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Dance Staff

Miss Tiffani

Dance Program Coordinator
tlawrence@mcfetridgesportscenter.net
Classes: Ballet, Jazz, Acrobatics, Tap

Tiffani is the coordinator for the McFetridge Dance Studio, as well as a ballet, jazz, tap, and acrobatics instructor. She started dancing when she was 3 years old, started teaching when she was 12, and hasn’t looked back since then! She received Bachelor’s degrees in both Dance and Education from Kansas State University. She was the first dance instructor hired at McFetridge and has seen and helped the program grow immensely in a short period of time. Tiffani has experience teaching ballet, acrobatics, jazz, musical theater, hip-hop, and modern to dancers both young and old. She believes in the power of dance to improve students both physically and mentally, and she hopes to fuse her dance experience, education experience, and a deep care for every student into her program.

Miss Alexa

Classes: Ballet

 

Always a curious individual, Alexa started dancing at a young age, when she initially crashed her older sister's ballet class. She started broad - studying ballet, tap, and jazz. Alexa ultimately focused on ballet and had the opportunity to study with professional companies - The Fresno Ballet and Singapore Dance Theater. While an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, she was a founding member of Ballet Club at Berkeley. Though she loves ballet, she has had the opportunity to explore other forms of dance and is an adult student of hip hop, commercial jazz, and salsa. Originally from California, Alexa has lived in Grand Cayman, Singapore, and the Philippines - all places where she had opportunities to  learn and teach dance. Through her years as a dancer, she believes that dance is a way for people to express emotions without words, and a way for young dancers to develop the skills of discipline, dedication, and determination. She hopes to share her love of dance with others through being an instructor with McFetridge. 

Rina

Classes: Hip-Hop 

Human. Story Teller. Creative. Mover. Artist. Athlete. Shape Shifter. Community Builder.

 

Rina is a Boricua Chicago Native who's a Student/Caregiver by day, and Dancer by night. When she's not hitting the books or taking care of the little ones, she's moving and grooving to the beat of what's in her heart.

 

Rina is involved in Chicago's street dance communities. Her main focus is to share, uplift, preserve, nurture, and assist in building respect for Chicago's street dance culture and communities. Rina gained her knowledge and experiences from the various roles and responsibilities such as but not limited to street dance/battle culture practitioner, performer, event hostess/organizer, MC, and dance/movement instructor. She's worked and collaborated with but not limited to BSeries Columbia College Chicago, World Of Dance Chicago, and Red Bull Dance Your Style Chicago. 

 

Her dance journey is an ongoing self exploration, rediscovery and healing practice in embracing herself as an artist by loving her trustest self unapologetically and embodying her macsuline and feminine energies. Rina aims to give to others what dance has given to her. 

 

She is always eager to learn and share her love and passions while providing safe and non judgmental spaces of expression, love, and art through music, dance, and movement. 

Miss Gretchen

Classes: Ballet, Jazz

 

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Gretchen Plinke studied at Loyola University Chicago to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Dance in Anthropology. Gretchen has studied ballet, Humphrey, Graham, and contemporary techniques under Loyola faculty and now dances professionally with Venetia Stifler and Concert Dance Inc. Prioritizing bringing a humanistic, holistic approach to teaching and performing, Gretchen values rigorous individual artistic exploration. Gretchen believes dance is for everyone and can provide a vehicle for personal growth and connection to others. She loves teaching children’s dance throughout Chicago and is excited to continue to learn and grow with the young dancers at McFetridge!

Miss B

Classes: Musical Theater, Hip Hop

 

B is a Chicago native who grew up training in jazz, tap, and musical theater. She performed in and co-choreographed musicals all throughout high school and did 2 years as a Musical Theater major and dance minor in college. After covid she started pursuing dance professionally and now performs and trains primarily in hip hop and commercial dance styles, as well as continues to sing and train in musical theater. She is currently assisting choreographer and mentor Domé Lorusso, a dance captain and choreographer for Judith Priest, and rehearsal director for Met Down. In her non-dance time you can catch her practicing yoga or watching sports.

Michelle

Classes: Salsa, Bachata, and Samba

Michelle is a Brazilian Ballroom Dance Instructor with 20 years of experience in Latin Styles (Salsa, Bachata, Samba, Samba de Gafieira, Forro, Brazilian Funk, Zouk, and others) plus 4 years experience of American Ballroom Dancing. 

 

Michelle moved to Chicago from her beautiful country 8 years ago, dancing since 5 years old beginning with Ballet and Capoeira classes, and proud of having danced in Carnaval events in Rio de Janeiro and Chicago; she is a performer and teacher who is passionate about developing talent in students, and is super excited to share her knowledge and culture with us.

Miss Mikaela

Classes: Ballet

 

Originally from Providence, RI, Mikaela Dalton trained in the pre-professional ballet program at Festival Ballet Providence (now Ballet RI) before going on to earn her BFA in dance from Jacksonville University in 2020. While at university, she was fortunate enough to work with choreographers such as Jennifer Archibald, Antonio Brown, and Amy Miller. After graduating, she returned to Festival Ballet as a trainee and a teacher. After two years teaching a variety of classes ranging from ballet for 3-4 year olds to adult open classes, she moved to Chicago in 2022 to continue to develop her career as a dance teacher and choreographer. She currently teaches in multiple studios around the city as well as  working freelance in choreography. Mikaela is so excited to join the staff at McFetridge and continue to share her experience and knowledge with the community!

Miss Nicole

Classes: Ballet, Tap

My name is Nicole and I am 25 years old. I am originally from San Diego, but recently relocated to Chicago and I absolutely love it. I started dancing when I was two years old and never stopped! After graduating from high school, I went on to dance competitively at San Diego State University for 4 years. In the years following, I danced professionally for the Los Angeles Rams, Chicago Bulls and even had the opportunity to perform at Super Bowl LVI. On top of my own endeavors as a dancer, I have also been teaching dance to kids age 18 months-18 years for over 8 years. Passing my love for dance onto the next generation is my greatest passion and purpose and is something I hope to continue for years to come. 

Miss Mary Rose

Classes: Ballet, Tap

Mary-Rose Campos is an emerging professional dancer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She grew up as a competitive dancer and became a competition coach in 2018 choreographing various winning numbers. She attended Southern Methodist University where she received a BFA in dance performance with double minors in musical theatre and arts entrepreneurship in May 2023. Throughout her time there she performed various genre works from guest artists such as Matthew Neenan, Pascal Rioult, Michelle Gibson, and Brandi Coleman, Pat Taylor, and Mark Burrell. She also choreographed three master works, two of which were presented at SMU for their family weekend showing for Meadows School of the Arts and for Pride Visibility Day, an on campus pride festival showcasing performances from various queer artists on campus. She is currently in Boom Crack! Dance Company in Chicago, IL and is an intern grant writer/understudy for Boykin Dance Project.