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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Felecia Hubbard is an active dancer and choreographer in the Chicago community. She started her dance training in high school in a competitive studio based out of Algonquin. That is where she gained a lot of her performance training. Performing at Sox games, Bulls games, national competitions and parades all over the world. From there Felecia started training at studios in Chicago from the Lab to Lou Conte, as well as the Puzzle League. She dedicated many hours training with some of Chicagos finest. Learning from experiences her teachers and teams have shared and given her. Experiences such as, performing at monsters, music videos with artists such as Chance the Rapper and Halo Smith, TV performances on shows including Steve Harvey as well as many stage performances. Felecia started her teaching journey in 2013. She has taught all ages through out the Chicago land area. From subbing classes to her own seasonal classes Felecia has acquired a passion for teaching and, more importantly, people. To Felecia dancing is more than movement. She has learned that through her art she can impact people's lives in just one hour. She is excited to be here at Dovetail to share and impact her students with the knowledge and movement she has gained through her years dancing.
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 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.
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.
Laura is a life long music lover and has pursued musical experiences since the age of 2. She has studied voice, piano, and french horn, and has taught both piano lessons and early childhood music classes. Laura teaches music classes through a unique lens as she possesses both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker she has supported adolescents in the residential setting, youth ages k-12 in the public school system and private therapeutic day school sector, and adults with severe and persistent mental illness throughout Chicagoland. During her experiences practicing social work in many different settings, she found that the arts are a critical component to the healing, growth, and development process for all ages!
Based on this realization and her own love of music, she created her own business "Music Alive," where she has sought to touch families and children through the power of music. Laura is skilled at creating a safe and fun environment for children and parents to engage with music and learn in community together. Her classes are educational, enriching, and enjoyable for all who attend.
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 teaches an open company class in Hip Hop3 from The Puzzle League
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.
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.