PRINCIPLE DANCE FACULTY
Principle Dance Director (2018), Instructor since 2015
In 2017, she completed her 200-hour power yoga teaching certificate through CorePower Yoga. Currently, she dances for Project 606 and Trifecta Dance Collective, in addition to choreographing around the Chicago area. Kimberly is thrilled to be joining her husband, Ryan, in taking directorship at Principle Dance!
Principle Dance Director (2018), Instructor since 2018
Principle Dance Founder, Director (2007-2018), Instructor since 2007
Heather is a Chicago based choreographer, teacher and dancer. She is the creator of Principle Dance's curriculum within three specialized programs. Her experience, attention to detail, and articulate communication allow her to recognize and develop each student's potential.
Heather has created movement in the spheres of contemporary concert dance, musical theater, classical ballet, and vocal performance. She has conceived, scripted, and staged seven original story ballets for children that incorporate text and a variety of dance forms. Her multi-disciplinary jazz work, Azure & Indigo, was selected for the 2016 Pivot Arts Incubator Program at Loyola University Chicago. Her choreography has been performed in Chicago at the Athenaeum Theater, Act One Studios, and Hamlin Park as well as in theaters in Austin, TX. Heather danced commercially for Brella Productions in Evanston, IL. She has performed as a guest dancer with Winifred Haun & Dancers and is a former member of Zephyr Dance. Heather is a former Lucky Plush Productions board member, and she holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Texas.
Principle Dance Instructor since 2008
Director of Principle Dance's Early Development Program since 2016
Shari brings over 18 years of experience as an educator. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology, and a dual Master's degree in Science and Teaching, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Through the Hubbard Street Education Program, Shari trained with Terry Goetz of the Creative Dance Center to study Brain Dance curriculum and its impact on skill development, improvisational problem solving, cognitive growth, and social-emotional connections.
Shari teaches all levels in Principle Dance's Early Development Program, where her background complements Brain Dance and its focus on movement patterns, imaginative play, sensorimotor skills, and dance technique. She has written and directed two original story ballets for Principle Dance's younger dancers. She hopes to help each child form friendships, have fun, develop a solid dance foundation, and experience the same excitement for dance that she had as a child.
Principle Dance Instructor & Stage Designer since 2010
Hailing from Madison Wisconsin, Jenny began her training at Ballet Madison with guidance from mentor Charmaine Ristow and Robin Pettersen; she received her Bachelor’s degree, in Art and Dance, from the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater. After accepting a Fellowship Grant to the University of Michigan Master’s Program, completed a graduate degree in Performance and Choreography. Jenny has had the opportunity to study with dance legends; Doug Varone, Elizabeth Streb, and Janet Lily.
In Chicago, she danced with the Lyric Opera, choreographed for the NetIP Annual Charity Gala and Dance Chicago. She currently is the resident choreographer and a dancer with Project 606. The company’s work was submitted and accepted into the multi-synergistic FRINGE Festival in Minnesota.
Principle Dance Instructor since 2016
Mai has danced with Lyric Opera of Chicago ‘The King and I’, 2nd Sight Dance (Orlando), Florida Dance Theatre (Lakeland), Metropolitan Ballet (Minneapolis) and Ajkun Ballet Theatre (New York). Claypool’s Florida performances also include Annie at Lakeland Community Theatre. Her diverse dance repertoire ranges from classic roles such as Aurora/Sleeping Beauty, Kitri/Don Quixote, Myrtha/Giselle, and Sugar Plum Fairy/The Nutcracker to many contemporary works. A former student of Matsuyama Ballet School in Tokyo, the Joffrey Ballet School, and the Connecticut Ballet Summer Intensive, Claypool is an ABT Certified Teacher and has taught for companies nationwide. She currently teaches at Hubbard Street Dance Youth program and is excited to continue teaching ballet, pointe, and contemporary modern at Principle Dance this season!
Principle Dance Instructor since 2018
Shannon began her dance training at age four in Downers Grove IL. Her passion for dance then took her to Northern Illinois University where she received her B.F.A. in dance performance. During her training at N.I.U. she had the privilege of performing soloist roles in numerous ballets re-staged by Randall Newsom. She has also performed as a guest artist with Midwest Ballet Academy, Rockford Dance Company, and State Street Dance Studio. In 2007 Shannon joined NoMi Dance company, and as a founding member, she continues to perform with the company. Shannon was honored to be a part of a work titled "Kim" by Joshua Blake Carter, which was selected to be a part of the 2018 Dance for Life show at the Auditorium Theatre. In 2013, Shannon was mentioned in a review of NoMi Dance Company by Tribune critic Sid Smith who wrote: “…a collaboratively fashioned solo for Brodie, bittersweet and smart… toe work and turns, in a backstage scenario boosted by Brodie’s strength and carefully crafted nonchalance…” She has also performed with Winifred Haun and Dancers as a company member, and was a part of the Martha Graham inspired performance series “Vision Faith Desire”. In 2017 she had the opportunity travel with the company to Ludington Michigan as part of a teaching and performing residency with local dance studios. In 2018 Shannon joined Trifecta Dance Collective for their Ingrained collaborative performance series.
Administrative Assistant since 2018
Elaine Luther is an independent studio artist with a sense of humor. Her mission is to make art that’s brave, vulnerable and true, and sometimes funny.
Administrative Assistant since 2018
Jane Knox is an animator and illustrator who loves concept design and narrative visual development. She is a recent graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Animation. In her work she brings light to the seemingly mundane, and she is always concerned with the dynamic illusion of motion.