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Meet our Dance Instructors

Kristy Meza
Kristy MezaDance Coordinator and Élan Artistic Director
Kristy Meza is a singer, dancer, choreographer and fitness instructor in Chicago and Chicagoland area. After dancing with local studios while in high school, she studied dance at Columbia College Chicago then transferred to Northern Illinois University where she completed her B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Dance Performance. She is trained in many styles including musical theatre, jazz, ballet, hip hop, tap, modern, Latin and competitive dance and continues to devote her entire life teaching dance and fitness to help promote a healthy lifestyle. Kristy has trained with well respected choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Laurieann Gibson and with several local dance professionals including Paula Frasz, Judith Chitwood, Autumn Eckman, Jimmy Payne Jr., and Michelle L’amour. Some of her credentials include “Nutcracker” Northern Dance Theatre, “Northern Dance Theatre Spring Concert” Northern Dance Theatre and several student choreographic showcases. Kristy is so excited to be a part of the Naperville Park District Dance Academy!
Stacey Fontechia
Stacey FontechiaChoregrapher
Stacey has been dancing since she was three and has been teaching since 2001. She is trained in hip-hop, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, and pointe, and has been competing and coaching competition teams since 2001. She has competed twice in the Miss Dance Illinois Pageant and went on to compete twice in the Miss Dance USA Pageant ranking 18th in the country. Her credentials also include The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago’s “Nutcracker”; UDA All-Star; and Dancing in the New York City Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Stacey was also the captain of the Waubonsie Valley High School Poms team leading her team to the UDA Nationals in Orlando Florida and the WVHS Orchesis Troupe. Along with this she’s a graduate of the Comedy Studies Program at The Second City Chicago, former intern at CNN, FOX Chicago News, and Windy City Poker Championship. Stacey is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Marketing. She currently works as the Sales and Sponsorship Manager at the Naperville Park District. Stacey has been teaching for the Naperville Park District since 2006 and is thrilled to be part of the Naperville Dane Academy & Élan Dance Company and have the opportunity to work with so many wonderfully talented dancers!
Rita Coronado
Rita Coronado Dance Instructor
Rita began dancing at the age of 3 at Steppin’ out Dance Company in Aurora. She attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa and earned a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies. While in school, she was a member of the Cornell Studio Dance Troupe and eventually became the president for the last 2 years. Rita also taught advanced tap at Dance Arts Iowa. After graduation, Rita returned to Illinois where she became a teacher at the Compass School and taught music and movement classes to all students 15 months- 7 years old. She is thrilled to be a part of the Naperville Park District dance family, teaching ballet, tap, and creative movement.
Miranda Gentile
Miranda GentileDance Instructor
Dancing has been a part of Miranda’s life for over 20 years. Miranda has experience in Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern, Tap, and Contemporary; emphasis in Ballet, Modern, and Contemporary. Miranda started taking recreational dance classes at Gotta Dance Studio at a young age. Miranda has a decade of experience in competitive dance. The first studio Miranda competed for was Midwest Dance Authority, winning many prestigious medals and awards at Starpower, Showbiz, Hall of Fame, Showstoppers...etc. During Miranda’s high school career, she competed for Deforest Dance Academy, winning awards for solos, and group dances. Miranda attended Columbia College in Chicago for 1-year majoring in dance and taking ballet, modern, and dance history classes. Miranda is on the College of DuPage dance team and she will be getting her associates in Fine Art, emphasis in Dance. In 2016, Miranda was accepted to join the Kate Jablonski Statement, based in Lyons. Miranda is so thrilled and grateful to be welcomed to the Naperville Park district with open arms. Miranda is most excited for sharing and gaining knowledge from new students and teachers. Miranda’s main intention is to spread perseverance and fun!
Angie Locascio
Angie LocascioDance Instructor
Angie is originally from Springfield, IL where she was a company member with the Springfield Ballet Company. After moving to Florida in 2001, she danced with the West Florida Ballet Company. In 2003 she studied at the Boston Ballet’s Summer Intensive Workshop. Angie has worked with many reputable instructors/choreographers such as David Howard, Merrill Ashley, Pollyana Ribeiro and Wilfredo Rivera to name a few. Classical ballet has been her primary focus, but she is also trained in jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. Her performance experience consists of many lead roles including: Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Snow Queen and Arabian Coffee in The Nutcracker, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. Angie strives for excellence with her students through a disciplined yet fun approach to dance training.
Sarah Martin
Sarah MartinDance Instructor
Sarah is excited to be working at the Naperville Park District! Sarah has been dancing since she was seven years old and has done a large variety of dance styles. Some of her favorite dance styles include lyrical, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and musical theater dance. She danced with Project Dance Aurora's performance team for four years and performed as a dancer in over 20 musicals at Spotlight Youth Theater. She has also danced at College of DuPage and Hubbard Street in Chicago. She is graduating from North Central College in 2017 with a Psychology degree and a Dance minor. Sarah has been assisting and teaching dance classes since she was fifteen years old. She is also a teacher and choreographer at Spotlight Youth Theater where she teaches a variety of musical theater and dance classes and she choreographs musicals for them as well. Sarah loves working with children and helping them find their passions and seeing them grow through the art of dance.
Brenda Perez de Tejada
Brenda Perez de TejadaDance Instructor
Brenda has been dancing since she could walk & has fallen in love with the art of teaching dance to others within recent years. She began dancing in Mexico, moved to Texas, and then moved to Naperville! Finding a true passion for musical theatre led her to Elmhurst College where she then graduated with two bachelor degrees in Theatre & Spanish and minors in Dance & Education. She has studied the classic dance repertoire for over 10 years and has also studied a variety of styles such as: waltz, salsa, cha cha, merengue, foxtrot, jitterbug, swing, flamenco, Hawaiian, and African! She is currently in a professional, commercial dance company and is also a choreographer for high school musicals in the Chicagoland area! She loves that dance creates the ability to communicate through movement, making it universal and is so excited to bring her love of dance back to Naperville.
Lindsay Stein
Lindsay SteinDance Instructor
Lindsay has been dancing since she was three years old and teaching since 2006. She is trained in a variety of styles including Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballet, Poms, Acrobatics, Musical Theatre and Character dance. She is a former Hip Hop ConnXion dancer, Kinesis Modern Dancer, UDA All Star, and Junior Luvabulls choreographer. While she’s always had a love for performing, her true passion is teaching all levels of dance in a fun loving, energetic and challenging environment. She is so excited to be a part of the Naperville Dance Academy and Elan Dance Company where she can continue to motivate, inspire and be creative with her students!
Diane Stout
Diane StoutDance Instructor
Diane started dance lessons before she started kindergarten and has been dancing since the early 1960's! During high school she danced with local companies Ballet Montage and the DuPage Ballet. She majored in Dance at Butler University in Indianapolis, performed with Butler Ballet and was on the Butler Bulldog dance squad (which performed at half-time shows for football and basketball games.) She briefly joined the Hartford Ballet in the late 1970's, but started a family rather than a career in performance. She has taught a variety of dance genres at various park districts and private studios since the mid-1980's, and continues to do so. Diane has also choreographed and taught dances for local high school theatre groups including "Fiddler on the Roof", "Oklahoma” and "Calamity Jane.” Classical ballet is her favorite style of dance although she loves them all. Diane is a mother of five and grandmother of ten and yes, most of them dance!
Alexandra Webb
Alexandra WebbDance Instructor
Alexandra Webb has a B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Dance Performance from Northern Illinois University. She has studied with many renowned dance professionals, including Joel Hall, Paula Frasz, Judith Chitwood, Robert McKee, and Autumn Eckman. She performs and teaches throughout the Chicago land area and has performed and choreographed with Northern Dance Theatre. She is thrilled to be a part of the Naperville Park District Dance Academy.
Lora Vordicka's
Lora Vordicka'sDance Instructor
Lora Vodicka is a proud Summa Cum Laude graduate of Illinois State University with a B.S. in Theatre Education and extensive dance & fitness background. At Illinois State University, Lora danced in various shows and with multiple companies including The Who’s: Tommy, Evita, West Side Story and the Illinois State Dance Theatre. Lora also choreographed ISU’s production of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying as well as many other High School and Community productions. After graduating Lora received her AFAA Group Fitness certification and became a Licensed Zumba, PiYo and Barre Fitness Instructor. Lora currently works at multiple suburban park districts and private studios teaching dance, tumble and theatre and choreographing competition pieces, musicals and events. With over 20 years of dance and theatre experience and 14 years of teaching under her belt Lora has developed strong classroom management skills, creative lesson plans and a true passion for education. Lora is very excited to share her knowledge of dance, theatre and fitness with the Naperville Park District.
Laura Neustadt
Laura NeustadtDance Instructor
Laura began dancing in the Naperville area when she was three years old. Over the years she has taken classes in ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, and tap. In high school, at Naperville Central, she was a member of the Arrowettes Poms team, performing at half-time football and basketball games as well as competing in high school competitions. She was also a member of the Orchesis team, performing at all school assemblies and competing in studio competitions. After high school, Laura attended Bradley University, where she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education in 2018 and was a member of the Bravettes dance team. The past three summers Laura has worked at Loras All-Sports camp as a counselor and a dance coach where she choreographed, taught and performed a jazz and hip-hop routine for kids aged 8-14. Laura is so excited to be joining the Naperville Park District Dance Academy.
Katie Wickey
Katie Wickey Dance Instructor
Katie began dancing at Steppin’ Out Dance Company in Aurora when she was four years old. While attending Waubonsie Valley High School, she was on Varsity Poms and Orchesis, serving as president senior year in 2003. After moving to Grand Haven, Michigan, Katie danced competitively at Spotlight Dance Academy and won numerous awards at New York City Dance Alliance, LA Dance Force, and Hall of Fame Dance Challenge. While studying social work at Western Michigan University, she was a member of the Bronco Dance Team and part of the 2007 NDA National Dance Team Championship Team. Throughout college, she had the privilege to dance at Broadway Dance Center in NYC for two summer intensives and to dance for the Kalamazoo Xplosion Arena Football League. Upon returning back to Chicago, Katie was part of the Chicago White Sox Chevy Pride Crew and Schaumburg Flyers Flight Attendants dance team. From 2009-2011, she was the co-director of the Orchesis program at Schaumburg High School. She has continuously taken master classes from Joe Lanteri, Sonya Tayeh, Frank Hatchett, and through Joel Hall. Before coming to the Dance Academy and Élan Dance Company, Katie taught ballet, jazz, modern, and lyrical at Steppin’ Out Dance Company. It is a pleasure to be part of the dance family at Naperville Park District!

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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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Our Mission
We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
 
Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
 
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment
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