Our Awesome Staff

Miranda Cordes
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Owner, DDA Artistic Director, DYB Executive 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

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. 

Jennifer Edmunds
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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.

Maxine Honeywell

Children's Division

Maxine Honeywell is a 17-year-old DeKalb High School senior. She began dancing at the age of 3. She has been dancing with Dimensions Dance Academy since 2015 and has been teaching/assisting since 2017. She has participated in the Joffrey Ballet International Summer Intensive, The Ruth Page International Summer Intensive, and has performed in the Ruth Page School of Dance Nutcracker. With DDA she has performed the roles of Giselle, The Lilac Fairy from The Sleeping Beauty, and many ballet roles in school recitals. Maxine enjoys teaching beginner to intermediate dancers, and her favorite thing is seeing progress in her students. After her graduation, Maxine is planning to attend the University of Illinois at Chicago to study rehabilitation sciences and then go on to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Diana Koranda
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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
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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.

Samantha Perri
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Sam Perri trained in gymnastics since the age of 5. She competed on the club team until she was in 8th grade, and then earned a spot on the Dekalb-Sycamore high school Co-op gymnastics team as a freshman. She found her love for dance through the Sycamore Orchesis program, and then joined the JV dance team her sophomore year. She became an Orchesis officer her junior year as well as making the Varsity dance team. Senior year, she became the Varsity Dance team captain and continued to be an officer for Orchesis with more responsibility than the previous year. She choreographed many dances in Orchesis that were recognized by other choreographers. She is now minoring in dance at NIU and is going out of her comfort zone by taking ballet and modern, something she hasn’t been trained in as much as other styles of dance. Sam is very grateful that her gymnastics background has helped her become the dancer she is today, and she loves to share her knowledge and love for dance with her students! 

Shari Riley
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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
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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
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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.