Jane MeredithDirector; 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.
After taking time off to start a family, she joined Ballet Iowa, where under the direction of Artistic Director Kennet Oberly, she danced numerous principal roles, many of them being original works. She also performed with the Des Moines Metropolitan Opera and Wisconsin Ballet Theatre. During her career, she has danced in well-known ballets such as Symphony in C, Konservatoriet, Napoli, Don Quixote Pas De Deux, Coppelia, Cinderella, Swan Lake Pas de Trois and Giselle.
Ms. Meredith has taught in schools in Salt Lake City, UT, Des Moines, IA, Green Bay, WI and Chicago. She helped create a pre-professional program at the Green Bay School of Dance which consistently places students in prestigious schools such as the School of American Ballet, Harid Conservatory, Pacific Northwest Ballet School and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Many have gone on to professional careers that include Carolina Ballet, Nashville Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Louisville Ballet, and to Broadway shows such as Young Frankenstein.
Caroline AnglimPrimary, 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 BeningtonPrimary Division
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.
While dancing in Los Angeles, Brittany had the opportunity to dance in the film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, as well as the television show House.
In addition to her dance training, Brittany has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California San Diego. She has experience working with children in preschool settings including work as a creative movement and physical education instructor. She enjoys teaching ballet to children of all ages and is happy to be joining Chicago Dance Academy.
Becca CainAcademy, 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.
during which time she completed a teaching apprenticeship and performed lead roles in classical and contemporary works created for the Reif Center Dance Company. She continued training at the Boston Ballet while in graduate school at Harvard before moving to Oxford University to complete her studies. Since moving to Chicago eight years ago, she has been training and performing throughout the city, including solo roles in Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, while teaching ballet of all levels to children and adults.
Katie Matteson CampanaPrimary Division
Katie is an experienced dance instructor with an extensive history of working in the performing arts industry. She has a BFA in Theatre with a concentration in Dance Performance from Northern Illinois University. Read more.
She has lived and worked in Chicago as a teaching artist for the past twelve years with her her dance teaching beginning at the early age of 17 with the Rockford Dance Company. She has worked in CPS schools developing their musical theatre programs, setting choreography for middle and high school students and teaching the fanciest jazz squares around! She also performs and dances joyously with Synapse Arts; and, when not focused on the dance world, Katie enjoys long walks on the beach, listening to good music, and hunting for vintage treasures. Katie is happy to be joining the faculty at Chicago Dance Academy!
Jacob FrazierRocket Boys, Academy and Adult Divisions
Jacob Frazier 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.
In 2014 Jacob attended the Indigenous Dance Residency at the Banff Centre. After attending the residency Jacob returned to Banff as a company member with Red Sky in which he performed as a dancer and choreographer in multiple showcases in Banff and Vancouver Canada. Jacob cannot wait to begin his first season with Giordano Dance Chicago as a Junior Performing Associate! Love, light, and gratitude.
Amy JesionowskiPrimary Division
Amy was born and raised in La Grange, IL but recently relocated to the South Loop for her teaching career. In 2013, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English and Dance Education from Illinois State University where she served as the vice president of Illinois State Dance Theatre Read more.
and taught pre-ballet through advanced modern at two local studios. At Illinois State, she had the opportunity to dance under the instruction of several renowned choreographers, including Randy Duncan, Keith Elliott, Joanna Rosenthal, Julie Tice and Kim Nofsinger. In 2010, she was cast as the yellow woman in a recreation of Martha Graham’s masterpiece Diversion of Angels under the direction of Graham dancers Sandra Kaufman and Denise Vale. Additionally, her own choreography was chosen to perform in 2012 at Dance Chicago. After college, she choreographed for Grayslake Central High School’s annual musical and single-handedly organized and ran the Grayslake Central Orchesis Dance Company, which is comprised of 41 aspiring dancers. Currently, Amy is a full cast dancer, choreographer and Assistant Director for Meraki Dance Company, a professional jazz, modern, and ballet company based in Naperville, for the third year in a row. In 2015, her work was performed at the Love is Alive showcase at Madison Street Theatre and chosen to perform at the SEA conference. This past year, she performed in six pieces and showcased two pieces of her choreography in Darkness Turns to Light. Aside from teaching pre-ballet and creative movement at Chicago Dance Academy, Amy is starting her 5th year of teaching high school English at Rauner College Prep in West Town.