Youth Ballet & Pre-Pointe, Youth Jazz, Musical Theatre Dance, and Jazz Styles
Nancy has taught and choreographed extensively throughout the Chicago area. A Chicago native, she studied dance with Gus Giordano, Orrin Kayan, Homer Bryant, and Joel Hall. Nancy received a Master of Arts degree in Theatre from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Columbia College. She was the director of the Dance Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an adjunct faculty member of the Theatre Department at Loyola University of Chicago where she directed and choreographed several musicals.
Nancy has worked as a dance director on several national television commercials including spots for Boost Mobile and Rentway. Her corporate credits include traveling to the Riviera Maya in Mexico to oversee an industrial she choreographed for Wells Fargo Mortgage Brokers. She has staged numerous musicals for Drury Lane Oakbrook, and received four Jeff nominations for her work there. She has also choreographed for the Cleveland Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Light Opera Works, the Augusta Opera, and the Theatre Department of Northwestern University.
As the Associate Artistic Director of the Joel Hall Dance Center, she co-founded JHD 1511, a pre-professional teen company in the fall of 2001. Over the five years of her direction 1511 became known for its exciting and diverse repertory and remarkable pool of outstanding young dancers. Her students have gone on to professional careers in such shows as “The Lion King,” Cirque de Soleil’s “Love,” and the movie “Hairspray.”
Nancy has found a new home at the Old Town School where she began teaching in June of 2008. Her passion for sharing her love of dance with children has inspired a loyal following of young students in pre-ballet, ballet and jazz dance classes. Nancy’s ability to connect with young people and create a comfortable safe environment motivates them to want to learn and excel. She is a part of the Old Town School of Folk Music Artist in Residence Program for the Chicago Public Schools. Nancy was honored to have been chosen to represent the Old Town School of Folk Music as a teaching artist in Ahmedabad, India where she was an Artist in Residence for two weeks in January 2011 at the Riverside School and the Darpana Academy.
Started at the Old Town School in June of 2008