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.
GENEVIEVE BRADY - Children's Dance, Jazz, Leaps & Turns
Genevieve Brady, a native of Barrington, Illinois, began her dance career at a young age, training in disciplines of ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary and jazz funk. During her career, she gained inspiration from Giordano dancers such as Cesar Salinas and Megan Michale and was exposed to freelance choreographers, including Ashley Burns. A culmination of these influences positively impacted her decision to train at the collegiate level and pursue a career in dance performance. She graduated Cum Laude from Western Michigan University, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in spring of 2018. During such time, she was featured in restaged works by Loïe Fuller, Lew Christensen, and Brian Enos, as well as in original works by Brenden Duggan, James Gregg, and David Curwen. She also received supplemental training from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Visceral Dance Chicago, Giordano Dance Chicago, Inaside Dance Chicago, and Movement Invention project in New York City. Genevieve joined Trifecta Dance Collective in the summer of 2018 and is eager to dance, create, and collaborate within this company. In addition to her accomplishments in performance, choreography, and teaching she has also working toward her 250-hour yoga certification through Yogafit.
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.
CHRISTINA FEE - Children's Dance, Ballet, Tap
Christina Fee, originally from Schaumburg, Illinois started dancing at the age of 3 under the direction of Jan Powers. She had completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at Ball State University. The University has given her the opportunity to take class with multiple artists such as Sidra Bell, David Dorfman, Nan Giordano and Alex Sanders. Throughout her time at Ball State, Christina took part in multiple projects in the Theater and Dance Program. She focused heavily on an Immersive Learning Project which was designed to create an after school dance program for underprivileged children. Throughout her training, she also had the opportunity to perform with Inaside Chicago Dance's Youth Training Program along with River North Dance Chicago's Summer Intensive. Christina has returned to the Chicagoland area to pursue a performance and teaching career. She works at multiple studios, hoping to spread her love and knowledge of dance with today's youth.
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, Jazz
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, Tumbling
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.
ERIN REHBERG - Children's Dance, Jazz, Hip Hop
Erin Rehberg was Founder and Artistic Director of Core Project Chicago, a dance-based, interdisciplinary performing arts collective and is Founder/Executive Director of Side Street Studio Arts in her hometown of Elgin, IL. Core Project, 2006-2016, pushed the boundaries of storytelling through artistic collaboration with dramatic, sound, media and text artists and founded the Going Dutch Festival, a celebration of the female voice in dance, music, theater, and the visual arts. Erin earned a B.A. in Journalism from Western Illinois University, studied dance technique and choreography at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, where she was later hired the Director of Press and Marketing, and was a founding member of Kim Nofsinger’s Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre. She has performed the choreography of Stefanie Batten Bland and E.E. Balcos, and has danced with Jay-Son/Tisa Dance Company, Nicole Gifford Dance, Jennifer Sandoval and others. Erin teaches and fuses multiple dance styles and has set work on dancers attending Bucknell University, WIU, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Southern Illinois Dance Center and Prep Dance School and in schools all over the Chicago area including the Beverly Arts Center, where she directed the Summer Arts Experience-interdisciplinary arts camp. Her choreography has been produced around the United States and in China, and she has produced site-specific work throughout Illinois. Erin earned her M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago in 2009 where she expanded her creative horizons by pursuing dance for the camera surrounding creative process and in live performance. She has been on faculty at Interlochen Center for the Arts and Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts and is currently also on faculty at Middle Tennessee State University and DancEd Dance Center in Northbrook, IL. Erin was a 2010 recipient of a Chicago Cultural Center DanceBridge Residency a 2011 & 2018 recipient of The Studios of Key West artist residency, and the recipient of the 2016 YWCA Elgin Margaret Hillis Award for the Arts. Since moving back to Elgin in 2012, she co-founded the Elgin Ties Dance Festival (2012-2014), has been appointed to the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission, was a member of the Hemmens Cultural Center Task Force (2014-2015), and is Artistic Director of the Elgin Fringe Festival.
KALEIGH SCHOCK TYTON - 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 initial training in classical ballet and pointe with Lisa Boehm and performed with the Lisa Boehm Ballet Theatre. She continued studying ballet, pointe 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. She has also studied at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and has taken master classes and intensives with numerous dance artists such as Randy Duncan, Peter Sparling, Denise Vale, Jan Erkert, and former Balanchine ballerina Jillana.
With her range of training in both classical and modern dance, Joyce enjoyed dancing for independent choreographers as well as modern based companies and feels fortunate to have had the opportunities to dance the diverse repertory of numerous choreographers that include Paul Taylor, Claire Porter, and Joel Hall among others. While still performing as a professional dancer, Joyce spent ten years simultaneously working behind the scenes in arts administration and dance production for organizations that include The Juilliard School Dance Division, Vanderbilt Summer Dance Festival, New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Dance, 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 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 through 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!
2019 SUMMER MINI 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).
Ethan Kirschbaum, originally from Oakland, CA, began his dance training under Pamm Drake’s Dance/10 Performing Arts Center, Reginald Ray-Savage, Janet Taddie’s Castro Valley Performing Arts, and the San Francisco Ballet School. He continued his training with scholarships to summer programs at Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet School, and the Juilliard School. Traveling to New York City to attend the Ailey School/Fordham University B.F.A. program, Ethan graduated summa cum laude with departmental honors in dance performance. While in his junior year, he joined Hubbard Street 2, dancing and teaching workshops around the globe while concurrently completing his degree. He has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, danced internationally including Canada, Mexico, Holland, Germany, Israel, Switzerland, Luxembourg, France, and Russia. In 2011 Ethan moved to Saarbrücken, Germany to dance with Donlon Dance Company at the Saarländisches Staatstheater under the direction of Marguerite Donlon. He is currently on faculty at the Lou Conte Dance Studio as well as the Joffrey Academy and after completing five seasons with River North Dance Chicago, Ethan is a freelance artist performing at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, choreographing locally, and teaching nationally as a guest to dance studios and university programs alike.
Jackie Nowicki originates from Chicago, Illinois. She received her BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University, where she graduated summa cum laude and was named Presidential Scholar in April 2008, and she was chosen as the Department of Dance's Distinguished Alumni for the 2016 school year. She danced for Pilobolus Dance Theater in their PCS company performing for them all over the world, and is certified to teach for their Educational Outreach Program. Her professional credits also include dancing for Mike Esperanza's BARE Dance Company, Calen Kurka's :pushing progress, and Marlena Wolfe's The Wolfe Project. Jackie worked as a part-time faculty member at Western Michigan University's Department of Dance, and for the past ten years had taught all over the New York dance scene including being on faculty at Peridance Capezio Center, and guesting at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center. Her athletic, daring, and unique approach to movement has also landed her numerous master classes and conventions throughout the United States and even internationally in Rome, Italy. She is currently on faculty at Visceral Dance Center and guesting at Lou Conte Dance Studio in Chicago and is also on faculty for Celebrity Dance Conventions, Turn it Up Dance Challenge, and Stage Door Workshops specializing in Contemporary and Improv classes. Jackie is also the artistic director of her own contemporary dance company based out of New York and Chicago, NOW Dance Project. Her choreography has been commissioned by numerous colleges, dance companies, studios, and universities including The Ailey School, Elon University, The HARTT School, Salve Regina University, Western Michigan University, Urbanity, the Peridance Certificate Program, and many more. Jackie’s work has received numerous acclamations and awards and was even selected to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, for the American College Dance Association's 2016 National Festival. She also judges for numerous dance competitions in the U.S. and Canada and is a nationally certified personal trainer.
Andrew Tamez-Hull, also referred to as Drew, is an Actor, Dancer, Musician.
He can be seen playing a gang member in Clint Eastwood's #1 movie in America for its year GRAN TORINO. Andrew Tamez-Hull also appeared on season 2 of the number one show in America EMPIRE. He has also acted in New York bestselling authors Web series Wildcards episode 1, 2, 3 as himself, and worked on many indie films called “Street boy” as the lead. He also has been seen in commercials for Diet Dr Pepper, Hefty, Jewel Osco, and also has choreographed for various artist like Matt Legrand for Tv shows The Jam, WGN in the morning. He also has done voice over for commercials coin college and television.
Andrew Tamez-Hull has danced behind major artist such as Ludacris, Silento, Danity Kane and choreographed a set for the b96 Pepsi summer Bash. Drew has recently performed at Logan theatre in Chicago and house of blues were he also shot his latest indie film STREET BOY. He runs his own youth companies Phenom Dance company and Inside Out Dance Crew in Chicago and works with many companies all over setting award winning choreography. He teaches regular classes at Visceral Dance Center and Joffrey in Chicago.
Drew's motto is “nothing is given and everything is earned." He loves teaching and giving back to communities and believes his students’ success is his success! He can be seen playing at the suite lounge in Chicago currently as a resident singer and performer. He is a triple threat and adds those elements to his dance visions.
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