Our Awesome Staff
Brittany began dancing at the age of 3 with Moves Dance Theater in IL. She studied ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, acro, musical theater and acting. By the age of 8, Brittany was competing nationally winning many high scores and scholarships. She also had many performance opportunities such as Nuts and Bolts with Joel Hall, The Christmas Spectacular with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Bob McGrath Show at Navy Pier. Some of the dance masters she studied with included Terry Fox, Avnun Yakubov, Van Collins, Marc Wayne, Anne Wayne, Sherry Moray, Missy Ridgeway and Watmora Casey. Besides dance, Brittany was involved in many print and acting jobs. She was chosen to attend the Peter Sklar acting camp in New York and starred in a Subway commercial. She could also be seen as a model in the Speigel Catalogue.
Throughout her Middle School and High School years, Brittany continued to dance competitively with Perseverance Dance Company under the direction of Missy Ridgeway. Perseverance was recognized as one of the top children’s competitive troops in the nation and Brittany won several prestigious dance awards and scholarships. She even signed on with her first agent at DDO Talent Agency. She kept busy by teaching her own dance classes at Dance Dance Dance in Glen Ellyn and choreographing for her high school poms team.
Straight out of high school, Brittany trained at Gus Giardano Dance School in Chicago on scholarship. She trained there for a year and then received the exciting news that she was accepted to train on scholarship at The Edge Performing Arts Center in LA. Brittany decided to move out to California to pursue a professional career in dance. She was very successful and performed in years and years of live stage shows at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood and made television appearances on the Suite Life of Zack and Cody. She traveled to many different countries with Franz Harary as a magician’s dancer/assistant. She began studying Latin Jazz under one of Jennifer Lopez’s choreographers, Gustavo Vargas, and performed in many Latin Jazz shows. She also taught classes at Gotta Dance in Grenada Hills, CA.
In 2014, Brittany relocated to Green Bay to work for Barbs Dance Center, where her dances won many high score and choreography awards. She is now living back in Illinois and teaching and choreographing for Studios all over Illinois, and we are lucky enough to welcome her to Dance Dynamics to teach lyrical and jazz classes! We are so excited to have her on staff!
Michelle Balsamo began dancing at three years old. She danced competitively until the age of eighteen and studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip-hop and contemporary. From the age of eighteen and on she has been teaching and choreographing pieces for competitive dancers. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2017 with a BA in dance. She studied modern techniques, ballet, west African, jazz, hip-hop and improvisation under the Columbia faculty. Through Columbia’s Repertoire Performance Workshop Michelle had the opportunity to work with and perform the choreography of Carrie Hanson, Thomas DeFrantz, and Vershawn Ward. She has also performed the works of Gil Mata, Cameron Mathe, Alvin Ramirez, Matt Pilalis, Julian Carmolinga, and Dionna Pridgeon at the Carnival Choreographer’s Ball in Chicago. She hopes to continue training, teaching, and performing in all different styles and work with new artists and students in the future.
Michelle teaches lyrical, hip hop, modern & contemporary and jazz as well as choreographs for our company! We are so excited to continue having Michelle at Dance Dynamics!
Denise Quinn-Instructor/Dynamic Dancers Director
Denise has been in the dance business for over 40 years. She has been dancing and teaching since she was a young girl. In 1980, after many years of experience in teaching at different studios and park districts, Denise opened her own dance and gymnastics studio that ran successfully for 20 years. There she taught all ages and levels both gymnastics and dance. Denise raised two daughters with the same love and passion for dance that she had, and her youngest, Brittnie, has followed in her footsteps by opening Dance Dynamics in 2008. Denise now works with children of all ages in dance and in special education in preparation for the Special Olympics.
Denise runs the "Dynamics Dancers" program-a program dedicated to special needs Children of all ages and skill level. Denise also teaches some of our tot classes throughout the week.
Summer of 2015 one of Denise's long time students attended the Special Olympic World Games in LA and won the GOLD MEDAL!!!! Denise has many, many years of experience and now has a gold medal winner under her belt!! We are so lucky to have her working with our dancers at Dance Dynamics.
Denise is also in charge of ordering dancewear and shoes for the studio and helps out in stage management for the Dance Dynamic's annual recitals. She also makes costumes for our competition and recreational programs.
Susan Altman-Instructor/Adult Ballet & Baton Director
Susan Altman is an accomplished ballerina with an extensive history of performing and teaching for over 30 years. She teaches Ballet I/II and is also our director for our Adult Ballet program.
In 2016, Susan earned the honor of becoming a certified teacher for American Ballet Theatre in New York, NY. To become an ABT Certified Teacher, candidates must complete intensive training in the ABT National Training Curriculum and successfully pass comprehensive examinations. As an ABT Certified teacher, Susan is permitted to teach the ABT National Training Curriculum, levels pre-primary through Level 3. We are one of the few studios in the Midwest to have an ABT certified teacher on our staff!
Susan performed with the Pointe Park Ballet of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and the Detroit Civic Ballet in Royal Oak, MI. She has completed ballet mastery and choreography courses in recent years with the California Ballet, and the Del Mar Ballet in California.
Susan runs our adult ballet program as well as our baton program director. She teaches group lessons as well as runs a competitive baton program at Dance Dynamics. Susan also teaches multiple leevls of ballet with her ABT certification.
Susan's baton students have competed at many local, regional and national baton twirling competitions, and have won divisional titles, such as AAU Midwest Regional Champion, and USTA State Champion. One of her students was crowned with the most prestigious title for the NBTA division in our state, Miss Majorette of Illinois 2016. Her coaching experience includes twirling, X strut, poms, dance team, and pageant modeling.
Nickie Del Re Masino- Instructor
With her love of performing and explosive style, Chicago native Nickie Del Re-Masinoʼs vast experience includes touring the country as a world renowned Radio City Rockette in the annual production “Radio City Rockette Christmas Spectacular,” “The Masquerade Village Show in the Sky” at the Rio Suites Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, the World Cup opening ceremonies, and featured roll in “Dance Chicago”, “Jazz Hot”, and Lisa Boehmʼs annual production of the “Nutcracker Suite Ballet.” Nickie has performed with recording artists such as Tony Bennett, Richard Marx, Kristine W., and Jon Secada.
She has choreographed and performed in numerous industrials across the United States and has appeared in commercials for Reebok, Rio Suites Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and the Broadway musical “The Producers.” You may have also seen here 'eye highʼ kicks as a Radio City Rockette on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and her choreography was spotlighted on NBCʼs Americas Got Talent in 2014. Nickie has been teaching for more than 25 years and receives high praise for teaching award winning choreography, exceptional technique, and a strong work ethic, which has advanced many of her students to the professional level.
We are so excited to continue having Nickie at Dance Dynamics for her 2nd year this fall! She will be teaching differnt jazz & ballet levels, we are so thankful to have her!
Lily Henson- Instructor
Lily started dancing with Dance Dynamics when we opened in 2008. Lily really developed a love for dance at age 11 and started training more intensely and joined our competitive company. Lily has trained in all styles of dance including, Tap, Ballet Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary & Musical Theater. Lily has just recently graduated from St. Charles East High School and is currently competing her last year with DDDC.
Lily has been a tremendous asset to our studio over the last 10 years and a wonderful leader and overall incredible dancer & performer for our dance company. We are so excited to now welcome Lily to our staff at Dance Dynamics teaching our youngest dancers on Friday & Saturday mornings!
Juliana Dragisic- Instructor
Juliana Dragisic started dancing at the age of 4, taking ballet and jazz classes. From that age on, she studied in most styles of dance consisting of ballet, jazz, hiphop, contemporary, pointe, & modern. At the age of 16, Juliana auditioned for a professional, adult contemporary company; Meraki Dance Company. She was one of the founding members of Meraki and the youngest on the company. After her first year of working with Meraki Dance Company, she got the news that she was accepted into AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts! She traveled to New York City and enrolled into a 2-week summer program at AMDA, and was able to study all forms of dance. She learned and trained with LaQuet Pringle. Juliana then graduated in the class of 2020 at AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, with her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts (BFA). She has worked with a variety of dance instructors; Donyelle Jones, Fresh Redding, Mackenzie Martin, Stephanie Landwehr, Louis Jones, Jason Gorman, Nancy Owen, Tracy Silver, Misha Lee, Sergio Lopez, and many others. Juliana performed in Fresh Redding’s choreographer’s Carnival piece in Los Angeles. She is currently working as a choreographer and dance instructor in the Chicagoland area, and also creating kinetic films including choreography and editing. She is incredibly excited to start working with the dancers at Dance Dynamics this coming spring!
Annalisa began dancing at age 3 at Center Stage Dance Studio in Bloomingdale, Illinois. Up until she graduated at 18, she trained in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, and musical theatre. She became a part of Aspire Dance Company, the competition team of Center Stage at around age 5. With 13 years of experience in competitive dance, she began teaching tap technique class at Center Stage as a freshman in high school. She continued teaching technique classes along with tap, jazz, and ballet recital classes throughout her high school years. After graduating, she started choreographing for the competition company with additional tap technique classes and various styles of recital classes. Currently attending Elmhurst University, Annalisa is completing dance-based and business courses with interest in becoming a dance therapist for children with special needs. We are pleased to welcome Annalisa to our Dance Dynamics staff as our new tap instructor starting in 2021 and look forward to all she has to offer our dancers!
Nikki Perley-Office Manager & Instructor
Nikki has been our wonderful office Manager at Dance Dynamics for the last 9 years and now in 2019 runs our amazing Yoga Program! Nikki got her Certification in Yoga & Yoga Sculpt in May of 2019 and teaches 12-15 classes a week! We are so excited to offer Yoga sculpt at the studio several times a week with Nikki, this class is for anyone ages 18+ looking for a GREAT work out!
Alyssa started dancing at the age of 3 but did not become serious about it until the age of 12. Though her specialties are Contemporary/Modern, Lyrical, and Jazz dance, Over the years Alyssa has emerged herself in various styles including Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, and Ballet- including minor Pointe work. Alyssa danced under Brittnie Quinn in 2006 until her senior year in 2013 and was a part of the Dance Dynamics Dance Company for 5 years. While on company she had the chance to take classes from artists such as Stacey Tookey, Sonya Tayeh, Mark Meismer, and Paula Morgan. Jumping to more recent years, Alyssa graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelors of Arts in Dance and Choreography. During her years at Columbia College, she has performed on stages including, The Dance Center of Columbia College’s main stage, Stage 773, and more recently the Auditorium Theater. Alyssa also performs Alluvion Dance Chicago. This will be Alyssa’s 5th year as an instructor & choreographer at Dance Dynamics. recently Alyssa's choreography has won multiple overall placement and highest score in an age division and 1st overall! She has also won "Best Choreography"
We are so excited to have Alyssa with us again both as a teacher & an incredible choreographer!
This fall Alyssa will be attending Arizona state as a TA to receive her masters in dance education! Miss Alyssa will be teaching virtual classes for us and master classes when she's in town as well as choreographing for our company. Good luck this fall Alyssa!!!