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Adjunct Faculty

Keesha Beckford - 
Adjunct Faculty
Keesha Beckford began her dance studies in Queens, New York. She then went on to graduate cum laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in American history and a certificate in dance. Her senior project in dance was awarded the Louis Sudler prize for the Arts. While a member of the Princeton dance program she studied modern dance technique and composition with Ze'eva Cohen, Elizabeth Keen and Sally Hess. She has performed with the New York based companies Steeledance and Amy Marshall Dance Company. In New York she also performed works by distinguished choreographers such as Milton Myers and Lorn Macdougal. Ms. Beckford's performances have been seen in Europe with the German tour of the rock musical Tabaluga and Lilli. In Dublin, Ireland she performed the choreography of Michael Foley and Cathy O'Kennedy in the production of Giselle: The Presence of the Past. After moving to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2002, Ms. Beckford performed with Martha Connerton's Kinetic Works and Sabrina Berry's American Dance Art. Her choreography was also featured in the repertory of both companies. While in New York City, Ms. Beckford taught jazz and modern dance at Steps on Broadway, The Spence School, Trinity School and was a guest teacher at Yale University and Ballet Academy East. In Charlotte, Ms. Beckford joined the faculty of North Carolina Dance Theater, teaching jazz, modern and ballet, and she served as a guest choreographer for the University of North Carolina, Charlotte's dance department. She began teaching Pilates matwork at Charlotte's Alternative Fitness Pilates Studio in 2003, and received her Alternative Fitness reformer certification in 2004. Here in the Chicago area, she teaches ballet and modern at Dance Center Evanston, and Pilates at From the Center in Lakeview.

Malik R. Camara - 
Adjunct Faculty
Malik R. Camara, a native of St. Louis, Malik R. Camara is a premier dancer for Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago and Assistant Artistic Director for Alyo Children's Dance Theatre. For the past several years he has worked as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and program coordinator in the Chicago area. Malik's early training in dance began with the Dunham Technique in East St. Louis, Illinois with Arthur Savage, Vivian Watt, and Theodore Jamison. Malik performed in the African Dance Ensemble under the direction of Sunshine and Terry Brown and Chamahaw, then Abdoulaye Camara, Deborah Ahmed and The St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre. After arriving in Chicago in the late 80s, Malik studied with Muntu, Imani Foster, Nahgeree Sutton, Denise Williams, S'hore Nuff Dance Studio, Woto Seta, Papa Camara Men of Muntu, Silembo Ballet, Vaune Blalock and Amaniyea Payne. Malik gives thanks and praise to the Creative Forces of the Ancestors and his teachers. Currently, Malik is teaching for Columbia College, Proviso East High School, Alyo Children's Dance Theatre and DCFS. He is also a member of the Dance Ministry at Trinity United Church of Christ.

Michael Caskey - Adjunct Faculty / Music Services Coordinator
Michael Caskey hails from rural Southwestern Michigan. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Western Michigan University's school of music in 1999, Michael has performed with artists as diverse as Chuck Mangione, Toni Tenille, Danilo Perez, Marvin Hamlisch, and John Sinclair. Currently, Michael is a part of Eastern Blok, a pan-cultural ensemble that performs and presents masterclasses throughout the United States. A DownBeat jazz magazine award winner and five-time Detroit Music Award recipient, Michael has performed for audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Poland, France, Germany, Denmark, and Belgium. At Columbia, Michael coordinates the department's accompanist program and teaches Rhythmic Analysis.

Zineb Chraibi - 
Adjunct Faculty
Zineb Chraibi, a former dancer with the Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre, grew up in Casablanca, Morocco where she first started her training. She later returned to her native city of Paris to study Ballet, Modern, and Jazz and furthered her training at Les Ballets Jazz De Montreal. In 1991, she completed her BA in Dance Magna Cum Laude at Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Pa while performing with the Playhouse Dance Theatre. Since moving to Chicago, Miss Chraibi has performed with Winifred Haun and Dancers, as well as various independent choreographers. She served on the faculty of the conservatory of dance at Barat College, the Joel Hall Dance Center, the Lou Conte Dance Studio, as well as The Chicago Academy for The Arts . She is currently on the faculty at Columbia College, serves as an Artist-in- residence in various schools in the Chicago land area and guest teaches in the US and abroad.

Shaker Cohlmia - Adjunct Faculty

Margi Cole - Faculty / Adjunct Faculty
Margi Cole graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts, received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Columbia College Chicago and an Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a teacher and guest lecturer, she has taught for numerous educational and professional organizations such as the Alabama Ballet, the American College Dance Festival, Ballet Tennessee, Northwestern University, Columbia College Chicago, and various other institutions throughout Illinois, the Midwest, and the Southeast. As a choreographer, Margi has been commissioned by The Alabama Ballet, Springfield Ballet Company, Sanspointe Dance Company, the Birmingham Museum of Art, Girl's Preparatory School of Tennessee, Beloit College and Columbia College Chicago. As a performer, Margi has danced with well-known choreographers and companies, including Ralph Lemon, Joe Goode Performance Group, Liz Burritt, Stephen Koplowitz, Ann Boyd, David Rousseve, Bill Young, Douglas Nielsen, Timothy O'Slynne, Paula Frasz, Colleen Halloran, Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, Mordine & Company Dance Theatre, Renee Wadleigh, and Ellie Klopp. In August 2011, Cole traveled to Finhorn Scotland to join 19 international performers to participate in the Deborah Hay Solo Commissioning Project. Awards and acknowledgements of Margi's accomplishments include making the list of "Teachers Rated Excellent by their Students" four consecutive semesters while on faculty at the University of Illinois, receiving two Dance Center of Columbia College Choreographic Mentoring Scholarships, two Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships, a 2005 Chicago Dancemakers Forum grant, a American Marshall Memorial Fellowship, and winning at a Panoply Festival Choreography Award for Contemporary Dance in Huntsville, AL. Margi is active in the Chicago dance community, serving on grant panels and in public forums as an arts administrator, dancer and choreographer. In 2011, she was integral in organizing both the Dance/USA and Marshall Forum annual conferences in Chicago. Cole is currently a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Consortium Member and is part of the Marshall Memorial Fellowship Selection Committee. She is currently on faculty at Columbia College Chicago, were she has served as a Lecturer and Associate Chair.

Kym Costa - 
Adjunct Faculty
Kym Costa comes from a professional Ballet Dancer's background having danced for the Civic Ballet at The Ruth Page Foundation in Chicago. She studied with several prominent ballet companies across the United States including The Joffrey Ballet and the Pennsylvania Ballet. Kym used her strong background as a Dancer to transition smoothly into the Fitness industry. As a Fitness Professional, Kym managed Group Exercise Programs at several upscale health clubs in the Chicago area. While managing a team of over 60 instructors, Kym used her knowledge of movement to instruct a variety of exercise classes including step, hi/low, cardio dance, Ballet, slide, sculpt, interval, stretch, Spin, circuit, water, walking, boxing and treading. She is an accomplished Sport Aerobic Competitor who ranked nationally two years in a row. Kym has coached and choreographed for Sport Aerobic Competitors as well as Fitness Competitors and continues to work with athletes who are ranking nationally in their divisions. Kym was the Co-Captain/Choreographer for Reebok's Performance Team and traveled nationally to conduct master classes and/or present Fitness Workshops. Kym's fitness certifications include: NASM Personal Trainer, ACE Instructor & Personal Trainer, AFAA Instructor, Spinning, N'Stretch and CPR. In the past seven years, Kym has turned her focus from mainstream fitness to the mind/body exercises of Yoga and Pilates. In 1999, Kym started to study Yoga regularly while living in Los Angeles studying at the Yoga Place in Costa Mesa, YogaWorks in Hollywood and Long Beach Yoga Centre in Long Beach. Kym has been fortunate enough to take workshop classes from several masters including Anna Forrest and Tim Miller. In New York, Kym studied at Jivamukti Yoga Center and in Chicago studies mainly with Quinn Kearney and Tom Quinn at Yoga View. In 2000, after completing over 700 hours of apprenticeship from the training centers in Chicago and New York, Kym received her certification in the Authentic Pilates Method of Body Conditioning now called Romana's Pilates. Romana Kryzanowska, Joseph Pilates' protÈgÈ, heads the certification which includes only about 1500 instructors in the world. This exclusive group continues to maintain the integrity of the exercises by teaching them exactly as Joseph Pilates developed and taught them. Today, Kym owns a small Pilates studio called Chicago's Pure Pilates located in the West Loop. Kym and her instructors teach one-on-one or two-on-one sessions in a private setting.

Allen Desterhaft - Adjunct Faculty
Allen Desterhaft holds a BFA in dance from the Ohio State University. He has danced professionally with Chi-Town Jazz Dance Chicago, and Winifred Haun and Dancers. He has performed as a guest artist with the Joffrey Ballet, Dance for Life, Dance Theater North, Schaumburg Dance Ensemble, Evanston Dance Ensemble, Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble, and The Chicago Festival Ballet. He is a certified licentiate teacher of the Cecchetti Council of America, and is currently the ballet program director at The Rhythm Academy of Dance in Gurnee. Allen also has 21 years of experience in competitive and social Dancesport which he teaches at the University of Chicago, Dance Center Evanston, Dance Connection, Dance Center Chicago, and North Avenue Dance Studio.

Emma Draves - Adjunct Faculty
Emma Draves is an artist and choreographer who has worked with a variety of artists in and around Chicago, including Lookingglass Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, and Yo-Yo Ma/The Silk Road Project, as well as with companies Hedwig Dances and Mordine & Company Dance Theater. Trained in classical bharatanatyam under Hema Rajagopalan, Emma continues to perform with Natya Dance Theatre as well as create her own 'bilingual' work. Recent grant support has come from the Chicago Dancemakers Forum, Links Hall, and the Chicago Cultural Center. Recent research into the Trajectory of Contemporary Indian Dance was invited to be presented at the International Conference on Arts & the Humanities. Emma teaches technique and Dance Studies at Columbia College, and has taught workshops at several local universities including University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Carthage College, and Governor's State University.

Tabitha Faes - 
Adjunct Faculty
Tabitha studied The Pilates Method under the guidance of Randi Whitman at Frog Temple Pilates Studio, Inc. She enjoys learning and teaching the subtleties found in Pilates and believes in the restorative power Pilates offers. Tabitha thrives on the challenge of sharing her knowledge of pilates with clients and students. She continually seeks exposure to various kinds of movement in addition to Pilates including modern dance, yoga, and gyrotonic. Currently, she continues her Pilates education at The Pilates Center in Boulder, Co. Her background is in modern dance. Tabitha earned a BFA in dance from Columbia College Chicago. Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Tabitha has been a founding member in Breakbone DanceCo. since 2001 under the artistic direction of Atalee Judy. She has been a member of several dance companies in the Chicago area including Chicago Moving Company, Synapse Arts Collective, and Without Shoes Modern Dance Company. This past year she co-produced a performance with Synapse and Elisa Foshay to present original choreography. She traveled to Paraguay courtesy of the Peace Corps and to Hawaii to teach dance workshops. Tabitha is thrilled to be creating a life in Chicago as a Pilates instructor and performing artist.

Jyl Fehrenkamp - Adjunct Faculty
Jyl Fehrenkamp teaches yoga at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Yogaview and Cheetah gym and is grateful to be able to lunge around Chicago. Jyl is also a dancer, choreographer and robot enthusiast. Her creative work often fuses dance with burlesque-inspired performance art. Jyl has been the curator and hostess of Links Hall's Poonie's Cabaret since 2006, and is currently one half of the DJ duo, the Fabulous Ladies of Fitness, where she also leads her unique brand of jazzercize (Jyldo-cize). She is the choreographer and nerd-in-residence for "Alien Queen", a rock-musical parody of the "Alien" movies set to the music of Queen. Jyl is also the creator and curator behind, "Battlestar Fantastica", a Sci-FI inspired variety hour, which also serves as the opening act "Alien Queen".

Sara Fisher - Adjunct Faculty
Dedicated in her study of the body, Sara graduated from the University of Iowa with honors, a BFA in dance, and began her professional career as a dancer; however, she continued on to receive her personal training certification in 2002 from the American Council on Exercise. Since then she has furthered her study of the body with a certification as an Integrative Movement Specialist and a certification in perinatal fitness from Healthy Moms. Early on in her career she co-founded Woman Centered Fitness where she designed and taught several fitness classes for women and has since gone on to author 2 chapters on perinatal fitness in Complete Program Design: For the Rest of Us by Evan Osar (www.fitnesseducationseminars.com). In 2007 she presented at the Annual Midwest Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation Symposium on perinatal fitness. Sara also works at Chicago Integrative Movement Specialists (formerly OSAR Consulting) as a Movement Specialist. Whether teaching group classes or working one-on-one, she helps her clients meet their fitness goals through customized fitness techniques, and when she's not doing that, Sara enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 boys. Sara co-founded Woman Centered Fitness where she designed and instructed Buggy Babes, an outdoor stroller class. She has also designed & taught mommy & me exercise ball classes as well as general fitness classes. She authored 2 chapters on perinatal fitness in Complete Program Design: For the Rest of Us by Evan Osar (www.fitnesseducationseminars.com), and in 2007 Sara gave a presentation on perinatal fitness at the Annual Midwest Strength, Conditioning & Rehabilitation Symposium. Sara also founded Roots in Rhythm Dance Project and choreographed a work for the Great Performers of Illinois Series alongside the internationally charted Bluegrass band Tangleweed (www.tangleweed.org). She currently works with O.S.A.R. Consulting as a personal trainer and is on faculty at Columbia College where she teaches body conditioning. As a faculty member at Truman College, Sara designs and teaches various fitness classes that are open to the student body and the public. Sara is a founding member and part of the leadership team for the Holistic Moms Network (www.holisticmoms.org) Chicago chapter, and she spends every moment possible with her husband and two boys.
Jennifer Grisham-Dobbs - Adjunct Faculty
Jennifer Grisham-Dobbs, graduated Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Arizona with a BFA in dance. She has been performing, choreographing and teaching in Chicago since 1997 at venues some of which include, The Harris Theatre, The Dance Center of Columbia College, The Athenaeum Theatre, The Storefront Theatre and Links Hall. She was a company member of The Seldoms for 7 years and currently holds a position on The Seldoms Board. Jen has been on faculty at The Dance Center of Columbia College since 2006 and has been teaching at The Old Town School of Folk music for over 10 years. She has taught master classes for the Illinois High School Dance Festival, Oak Park River Forest High School and company class for Thodos Dance Chicago.

Colleen Halloran - Adjunct Faculty
Colleen Halloran is a Chicago-born choreographer, filmmaker and educator who has taught at Columbia College Chicago since 1997. She is intrigued by the intersection and manipulation of movement, image, and story to arrive at a collective "whole". Such companies as Mordine & Company Dance Theatre, The Dance COLEctive, and Same Planet, Different World Dance Theatre have commissioned Colleen's dance works for the stage. Her short films have screened in Japan, Palm Springs, San Francisco, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Chicago. Her feature screenplays have been finalists for The Sundance Screenwriters Lab in 2009 and 2010. www.colleenhalloran.com 

Carrie Hanson - Adjunct Faculty
Carrie Hanson is a performer, choreographer, dance educator and the Founding Artistic Director of The Seldoms . In its ten years, she has created over twenty new works for the company. Time Out Chicago calls her "a virtuoso of meticulous composition" who makes "clear-edged, challenging dances". Under the direction of Ms. Hanson, The Seldoms has gained a reputation for bold, innovative performance in unusual spaces such as cargo containers and truck depots. Called "one of the most ambitious, exacting artists in the local scene" by TimeOut, Hanson was a Chicago Dancemaker's Forum Lab Artist, has twice been awarded an Illinois Arts Council Choreographic Fellowship, and received a Ruth Page Award for Performance. In 2010, she was named by New City magazine as one of "The Players: 50 People Who Really Perform for Chicago". She has been commissioned by the National Theater of Mannheim, Germany, the Elena Slobodchikova Dance Company in Russia, the Morton Arboretum, and Chicago dance companies Same Planet Different World and LIVE ANIMALS. Numerous collaborators include percussionist Tim Daisy, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), composer Richard Woodbury, visual artists Jackie Kazarian and Fraser Taylor, architect Joel Huffman, and designers Maria Pinto, Lara Miller, and Anke Loh. Ms. Hanson teaches dance making, contemporary technique and experiential anatomy at The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, and has been a guest teacher for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, River North Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, Mordine & Company, and at UW Madison. Ms. Hanson conducts residencies at university dance programs, most recently the University of Wisconsin/Madison, and often speaks at dance forums such as "Ars Scientia", a program of the Department of Cultural Affairs creating connections between art and science. She is certified in Laban Movement Analysis and earned her MA in Dance Studies from Laban London.

Matthew Hollis - Adjunct Faculty

Jane Jerardi - Adjunct Faculty / Media & Technology Coordinator
Jane Jerardi is an artist whose work spans the media of choreograpy, experimental performance, video, and installation.  Her work has been presented by such spaces as Defibrillator Performance Gallery, 6018North, and Links Hall (in Chicago); Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, the Joyce Soho, and the LUMEN Festival for Video and Performance (in New York); as well as Transformer, Dance Place, the Warehouse, Flashpoint Gallery, and GALA's Tivoli Theatre (in Washington, DC), among other venues.  Her work has been commissioned by the Washington Performing Arts Society and has received support from the Creative Communities Fund and the DC Commmission on the Arts & Humanities. Her interests include live media/digital performance, durational performance, public art, as well as issues surrounding the document and the archive. In addition to teaching as an adjunct faculty member in the program, she provides media and technology support both to the Dance Center's performance season and the academic department. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.

Michael Kirkpatrick - Adjunct Faculty

Mary Klonowski - Adjunct Faculty
Mary Klonowski has been practicing yoga since 1985 and teaching since 1995. She quit her 9-5 day job and began teaching yoga full-time in September 2001. She currently teaches Ashtanga, Iyengar and therapeutic forms of yoga at various studios throughout Chicago, including her own studio on the Northwest side and at Gilda's Club - a cancer wellness center. Mary pursued continuing education through her study with Sri K. Pattabhis Jois, the 89 year-old master of the Astanga method of yoga. She was meditating with him and 250 other yogis in the early hours of September 11th in New York City, a profound experience that has strongly affected her yoga practice. Other study included with Tim Miller, L'no Miele, Dennis Dean, Marju Jois (Pattabhis' son), Lori King and Dena Kingsberg.

Hau Kum Leung-Kneip - Adjunct Faculty
Hau Kum Leung-Kneip teaches Tai Chi. She received the bulk of her training in Hong Kong and Taiwan, in association with Master Cheng Shen Chi. Hau Kum has won the All-China Martial Arts Demonstration Contest and a provincial head Tai Chi Chuan Master. She now uses her skills as a teacher and lecturer.

Yael Levitin
- Adjunct Faculty

Nadine Lollino - Adjunct Faculty
Nadine Lollino choreographs, performs and designs/creates the garments for POSTERCHILD. POSTERCHILD is a multimedia collective combining dance, music, visual art and fashion. Co-founded by Nadine Lollino and Bob Garrett, POSTERCHILD's collaborators include artists Flynn, Lyndsae Rinio, Stone, Brian Kallies and many more. Over the course of the last four years POSTERCHILD has performed in Chicago, Hawaii, Denver and the Fringe Festival in Minnesota. POSTERCHILD is excited to have found a home base in Pilsen at their home studio/performance space called TEMPLE Gallery, to create a transformative environment tailored to their artistic vision. Nadine is also a professional massage therapist and yoga teacher within the city and on faculty at the Columbia College Dance Center teaching yoga. Her yoga classes are influenced by experience in modern dance, Pilates, and massage therapy. Certified through the Yoga Alliance Nadine teaches a Hatha/Vinyasa Flow class. She teaches that which has inspired her; a flowing balance between alignment and technique to preserve health, and the dance of spirit and heart to be free of fear. Nadine has a B.A. in Movement Therapy and Psychology from Barat College, Lake Forest Illinois. She previously danced with Anatomical Dance Theater and Breakbone DanceCo, now spending any free time working solely on POSTERCHILD (posterchildart.com).

Michael McGinn - 
Adjunct Faculty
Michael McGinn holds a BA in Dance, Columbia College, and teaches Tai Chi. Michael brings a diverse synthesis of holistic healing and movement disciplines to his practice. He also teaches Tai Chi to chronically and terminally ill students.

Robert McKee - Adjunct Faculty

Pam McNeil - Academic Manager / Adjunct Faculty
pmcneil@colum.edu (312) 369-8321

Jimmy Payne Jr. - Adjunct Faculty
Jimmy Payne Jr. began his tap dance lessons at Jimmy Payne School of Dance located in Chicago. His teacher and father was legendary dance master Jimmy Payne, who taught tap and Afro-Caribbean dance to thousands of dance enthusiasts and professionals for over seventy years. Jimmy Payne Jr. continues the tradition by performing and teaching in Chicago and abroad. Jimmy has performed at the Chicago Blues Festival, the Chicago Jazz Festival, Dance Chicago, and with Chicago Human Rhythm Project. He also has performed with legendary saxophonist Von Freeman at the Chicago Cultural Center, with jazz great Orbert Davis at the Arts Club in Chicago, and with Bradley Williams 21st Century Jazz Review, whom he accompanied on a trip to India for a series of concerts. Jimmy performs with his dance group Perfect Timing, with his sister Sara, and as a soloist. Critics have described Jimmy as "a tap classicist with a composers mind," (Chicago Sun Times) "the real deal," (Maui Times) and the Chicago Tribune referred to him as "smoking virtuosity." Jimmy has also won an award with Black Theater Alliance for best performance in concert. He currently teaches at Columbia College Chicago, Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center, and Stone Academy. Jimmy's style of tap is rooted in intricate rhythms and movement. This style of tap is commonly referred to as rhythm tap and was taught by Jimmy Payne Sr. Jimmy Payne Sr. was taught by Broadway legend Buddy Bradley in the mid 1920's. Jimmy has also won a grant from Chicago Dance-Makers Forum for the production of Jimmy Payne's Rhythm Of Life, a documentary and live stage performance that chronicles the life of dance legend Jimmy Payne, and American dance.
Natalie Rast - Adjunct Faculty
Natalie Rast began her study of ballet in Columbus, Ohio at the age of 10. She continued her studies in Chicago with Richard Ellis and Christine DuBoulay (formerly of the Royal Ballet) when her family relocated to DeKalb, IL. She attended Northern Illinois University for three years as a dance major. She transferred to Barat College where she was introduced to jazz dance. Shortly thereafter, she auditioned for Joel Hall Dancers, ending her college studies but beginning her professional dance career. She was a principal dancer with Joel Hall Dancers from 1981-1986 during which time the company toured extensively. During this same period she was on faculty at the Joel Hall Dance Center as well. In addition to studying with Joel Hall, Homer Bryant, Anna Czajun and Orin Kayan. Natalie is proud to have studied with Larry Long, Birute Barodicaite, Dolores Lipinski and Maria Tallchief. She studied extensively with Anna Paskevska and credits her with understanding of teaching dance today. She danced with the Chicago Dance Medium as well as many independent Chicago choreographers including Winifred Haun, Christy Munch and David Puszch. Her teaching credits include Joel Hall Dance Center, Chicago City Ballet, Joseph Holmes Dance Theater, Hyde Park School of Ballet, Columbia College Dance Center and the Chicago Academy for the Arts. She has served has served as ballet mistress for Winifred Haun and Dancers and Zephyr Dance. She founded Rast Ballet, a school focused on the study of ballet for the adult student, in December 1993. In March 2007, she opened her own dance space, Rast Ballet and Dance Studio, where she now holds classes for children as well as adults. The space is also used by many Chicago dance companies for rehearsal space. She is pleased to be joining the dance faculty at the Chicago Academy for the Arts in the school year 2007-08.
Joanna Rosenthal - Adjunct Faculty
Joanna Rosenthal, choreographer, dancer, teacher and Artistic Director for Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre, 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 Rosenthal is on faculty at the Dance Center of Columbia College, Visceral Dance Center and has taught atRoosevelt University, Joffrey Ballet Academy Chicago, Lou Conte Dance Studio, Chicago Academy for the Arts, The University of Iowa, Illinois State University and many Chicago area high schools. Rosenthal has performed extensively in Chicago, dancing for 7 years with Mordine & Company Dance Theater and for 5 years with Lucky Plush Productions, as well as appearing with the Chicago Moving Company, Hedwig Dances and Kayle and Company and several other independent choreographers. Rosenthal's work has been presented in Chicago, Minneapolis, Iowa, Wisconsin, New York and St. Louis, Missouri. Lucia Maura of the Chicago Tribune describes her work as "bold and exacting."

Katrina Ryan - Adjunct Faculty
Katrina Ryan is the Yoga Program Coordinator, and teaches Hatha yoga, which she has practiced for over 20 years. She began her career as a dancer, studying under Alvin Ailey, Bella Lewitsky and Bill Evans. After becoming certified in massage therapy in California, she developed two teaching institutions that offer a diverse program of body/mind integration. She brings this wide spectrum of experience into her teaching and massage practice, giving strong emphasis to the breath.

Sarah Schafer - 
Adjunct Faculty
Sarah Schafer began her dance training as a scholarship student at the School of Ballet Omaha in her hometown of Omaha, NE. As a student, she attended several summer programs including Dance Aspen, Briansky Saratoga Dance Center, Hartford Ballet and the Hitomi Haas Ballettschule in Stuttgart, Germany. At the age of 17, Sarah made her professional debut with Ballet Omaha, where she was able to perform in such works as Balanchine's "Concerto Barocco", Mauricio Wainrot's "Anne Frank", Lew Christensen's "Con Amore" and "Il Distratto", and Jill Eathorne Bahr's "Dracula", among others. After moving to Chicago, Sarah performed in Ruth Page's "Nutcracker", with Paul Abrahamson's Moose Project, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, and with the Dallas Opera's "Die Fledermaus". In 2002, she returned to Nebraska to dance for two seasons with Omaha Theater Ballet, where she performed as a soloist in many ballets, including "Paquita" (Petipa), "A Midsummernight's Dream" (Wells), "Nutcracker" and "Dreamplay" (Benichou). Sarah also choreographed "Momentum is a Vector" for the company. Since her return to Chicago, Sarah has been seen with the Lyric Opera, as a guest artist with Civic Ballet of Chicago, and with the Alma Dance Company. In addition to teaching at Columbia, Sarah also currently teaches at Hubbard Street's Lou Conte Dance Studio, Visceral Dance, and is a faculty member at the Jillana School Summer Ballet Intensive in Taos Ski Valley, NM. She has also been a certified Pilates instructor since 2004.

Kyle Seguin - Adjunct Faculty
Kyle began his dance training in Huntsville, Alabama before attending the University of Alabama as a full scholarship dance major. From 2001 - 2008, Kyle danced with the Alabama Ballet in Birmingham, Alabama, where he performed many principal roles including, Count Albrecht inGiselle , Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty , Franz in Coppelia , El Capitan in George Balanchine's Stars and Stripes , and the title roles in Dracula and Romeo and Juliet . Kyle also worked with Southern DanceWorks and Red Mountain Theatre, where he danced works by Robert Battle and Teri Weksler and was featured in Cats (Mr. Mistoffeles) and Song and Dance (Joe). Kyle is a Stott-trained Pilates instructor, an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Kyle also owns One Hundred , a Pilates and dance studio in Lakeview East.

Michael Snipe - Adjunct Faculty

Emily Stein - Adjunct Faculty / Ballet Coodinator
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. 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.

Trae Turner - Adjunct Faculty
Trae Turner embraces multiculturalism, as he is a recognized and highly regarded choreographer at national dance conventions all over the country. He is the artistic director of Hip Hop ConnXion Chicago (HHCC), an award winning, world famous adult multicultural dance company. However it is not his role as an artistic director that he prides himself on, but rather his hard work to inspire young people to be positive and aware that they have the ability to inspire others as well. "Our Future Is Here Today" is a statement that Trae Turner not only believes in, but lives by. Trae works closely with D.A.R.E, Kumba Linx, ASM, and other High School and College organizations to bring together people of all races and ethnicities, not simply to dance and express love for the culture of hip hop, but to learn to respect one another. It is this kind of open attitude and desire for his craft that makes Trae one of the best choreographers in Chicago, not just known for his movement, but for his ability to teach hip hop technique, and how to perform. With packed classes and dedicated students he is inspired by dancers and they are challenged and inspired by him.

Meghann Wilkinson - Adjunct Faculty
Meghann Wilkinson is a graduate of Northwestern University and has been a collaborating ensemble member with Lucky Plush Productions since 2004. She is a former company member of Mordine and Company Dance Theater and has appeared in Chicago with Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts, Cie Felix Ruckert, Raizel Performances, NU Group, and Peter Carpenter Performance Project. Wilkinson has been a guest teacher and choreographer for the Cecchetti Council of America, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, and the Evanston Dance Ensemble and was Assistant Choreographer for Lookingglass Theater's The Great Fire. A faculty member of Columbia College Chicago since 2008, she has also taught at Northwestern University, Dance Center Evanston, and Visceral Dance Chicago and has organized for the Chicago Seminar on Dance and Performance and the Society of Dance History Scholars.

Thomas Zwergel - Adjunct Faculty