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Our team shares a common philosophy: to bring each student the benefits of performing arts training - healthy lifestyles, alert minds, self-discipline, the spirit of team work and a love for the arts. 

Meet our Team

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MIKKI STOTTER

Assistant Director

Dance Company Co-Director

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MARY MEO

Enrollment/Studio Coordinator

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KATHLEEN MYERS

Musical Theatre Director

Enrichment Club Program Manager

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SAMANTHAN NAVARRO

Reception/Enrollment Associate

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Adjunct Team

LOREN LOMASTRO SPECHT
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LOREN LOMASTRO SPECHT

 

Loren LoMastro Specht (Founder & Executive Director) has worked as an instructor and choreographer throughout Illinois and Indiana since 1997. She is a member of the Cecchetti Council of America from which she holds her Associate IV Teaching Certificate, a member of the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, a certified Rhythm Works Integrative Dance instructor, a graduate of the NFHS Coaches Education Program and a graduate of the American Tap Dance Institute’s Teacher Training and Certification Program, the world’s foremost training program for professional tap dance teachers. During the 2001- 02 season she attended company classes and trained with River North Chicago Dance Company. She has performed at Dance Chicago, Disney’s Magic Kingdom, EPCOT Center, Dance For Dreams, Ela Festival of the Arts and Tango 21 (Ravinia Festival). She has danced in works by renowned choreographers Claire Bataille, Frank Chaves, Paula David, Jeff Hancock and others.  From 2001-08 she was the dance instructor/coach of the Lake Forest H.S. Varsity Poms Dance Team leading them to win 4 consecutive State Championships and 2nd place at UDA Nationals. From 2002-07 She was the director of Euphony Tap Ensemble and Prelude Dance Theatre. From 2008-18 Loren choreographed/coached the Loyola Academy Varsity Poms/Dance Team. Loren has choreographed works for many Chicago area dance companies, CenterStage Theatre, and Lake Forest H.S. She has received choreography awards from the Chicago Dance Connection, Dupree Dance, and Universal Dance Association. Loren was a guest faculty member of the National Tap Ensemble's "Spirit of Tap" Conference. Loren is a member of the International Dance Entrepreneurs Association and Dance Studio Owners Association Inner Circle. In addition to being the director/founder of LoMastro Performing Arts Academy, she is the creator of Dancing Tots, an early childhood dance program used by dance instructors throughout the US and Canada.  Loren lives in Lake Forest with her husband Brian and son Leo (10).

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TANNER BOYER

 

Tanner graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts in Dance. Since then, he has danced with the contemporary company Dark Circles Contemporary Dance and the Chicago Jazz company Giordano Dance Chicago. He has also performed with Royal Caribbean Productions as a professional dancer and aerialist, entertaining audiences in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and North America. During this time, Tanner was part of the original cast for "Showgirl" and "Effectors." He danced in the world-famous cabaret Moulin Rouge in Paris, France, for the show "Féerie." Recently, he joined Step One Dance Co with RWS Entertainment, performing world-class shows on Holland America Line. Tanner has taught at numerous prestigious studios around the Chicago area, such as Dreams Dance, Extensions, and Visceral. He holds a certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer. Tanner loves teaching and is excited to dance and teach the next generation of dancers.

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Mica Carson
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MICA CARSON

 

Mica began her dance training in Austin, TX at the age of 8, training and performing as a member of an elite competitive dance company in the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary. She furthered her dance training by attending Hope College, earning a BA in Dance Performance & Choreography. While attending she danced with H2 Dance Company, performing modern and afro-fusion works by directors Matt Farmer and Crystal Frazier. Mica discovered her love for teaching at the age of 15 through assistant-teaching a special-needs dance program called 2dance2dream in Austin. Over the past 10+ years, she has developed her teaching career in the Austin & Chicago areas, including being a faculty member for Activate Your Artistry Dance Convention, the Director of Envision Dance Company, and leading student ambassador programs. Her passion is creating safe environments for students to explore their unique talents and abilities. She believes dance is one of the best ways to build strength of character, community, and confidence, and Mica dedicates her efforts to edifying the next generations.  

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BENNETT CULLEN

 

Bennett Cullen began his dance training in the suburbs of Chicago, and studied ballet through Arlington Dance Academy, Ballet Chicago and weekly class at The Joffrey Ballet. He continued his classical training at the University of Iowa mentored by Eloy Barragan, George De La Peña and Kristin Marrs. Since leaving school, Bennett has danced for The Big Muddy Dance Company, Visceral Dance Chicago, Trifecta Dance Collective (Guest Artist) and currently a Performing Artist with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre. He has had the privilege to perform works choreographed by Ohad Naharin, Brian Enos, Shannon Alvis, Stephanie Martinez, Michelle Manzanales, Katlin Michael Bourgeois, Monique Haley, Prince Lyons, Nick Pupillo, Marguerite Donlon, Sarah Olson, Marc Macaranas, and Eloy Barragan. Alongside dancing, Bennett’s choreography has been featured in, Lindenwood University’s Fall Gala (2020), The Big Muddy Dance Company’s production of Brian Eno’s “Lemp Legends” (2021), Trifecta Dance Collective’s A New Light Choreography Project (2022), and Trifecta Dance Collective’s Works In Progress Showing (2023) and Youth America Grand Prix Regionals Competition (2024). He continues to teach ballet technique at many prestigious institutions across the Chicagoland area. Bennett also served as Executive Assistant for Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre from 2022-2024 and now currently is the Community and Engagement Coordinator, as well as the director of Cerqua Rivera’s second company, CRDT II. Bennett’s passions lay in education, community engagement and ballet pedagogy, and he hopes to spread his love of teaching movement wherever he goes.

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DEB DEAN

 

Deb's roots are in Northbrook where she lived and breathed sports growing up.  She was in class or teams for soccer, swimming, diving, baseball, ballet, skiing, and enjoyed roller skating and bike riding, but her all time favorite- gymnastics.  She was the equivalent of a level 5 USAG gymnast and then in high school until a sophomore. She trained at Mid-American Twisters and when that closed-Northbrook Gymnastics.  She started coaching in college at NIAG in DeKalb, then under Leonard Isaacs at AAG Wheeling.  Deb graduated from NIU with a B.A. in English, married her college sweetheart, then had two children who are now 25 and 21. Her husband can often be seen around town rollerblading with dogs running out front. Her son is a gamer, former skate boarder, and expert pool player.  Her daughter, a senior in pre-med,  danced all the way through High school and there, she noticed in her daughter, the beauty and emotionally dynamic force that dance created. While her kids were little she started coaching sports at 8 park districts, became a gymnastics director in Evanston, a coach and then Coordinator at the Park District of Highland Park.  Deb lived and breathed gymnastics for 30 years with kids ages 1.5 to 15 in levels Parent/Tot to GIJO/AAU level 4 team. Deb created several classes that added a focus on sparking imagination and communication in Pre-K to K. Deb went on to become a pre-school teacher at Glencoe Park District then started a Tumbling enrichment program there.  When covid hit she was encouraged to start an at-home tumbling business, mostly in the summer, on the north shore, called Sweet Home Gymnastics. Her love for gymnastics has deepened as well as her love for kids. Deb is spurred on by the sports science behind movement, progressions, and the collaboration and awe-inspiring coaches she's worked with through the years.  Outside of work, she invests her time caring for and spending time with family and friends, reading books in topics of research, education, theology, culture, faith, history, memoirs, watching TV or movies, and cuddling with her cat, Odie. Deb is looking forward to teaching at LoMastro as an Acro Arts teacher and is so excited to help each Acro student develop dynamic technique. She is certified through Acrobatic Arts levels 1-6.  "Acro, when incorporated into dance routines, is remarkably stunning to perform and watch" 

JOEY FONTANA
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JOEY FONTANA

 

Joey Fontana, originally from Sterling Heights, MI, brings a wealth of experience and talent to LoMastro Performing Arts Academy. Joey's impressive National Tour credits include Monty Python’s Spamalot! His regional theatre performances span a variety of beloved shows, including Shrek: The Musical, La Cage Aux Folles, The Producers, White Christmas (Barter Theatre), Something Rotten! (Phoenix Theatre Company), Disney’s Newsies (Fireside Theater), Oklahoma!, Anything Goes (Porthouse Theatre), A Chorus Line, Little Shop of Horrors (The Huron Playhouse), and Deck The Halls (Busch Garden Williamsburg). As a choreographer, Joey has lent his creative expertise to productions such as Assassins, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and The Theory of Relativity at Oakland University. Joey graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oakland University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Performance. He immediately joined the staff at Oakland University as a Guest Professor of Tap and guest choreographer for the musical theatre department’s main stage musicals. After moving to New York City, Joey continued to work professionally in theatre while teaching and choreographing for the past seven years. His work has garnered numerous overalls and choreography awards from competitions across the Midwest and Northeast. Recently, Joey served as the Assistant Company Director of Fusion Dance Centre in Roselle Park, NJ. He also contributes as an adjudicator and convention faculty member for Turn It Up, StarQuest, and Elite National Dance Competitions. Joey has just relocated to Chicago this summer and is thrilled to join the faculty at LoMastro Performing Arts Academy.

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CHELSIE JACKSON

 

Chelsie Jackson has been a professional choreographer, dance educator, and performer for over a decade. She first started her dance training near Detroit, Michigan at the age of three. While growing up she participated in many conventions, master classes, performances, and competitions in all idioms of dance. Chelsie graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Dance from Western Michigan University. During college she trained with faculty members as well as guest artists including Derrick Evans, Eddy Ocampo, Willy Shives, and Ron De Jesus. She has also taken her training to various parts of the country such as The Edge Performing Arts Center, The Paul Taylor Dance Intensive, ACDF, Dance Masters of America's Teacher's Training School, Lou Conte Dance Studio, Visceral Dance Center, and Detroit Dance Collective. Chelsie has danced professionally for Chevrolet, Nabisco, Lisa Lamarre and Dancers, Tapestry Dance Company, and A. Deran Dance as well as many independent artists and choreographers. Her passion for teaching and inspiring the next  generation of dancers  has landed her many teaching positions throughout the Midwest. It has also given her opportunities to be on faculty at the Illinois High School Dance Festival and Raw Energy Dance Competition. Her students have gone on to prestigious higher education facilities, dance professionally, and are strong educators in dance throughout the United States. Chelsie is certified in Acrobatic Arts, Progressing Ballet Technique, Zumba, and ABT's National Training Curriculum in Pre-Primary through Level 3. She continues growing and sharing her love of dance with constant ongoing education.

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DANI JOHNSON

 

Dani Johnson is a dancer, choreographer, and instructor originally from Ramsey, MN. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a BFA in Dance and a certificate in Dance Studio Management in 2023. During her time at Western Michigan, Dani was an integral part of Western Dance Project and had the honor of performing works by renowned choreographers such as Kim Cooper, Kiki Lucas, Jeremy Blair, Monique Haley, and Katy Copeland. In 2021, Dani was the performer of the Maggie Allesee Choreography Competition winner, Ten/10, choreographed by Sara Kausch. She was also nominated for an Industry Dance Award in 2023 for her work "Don’t Leave Me" and performed her collaborative piece "Ascendancy" with Sawyer McNamara at the Dare to Dance festival in St. Louis. Her choreography has been recognized for its creativity and impact, reflecting her passion for blending contemporary, jazz, and hip-hop styles. Dani has taught dance in various states, including Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Michigan, and finds great joy in meeting new students and sharing her artistry. Based in Chicago, she is currently a dancer with Alluvion Dance Chicago and is excited to continue her career as an artist. At LoMastro, Dani serves as the Dance Company Co-Director and is the sponsor of our National Honor Society of Dance Arts (NHSDA) chapter. As the Curriculum Manager, she oversees and coordinates the implementation of the academy's dance curriculum, ensuring a comprehensive and enriching experience for all students.

Jessica Lynn
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JESSICA LYNN

 

Jessica Lynn graduated from the Youth Performing Arts High School as a Dance major. After a short stint performing nationally in regional theatre, she then moved to Los Angeles California. There she danced for the artists Blu Cantrell, Nelly Furtado, Beyonce, Fantasia Barrino, & toured overseas with the reggeaton artist Adassa. Over her career Jessica has appeared in Film, Industrials, Music Videos, Stage, and on Television including the hit sketch show MadTV as a Britney Spears back up dancer.
An established teacher and choreographer in her own right, Jessica Lynn has taught throughout the United States, Italy, and Guam. She was on faculty at the famed Musician's Institute in Hollywood CA for seven years and has also taught at the Millennium Dance Complex and other studio's throughout the Los Angeles area. Jessica has been an adjudicator for Applause Talent, Precision Arts, and The Movement Dance Competition. 
Currently Jessica resides in Chicago where she has served as a Competition Director for two studios and was also artistic director for her own Youth Dance Company, JLynn Productions. Jessica is now a teacher and Dance Co. Rehearsal Director at LoMastro Performing Arts Academy.  She is certified In Progressing Ballet Technique, Intellidance, Acrobatic Arts, and Progressing Contemporary Technique. She still enjoys traveling to teach guest classes & set choreography.

Mary Meo
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MARY MEO

 

Mary Meo is a movement artist from Chicago, Illinois. Her early dance education includes Légere Dance Centre, DeMaira Dance Studio, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Lou Conte Dance Studio. In 2021, Mary graduated summa cum laude from Ball State University where she obtained her BFA in Dance Performance. At Ball State, Mary had the privilege of working with artists such as Sidra Bell, Noa Shadur, Jamy Meek, Beverly Bautista, and Tweet Boogie. She was a part of Sidra Bell’s piece, “Work Within Dreams,” selected to be performed at the American College Dance Association South Conference in March of 2020. Throughout her collegiate experience, she was able to discover her love for improvisation and how that contributes to the creative process. Upon graduation, Mary danced with Consuming Kinetics Dance Company in St. Louis, Missouri for four seasons. Currently, she is a dancer with Ardent Dance Company. As an educator, Mary strives to create an environment where the cultivation of curiosity exists at the forefront. She is happy to be sharing her love for movement with the students at LoMastro Performing Arts Academy! Additionally, Mary serves as the Studio / Enrollment Coordinator at LoMastro, where she plays a vital role in managing studio operations and student enrollment.

Kathleen Myers
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KATHLEEN MYERS

 

Kathleen Myers's illustrious journey in the performing arts began at the Dance Academy in Chicago, where her first tap class sparked a lifelong passion for dance. This early exposure laid the foundation for her extraordinary versatility in the arts. Kathleen's love for musical theatre blossomed in high school, leading her to pursue a BFA in Musical Theatre from Western Illinois University. There, she honed her skills in various dance styles and showcased her talent with the modern dance company UDT, demonstrating her prowess as a true triple threat in the world of musical theatre. After graduation, Kathleen's career took a turn towards education and performance. She began a fulfilling journey with Lexington Children’s Theatre, where she contributed as a performer, choreographer, and teacher. This experience ignited Kathleen’s deep adoration for education, shaping her into not only a performer but a mentor and guide. Her professional performance credits are extensive, including noteworthy names like TheatreWorks FL, Big Noise Theatre, and Missoula Children’s Theatre. A fun fact about Kathleen is her geographic reach in sharing her art: she has taught and performed in 13 different states and 2 Canadian provinces, spreading her love for musical theatre and dance far and wide. Outside the limelight, Kathleen enjoys the simpler pleasures of life, like sipping hot tea, indulging in tacos, or unwinding with Disney/Pixar movies alongside her two children. Since beginning her teaching career in 2010, Kathleen has touched the lives of many aspiring performers. Joining LPAA in 2023, she brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm. She is most excited about forming meaningful relationships with students and families, fostering a lifelong love of dance and musical theatre in them. As the director of our Musical Theatre Program and the Enrichment Club Program Manager, Kathleen embodies a profound commitment to nurturing the next generation in an environment infused with creativity, discipline, and joy.

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DEBRA ANN NANNI

 

Originally from Buffalo, NY, Debra has studied all styles of dance. In 1983, she earned a scholarship to Gus Giordano’s in Evanston, IL, which kickstarted her impressive career. She later became a core member and soloist with the contemporary ballet company, The Chicago Dance Medium. Working closely with CDM’s Artistic Director Rosemary Doolas, Debra took on roles as Associate Artistic Director and board member. As a guest artist, she had the privilege of performing with many esteemed Chicago artists and dance companies. Debra's passion for teaching blossomed while performing, leading her to own and operate her own studio, Progressive Movement Academy. Many of her students have received college scholarships, now dance with professional national and international companies, perform with recording artists, and teach dance themselves. Her choreography has earned top awards and accolades on the recreational, competitive, and professional stages, including creating international works for the professional Vaganova ballet company, F.V.G Neu Space in Udine, Italy. On the convention circuit, Debra inspires dancers to embrace ballet and modern dance with passion. With over 31 years of experience adjudicating various national dance and talent competitions, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise. In 2019, Debra enjoyed judging episodes of "Dance Moms" and the A.S.D.U European National Dance Championships in Austria. After moving to Phoenix in 2019 to be with her mother, and continuing to teach at two remarkable studios, Debra is now returning to the Chicagoland area to continue her passion for dance education. She feels blessed to share her extensive experience and knowledge with our dancers at LoMastro.

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SAMANTHA NAVARRO

Samantha Navarro, born in Illinois and a proud resident of Waukegan, enriches the LoMastro team in her dual role as an Enrichment Club teacher as well as Reception and Enrollment Associate. Samantha's passion for working with children began at the Winter Club of Lake Forest, where she started as a camp counselor at 16. Now in her fourth year at LoMastro, Samantha tailors her teaching to each child's unique needs, using her bilingual skills to support an inclusive and engaging learning environment. Her ability to communicate in Spanish has been essential in making everyone feel included, especially in cases where she has helped non-English speaking students integrate and understand the activities. Samantha values the personal growth and development she sees in her students, aiming to enhance their communication skills and character development. She is a Studio Fine Arts Club™ High Impact Certified Teacher and has completed classroom management training from Rhythm Works Integrative Dance. Outside of her professional life, she enjoys activities like building Legos and outdoor walks, which reflect her creative and explorative nature. Her main goal for her students is to ensure they develop essential skills and leave the Enrichment Club feeling happier and more enriched. Samantha's commitment to her roles at LoMastro and her impact on the preschool Enrichment Club program have made her a key member of the community, contributing significantly to a welcoming and dynamic learning environment for its youngest members and our advanced students alike.

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MATT POSPESHIL

 

Matt Pospeshil grew up dancing, singing & performing theater in the northern suburbs of Chicago, and got his start dancing professionally in high school with Especially Tap Chicago (dir. Julie Cartier). He furthered his education at Western Michigan University; received a bachelor’s degree in Dance, with concentrations in Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Musical Theater. During his college summers, Matt was performing at Six Flags Great America - Gurnee, IL. After college Matt returned home to dance with Inaside Chicago Dance (dir. Richard Smith), Chicago Tap Theatre (dir. Mark Yonally), Chicago Human Rhythm Project - BAM! (dir. Lane Alexander), and Chicago Human Rhythm Project - Stone Soup Rhythms (dir. Dani Borak). Some of his memorable performances are Dance for Life (2015, 2017, 2019), Dance in the Parks (2017), The Fly Honey Show (2017), Audible Odyssey (2015, 2016), and The Green Mill Poetry Slams (2013-present). Matt currently is a Judge for Starpower Talent Competition. He has previously adjudicated for Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America, Dreamstar Dance Competition, Edge Talent Competition, and has taught for the Wild Dance Intensive - National Touring Convention.  Matt is an adjunct member of our faculty.

ABBY ROSSITER
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ABBY ROSSITER

 

Abby Rossiter grew up training and competing in dance throughout the Chicagoland area, including at LoMastro during her high school years. She was selected as an NYCDA Studio Showcase Dancer and received the Dupree Dance Convention Advanced Ballet Scholarship. She also performed as a Patriette and Concert Company dancer at Stevenson High School. Abby graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Miami, where she studied Motion Pictures, Dance, and Sociology. Some of her favorite opportunities during her time there include attending The New York: Invitation to Dance summer program on scholarship, collaborating with the Frost School of Music Dance Department and Composers Collaboration as a selected choreographer and soloist, and winning 1st place in the Standard division of Dancing With the UMiami Stars. Additionally, Abby was a key member of the Miami Motion Dance Team, serving as a performer, student president, and post-graduation coach. In 2015, Abby returned to LoMastro as a dance teacher, quickly becoming an integral part of our faculty for 9 years. During this time, she held the roles of Dance Company Director and Artistic Director. Abby's choreography has been showcased at Disney World in Orlando and has won various Choreography Awards, highlighting her talent and creativity.

Abby loves sharing her passion for dance with eager students and enjoys choreographing musical productions. Her choreography credits include Masque (University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL), Willy Wonka, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Little Mermaid (Area Stage Company, Coral Gables, FL), and The Wiz, 13, High School Musical, and Legally Blonde (Northbrook, IL).

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MEREDITH ANN SEELEY

 

Meredith trained in Rochester, NY at the Orcutt/Botsford School and the Draper Center for Dance Education.  She received further training from the Hartford Ballet School, Pennsylvania Ballet School, Chautauqua School, and the NYSSSA Program.  At a young age, Meredith joined Timothy Draper’s Rochester City Ballet as a soloist dancing leading roles in productions including The Nutcracker, Firebird, Don Quixote, and Cinderella.  She also performed with Rochester’s modern dance company, Present Tense Dance, directed by Anne Harris Wilcox.  Later, Meredith joined Gen Horiuchi’s Saint Louis Ballet, where she originated the leading role in his production of Beauty and the Beast and danced numerous pieces by resident choreographer Francis Patrelle.  She later went on to perform with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Dallas Opera, Civic Ballet of Chicago, Chicago Festival Ballet, and many others.  Meredith loves helping students of all ages and abilities develop a true connection to their bodies.  She has a passion for teaching dancers how to cultivate healthy and sustainable movement patterns both in dance and in everyday life. She enjoys sharing skills that help students regulate their bodies for optimal learning and performance and to help boost confidence. Learning how to move well and be well is essential for building and maintaining robust whole-body health.  This philosophy has led Meredith to explore and study many other styles of movement and somatics beyond the dance realm including Pilates, Restorative Exercise, natural movement, aikido, climbing, parkour, Somatic Experiencing, and nervous system regulation.  Meredith is a Certified Restorative Exercise Specialist (CPT-RES) through Nutritious Movement, a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT), and a movement teacher and coach.  She graduated summa cum laude from Saint Mary’s College of California’s LEAP program and holds her BA in Performing Arts.

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ABIGAIL STACHNIK

 

Abigail Stachnik was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She began her dance training at the Young Dance Academy under the direction of Sandra Young. Abigail became a faculty member at the Young Dance Academy in 2010 and has continued to teach and choreograph since then.  In 2015, Abigail earned a BFA in Dance with Honors from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has trained in the Scholarship Program at Lou Conte Dance Studio, apprenticed with Chicago Repertory Ballet, and performed in the Mezzo Company with Cocodaco Dance Project where she eventually joined the main company in 2018. Additionally she has performed as a guest artist with Marlene Skog Dance and performed at Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival in works by Jessica Miller Tomlinson and MitchellMovement Collective. Abigail is currently dancing with Moonwater Dance Project and Symbiosis Arts, and one of her choreographic works “Windmill” has been commissioned by Simantikos Dance Chicago for their 2020 season! Abigail was honored to present her choreography at the Athenaeum Theatre, the College of DuPage, and the “Take Up Space” festival this past year. Her choreography has also been performed at the University of the Arts, DanceChance, Simantikos Dance’s Celebration of Chicago Art and Choreo Kick-Off.  Abigail is an adjunct member of our faculty.

Mikki Stotter
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MIKKI STOTTER

Mikki Stotter was raised in Skokie, Illinois, and discovered her affinity for dance at the age of two. Her training spans a diverse array of styles, including classical ballet, tap, modern, contemporary, lyrical, and musical theater. Mikki honed her craft as a pivotal member of both the Auroris Dance Company and Theatre Troupe 113 at Niles North High School while also excelling on stage as an accomplished musical theater artist. Competing at the national level, Mikki clinched championship titles at esteemed events such as the Showstoppers Dance Convention and Dupree Dance Convention. Her academic journey led her to Loyola University Chicago, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Dance. There, she studied under renowned professionals like Deborah Goodman, Amy Wilkinson, and Sarah Cullen Fuller, specializing in ballet and the modern techniques of Doris Humphrey. Adding another feather to her cap, Mikki participated in the inaugural Chicago Inclusive Dance Festival, an event that champions diversity and inclusivity in the dance world. Mikki’s dedication to dance education began at just 14 years old when she became an assistant teacher, marking the onset of a flourishing teaching career that continues to this day. She is driven by an unyielding passion for facilitating individual growth in movement styles, regardless of one's background or experience. With a keen eye for technique and a heart full of empathy, she delights in sharing her extensive knowledge and enthusiasm for dance with her students, empowering them to unlock their full artistic potential. Currently, Mikki Stotter serves as the Assistant Director and Dance Company Co-Director at LoMastro. Mikki’s multifaceted roles underscore her commitment to nurturing and developing the talents of both students and faculty, making her an invaluable asset to the LoMastro community.

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LILA TURNER 

 

Lila Turner has a love of movement and has been teaching dance for more than 30 years. She has taught a broad spectrum of students ranging from children as young as 18 months to senior citizens. Her teaching styles include Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, Swing, and Latin and Standard Ballroom dance. Throughout her career Lila has had her own competitive teams and has run her own large dance company. She is an experienced competitor, coach, choreographer, and dancer. Lila utilizes her extensive knowledge of Pilates and therapy to be a better foundational teacher for her students. Lila has personally performed and coached in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Utah, Michigan, St. Louis, Chicago, and London. She has an undergraduate degree in dance education, a master’s degree in exercise physiology, is a Certified Pilates Method Alliance instructor with an emphasis on rehabilitation (studio certification: reformer trapeze table, barrel, chair & mat), and is a certified Dance Master of America. Lila and her husband have traveled throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe to represent the United States in International Dancesport Competition (ballroom dance). They were national champions for several years. Together they performed guest television spots for NBC, ABC, and numerous music videos.

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BLAIR VAUDELLE

Blair Vaudelle was born in Houston, Texas. Her training began at the Houston Ballet Academy and later continued her studies with the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet School and the Atlanta School of Ballet. She was invited to attend ballet class at Northern Illinois University, at the age of 14, while training and performing with the Rockford Dance Company. She studied ballet at the University throughout her high school years and went on to receive her B.F.A in Dance Performance there after graduation. Professionally, Blair has worked with Ballet Nouveau (Colorado), Ballet Deviare (NYC), the Sarasota Ballet of Florida, and guested with the Civic Ballet of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, the Faubourg Ballet, State Street Dance Studio, and Alma Ballet. She currently lives in Chicago and has been teaching and choreographing for over 15 years. Most recently she worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University, teaching ballet and setting contemporary ballet works.

CYX WYNN
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CYX WYNNE

Cyx started his professional career with Dance2xs International in Chicago in 2003. In 2007, he along with three friends founded the Chicago Onyx Dance Alliance better known as CODA. In 2009 Cyx joined Hip Hop Connxion and in 2011 was named director of the Chicago branch. Cyx has performed on the Soul Train Music Awards, The Grammys, The American Music Awards, the MTV music awards, and the VMAs. Cyx has danced background for Syleena Johnson, B2K, Marques Houston, Missy Elliott, Usher, and Omarion. Cyx has also choreographed and performed in China, Japan, Australia, Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, England, and Austria along with a multitude of cities in the U.S.

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