Meet The Team

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Ms. Lora

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.”

Kinzy

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 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. 

"Dance is the biggest part of my life. It allows me to share my passion and personality on stage and pass that love and passion for dance on to the younger generation. I hope to make a difference in my dancers' lives just as my teachers did for me."

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Ms. Miranda

Dance Educator

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.

Ms. Danielle

Dance Educator

Danielle Wilder is from Westmont IL, and has 26 years of dance experience. She has trained in Ballet/Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, Hip Hop, and Tap. Danielle attended Hope College in Holland, MI, where she received her Bachelor's in Dance Performance and Choreography. Since graduating, Danielle has danced with multiple dance companies, has danced backup for musicians, has been featured in music videos, and commercials, has taught at multiple studios in the Chicagoland area, and has participated in summer Intensives with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, River North Dance Chicago, and LA Contemporary Dance Company. Currently Danielle teaches at Spotlight Dance Academy of Chicago, Arlington Heights Park District, is a member of Praize Productions Professional Dance Company, works at a dance retail, and nanny's for a wonderful family! Danielle is so excited to be a part of the Innovation Arts Connection Team! 

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