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Originally from Homer Glen, IL, Jennifer trained at Academy of Dance Arts with Sherry Moray, Irina Starovoitova, Jennifer Grapes Croughan and Ricky and Carrie Ruiz. Jennifer graduated in May of 2015 from the University of Iowa with a B.F.A in Dance with an emphasis in Choreography, a Minor in Psychology, and a Performing Arts Entrepreneurial Certificate. At the University of Iowa, Jennifer premiered several of her own original works while also performing repertory by choreographers such as, Deanna Carter, Eloy and Sarah Barragan, Kristin Marrs, Eleanor Goudie-Averill, Melinda Meyers, and Nicholas Leichter. Jennifer was also selected to be a part of the University's prestigious dance company, Dancers in Company, which toured throughout the Midwest performing repertory, giving lecture demonstrations, and teaching dance classes to the youth in the area.
In accompaniment with her experiences at the University of Iowa, Jennifer attended Milwaukee Ballet’s professional summer program in 2013 and 2014 as a scholarship student as well as Inaside Dance Chicago’s professional summer program in 2014 on scholarship. Jennifer was further invited to train at Boston Conservatory with former Pilobolus Artistic Associate Jun Kuribayashi in 2018. Jennifer has been a company member with Trifecta Dance Collective, Project606 Dance and Ardent Dance Company performing throughout the country. Jennifer is currently teaching and choreographing through Chicago and the surrounding suburbs as well as dancing and performing for Aerial Dance Chicago as their newest company member for ADC’s 22nd season.
Amanda found her passion for dance at the young age of three. Growing up she was a member of competitive dance and convention teams training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Modern, and Lyrical. Amanda is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management and Dance minor. While dancing in college, she had the opportunity to work with numerous choreographers through exploring and performing a wide variety of new styles of dance. In addition, Amanda was selected to attend and perform at the American College Dance Association throughout her college career.
From an early age, Amanda knew that she had a passion for teaching. She believes in the importance of a well-rounded dance environment where children are encouraged and challenged to reach their fullest potential. With her decade of teaching experience, Amanda is committed to helping students develop the skills needed as well as fostering a love of dance. Her mission is to enhance each dancer’s talents while promoting positive relationships, just like former teachers have done for her.