Our Awesome Staff
Diana Koranda graduated from Northern Illinois University where she received her masters for Speech-Language Pathology. During her undergraduate experience at Augustana College, she was a member and President of Augustana College Dance Company. Diana started dancing at 7 years old at the Rise Dance Company in Schaumburg, IL and has trained in ballet, lyrical, hip hop, jazz and modern dance. She taught dance classes at the Rock Island park district and Davenport Junior Theatre. Diana believes that dance is a form of communication and expression. It is an art and a sport wrapped into one, and the strength it gives you is not just muscular but mental strength as well.
Matthew began dancing at 9 years old, studying jazz and tap. He studied disabilities at Northern Illinois University and received his Master's degree in Communicative Disorders Rehabilitation Counseling. Matt works at Rosecrance Inc. as a therapeutic Yoga instructor. Matthew became connected with DDA in 2014 and has worked his way into adult tap, ballet and jazz. He currently teaches the Rock N' Roll wheelchair class.
Baylee started dancing with Debbie's Dance Dimensions at age 5. She also danced competitively with Northern Illinois Dance Center on their Senior Dance Team. She returned to DDA in 2013 to study with Miss Miranda. Baylee was on the Sycamore High School Varsity Dance Team, taking third place at the IHSA State Competition her senior year and was an officer with Sycamore High School's Orchesis Dance Troupe for three years. Her philosophy as a teacher is to turn your weakness into your strength and always strive to be your best.
Madelyn Maxwell has been studying dance since the age of three. She began dancing at Dimensions Dance Academy and has continued through high school. Madelyn has studied ballet, contemporary, jazz, and modern dance styles. At age 15, she attended a two-week-long intensive at Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago. With Dimensions Dance Academy Madelyn has performed many roles including Myrtha in Giselle, Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Swanilda jn Coppelia, and Odette in Swan Lake. She also has participated in parades, dance conventions, and other local events. Madelyn has always had a passion for teaching and choreographing while working in a variety of settings with children of all ages. As she looks to complete her senior year at Dekalb High School, Madelyn will be exploring an Elementary Education degree with a minor in Dance.
Shari Riley was raised in the great state of Washington where she found her purpose to move, and her purpose to express the infectious nature of what it means to be able to move. She moved to Chicago in 2007 began studying higher dance education at Columbia College Chicago where she graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors’ of Fine Arts Degree in Teaching. In 2015, she graduated with Masters of Education in pedagogy and curriculum development from Northern Illinois University. In addition to her teaching endeavors, she was a member of Red Clay Dance Company, Salty Lark Dance, and founded her own company Creative Nests. Mrs. Riley wants to continue in dance education and performance throughout the De Kalb County area to learn and to discover more about movement. There is nothing greater than that; and Mrs. Riley is thankful for that blessing.
Jennifer Edmunds has been studying dance since grade school, beginning at Ellis Duboulay in Chicago. She contiued studying at Gus Giordana and Chicago City Ballet. Jennifer attended Butler University as a dance major for one year, then transferred and graduated fom NIU with a B.A. in Dance. After graduating from NIU, Jennifer moved to the east coast and performed with Princeton Ballet and Hamilton Ballet in New Jersey, focusing on Balanchine technique, she also worked with figure skaters and hockey players, teaching ballet classes during their competitive seasons. Jennifer returned to the Midwest and performed with the NIU Alumni Dance Company.
Melissa Roseberg has been dancing and performing since she was 5 years old at Debbie's Dance Dimensions. She trained in tap, jazz, ballet and acrobatics and loves to teach all levels of dancers. Melissa also lends her talents to Stage Coach Players Community Theatre in DeKalb choreographing over 12 productions such as Mary Poppins, Hairspray, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat and many more! Melissa is a Physical Education Teacher at Sycamore High School and is pursuing her Master's Degree in Adapted Physical Education. Her passions are dance, physical education and wellness. Melissa loves to learn and grow in every aspect of dance through other teachers, workshops, classes, choreographers and her own student’s creativity.
Julie Simon has an extensive dance background in a variety of dance forms and has taught in a wide variety of dance education centers including dance studios, colleges and at master classes and workshops throughout the US. She graduated from Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance Performance; double-concentration in Ballet and Jazz.
Julie’s choreography has won regional and national awards and has been highlighted in the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago, IL, at NBA Chicago Bulls and WNBA Chicago Sky games, in Dance Chicago at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago, IL, as well as various musicals, recitals and regional and national competitions for various dance companies and
studios. Her performance experience includes performing at the Super Bowl opening the Pre-Show Party for Katy Perry, as well as with various professional dance teams, contemporary dance companies including Deeply Rooted Dance Theater and B.I.S.I. Chicago Dance Company, musical theatre companies, and commercial/corporate events in Chicago, IL. Julie is grateful to continue to share her passion for dance with the next generation of dancers!
Samantha Wootton has been dancing for fifteen years with training in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, modern and hip hop. She began at Artistic Dance at age seven, moving on to Debbie’s Dance Dimensions at age nine where she remained through the transition to Dance Dimensions and now, Dimensions Dance Academy. Throughout those years she has been part of competition teams and traveled to Disney World twice to represent her dance studio as a performing troupe member. She enjoys teaching various dance styles and choreography offered to her at the studio. Samantha is currently taking college courses to earn her bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and has had the privilege of designing programs and other artwork for various community events.