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    Eka

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    Ekaterine Bezirgani
    Artistic Director - Twin Cities Ballet
    Teaches: Ballet (all levels)

    Originally from the Republic of Georgia, Eka trained with the Moscow Academy of Dance and Moscow Academic Choreographic College, earning a Graduate Artist of High Ballet and Teaching Diploma. She also trained with the Tbilisi Ballet Academy School, acquiring the rank of prima ballerina with the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre.

    Eka has danced all over the world as a principle dancer and guest artist, performing an extensive repertoire including Odette/Odile from Swan Lake, Swanhilda from Coppelia, Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker, and the title roles in Giselle and Paquita. She has also danced principle roles in La Bayadere, La Sylphides, Don Quixote, Porgi and Bess, and Romeo and Juliet.

    Since joining Twin Cities Ballet, she has produced The Nutcracker, La Sylphides, Cinderella, and The Sleeping Beauty.

     

      Lisa

    Lisa Henry
    Artistic Director - Twin Cities School of Dance
    Teaches: Tap, Jazz, and Latin jazz

    Lisa graduated from Rockford College with her bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in dance. She owned her own dance studio in Sterling, Illinois for a number of years prior to joining Twin Cities School of Dance. Lisa also created the Performance Company which performs in several community events, travels, and competes. Lisa created the group to teach dancers how to stand out in the crowd and to allow dancers an opportunity to choreograph their own dances. Many of her students are also active in local theater, cheer, dance, and pom teams.

    Her philosophy on dance goes beyond pointing your toes. Miss Lisa believes that dance is a great way to build confidence and discipline in children and one of the best ways to stay active in your youth. Lisa also states, “You don’t’ have to be the best, you just have to try your best”! Lisa credits her self-confidence and enthusiasm to having a wonderful role model. At least once every year her students will hear the words of Lisa's late mother, "Confidence, you have to have Confidence."

    She is a very enthusiastic teacher with the spunk and drive to motivate dancers.

    Lisa is also employed at State Farm Insurance Company and has been with Twin Cities School of Dance since 1996.

      Alicia

    Alicia Harvey
    Teaches: Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern

    Alicia received her bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004. She was awarded a talented student scholarship by the dance department in 2002. While at UIUC, Ms. Warren had the pleasure of dancing in several faculty pieces by Linda Lehovec, Sara Hook, Luc Vanier, and Elizabeth Johnson. She was also privileged to have taken part in a restaging of Lar Lubovitch's "NORTH STAR" under the direction of John Dayger.

    After graduation, she began teaching in her hometown of Bourbonnais, Illinois at the Paula Aubry School of Dance and was appointed artistic director of the Jr. Kankakee Kompany. In 2007, Alicia re-located to Chicago, Illinois where she continued her teaching career at ARCC Ballet and Dance.

    Alicia has performed professionally with Mordine & Company Dance Theater, Thread Meddle Outfit, as well as Chicago Dance Crash. She has also performed in a variety of dance festivals including the Other Dance Festival, Dance/USA, and the St. Louis Dance Festival. Alicia moved to Bloomington in August of 2009 where she currently teaches at Twin Cities School of Dance. Alicia is also the co-director of the Prairieland Movement Project.

     

     

    Tricia

    Tricia

     

    Patricia Zimmerman
    Teaches: Ballet, Ponte, Acrodance, Strengthening, Lyrical, and Modern

    Miss Tricia started dancing ballet, tap, and jazz at an early age.  She continued her training at Twin Cities School of Dance when she moved to Bloomington, IL in 1994. She studied dance with Artistic Director Alexander Bennett and Miss Janet Hayslip-Streenz throughout high school.

    Her passion and interest for dance brought her to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1999.  Tricia was awarded a Talent Scholarship all four years of college.  She graduated, with high honors, from the Department of Dance, with a BFA in dance, in 2003.  While at college, she also attended many dance intensives including Joffrey Midwest, Paul Taylor, and NYU.  She had a dream of making it big so moved to New York City to continue her training.

    She performed with many choreographers including Pat Catterson, Mary Lisa Burns, and Tere O’Connor.  While on scholarship, Tricia attended class at the Merce Cunningham Studio where she completed the Professional Training Program. She performed in faculty concerts and took class daily with Merce Cunningham.  In 2007, she was chosen by Tere O’Connor to perform as a returning professional at the U of I for their Spring performance.  This experience influenced her decision to move back to the Midwest.  In 2008, Tricia moved to Chicago to take class and perform with Thread Meddle Outfits.  

    Her dream of some day teaching and having a studio inspired her to move to Bloomington and teach at Twin Cities School of Dance in June 2010.  Tricia also taught ballet at the U of I as a visiting lecturer 2012-2013.
    She currently teaches ballet, pointe, acrodance, strengthening, lyrical, and modern. She is the rehearsal assistant for our winter performance of The Nutcracker.   She is also the creator and Store Manager for TCSD dance store, Dancingly Yours Boutique which began in 2010.  

    Tricia is the Artistic Director for our newest company, Repertory Dance Company, which was founded in 2015. 

     

     

     

     


    Kim Knutson

    Teaches: Jazz, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre

     

    Kim Knutson…hails from Bloomington, Il. Kim was a dancer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines for 14 years and was dance captain for 5 of those years. Having over 30 years of dance experience behind her, Kim received her training from Twin Cities School of Dance and Stacy’s Dance Factory. She has also trained with such notable choreographers as Spencer Liff, Dorianna Sanchez, Harrison McEldowney, Jeremy Plummer, Laura Dunlop and Frank Chavez. Kim also trained in the Dance/Musical Theatre department of Illinois State University and studied ballet and contemporary extensively. Her professional credits include: Dancing on the 66th Annual Tony Awards, dancing for the Chicago Bulls basketball team, singing on The Spirit of Chicago, dancing at Six Flags St. Louis in the Halloween show and dancing for Royal Caribbean. Kim has choreographed for many summer theatre performances in her hometown, taught dance and been a judge for many auditions and talent competitions. Kim is very thankful for what she has achieved and the dance career that she has had.

     

     

     

     

    Veronica Zavod
    Teaches: Tap and ballet

    Veronica is the newest member to Twin Cities School of Dance. Her hometown is Oland Park, IL. She started dancing at the age of three and is trained in ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, tap, and Irish dance. She was a member of her hometown senior dance company, starting at the age of 13, until she graduated high school. She performed and choreographed numerous pieces in her hometown as well as at Illinois State University.  She is currently a senior at Illinois State University where she is studying Dance Education. The program gave her experience with students of all age groups as well as skill level for dancing.  She loves teaching dance to all ages and is eager to let her creativity inspire the students to learn more about dance.