Chicago Dance Academy

Faculty

Jane Meredith - Director; Academy, Open and Adult Divisions - Chicago Dance Academy

Jane Meredith

Director; Academy, Open and Adult Divisions

Jane Meredith, School Director, is a native of Norfolk, Virginia. She received her early training at the Academy of Tidewater Ballet and the Norfolk Civic Ballet. She then continued her studies at the University of Utah, where she was placed in senior and graduate level dance classes upon entry and was a William F. Christensen Scholarship recipient. She joined Ballet West after her freshman year. Read more.

Caroline Anglim - Primary, Academy and Adult Divisions - Chicago Dance Academy

Caroline Anglim

Primary, Academy and Adult Divisions

Caroline Anglim is a dancer and dance educator from Knoxville, TN. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Religious Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School. She has enjoyed teaching creative movement and ballet for the last nine years and during that time has also had the privilege of performing lead roles Read more.

Brittany Benington - Primary and Academy Divisions - Chicago Dance Academy

Brittany Benington

Primary and Academy Divisions

Brittany Benington began her dance training in Huntington Beach, CA. She later traveled to San Francisco to train with the San Francisco Ballet School in the advanced division. Brittany has also studied during the summers with American Ballet Theatre, School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Houston Ballet Academy. She began her professional career dancing with the City Ballet of San Diego. Brittany went on to dance as a company artist with the Los Angeles Ballet, Ballet Tucson, and Madison Ballet. Read more.

Becca Cain - Primary, Academy, Open and Adult Divisions - Chicago Dance Academy

Becca Cain

Primary, Academy, Open and Adult Divisions

Becca received her early dance training in her hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and at the Minnesota Ballet and Royal Winnipeg Ballet professional programs, Read more.

Phoebe Coakley - Primary Division - Chicago Dance Academy

Phoebe Coakley

Primary Division

Phoebe, originally from Ohio, moved to Chicago in 2013 to attend Loyola University Chicago where she was taught and trained by Sarah Cullen Fuller, Amy Wilkinson, Sandra Kaufmann, and Mari Jo Irbe. Read more.

Jacob Frazier - Primary, Academy and Open Divisions - Chicago Dance Academy

Jacob Frazier

Primary, Academy and Open Divisions

Jacob Frazier, Giordano Dance Chicago, started his dance training in Ballet, Modern, and Jazz in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Butler Tech School of the Arts in 2012 and attended Point Park University where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance with a concentration in Modern Dance. While attending Point Park, Jacob has had the privilege of training and performing a variety of works by José Limóne, Lar Lubovitch, Dwight Rhoden, Mark Morris, Brian Enos, Jessica Lange, Douglas Bentz, and served as dance/fight captain for Oklahoma! under the direction of Patrick Cassidy. Read more.

Olivia Karenas - Primary and Open Division - Chicago Dance Academy

Olivia Karenas

Primary and Open Division

Olivia Karenas grew up in Chicago, IL where her passion for dance first began. She attended several summer intensives at Joffrey Ballet and Ballet Chicago. Read more.

Amanda Newman - Primary Division - Chicago Dance Academy

Amanda Newman

Primary Division

Amanda Newman received her BA in Musical Theatre Performance from Columbia College Chicago. While there, she emphasized training in ballet, studying with Anna Paskevska, Natalie Rast, and Emily Stein. Read more.

Claire Willcutt - Primary Division - Chicago Dance Academy

Claire Willcutt

Primary Division

Claire Willcutt is originally from Denver Colorado. She recently graduated with distinction from the University of Oklahoma and received her Bachelor in Fine Arts in Modern Dance Performance. Read more.