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 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 was also the Co-Diretor of of the dance program at the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Larkin High School in Elgin from 2000-2017. 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 dance companies, broadway shows and commercial work in the US and abroad. Kelly is a mother of two, amazing sons and is thrilled to nurture the talent of young artists within the suburban community at Integrity.
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 and continued her education at Ambition Dance & Performing Arts and Xtreme Dance Force where she was also given the responsibility of teaching classes and choreographing for the competitive teams, while still a student herself. Rachel is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Improvisation, Contemporary and Modern dance techniques and has traveled the nation attending the St. Louis Tap Festival, the Los Angeles Tap Festival, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, the American Dance Festival’s Winter Intensive and Six Week Summer Program, Ledges and Bones Summer Workshop, and BODYTRAFFIC workshops. Rachel graduated from Loyola Marymount University, May 2014, with a Bachelor's Degree in Dance and a Bachelor’s Degree in History, where she was able to work with dance artists such as Lillia Barbeito (BODYTRAFFIC), Barak Marshall, Tony Czar, and Rosalynde LeBlanc Loo, and choreograph numerous works, one of which was featured at the American College Dance Festival, 2014. Rachel is a recent graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, England, where she received a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance: Creative Practice, with a Distinction, and was able to pursue a performance art based creative practice learning from some of the greatest artistic minds in London. In addition to teaching at Integrity, Rachel is also a teaching artist in the Chicago Public School District and various Chicago Community Centers and is pursuing her own artistic practice.
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 years 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 junior at Elgin Community College, working to be certified in welding and receiving a 4 year business degree. 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 7 years at Steps Academy and used to teach and compete at Dance Force studio where he danced competitively on 4 teams. Tristan’s crew Vitality, which he founded with 5 of his close friends, took third place at dance worlds in 2014, returning two times later to place 7th and then finally placing First in 2016. Tristan made his debut as a featured dancer in a Hollywood movie called Dreams The Movie in 2012. The movie featured Geoffrey 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.
Tristan continues to improve his dancing in workshops and classes around the nation learning from top choreographers such as Willdabeast, Nappy Tabs, and even receiving scholarships from Ian Eastwood. Tristan hopes to keep training, learning, and teaching as long as he can.
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 a judge for the Lifetime TV show “Dance Moms”. Kelli currently teaches at Larkin High School in the VPAA as one of the dance instructors. Teaching dance is one of her passions in life and she enjoys sharing that passion with eager students.
MARGARET PALMER - Performance Company Director, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz
Margaret Palmer was trained by Lisa 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, she became a founding 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 Street Dance Chicago. Margaret currently teaches and choreographs across the NW suburbs and is Co-Director of Larkin High School VPAA Dance Program. 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 with Nevada 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 has danced with Elements Contemporary Ballet in Chicago and is currently dancing with the Madison Ballet. 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
Joyce Smith began her classical ballet and pointe training in Elgin with Lisa Boehm. She continued studying ballet and jazz in the Chicagoland area before later training in modern dance (specifically the techniques of Martha Graham and José Limón) while completing her undergraduate degree as a scholarship dance major. Additionally, she has studied at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, attended master classes and intensives with numerous dance artists such as Randy Duncan, Jan Erkert, and former Balanchine ballerina Jillana, and has had the privilege of performing the diverse work of choreographers that include Paul Taylor, Joel Hall, Claire Porter, among others.
While still performing, Joyce spent ten years simultaneously working behind the scenes in arts administration and dance production for organizations that include The Juilliard School Dance Division, New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Dance, Vanderbilt Summer Dance Festival, the American Dance Legacy Institute, and Illinois Summer School of the Arts.
Joyce has been teaching dance for many years including eight years as a member of the dance faculty at Vanderbilt University and the Harpeth Hall School, where she also served as Director for the Upper School Ballet and Modern Dance Companies. In addition to teaching dance Joyce earned her Pilates Mat certification from New York’s PhysicalMind Institute. After many years away, Joyce is back in her home state of Illinois and 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, 2016 and 2017. 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!
2018 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).
Brandon Coleman is a NYC based performer from Katy, TX and is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where he received his BFA in Dance and BA in Communication with a minor in Arts Administration. While in school, Brandon received the prestigious Undergraduate Creative Achievement Award for performance and choreography. He attended Springboard Danse Montréal in 2016 and 2017 and received additional traning from River North Dance Chicago and KEIGWIN + COMPANY.
Coleman toured throuhgout China with Art.If.Act Dance Project, assisted Sam Watson at the Tanz Bozen-Bolzano Danza International dance festival in Bolzano, Italy, and performed as a guest artist with Zikr Dance Ensemble in Denver, CO. Formally a member of Visceral Dance Chicago, Coleman has also worked with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as a guest artist for their 2017 Summer Series. Since moving to NYC, Brandon has joined KEIGWIN + COMPANY for their 2017-18 season. You can learn more about Brandon on his website. BrandnColemanDance.com and on Instagram @itsbrandoncoleman
Wilfredo Rivera is a co-founder of the Chicago performing arts collective Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Artistic Director since 2007. In 2016, he launched his most ambitious artistic project to date, American Catracho. This 3-year exploration of immigration will premiere in segments and debut in celebration of CRDT's 20th Anniversary in 2019. Wilfredo was born in Honduras, trained with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and is a founding member and former soloist of River North Dance Chicago. Mr. Rivera was honored with the 2009 Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation Choreography Award and a 2001 After Dark Award. His concert work has been featured at the Auditorium Theatre, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Jazz Festival, Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Harris Theater, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, DuSable Museum, Links Hall, Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts and Mayne Stage. Additional choreography includes productions for the Goodman Theatre, Bailiwick Theatre, Metropolis Arts Center, Columbia College, American Theater Co., American Players Theater, Porchlight Theater and Pegasus Players.
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!
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.
Sherry Zunker is an established director, choreographer, creator and educator whose work covers the concert dance realm, musical theater, corporate entertainment, production shows, television, video and film. From 2011 to 2014 Sherry directed 7 casts of “Chicago the Musical” for Royal Caribbean’s Broadway venture. She has also worked as a creator, director and choreographer on over 40 productions for The Cruise Ship Industry.
Zunker is Co-Artistic Director Emerita of River North Chicago Dance Company. From 1990 – 2001 Sherry was an Artistic Director of River North Dance Chicago (RNDC). As Artistic Director she choreographed numerous works for the company, one of them being the signature piece "Reality of a Dreamer,"; which also became the finale piece for the award-winning televised documentary of the same name. Sherry also commissioned the work of many choreographers to compile the company’s diverse, engaging repertoire. Zunker also created River North Chicago’s dance education program for inner city schools entitled “Street Beat”. This program exposed how trends in American culture affect the ever-changing face of American jazz dance. In addition to the works she created for River North Sherry has choreographed and set her dance pieces on many dance companies including the Joffrey Ballet and Giordano Dance Chicago, and most recently on Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre.
Sherry is also the founder of BeMoved®, a company passionate about sharing the joy of dance with people of all movement abilities. Her belief that movement expressed through dance and music has a transformative power that enriches lives inspired her to create BeMoved. Currently BeMoved has trained over 100 instructors serving communities in 13 states as well as provinces in Canada and the UK. In addition to BeMoved, Sherry’s teaching career spans over 40 years. She has taught for many universities, dance companies, festivals, intensive workshops and predominant dance institutions.
Before taking on the roles of director and choreographer, Zunker had a diverse performance career. She danced with Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble, was a principal dancer with Giordano Dance Chicago, worked with Bob Fosse as a soloist in “Dancin',” and also danced under choreographer’s Ann Reinking and Chet Walker in the Goodman Theatre’s production of “Pal Joey.” Zunker has also danced in many musical stage productions, commercials and films including “The Blues Brothers” and “A League of Their Own”.
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