915 Foster Street, Evanston IL
Developing Dance From Within
FOSTER DANCE STUDIOS
Kristen Donovan, originally from Pinckney, Michigan, began her dance training with Performing Arts Dance Theater, a youth dance company with whom she performed for six years. She attended the University of Michigan, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and studied with faculty members such as Peter Sparling, Rodger Behlman, Julie Tice, and Amy Chavasse. Kristen now resides in Chicago, where she is a company member of Cocodaco Dance Project, performs with a 90's hip hop cover band, Too White Crew, and was a cast member in Chicago Dance Crash's 2015 remount of "Cotton Mouth Club".
Ronn Stewart was our beloved Artistic Director and a co-founder of Foster Dance Studios and Cocodaco, a Community of Contemporary Dance Companies. Ronn was also the creator of “More People Dancing,” or MoPeD – his signature dance technique and approach to movement and body awareness that combines dance improvisation, imagery and experiential anatomy. An award-winning choreographer and teacher, Ronn was known for the high standards of excellence he brought to teaching and training, which he honed during the 12 years he founded and ran the Moving People Dance Santa Fe contemporary dance company and dance centre in New Mexico. A strong believer in the power of dance to move people forward in their lives, Ronn was passionate about making dance more accessible to people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities. Back in the Windy City as a teacher for the Joffrey Ballet/Academy of Dance, Ronn brought a fresh approach to the Chicago dance scene, fusing his love of jazz with technical mastery to create a distinct brand of dance that left dancers and audiences energized and asking for more. Visit www.ronnstewart.com for more information.
Katie Carey is the co-director of Purus Motus, a company founded in 2015 that allows all forms of dance to be displayed at a high level of maturity through constructs of improv, musicality, energy and emotion through real life experiences to connect the viewer to the performer in depth. Katie was as a dance major at The Ohio State University with a focus on dance performance. In 2009 she moved to Chicago to study on scholarship with the Giordano Dance School. From 2011-2017 she performed as a principle dancer with Nomi Dance Company, a contemporary company based in Chicago. Katie has performed in Dance Chicago, Dance Chance, Arts Midwest, New Voices, and j e l l o. Katie has been teaching all over the Midwest and recently traveled to Costa Rica to choreograph for Dansteps. This Fall she will be creating new works for Nomi Dance Company, Trifecta Dance Collective and Trifecta Youth Company. Katie is currently a company member of Cocodaco Dance Project! She is very excited to be back teaching at Foster Dance Studios.
Time Brickey is a tap dancer, singer and entertainer from Chicago. He is a graduate of Millikin University's School of Music and an Apprentice Member of M.A.D.D. Rhythms. Time received his initial tap and theatrical training from Studio BE, under the direction of Tamara Drew. From there he received training from Reggio McLaughlin, and then Tristan Bruns of M.A.D.D Rhythms, where Time is now finishing his professional training. Additionally, Time has performed with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, in Dance for Life Chicago, and as a soloist at the Billy Strayhorn Centennialm where he was described by the Chicago Tribune as a "Literal Loose Cannon". As well as performing, Time has composed, arranged, and choreographed for his own productions in his own time. Photo Credit William Frederking @ARC
Jana grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and began her training with the Evanston School of Ballet, Joel Hall Dance Center, and Gus Giordana Dance School where she was on full scholarship. In 2013, she graduated from Texas Christian University with a BFA in Modern Dance and as a John V. Roach Honors Laureate. At TCU, she performed in works by Christian Von Howard and Kanji Segawa, among many others. In the fall of 2012, Jana's choreographic work " Checkmate" was chosen to represent TCU at the adjudicated conference series at ACDFA. Most recently, Jana is teaching at Foster Dance and performing with Ronn Stewart's emerging contemporary dance company Cocodaco. This summer, Jana also choreographed the Chicago section of Josh Groban's music video "Brave" that benefits the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Graca is a gifted and accomplished dancer, ballet mistress and dance coach. Ms. Sales was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and began training in classical ballet at the age of 6 and at only 13, she was invited to become a member of the dance company of the Palacio Das Artes, Brazil. In 1994, Ms. Sales was awarded twice with a gold medal for her work in Giselle and Swan Lake at the Joinville Dance Festival in Santa Catarina, Brazil. In 2007, Ms. Sales joined the Joffrey Ballet, and under the artistic direction of Ashley Wheater, she was a ballet master and principal coach. Ms. Sales' passion and commitment to dance is evident in the quality of technique and performance she has instilled in the Joffrey dancers. Her teaching and coaching repertoire at the Joffrey is internationally recognized. She has had a lead role teaching and coaching dozens of ballets from world class choreographers, including Christopher Wheeldon, Twyla Tharp, Jerome Robbins, William Forsyte, Lar Lubovitch, Frederick Ashton, Yuri Possokov, Jiri Kulian, Val Caniparoli, Stanton Welch. Ms. Sales transforms her dancers by raising their level of classical technique and artistic confidence, infusing them with new energy and ambition. Full biography available here.
Lounes began his training at the age of twelve at Foster Dance Studios. He has studied at various summer programs including Pacific Northwest Ballet School, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and The Juilliard School. Photo Credit Peter Hinsdale.
Terry started dancing at the age of 5 but also enjoyed playing football and basketball. He tore his ACL in college during football practice and after returning home and having surgery he decided to pursue dance. In 2010 he started with a UIC Collegiate hip hop team, FiaModern and Primo Dance Troupe. After training in the collegiate group for a period of time he danced with CODA and continued to train more and in many styles. In 2013 he auditioned for and joined Puzzle League. During that time he became an Artistic Board member for CODA. Currently he is the Artistic member for The Piece Makers (The Puzzle League Trainee Group) and continues to explore more styles of dance. His mission as a hip hop teacher is for his students to become educated, confident and well trained dancers.
Maura graduated from Illinois State University in 2014 with a degree in Dance Performance. She studied at The American Dance Festival School as a scholarship student in 2013 and 2014. Maura has performed works by several artists including Ronn Steward, Melinda Jean Myers, Tony Orrico, Nicholas Leichter and John Jasperse. Maura currently performs with Cocodaco Dance Project, choreographs and teaches dance in Chicago.
Sarah Cecile Goldstone is the Associate Artistic Director and co-founder of Foster Dance Studios. She is also the Program Director for GYROTONIC® exercise and GYROKINESIS® exercise. Sarah received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from The Juilliard School in 2009. While at Juilliard, she trained intensely with world renowned teachers Lawrence Rhodes, Risa Steinberg and Alphonse Poulin. She had the privilege to perform the repertory of Ohad Naharin, Julian Barnett, Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, and Jose Limon as well as new creations by Larry Keigwin, Azure Barton, Nicolo Fonte and Matthew Neenan. Originally from Santa Fe, NM, Sarah performed extensively with Moving People Dance, working with choreographers Sam Watson, Robert Moses, Max Stone, Gail Gilbert and Ronn Stewart. Sarah relocated to Chicago in 2009 and has danced professionally with Same Planet Different World Dance Company and with DanceWorks Chicago, under Artistic Director Julie Nakagawa. Sarah is also Associate Artistic Director and dancer for the newly formed contemporary dance company, Cocodaco.
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Daniel is the founder of Mad With No Reason crew and co-founder of Purus Motus. He was the in top 16 world of dance (WOD) finalists two years running. He is well versed in bboying, popping, house and locking. Pairing up with his partner Katie Carey, Daniel has performed for independent movie premieres, Willow Creek church, and has taught multiple workshops and intensives nationally and internationally. Locally, Daniel choreographed the wildly popular boys hip hop piece for Haven Help Us and he teaches at multiple studios around the North Shore. Daniel's passion is teaching students to become everything they already are and more.
Braeden Barnes, a native from Chicago, Illinois, received his training from Faubourg Ballet, Academy of Dance Arts, San Francisco Ballet School, and Houston Ballet school. Braeden was then accepted into the Joffrey Ballet training program. Braeden has worked professionally with Balletmet, Joffrey Ballet, Ron de Jesus Dance, Billy Elliot the Musical, Cocodaco Dance Project, LEVELdance, and Nevada Ballet Theatre. Among his time at these companies, Braeden has worked with choreographers such as James Canfield, Paul Vasterling, Andre Kastan, Gerald Charles, Eddy Ocampo, Jose Navas, Matthew Neenan, Sarah Slipper, Adam Pelty, Banning Bouldin, and Yoshito Sakuraba.
Nina Tatarowicz discovered GYROTONIC® while professionally dancing and teaching Argentine Tango in Buenos Aires. GYROTONIC® movement, with its healing arches, curls and spirals, has led her on a remarkable journey. She realized that GYROTONIC®, as a foundational movement system, offers anyone the gift of improving their quality of life through more efficient, supportive, and interconnected movement. Nina began teaching GYROTONIC® in 2009, and has observed the profound effects of the work on a wide range of clientele. Her welcoming approach honors each person where they're at in their body and life experience. Nina uses a combination of imagery and descriptive cues to accompany the movement sequences, inviting students to deepen their body awareness. She focuses on the exploration of one's own dynamic alignment throughout the class, and helps students recognize parallels in their dance or everyday movement. Nina practices and teaches GYROTONIC® with a joyful spirt, infused with gratitude for the unique expression of each and every one of us.
Born and raised in San Francisco, California, I started at City Ballet School at the age of 5 and trained there until the age of 18 under artistic director Galina Alexandrova. While there, I had opportunities to participate in Regional Dance America, Youth America Grand Prix, and spent time in Moscow, Russia to take classes with Elena Bobrova at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.
After leaving City Ballet School, I joined the trainee program at Joffrey Ballet of Chicago where I worked with teachers and choreographers such as Sean Carmon, Kim Sagami, Ashley Wheater, Raymond Rodriguez, Karin Wentz, Daielma Decker, Christian Denice, Wade Schaaf, Kyle Seguin, Ronn Stewart, and more. I performed in performances and pieces such as "Etudes", "Don Quixote", and "Suite Hearts" in their Winning Works showcase. After one year of being a trainee, Ronn Stewart invited me to be an apprentice with Cocodāco.
Ayana Strutz is an island girl from Hawaii who began her dance training at age four. Growing up in Honolulu, she attended a performing arts high school, where she became highly involved with musical theatre. After graduating Ohio State University in 2015 with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Dance, she made her professional theatre debut as "Connie Wong" in Short North Stage's production of A Chorus Line. Moving to Chicago in 2016, she joined Cocodaco Dance Project to continue her dance education, and began training in aerial arts and contortion technique at the Actors Gymnasium. She is currently a student in their professional circus training program. On a typical day you might catch her performing as “Moana” with Princesscapades Princess Parties, or swinging on the trapeze!
Kathryn Ebert, is co-founder and Executive Director of Foster Dance Studios. She has a Finance degree from the University of Illinois, and an MBA from DePaul University. Prior to starting a family, Kathryn had a successful ten-year career in banking and finance. She is inspired by the transformative power of dance and is committed to Foster Dance Studios' mission of providing excellence in teaching, a flexible class schedule and an inclusive setting.
David Maurice, began training with César Degollado while attending the University of Arizona. In school David performed works by Donald McKayle, Charles Weidman, and George Balanchine. After leaving school he has worked with Danielle Agami's Ate9 Dance Company, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano's Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Ronn Stewart's CoCoDaCo dance Project, Loni Landon Dance Project in New York City, Alex Ketley's The Foundry, and Roderick George of The Forsythe Company. He has assisted and taught along side Jon Ole Olstad at the Lines Training and BFA programs, has taught workshops at the University of California Santa Barbara, University of California Irvine, Loyola Marymount, has assisted Loni Landon both in classes in NYC and San Francisco as well as her casting and choreographing of the film Saturday Church directed and written by Damon Cardasis. He assisted Barak Marshall’s creation, The Castaways for Ballet Rambert. With Kevin Jenkins, they have won Dance Magazine's Dance for Camera Editors choice for October, 2013 (Snap, Pop), toured to Jacob's Pillow's Inside/Out, and serves as his rehearsal director. David Maurice has choreographed for CoCoDaCo Dance Chicago, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, and with Ate9 Dance Company. His solo Liminal Red has toured to Poland’s Gdansk solo festival. He is cofounder of Untitled Tenth.
Ms. Centurion began training in her native Argentina at the Northeast University Ballet School. She graduated from the School of Ballet Contemporaneo del Teatro San Martin in Buenos Aires. She has performed ballet, modern, jazz, gymnastics, folkloric dance and tango throughout Argentina and abroad. She has had a very extensive career in contemporary arts, teaching and performing professionally for over 20 years. She has worked with well recognized choreographers and directors from South America, Italy and United States. In the USA, Ms. Centurion joined Miami Contemporary Dance Company & School as a company dancer, ballet mistress and Assistant of Artistic Director. Ms.Centurion also has dedicated her career to promote Argentinian culture, music and dance, working with her husband Richard Scofano, Professional musician; Bandoneon Player and Composer, traveling around the world teaching and performing their work of art. Currently Ms. Centurion lives in Chicago where she continues to develop relationships between dance techniques and her native folklore and tango background. She shares her knowledge by teaching in local dance studios and social dancing milongas, lecturing at Northwestern University, and volunteering for Auroris Dance Company at Niles North High School.