The Dance Company is a long-standing family run studio that has been serving Frankfort and the surrounding communities for over 20 years. We offer a variety of programs to serve all types of dancers.
Northern Illinois University Education/Dance Pedagogy
Artistic director and teacher, received her Associates in Arts degree from Moraine Valley Community College and Bachelors of Science in Education with a dance emphasis from Nothern Illinois University. At Northern, Mrs. Smith choreographed for and perfomed as a soloist with Northern Dance Theater II and Orchesis groups. She has also been seen choreographing and performing locally with several theater groups. Her fondest roll was playing Victoria in Cats. Other credits include soloist and featured dancer with Shallow Cliff Dance Company. Virginia has been with TDC since its opening in 1998.
University Of Illinois at Chicago Kinesiology
Began Dancing as a child at age 5. Years at The Dance Company: Student from 1999-2009, Instructor since 2007 Education Lincoln Way East High School, graduated in 2009 University of Illinois at Chicago, undergraduate Kinesiology degree in process with the intent of attending graduate school to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Dance Experience -During her high school years, she participated in numerous high school and community theatre productions as a dancer, singer, and assistant choreographer. -At the college level, she had been a member and captain of the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Dancing Flames dance team. Her accomplishments there include placing 2nd in the nation at the Universal Dance Association Competition in Orlando, Florida, performing at the UIC Flames basketball games, and dancing and volunteering for charitable events and opening nights. Other Training Although Kelsey does not have a formal degree in dance, her lifetime training, exposure to audiences, performing on stage and her dedication and passion for the art have provided her with the knowledge and ability to share what she has learned with her students. Performances Curtain call Community Theatre’s (CCCT) Beauty and the Beast as featured dancer CCCT’s Peter Pan as featured dancer CCCT’s Music Man as Zaneeta CCCT’s Children’s Camp assistant director It’s a Big Big World Lincoln Way East’s production (LWE) Merrily We Roll Along as featured dancer LWE’s You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown as featured dancer LWE’s Songs for a New World as featured dancer and assistant choreographer
Graduate of American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York
Liz Yerkovich is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Liz studied at the renowned Broadway Dance Center and has performed in numerous shows in New York including Noises Off, Baby, and Pippin. Upon moving to Chicago in 2002, Liz performed in musicals such as Chicago, A Chorus Line, and Anything Goes and has directed and choreographed productions of BIG the musical, A Chorus Line and RENT. Liz found her passion for children in Chicago teaching at the Glenview and Skokie Park District, Soul 2 Soul Dance in Highland Park and served as the director of dance at The Entertainment Project, a theater conservatory for children located in the heart of the city. She has taught ballet, tap, jazz, modern, poms, hip-hop and musical theater to children ranging in age from three to eighteen. Liz thrives on teaching proper technique to young dancers while focusing on keeping dance the way is is meant to be… FUN!
Western Michigan University Dance
Mandy Spiess started dancing at The Dance Company at the age of 4 and continued throughout high school. Graduating from Western Michigan University in 2019 with a BA in Dance, she trained in ballet, jazz, and modern while also having the opportunity to collaborate with choreographers and videographers to create works of her own. Throughout her time at WMU, she performed a restaging of works by Katarzyna Skarpetowska, original works by WMU faculty members Monique Haley, Jeremy Blair, and Carolyn Pavlik, and numerous student choreographed pieces. She was a member of Western Dance Project, the touring ensemble of WMU’s Dance Department under the direction of Whitney Moncrief, and has performed at Michigan Dance Festival, Oakland Dance Festival, and ACDA East-Central Region Conference. Aside from her training at WMU, she has also taken part in DanceWorks Chicago’s summer intensive, numerous master classes, and is currently an ACE certified personal trainer.
University Of Illinois Dance
Rebecca Dankovich graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BFA in Dance. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, UIUC's department of dance emphasized choreographic research and development. During her time at Illinois, Rebecca honed her passion for choreography in the department by immersing herself in numerous unique choreographic processes. Rebecca trained in modern and ballet techniques as well as improvisation, African and hip hop. She received a Talented Student Tuition Award and served as a Mark Morris Dance Group Shadow, in which she shadowed the company during their residency at the university and received full scholarship to the company's summer intensive. Rebecca was a teaching assistant for hip hop and jazz dance elective courses at the university and taught in the CreativeDance for Children program in the department of dance. She has performed at Krannert Center for The Performing Arts in department main stage works choreographed by Jennifer Monson, Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, Sheldon Smith, Jessie Young , and Abby Zbikowski. Rebecca was also a member of 3Spot Dance troupe, where she was an active choreographer and performer.
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