Miss Andrea's Dance Factory

Brady Hinkle

Teacher / Coach

   Susie Matthews

Teacher

   

 EDUCATION


Rockford University
—BFA Acting/Directing, minor in English                                                           Literature, 2015
Curriculum: Private & Advanced Tap; Intermediate & Beginning                                      Modern; Intermediate & Beginning Jazz; Intermediate &                             Beginning Ballet
Instructors: Amy A. Wright, Jessica J. Mackinson, Jennifer Vause     Taps ‘N Toes Dance Studio
Curriculum: Advanced Competition Tap; Advanced Ballet; Lyrical;                                  Advanced Technique; Competition Poms; Combination                                Jazz/Tap/Ballet
Instructors: Gene Gebauer, Carlee Taga, Jason Franklin, and others

Art Underground Dance Studio
Curriculum: Advanced Tap
Instructor: Gene Gebauer

Boulder’s Dinner Theatre Academy
Curriculum: Intermediate Jazz; Intermediate Tap
Instructor: Matthew D. Peters

Teaching & Outreach

Rockford Dance Company
Children’s Division: Ballet/Tap 1 & 2; Creative Movement;
                                     Children’s Jazz; Pre-ballet; Adult Ballet
Student Division: Tap 1/2
Teaching Artist; Gigi’s Playhouse; Stepping Stones; Nelson after school;
                              Terrific Tuesdays
Legacy High School Senior Capstone
                              Beginning Tap & Regency ballroom
Girl Scouts of Colorado Brownie Overnight
                              Musical Theatre, basic polka, basic waltz
Girl Scouts of Colorado Fine Arts Day
                             Musical Theatre


Performance

2016

The Third Annual Rockford City Dance Festival, Rockford                           University (RU)
Tarzan, Byron Civic Theatre
The Ugly Duckling, Rockford Dance Company (RDC)
Body Language, Rockford University Orchesis II (guest artist), RU
2015

The Second Annual Rockford City Dance Festival, RU
Seesaw, RU
Stanzas that Move, RDC
New Beginnings, Rockford University Orchesis II, RU
2014

Fall Dance Workshop, RU
Tribute, presented at RU
Spring Dance Workshop
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, RU
2013

Spring Dance Workshop, RU
2012

No No Nanette, RU
2011

Taps ‘N Toes (TNT) Recital, presented at Pinnacle Charter School (PCS)
2010

TNT Recital, presented at PCS
2009

Gene Gebauer’s 75th Birthday Tap Bash, presented at Northglenn Rec. Center
TNT Recital, presented at PCS
2008

A Chorus Line, Broadway Academy of Performing (BAP)
TNT Recital, presented at PCS
2007

Bye Bye Birdie, BAP
TNT Recital, presented at PCS


Choreography


RDC Recital, 2017
Easy Street- Tap, 3 Dancers, 4’
Music: Easy Street from Annie


Seesaw Ballet- Creative Movement, 5 Dancers, 1’
Music: Seesaw Ballet from Seesaw


Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat- Tap, 4 Dancers, 2’30”
Music: Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat from The Aristocats


Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy- Tap, 5 Dancers, 4’
Music: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by The Andrews Sisters


As We Are- modern, 2 Dancers, 4’
Music: Vivaldi’s Concerto in A Minor
Presented at The Third Annual Rockford City Dance Festival


Thoroughly Modern Millie by Tesori & Scanclan
Nine dances (Tap & Musical Theatre), 16 dancers
Director: Jim Crowe
Byron Civic Theatre


RDC Recital, 2016
Be O.K.- Tap, 5 Dancers, 3’

Music: Be O.K. by Ingrid Michaelson


That Darn Cat- Tap, 8 Dancers, 2’46”
Music: That Darn Cat by Bobby Troup


Ready for the Bettys- Creative Movement, 8 Dancers, 1’
Music: Ready for the Bettys from Phineas & Ferb


Fancy Vintage- Tap, 2 Dancers, 3’8”
Music: Fancy – Vintage by Postmodern Jukebox
 Presented at RU Fall Workshop


Elegy- Modern, 1 Dancer, 5’
Music: Élégie, Op. 24 by Gabriel Fauré
Presented at RU Fall Workshop


Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy- Vaudeville, 3 Dancers, 1’51”
Music: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by The Andrews Sisters
Presented at RU Cabaret


Battle- Tap, 2 Dancers, 3’55”
Music: a capella
Presented at Legacy High School
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, adapted for the stage by Jon Jory
Five dances (Regency ballroom), 30 dancers
Director: Eric Lindblad
Legacy High School


Disco Inferno- Jazz, 10 dancers, 4’0”
Music: Spirit in the Sky
Legacy High School


Don’t Feed the Plants- 4-15 Dancers, 1’30”
Music: Don’t Feed the Plants from Little Shop of Horrors
Presented at Girl Scouts of Colorado Fine Arts Day

Susie Matthews 

Teacher

Tara Tilley

Teacher / Coach

Olivia Stevens

Teacher

BRITTANY SCHAMELL -

TEACHER/COACH

 

     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. 

miss A

owner / teacher / coach

ANDREA SHOEMAKER -

TEACHER/COACH

 

     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.

teachers & coaches

Joey Zander

Teacher

Andrea Shoemaker 

Teacher/Coach

Brian Purifoy

TEACHER

 

PROFILE

Born July 13, 1978 in Rockford Illinois, along with my mother, father, older brother, and sister.


​EXPERIENCE

​My whole life consisted of dancing. At 11 years of age I was inspired to pursue dancing by watching and being taught my cousin, Ted Jackson. With Ted, I had an opportunity to study and train with multiple companies such as; Dance Congress, Dance Dept., Forest Hills Dance Studio, and Kathy Marx Studio. The dances I was able to learn and later be able to teach are Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. Through all of these classes and learning over the years I had a couple great opportunities such as performing at the Apollo, and had the chance to choreograph for the R&B group Public Announcement.

SKILLS

​What makes my dancing so distinctive is my unique rhythm and the way I choreograph to the lyrics. My abilities to be able to freestyle and combine different dances is what makes my dancing different from others. The goals for my future dancing career would be to re-open my own dance studio so I can continue to share and teach my talent with others. 


Jillian Kniep

Teacher


Jillian Kniep has danced for as long as she can remember but began competitive dancing at age 10. While competing at Turning Pointe Dance Company under Kim Daily and Joey Hernandez, she also trained in ballet at Rockford Dance Company and later became a full company member at Beth Fowler’s School of dance at age 14. There she was featured as the Angel soloist in the Nutcracker and the Midnight Fairy in Cinderella.
At the age of 16 she joined the studio company at Visceral Dance Center under the direction of Nick Pupillo. While there, she was able to experience a wide variety of teachers and master classes in ballet, contemporary, and jazz including Laura Wade, Randy Duncan, Lizzie Mackenzie, and many more. After graduating from Rockford Christian High School, Jillian went on to further her dance training at Point Park University’s dance program on scholarship. While there she experienced many top teachers and choreographers from throughout the country but at age 20 she changed paths and began going to school for nursing. After completing her associates degree at Rock Valley College, she was very excited to have been accepted into Saint Anthony College of Nursing and is currently working on receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. While going to school she has been teaching and choreographing for Joey Hernandez at Resilience Dance Company where she earned numerous choreography awards in the Wisconsin and Chicago area. Jillian is excited to be furthering her teaching experience by teaching and choreographing contemporary, lyrical, and ballet for Beth Fowler’s School of Dance and ballet for Miss Andrea’s Dance Factory!ragraph here.

joey zander -

Teacher

     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.

brady hinkle -

TEACHER/COACH

 

     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.

Miss Andrea

OWNER/TEACHER/COACH

 

     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!!!

Brian Purifoy 

Teacher

Jillian Kniep

Teacher

Abby Finnegan

Teacher

Brittany Schamell

Teacher / Coach

tara tilley -

TEACHER/COACH

 

     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!