The Faculty at Innervisions Performing Arts Center are second to none. With their experience, knowledge and aptitude for teaching all ages, they're more than just instructors...they are excellent teachers and dance educators too! Click on their names to go directly to their bio, or scroll down the page to learn about all of the amazing faculty at Innervisions PAC.
Ms. Jamie has been dancing since the age of three and teaching since 2002. Starting her training under Kathleen Sims Villari (Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo) and Maria Villari at American Dance Center where she trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Modern. She performed nationwide including the International Dance Festival in California. She was a cast member of Chicagoland's longest-running original ballet "Hansel and Gretel" from 1995-2000. She also performed in The Joffery Ballet's "Nutcracker". Jamie's modern training (Graham, Horton, and Cunningham) came from Melody Geraci. Jamie also trained with Olga Ravasi, Joel Hall, Dardi Mcginley-Galivan, Christie Lowe (ABT), Eduardo Vilaro (Ballet Hispanico), Adam Sklute (Ballet West), and John Magnus (Joffery Ballet) to name a few.
She continued her education at Columbia College Chicago where she majored in Dance. She continues her training as she never wants to stop learning and growing as an artist. She teaches at several studios in the area and continues to guest teach and substitute teach where she is needed. She enjoys judging competitions on a local and international level.
Some of Jamie's favorite musical credits include Gypsy, 1776, Music Man, and Cats. Jamie, her husband David, and their two children Lila and Killian reside in Plainfield
Tre is a tap dancer and choreographer from Chicago, IL. He received most of his early dance training and his first teaching experience at Tommy Sutton's Mayfair Academy of Fine Arts on Chicago's south side. He's a graduate of Clark Atlanta University with a B.A. in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Speech and Theatre Arts.
Since 1995 he's taught and performed regularly at various festivals including the Chicago Human Rhythm Project's Rhythm World, the L.A. Tap Fest, the St. Louis Tap Festival, Maui Tap Experience, Detroit Tap Festival, Third Coast Rhythm Project, Calgary Tap Summit, Chicago Tap Summit (which he co-founded), North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival, Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival and Columbus Taps among others.
From 1998 through 2000, Mr. Dumas was featured in the North American and European tours of "Riverdance". In 2001 Mr. Dumas partnered with Bril Barrett to create M.A.D.D Rhythms, and the M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Academy. From September 2001-February 2002, Mr. Dumas lived in Stuttgart, Germany, creating an all ages/all levels tap program at the New York City Dance School, and performing at jazz and R&B clubs by night. In 2004 he performed Duke Ellington's classic, "David Danced Before the Lord" (originally danced by Dr. Bunny Briggs) with Bill Russo, Orbert Davis and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. In the summer of 2006, he portrayed a fiery tap dancing preacher in the vignette "Dance Like David" in director/choreographer Derick Grant's "Imagine Tap", and co-starred w/Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards in the critically acclaimed independent film "The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang". He was also seen on the only aired episode of Secret Talents of the Stars dancing with R&B songstress turned tap dancer, Mya.
In 2007, Tré stepped down from his position as M.A.D.D. Rhythms co-artistic and technical director and also worked in London at Sadler's Wells with Jason Samuels Smith's ACGI. Shortly thereafter, he created Chicago's most musical professional tap ensemble, Jus'LisTeN. That year also marked the first of many times he would perform with Orbert Davis' critically acclaimed Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. In 2008 he received Dance Chicago's Outstanding Choreographer Award (Body of Work) for his contributions to their annual festival and Chicago's overall dance scene. In 2009 & 2010, Mr. Dumas curated several events as an associate artistic director with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. In 2011, Mr. Dumas proudly debuted his first full production featuring Jus’LisTeN entitled, “Tap Like Water” as part of the annual Dance Chicago festival's feature performance series. And in 2015, he traveled to Vancouver BC, Canada several times, first to perform with phenomenal artists Joel Hannah and Danny Nielsen in their inaugural "Night Cap" cabaret show where he sang and danced on the same stage unveiling his rarely heard singing voice, then as faculty at the Vancouver Tap Festival and finally, to serve as artist in residence for 3 months at the Vancouver Tap Dance Society. He's taught and performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Germany as well as other parts of Europe, and South America.
Aside from his beautiful daughter, Lauren, his greatest joy lies in tap dancing and sharing his love and knowledge of tap dancing with others and receiving the same in return.
TAP IS MUSIC...
Studio Owner & Director
Jayme has been part of the dance world for 38 years. She recently took over as owner/director of Willow Street Dance Theatre. She is a professional choreographer and teacher based in the Chicagoland area. She began at the age of 3, studying ballet, modern, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, and musical theater. Jayme graduated with high honors from the University of Illinois with a BFA in dance. She has worked and studied with some of the worlds top choreographers and teachers, such as: Cynthia Harvey, Lynn Simonson, Jackie Villamil, Bebe Miller, Joe Goode, Jan Ekert, Jacque D'Ambroise, Frank Hatchett, Cathy Roe, Finis Jhung, Doug Elkins, Judy Rice, Jermaine Brown, Denise Jefferson, Randy Duncan, Susan Marshall and many more.
She teaches master classes and choreographs across the country, and has received numerous awards for choreography and overall top scores at regional and national competitions.
She was featured as a choreography winner for Cathy Roe's dance educational videos, producing two videos: Hip-Hop for kids, and Hip-Hop Choreography. She was choreographer and dancer for Radio Disney's, Ashley Garland. Opening for Jacob Latimore, B5, Christy Carlson-Romano, Teddy Geiger, and Ashley Parker Angel. Jayme has also been on faculty for the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters.
She loves continuing her education. She is certified in Pilates Mat class from the The MindBody Institute. Certified in Acrobatic Arts M1, and certified in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT). The last few years Jayme has been judging and emceeing for various competitions, enjoying her travels, and appreciating being surrounded by aspiring dancers and dedicated teachers.
Ashley Tempinski-Stoltz began her formal dance training over ten years ago in Chicago’s southwest suburbs. She graduated with honors from The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a concentration in teaching. During her time at The Dance Center she trained extensively in contemporary (modern) dance and ballet technique. She has also trained in hip-hop, jazz, and West African dance.
Her interests in modern dance choreography and compositional improvisation led her to participate in several improvisation-based workshops in and outside of Chicago. This led to various performance opportunities both on the stage at The Dance Center and throughout the Chicago area. While volunteering as a teaching assistant, Ashley developed a passion forteaching and shortly after graduation she began conducting her own classes. In 2010, she joined the dedicated faculty of Willow Street Dance Theatre (now Innervisions PAC) where she is devoted tos haring her love of dance with students of all ages and levels.
Grace Bialka received a BA in Dance from Western Michigan University in 2013. While at WMU she trained in modern, ballet, and jazz techniques while also choreographing and producing her own pieces. Grace grew up training at Willow Street and could not be happier to be a teacher at Innervisions PAC.
In addition to her core technique training, she was a member of her colleges Hip Hop ConnXion Michigan branch founded by Suavé based out of Chicago. Since graduating, she has worked with children with autism, which inspired her to receive certification in autism movement therapy, and has been teaching dance around the Chicagoland area. She hopes one day to go back to school to become a dance movement therapist.
Grace believes that dance is such an important form of expression, and you do not need to be a trained dancer in order to release your feelings through movement. To her, it is all about the enjoyment dance can bring an individual. She is excited to be back where her training began and grateful for the opportunity to work with the dancers of Innervisions PAC.
Kaylee Spain started dancing at the age of three. She began studying ballet seriously at the age of eleven with Katie Theme Martin. She studied with many accomplished ballet instructors throughout her teen years including Watmora Casey, Tatyana Mazur, Sherry Moray, Elise Flagg, and Carl Corey. During this same time, Kaylee won regional and national titles and many scholarships through Kid's Artistic Revue, Dance Educators of America and many other competitions. Kaylee also competed at Youth American Grand Prix, and received high enough scores to attend workshops at American Ballet Theatre and Alvin Ailey. Kaylee also attended several intensives at The Rock School of Ballet in Pennsylvania and the Joffery Ballet in Chicago.
Kaylee attended college at the University of Iowa and majored in dance. There she studied under professors such as George De La Pena, and Charlotte Adams. She finished her Bachelor's degree in Dance at The University of Kansas in May 2017. There she studied ballet under Jerel Hilding, choreography under Jerel Hilding and Patrick Suzeau, jazz under Willie Lenoir, and Dance for Children under Muriel Cohan.
Kaylee has taught ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, and leaps and turns for six years at several studios in the Chicago and Kansas City area. She was Ballet Mistress at Adagio School of Performing Arts before leaving for college. There she established curriculum, ran the ballet program, and choreographed several pieces for recitals and competitions. Besides dancing and teaching, Kaylee enjoys horseback riding, cooking, baking,and knitting. Kaylee is very excited to be teaching at Innervisions PAC!
Suavé is the Founder of the Hip Hop ConnXion Family Nationwide with branches in Indiana, Michigan and Headquarters in Illinois. Hip Hop ConnXion has taken 1st in the USA and 2nd in the World at the Hip Hop International Championships in previous years and is the only Illinois based dance company to have been awarded medals at the event. Hip Hop ConnXion is currently the only Midwest dance company to have medaled at the World Championships since the inception of the competition in 2002. The Hip Hop ConnXion professional dance company is a Not-For-Profit 501(c)(3) company with the mission statement, “Our Future Is Here Today”, aimed at inspiring our youth and giving opportunities to those less privileged.
Suavé has appeared in various music videos and movies such as, Walt Disney’s ‘Just Visited’ with Christina Applegate, and as a specialist dancer in the hit movie, ‘SAVE THE LAST DANCE’. He was a choreographer and dance coordinator for the recently released movie, ‘DREAMS’ and played a cameo role as a dancer and teacher for the movie working beside Dave Scott whose credits include ‘U Got Served’, ‘Stomp The Yard’ and ‘Step Up 3’.
Suavé was the Dance coordinator at the B96 Summer B-bash for Bad Boy world-renowned DJ, Bill and performed in front of 60,000 people alongside artists such as P-Diddy, Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera and Nelly.
He is a performance coach to movie stars, actors and recording artists having worked with artists such as Roshon Fegan (Shake It Up and Camp Rock), Jessy Schram (The Mentalist, House, American Pie, Without A Trace and more) and upcoming singing sensation, Adero.
Suavé guest choreographs at numerous schools and universities and teaches hip hop master classes and workshops in the USA. He has taught around the world in countries such as Norway, Colombia, Ireland and England. He also guest instructs and judges for conventions and competitions around the country and overseas. He is the owner of his own In-Studio convention called The ConnXion Experience which travels around the country educating students on the history of Hip Hop and Street dance along with convention style classes. He is also currently on faculty for the Manhattan Dance Project (MDP) National/International Tour and a regular at the CNADM convention in Illinois, and Educating Children of Color Summit in Colorado.
As a major advocate for inspiring troubled and underprivileged youth, he is also a regular guest speaker/presenter at many schools and colleges, and has worked with the DARE and DEA Youth after-school dance programs around the country stressing the importance of staying drug-free, not giving in to peer pressure and making positive choices. He continues to work with charities and organizations that share the same message.
Suavé is also the creator and producer of THE ONE Urban Dance Showcase which is the largest annual urban dance showcase in the Midwest, alongside producing other major dance shows.
Kimberly began dance lessons at the age of 5, studying under Anna Targonski and Anna Marie Aragona. She has 18 years of experience teaching dance and has been trained in several different styles including: jazz, tumbling, acrobatics, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, ballet, and tap. She was accepted and attended beginnings workshop in New York City where she studied dance, voice, musical theater and acting. She has taken master classes with experts such as Al Gilbert, Diana Rizzo, Peter Sklar, and Tokyo.
Also while studying for her Business Degree at Harry S Truman College she attended dance classes at various studios in Chicago. She has competed at and choreographed many routines for competitions nationwide winning several awards and titles for her work, such as National Champion for top solo in Las Vegas, Nevada at Showstoppers National Finals and Best Choreography at BravO! National Dance and Talent Competition. She has been invited to perform for the Secretary of State, Jesse White and also for Star Search.
She is the former owner of Lily’s Academy of Dance where she operated as Studio Director for 6 years until she decided to step down from the position in order to be home more for her family. Since then she has very much enjoyed being able to continue sharing her knowledge, passion and love for dance while teaching at other dance studios. She is a dedicated and nurturing instructor who is excited and thankful to work with dancers of all ages.