Joanna Read
Owner, Education Director

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
Studio Manager

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.

 

 

Tarah Brown-Hartung

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.

 

 

Tea-Buggz

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.

 

Andrea Cerniglia

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.

 

Alana Deitch

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.

 

Vanessa Rae De Leon

Vanessa Rae De Leon is currently an Alternate Route Student in the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Program at Columbia College Chicago. She began her dance career at 8 years old venturing into ballet and tap. At age 10, she began hip hop choreography dancing for Bolingbrook Park District's Power Dance Company. In high school, she was a dance member of the Bolingbrook High School POMS team and she started choreography dancing in Hip Hop ConnXion - Hip Hop Force. In college, she was a Co-Director of Kapwa Modern, a collegiate choreography dance group of Loyola University Chicago, and she was part of many other choreography dance groups such as ReDefinition and Work In Progress, and side projects, such as Sweet 16. She is currently learning, growing, and teaching improvisational/freestyle movement of various hip hop styles, such as House Dance and Waacking and is part of an all-female freestyle hip hop crew called So Swift, whose purpose is to spread knowledge and foundation in House Dance and Waacking and to inspire other dancers and represent powerful women in a heavily male dominated hip hop culture.

 

 

Susana Hostetter

Susanna is a Chicago native with an eclectic background. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Dance from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, where she was awarded the David Wick Prize for Choreography. Susanna has trained in modern, jazz, and Latin styles, and studied West African dance forms in Tamale, Ghana. She has led both semester-long residencies and short workshops in over thirty Chicago Public Schools with Forward Momentum Chicago, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Chicago Dance Institute, Changing Worlds, and Dancing with Class. In addition to her work with students as a Teaching Artist, she has performed with various companies and independent projects around the city. Susanna has taught dance fitness for over four years, and it is her joy to spread a love for movement within the city!

 

Dom Johnson

Dom Johnson, is a dancer and choreographer from Chicago. His dancing career began at a studio located in downtown Chicago, Gallery 37. There, multiple choreographers from around the Midwest, New York and California, trained him in: urban movement, breaking, popping, locking, Chicago footwork, contemporary and more. Realizing his love for dance, Dom went on to train under Chicago leaders such as Angelina & Karlo Familara, Ian Eastwood, Matt Pumanes and Tanji Harper. As an independent dancer, Dom has been chosen to dance for some well-known artists within the community. He was also selected to perform with the amazing independent Chicago-artist, Chance The Rapper. Some of Dom’s most recognized work would also include: Ian Eastwood’s Adult Lessons, Sunday Candy (Chance The Rapper) “Touch of Soul” by Nicholas Leichter; Chicago Dancing Festival 2012, Pitchfork 2015 (Chance The Rapper Performance). Dom's aspiration to be a well-known choreographer has pushed him to network with many great people. He has taught at several different colleges and studios such as UIUC, University of Michigan, and Steps Dance studio. He has also taught for independent Chicago artists like, Chance The Rapper and Jamila Woods.

 

Molly Jones

Molly Jones began her dance training at the age of 4 in Evanston, Illinois at Lilette Rohe School of Ballet.  She continued her training at Ruth Page School of Dance under the teaching of Larry Long, Dolores Lipinski, and Birute Barodicaite. Molly was a member of the Civic Ballet of Chicago and performed pieces choreographed by Harrison McEldowney, Larry Long, Paul Abrahamson, and Melissa Hale-Coyle. Molly then attended the University of Iowa, where she received her BFA in Dance. There she performed in many Gala performances and was a member of the in house company, Dancers In Company.  She performed in works by Deanna Carter, George de la Pena, Brad Garner, Eloy Barragan and Charlotte Adams. Upon graduation, Molly moved back to Chicago. She returned to the Civic Ballet as a guest artist and has been teaching around the Chicagoland area. Molly teaches dance at Ruth Page Center for the Arts and Lycee Francais Chicago.

 

Kate Kislingbury

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 Linley

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.

 

Keeley B. Morris

Starting at a young age taking breakdance, jazz, and African classes at a local studio in Oak Park, Keeley found a love for telling a story through performance. Having the pleasure at a young age to touch stage at a lot of local events and live stage shows such as the House of Blues, Lollapalooza, Regal Theatre, Taste of Chicago, and the Hard Rock Hotel, Keeley continued her growth as a dancer taking classes with working professionals both at Columbia College and throughout the Chicago area. She credits most of her growth in performance at an industry level to mentors Jason Laws and Pedro Mercado, artistic director of JiggNation dance group.

Keeley has gotten to make her mark in the entertainment industry on stage, television, commercial, and film projects recently including director Lee Daniel’s “Empire”. She has danced with both local and well-known artists like Jennifer Hudson and Jessica Sutta. She also performed with Beyoncé at the 2011 billboard awards and at Oprah Winfrey's farewell show at the United Center. She's gotten to work closely with Choreographer Fatima Robinson, landing a role alongside artist Goapele in the remake of the movie "Sparkle". Keeley has also appeared in national commercials for Facebook, T-Mobile, Ford and Marshall's as well.

Still working hard on her craft as an overall performer, Keeley is continuing to develop her artistry in other areas like teaching and creative direction. She is currently a member and co creative director of a local dance troupe called The Wall Flowers, A Chicago-based multidisciplinary dance and

Entertainment ensemble. She also teaches hip-hop dance to kids and fitness to adults at Creative Motion Chicago. The thing that she values the most is to be able to not only learn but to share her passion with others, telling a story through art is something she takes pride in the most.

 

Joan Oberndorf

Joan Oberndorf’s early ballet training was with Bentley Stone and Walter Camryn. She has also studied ballet with Larry and Dolores Long, Orrin Kayan, and Birute Birodicaite, and jazz with Lou Conte and Claire Bataille. As a dancer she performed with Light Opera Works and Topeka Civic Theatre as well as doing industrial work for several corporations including Sperry-Rand and Carson Pirie Scott. Joan focuses on alignment, building strength and proper placement to help the dancers in her classes stay injury free.  She also stresses musicality as she teaches, enabling students to move and dance at their fullest potential.

 

Pamela Paul

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.

Ping Quach

Ping Quach teaches an open company class in Hip Hop3 from The Puzzle League

 

Madeleine Reber

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.

 

Wade Schaaf

Wade Schaaf hails from the Chicago area and graduated Cum Laude from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater arts (emphasis dance performance). During his professional career Wade has danced for such companies as the Ohio Ballet, State Street Ballet Santa Barbara, The Omaha Theater Ballet, and Thodos Dance Chicago, and River North Chicago Dance Company. He has worked with choreographers Septime Weber, Stephen Mills, Kennet Oberly, Bill Soleau, Frank Chaves, Laurie Stallings, Ron DeJesus and the Tony Award winning choreographer Ann Reinking. After retiring from the stage, Mr. Schaaf went on to open Chicago Repertory Ballet in November of 2011. The company premiered to the headline review, “A Bright Debut for Chicago Repertory Ballet.” (Sid Smith, The Chicago Tribune). Since the debut of CRB Wade has gone on to create such exceptional works as Shostakovich Piano Concerto, The Four Seasons and William Shakespeare's MACBETH. Outside of the studio, Mr. Schaaf has a variety of interests ranging from visual art to health and wellness. Wade is a certified in both the Pilates method (Through Power Pilates) and RedCord, and is happy to enrich the lives of many through fitness.

 

Jenna Schoppe

Jenna Schoppe grew up in a dance studio in the suburbs, and couldn't be happier to join the team at Dovetail to mold a new generation of fierce, dedicated dancers.  She currently works as a musical theatre performer and choreographer, focusing in tap. As a performer, she has worked with Drury Lane Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre and is an artistic associate of Brown Paper Box Co.  Her choreogrpahy has been featured at Steep Theatre and Nightblue Performing Arts Company.  The latter garnered her a 2015 Jeff nomination for choreography of "The Producers". As a teaching artist, Ms. Schoppe travels around Chicagoland, bringing to each class, her passion, know-how, and boisterous personality.

 

Kat Scott

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

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

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.

 

Edward Valdez

Edward Valdez has been practicing physical fitness and has been involved in extensive training for almost all of his life. During the past 8 years Edward has actively shared his enthusiasm for fitness with others. Edward has a broad base of experience working 1 on 1 with clients, teaching various types of exercise classes and is an experienced run coach. Through his varied experiences Edward has found success with clients using a very open multidisciplinary style.  Edward incorporates various techniques to try to accomplish a very balanced mind and body. In addition to enjoying helping others in their physical evolution Edward has a strong passion for his own physical aptitude. He enjoys running and cycling daily, strength training, and yoga.  He regularly covers 40 miles a week running with clients and on his own. Edward brings passion and energy to every session. Certifications: National Exercise & Sports Training Institute Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Certified Run Coach.

 

Earlyn Whitehead

Earlyn Whitehead, an Ohio University alumna with her BFA in Performance & Choreography, is a movement artist residing in Chicago, IL.  In July 2016, she was awarded an artist grant, which is funding the development of a new piece, "Woven Recognitions" where it will have its initial premiere at “Out of the Echo Chamber” alongside J. Lindsay Brown Dance in March 2017, and its premiere as a full, finished work  at The Dance Center at Columbia College Chicago in September 2017 sponsored by Chicago Human Rhythm Project and The American Rhythm Center. Since relocating to Chicago in May 2015, she has been the summer Development & Program Intern for Chicago Human Rhythm Project, performed for Joe Musiel at the Alluvion Dance Chicago, Emergence: Choreographer’s Showcase, at Hamlin Park Theater and The Mayne Stage, worked with Shirley Mordine in Mordine & Company Dance Theater, and is a current member of Chicago-native, Nico Rubio’s, tap crew, 333.

 

 

Alicia Wilson

Originally from Delaware, Ohio, Alicia Wilson began dancing at the age of three. Since then, she has trained in ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, hip-hop, tap, lyrical, and acrobatics. When she was sixteen she trained with Ballet Chicago at their 2009 Summer Intensive and fell in love with the city, so it was an easy choice to attend Columbia College Chicago, where she graduated in 2015 with a BA in Dance. She has spent time studying Urban styles of dance in London, England, where she helped to organize the 2014 Collide Dance Festival in Stratford. Alicia now lives, performs, choreographs, and teaches in Chicago.

 

 

 

 

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