Graca Sales

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.

Sole Centurion

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.​

Maura Naughton

Maura Elizabeth is a professional contemporary dancer and dance instructor/choreographer in Chicago, IL.  Maura has worked with dancers of various ages/abilities from toddlers to pre-professional dancers since 2011.  Maura studied Dance at Illinois State University and The American Dance Festival.  Maura has been a dancer with Cocodāco since 2015 and is inspired to push the realms of her own physicality and artistry through MoPeD and dance training.  Maura loves teaching young dancers and sharing with them the art form that continues to bring her the most joy and gratitude.  



Sarah Goldstone

Sarah Cecile Goldstone is the 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 Williams

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

Braeden Barnes, 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. During his time there, he did works by Francisco Avina, Ronn Stewart, Amy Hall, and Diana Princeton.  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, and Eddy Ocompo.





FACULTY

Terry Marling

Terry began his dance training at the Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance. He spent twelve years there before joining Pittsburgh Ballet Theater in 1994.  In his nine seasons with PBT, Terry danced a variety of Balanchine ballets, all of the major classical works and participated in the creation of new works.  At PBT, Terry began choreographing. He worked with Ohad Naharin, Ib Andersen, Dwight Rhoden and Kevin O’Day. He was then invited to join Nationaltheater Mannheim in Germany.  While in Germany, Marling's works included elements of improvisation and movement languages that extended far beyond the boundaries of ballet. The language of Marling’s choreography began to change with his dancing experience. He began to combine elements of classical technique with the idea that all human movement was, in fact, dance. In search of a wider field of choreographic voices to dance, Terence joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2006. There he enjoyed dancing the work of Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato,  and Jiri Kylian, among many others. While dancing with the company Terence was commissioned to create two works with Hubbard Street 2 and began teaching in the newly created summer intensives as well as teaching regular company class.  In 2010, Terence retired from dancing and became Rehearsal Director for Hubbard Street. In 2013 Terence became director of Hubbard Street 2 where he commissioned new works from choreographers, created original programming and toured the company internationally.

Aryssa Alonzo

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

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!


Maddie Klein

Madeleine Klein began her training in the pre-professional program at Gus Giordano Dance School. She majored in Dance and English at Oberlin College, where she trained in Ballet, Contact Improv, and Modern. Previously, she danced with Aerial Dance Chicago. Currently, she is a member of Cocodaco Mezzo and an apprentice to the professional company. 



Developing Dance From Within

Katie Carey

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.



David Maurice

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.



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Ronn Stewart - In remembrance.  Do It With Love.

Ronn Stewart was our beloved  Artistic Director and a co-founder of Foster Dance Studios and Cocodaco, a Community of Contemporary Dance Companies. He was the artistic force at Foster Dance from its creation in 2011 to his passing on September 30, 2017.  His spirit and vision continue to inspire and guide the faculty's approach to teaching the essence of dance across all levels and ages. 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. 

Kathryn Ebert, Co-Founder & Director

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.​