Meet Our Dance and Music Instructors

Our dance and music instructors are highly trained, positive and enthusiastic individuals. They all love to teach and enjoy passing along their love of dance and music.

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Krissie Odegard Geye

Krissie has been on staff for Goliard Concerts in New York City, The Ethnic Dance Theatre in St. Paul, MN, as well as clinician at the ATDI “Spirit of Tap” Conference and a faculty member for the New York City Public School system

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Ashley May Coussens

Ashley Mae Coussens is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied dance extensively. She served as a staff member at the French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts and at Chicago Human Rhythm Project's American Rhythm Center.

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Jamie Moore

Jamie comes to Dance and Music Academy as a new resident of Chicago. Jamie trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, acrobatics and modern for 15 years at Just Off Broadway Dance Studio in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Felicity Nicholson

Felicity Nicholson began her formal dance training at the Fort Wayne Ballet under the direction of Karen Gibbons-Brown.

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Beth Netzly

Beth was raised in Holland, Michigan. She began her training under Rick and Lara Faucher and performed many lead roles with the Turning Pointe Ensemble for seven years.

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Carrie Patterson

Carrie Patterson, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, began her training with the Atlanta Ballet, and continued training in the summers with Houston Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Luna Negra Dance Theater.

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Joanna Paul

Joanna Paul began her training in Indiana with Patti Plascak Willey at the Terre Haute Academy of Dance, and continued training in the summers with Cincinnati Ballet, Virginia School of the Arts, American Dance Festival, Doug Varone and Dancers and the Trinity-Laban Conservatory in London.

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Emma Reeves

Emma grew up in Bolivar, Missouri, then went on to receive a BS in Biology with a minor in Dance from Belmont University and graduate Cum Laude in 2013.

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Colleen Welch

Colleen Welch studied dance and exercise science at Indiana University where she graduated with a degree in kinesiology.

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Heather Zimny

Heather Zimny, originally from the suburbs of Chicago, received her BA in dance at Columbia College Chicago.

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