Teachers

Jenna Jozefowski

JENNA JOZEFOWSKI graduated from The University of Akron with a BA in Dance and a minor in Business Administration. During college, she performed with The University of Akron Dance Company where she was known for choreographing tap pieces for student performances. She is a member of the Midwest Committee of the Cecchetti Council of America and currently holds a Grade IV Teacher’s Certificate. Professionally, she has performed with Joel Hall Dancers II, RASA Dance Chicago and Chicago Dance Crash. She is currently working as an independent performance artist and choreographer; performing and presenting her work in Rebound Dance Festival, Dance Chicago, and Chicago Freelance Dance, and Inaside Chicago Dance's Choreographic Sponsorship Event to name a few. She finds that getting herself to dance classes regularly inspires her own teaching, and can often be found taking class in Chicago during her free time. In addition to dance, Jenna is a NASM certified personal trainer and an RYT-200 certified yoga instructor through White Lotus Foundation and CorePower Yoga. She loves using her knowledge of anatomy, fitness, and wellness to enhance her students' dance experience. Jenna looks forward to her 5th year teaching at Kenosha Academy of Dance Music and Drama!

Mitchell Haley

Born and raised in Harrodsburg, Kentucky Mitchell started his dance training at the age of 19 at Morehead State University (MSU). Here he performed with the MSU Dance Ensemble for 3 years, participated in the MSU Colorguard, choreographing for the spring concerts, and earned many awards for his choreography. He also was the lead male dancer in MSU production of "Grease" dancing under renowned choreographer Ron Hutchins.


In 2011 he graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration and a Dance Minor. Afterwards he transferred into Western Kentucky University (WKU) to finish out his Dance degree. Here he participated in the WKU Dance Company performing events throughout the state and community, as well as choreographing for student shows. He also performed in the WKU production on "Oklahoma!" In 2013 he graduated with his B.A. in Dance from Western Kentucky University. Mitchell has also had the opportunity to train under the direction of: Carlos Dos Santos (Ailey), Richard Smith, Robert McKee, Laura Wade, Arcos Dance, MamLuft &Co, and Lexington Ballet.


Since moving to Chicago Mitchell has received his 200 hour Yoga Certification and started freelance work. Mitchell is now in his 3rd season dancing with Inaside Chicago Dance as a performing apprentice and choreographer. He has also recently joined BISI Chicago Dance Company as a Company member and is a new company member with Jay-Son Tisa Dance Company.

Brooke Bloedorn

Brooke Bloedorn is a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. She graduated from the Peck School of the Art's in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Minor in Somatics. Brooke grew up dancing various styles in the Kenosha area starting at the age of 4 years old. Brooke was a member of the Tremper Trojanette Dance Team and was a captain of the team for two years. During college, Brooke instructed movement in dance studios, fitness facilities, nursing homes, and children centers. Brooke is a licensed ZIN member and certified Zumba® ,Zumba Kids®, and Zumba Kids Junior® instructor. Brooke is focused on promoting health, wellness, and creativity for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds through the art of dance and movement in community settings. She is driven to inspire others to lead healthy lifestyles and embrace the positive aspects of movement.

Adam Speck

Adam Speck has been performing and teaching professionally since the age of 18.


Adam holds a Master’s degree in Music Performance, with an emphasis on guitar performance from Northern Illinois University and Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Ball State University. At Northern Illinois University, Adam was a member of the Classical Guitar Ensemble and jazz combo. While at Ball State University he was consistently in the University’s top Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, and Classical Guitar ensembles. Adam has studied primarily with Paul Reilly (classical guitar), Frank Puzzullo (jazz improvisation, and arranging), David Foley (composition), Les Anderson (Arranging) and guitar icon Fareed Haque (classical and jazz guitar). He has participated in master classes with such names as Rolf Sturm, Celso Machado, Steve Brown, and jazz guitar legend Pat Martino, amongst many others.


As a guitarist Adam has worked as a studio musician, theater musician, and performer in a wide variety of styles and genres. He is also a composer, song writer, and arranger. Some of his works for guitar ensemble, jazz band, and jazz combo have been performed by a variety of groups from the high school, college, and professional levels.


Adam’s previous teaching positions included Ivy Tech Community College, Community School for the Arts, along with several other posts in Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.


Currently Adam holds teaching positions with The Kenosha Academy of Dance, Music, and Drama, and The Academy of Performing Arts in Franklin Wisconsin. He is also a regular performer in South Eastern Wisconsin, appearing multiple times a month at Caroline’s Jazz Club in Milwaukee, and also plays lead guitar, arranges, and writes original music for Vocalist Steve Beguhn of American Idol fame.


Adam is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor society, BMI, and The Guitar Federation of America.

Andrew Tomlinson

Andy Tomlinson is a current member of the tap company BAM! and has been dancing for over 20 years. He has been fortunate enough to perform with the likes of Gregory Hines, Diane Walker, The Nicholas Brothers, Jimmy Slyde, Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates, and Savion Glover. He has studied under Lane Alexander, Diane Walker, Bruce Stegman, Idella Reed, Wilfredo Rivera, Homer Bryant, Gus Giordano, and Joel Hall. He has traveled across the United States over the years performing with the tap company Especially Tap Chicago, and most recently he traveled with BAM! as one of 50 performers at the Bejing International Dance Festival. He has been teaching tap, hip hop, ballet and jazz all over the Chicagoland area for over 16 years.


Andy is a regular guest instructor at dance conventions across the US, and is frequently invited to Dance Masters of IL to teach master classes. The Academy welcomes Andy as instructor of Tap and Hip Hip, and look forward to his students sharing in his high energy classes and warm, fun teaching style.

Lynn Schulz

Lynn Schultz holds a BA in Music (Voice) from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. With more than 20 years of experience teaching individual voice and piano lessons, she particularly enjoys the variety of ages and levels of the students at KAD. Lynn has served as the alto section leader for St. Luke’s Episcopal Choir in Racine, WI, where she has also sung with the Choral Arts Society of Southeast Wisconsin. This has afforded her the opportunity to sing many of the greatest works in the sacred choral tradition. Lynn has also served variously as music director/accompanist for several churches throughout Colorado, Wyoming and SE Wisconsin. She is currently active in music ministry at Most Blessed Trinity parish in Waukegan, IL.


On a lighter note, “Miss Lynn” is an equally avid ballroom dancer and hockey fan (who lives and dies with her Colorado Avalanche!) Watch for her sporting her Avs paraphernalia whenever the team advances to the postseason.

Robin Nassar

Robin Nassar started dancing at the age of three, at the Harris Dance Studio in Nevada. She completed her ballet training at the San Francisco Ballet Academy. She has also studied Contemporary, Jazz, and Tap. In 2000 she established the Ramallah School of Ballet and Jazz in Palestine, then in 2006 she opened Elite Dance Center in Amman, Jordan. Her schools have won to honors at the Italian Dance Grand Prix and the Hellas International Dance Competition in Athens, Greece. Her dancers have gone on to the Rock School of Ballet, the Philadelphia Ballet, and the Royal Ballet in Canada. Two of her past students now run their own dance schools. Robin also studied acting and has performed in various commercials and movies including Nine Months, and Jade. She was also a model with Boom Model Management in San Francisco, California. She holds a degree in Communications and recently gained membership to the United Nations Dance Council.

Annette Thomann

Annette Thomann received her BFA in Dance Performance, graduating magna cum laude, from Northern Illinois University. Upon graduation, she performed with several independent choreographers and shortly became one of the founding members and Co-Artistic Director of Fox River Dance Company. Eventually, Annette branched out on her own and began producing and directing her own annual dance performance, Freespace, a program in which pre-professional and professional students and choreographers collaborate and raise money for charity. Annette has been teaching and choreographing in the Chicagoland area and Wisconsin for 20 years and formerly served as Ballet Mistress for RASA Dance Chicago and Executive Director and Director of Ballet for State Street Dance Studio. She has worked extensively for NoMi Dance Company, a professional contemporary dance company in Chicago, serving for many years as their Ballet Mistress and artistic advisor. Her choreography has been performed at the critically acclaimed Dance Chicago Festival, Esencia Dance Festival, and Chicago Freelance Dance. Thanks to a strong music background, Annette has had the pleasure of choreographing several musical theater productions for community and youth theater groups throughout Illinois.

Susan Myers

Susan Ojala Myers began her dance training at the Academy of Movement and Music, in Oak Park, Illinois, under the direction of Stephanie Clemens. She performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as Momenta! performing arts company, dancing both new and historic works.


Early on in her career, Susan realized that her true passion was teaching. She has been working with dancers of all ages and abilities for over 20 years, on the east coast, as well as in the midwest. Besides teaching in the dance studio world, she runs several outreach dance programs in local schools.


Susan began her college studies at CalArts, and completed her BA in dance performance at Northern Illinois University. She is proud to have earned her level two certification in Autism Movement Therapy in 2015. She teaches AMT classes throughout the Kenosha area, including Open Wings Learning Community, where she also sits on the board of directors.


Susan and her husband, Eric, live in the Kenosha area with their three children.



Aimee Russon

Aimee began her dance training in Cary, IL and continued her training at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, receiving a BFA in modern dance. While attending U of U she had the opportunity to study under the direction of Stephen Koester, Abby Fiat, Sharee Lane, Eric Handamn, and I-Fen Lin. Aimee also performed in works by the University’s Performing Dance Company, Martha Graham, Sidra Bell, and various other student productions. In addition to training and performing, Aimee also loves to teach dance, an enthusiasm that began while studying in school. Believing in strengthening the next generation of dancers, Aimee has taught ballet, modern, jazz, tap and creative movement to students around northern Illinois and Wisconsin. She is excited to see what the future holds.

Heather Chenault

Heather Chenault was born in Bowling Green, KY, where she studied dance at Dance Arts of Bowling Green from the age of 3 until she graduated high school in 2009. She then attended Western Kentucky University where she received a BA in Dance. At WKU she studied Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Choreography, Pedagogy, Improvisation, and joined the University’s dance company. Heather toured Civitavecchia and Tolfa, Italy with the WKU dance company. She studied at The Ailey School in NYC where she was able to perform at their Summer Sizzler Event. After graduating WKU in 2013, Heather joined Sideways Contemporary Dance Company in Atlanta, GA where she performed with the company for the 2013-2014 season. Heather is currently dancing with Jayson Tisa Dance Company in Chicago.

Carley Klebba

Carley began her training in Howell, MI where her primary focus was the Cecchetti Method of Ballet. She went on to earn her B.A. in dance from Grand Valley State University where she graduated with honors, and was the recipient of the Marlene Kenneway Love of Dance Scholarship. She has had the honor of working with notable choreographers such as Lauren Edson, Julie Blume, Autumn Eckman, Rebecca Lemme, Anna Liceica, Erica Fischbach, Eddy Ocampo, and Charles Askegard, to name a few. In addition to performing with the Grand Valley Dance Company throughout college she also performed with the The Grand Rapids Opera, and The Plymouth-Canton Metro Shores Ballet Company. After graduating Carley moved to Chicago to start working with LEVELdance, and she continued her training on a scholarship with Aerial Dance Chicago. She is currently dancing with Chicago Repertory Ballet and has enjoyed touring and performing with them the past two seasons. Carley loves teaching and sharing her love of ballet with her students throughout the Chicagoland area, and is excited to teach in Kenosha this year.

Kristin Stuckmyer

Kristin Stuckmyer, MT-BC, has played piano since the age of 10 and began teaching music in 1990. She is a board certified music therapist with a B.A. in music therapy earned at Western Illinois University upon the completion of her internship at the Center for Neurodevelopmental Studies in Glendale, Arizona. Kristin is professionally trained in sensory integration techniques under the supervision of Lorena Jean King, OTR, and Sheryl Kelly, MT-BC. She has lived in Kenosha since 2004 with her husband and two daughters.

Todd Richards

Todd Richards is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, keyboards) and musical artist who has been performing and educating in the Midwest for over 20 years. In addition to teaching private and ensemble lessons for both kids and adults in guitar, bass and piano, Todd has taught music and core subjects in the Milwaukee Public Schools and local Montessori schools as well as being the general manager of the School of Rock Shorewood. Todd has performed in a wide array of groups, including Brazzaville, The Tropics, Recycled Future, Dr. Science, the Afro Drum Ensemble, and his eponymous band. He has recorded and toured extensively as a musician throughout the United States and Europe, and has shared the stage with acts such as Dengue Fever, The Roots and The Greyhounds. Todd has performed at music festivals locally and throughout the country, and has appeared with Brazzaville on NPR's World Cafe with David Dye. Todd produces and engineers for musicians, tv/film and theater, most recently for David Arthur Brown (Brazzaville, Beck), Chris Vos (The Record Company), and Lisa Gatewood. A Milwaukee native, Todd studied at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and holds a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Giustino Carrano

Giustino Carrano, conductor, tubist, and baritone, is a musician with tenacity and passion and has been making music for over 17 years. As an avid performer, vocal coach, and conductor he has enjoyed a musical career on multiple continents. He received his Bachelors of Music in Performance with a duel specialization in voice and tuba, from the University of West Florida, studying with Dr. Sheila Murphy-Dunn, and Dr. Joseph T. Spaniola. Mr. Carrano received his Masters of Music in Performance, with secondary studies in Orchestral Conducting from Ball State University, under the tutelage of Dr. Kathleen Maurer.


Mr. Carrano began his teaching career during his studies at UWF, where he was brought on as Instructor of Music at Olive Baptist School of Performing Arts, here he taught guitar, brass, and voice. He has also been on the staff at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp since 2011, where he spent two summers as the vocal coach for the International Choir Ensemble of the Blue Lake International Exchange Program. He has also worked as a private instructor, elementary school brass clinician, and interim director working with choirs, bands, and orchestras.


As a Vocalist, his recent engagements include La Boheme with Projekt Opera, Concert engagements with Indianapolis Opera, a European tour with the Blue Lake International Choir and Orchestra, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp staff, A Little Night Music with the Chickasaw Civic Theatre, Rigoletto with the Pensacola Opera, Gianni Schicchi, The Old Maid and the Thief, and Werther with BSU Opera Theatre. This Season he will be joining the Cast of Opera Florentine for the World Premiere of Sister Carrie, and making his debut at Opera Western Reserve in the role of El Dancairo in Carmen. Mr. Carrano is also a founding member of the Thundercats Trio, which recently made their debut performance with the White Lake Chamber Music Festival, as well as being regular performers at the Blue Lake Summer Festival. As a Tubist, he has primarily performed in smaller Chamber appearances, as well as performing as tubist and trombonist with the East Central Indiana Chamber Orchestra.


In addition, Mr. Carrano has also studied Instrumental Conducting with Richard Glaze, Leonard Atherton, Doug Droste, and Michael Klaue of the Hamburg Conservatory. Recently, he has had the privilege of working with the Youth Orchestras of East Central Indiana, and the Ball State University Campus Orchestra.