Footwork All-Star Elite Dance Teams are both competition, and performance based teams, which represent the studio at different levels based on age and technical ability.


The purpose of the Elite Dance Teams is to explore dance in a team environment- improving cooperation and teamwork skills, as well as self-esteem. Team members gain experience setting, and working, towards meaningful goals throughout the season. Dancers also grow in other dance skills, such as performance, artistic expression, confidence, and dance technique.


Being a member of the Elite Dance Team is a valuable experience.

Team members are given opportunities to:

●Participate in at least 3 Elite competitions

●Dance in 2-4 outside performances/parades

●Learn from guest choreographers

●Attend valuable master classes and workshops

●Participate in a UDA home summer camp

●Enjoy team bonding experiences and activities with teammates


Commitment includes:

●One summer dance class to prepare for camp, as well as refining the skills needed for competition season

●Attend weekly Sunday Team rehearsals (during the school year) to learn and perfect competition choreography

●Enrollment in the following weekly classes (during the school year):

                   Pom dance technique class

                   Elite Team class for your specific team

                   Dance Conditioning/Tumbling combination class

                   Ballet, Jazz, or Lyrical class (at least one must be taken)


Coach Sequoia Rada and Coach Annie Pinta


Co-Coach/Co-Director: Ms. Sequoia Rada is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University, with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been dancing since she was three years old and was a student at Jo's for thirteen years. Sequoia started assisting teachers at age eleven and began teaching her own class at the age of fifteen. 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, while attending COD. While there, she danced mostly Poms, along with Kick Line, Jazz, Tap, and Modern. Along with coaching the Elite Dance Teams, Sequoia is also the Artistic Director of Jo’s Footwork Mini Ensemble.


Co-Coach/Co-Director: Annie Pinta has trained in ballet, tap, modern, jazz, and lyrical/contemporary dance since early childhood. She’s a graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in Dance Teacher Education and has a dance teacher certification from the Illinois State Board of Education.  She was on the poms team at Lyons Township High School and was a performing member of Illinois State Dance Theatre while she attended college. She was on the executive board of Dance Association during this time, and was responsible for producing the student-choreographed concert, in which produced three of her own choreographed works.