Studio Owner and Director, Instructor
Community Image Award 2016, St. Charles Chamber of Commerce
Rainbow Kids Yoga Certified Instructor
Success Principles Certified Trainer
Founder of Live Your Purpose
2021 Member of the Year, International Dance Entrepeneur's Association
Jenny has been dancing for over 30 years and studied jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, and musical theater. She has been teaching since 1999 throughout the Chicago-land area.
From her first ballet class at the age of 3, Jenny had a passion for dancing and performing. Throughout her youth, she danced at Palmer’s Dance & Gymnastics and Dorothy’s Dancing Unlimited. Jenny also performed in theatrical productions such as "The Nutcracker" with Pennsylvania Ballet Company and "The Night Before Christmas" with Dayton Ballet. She participated in dance team and Orchesis throughout high school, in addition to continuing studio classes. Jenny was the only freshman accepted as a Company member for Orchesis (dance troupe), which is also where she got her start choreographing. Her start in choreographing sort of happened by accident while recovering from a spinal fusion surgery from '95 - '96. When she graduated from Lake Park High School in 1999, she started teaching dance under the direction of her former dance instructor and fell in love with teaching. After teaching for two years while earning an associates degree at College of DuPage, she attended Illinois State University and graduated with a BA in Communications. She began teaching again part time when she graduated college. Her full time focus was on her Marketing and Events career that she continued to build and move up in until 2012.
In 2012 she realized where her true passion was, and that is in the studio with her students. After focusing on a marketing career for 10 years, she decided to pursue her dream of teaching full-time. Jenny formed Dreams Dance Academy – a true life-long dream. She started "Dreams Dance Academy: The Traveling Studio" in July 2012 by renting space at community and fitness centers in three towns, and it skyrocketed from there. DDA reached 85 students in just five months. In August 2013, Jenny obtained her own studio space in La Fox to accommodate the quickly growing program. And in August 2015, DDA moved to St. Charles to a 3-studio facility which she hopes to call home for a very long time now that we can accommodate our growing program. The current home is truly the dream studio she always envisioned in her mind! In summer 2019 as the studio continued to grow at a quick rate (right before they pandemic!), DDA expanded again and added an additional 1,100 square feet to accommodate an additional dance room.
Jenny continues to attend both teacher trainings and studio owner conferences, as she believes in the importance of continuing education to keep the studio, technique, and teaching skills at DDA top notch. Dance is always evolving - so as dance professionals, we must continue to train and educate ourselves. She has written various stories for Dance Studio Life Magazine, and DDA has also been featured in DSL articles such as "Studio Style" - read it here! In August 2016, Jenny became one of the first members of the International Dance Entrepreneurs Association. In 2021, she was named Member of the Year at the annual DanceLife Teacher Conference. She has also been a volunteer for the INCubator program at STC East, providing mentorship to high schoolers in this business program
Jenny is especially passionate about teaching the 9 and under age group. These are critical years in a dancers training and she firmly believes in instilling the proper fundamentals from the star...but in a fun, engaging way that molds young, new dancers into passionate, properly trained performers!
In March 2020, she began what would be the most challenging chapter in her life as a business owner and studio director. One of the positives that came from the pandemic, was creating a virtual studio program in just a few days. Jenny launched DDA's virtual studio in mid-March and DDA continued to run strictly virtual until early June. During this time, she assisted studio owners across the country with running their programs remotely. She has been a guest speaker a few times during the pandemic for IDEA.
In January 2021, Jenny became a Certified Success Principles Trainer (teaching the 67 Success Principles founded by Jack Canfield) and founded Live Your Purpose. This was a journey that ironically began in early 2020 so it got put on the backburner due to the pandemic and having to shift all of her focus. As 2021 proved to be a year of reinventing the wheel for what felt like everything, she has had to continue to put a hold on Live Your Purpose. But she has big goals and big dreams...so stay tuned!
In 2022, she became the Membership Liaison for International Dance Entrepreneurs Association.
Jenny is actively involved in the community and in her spare time, she can be found crafting, spending time with family and friends, and spoiling Molly the Studio Dog!
Jory Bowling grew up in Bartlett, IL. Having over 30 years of dance experience behind her, she received her training from well-known studios, Youman School of Dance, Goldens School of Dance and the famous Giordano Dance Center. She studied with such notables as Cindy Engel, Ellen Werksmen, Natalie Rast, and Nan & Gus Giordano.
As a competitor, she was one of the first members of the highly recognized Midwest Movement under Ted Jackson. Jory went on to train in the Theater Department of Northern Illinois University, where she studied Ballet, Pointe & Modern extensively.
Her professional credits include one of the choreographers and dancers in the Las Vegas Revue “The Dream King” starring Trent Carlini, whom she also traveled and performed with in Toronto, The Star Plaza in Indiana, The Paramount Theater in Aurora and White Sox Elvis Night. In addition, for many years, she choreographed and danced for the Chicago White Sox special event games such as Classic Rock Night, Elvis Night and more.
Jory has taught multiple forms of dance to all ages since 1999. She shares her strong technical foundation at various studios, teaching Jazz, Jumps/Turns, Lyrical, Stretch & Strength, and Ballet. In addition, Jory is hired as a technique and conditioning teacher for Naperville Central High School Dance Team and guest teaches at other studio in IL. From 2004-2010, she was full-time director of the award winning competitive team Powerhouse Dance Company. After only 2 years on the competition circuit, Dance Teacher Magazine named them as one of the “50 Studios on the Move” in their 2007 special issue of 50 studios with top competition accolades across the country.
Her students have gone on to teach, adjudicate, dance on college dance teams, become cast members at Disney World, and actors/dancers in commercials, movies, music videos and concert tours! She is a veteran in the business, judging since 2001 for competitions such as Starquest, Applause, Bravo, Dance Masters of Michigan Ch. 4, Nexstar, Starpower and Revolution.
Jory is known for her attention to detail and her technical knowledge. She enjoys working with students of all ages and is happy to be a part of Dreams Dance Academy!
Geneva began dancing at the age of six in Phoenix and trained at the distinguished School of Ballet Arizona under Kee-Juan Han. She spent her summers attending intensives at Ballet Magnificat and Texas Christian University. Geneva graduated from TCU in May 2007 as Cum Laude with a BFA in Ballet and Modern Dance. She was chosen to perform in Japan and at several American College Dance Festivals. Upon graduating, Geneva was hired as the Assistant Director at Devotion In Motion in Fort Worth, TX. In 2009, she got married and moved to Indianapolis where she was on faculty at Expressenz Dance Center. In 2010 they moved to McKinney, TX where she taught at Gotta Dance.
She began teaching at DDA in 2014 after moving to Illinois. She resides in Geneva where she enjoys being involved in her community, church, and being a mom!
Katie has been dancing since age nine and has teaching for over 22 years. She spent her younger years studying at the St. Charles School of Dance under the direction of Kelly Delprincipi and Northern IL University dance head, Judith Chitwood. In the spring of 1997 was accepted into the Chicago Academy for The Arts. There she had the honor of dancing under the brilliance of Anna Paskevska and Randy Duncan. Behrens has also studied with Homer Bryant of Bryant Ballet Chicago and Claire Bataille of Hubbard Street dance Chicago.
In the fall of '99 Behrens was accepted into Northern Illinois University’s dance program under the direction of Randall Newsome. Her college experience was cut short due to a medical issue. However this did not stop her and her love for dance. She continued to teach dance for the Saint Charles School of Dance and later became the dance director for the West Chicago Park District. In 2001 Behrens was hired on to teach a few classes at the Geneva Park District and later in 2004 she became the director of the program until December of 2016. Over the course of her teaching career she has received numerous choreography and special awards. When she is not in the studio teaching young dancers how to plié and battement you can find her at one of the local gyms where she teaches adult group fitness and is a certified wellness consultant. Miss Katie is thrilled to be working with Miss Jenny again, and believes you should always go after your dreams.
Bliss Clark began dancing at the age of 5 at a local studio in Aurora, IL. She began intensively training in ballet at the VH Dance center from 2007-2012 and was a part of The Chicago Festival Ballet through out that time. She was honored to have danced many roles in Von Heidecke Chicago Festival Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Giselle, and with Ken Von Heidecke’s original choreography in summer workshops. She also began teaching at the VH Dance center in 2010-2012.
She relocated to Columbus, Ohio after attending Balletmet Columbus Academy’s summer intensive and was invited to continue her dance training at Balletmet Columbus Academy’s Pre-professional/Trainee program under the artistic direction of Susan Brooker in 2013.
She relocated to Houston, Texas in 2014 and in 2016 began teaching at Boni’s Dance and Performing Arts School, continuing to teach there until May 2021. She is excited to have been certified in Progressing Ballet Technique in April 2017 from Marie Walton Mahon as the technique helps dancers to find proper alignment, strength, and flexibility. She has been a founding company member of Open Sky Arts Collective in Houston, Texas since 2018.
She is excited to be relocating back to the Chicago area, and hopes to further the appreciation of ballet and dance with its artistry and values to the next generation of dancers.
Alyssa is originally from East Dundee, IL, and trained with the Visceral Studio Company under the direction of Nick Pupillo and Laura Wade. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a minor in Movement Science on a merit scholarship in December 2018.
At Michigan, she performed works by Ohad Naharin, Shannon Gillen, the University of Michigan dance faculty, among others. During her summers, Alyssa studied with River North Dance Chicago, Backhausdance, DanceWorks Chicago, and abroad in Paris.
After graduating, Alyssa moved back to Chicago to pursue a career in dance and teaching. In 2019, she received a contract with Inaside Chicago Dance and is currently in her second season. Alyssa has choreographed musicals, been on Universal Dance Association staff, and taught and choreographed around the Chicagoland area. She is so excited to continue sharing her love of dance with her DDA students!
Megan began dancing at the age of 3 at a local studio in Joliet, IL. She then later moved to Forte Arts Center where she continued her training and danced competitively for the next 10 years at both the regional and national level. Megan is trained in many styles including: Ballet & Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Tap, and Musical Theater. At the age of 14, Megan began her pre-professional ballet training from instructor Callie Marik. This led her to competing at Youth American Grand Prix for 3 years and attending a 6 week summer intensive at Milwaukee Ballet in 2016. Megan spent her final year at Underground Allegro Dance Center under the direction of Callie Marik. Throughout her dance years, Megan has taken numerous master classes from top instructors throughout the Chicagoland area.
In addition to dance, Megan is a current student at Northern Illinois University. She will graduate in Fall 2023 with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Special Education. She absolutely adores working with children and loves helping her students reach their dreams.
Emily Mejicano-Gormley is an emerging dancer and choreographer based in the Chicagoland area. Her choreographic work has been featured both locally and abroad.
Emily started dancing when she was eleven years old at her local studio, and continued her dance education at Hope College where she was apart of the H2 Dance Company. Her dance instructing history includes teaching at Soleunique Dance Company, Academy of Performing Arts, Beyond the Stars Performing Arts, and Dance Images.
Emily’s teaching philosophy is based on actively engaging in the class, communicating objectives and goals clearly, planning out the steps that are needed to be taken to reach these set goals, and working to inspire students to engage with the material being taught.
Richard "Tiger" Woods
Born and raised in St Louis, MO, Tiger has had the love for music since as far back as he can remember. Growing up in a very musical family, Tiger was exposed to all kinds of music, instruments and dance. He started dancing at age 6 and knew it was what he wanted to do after watching a Michael Jackson video.
Tiger went on to enter many talent shows, dancing any and everywhere he could, and winning many dance battles. Tiger toured all over the country with the R&B singing group "Naturally Smooth" as a dancer for two years, including the 1999 Superbowl and the 2002 All Star Game. He then joined the dance crew "The Flyboyz" in St Louis. Tiger was discovered by Artistic Director Ashley Tate of the Ashleyliane Dance Company (ADC) and she asked him to come and study under her direction. Tiger spent 9 years with ADC where he studied Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, and other forms of dance. At this time, he started teaching and coaching competition teams. Tiger took his teams to dance conventions all over the country, including the Monsters of Hip Hop. He has been teaching since 2005. His achievements include 6x Grand National Dance Champion in 4 years, and 15 Choreographer awards.
Kim Pendzimaz is a Chicagoland native receiving her training from all over the Chicagoland area.
Her performing credits include Chicago Rhythm Project, Disney World, Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, Bring In Da noise, Bring in Da Funk and Dance for Life. She has also released how to videos on Musical Theater through CR Productions.
Kim has the pleasure to work at Rebel Dance Convention. She also has been a master class teacher and national’s choreographer for Cathy Roe Productions as well as Starquest National Talent Competitions.
Along with being a guest artist and choreographer, Kimmy is an adjudicator for Bravo Dance Competitions, Starquest Talent Competition and Edge Talent Competition.
For 13 years Kim owned, taught and choreographed Jagged Edge Dance. Throughout the years her students have been accepted to Chicago Academy for the Art, The Julliard School and Interlochen. Also they have been signed to The National Dutch Ballet, Des Moines Ballet and Austin Ballet. Her dancers have won the gold medal (first place) at International Dance Organization in Poland for ballet and lyrical. Kimmy's studio has won Best Technique, Best Choreography, Industry Dance Award nominations, and highest Scoring routine at multiple competitions. Jagged Edge was fortunate to receive the ADCC studio of excellence award in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.
In 2021 Jagged Edge Dance closed. Kim is now focusing more on educating dancers all over the Chicago land area. She is looking forward to this new chapter in her life and spreading her knowledge and passion with the dancers at DDA!
Abbey is a veteran dance instructor who excels at teaching a broad range of dance styles for both recreational and competitive dancers. She enjoys working with students of all ages and levels teaching fun, engaging and structured classes.
Abbey has trained extensively in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop and lyrical as well as spent many years dancing competitively and performing. Her work with competitive dance teams has garnered her choreography, high score, and special awards.
In addition to her "dance life,", Abbey holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from Loyola University Chicago and currently works as an Education Coordinator at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Abbey is excited to be a part of DDA and share her knowledge, experience and love of dance with her students.
A successful and dynamic teacher, and award-winning choreographer with over thirty-five years of experience motivating and inspiring dancers of all ages and levels. Pam has been an executive administrator, workshop presenter, master teacher, writer, and adjudicator. She has been the studio manager for two top dance studios in the Chicago area, and Illinois Program Director for American Dance Training Camp. As a choreographer, some of her musical theatre credits include: "Godspell" (presented at the 2016 Illinois High School Theatre Festival), "The Addams Family," "Footloose," "Thoroughly Modern Millie," "West Side Story," "Beauty and the Beast," "Fame - The Musical," "Kiss Me Kate," "Aida," "Oklahoma," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat," "South Pacific," "Damn Yankees," "The Wiz," "Pippin," and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (presented at the 2008 Illinois High School Theatre Festival). Trained in all areas of dance, Pam specializes in tap, jazz, and musical theatre. Now her passion is helping artists and dance studios thrive through her Performing Arts Virtual Assistant business where she has meshed her administrative skills with her performing arts experience. She is excited to join the Dreams Dance Academy family!