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Faculty Heather Jackson, Owner and Kaleidoscope Dance Ensemble Artistic Director Heather has been instructing and choreographing professionally for over 19 years, with an emphasis on children's dance. Heather received her formal dance training from Claudette Soltis (former dancer of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo) of the Joliet Ballet Society. The Ballet Society gave her the opportunity to work with many other ballet greats such as Irina Kolpakova of the American Ballet Theatre and Dace Dindonis, formerly of the Indianapolis Ballet. She is a graduate of Millikin University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Performance degree in Dance & Musical Theatre. She is the former Director of Dance at the Mayer Kaplan JCC in Skokie. Heather also established the Kaleidoscope Dance Ensemble in the Northshore area in 2001, for which she is the Artistic Director. Heather teaches all forms of dance and several classes at the studio. Heather's choreography credits include Kaleidoscope Dance Ensemble, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, Yours Anne, Sound of Music, Elixir of Love, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and several works with Millikin University Dance Ensemble. She has also danced with the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre and performed with Chicago's Timestep Players Children's Theatre. Performance credits include Steppin' Out, Pippin, Bye Bye Birdie, Guys and Dolls, Bartered Bride, Little Shop of Horrors and Millikin Dance Ensemble. Tarah Durnbaugh, Kaleidoscope Krew Artistic Director Tarah grew up on stage in Michigan.  Dancing from the age of 8, she fell in love with performing.  She has studied everything from ballet to hip- hop across the country in studios, conventions and competitions.  Tarah attended Northwestern University, where she spent most of her time dancing.  In addition to choreographing for student musicals, she was also a member and co-director of Boomshaka, a percussion and dance ensemble.  With this group, she had amazing opportunities to choreograph, perform and teach across the country, while developing her love of hip-hop.  Today, she can be seen on stage in Chicago with the rhythmic performance ensemble, Be the Groove, as well as with JHDII, the second company of the Joel Hall Dancers.  She also continues to study all forms of dance with the ultimate goal of passing on new ideas to the students at Kaleidoscope.  April Torneby April is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance with a focus on choreography.  Her studies also include anatomy, kinesiology, ballet, modern, jazz, teaching methodologies and music theory to name a few.  While at Cornish, April has had the opportunity to perform in works by Wade Madsen, Deborah Wolf, Alex Little, and Nancy Cranbourne.  As well, April has choreographed for several shows including the Cornish BFA Concert, New Moves, Terpsichore's Landing, and 3rdshift Dance.  April has performed with AEON Contemporary Dance and 3rd Shift Dance in Seattle, WA. April has been teaching and choreographing for competitive dance studios in the pacific north west for six years and is excited to continue sharing her passion for dance in Chicago, IL.  April fuses her love of movement, music, athleticism, and individual creativity into all of her classes. Alyssa Gregory A native of Woodbridge, VA, Alyssa received her BFA in Dance & Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.  During her time at VCU, she had the privilege of working with Tania Issac, Melanie Richards, Scott Putman, Amaranth Contemporary Dance Company and was in the Urban Bush Women reconstruction of 'Shelter.'  She received the 2010 VCU Arts Undergraduate Research Grant and helped produce and danced in the evening length production of LOCKEN.  Upon relocation to Chicago, Alyssa has worked with artists and companies such as The Moving Architects, EnidSmithDance, Erin Kilmurray, and The Inconvenience. She is currently a company member with The Leopold Group under the direction of Lizzie Leopold and company member with Kristina Isabelle Dance Co. Sarah Gonsiorowski Sarah received her early training from the Milwaukee Ballet School and graduated from The University of Iowa with a BFA in Dance and BA in English. At UI, she was a member of the department's touring company and performed throughout the Midwest and in Puebla, Mexico at the Universidad de las Americas, dancing in works choreographed by George Balanchine, Jose Limon, Harrison McEldowney, Carl Flink and Joanna Rosenthal. She has recently performed with The Inconvenience Project in The Fly Honey Show and as a company member for the Danceworks Performance Company (Milwaukee, WI) where she was also a teaching artist for their arts education and outreach programming. Her choreography has been set on First Stage Children's Theater (Milwaukee, WI) and Danceworks Incorporated and has also been presented at the University of Iowa and American College Dance Festival in St. Olaf, MN. She is currently a company member and collaborator with The Moving Architects and a guest artist with Innervation Dance Cooperative. Lauren Reed Lauren Reed grew up in Milwaukee, WI where she received her early training from Young Dance Academy under Sandy Young and Milwaukee Ballet under Rolando Yanes. She graduated Cum Laude with honors from Butler University with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Religion. While studying and performing at Butler, Lauren presented her own choreography in showcases in 2010, 2011 and 2013. She has also studied Cuban dance and religion, participating in two study abroad trips to Santiago, Cuba. Her research culminated in a thesis which has been sought for publication. Upon moving to Chicago, Lauren studied in Lou Conte’s scholarship program and is now both a company member at Project606 Dance and an apprentice at Aerial Dance Chicago.  Lauren has taught students of all ages throughout the Chicagoland area. Irina Gass Irina grew up in Deerfield, IL and began her early training in the Chicago area. She has attended summer intensives at institutions with Interlochen Arts Academy, Piel Morena Contemporary Dance and River North Dance Chicago. She graduated from the University of Iowa receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts with concentrations in Performance and Choreography, with highest honors. Upon graduation, Irina moved to Chicago where she performed works by Mary Tisa, Laura Thurston and Kate Vandivier. Irina is currently a performing apprentice for Chicago Repertory Ballet. Emma Reeves Emma grew up in Bolivar, MO and then went on to earn a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Dance from Belmont University in Nashville, TN, graduating Cum Laude. After graduation, she moved to Chicago to attend Deeply Rooted Dance Theater’s pre-professional summer intensive. Since moving to Chicago, she has performed with and choreographed works for J. Lindsay Brown Dance and performed with Perceptual Motion Inc. Dance Company, Matter of Reaction Movement Project and Core Project. In 2014, Emma studied privately with Sam Weber in San Francisco for a 5 day tap intensive. Felicity Nicholson Felicity began her training at the Forth Worth Ballet in Indiana and then went on to receive a BFA in Dance Performance from Butler University. During her training, she had the opportunity to perform works by Gustabo Ramirez Sansano, Gerald Arpino, Paul Taylor, and David Ingram. After graduation, she came to Chicago where she studied under scholarship at Visceral Dance Chicago and at Lou Conte Dance Center. She currently dances with Project 606 and Trifecta Dance Collective and has taken on other performances like Thodos Dance Chicago’s New Dances and Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s The Nutcracker. Julie Ferrell Original from Tulsa, OK where she trained under Debi Myers and the Tulsa Ballet. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a BFA in Dance and followed a pre-physical therapy track. During her time at KU, she studied with and performed works by Melissa Thodos, Autumn Eckman, Talia Beck, James Moreno, David Justin, Lane Gifford, COHANSUZEAU, Jerel Hilding, and was a member of the University Dance Company for eight semesters. Julie also attended intensives under The Cambrians, Elements Contemporary Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and the Strictly Seattle Dance Festival, working under Pat Graney. She choreographed several works on members of the University Dance Company in 2015 and 2016. As a recent transplant to Chicago, Julie is taking classes at Dovetail Studios and working with area artists.
© 2004-2017, All Rights Reserved
Faculty Heather Jackson, Owner and Kaleidoscope Dance Ensemble Artistic Director Heather has been instructing and choreographing professionally for over 19 years, with an emphasis on children's dance. Heather received her formal dance training from Claudette Soltis (former dancer of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo) of the Joliet Ballet Society. The Ballet Society gave her the opportunity to work with many other ballet greats such as Irina Kolpakova of the American Ballet Theatre and Dace Dindonis, formerly of the Indianapolis Ballet. She is a graduate of Millikin University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Performance degree in Dance & Musical Theatre. She is the former Director of Dance at the Mayer Kaplan JCC in Skokie. Heather also established the Kaleidoscope Dance Ensemble in the Northshore area in 2001, for which she is the Artistic Director. Heather teaches all forms of dance and several classes at the studio. Heather's choreography credits include Kaleidoscope Dance Ensemble, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, Yours Anne, Sound of Music, Elixir of Love, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and several works with Millikin University Dance Ensemble. She has also danced with the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre and performed with Chicago's Timestep Players Children's Theatre. Performance credits include Steppin' Out, Pippin, Bye Bye Birdie, Guys and Dolls, Bartered Bride, Little Shop of Horrors and Millikin Dance Ensemble. Tarah Durnbaugh, Kaleidoscope Krew Artistic Director Tarah grew up on stage in Michigan.  Dancing from the age of 8, she fell in love with performing.  She has studied everything from ballet to hip-hop across the country in studios, conventions and competitions.  Tarah attended Northwestern University, where she spent most of her time dancing.  In addition to choreographing for student musicals, she was also a member and co-director of Boomshaka, a percussion and dance ensemble.  With this group, she had amazing opportunities to choreograph, perform and teach across the country, while developing her love of hip-hop.  Today, she can be seen on stage in Chicago with the rhythmic performance ensemble, Be the Groove, as well as with JHDII, the second company of the Joel Hall Dancers.  She also continues to study all forms of dance with the ultimate goal of passing on new ideas to the students at Kaleidoscope.  April Torneby April is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance with a focus on choreography.  Her studies also include anatomy, kinesiology, ballet, modern, jazz, teaching methodologies and music theory to name a few.  While at Cornish, April has had the opportunity to perform in works by Wade Madsen, Deborah Wolf, Alex Little, and Nancy Cranbourne.  As well, April has choreographed for several shows including the Cornish BFA Concert, New Moves, Terpsichore's Landing, and 3rdshift Dance.  April has performed with AEON Contemporary Dance and 3rd Shift Dance in Seattle, WA. April has been teaching and choreographing for competitive dance studios in the pacific north west for six years and is excited to continue sharing her passion for dance in Chicago, IL.  April fuses her love of movement, music, athleticism, and individual creativity into all of her classes. Alyssa Gregory A native of Woodbridge, VA, Alyssa received her BFA in Dance & Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.  During her time at VCU, she had the privilege of working with Tania Issac, Melanie Richards, Scott Putman, Amaranth Contemporary Dance Company and was in the Urban Bush Women reconstruction of 'Shelter.'  She received the 2010 VCU Arts Undergraduate Research Grant and helped produce and danced in the evening length production of LOCKEN.  Upon relocation to Chicago, Alyssa has worked with artists and companies such as The Moving Architects, EnidSmithDance, Erin Kilmurray, and The Inconvenience. She is currently a company member with The Leopold Group under the direction of Lizzie Leopold and company member with Kristina Isabelle Dance Co. Sarah Gonsiorowski Sarah received her early training from the Milwaukee Ballet School and graduated from The University of Iowa with a BFA in Dance and BA in English. At UI, she was a member of the department's touring company and performed throughout the Midwest and in Puebla, Mexico at the Universidad de las Americas, dancing in works choreographed by George Balanchine, Jose Limon, Harrison McEldowney, Carl Flink and Joanna Rosenthal. She has recently performed with The Inconvenience Project in The Fly Honey Show and as a company member for the Danceworks Performance Company (Milwaukee, WI) where she was also a teaching artist for their arts education and outreach programming. Her choreography has been set on First Stage Children's Theater (Milwaukee, WI) and Danceworks Incorporated and has also been presented at the University of Iowa and American College Dance Festival in St. Olaf, MN. She is currently a company member and collaborator with The Moving Architects and a guest artist with Innervation Dance Cooperative. Lauren Reed Lauren Reed grew up in Milwaukee, WI where she received her early training from Young Dance Academy under Sandy Young and Milwaukee Ballet under Rolando Yanes. She graduated Cum Laude with honors from Butler University with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Religion. While studying and performing at Butler, Lauren presented her own choreography in showcases in 2010, 2011 and 2013. She has also studied Cuban dance and religion, participating in two study abroad trips to Santiago, Cuba. Her research culminated in a thesis which has been sought for publication. Upon moving to Chicago, Lauren studied in Lou Conte’s scholarship program and is now both a company member at Project606 Dance and an apprentice at Aerial Dance Chicago.  Lauren has taught students of all ages throughout the Chicagoland area. Irina Gass Irina grew up in Deerfield, IL and began her early training in the Chicago area. She has attended summer intensives at institutions with Interlochen Arts Academy, Piel Morena Contemporary Dance and River North Dance Chicago. She graduated from the University of Iowa receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts with concentrations in Performance and Choreography, with highest honors. Upon graduation, Irina moved to Chicago where she performed works by Mary Tisa, Laura Thurston and Kate Vandivier. Irina is currently a performing apprentice for Chicago Repertory Ballet. Emma Reeves Emma grew up in Bolivar, MO and then went on to earn a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Dance from Belmont University in Nashville, TN, graduating Cum Laude. After graduation, she moved to Chicago to attend Deeply Rooted Dance Theater’s pre- professional summer intensive. Since moving to Chicago, she has performed with and choreographed works for J. Lindsay Brown Dance and performed with Perceptual Motion Inc. Dance Company, Matter of Reaction Movement Project and Core Project. In 2014, Emma studied privately with Sam Weber in San Francisco for a 5 day tap intensive. Felicity Nicholson Felicity began her training at the Forth Worth Ballet in Indiana and then went on to receive a BFA in Dance Performance from Butler University. During her training, she had the opportunity to perform works by Gustabo Ramirez Sansano, Gerald Arpino, Paul Taylor, and David Ingram. After graduation, she came to Chicago where she studied under scholarship at Visceral Dance Chicago and at Lou Conte Dance Center. She currently dances with Project 606 and Trifecta Dance Collective and has taken on other performances like Thodos Dance Chicago’s New Dances and Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s The Nutcracker. Julie Ferrell Original from Tulsa, OK where she trained under Debi Myers and the Tulsa Ballet. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a BFA in Dance and followed a pre-physical therapy track. During her time at KU, she studied with and performed works by Melissa Thodos, Autumn Eckman, Talia Beck, James Moreno, David Justin, Lane Gifford, COHANSUZEAU, Jerel Hilding, and was a member of the University Dance Company for eight semesters. Julie also attended intensives under The Cambrians, Elements Contemporary Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and the Strictly Seattle Dance Festival, working under Pat Graney. She choreographed several works on members of the University Dance Company in 2015 and 2016. As a recent transplant to Chicago, Julie is taking classes at Dovetail Studios and working with area artists.