Jay, from the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois is a graduate from Columbia College Chicago, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Here she trained in various technique and styles of modern dance, ballet, West African, hiphop, jazz, contact improvisation, dancemaking, and teaching. She began dancing at the age of three and has dipped her toes in almost every style. She has trained with the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago, Innovation HipHop Troupe, Movement Revolution Crew, Plainfield East High School Pom Team, Chicago Dance Latin and Ballroom,Gifted Souls, Chicago Bachata All-Stars and Bachata Legacy in Chicago. Some of her favorite performances include Urban Dance United, Carnival Choreographers Ball, THAW, Chicago Salsa Bachata Festival, Orlando Salsa Congress, Salsa Mambo Festival in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and Bachata Kizomba Salsa Festival in California. Jay enjoys fusing different dance styles to create choreography that is unique and versatile. She believes her versatility in styles helps train her students to be open to new ideas and body movement as well as helping them become well rounded dancers. She has been an instructor at Dance Force Studios since 2016 and is excited to see what the new season will bring.
The Entertainer Xtraordinaire, comes from a highly decorated performance background. Known as MC Nook EX, he's one of the most highly requested MC's in the industry. Dancing at age 9 with his crew at the Elgin H.S. talent show kicked off his performance career and he started down the path to become a world class entertainer! Nook has rocked more shows than he can count with an overpowering combination of his Dancing, MC'ing, and DJ'ing. Nook's vast knowledge of music across all genres allows him to adapt to any situation and enhance the experience of all party guests and students!
Across the U.S., there's a possiblity of catching MC Nook opening for an artist, hosting an MMA night, or entertaining at a bar/bat mitzvah. His most memorable gig was hosting the 8th grade graduation party for the daughter of basketball legend Michael Jordan! Nook has also been seen on stage opening for and/or performing with Ciara, B.O.B., Mike Posner, Bruno Mars, Jason Derulo, Method Man & Redman, and LMFAO, to name a few.
Not only is he an incredible entertainer, Nook also teaches hip hop & bucket drumming classes and coaches teams throughout the city and suburbs of Chicago. In the past 10 years Nook has won numerous awards including best choreo and crowd favorite.
In short, for someone who doesn't eat pork, Nook is known to go H.A.M. (Hard As a Mutha) at every event and class he graces :)
Ms. Alli: Coming Soon
Ms. Dawn: Coach
Dance has been part of Dawn's life for the last 30+ years. Her background ranges from competitive studio dance teams, High School and College cheer teams, and professional dance companies and teams. Dawn has had the opportunity to perform in some of the largest venues/events in the country for both cheerleading and dance. Her extensive training has lead to performing at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, participating in intensive workshops at Broadway Dance Center, and dancing professionally with Sesame Street Live...Dawn has danced and cheered all over the US!
Dawn started coaching right out of high school in Jacksonville, FL and continued to coach while attending college as a Dance Major in North Caroline and while dancing professionally in the Chicagoland area for several years. She jumped into the All Star world in 2012 and started an All Star Dance program at a cheer gym in South Elgin, where she truly found her passion for coaching and building competitive dance teams.
Over the past 8 years, Dawn has enjoyed working with athletes of all ages and helping to mold them into phenomenal dancers at multiple programs, such as Empire Elite Athletics, Midwest Cheer Elite Illinois and Cheer Extreme Allstars Chicago. When Dawn isn’t coaching and teaching her athletes, she is staying busy with her kids, Ella and Caleb...or just trying to enjoy a relaxing evening with her husband Tony.
Dawn is so excited to join Dance Force Studios and get started with our 2020-2021 teams.
Accomplishments and Certifications
Bachelor of Business Administration
Master of Education- Curriculum and Instruction
USASF Member Coach (8 years)
USASF Dance and Cheer Regional Advisory Board Member (3 years)
USASF Dance Credentialed- Hip Hop and Jazz
USASF Cheer Credentialed- Level 1-4 (Building and Tumbling)
USASF Cardiac, Concussion and Heat Certification
Coach: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020 Dance Worlds Bid Recipient (Senior and Open Hip Hop teams)
Coach: 2016, 2018, 2019 Dance Summit Bid Recipient (Youth and Junior Hip Hop and Jazz teams)
Since the age of 6, Mimi has been involved in cheer and dance. Over time, she saw that her love for dance had grown and she decided to leave the cheer world and solely pursue her passion for dance. Mimi started training in hip hop under Dawn Thompson and Kathleen Thongsamouth at Extreme Velocity and Empire Elite from 2014-2017. She also trained with Chris Xayarath at Midwest Edge in 2016. In spring 2017, she joined the urban dance group CODA in Chicago and began training at various studios in the city. She also danced with Boom Crack! Dance Company for 2 years. Mimi is currently dancing and training with a variety of instructors and choreographers in the city and truly enjoys bringing what she learns in her training back to the kids that she works with.
Mimi started coaching in 2017 at Midwest Cheer Elite Illinois and coached at CEA Chicago for the 2019-2020 season. She has competed at the Dance Worlds multiple times and all of the teams she has coached have earned bids and attended Dance Summit and Dance Worlds
She enjoys working with dancers of all ages and her goal is to help as many young kids as possible to create a love for dance. Mimi is so excited to share her passion for dance at Dance Force.