Miss Hillary has been dancing for more than 30 years, and has experience with ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern/lyrical, and poms dance styles, as well as strength and conditioning for dancers. Highlights of her dancing expereince include performing in two productions of The Nutcracker and attending a national event with 500 other performing/visual artists and taking pre-professional technique classes at the Raleigh (NC) School of Ballet. She is passionate about building the poms dance curriculum at Miss Andrea's Dance Factory, and collaborating with local school dance teams.
Joey Zander has studied at Joffrey School of Ballet West, Chicago, and South Campuses. While at Joffrey, his focuses included Ballet, Lyrical, Modern, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, African, Hip-Hop and Latin Ballroom. Joey continued his dance education at Columbia College of Chicago; where he was a dance major. He studied Ballet, Modern, Contemporary and Lyrical. He has continued education with summer intensives at Joffrey School of Ballet, Kennedy Center, Opera National de Paris, Alvin Ailey and Hubbard Street. Joey has performed with Joffrey in Don Quizote, Le Sacre du Printemps, La Bayader, Carmen Billboards, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Apollo, Swan Lake. He has also performed in Disney's The Lion King, Disney World and Broadway Touring. He was a member of Ke$ha's Get Sleazy Tour and Warrior Tour.
Djaun “Dj” Maclin was born 1985 in Rockford,Il, which is where he currently reside. Dj graduated from Guilford High School and received his Bachelors in Computer Science from Northern Illinois University. Dj has been bboying for over 13 years and continues to workout and train with it. Started competing in 2005 all around the Midwest including Chicago, Dekalb, Des Moines, Evanston, Indianapolis, Janesville, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Urbana-Champaign and more. Performed for various shows and private parties while also working with dancers of all types. He has taught many classes in the Rockford area and teaches during weekly practices. Dj has a foundational style that encompasses freestyle dance, advance Hip-Hop concepts/movements, and heavy acrobatics. Although primarily self-taught, he also has years of training from J & J Tumbling and Trampoline Company in Pecatonica,IL. His training from J & J has taught me correct form and technique in tumbling that he uses to this day. He can do basic acrobatics with ease such as long handstand holds, rolls, back/front springs, back/front-no, and basic parkour. He has been able to perform at half-time shows for the Rockford Lightning at the BMO Harris Bank Center and the Waterfront as a street performer running passes. Dj currently run a non-profit organization called Rockford Hip Hop Congress that educates the local community in hip hop dance, art, spoken word, and music. He continues his love for dance as both a performer and teacher while giving back to his community.
Tara began her dance training with Miss Andrea’s Dance Factory and went on to graduate from UW-Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. There she worked with faculty members Joan Karlen, Jeannie Hill and Michael Estanich and had the opportunity to perform work choreographed by various artists including Mia Michaels and Mary Anthony. Tara exposed herself to many different varieties of dance and artists during this time, attending and participating in American College Dance Festivals across the Midwest. Most recently, she worked and performed with Transcribing Dance Company as a founding member. Tara has been teaching for Miss Andrea for over ten years and loves helping students to not only understand dance technique better but also become passionate and excited about dance!
Brittany Schamell has been dancing and teaching for Miss Andrea the past 20 years. After high school she went on to achieve a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance performance from Northern Illinois University, where she studied under Randall Newsom, Paula Frasz, Judith Chitwood, and Karen Williamson. She received formal training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, Horton technique, pointe, and character.
During her college career she was cast in the Corps de Ballet in several full length ballets such as Giselle, Raymonda, and Le Corsaire. She was also cast in many modern and contemporary works, including a few incidental dances for NIU's school of theater. She has previously performed and choreographed for Rockford and DeKalb's Art for Life, which benefits and raises awareness for the AIDS Foundation.
In her junior year she was one of the dancers selected to attend and perform at the American College Dance Festival in Kalamazoo MI. The next semester, she was asked to perform in the Corps de Ballet for the Rockford Dance Company's staging of the Nutcracker, under Margaret Faust at the Coronado Theater with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. Other opportunities include dancing with Without Shoes Modern Dance company out of Rockford under Maria Costello. Some of the intensives she has taken part of include Dance Makers Inc., Rockford Dance Company's Summer Intensives, and Paul Taylor's Winter Intensive in NYC where she took class from company members and learned much of their repertoire.
After college she came back to Miss Andrea's to pursue her love of teaching and choreographing for the Dance Inferno Competition team.
Beloit native grew up dancing. Brady started moving and grooving to tap and jazz at the age of 3. He began competitive dance shortly after, traveling all across the states and taking home many prestigious awards, scholarships, and accolades over his many years of performance. Upon completion of high school Brady took his love of dance to the next level and studied Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Tap, Choreography, Theater Dance, and Dance History at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. While there he studied under Jim Moore, Joan Karlen, Jeannie Hill, Pamela Luedtke, Susan Gingrasso, and Michael Estanich. Brady learned movement, choreography, and technique from Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, Mary Anthony, River North, Mia Michaels, Alvin Ailey, and countless others. Brady received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dance the summer of 2007 and continued to crave dance in his life. Brady moved to Chicago and began dancing in a contemporary jazz/modern dance company in 2008. While with Inaside Chicago Dance Brady continued to refine his technique and learned choreography from Eddy O’Campo, Richard Smith, Debra Nanni, Autumn Eckman, Joel Hall, and more. After 3 years of being on stage with Inaside Brady decided to bring his talents back home and impart his love of dance and performance art to a younger generation of movers. Brady is excited to be working for Miss Andrea’s Dance Factory and is looking forward to inspiring others to follow their hearts and to dream big.
Andrea Shoemaker went to Howard W. Blake performing arts high school for dance and then the University of South Florida where she was minoring in dance before moving to Wisconsin. Andrea has danced since she was ten and started competitive dancing at the age of twelve. She is now currently enrolled at UWW for her bachelors in business. Andrea also has two girls. Scarlett who is four and dances at Miss Andreas and Sadie who is eighteen months and will hopefully dance when she is older.
Andrea Mueller has been dancing for over 38 years and teaching for 21 of those years. Andrea trained with many local and statewide dance schools over the years with her most recent being Forest Hills Dance Academy of Rockford. As a child Miss A was competing in beauty pageants as well as dance competitions to begin her talented career. Andrea was a 3-year member of the Stephen Mack Middle School pom squad as well as being a member of the Hononegah Indianettes Dance Team. She was chosen as captain both her 8th grade and senior year. While on the Hononegah squad, Andrea was chosen as a NCA Superstar enabling her to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and a member of the Overall High Scoring Officer Line for NCA allowing her to perform in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. However, her crowning moment was when she was chosen as a UDA Dance Star where she traveled to London, England. While in London, Miss A performed in The Lord Mayor of Westminster's New Year's Day Parade in front of the royal family no less.
Since her high school days she has been offered many audition opportunities such as The Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, The Milwaukee Buck Energee Dance Team, The Chicago Luv-a-Bulls, The Chicago Honey Bears, Carnival Cruise Lines and Hershey's Theme Park just to name a few. Andrea also dabbles in theater and has done choreography for many productions of the Beloit Civic Theatre. In their “Damn Yankees”, Andrea was Lola, the devil’s siren of a sidekick.
Not only does Andrea come decorated as a dancer, but an award winning coach as well. She has helped coach the Rockford Lutheran middle school and high school dance teams, along with doing some guest choreography for the Hononegah Indianettes and Rockford College dance teams. Andrea was the founder and head coach of the Stateline Lady Hawks Dance team and of course the head coach of our very own Dance Inferno Competition Team.
Andrea is excited about the future of the studio and strengthening arts in the community as she continues to be come more involved with The Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra, The Beloit International Film Festival and Castle 501.
Winning many awards for her own personal talents, as well as her choreography while having many of her former students travel on to major in dance themselves, Miss A is keeping herself and the studio on the up and up to give you the best dance education for your child!!!