STAFF

Allison

Instructor: Ballet and Lyrical

Allison Grabarczyk originally hails from Toledo, Ohio where she began dancing at the age of three. She graduated with a B.S. in Dance Performance from Illinois State University, eventually realizing her dreams to share her love of dance not only as a performer but an arts educator. She teaches with multiple programs and facilities in the Chicagoland area and is the co-founder of The Orchid Theory, a newly formed wellness and empowerment based community program. She is currently in her sixth season with the company and third season as a director with Innervation Dance Cooperative, who are artists in residence with Links Hall in Chicago. Allison’s most recent company credits include: Body Movin Dance, IDC S.P.E.A.K.S, and The Monocle Eclectic Dance Company. She has most recently performed original works at The Emergence Choreographer's Showcase, RADFest, and Dance Chicago along with her works with IDC.

Carolyn

Instructor: Jazz, Lyrical, and Pilates

Carolyn Steeves is originally from Portland, OR where started dancing since she could walk and hasn’t stopped yet! She studied jazz, tap, ballet  and musical theater as child. Carolyn went on to attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA where she earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance with a Dance Education focus.  While at Cornish she studied Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Graham, Laban Movement, Choreography and Kinesiology.  Carolyn discovered her passion for jazz and musical theater while at Cornish and was able to participate in musicals as Dance Captain and later as Assistant Choreographer.  Since moving to Chicago 6 years ago, Carolyn has had many wonderful dance performance opportunities in and around the city! She has performed freelance work with Joel Hall Jazz Dancers, Matter Dance, Dance Chicago, Ruth Page Center for the Arts and many others.  She recently earned her classical mat Pilates certification. Carolyn is thrilled to teach at LBP and bring the love of jazz dance to students!  

Cori

Instructor: Ballet

Cori Kolasinski began taking ballet classes at the age of four, and from that moment has loved dance ever since. A year later, she attended Le Ballet Petit’s performance of Coppélia and knew immediately the stage was her aspiration. Fulfilling her desire, she performed the principal roles in LBP’s Cinderella, Swan Lake, Coppélia, and The Nutcracker. For nine years, her ballet training was further advanced by studying under Willy and Evie Shives, Patti Eylar and artistic director Daniel Duell at the School of Ballet Chicago, for two years at the Betsy Herskind School of Dance, and continuing today at various dance studios around the city including the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of the Joffrey Ballet. She has gone on to expand her dance repertoire in other styles by taking classes in Tap with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Matt Crowle, and Mark Yonally, Pointe, Jazz, Flamenco, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Modern, and Ballroom. She had the extraordinary opportunity of being accepted into Maggie Daley’s After School Matters Gallery 37 Dance Ensemble Program for five consecutive summers, some of the best of her life. She also earned a scholarship with the dance company Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, studying under artistic director Billy Siegenfeld, who originated the distinctive style of Jump Rhythm® Technique. Even though Cori has studied many different styles of dance under a variety of respected instructors, she has always been drawn to the elegance of ballet.

 

Since 2004, Cori has been a part of the Le Ballet Petit teaching staff and continually discovers that children’s dance education is always an incredibly rewarding experience for both the instructor and the student.

 

When not at her second home, the dance studio, Cori loves being swept away by watching the magic of old movie musicals and new stage productions!

Corrine

Instructor: Tap

Corrine grew up in a very musical household; so it was no surprise to her family when she expressed an interest in dance. She took her very first dance class right here at Le Ballet Petit when she was 6 years old. She began with tap and ballet, and progressed through the years with pointe and musical theater, but later decided to focus on her one true passion; making music with her feet. She believes she's blessed to have been taught by amazing tap teachers from LBP's past and is excited to join as new teacher at the studio. She hopes to pass her strong love for rhythm and dance into the hearts of her new tappers. tap=love.

 

Elizabeth

Artistic Director and Instructor: Ballet

Ida

Instructor: Ballet

Katie

Instructor: Tap and Musical Theater

Katie was born and raised in Chicago and is proud to call Le Ballet Petit her first (and most important) dance studio.  Katie has loved musicals and tap dancing since childhood and began taking tap classes at LBP at age 6.  Since then, she has studied musical theater, jazz, aerial silks, and aerial hoop—but she always comes right back to her true love, tap.  Katie earned her B.A. in Classical Civilization from Loyola University Chicago, where she also performed with and choreographed for the L2 Tap Club.  Katie has been teaching tap, jazz, and musical theater at LBP for several years.  She has also performed in many of their annual ballets; two favorite roles are the Mouse King in the Nutcracker and the villainous Von Rothbart in Swan Lake.  Her love of the stage has also led to a great affinity for costuming, and she has created costumes worn in a few of the LBP shows.  Some of her other loves include reading, writing, drawing, drinking coffee, stargazing, and befriending all dogs.

 

Nicholas

Instructor: Contemporary

Nicholas Garlo began his technical training in southern Florida. He continued his studies with the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College in New York, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and a minor in Arts Management. Upon graduating Cum Laude in May of 2017,  he was the recipient of the Bert Terborgh award. During his time there, Nicholas studied at numerous summer intensives such as Springboard Danse Montreal, Jacob’s Pillow the Contemporary Program, The Netherlands Dance Theater Intensive, Launch with Northwest Dance Project, Arts Umbrella, the Movement Invention Project, and Joffrey Chicago.

 

Nicholas also received the opportunity to study abroad in Taiwan for five months, where he continued to research classical ballet, modern, contemporary, and eastern influenced techniques such as Chinese Opera Kung Fu. Nicholas' professional career, post graduation, includes working with Ballet Quad Cities in Rock Island, Illinois for their 2017/18 season.  As well as performing at the Suzanne Dellal in Tel-Aviv, Israel for Roderick George. 

 

Nicholas is currently participating in the professional program at Hubbard Street for 18/19, and is incredibly excited and grateful to join the LBP Team. 

Sarah

Instructor: Ballet and Pointe

Sarah O'Keeffe is originally from Boulder, Colorado where she began her dance training with Reverence Academy of Dance. Sarah continued her training at the University of Kansas where she earned her BFA degree in Dance. While at KU Sarah was honored to perform works by Melissa Thodos, Regina Klenjoski, Lane Gifford, David Justin, Talia Beck, and Autumn Eckman. During her time at KU Sarah was appointed president of the University Dance Company as well as being honored with the Lee Family scholarship, the Kick-start award, and the Elizabeth Sherbon Award for Dance. Since moving to Chicago Sarah has worked as a performing apprentice with Inaside Dance Chicago and is currently a company dancer for Trifecta Dance Collective. When not dancing herself Sarah loves sharing her passion for dance with her students around Chicagoland. Sarah is excited for her first year teaching at Le Ballet Petit.

Sarah

Instructor: Ballet and Yoga

Sarah Heston received her B.A. in modern dance and choreography from Simon's Rock College and is a certified yoga instructor through the Temple of Kriya Yoga. Sarah is founder and artistic director for the Luna Troop. a mostly modern dance company.  She has worked as a movement specialist and/or choreographer in several national and local performance events. Sarah currently is the arts lead and dance instructor at Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz high school. Sarah has been involved with Le Ballet Petit as a parent, dancer and teacher since 2005. Sarah is also a member of NDEO and is working towards her Master Dancer certification through their education program.

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