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MDC Faculty

Our world class faculty has years of professional experience, extensive training, and a passion for sharing their love of dance with others. We are committed to providing the best dance training in the Chicagoland area.

Owner/Director/Instructor


Martin Bronson

Martin Bronson

Martin Bronson began his training at his family’s dance studio in St. Louis, Missouri under the tutelage of his older sister, and continued his tap education at several tap festivals in St. Louis, Chicago, and New York City. Martin performed with Diva La Tap in St. Louis, Chicago Tap Theatre, co-founded The Tapmen tap company, and served as Rehearsal Director of Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s BAM! Martin was the recipient of the Artist in Resonance Grant for creation of new tap works in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Martin is also a passionate dance educator, regularly teaching master classes around the nation with recent credits including CHRP’s Rhythm World and Dance Masters of America. He has also developed education programs for Audible Odyssey and Chicago Human Rhythm Project.

Martin is incredibly excited to share his experience as a dancer and educator with Millennium Dance Center.

Instructors


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Zada Cheeks

Zada Cheeks, a native of Aurora, IL, began his dance training at the age of 10. He became a member of The Cartier Collective and Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s “BAM!” while graduating from West Aurora High School. Since then, Mr. Cheeks has also preformed with dance companies such as: Chicago Dance Crash, Civic Ballet of Chicago, Corpo Dance company, Inaside Chicago Dance, Kanopy Dance Company, River North Chicago Dance Company, The Tapmen,and Winifred and Dancers. He has performed nationally and internationally to China, Italy, Spain, and Venezuela. In addition, Zada also teaches at many dance studios around the Chicago land area, as well as workshops and master classes helping students express their feelings through dance.


Ricardo Garcia

Ricardo Garcia

Ricardo J. Garcia is from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. He began his training at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, where he earned a BA in Dance. Upon graduating, he joined the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC), under the direction of founder Jeraldine Blunden and subsequently Kevin Ward. At DCDC, he had the honor to work with acclaimed choreographers Bill T. Jones, Doug Verone, Donald McKayle, Ronald K. Brown and Dwight Rhoden, among others. Additionally, he was the recipient of the Josie Award for Outstanding Male Dancer of the Year in 2002. Ricardo has also performed with The Joffrey Ballet, Illinois Ballet, Peoria Ballet, Salt Creek Ballet, Rhythm in Shoes, Walt Disney World and most recently with Luna Negra Dance Theater. He has conducted classes throughout the US, Europe and Russia, and his choreography have been performed by Luna Negra Dance Theater, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II, South Dayton Dance Theater, Stivers School for the Arts, After School Matters and Piel Morena Contemporary Dance. Ricardo holds a Masters of Science in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy from Bay Path University and has been the Administrator of Career Transition For Dancers/Midwest, the Managing Director for Lucky Plush Productions, the Co-Artistic Director of the Blue Lake International Ensemble, on the faculty of The Chicago High School for the Arts, and is currently the Manager at the American Rhythm Center.


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Kali Page

Kali Page is originally from Cornelia, Georgia, and she began her dance training with Annette Lewis in Atlanta with Good Moves Dance Consort. She is a graduate from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she obtained a BFA in Modern Dance Performance. She has performed works by Romeo Castellucci, Andrea Miller, Michelle Mola, Meredith Glisson, Sidra Bell, Helen Simoneau, and Lauri Stallings. Her additional studies include the Jose Limon Summer Intensives, Salt Dance Fest, University of the Arts Dance Study Cycles, and Festival DʼAvignon. Kali has traveled to Centre National de la Danse in Paris, France and The Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp in Belgium for choreography and collaboration exchanges. She is also a founding member of Emily Cargill and Dancers, based in Atlanta where she performed in the Modern Atlanta Dance Festival. Kali is currently a dance artist with the Haymarket Opera Company, most recently performing in two baroque operas “Amadigi di Gaula” and “La Callisto.”


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Shaneequa Pool

Shaneequa is a dance instructor from the Western suburbs of Chicago. Her teaching background spans nearly a decade and includes pre-ballet/tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and dance fitness. She has always had a passion for dance as an art form and began formal training at the Academie of Dance in Hanover Park, Illinois under Mr. Watmora Casey. Shaneequa has a strong background in the styles of jazz and hip hop for dance teams, and in addition to her experience performing in high school poms, she has also choreographed for local high school teams and danced for the IFL’s Chicago Slaughter Dancers. Shaneequa has a BA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago (’10) where she studied under award winning modern dance professionals including; Carrie Hanson (The Seldoms), Dardi McGinley, Margi Cole (The Dance Collective), and Paige Cunningham (Merce Cunningham). Shaneequa’s teaching philosophy includes ensuring a safe and positive environment where students of all ages can receive quality instruction while having fun doing so!


Carson Reiners

Carson Reiners

Carson Reiners is a choreographer from NYC who has been based in Chicago since 2014. She received a 2015 IAP grant from the city of Chicago and was the recognized choreographer for DanceChance Redux 6.0 as well as having her work shown out throughout Chicago. Prior to living in Chicago Carson was based out of NYC where she worked for many prominent choreographers as well as having numerous international projects that have taken her to Europe, India, Peru, South Africa, and Israel for significant . She attended CODARTS in Rotterdam, Netherlands and graduated with a BFA in dance from the Anton Bruckner Universitat.

She is currently on faculty at 5 studios and reaches over 250 students a week through dance in and surrounding Chicago.