Faculty

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Jayme has been apart of the dance world for 38 years.  She recently took over as owner/director of Willow Street Dance Theatre.  She is a professional choreographer and teacher based in the Chicagoland area.  She began at the age of 3, studying ballet, modern, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, and musical theater.  Jayme graduated with high honors from the University of Illinois with a BFA in dance.  She has worked and studied with some of the worlds top choreographers and teachers, such as:  Cynthia Harvey, Lynn Simonson, Jackie Villamil, Bebe Miller, Joe Goode, Jan Ekert, Jacque D'Ambroise, Frank Hatchett, Cathy Roe, Finis Jhung, Doug Elkins, Judy Rice, Jermaine Brown, Denise Jefferson, Randy Duncan, Susan Marshall and many more.

She teaches master classes and choreographs across the country, and has received numerous awards for choreography and overall top scores at regional and national competitions.  She was featured as a choreography winner for Cathy Roe's dance educational videos, producing two videos:  Hip-Hop for kids, and Hip-Hop Choreography.  She was choreographer and dancer for Radio Disney's Ashley Garland.  Opening for Jacob Latimore, B5, Christy Carlson-Romano, Teddy Geiger, and Ashley Parker Angel.  Jayme has also been on faculty for the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters.  She loves continuing her education.  She is certified in Pilates Mat class from the The MindBody Institute.  Certified in Acrobatic Arts M1, and certified in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT).  The last few years Jayme has been judging and emceeing for various competitions, enjoying her travels, and appreciating being surrounded by aspiring dancers and dedicated teachers.

Studio Owner & Director

Jayme Radeke

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Ashley Tempinski-Stoltz began her formal dance training over ten years ago in
Chicago’s southwest suburbs. She graduated with honors from The Dance Center of
Columbia College Chicago, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a concentration
in teaching. During her time at The Dance Center she trained extensively in
contemporary (modern) dance and ballet technique. She has also trained in hip-hop,
jazz, and West African dance.
Her interests in modern dance choreography and compositional improvisation led
her to participate in several improvisation-based workshops in and outside of Chicago.
This led to various performance opportunities both on the stage at The Dance Center and
throughout the Chicago area.
While volunteering as a teaching assistant, Ashley developed a passion for
teaching and shortly after graduation she began conducting her own classes. In 2010, she
joined the dedicated faculty of Willow Street Dance Theatre where she is devoted to
sharing her love of dance with students of all ages and levels.

Dance Educator

Ashley Tempinski-Soltz

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GRACE BIALKA received a BA in Dance from Western Michigan University in 2013. While at WMU she trained in modern, ballet, and jazz techniques while also choreographing and producing her own pieces. Grace grew up training here at Willow Street and could not be happier to be back as a teacher. In addition to her core technique training, she was a member of her colleges Hip Hop Connxion branch based out of Chicago. Since graduating, she has worked with children with autism, which inspired her to receive certification in autism movement therapy, and has been teaching dance around the Chicagoland area.  She hopes one day to go back to school to become a dance movement therapist.  
Grace believes that dance is such an important form of expression, and you do not need to be a trained dancer in order to release your feelings through movement. To her, it is all about the enjoyment dance can bring an individual. She is excited to be back where her training began and grateful for the opportunity to work with the dancers of Willow Street. 

Dance Educator

Grace

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Heather is a dancer and choreographer, based out of Chicago, IL. She has been dancing for over 25 years, with invitations to train at various classes, conventions and workshops in Michigan, Illinois, California, New York and London. She training has included Joel Hall, Mia Michaels, at Lou Conte, Grand Rapids Ballet, Pineapple Studios and more! She danced competitively for most of her youth as well as performed in numerous on stage productions; receiving a West Michigan Thespian award for her portrayal of Laura in The Glass Menagerie.  She danced on the Big Red Boat Disney Cruise lines and even had the opportunity to portray the beloved character Tinker Bell. She was the owner of Inspirations Dance Studio before relocating to Chicago to pursue more performance opportunities. Her pieces have won numerous 1st place, overall and choreography awards both regionally and nationally. She is mostly known for her innovative, unique and theatrical concepts. She was the Dance Director with Chicago Performing Arts Academy and was one of 8 choreographers selected nationally for Charlotte New Music in 2017.

 

Her choreography and performances have been featured at AscenDance Chicago, Inaside-Choreography Showcase, Chicago Dance Extravaganza, Carnival: Choreographers Ball, Mixtape, Dance Chicago, Followspot, FreeSpace, New Moon, Dance for Life; Dance Divas and in the movie Tug. She currently instructs and choreographs at numerous studios throughout the Chicago land area,  as well as teaches master classes, conventions and guest choreographs across the United States. She is a judge with Addiction Dance Competition and Precision Arts Challenge and the Artistic Director with AscenDance Chicago, a professional contemporary company based in Chicago. 

Dance Educator

Heather Carpenter

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Ms. Jamie has been dancing since the age of three and teaching since 2002. Starting her training under Kathleen Sims Villari (Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo) and Maria Villari at American Dance Center where she trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Modern. She performed nationwide including the International Dance Festival in California. She was a cast member of Chicagoland's longest-running original ballet "Hansel and Gretel" from 1995-2000. She also performed in The Joffery Ballet's "Nutcracker". Jamie's modern training (Graham, Horton, and Cunningham) came from Melody Geraci. Jamie also trained with Olga Ravasi, Joel Hall, Dardi Mcginley-Galivan, Christie Lowe (ABT), Eduardo Vilaro (Ballet Hispanico), Adam Sklute (Ballet West), and John Magnus (Joffery Ballet) to name a few. She continued her education at Columbia College Chicago where she majored in Dance. She continues her training as she never wants to stop learning and growing as an artist. She teaches at several studios in the area and continues to guest teach and substitute teach where she is needed. She enjoys judging competitions on a local and international level. Some of Jamie's favorite musical credits include Gypsy, 1776, Music Man, and Cats. Jamie, her husband David, and their two children Lila and Killian reside in Plainfield

Dance Educator

Jamie Harris

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Kaylee Spain started dancing at the age of three. She began studying ballet seriously at the age of eleven with Katie Thieme Martin. She studied with many accomplished ballet instructors throughout her teen years including Watmora Casey, Tatyana Mazur, Sherry Moray, Elise Flagg, and Carl Corey. During this same time, Kaylee won regional and national titles and many scholarships through Kid's Artistic Revue, Dance Educators of America and many other competitions. Kaylee also competed at Youth American Grand Prix, and received high enough scores to attend workshops at American Ballet Theatre and Alivin Ailey. Kaylee also attended several intensives at The Rock School of Ballet in Pennsylvania and the Joffery Ballet in Chicago.
Kaylee attended college at the University of Iowa and majored in dance. There she studied under professors such as George De La Pena, and Charlotte Adams. She finished her Bachelor's degree in Dance at The University of Kansas in May 2017. There she studied ballet under Jerel Hilding, choreography under Jerel Hilding and Patrick Suzeau, jazz under Willie Lenoir, and Dance for Children under Muriel Cohan.
Kaylee has taught ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, and leaps and turns for six years at several studios in the Chicago and Kansas City area. She was Ballet Mistress at Adagio School of Performing Arts before leaving for college. There she established curriculum, ran the ballet program, and choreographed several pieces for recitals and competitions. Besides dancing and teaching, Kaylee enjoys horseback riding, cooking, baking,
and knitting. Kaylee is very excited to begin teaching at Willow Street!

Dance Educator

Kaylee Spain

Peyton Winker is a choreographer and dance teacher from Chicago, Illinois. She is currently completing her higher level education at Columbia College Chicago where she will be graduating with two degrees in Dance and Marketing. During her time at CCC, she has had the opportunity to perform in A Cage In Search of a Bird choreographed by Corinne Imberski, and work with professors such as Margi Cole, Dardi McGinley Gallvin, Darrell Jones, Paige Cunnigham, and Lisa Gonsalez.

 

Peyton has worked at multiple dance studios across the Midwest, choreographing and teaching, while doing marketing projects and consultation. Peyton also served as Backstage Coordinator, Tabulator, Master Class Teacher, and Social Media Coordinator at the dance competition Precision Arts Challenge for a handful of seasons. Peyton has worked as a choreographer for the Columbia Renegades Dance Team, a short film adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, her performance of Wane. (Co-Choreographer Nikolas LaMaack), and most recently choreographed for RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 Top 3 drag queen, Shea Coulee’s newest music video “Rewind.”

 

Peyton primarily teaches Contemporary/Modern, Commercial Hip Hop, and Tumbling/Acro! Peyton is Tumbling Effect teacher certified to teach progressive tumbling skills that are easily integrated into dance. Peyton wants each one of her students to recognize how strong and brave they are and diligently integrates confidence, self-love, and creativity drills in line with her dance curriculum.

Dance Educator

Peyton Winker

Tre is a tap dancer and choreographer from Chicago, IL. He received most of his early dance training and his first teaching experience at Tommy Sutton's Mayfair Academy of Fine Arts on Chicago's south side. He's a graduate of Clark Atlanta University with a B.A. in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Speech and Theatre Arts.

Since 1995 he's taught and performed regularly at various festivals including the Chicago Human Rhythm Project's Rhythm World, the L.A. Tap Fest, the St. Louis Tap Festival, Maui Tap Experience, Detroit Tap Festival, Third Coast Rhythm Project, Calgary Tap Summit, Chicago Tap Summit (which he co-founded), North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival, Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival and Columbus Taps among others.

From 1998 through 2000, Mr. Dumas was featured in the North American and European tours of "Riverdance". In 2001 Mr. Dumas partnered with Bril Barrett to create M.A.D.D Rhythms, and the M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Academy. From September 2001-February 2002, Mr. Dumas lived in Stuttgart, Germany, creating an all ages/all levels tap program at the New York City Dance School, and performing at jazz and R&B clubs by night. In 2004 he performed Duke Ellington's classic, "David Danced Before the Lord" (originally danced by Dr. Bunny Briggs) with Bill Russo, Orbert Davis and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. In the summer of 2006, he portrayed a fiery tap dancing preacher in the vignette "Dance Like David" in director/choreographer Derick Grant's "Imagine Tap", and co-starred w/Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards in the critically acclaimed independent film "The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang".  He was also seen on the only aired episode of Secret Talents of the Stars dancing with R&B songstress turned tap dancer, Mya.

In 2007, Tré stepped down from his position as M.A.D.D. Rhythms co-artistic and technical director and also worked in London at Sadler's Wells with Jason Samuels Smith's ACGI. Shortly thereafter, he created Chicago's most musical professional tap ensemble, Jus'LisTeN. That year also marked the first of many times he would perform with Orbert Davis' critically acclaimed Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.  In 2008 he received Dance Chicago's Outstanding Choreographer Award (Body of Work) for his contributions to their annual festival and Chicago's overall dance scene. In 2009 & 2010, Mr. Dumas curated several events as an associate artistic director with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project.  In 2011, Mr. Dumas proudly debuted his first full production featuring Jus’LisTeN entitled, “Tap Like Water” as part of the annual Dance Chicago festival's feature performance series. And in 2015, he traveled to Vancouver BC, Canada several times, first to perform with phenomenal artists Joel Hannah and Danny Nielsen in their inaugural "Night Cap" cabaret show where he sang and danced on the same stage unveiling his rarely heard singing voice, then as faculty at the Vancouver Tap Festival and finally, to serve as artist in residence for 3 months at the Vancouver Tap Dance Society. He's taught and performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Germany as well as other parts of Europe, and South America.

Aside from his beautiful daughter, Lauren, his greatest joy lies in tap dancing and sharing his love and knowledge of tap dancing with others and receiving the same in return.

 

 

TAP IS MUSIC...

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Dance Educator

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