Kathy DeMaira (formerly Kathy Teubert) has a Bachelor’s Degree in Performing Arts from Northeastern Illinois University. She has received talent scholarships from both Northeastern Illinois University and Joel Hall Studios in Chicago. She has worked in dance studios in the Chicagoland area for the past 20 years. She has taught dance at Resurrection High School and Notre Dame High School in Chicago as well as Trinity High School in River Forest. She has been an adjunct professor on faculty at Wright College where she taught Ballet and Contemporary Dance. To compliment her dance interests, Kathy is the part-time librarian at St. Ferdinand School in Chicago. Kathy teaches jazz, tap, ballet/pointe, hip hop, lyrical, modern, contemporary, children’s classes and has been certified to teach Zumba. She directs The DeMaira Dancers and the performing troupes offering new choreography and amateur performing opportunities. Kathy has won several choreography awards from organizations such as Footlights Entertainment Corporation, Headliners Performing Arts Competition and her work has been showcased at Dance Chicago’s The Best of Dance Slam. She and husband Joe DeMaira are the school directors.
Joe DeMaira has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and is involved in the day to day operation of the dance school. In 2007 they took over Elysse School of Dance in Oak Park and a year later opened a second location in Chicago. After running two schools for seven years, it was decided to focus on one school: the Oak Park location. In addition to the end of year dance recitals, they also produce an annual Halloween Show, a Holiday Jubilee Show, and in February an annual celebration for Valentine's Day:The Love Show. The school is residence to The DeMaira Dancers, plus our Performance Troupes. The school also serves as rehearsal space for professional dance companies.
Colleen Coyne brings over 25 years of teaching experience to the classroom. Her specialties include teaching children’s classes, training students in jazz, tap, hip hop and leading adult fitness classes. She has taught at Trinity Lutheran Church and local studios in Chicagoland. She was the Owner/Director of Body Roc! offering fitness classes for over 13 years. Colleen demonstrates patience and kindness in her classroom and inspires dancers to do their best. Colleen is also our resident photographer and videographer, check out her website at www.photosbyslck.com
Sophia Coyne-Kosnak Sophia began her dance training at age three, and continued taking foundational classes in ballet, tap, and jazz until age eight, when the studio which she attended was closed. After searching for a new dance studio for nearly a year, she began training with Kathy DeMaira. Under the direction of Ms. Kathy, Sophia studied hip hop, jazz, lyrical, tap, and the Checchetti method of ballet. During high school, Sophia continued dancing at DeMaira Dance Studio, where she joined the DeMaira Dancers and the studio’s lyrical competition team for several seasons.
Sophia attended Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in history. She became a member of Chi Omega sorority and was elected to serve as both personnel chair and president of her chapter. During her time in college, Sophia maintained her passion for dance by teaching hip hop, jazz, lyrical, and tap at Studio 55 School of Dance, a local studio in Hillsdale. Sophia currently teaches combination and hip hop classes at DeMaira Dance, in addition to instructing the competition team.
Norma Amezcua Green is a dancer and choreographer originally from Mexico City who specializes in Ballet, Jazz, and Tap. She has a degree in Classical Dance (Ballet) from the National Institute of Beauty Arts (INBA) in Mexico City. She has studied Jazz at several professional dance studios in Mexico City, including the Estudio Profesional de Emma Pulido, famous for graduating world-class dancers and choreographers. She has studied tap-dance with celebrated international tap dancers. Every year she updates her dance techniques by attending various workshops. Additionally, she has ventured into other types of dance including hip-hop, funk, and Mexican folk dance.
After teaching dance in Chicago for five years, she had returned to Mexico 1998 to open her own studio in Leon, Guanajuato. For the last 18 years, the studio has achieved great success, continuing as one of the best studios in her province. Not only have her students graduated to embark on terrific dance careers, but they have also won national dance competitions such as the Intercolegial de Danza and Interdanza. Her students were welcomed as guest dancers in the following years, and Norma was invited to judge later competitions. Norma has received special rewards for creating the best choreographies.
Norma has managed all areas of production for dance shows. She has more than 18 years of experience with lighting, costumes, choreographies, music, and more. Norma has been hired to choreograph her students as cheerleaders for the Leon national basketball team. Both she and her students regularly participate in cultural, social, and TV events. Now that Norma has moved back to Chicago with her family, she has reunited with her friend Kathy and will continue her impressive dance career.
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