Meet The Team
Artist Director & Educator
Ms. Lora 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. Lora is also an AFAA Group Fitness Instructor. With over 20 years of dance and theatre experience and 16 years of teaching under her belt Lora has developed strong classroom management skills, creative lesson plans and a true passion for education.
“Dance has played a large role in shaping the person I have become. I gained confidence while learning the importance of responsibility and hard work. Teaching allows me to share my passion and help young people discover their potential.”
Assistant Virtual Office Manager
Kinzy is a recent graduate of Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC with a B.S. in Exercise Science. Kinzy has over 16 years of dance experience and 6 years of teaching and choreography experience. She enjoys teaching all levels of dance and has lead several competitive teams to win various overall and choreography awards! Kinzy interned with IAC over the summer of 2020 and is now working with Ms. Lora as a virtual assistant. Kinzy has recently obtained her ACSM certification as a Certified Exercise Physiologist and plans to work in the health/fitness field, while continuing teaching dance.
"I love working with IAC! With my background in dance, seeing the behind-the-scenes of a dance business is super interesting, and I love getting to see the IAC dancers grow through pictures and video. I truly feel like a part of the IAC family!"
Miranda began dancing at the age of three through Fox Valley Park District’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 nine years by schools and theatre companies throughout the Midwest Region, and most recently, she received the Lou Award for Best Choreographer of the 2019-2020 theatre season for her work on BrightSide Theatre’s A Christmas Carol The Musical. Miranda is ecstatic to join and share her passion for dance with the Innovation Arts Connection dance family, and hopes to inspire her students to aim for and achieve their highest potential.