INSTRUCTORS

Coach Karen

Karen Fitzsimons is the founder and owner of Dance Force Studios and has been in the dance world for over 42 years.  She earned a double degree in Elementary/Middle School Education and Special Education. Her Masters Degree is from Concordia University Chicago.  Karen has been dancing her whole life.  She was a member of her Middle, High School, and College Dance Team. Currently, she is a teacher in District 300 teaching Literature/Language Arts and Intervensions in reading.  She coached middle school dance for 31 years and developed the District 300 intramural dance program, where every girl could be a dancer.  In 2004 Karen opened the doors of Dance Force Studios in Huntley.  Her pom, hip hop and jazz teams hold numerous local, regional, state, and national titles.  Karen’s philosophy is that, “Everyone Can Dance.”  Which is why Dance Force Studios and NISRA, Northern Illinois Special Recreational Association, have joined forces to offer classes and a competitive team for children and adults with special needs.  

Founder, Coach

Ms Sonia

Sonia started dancing at the age of three with the Beth Fowler School of Dance.  She was trained in all styles of dance and was an elite dance company member for four years. A few of her favorite roles was Rose Queen in the Nutcracker, Emerald fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Cha Cha and a Pink lady in the Grease production, and many more. She got the opportunity performed in the Miss Illinois Pageant for two years.  Sonia was also on the Genoa-Kingston Dance Team all of her High school career. Was captain her senior year where they took 3rd place at state. Her most recent training was at the Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles, CA. She was able to work and learn from big artists such as Nick Demoura, Cj Salvador, Nick Lanzisera, King Guttah, Erica Klein and many more choreographers. She has been teaching for three years as she hopes to inspire and share her appreciation for dance and prepare them for a long and successful journey in dance.

Coach, Instructor

Ms. Courtney

Courtney, of Chicago, Illinois, is a recent graduate of Lindenwood University, having received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance.  While at Lindenwood University, Courtney was able to pursue performance through both the University’s Dance Program and 7-Time National Champion Lion Line Dance Team.  Additionally, the University provided her with great off-campus performance opportunities through events such as the American College Dance Association, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, and St. Louis National Dance Week.  Courtney’s choreographic credits include works for Lindenwood University’s 2017 Fall Dance Concert, 2016 and 2017 Winter Dance Concerts, and a variety of both dance studios and high school dance teams.  Most notably, Courtney has had the honor of presenting her work, 41,87, for adjudication at the 2017 American College Dance Association Midwest conference, and most recently, has presented at Inaside Chicago Dance’s 2018 Choreographic Sponsorship Event.  In addition to performance and choreography, teaching has always been a passion of Courtney’s, and she is eager to share her knowledge and passion with the Dance Force community.

 

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Ms. Jay 

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. 

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Nook

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 :)

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Ms.  Alli:  Coming Soon