Dance Faculty

Lyndsey Rhoads

Dance Instructor (Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop)
Ms. Rhoads was raised and trained at the Central Oklahoma Dance Center until 2000. After attending East-Central University, Rhoads ascended upon Chicagoland and began her professional career. A dance teacher and print model by day, Lyndsey has also performed with Corpo Dance Company and Collage, and recently enjoyed guesting for Paul Christiano’s remount of “The Lesser Known”. Lyndsey is currently an instructor at Urban Beat Dance, The Center for Ballroom and Dance in Deer Park, and has taught weekly or master classes every where from Dance West Ballet to Gus Giordano’s and Breakdance Chicago.

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Taylor Raley

Dance Instructor (Ballet, Acrobatic Dance, Hip Hop)
Taylor Raley is originally a native of Wilmington, NC where began her dance training through South East Dance Academy as an adolescent focusing on competitive dance and community out reach. At 18 Taylor attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she graduated in May of 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography. While attending VCU she had the privilege of performing choreography by Melanie Richards, Johnnie Mercer, Ivy Lohn, and Kiana Wood, as well as performing at the Lollipop Concert with the Richmond Symphony. Taylor also participated in a Pedagogy Internship under the guidance of Courtney Harris and Village Dance Companies director Melissa Gravely.

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Joseph Caruana

CaruanaBallet and Point Master Instructor

Joseph Caruana is a Co-Founder, Co-Director, Resident Choreographer, and dancer for Elements Contemporary Ballet. His work has been presented in the McCallum Theatre’s Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival, The Best of Dance Chicago, Looptopia, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, SpinOff, Juicebox, DanceChance, On the Prairie at the Chicago Cultural Center, and as part of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events’ DanceBridge program, for which he was a selected choreographer for in 2012.

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Parker Finley

FinleyPre-Ballet / Ballet / Contemporary Instructor

Ms. Parker Finley began her classical ballet training under the tutelage of Missy Crain at the Louisiana Delta Ballet in Monroe, LA. She has attended several summer programs including the Joffrey Ballet and the Houston Ballet. She is a recent graduate of the Houston Ballet Academy under the instruction of Sabrina Lenzi and Sally Rojas.

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Alvin Harris

HarrisBreak / Hip-Hop Dance Instructor

Alvin Harris, known by his students as Mr. Wolf and his peers as FlowWolf, is native to the Midwest and has been Breaking since 2009. He was introduced to Break dancing in High School years. This sparked a journey of self realization and happiness. He dedicated his time to learning this new art by practicing for countless hours on a daily basis, researching YouTube videos from various dance battles, and studying different styles of dance within the culture of Hip-Hop.

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