Welcome to the 33rd Season of Jo's Footwork Studio and its 2016-2017 Dance Year!
Since 1984, and in its 33rd dance year, Jo’s Footwork Studio offers a wide range of dance technique classes for preschoolers and tots through adult, from beginners to advanced levels with Master/Professional instructors in Mommy & Me, our new Twinkle Star program for 2 year old through Kindergarten, Ballet, Cecchetti, Pointe, Demi-Pointe, Tap, Progressions in Tap, Leaps & Turns, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, All Star-Pomdance, Modern, Hip Hop. Jo’s Footwork is a Technique-based studio, concentrating on dance methodology.
For over thirty years, Jo’s Footwork Studio has been providing dance technique instruction in Ballet, Pointe, Demi-Pointe, Percussive Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Hip Hop, and Pom Dance. Instructors are either master instructors, professional performers, certified, degreed, or all of the above.
Jo’s Footwork offers over 130 classes for tots & preschoolers through adults and beginners to advanced levels. Dancers are put in levels appropriate to age, level, and ability.
The philosophy is to provide the best in dance technique instruction in Ballet, Pointe, Demi-Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Modern, Hip Hop, and Pom Dance and to incorporate other dance forms as they warrant interest. And in this year, we will now have three performance companies: Footwork Dance Ensemble (Jr & Sr); Footwork Mini-Ensemble; Footwork Rhythm~ a Tap Company, and our AllStars Poms will be moving towards competition with its Elite AllStars!
Our mission is to have students gain encouragement, enthusiasm, and creativity within the dance world, and to challenge their dance creativity and enthusiasm to the next level. And to that end, deliver all of it economically!
Jo’s Footwork is under the direction of Christine and John Fagan
Jo's Footwork Studio Office, Studio I & II are located in the Western Springs Recreation Center, 1500 Walker Street – 2nd Floor, just 1/2 block north of Hampton & Hillgrove (next to the Western Springs Theatre and across from the Western Springs pool). Studio III is on the 2nd floor and Studio IV is in the lower level of the Grand Avenue Community Center (4211 Grand Avenue) on the NE corner of Chestnut & Grand, west of the Western Springs library.
Amanda Freebeck (Twinkle Stars, Ballet Tots, Preschool & Kindergarten, Pomdance, Adaptive Dance for Autistic) has been a part of the studio for over 20 years as a student then teacher. As a graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she received her bachelor’s degree in child/Adolescent Studies with a concentration in dance. Amanda’s dance training includes ballet, jazz, lyrical, pointe, and modern, performing with 3 Spot Dance Troupe, providing dance enrichment classes to local preschools, and coaching high school Poms. Her most recently obtained degree in Occupational Therapy has enabled her to pursue her passion of teaching dance to children of all abilities and needs. Most recently, Ms. Amanda was named Team Coach for the new Footwork Elite Poms, a competitive team.
Connie Sweeney (jazz/tap/lyrical) a former member of performance Company Same Planet, Different World, former member of Rhythm ISS, an all-female tap ensemble, currently dances with Jay Fagan in Sibling Rivalry, and is the former Artistic & Senior Company Director of Footwork Dance Ensemble begins her 14th season with the studio.
Jay Fagan (tap) is a nationally and internationally recognized tap Master, professional dance choreographer, and former co-director of Especially Tap Chicago (ETC). Jay has performed all over the world, and with his sister Connie Fagan in Sibling Rivalry. He spent the 2008-2009 academic year on staff at Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK teaching tap, jazz, and musical theater. Most recently, he performed and taught master tap class workshops in Glasgow, Scotland.
Jacqueline Farina (ballet mistress) has had the pleasure of teaching at Jo’s Footwork Studio since 1985. Jacqueline began her ballet training in Mexico. Having studied in the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) method she graduated through all the levels. She was the first student to present and pass in Mexico the highest level exam of Solo Seal. She performed in Germany with the “Theatre of Hagen”. Returning to Mexico she performed with the “Compañía Nacional de Danza Clásica de Mexico” where she was exposed to the Cuban Ballet method. She also danced with “Rhythme et Structure” in Paris, “Venetia Stifler and Concert Dance Inc.” and “Soul & Duende Spanish American Dance Theatre” in Chicago. In 2007 she began studying the Cecchetti method with Karla Harris and in 2008 she began the Cecchetti program at Jo’s Footwork. In 2012 she achieved the Cecchetti Council of America Advanced Teacher Certification. She is now pursuing the Diploma Teacher Certification.
Jean Hartnett (jazz, modern, intro to lyrical), begins her 24th season with the Studio and celebrates her 25 years of dance studies and instruction in – jazz, tap, ballet, and modern.
April Sirokie (Modern, Ballet, Artistic Director Footwork Dance Ensemble), a native of Indiana, has extensive dance training in Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet/Pointe, Partnering, Ethnic Dancing and Musical Theater. Her credentials include Choreographer and Performance. She has a BFA in Dance Performance from Ball State University and was recently named Artistic Director of Footwork Dance Ensemble at Jo’s Footwork.
Sequoia Rada (tap) recently graduated from Eastern Illinois University with her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. Sequoia has been dancing since she was three years old and was a student at Jo's for thirteen years. She has done several different styles of dance including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Poms. Sequoia started assisting teachers with some of their younger classes when she was 11 and began teaching her own class at 15. Along with dancing at Jo's, she has taken various workshops including the Chicago Human Rhythm Project and the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. Sequoia was also on the Dance Team at the College of DuPage, where she attended school for two years. While there Sequoia danced mostly Poms, along with Kick Line, Jazz, Tap, and Modern. Recently, she was named Rehearsal Director, Mini-Ensemble, and Assistant Coach for Elite AllStars.
Heather Arocho (Core Cardio) has been sharing her love and passion for dance for the past twenty one years. She has taught in the styles of Ballet, Hip-hop, Jazz, Modern and Tap to students ages three through adult. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Columbia College Chicago and has danced professionally with companies Mordine & Company Dance Theater, Lucky Plush Productions, Breakbone Dance Company, The Dance COLEctive, Colleen Halloran Performance Group, Mad Shak Dance Company, Redmoon Theater and Iris Improv Group. Over the years, Heather's choreography has won numerous highpoint and judge's awards at the competition level. Heather is extremely grateful to be teaching her Core Cardio workout class here at Jo's Footwork Studio and delighted to be working with Twinkle Stars dance, tap, hippity hop, and ballet tots (2 year old).
Montnerez (Monty) Rezell (hiphop) was raised on the south side of Chicago and found his passion for dance and entertaining at a young age. Growing up he taught himself to move like his favorite entertainer Michael Jackson, as well as James Brown and MC Hammer. In high school, Monternez and his friends taught themselves different forms of street dance, eventually forming Stick and Move Dance Crew. He is now co-artistic director of the company and has performed all over the U.S. at Universities and festivals and for major sports teams. While attending Eastern Illinois University he started the only coed hip hop dance company in the university’s history, Rhythm and X-tacy. In addition to performing, Monty has been teaching authentic hip hop dance, breaking, popping and locking, and street funk around Chicagoland and Wisconsin since the age of 18. Monty is currently dancing with his new company, Monternez Rezell’s Movement Revolution, also known as MRMR, which performs hip hop, African, and jazz. He uses his love and passion for dance as a tool to encourage, motivate, and enlighten the world about the true positive aspects of hip hop culture.
Zoe Martinkus (Musical Theater, Junior Jazz, HipHop, Twinkle Stars, and Director of the Dance Workshop Ensemble Company and Footwork Mini-Ensemble), has a Bachelor of Arts-Musical Theatre from North Central College. She has trained in tap, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, and modern through North Central, Lou Conte Studio, American Dance Center, and La Danse Academy.
Kaytlin Rice (Tap, Jazz & Lyrical), is a native of Iowa and a graduate of Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma, with a BS in Dance Pedagogy. In addition to her degree, she’s associated with Dance Masters of America plus she’s been teaching preschoolers to adults and has been involved in the competition arena. Kaytlin “does it all,” ballet, pointe, modern, jazz/lyrical, and tap. She even spent time in Chicago at the American Rhythm Center, sharpening her tap ability with Lane Alexander and Bril Barrett. Kaytlin is the Artistic Director of the new, FOOTWORK RHYTHM COLLECTIVE, an all-tap company at Jo’s Footwork Studio.
Teri Lane (Twinkle Stars, Jazz, Ballet) has an extensive dance background having been DMA certified at the age of 15, a graduate of the U of I, Champagne, & has choreographed, produced, and performed with over 5 theater companies throughout Chicago.