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Meet our Dance Instructors

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!
Miranda Colin
Miranda ColinDance Instructor
Miranda began dancing at the age of three through Aurora’s Steppin’ Out Dance Studio. After twelve years of training in tap and jazz, she continued dancing and performing with Waubonsie Valley High School’s show choirs and in the spring musicals. Upon attending Millikin University, she joined Physical Graffiti - her university’s hip-hop dance team - and began to study other styles such as ballet, modern, and musical theater at Millikin University which she graduated from with a B.M. in Commercial Music. Now she works as a freelance choreographer and dancer as well as a dance instructor. She has been seen performing for Walt Disney World, Six Flags Great America, and local theatre companies. Her choreography for musicals and show choirs have been displayed for the past seven years by schools and theatre companies throughout the Midwest Region. Miranda is ecstatic to join and share her passion for dance with the Naperville Park District dance family, and hopes to inspire her students to aim for and achieve their highest potential.
Jessica Johnston
Jessica JohnstonDance Instructor
Jessica was born and raised in Metro Detroit, Michigan. She began taking dance classes around the age of three and by the 3rd grade she began dancing competitively at a multiple National Championship winning studio in Macomb County, Michigan. Jessica was trained in classical ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, tap, clogging, and acro-gymnastics as well as large production numbers. After high school she began teaching both recreational and competitive classes at two studios in Macomb County. Jessica later attended Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Michigan and was also a part of GVSU's student-run Dance Troupe organization where she choreographed for their showcases. Upon returning back to the Metro Detroit area, Jessica began teaching at a small studio where she focused on classes for beginners to advanced students at both recreational and competitive levels. Jessica began the Acro-Gymnastics program at this studio and was the director of the Acro Company for four years. She was also an instructor for Kinderdance of Michigan where she travelled to different daycare centers in the Metro Detroit area and worked specifically with children whose ages ranged from 2-4 years on various dance techniques and skills. Jessica moved to Naperville in 2020 and is excited to teach at the Park District and to share her love and passion for dance with everyone!
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.
Annemarie Peterson
Annemarie PetersonDance Instructor
Annemarie has been dancing and loving music since before she could walk. She began her training at the age of three; where she took classes at a local studio in Bolingbrook. She is trained in many styles including ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, modern, contemporary/lyrical, musical theatre, and West African. She was a member of a competition dance team for six years and had the opportunity to perform at the Orange Bowl Halftime Show alongside the Goo Goo Dolls. From there she spent four years training at the Joffrey Ballet. Annemarie received her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College Chicago in Dance with a minor in Photography.
Brielle Sanders
Brielle SandersDance Instructor
Brielle has been studying dance since she was six. She began learning ballet at Gold Star Dance Academy in Yorkville and Dance West in Naperville. Shortly after starting ballet she started studying Jazz and Musical Theatre with CYT/Spotlight Youth Theatre. She started teaching show choir her junior year of high school and once she graduated she choreographed for the group. She is so excited to take part in spreading the love of dance to future generations.
Lindsay Stein
Lindsay SteinDance Instructor
Lindsay has been dancing since she was three years old and teaching since 2006. She is trained in many styles including jazz, hip hop, ballet, modern, acrobatics, musical theatre, tap, character dance and more. She is a former Gus Giordano dancer, Kinesis Modern dancer, Hip Hop ConnXion dancer, Team Illinois Gymnast & UDA All Star. She was Captain of her Varsity Poms team in high school for two years, and has since choreographed many stage and competitive pieces for local studios and the Chicago Junior Luvabulls program. She also received a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing Communications with a minor in dance from Columbia College Chicago. While she’s always had a love for dance performance, her true passion is to teach hopeful young dancers of all ages and abilities in a structured, fun loving environment. Lindsay is so excited to be a part of the Naperville Dance Academy & Élan Dance Company where she can continue to challenge, 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!
Lora Vordicka
Lora VordickaDance 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.
Dawn Walts
Dawn WaltsDance Instructor
Dawn Walts began her training in Southern California at the age of four, studying several styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, and modern. She studied at the Ballet Arts of Long Beach and took her exams with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Her love of hip hop began during her high school years when she attended Long Beach Poly with fellow student Snoop Doggy Dog. Her summers were spent doing intensives with Long Beach Ballet Arts, Bournonville Ballet at UC Irvine, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet before majoring in dance at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA. She has performed classical, modern, and contemporary repertoire with Oklahoma Festival Ballet and Dafmark Dance Theatre. Throughout her education, Dawn has committed herself to dance injury prevention training by studying anatomy, kinesiology, and dance pedagogy. Dawn was certified in Progressing Ballet Technique in August 2018. Dawn believes that dance training provides all students the opportunity to challenge themselves and express feelings and ideas not contained in language. She is excited to be a part of the Naperville Park District team and community.
Alyssa Wolff
Alyssa WolffDance Instructor
Alyssa Wolff has been dancing with the NPD Dance Academy since she was four years old and teaching since the summer of 2018. She has been trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, lyrical and contemporary as well as hip hop and tap. Alyssa began as a teacher assistant for Ballet: Level 2 at age 12 and continued assisting in various dance classes up until the summer of 2018 when she began teaching Storybook Ballet, Ballet Basics and Pirouette with Me. She's been a student choreographer with Elan for both Apprentice and Senior Company the past four years. She was part of the Neuqua Valley High School Dance Team her junior year.

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Stacey Fontechia Sales and Sponsorship Manager at 630-848-3575 or at sfontechia@napervilleparks.org.

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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.

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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