Teachers & Programs

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The Incomparable 

Debbie Reynolds

DANA ROSENTHAL - Owner & Dance Teacher

Dancing by age 3, Dana has been in the dance industry for 35 years! Experienced in hip hop, jazz, poms, ballet, pointe, modern, tap and musical theatre she grew from dancer, to teacher, to choreographer to dance studio owner! She’s taught and choreographed for all ages working with multiple studios, schools, hip hop crews, musical theatre programs and dance teams throughout Chicago & Los Angeles.  Starting out as a dance major, she graduated from the University of Iowa and was a dancer & co-director of Hip Hop ConnXion Chicago. Dana appeared as a contestant on the 2003 Reboot of Dance Fever (70's TV dance show) on ABC Family and has also performed at Disney World and Carnegie Hall in New York!  In 2006, Dana moved to LA to pursue dance and found her passion for the business side. She managed Debbie Reynolds’ Studio where the top professional dancers train and taught alongside choreographers for Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Chris Brown and Madonna to name a few. Dana taught and coached the dance team at Occidental College where President Obama attended. She was also a Production Manager and Head of Registration for the USA & World Hip Hop Dance Championships through Hip Hop International who created and produced MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew. One of Dana’s major professional accomplishments is choreographing the Nintendo Wii games: Just Dance for Kids and Smurf Dance Party!  After returning to Chicago in 2013, she co-created and produced the Chicago Youth Dance Exhibition as well as produced Carnival Chicago!  In 2017 it was time for Dana to start her biggest adventure and opened DanceRoom Chicago for ALL ages and levels to enjoy Dance, Fitness and Activity! She is excited to fuse her two worlds of Chicago and LA together & happiest when she’s able to provide to others what she loves most…DANCE!!!

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ESTEFANIA

ZUMBA

Growing up in Mexico City & moving to Chicago in 2004, DANCE & FITNESS has always been part of Estefania’s life. Dancing for fun at a very young age she often performed front row center at school festivals!  In 2008, she discovered Zumba dancing to the DVDs at home, taking classes at the gym, became certified in June 2016 & has been teaching at various locations ever since.  Estefania’s true love for dance fitness was inspired as a MixxedFit student which combines explosive dance movements with bootcamp toning. Within a year of training, Estefania was certified in 2014 and has been teaching, learning and loving the dance fitness format.  Her Mixxed Fit class is big & loud, like a party often including fun themes!  She loves teaching dance fitness classes because she's feel good helping students to release stress, exercise & find a tribe that supports each other beyond the dance floor. Estefania’s goal is to always help students feel healthier, leaving happier than when they arrived and smile!

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Sensei Miran is a 4th degree black belt in ITF Taekwondo and Hapkido. He started training in 1993 at the age of 9 under Master Fred Richmond.  Ranked in the top ten in the Midwest between 2008 - 2014, Miran is an 11 time Midwest champion in forms, fighting and weapons & he's a member of the first AKA fighting team.   Aside from karate,  Miran enjoys dunking basketballs, surfing and working out.

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MAKSUMIC MARTIAL ARTS

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KALEIGH DENT

KPOP

Kaleigh Dent graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance.  She’s been teaching for 5 years at various Illinois studios and continues to create and perform whenever possible. Kaleigh currently dances with Still Inspired, Joel Hall Dancers, Identity, & Echo Modern Dance Collective. Her recent performances include the Black Legacy Project at Navy Pier (Joel Hall Choreography) and Phoenix ^5 (Van Collins Choreography). She has also choreographed and performed for Inaside Dance Chicago Virtual Choreography Competition and various studio showcases. Kaleigh is talented in many styles of dance and excited to teach Kpop to anyone who wants to learn this awesome, unique style! 

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CATHERINE ATTFIELD

LATIN & BALLROOM

Catherine Attfield is a Chicago based dance instructor and choreographer specializing in social and

partnering dance styles. Training at a young age in ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop led her to performances

in dance & theatre, and earned a BA in acting from Columbia College Chicago. After graduating, Catherine

received her training in ballroom, Latin and swing styles and discovered her passion for helping adults

develop dance skills with confidence and excitement. Catherine is a highly sought after and in-demand

ballroom and social dance instructor, working with hundreds of brides and grooms each year to curate

memorable and meaningful first dances.  Her choreography has been represented in theatrical and

commercial productions, conventions and formal events around the Chicagoland area. Through private

lessons, private parties and high energy group classes, Catherine is dedicated to providing fun and unique

date nights that are sure to make you and your partner the envy of every party!