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Aly Stanczak - Studio Manager/Instructor
Aly has been teaching dance for 18 years and will be entering her 13th year as studio director at the Buffalo Grove Studio of Dance. She graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a degree in education and a K-9 teaching certificate. She has pursued her dance training at Gus Giordano, Joel Hall Dance Center, Northwest Ballet Academy and various other local studios. Aly keeps her training current by attending Dance Makers Inc, DanceTeacher Web conference, DanceLife Teacher Training and Dance Teacher Summer Training, where she had the privilege of studying with amazing teachers such as Cathy Roe, Rhee Gold, Darryl Retter, Janice Barringer, Tommy Alexander, and the great tap legend, Al Gilbert. In addition to teaching, Aly has choreographed numerous theater productions for children and adults, with some of her favorites including Annie, 101 Dalmatians, The Magical Land of Oz, Bugsy Malone, The King and I, 42nd Street, Cinderella, Aladdin, and West Side Story. Aly is pleased to share her passion for dance with the community and welcomes everyone to the Buffalo Grove Studio of Dance family.
Maddie Plewacki - Program Specialist/Instructor
Maddie has trained in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Modern dance for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, where she majored in Dance Performance and Spanish Language and Literature. At NIU, Maddie trained with Judith Chitwood, Paula Frasz and Autumn Eckman, and performed in several Northern Dance Theatre shows. Maddie has been choreographing for the Buffalo Grove Studio of Dance's competition team Hot Shots for 8 seasons. Her routines have received multiple high trophies, placed in the top 10, top 5, and 1st place overall and received Judge's Choice Awards (including best choreography and technique). In addition, Maddie choreographs for Big Deal Productions, Broadway Bound summer camp, and is resident choreographer for Yorkville High School’s musical. She continues to perform in local musicals, and some of her favorite past shows include Little Shop of Horrors and Shrek through Big Deal Productions. Maddie continues her training by attending DMI Conventions, Tremaine Conventions, taking class at Lou Conte and traveling to NYC each summer to attend the Dance Teacher Summit. With her strong passion for dance, nothing is more satisfying than spreading that passion to others.
Susan Cohen - Instructor
Susan started dancing at the age of 4 and her studies continued throughout high school and college, where she was very active in the dance programs. She furthered her training at Northwest Ballet Academy. Susan is a proud member of the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, a 100 year old organization that focuses on dance education, where she continues to train and attend workshops. She enjoys working with children, helping them to develop a skill or explore a new adventure as the expression of dance can be very freeing of the spirit and mind. Watching her students’ progression from year to year is very exciting for her. “My love for dance is my bliss.” She is excited to begin her 10th year teaching here at the Buffalo Grove Studio of Dance!
Gini Griffin - Instructor
Gini has been dancing for over 30 years, and has trained in ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical. She was in the Ripon College Dance Company, and has performed in the Nutcracker multiple times. Gini enjoys everything dance, from classes, to performing, to watching. Her favorite performances to watch are anything her daughters are in. She is very excited to be teaching for the Buffalo Grove Studio of Dance.
Kittie Mae Morris - Instructor
Kittie earned her B.F.A. in May of 2015 from Northern Illinois University, with an emphasis on Dance Performance. During the summer of 2015, she performed in The Miracle Center's production of West Side Story, playing the role as Velma. Kittie is also a recent model and brand ambassador for Chicago Dance Supply. She is currently on work-study at Lou Conte Dance Studio, and a performing apprentice with Trifecta. She is also a part of the teaching staff at Palantine Park District, Forward Momentum Chicago, and Joel Hall Dance Center.
Sean Murillo - Instructor
Sean has been involved in the performing arts since the age of 7, and is trained in jazz, musical theater, with a main focus in hip hop. He has performed in a number of Big Deal Productions, the most recent being the Donkey in Shrek. Along with his background in musical theater, Sean was the captain and choreographer for The Wheeling High School New Dawns show choir. Sean has also participated in the Disney Dancin workshop in Walt Disney World. This will be his fourth season with the Buffalo Grove Studio of Dance and the Hot Shots dance team.
Annie Snow - Instructor
Annie has been dancing for over 20 years and is excited for her first year at the Buffalo Grove Studio of Dance. She has trained in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, musical theater, capoeria, creative movement, and improvisation. She has a degree in dance from Hope College and a Masters in dance/movement therapy and counseling from Columbia College Chicago. Annie enjoys performing as a dancer/actor whenever she gets the chance. She danced for 2 years with Dance>Detour Chicago and recently, for several local theatre companies. She enjoys working as an actor for seasonal events at Navy Pier and continuing her dance training at Lou Conte in Chicago. Annie has been working as a choreographer/director for musical theatre for the past 9 years. She is the resident choreographer for Encore Theatre in Libertyville and works at the Northbrook Park District summer drama camp. Some of her favorite works include Shrek, Brigadoon, Footloose, Hairspray, Guys and Dolls, All Shook Up, and Thoroughlly Modern Millie. Dance has been a passion of Annie's for a long time and she feels so blessed to continue to share her love of dance with her students and community.