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 :)