Amber Alonzo has been inspiring dancers in the community for over ten years. Her kindness, outgoing teaching style, and patience with dancers of all levels have made her one of the most sought-after teachers in the Chicago land area. Amber's versatility and ability to teach all ages and styles is a true testament to her natural gift of teaching. In 2009, Amber founded Expression Dance Studio in Westmont, IL and is the proud director of the Expression Dance Company. Her outstanding work and choreography has been awarded at numerous competitions on the regional and national level. Amber is excited about her latest business endeavor as the co-owner of Foundations Performance Center. She hopes that this state-of-the-art facility will create new opportunities to spread her passion and love for the performing arts. Amber feels very fortunate for having the privilege to live her dream and encourage dancers to express themselves through the arts.
Kate began her professional career training in New York City as a member of Broadway Dance Center's Professional Program. Under the direction of Wes Veldink, this scholarship program allowed Kate to work alongside some of the greatest teachers and choreographers on the east coast. Kate is currently the owner and artistic director of Beyond Words Dance Company. She has also taught and choreographed internationally for dance companies in countries including Switzerland, Italy, and Holland.
Kate choreographed the All-State production of Hairspray which debuted at the Krannert Center at the University of Illinois in January of 2009. In 2007, Kate was honored with the Silver Choreography Award at Leo's Competitive Event through Jazz Dance World Congress. In 2009, she received the prestigious Gold Leo's Award at the Congress. Most recently, Kate was honored to be chosen as a finalist in the Capezio Ace Award for Choreographic Excellence. As first runner-up at the event, she debuted her professional dance show, "Beyond Words", at New World Stages in Manhattan in July of 2010.
In 2010, Kate founded a 3 day dance intensive called Camp Kate. This annual event brings in hundreds of students from all over the world. In 2012, The Kate Jablonski Statement, a professional company, was founded and based in Chicago. Most recently, Kate was named Dance Chicago's Choreographer of the the Year in 2013.