Our Awesome Staff

Miranda Cordes

Owner, Artistic Director, Ballet, Pointe, Progressing Ballet Technique

Miss Miranda has extensive professional dance experience as a member of several dance companies throughout the Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI areas including Elements Contemporary Ballet, Chicago, IL, Joel Hall II, Chicago, IL, Pastiche Dance Ensemble, Milwaukee, WI, Mathis Locket Dance Company, Chicago, IL, and Beth Fowler Dance Company, Genoa, IL.  She trained with the Joffrey Ballet in New York City at age 16 and continued her training in Chicago at Ballet Chicago and the Joel Hall Dance Center, later receiving a scholarship to study Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. Miss Miranda is a member of the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters and a certified Progressing Ballet Technique instructor. She lives in DeKalb with her family and continues to train and perform as a dancer, while also teaching and inspiring others through her leadership at Dimensions Dance Academy.

Samantha Haywood

Assistant Artistic Director, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Barre Above®

Samantha Haywood began training and performing at the age of 7. She continued her education at Northern Illinois University where she received a bachelors degree in Hospitality Administration and a minor in Dance Performance. Sam is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Modern. 

Sam has choreographed for organizations including Fox Valley Park District, Children's Community Theatre, Indian Valley Theatre, Sycamore High School Orchesis, and many more. She has also choreographed productions such as Hairspray, Jekyll and Hyde, The Little Mermaid, Young Frankenstein, and It Shoulda Been You for Stage Coach Players of DeKalb. She continues to choreograph for various organization around the area. 

Hannah Bohn

Ballet

Hannah Bohn has over 25 years of dance experience. She has had training from 5 different dance studios in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, character, contemporary and hip hop. She has danced many lead roles in various productions over the course of 24 years. In 2007 and 2008, Hannah auditioned for and was selected to take a 4-week summer intensive with the American Ballet Theatre in Austin, Texas. She was taught by ABT professionals such as Jolinda Menendez, Christine Spizzo and George de La Pena. Each year, she was a featured in their closing production.
Hannah believes in encouraging her students to be the best that they can be, and to never compare themselves to others. She strives to help her students reach their goals, and to prepare them not only for their professional career, but for life in general. She loves to ignite passion in dancers, and thoroughly enjoys seeing them excel in each step of their career!

Jennifer Edmunds

Adult Ballet

Jennifer Edmunds has been studying dance since grade school, beginning at Ellis Duboulay in Chicago. She continued studying at Gus Giordano and Chicago City Ballet. Jennifer attended Butler University as a dance major for one year, then transferred and graduated from 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 Edmunds

Acro

Melissa Edmunds began training as a gymnast at the age of 6. She trained and competed as a club gymnast for 10 years before studying dance. At Sycamore High School, she was a member of the Spartanette Dance Team and Orchesis Dance Company for 2 years. After high school, Melissa studied Kinesiology at Northern Illinois University. While at NIU she was a member of the Silverettes Dance Team and Alpha Phi. As she takes on her graduate studies for Occupational Therapy, she hopes to use dance as a tool to connet with her patients and empower them to express themselves. 

Diana Koranda

Children's Division

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. 

Madelyn Maxwell

Children's Division, Park District Classes

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 in Coppelia, Odette in Swan Lake, and Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty. Madelyn has always had a passion for teaching and choreographing while working in a variety of settings with children of all ages. As she enters college, Madelyn is proud to be attending Northern Illinois University to pursue a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish and Dance.

Baylee Moon

Children's Division

Baylee Moon 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.

Tamara Newquist

Modern

Tammy has studied dance for over 40 years and has performed, taught and choreographed at Rockford University, Rockford Dance Company, Beth Fowler School of Dance, and currently with Dance Dimensions Academy and Sycamore High School Orchesis.  She also served as the School Director for the  Rockford Dance Company and directed her own dance troupe, Pastiche Dance Ensemble in venues throughout Northern Illinois and  Milwaukee, WI.

Shari Riley

Contemporary

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.  

Melissa Roseberg

Tap

Melissa Roseberg has been dancing and performing since she was 5 years old.  She trained in tap, jazz, ballet and acrobatics and loves teaching all levels of dancers.  She is currently a member of CNADM (Chicago National Association of Dance Masters) and part of Dance Dimensions' performing Adult Company.  Melissa is a Physical Education Teacher at Sycamore High School, Assistant Director of Sycamore Orchesis program, Sycamore High School Musical Choreographer and has her Masters in Adapted Physical Education. Melissa also lends her talents to Stage Coach Players Community Theatre in DeKalb choreographing over 18 productions. Her passions are dance, physical education and wellness and loves to learn and grow in every aspect of life.  

Samantha Wootton

Hip Hop, Tap

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.

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