KELLY HILL - Artistic Director
(Co-Owner) Ballet, Pointe, Jazz
Kelly Hill, after an accomplished career as a dancer, is now the Artistic Director and co-founder of Integrity School of Dance. Kelly is thrilled to provide a new studio for technical and artistic growth to the community from which she was raised. Kelly trained under the direction of Lisa and Frank Boehm, Larry Long from the Ruth Page Foundation and received a full scholarship to Lou Conte Dance Studio, home of the world re-known Hubbard St. Dance Company. Kelly is a founding member of River North Chicago Dance Company where she spent 10 wonderful years touring and performing throughout the country under the Direction of Sherry Zunker and Frank Chaves. She was a principle dancer in two documentaries filmed during this time; “Reality of Dreamer and “River North Rising.”
Kelly toured extensively through out the US and Canada performing in many industrial shows. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and has appeared as a principle dancer in several featured films including: “Just Visiting”, “Soul Survivors” and “Road to Perdition” starring Tom Hanks. She also danced with the eight-city tour for DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation Fighting Aids) under the direction of Harrison McEldowney.
After retiring from the professional world, Kelly received her B.F.A. from National Louis University. Kelly is currently the Co-Director of the dance program at the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Larkin High School in Elgin. She spent 27 years teaching at Gould Academy of Dance Arts in Elgin prior to acquiring the studio and 8 years at Inspire School of Dance in Naperville. Many of her students have received scholarships to prestigious colleges, summer programs and conventions throughout the country. Her students are also currently performing in companies, Broadway shows and commercial work in the US and abroad. Kelly most recently became a certified BeMoved instructor and is on staff for the annual River North summer workshops. Kelly is a mother of two sons and is thrilled to start a new career with Integrity to nurture the talent of young artists within the Elgin and suburban community.
ELISABETH STONEBREAKER MCCOY - Business Director
(Co-Owner) Tap, Tumbling
Elisabeth Stonebreaker McCoy is currently the Business Director and co-founder of Integrity School of Dance in Elgin, Illinois. Elisabeth is living her lifelong dream of running a business that aspires to elevate students in dance and the opportunities of personal development that accompany this discipline. Elisabeth trained as a dancer and began teaching at the age of 16 at Gould Academy of Dance Arts, in Elgin. She then attended the University of Georgia where she received a Varsity Cheerleading Scholarship and graduated with a degree in Business Science.
After leaving her corporate employment to raise children, Elisabeth poured her heart into volunteering for her church and community through local non-profit organizations, including Elgin Junior Service Board (JSB). While she served as JSB’s Follies Production Chairperson and President, it was revealed to her that “work” and “passion” could coexist and it was time to pursue her new career.
Elisabeth continues to teach as a tumbling and tap instructor. She also volunteers as a choreographer for special events and non-profit organizations. Elisabeth is a mother of three children and enjoys her busy life of balance. She especially appreciates the challenge and opportunity to encourage and enhance the lives of local youth through the art of dance, smiles and supportive interaction.
RACHEL BENZING - Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop
Rachel Benzing, a native of Chicago, began her dance training at Copeland Dance Academy studying the Cecchetti School of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, and Modern. She established herself as a teacher and choreographer at Copeland Dance Academy and Ambition Dance & Performing Arts where she had the responsibility of teaching and choreographing for the Tap programs while also a member of Xtreme Dance Force, Hip Hop and Jazz companies. She has attended the St. Louis Tap Festival, the Los Angeles Tap Festival, and the Chicago Human Rhythm Project where she won the Summer World Tap Competition, the American Dance Festival Winter Intensive and Six Week Summer Program, Ledges and Bones Summer Workshop which she was awarded a full-ride scholarship, and BODYTRAFFIC workshops. Rachel has vigorously trained under the instruction of Lillian Barbeito, Tekla Kostek, Paige Porter, Jason Myhre, Damon Rago, Holly Johnston, Mark Tomasic, Rosalynde LeBlanc Loo, John Todd, Robbie Cook, Lisa Gillespie, Rahel Vonmoos, and Fred Gehrig. She has performed in works choreographed by Barak Marshall, Jessica Harper, J.T. Horenstein, Kevin Williamson, Tony Czar, Paige Porter, Denise Leitner, Rosalynde LeBlanc Loo, Jesse Zarrit, and Lillian Barbeito.
Rachel graduated from Loyola Marymount University, May 2014, with accomplishments such as having received the College of Communication and Fine Arts Council Scholarship, publication in the Dance Program Student Journal, and serving as treasurer on both the History Honors Society, Phi Alpha Theta, and the Classics Honor Society, Eta Sigma Phi. Rachel has choreographed numerous works shown in the LMU Spring Student Concert, Impulse Student Concert, Encore! Student Concert, and the Max10 Arts Showcase at Electric Lodge in Venice, California. Her work, Stand, was selected to represent the LMU Dance Department at the American College Dance Festival in Milledgeville, Georgia and was also presented in the 2014 LMU Undergraduate Research Symposium, CFA Arts Showcase in March 2014. Rachel is a recent graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, England, with a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance: Creative Practice, with a Distinction.
HANNA BRICTSON - Company Director, Contemporary Jazz
Hanna Brictson grew up dancing and training in both Elgin and Chicago. Although receiving multiple university scholarships after graduation from Larkin High school’s performing arts program, she accepted a company position at River North Chicago in 2004. As one of the youngest company members, Hanna was also nominated for the prestigious Princess Grace Award that year. Within her 12 year at RNDC, Miss Brictson has choreographed for the company, been rehearsal assistant, co-choreographed with Director Frank Chaves, performed all over the world and has been a lead instructor throughout the extensive workshops and intensive programs.
Outside of company life, Hanna has choreographed for national commercials, award winning competition dance troups, dance teams, colleges and high schools nationwide. Miss Brictson is currently dancing with Visceral Dance Chicago under the direction of Nick Pupillo. She is thrilled to be directing Integrity Dance Company. Her absolute passion for the art form and love for being a mentor to hungry young artists fuels her each and everyday.
TRISTAN DEVRIES - Hip Hop
Tristan DeVries is a senior at Burlington Central High School. Tristan began dancing and tumbling at Gould Academy at the age of 4. He continued with gymnastics at Mega, and breakdancing and stunts with Dance Force. Tristan has been teaching Hip Hop for 3 years at Steps Academy and at Dance Force Studio, where he dances competitively on four teams. Tristan has also been competing for 5 years nationally with two dance crews called D-Crew and Vitality where he has won multiple national titles. Vitality recently took 3rd place at the Dance World Competition in April 2014. Tristan made his debut as a featured dancer in a Hollywood movie called DREAMS the movie in 2012. The movie featured Geoffery Owens, who played Elvin on the Cosby show. Tristan danced for 2 years under the direction of Marchello, who played a main character in the movie. Check it out at www.dreamsthemovie.com.
Tristan has served in the Children’s ministry at his church for 7 years. He has been on multiple service projects such as Feed My Starving Children as well as mission trips, and serving at food shelters. He has also helped with Stage productions at The Hemmens in Elgin, and been involved in various City of Elgin, and Huntley projects. Tristan has taken various masters classes in Hip Hop, and spends his spare time creating vines and dance videos. Tristan is excited to teach under the direction of Elisabeth and Kelly and happy to be on staff with Integrity.
COURTNEY GARCIA - Children's Dance, Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap, Tumbling
Courtney Garcia is an instructor and Children's Dance coordinator at Integrity School of Dance. Growing up in Elgin, she always loved to Dance. She started taking Dance classes at four years old, and continues to learn and grow as a dancer to this day. Courtney is trained in many styles including, ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop. She graduated from Larkin High School, where she danced in the Visual and Performing Arts Academy.
In 2002 when she began teaching, she realized that sharing her love of dance was her true passion. She has volunteered her time and skills to many local groups, charities and events. Her family, work and accomplishments are things she takes great pride in. She hopes that through her work she can inspire dancers of all ages.
KELLI MYHRE-BAHWELL - Tap
Kelli Myhre-Bahwell has been dancing since the early age of three and has taught at various studios in the Chicagoland area for over 26 years. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dance from Illinois State University and has two Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Art, one from Elgin Community College and the other from The Illinois Institute of Art specializing in Graphic Design. Kelli has been a performer, judge and choreographer in numerous dance competitions and conventions and received many choreography awards. Kelli is also a judge for numerous competitions and has been judging for the past 11 years. Most recently she has been ajudge for the Lifetime TV show “Dance Moms”. Teaching dance is one of her passions in life and enjoys sharing that passion with eager students.
MARGARET PALMER - Performance Company Director, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz
Margaret Palmer was trained byLisa and Frank Boehm in Elgin, Il. Later she received a scholarship to Lou Conte dance studio and enjoyed learning from Chicago’s best-Claire Bataille, Ginger Farley, Lou Conte and Birute Baracaite, to name a few. As an adult, became a foudning member of River North Chicago under the direction of Mark Dow and later Sherry Zunker. She appeared in the first WTTW documentary “Reality of a Dreamer”. She has also performed with the Second City Ballet, Cerque/Rivera Art Experience and enjoyed a brief apprenticeship with Hubbard St. Dance Chicago. She is proud to be a part of Integrity School of Dance and to be working with the Performance Company.
KALEIGH SCHOCK - Ballet, Pointe
Kaleigh Schock was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She started training for her professional career at the age of 15 at Faubourg Ballet School in Hanover Park. In 2005, Kaleigh moved to NYC to train at Ellison Ballet-Professional Ballet School at the age of 16. She continued to train at Ellison Ballet for three years. In 2007 she was a supplemental dancer with Cincinnati Ballet, she then joined Ballet West II in Salt Lake City in 2008. After 2 years with Ballet West, Kaleigh decided to attend school at the University of Cincinnati, where she attained a BFA in Dance and a minor in Communications, along with joining Nevada Ballet Theatre her Junior year in 2012. While withNevada Ballet, Kaleigh has danced roles that include: the lead Russian Girl in Balanchine's Serenade, Striptease Girl in Balanchine's, Slaughter on 10th Avenue, Lilac Fairy from Sleeping Beauty, Zelma from Giselle, and Summer Fairy in James Canfield's production of The Nutcracker. Kaleigh Attended School of American Ballet Orlando Ballet and American Ballet Theatre summer intensives on scholarships. Kaleigh will be joining Elements Contemporary Ballet this upcoming season. Awards include, top 12 in YAGP finals in 2007 and 2008, as well as top 12 in YAGP in the pas de deux category. In 2007 she was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Ballet School of England's Graduate Level at the YAGP finals.
TAYLOR SLAGER - Tumbling, Contemporary Jazz
Taylor Slager grew up in the Elgin area and has been training in dance and gymnastics since she was 4 years old. She trained in various styles of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop at Gould Academy of Dance Arts under current Integrity instructors, Kelly Hill and Hanna Brictson. During the latter part of her dance career, she trained at Lou Conte’s and Visceral. Additionally, Taylor was the recipient of the Fox Valley Beau Arts scholarship for her achievements in dance. During college, Taylor danced with a contemporary company, EiLa, throughout Michigan and was captain and lead choreographer for Judson University’s Poms squad. Taylor has been the lead musical choreographer at Central High School in Burlington and has worked on more than 10 productions.
Taylor also has extensive gymnastics training. She competed in the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic program through Level 9 at various clubs in the area. Since her time as a competitive gymnast, she has spent over 3 years as a competitive gymnastics coach, coaching levels 3 through 9. During that time, she was a USA Gymnastics Professional Member and attended various classes and seminars.
In addition to teaching at Integrity, Taylor works as a Strength and Conditioning coach at a training facility in South Elgin called LGN Performance. She is looking forward to another exciting year at Integrity and is thankful to be a part of the Integrity staff.
JOYCE SMITH - Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Pointe, Pilates, Adult Core Ballet
Joyce Smith began her classical ballet and pointe training in Elgin with Lisa Boehm. She continued studying ballet and jazz with artists throughout the Chicagoland area before beginning her training in modern dance (specifically the techniques of Martha Graham and José Limón) while completing her undergraduate degree as a scholarship dance major. She has had the privilege of performing the diverse work of choreographers that include Paul Taylor, Joel Hall and Claire Porter, among others. She has also studied at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and taken master classes and intensives with numerous dance artists such as Randy Duncan, Jan Erkert, and former Balanchine ballerina Jillana. While still performing, she spent ten years also working behind the scenes in arts administration and dance production throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York, and Tennessee. Joyce has been teaching dance for many years, including eight years as a member of the dance faculty at Vanderbilt University and Harpeth Hall School, where she also served as director for the Upper School Ballet and Modern Dance Companies. Before relocating back to the Chicagoland area, she also taught dance classes for various places around Nashville and surrounding areas, including the School of Nashville Ballet, Sarratt Youth Art Institute, Nashville School of the Arts, and Vanderbilt Summer Dance Festival. In addition to her dance training and teaching, she earned her Pilates mat certification from New York's PhysicalMind Institute. Joyce is thrilled to be teaching at Integrity School of Dance!
AMY VANWAGENEN -Jazz, Leaps & Turns
Amy VanWagenen is a graduate of Iowa State University, majoring in elementary education. Through the university she got to student teach in New Zealand! She was a member of the Iowa State University competitive dance team all four years she was in school. She has been involved in competitive dance since the age of 7 and has traveled all over the United States in numerous regional and national dance competitions. She has studied under some of the biggest names in dance in the Chicago area and has been trained in classical French and Russian ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, tap, kick and pom. She has choreographed for high school and college dance teams as well as for dance studios, many of which won artistic awards and first place at competitions. Amy has coached the Geneva High School Varsity Dance Team since 2013 and coached the team to become IHSA State Champions in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The team got the opportunity to perform at the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Florida in 2015 and has been given numerous opportunities throughout the years. Amy has also been on staff at Universal Dance Association since 2008 as a high school and college instructor and head instructor, as well as a judge for regional and national competitions. She has traveled national and internationally with the company, her most recent trips being London for the New Year's Day parade and Mexico to judge a national competition. Amy couldn't be more thrilled to teach at a studio as rewarding, inspirational and dedicated as Integrity School of Dance!
SUMMER INTENSIVE FACULTY
Sara Bibik is Dance360 Program Director for DanceWorks Chicago and honored to bring professional, inspirational, and relevant workshops to dancers from around the country. She was previously the Workshop Director and Artistic Administrator at River North Dance Chicago. Sara was a founding dancer with RNDC and danced for 10 years with the company. She is honored to have received a prestigious Ruth Page Award for a “Season of Outstanding Dancing” with River North Dance Chicago in 1996. After retiring from the stage in 2000, she was named Workshop Director and Artistic Administrator and is passionate about training, helping and mentoring future generations of dancers. Sara began her dance education in Manitowoc, WI at the Jean Wolfmeyer School of Dance, and continued to train at the National Academy of the Arts (Champaign, IL) and the Gus Giordano Dance Center (Evanston, IL). After graduation as Valedictorian she danced professionally with Esp Tap Company and Lynda Martha Dance Company (Evanston, IL), and was a guest artist with the Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble (Chicago, IL) She is privileged to guest teach and work with Company D (Memphis, TN), a dance company comprised of adults with Downs Syndrome. She has served as guest faculty for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters and the Virginia School of the Arts where she was honored to have been the 1997 commencement speaker. Sara currently teaches weekly classes at Inspire School of Dance (Naperville, IL) and the Irina Makkai Classical Ballet and Dance School (Highland Park, IL).
Judith Chitwood is a professor and coordinator of dance at Northern Illinois University. She began her dance training in the Chicago area. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music studying under David McLain, Oleg Sabline and studied the Horton technique under James Truitte. Prior to her appointment at NIU, she taught at the University of Cincinnati and served as Director of Dance at Kansas State University. Ms. Chitwood's performing career includes member of the Cincinnati/New Orleans Ballet Company, guest artist with MOMENTA Dance Company in reconstructions of Humphrey/Weidman choreographic works and guest artist in many performances throughout Chicago. Ms. Chitwood is also a certified Pilates instructor in Romana's Pilates, working under the Master Teachers, Romana Kryzanowska, Sari Mejia Santo, and Juanita Lopez. Ms. Chitwood is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, Illinois Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, American College Dance Association and also serves on the board of directors for the Doris Humphrey Society.
ROBIN MINEKO WILLIAMS
Robin Mineko Williams danced for River North Dance Chicago and was a member of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for twelve seasons, during which she performed choreography by numerous renowned artists including Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe and Johan Inger, and originated roles in new works by Jorma Elo, Sharon Eyal, Twyla Tharp and Lar Lubovitch, among others. She began making her own work in 2001 through Hubbard Street’s Inside/Out Choreographic Workshop and, in 2010, co-choreographed with Terence Marling Hubbard Street 2’s Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure, designed for young audiences. She has since created multiple premieres for Hubbard Street’s main company including the Art of Falling, a full evening production by the artists of The Second City and Hubbard Street and has made work for Atlanta Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Visceral Dance Chicago and The Nexus Project, presented at the Kennedy Center, the American Dance Festival, the Joyce Theater and other venues. Named one of Dance Magazine's “25 to Watch” for 2014, Williams was one of Northwest Dance Project’s 2012 International Choreography Competition winners, received a 2013 Princess Grace Choreographic Fellowship and was selected as an E-choreographer for Springboard Danse Montreal the same year. In 2015 she completed a Princess Grace Foundation–USA Works In Progress Residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and recently received a Choreography Mentorship Co-Commission Award from the Princess Grace Foundation–USA in support of Mariko's Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure. In 2016, Williams was selected as one of NewCIty's Players: 50 People Who Really Perform for Chicago and Best Choreographer in Chicago Magazine’s Best Of Issue.
Angelina Mullins is thrilled to be in the cast of the Broadway Musical Tour of Aladdin. At age 11, Angelina performed as Clara with the internationally known Boston Ballet's "The Nutcracker" and went on to dance with their corps. At just 17 years old, she began touring the world in the Broadway musical "FOSSE" with legends of stage and screen like Anne Reinking and Ben Vereen. She went on to perform in National Tours and Broadway company's of Spamalot, Saturday Night Fever, and the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story. Angelina appeared as a recurring dancer on NBC's hit musical series SMASH! Through it all only one thing has gone unchanged, her passion for her craft.
Valerie Robin celebrated the end of a 26 year professional dancing career in Spring of 2013 . Her repertoire included leading roles in works by Arpino, Joffrey, Balanchine, Ashton, Kylian, Lubovitch, Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon, James Kudelka, Ronald Hynd, Yuri Possakhov, Uwe Scholtz and Jerome Robbins as well as a majority of the Classics including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Les Sylphides, La Sylphide, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Suite en Blanc and Grand pas Classique . Ms. Robin participated in the 1990 New York International Ballet Competition acquiring a bronze medal and the 1992 Varna International Ballet Competition becoming one of the first Americans to each the finals in 10 years. She danced in Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet, Leiziger Ballets, Kieler Ballets and Ballet Wisconsin before joining the Joffrey Ballet in 2000. She was a cast member in the film “The Company” directed by Robert Altman and created the leading role in Rebecca Aleman’s short film “Basta!”. She has taught all levels of ballet from creative movement to professional company classes with Leipziger Ballets, Ballet Wisconsin, Kieler Ballets and Joffrey Ballet. Ms. Robin is certified in Ultra Barre as lead instructor and has her national 200hr yoga teacher certification through Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago.
Seth Robinson (New Palestine, IN) 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. After a short period of freelancing in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Robinson joined Ball State University where he received his Bachelors of Science in Dance. 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, which has the same structure but with a ballet focus. After his graduation Robinson moved to Chicago to continue pursuing his passion of teaching and training in dance. Robinson spent three seasons dancing with Chicago’s premiere contemporary ballet company Elements Ballet. After much success teaching and choreographing around the south and mid-west Robinson was asked to join the 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. In 2016 Robinson joined Fire & Ice National Talent Competition as one of it’s two new regional directors. Robinson is best known for his electrifying classes and caring personality.
Andrew Tamez-Hull – Hull began his dance career by training and competing with Xtreme Dance force. He has choreographed for many events such as B96 Pepsi Summer Bash. Andrew has also been a featured actor in Clint Eastwoods (Gran Torino). He is currently involved in and teaches class at Visceral Dance Center in Chicago and is the Director of an all boys hip hop team called Phenom!
Cole Vernon, originally from Sonoma County, California, has had the pleasure of performing internationally as well as throughout the U.S. with companies such as DanceWorks Chicago, River North Dance Chicago, and most recently with Ballet Hispanico in New York City. Cole received his BFA in Dance from the University of Arizona in 2013, having worked with the University’s incredible faculty members as well as inspiring artists from the Balanchine Trust, Larry Keigwin + Company, Ann Reinking and Gary Chryst, among others. After graduating summa cum laude and participating in Springboard Danse Montreal, he made Chicago his home base. Co-creator of the "2 Men from the Windy City" which tours internationally, Cole enjoys continuing his performance career and providing dance education as well as choreography for the artists of the future.
Born in Aurora, IL, Chris Xayarath started dancing in 2002. His interest in hip hop dance grew over the years as well as learning many different styles to this day; jazz, jazz funk, and contemporary. From 2007-2009, he joined Xtreme Dance Force in Naperville, IL where he had the opportunity to work personally with choreographers such as Kevin Maher, Matt Cady, and David Moore. Chris was also given the opportunity to open the show for Hip Hop artist Soulja Boy at Northern Illinois University in 2008. He opened up for artist Fat Joe and Bruno Mars at the House of Blues September of 2010. In 2011 and 2012, Chris performed and shared the stage with artists like Lil’ Jon, Ludacris, and Ciara at Chicago’s radio station 103.5 kiss fm’s fantabuloso concert. He recently worked with Chicago artist Chance The Rappers in his music video Angels.
Chris is currently still dancing and competing in Chicago. He is training with his current dance group The Puzzle League. He has also performed and showcased his work at Chicago’s Carnival showcase for 5 years now and performed at LA's carnival. As of February 2013, Chris got nominated to be apart of the Monsters of Hip Hop cast held in Los Angeles. He has taught at Millennium Dance Complex in LA and recently just choreographed for the Chicago Luvabulls dance team.
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