2013 Fall Faculty
Jennifer Adam-Bailey began her ballet training at Rochester School of Ballet in Rochester, MI. At the age of 16, she was accepted to the School of the American Ballet on a full scholarship and studied at the school for three years. Jennifer danced professionally with the Pennsylvania Ballet and Atlanta Ballet. In 1997, she was offered a merit scholarship to attend Indiana University to study in the ballet department and graduated with a B.S. in ballet and a teaching degree from the Individualized Major Program. In 2001, she was offered a full scholarship and teaching fellowship to University of Michigan and earned an M.F.A. in modern dance and choreography. She presently teaches ballet and modern in the kinesiology department, coaches privately in her home, and guest teaches throughout the U.S.
Julie Cartier has invested her last 25 years to all things dance. She first came to Chicago via the concert dance scene, performing with some of Chicago's finest dance companies including Chi-town Jazz Dance, The Lynda Martha Dance Company and River North Dance Company. Julie's diverse background has presented her with a wide range of theatrical projects both as performer & choreographer. She has performed with The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and, on a lark, performed on The Today Show! She has recently choreographed for Celebrity Cruise Lines newest ships and continues to create new work for companies throughout the US. Julie started Soul-2-Soles Youth Tap Company at Dancecenter North in Libertyville, IL, and continues to teach for some of the finest studios in the Chicagoland area and abroad, including a 10-year stint at Barat College, Dancenter Evanston, Danceworks of Milwaukee, Gus Giordano's Dance Center, and the Lou Conte Dance Studio.
Michael Foley is considered a master teacher in the field of modern dance, and has been teaching and choreographing internationally for over 20 years. His work has been commissioned by major international dance companies from the U.S., Mexico, Ireland, Italy, Cuba, Panama, and by the Cirque du Soleil organization. He is a long-time faculty member at the Bates Dance Festival, as well as teaching at the National Ballet of Cuba, Steps/NYC and The Amsterdam Dance Center. Michael is the recipient of a Fulbright Award, a Kennedy Center/American Theater Festival Award, and was the Ruth Page Visiting Artist at Harvard University. He currently divides his time between Paris, France where he directs a major study abroad program for college-age dancers, and the University of South Florida, where he is a Professor of Dance. Michael received his MFA from the University of Washington.
Brandon Koepsell is a native of Detroit,MI where he began his training at the age of 7 at the Turning Pointe School for the Performing Arts.. After high school, he spent time performing with Companie Coline in Istre, France, where he was able to perform in several historic theaters throughout the south of France. Brandon also spent time training in Los Angeles and assisting choreographer Denise Leitner. He recently worked as the assistant choreographer on the set of “Oz, the Great and Powerful” where he was able to work with director Sam Raimi and actors James Franco and Mila Kunis. Brandon’s true passion is teaching and has been training and choreographing for students of all ages for the past 7 years in the areas of ballet, contemporary jazz and partnering.
Stephanie Martinez has performed with numerous Chicago-based ensembles including Luna Negra Dance Theater, Same Planet Different World, River North Chicago Dance Company, James Kelly Choreography Project, and Concert Dance Inc. She was also a featured dancer for Diana Ross’s appearance in the 2006 World Cup Opening Ceremonies. Stephanie has extensive experience in major industrial and trade shows, and has made several appearances on PBS and MTV. She is a former Ruth Page Award winner and has studied on scholarship with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, and Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater. She has also been a principle dancer with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in productions of Manon and The Merry Widow. Currently, Stephanie choreographs works for dance companies locally and around the country.
Mme. Peff Modelski-Ringland was born in New York City and trained with Margaret Craske, Alfredo Corvino, at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School; Oubokov, Doubrouvska, Vladimirov, at the School of American Ballet and The High School of Performing Arts with Thalia Mara, David Woods and Stuart Hodes. During her career, she trained with Danielian, Pereyaslavic, Charisse, David Howard, Hector Zaraspe and Willy Burmann. As a professional ballet dancer, she performed for four decades and was in the original company of Fiddler on the Roof for Jerome Robbins. Madame Peff taught professional ballet class at Steps in New York for 29 years. She is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and a Master Registered Dance Educator. Madame Peff coaches and teaches young ballet dancers privately for national and international ballet competitions, and maintains a private Feldenkrais practice, working with children with all forms of autism, brain damage, learning difficulties and ADD.
Stephanie Paul is a Co-Founder, Artistic Director, and ensemble member of Be the Groove, a Chicago based rhythmic performance and education ensemble. In addition to working with BTG, she also teaches dance at Northwestern University, Dance Center Evanston, and Lake Forest Dance Academy. Her love of theater has also led her to the nationally acclaimed Albany Park Theater Project, where she is a Resident Artist and Co- Director. She has also worked with Looking Glass Theatre’s LAB program as a choreographer and composer. Her approach to dance and music instruction is founded in the usage of rhythm as the means of motivating development of ensemble and individual self-confidence.