan Tanaka, TOKYO, David Moore, Laura Edwards, Chris Jacobsen and many more.

Matthew is currently a Co-Director at Xtreme Dance Force and teaches and choreographs for many other studios all around the nation. He loves teaching and helping his students pursue their own hopes and dreams while preparing them for their future through dance.

Matt is very excited to begin teaching students at Storm Dance Alliance.

Brandon Esparza began competing and performing in hip hop styles at the age of eight years old and received his first teaching job at the age of 14. With a passion for educating the dancers of the next generation, he currently tours studios with Maverick Dance Project - a series of dancer development workshops he co-founded in early 2016. Within his years of extensive training under top educators out of Chicago and Los Angeles, he has competed professionally with Chicago dance team The Puzzle League. appeared on NBC's Steve Harvey, NBC's America's Got Talent, and most recently, the official music video for recording artist DLOW's "Do It Like Me". Brandon strongly influences his students to expand their drive to grow and train under the motive of "progression, not perfection".

Rhonda was born and raised outside of Richmond, VA. She began dancing at the age of six. Her training took place at Jessica Morgan School of Dance in Midlothian, VA. Rhonda's teaching career started in 1996 and she has an extensive background in Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Tap, Contemporary/Lyrical and Jazz. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. Rhonda has danced with Starr Foster Dance Project, Ground Zero Dance Company and D'Feet Tap Ensemble. She has also trained under and performed for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Doug Varone, Tere O'Connor, David Dorfman, Scott Putman and various others. Rhonda's professional experience has included positions as Dance Coordinator for Steppin' Out Dance Studio, Artistic Director for A-Factor Dance Company, Lower School Dance Director for St. Catherine's School and Instructor/Choreographer for Jessica Morgan School of Dance. She currently holds positions as Company Director and Instructor/Choreographer for Elite Dance Academy in Homer Glen, IL, Instructor/Choreographer for Versa5 (formerly Bluestone Academy of Dance) in Downers Grove, IL and Head Judge for Edge National Talent Competition. Rhonda is more than excited to join the Storm Dance Alliance staff!

Kendra is currently the artistic director and founder of jorsTAP Chicago. Originally from Newark, IL, Kendra graduated from Point Park University with a BA in Dance Performance and an emphasis in jazz dance. She moved to Chicago and began her career with the Joel Hall Dancers. During that time, she also performed with Rasa Dance Theatre and became an original member of Chicago Tap Theatre. Kendra was the rehearsal director and dancer for Chicago Tap Theatre for nine seasons. She choreographed many pieces for the company as well, receiving critical acclaim. Performance credits include Dance Chicago, Giordano Jazz Dance World Congress, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Lollapalooza (with the Polyphonic Spree), Ravinia, Duets for my Valentine, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, and other Chicago Tap Theatre performances in Chicago, France, Cincinnati, Pennsylvania, and NYC. Teaching credits include the Omaha Dance Teachers Association workshop, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Des Plaines Dance Idol, Wisconsin Dance Masters Workshop, suburban high school orchesis/dance programs, and numerous studios in the Chicagoland area. She is sought after for her innovative approach to choreography and unique take on technique, incorporating a full body approach where the movement of the upper body sometimes contradicts the lower body-a challenge for many dancers.

Taylor began her dance career at the age of 4 in her kitchen. Every time she had the chance she danced around the house. At the age of 5 her mother finally decided to start her formal training in Ballet and Jazz. Taylor joined an exclusively Irish Dance studio at the age of 10 and placed at numerous regional, national and world championships with her award winning team and instructors. At the age of 12 she became a member of her junior high poms team and became a member of the OEHS Poms team her sophomore year of high school. During her senior year she qualified and attended the National Dance Team Championship in Orlando, Florida with her poms team as well as placing at the Illinois State Championships. Following high school Taylor continued to dance through various student run organizations and was selected to represent her Sorority in various dance shows around campus.

A Storm Dance Alliance alumni, Taylor Murphy has been a part of the Storm family for the past 10 years taking numerous classes and becoming a Storm company member. She was a part of several award wining numbers during her time at Storm. She became the head coach and director of Poms in 2013 following graduation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Under her direction along with Miss Heather, the poms team has taken the competition pom world by Storm, placing at the regional and national level.

Taylor is grateful to be an instructor at Storm, the studio that helped shape her into the dancer and teacher she is today. She enjoys most getting to work with her fellow storm staff members and wonderful students. She looks forward to many more years at Storm, many more opportunities as a Storm instructor and all the wonderful students she will get to meet along the way!

At two years old, Heather Hansen began her journey in the world of dance. She grew up in St. Charles were she started competing in ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical up until high school.  In 2004, she became a member of the St. Charles East High School Drill Team. By her sophomore year she was a co-captain and had 2 state titles under her belt.  In 2006, she danced at Xtreme Dance Force in Naperville for a year before taking a few years off to focus on school.

In 2008 Heather auditioned and made the Northern Illinois University Dance Team, The Silverettes.  She would receive Silvertte of the year in 2011 and 2012 and would get to travel with the football team to such places as Canada, Alabama, Louisiana and Idaho.  She has performed at 3 Chicago Bears half time shows and at every NIU home football and basketball game.  Heather was part of the Silverettes Dance Team for her 4 years at the University before she graduated in 2012 with her degree in Communications.  Heather now coaches the Storm Dance Alliance Poms with Mrs. Taylor as well as works as office manager at Storm.  Her passion and love for dance has now lead her into more teaching opportunities.

Brian Fauth is the founder and former Artistic Director of the Limelight Theatre Company, a youth-oriented theatrical organization located in Oswego, Illinois.  He founded the company in the summer of 2000 at the request of its sponsor, the Oswegoland Park District, to create an instructional theatre company for the youth of Oswego and surrounding communities.  He managed a large staff of directors, designers, and technicians who continue to produce multiple productions a year.

As Artistic Director, Fauth led Limelight to become one of the most original and popular youth theatre organizations in the area, drawing the most talented young performers from the Oswego, Naperville, Plainfield, and Aurora communities.

Throughout its fourteen-year history, Limelight has performed over fifty separate productions, from popular musicals, classic Shakespearean tales, and contemporary children’s stories.  It has also produced over a dozen original works of theatre, including their first original musical (Lumberjacks:  The Musical!) performed in the summer of 2009.

Fauth is the author of six of those original works, including 2010’s All These Will Be Worthless, and his Green River Trilogy, which included the plays The Last Dance, The Bonfire, and Heroes and Villains.

He has also directed several plays by William Shakespeare (Twelfth Night, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and other works including Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and Limelight’s annual holiday production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.

He has studied under such notable playwrights as Tony Award nominee Conor McPherson, Frank McGuinness, and Tony-award winning director Patrick Mason. Additionally, he has also participated in several theatre-creating workshops with members of The House Theatre of Chicago.

Before founding Limelight, Brian Fauth was the stage director for Sandwich High School’s spring musical for four years, where he directed Anything Goes!, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, and Crazy for You. He has also directed shows and created drama clubs for several schools in the Oswego School District, where he is also employed as an elementary school teacher.

Samantha has had the pleasure of performing in theatre for nearly 10 years. Beginning as a member of the Limelight Theatre Company in 2007, Samantha continued to exercise her passion for performance art in high school, serving as Theatre Captain and National Thespian Honor Society President for 2 years at Oswego East High School. Along with serving as student director for several productions, Sam participated in performance events on her high school Speech Team—an IHSA sanctioned sport—becoming Regional Champion in Dramatic Interpretation in 2013. Samantha continued to coach Speech tournaments post-high school, and currently studies English and Organizational Communication, along with Theatre, at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. A sophomore (’19), Samantha also holds a theatre scholarship with the college.

Samantha hopes to combine her love of working with and for people with her love of written and performance art by working in Community Relations/Educational Planning at a fine arts center post-graduation.

Stage/performance credits include Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Macbeth, Into the Woods, The Producers!, Oliver!, Beauty and the Beast, Almost, Maine, among others, including character performer at Princess Party Chicago.

Krissy starting her dance training at the age of 4 at Primadonna Dance Academy in Naperville. She trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, and tap. While at Primadonna she was a member of their competition company and also performed in numerous Nutcrackers.

Krissy attended Northern Illinois University where she pursued her BFA in Dance Performance. At Northern she studied under Randall Newsom, Paula Frasz, and Judith Chitwood. While at NIU Krissy was a member of the Northern Dance Theater and performed in numerous ballets including, Giselle, Coppelia, and the Nutcracker along with modern and musical theater pieces.

Krissy has 20 years experience teaching dance in the Chicagoland area. The last 13 years she has been the Arts and Humanities Director at the Fox Valley Family YMCA. In that position she was director of the La Premiere Dance Company. She also implemented and managed the Music Academy.

Along with dance, Krissy also has been trained in piano and voice.

Krissy is excited to be bring her love and passion for dance and the arts to Storm Dance Alliance.

Monique Enoch has been working the storm dance alliance front desk since storm first opened. She is also our talented steamstress and costume designer.