Choreographer, dancer, teacher and Artistic Director for Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre, Joanna has been performing professionally and teaching dance since 1996. She received her B.F.A. in dance from the University of Iowa and was an Iowa Arts Fellow at the University of Iowa where she earned her M.F.A. in Choreography. Read has been on faculty at the Dance Center of Columbia College since 2003. Other teaching engagements include the Lou Conte Dance Studio, Visceral Dance Center, Roosevelt University, Joffrey Academy of Dance, Chicago Academy for the Arts, Illinois State University, The University of Iowa, St. Paul’s School, The University of Minnesota, and Thodos Dance Chicago. Read has performed extensively in Chicago, dancing for 7 years with Mordine & Company Dance Theater, where she also served as director of Mordine and Company’s Youth Dance Company and as Associate Artistic Director. She performed for 5 years with Lucky Plush Productions, as well as appearing with the Chicago Moving Company, Hedwig Dances, Bob Eisen, and Colleen Halloran Performance Group. She has performed works by David Dorfman Faye Driscoll, Liz Burritt, Ginger Farley, Sam Watson, Shapiro and Smith Dance, Carrie Hanson, Armando Duarte, David Berkey, Ashleigh Leite, Ron de Jesus, Alan Sener, Jennifer Kayle, Rene Wadeleigh. Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun Times described Rosenthal’s dancing as “technically outstanding.”
Her choreography has been widely praised by critics in Chicago as well as Minneapolis. Lucia Maura of the Chicago Tribune describes her choreographic work as “bold and exacting” and Matt de la Pena of Time Out Chicago notes “It’s the collective arc of the performance that hits the heartstrings, thanks in part due to Rosenthal’s ability to bring out the best, uninhibited physicality from her dancers.” Her work Grey Noise, which won her an award from the Joyce Soho Foundation’s A.W.A.R.D Show! Chicago, has been described by Minneapolis critic Camille Lefevre as, “ a gripping work of astute intelligence and raw tension filtered through an economical movement vocabulary of barely controlled violence.” Rosenthal’s work has been presented in Chicago, Minneapolis, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, New York and Missouri. She is a 2013 3 Arts Award Nominee.
Rachel Molinaro is active in the Chicago community as a performer, a choreographer, an administrator and an educator of dance. She received her degree from Northwestern University in 2013 and dances professionally with Striding Lion Performance Group and The Leopold Group. She works as the Production Associate for the acclaimed contemporary ensemble Hedwig Dances in Chicago and as a dance instructor at Music House Academy of Music and Dance. A dancer since the age of three, Rachel has trained with and performed for various dance artists including Jeff Hancock, Jan Bartoszek, Randy Duncan, Billy Siegenfeld, Joel Hall, Lizzie Leopold, Annie Arnoult, Joanna Rosenthal, Melinda Jean Myers, Kristina Fluty, and Laura Wade among others. She has been a dance instructor for nearly 10 years, with experience educating children and adults with special needs, and a practiced dance archivalist.
Originally from Wichita, KS, Jordan is a dance teacher and choreographer based in the Chicagoland area. She majored in Dance at Columbia College Chicago. Jordan's professional performance credits include Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Cirqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Jayson Tisa Dance Company, Visceral Dance Chicago WITHIN and Norwegian Cruise Lines. When not in the studio, Jordan is a judge for Applause Talent Competition. Recently, Jordan made her musical theater debut as Kristine in A Chorus Line at Metropolis Theater!
Tarah Brown-Hartung is a long time lover and seeker of adventure thru movement. She holds a B.F.A in Theatre and Dance Performance and has over 250 hours in yoga teacher training. Tarah has danced professionally in Chicago for over 18 years and taught dance all over Chicagoland. She is excited to share her love of movement with the community at Dovetail studios.
Tristan Bruns is a Chicago tap dancer who has trained under Donna Johnson, Ted Louis Levy, Sam Weber and Martin “Tre” Dumas III. Tristan has been on faculty at the Circle City Tap Festival (Indianapolis) and Rhythm World (Chicago) and is currently a member of M.A.D.D. rhythms, dir. Bril Barrett, and the Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s resident ensemble, directed by Artist In Residence Daniel Borak.
Tristan is the Director of Tapman Productions and has produced two seasons of performances in Chicago, including The Adventures of Tapman, THRUST!, and La Raison d’etre. Tapman Productions has provided production assistance to dance artists Ian Berg (From The Top), Jumaane Taylor (Supreme Love), Kate O’Hanlon (Modern Marvels Dance Co.), Kendra Jorsted (Jorstap) and the Elgin Ties Dance Festival (Elgin Taps).
Tristan has performed locally, nationally and internationally with notable performances be the Beijing International Dance Festival, the Reus (Spain) Tap Dance Festival, The Poznan(Poland) Jazz Festival, Rhythm World Tap Festival (Chicago), 42nd St. (Drury Lane-Oakbrook), Supreme Love (Chicago), Celtic Fyre (Williamsburg), the Detroit Jazz Festival., The Steve Harvey Show and performs annually at local Chicago venues. Tristan has performed with other Chicago dance companies such as the Cartier Collective, Chicago Dance Crash and Matter Dance.
Torrence Griffin, also known as Tea-Buggz, has been dancing hip hop for 34 years. He is proficient in popping, waving, ticking, king tutting, dancing the styles of animation and mannequin. He began dancing in 1981 on the South Side of Chicago with the original Electric Funkateers, which quickly became one of the premier pop-locking dance groups in the city. In his 34 years of dancing, he has worked with the likes of Genuine, Queen Latifah, Sinbad, Kurtis Blow, and many others which led to his travelling extensively throughout the U.S. other parts of the world. In 1984, Torrence won the Chicago Hip Hop Pioneer Award which acknowledged all of his years of hard work and dedication in the Chicago hip hop scene.As a teacher, for the past 30 years, Torrence has taught at Columbia College Chicago, the Chicago Public Schools, Latin Street Dance Studio, and Christ University Temple in addition to teaching master classes at various dance studios throughout the city. Recently, he restarted his dance group Electric Funkateers to help promote the younger generation of street dancers. He has been an influential popping teacher in Chicago and has seen many of his students go on to win win numerous battles in this city and elsewhere. Torrence strengths as a teacher are his ability to break down complex movements into smaller, more digestible parts and he prioritizes giving individual attention in his fitness and street dance classes.
Currently a contemporary artist based in Chicago, IL, Ms. Cerniglia is a performer, choreographer, laban practitioner, and seasoned educator. She is the founder and artistic director of dropshift dance; her work has been shown internationally in Vancouver, BC as well as locally at Links Hall, The Hairpin Arts Center, I AM Logan Square Gallery, The Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, Produce Music and Dance, Hamlin Park and Holstein Park, Chicago, IL. Ms. Cerniglia is a long time collaborator and teaching artist with Zephyr Dance with whom she performed from 2004 to 2013. She received her Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago in 2015.
Ms. Cerniglia has been a part of residency and master class work within the elementary grade levels as well as at such colleges as Columbia College Chicago and Illinois Wesleyan University. She has also taught and designed arts integrated curriculum in the Chicago Public schools through Zephyr’s arts integrated education programs uniting classroom curriculum with dance. In the spring of 2009, she was named Artistic Director of the Dance Foundation Youth Company Chicago, a dance group providing opportunity and scholarship to Chicago’s underserved youth founded at Fisher Dance Center, now R&B Dance, where she continues to support dance education and appreciation.
Clayton Cross works nationwide as a choreographer, performer and master teacher. He accepted a position as Choreographer in 2015 with Music Theater Works of Chicago where he most recently choreographed and performed as (Tulsa) in GYPSY, as well as choreographed and performed in MAME. With MTW Clayton choreographed CANDIDE, GUYS AND DOLLS, MY FAIR LADY, DIE FLEDERMAUS, PETER PAN and as a performer in The FANTASTIKS (Mute) and DAMN YANKEES (Ensemble). With MTW Clayton has also assistant directed DIE FLEDERMAUS, CANDIDE as well as LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU: JULE STYNE’S GREATEST HITS. Clayton performed at Marriott Theatre in La Cage Aux Folles as (Mercedes). He served for five years as artistic advisor, board member & choreographer for Renegade Dance Architects. Clayton is a master teacher for M.A. Dance, a Texas based traveling convention circuit, where he has been choreographing, teaching, and judging since 1999. Clayton has twice been a consultant and contributed choreography for the Capital One Bowl’s All American Halftime Show. Throughout his 20 year career as a dancer he has worked with Robert Battle, Fernando Bujones, Sherry Zunker, Paul Taylor &Anne Reinking.Clayton’s television credits include “Every Dancer Has a Story,” a PBS special on the River North Chicago Dance Company, where he was a company member for 10 seasons and toured nationally, and internationally to Germany, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. Clayton Cross is originally from Midland, TX where he received his early training from La Petite Dance Co., Coleman Academy, and the Midland Community Theatre as a member of the Pickwick Players. Clayton holds a double B.F.A. in Ballet and Modern Dance from Texas Christian University.
Alana Deitch has been dancing almost since she could walk. In 2013, she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Exercise Science. Since graduating, she has continued her training through involvement in local dance communities in Austin and now Chicago as well as briefly overseas. Throughout college she worked as a nanny for a child with cerebral palsy, accompanying him to many physical/occupational/speech therapy sessions and helping to implement them at home. After graduating, she spent five months volunteering as a physical therapy technician in a pediatric physical therapy clinic. This is Alana's first time combining her two passions of dance and helping people of all abilities.
William Harris is a Chicago-native bboy, dancer and artist, earning his B.A. in Dance at Columbia College Chicago. He has performed with The Happiness Club at venues such as Lollapalooza, Park West, The Harris Theater, Chicago Lights Festival and at Dance Chicago. Some performances include the Danspace Project 2017 in New York, Faculty Concert 2017 at the Dance Center of Columbia College, Jello at Links Hall with Ground Rhythm Dance, and Bravesoul Movement with Bravemonk (Daniel Haywood) and K-Soul (Kelsa Robinson) William has also created dance work with local chicago choreographers and mentors such as J’Sun Howard, Tanji Harper, and Destine Young. He currently focuses as a freelance artist, a member Jus.Be House Collective, audio producer and teacher.
JOSEPH A. HERNANDEZ, a Chicago native, earned his BFA in Dance with honors from Western Michigan University. In addition to his degree, he has also trained with Springboard Danse Montréal, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Giordano Dance School. Professionally, Joseph has danced with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, ODC/Dance, LED Boise, Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre, DamageDance, Kate Weare Company, River North Dance Chicago, and Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers. Joseph is presently a freelance artist, working as a dancer, educator, choreographer, and photographer.
Kate Kislingbury is a Chicago-based professional dancer and choreographer currently working as a company member with Aerial Dance Chicago. She has studied various forms of dance and movement since the age of 5 and continued her education at the University of Texas at Austin graduating with her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance. Although Kate has been very active her whole life, it wasn't until she started teaching as an instructor at a CYC studio in Austin that she found her love for teaching fitness. She is so excited to be a part of the Dovetail family and cannot wait to Shake and Sweat!
Mark began his percussion studies when he was eight years old. At age twelve, he was a member of the Disney Young Musician Symphony Orchestra where he performed at the Hollywood Bowl under maestros John Mauceri and Jung Ho Pak. Throughout high school he performed with groups ranging from the WSMA honors jazz band, the Colorado Air Force Band of the Rockies, to pop sensation Shania Twain. Mark received his bachelor's of music degree from Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts, where he was a student of Ed Harrison, Vadim Karpinos, and Paul Wertico. He is currently pursuing his master's of music at DePaul University, where he studies with Ian Ding and David Herbert.
As an accompanist, Mark has worked for the University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music and Dance, and the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance in Connecticut. He frequently performs in the greater Chicago area with orchestras such as the Rockford Symphony and The Wisconsin Philharmonic. Mark is equally active in drum set and world percussion, and teaches privately in Chicago.
Jordan “J. Ro” Ordonez is a Chicago-based performance & street dancer, a teaching artist, a dance administrator, and an aspiring community leader. He has been a dancer, performer, and leader within the Hip Hop ConnXion family since 2008; and a current member of the Jus.Be House Collective (2017), the Chicago Urban Dance Collective (2018), and the BraveSoul Movement Company (2018). Jordan’s dancing has been featured in the Kiss FM Fanatabuloso Tour, World of Dance Chicago, Dance Chicago, Carnival Chicago, The One, RAW Artist Chicago, Adero, Dreams The Movie, Marie Poppins, and much more. He has been training in house dance and hip-hop freestyle movement, traveling throughout the country to programs like the “BoomCrack Dance Company Adult Intensive” in Chicago (IL), the Dance Fusion/EliteForce/Missfitss “36 Chambaz of Stylz” intensive in New York City (NY), and Street Style Lab in Los Angeles (CA).
As a youth instructor and teaching artist, Jordan acquired his passion for youth empowerment within the martial arts, when teaching for the Illinois Shotokan Karate Club (2007-2015), one of the biggest Shotokan karate clubs in the nation. He started teaching dance with Everybody Dance Now! (EDN) in 2015. Jordan is the former Assistant Director and current Chapter Director for EDN’s Chicago chapter, where he has pioneered and developed many organizational, dance program, and school enrichment initiatives within their mission to empower youth and build community through dance.
Jordan is an optimist and a young leader with passions for dancing, leading, learning, and impacting his community; he prides himself on his ambition and is excited to share his passions with the world.
Pamela Paul is an east coast transplant who moves for fun, fitness, and for healing what ails her physically and spiritually. She spent ten years studying at The New York Theatre Ballet's training school, and completed her 500-hour teacher training in classical Pilates via Core Pilates NYC. She is also AFAA group fitness certified. Pamela enjoys complementing her classical movement background with modern fitness modalities. Pamela is a member of the Chicago dance troupe The Revelettes and has performed freelance in a variety of other period and contemporary dance projects.
Madeleine Reber is a choreographer, dance educator, and Certified Laban Movement Analyst. She is Founder and Artistic Director of Salty Lark Dance. Originally from Yellow Springs, Ohio, Madeleine began performing and choreographing professionally in Western Massachusetts after earning a BA in Dance from Bennington College. She is a former member of Amie Dowling’s Dance Generators and has performed for many contemporary choreographers around New England, North Carolina, and the Midwest. Her work has been produced by: Minnesota Fringe Festival; Core Project Chicago; Links Hall; Fort Wayne Fringe; The Space Movement Project; North Carolina Dance Alliance; and The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, among others. Madeleine holds an MFA in Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has served as Assistant Professor of Dance at East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Madeleine is currently adjunct faculty at Columbia College and at DePaul University. She teaches modern/ release technique at Dovetail Studios, Lou Conte Dance Studio, and OuterSpace. She teaches modern dance technique, choreography, contact improvisation, movement for actors, and Laban Movement Analysis.
Mercedes Rohlfs has been movement-based performer, practitioner, and fitness enthusiast for much of her life. She's a Feldenkrais Method Practitioner, actor, choreographer for theatrical works, dancer with the Flaming Dames, and Werq instructor. For Mercedes, WERQ is one of the most fun ways to spend an hour and she's excited to share the good times with Dovetail.
Katherine Scott is a teaching artist, dancer, and choreographer in the Chicago area. She recently graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in Dance, Psychology, and Theatre, with a concentration in Theatre for Young Audiences. While at Northwestern, she performed in works by Jeff Hancock, Laura Wade, and Amanda Lower, among others. She recently performed in American College Dance Festival Association's 2014 National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center. Katherine has worked as a teaching artist with Mudlark Theater, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, the District 65 Drama Department, and Northwestern's Seesaw Theatre, which provides multi-sensory arts workshops for individuals with developmental differences. Katherine has also served as Education Director for Purple Crayon Players, Northwestern’s nationally recognized theatre for young audiences company, producing and developing works by, with, and for youth, as well as arts education programming around the Chicagoland area. She is also a licensed Zumba® instructor. Katherine is currently working as company member and Education Director of Striding Lion Performance Group under the direction of Amanda Lower.
Enid Smith is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, earning her BFA in contemporary dance. In New York City she performed with Ivy Baldwin Dance, The Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group, Anita Cheng Dance, and MAC Cosmetics, among others. Since moving to the Chicago area in 2007, Enid has presented her own work under the name enidsmithdance, collaborated with the musicians of Articular Facet, worked extensively with the Evanston Dance Ensemble and, most recently, performed with Julia Rae Antonick and Jonathon Meyer of Khecari. In addition to teaching at Dovetail Studios she also teaches modern, ballet, and Cecchetti Method at Dance Center Evanston.
Emily Stein began dancing as a child in Buffalo, New York. She holds BA in Dance from the University of Iowa, and an MFA in Performance and Choreography from Smith College. In 1993, she joined Chicago's Zephyr Dance, and choreographed and performed with the company for eighteen years. She served as Associate artistic Director from 1997 to 2011. Both with Zephyr and as an independent artist, her dancing and choreography have been seen throughout the US, from Florida to Texas to New York City and Toronto. Emily has produced her choreography independently in Chicago and her work has twice been nominated for Chicago Dance Achievement/Ruth Page Awards. Her current artistic work explores the intersections of ballet technique and improvisation as processes that live in the body. In 2012, she began a series of works under the title Secret Experiments in Ballet as a platform to share these choreographic experiments.
While studying at the University of Iowa with Francoise Martinet, she began teaching in the university's Talented and Gifted children's program. Before joining the faculty of the Dance Center of Columbia College, she taught ballet and modern technique at Smith College, Hampshire College, the University of Massachusetts and Barat College, and at a wide variety of private studios in the Chicago area. Since 1995, she has been a teaching artist in the Chicago Public Schools, practicing Zephyr's collaborative model of Arts Integration. Her own dancing journey has taken her from Balanchine to Deborah Hay and everywhere in between, and she strives to use this breadth to train dancers with open minds and intelligent bodies.
Molly Strom graduated from Columbia College Chicago Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Dance concentrating in pedagogy and performance. She has trained with Robert McKee from Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Emily Stein and Paige Cunningham. She performed in works by Mags Bouffard, Lisa Gonzales, Sara Zalek, Debra Levasseur-Lottman, Teena Marie Custer, Fara Tolno, Cattywampus Dance and performed in a restaging of Charles Weidman’s “Lynch Town” under the direction of Gail Corbin. Currently, she is a company member with Zephyr Dance. Alongside performing, Molly teaches dance at various studios around the Chicagoland area and is certified in Cecchetti Teacher Grade I.
Monica Thomas is an experienced dance educator both in studio and in-school environments. She taught in CPS classrooms with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Movement as Partnership program, teaches Kids’ Dance at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and previously was a director/choreographer for the Music Institute of Chicago’s Music Theatre Program. As a performer, she danced as a company member with dance companies Winifred Haun and Dancers, Mordine & Company, and Striding Lion Performance Group, and has appeared in musicals at Drury Lane Theatre and Paramount Theatre.
Monica is also an interdisciplinary maker: a filmmaker and choreographer. Her film works have appeared in film festivals nationally and internationally, showing in: Chicago Feminist Film Festival, Speechless Film Festival, ScreenDance Festival Stockholm, Dance Camera West in LA, Aesthetica Short Film Festival in the UK, Barcelona Independent Film Festival, Brussels Independent Film Festival, et al. Recently, her music video “The Wayward Wind” co-directed with Steve Delahoyde was a Vimeo Staff Pick, and her film Bound was featured on NOWNESS.com.
She is a co-producer of Mana Contemporary’s Body + Camera Film Festival with Chicago Dancemakers Forum. She recently received Chicago Dancemakers Forum GREENHOUSE grant. In 2017 she was a resident artist at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for their Performance Lab program where she created site-specific dance films. She received Mordine & Company's Choreographic Mentorship in 2013. In 2010, she was a High Concept Laboratories Sponsored Artist.