Cimino Dance Studio
Lauren has been dancing since age 3 and could not imagine her life without it. She has studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acro, Musical Theater, Lyrical, Pointe, and Modern, but has always considered her specialty to be Ballet. Lauren has been performing since she was 3 in dance recitals and musical productions, not to mention her performances with Elk Grove High School's Orchesis and the Northern Illinois University Silverettes Dance Team. In addition to performing, she also began teaching dance at an early age, beginning with substitute teaching at Dorothy's Dancing Unlimited and teaching at Morton Grove Pre-School and Bloomingdale Park District.
Throughout the past 10 years, Lauren has choreographed over 100 dances for Cimino Dance Studio performances and two entire Harry Potter Ballets! She also choreographs annually for the Concordia University Dazzlers Dance Team. She is a licensed Zumba and Zumbatomic fitness instructor and an AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor. Lauren has been a Dietetic Technician, Registered since 2010 and believes fitness, nutrition, and fun are important to a healthy balanced life.
Christina has been dancing since the age of four and has been in love with it ever since. She has studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Pointe. While attending high school, Christina was on the Varsity Poms team for all four years and was voted Captain her senior year. During her junior and senior year, her team competed at the TDI state competitions. She also had the opportunity to perform at the Rose Bowl half-time show in Orlando. After high school, Christina has worked with the Elk Grove High School Dance Team choreographing routines, running summer camps, and assisting in improving their competition dances. Christina has been teaching at Cimino Dance Studio for six years. She has taught a variety of classes, including jazz, hip hop, and lyrical while still taking additional classes. Outside of dance, Christina recently graduated from DePaul University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy. She is currently working full-time at Textura Corporation as a Staff Accountant.
Jenn is so excited to be back with Cimino Dance Studio as a teacher as she was a student a few years ago. Jenn has been a dancer since she was three and has studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, pointe and multiple technique classes. She spent most of her dancing career at Elk Grove Park District where she took many classes, was a member of two different companies, and was a teaching assistant. In high school, Jenn moved to Cimino Dance Studio where she was really pushed and grew in her teenage years of dancing. In high school, she was a member of Conant Charrelles, Poms, and was a team captain for one year, leading the team and choreographing. She recently graduated from Illinois State University with an elementary education degree and is teaching 3rd and 4th grade in Schaumburg. While at Illinois State, Jenn was an active member of Impact Dance team for the 3 three years she was on campus. Jenn is so excited to be back at Cimino Dance Studio not only to teach, but also to start taking classes again!
Robert has studied Modern, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Cultural dance. He began his dance career in Elk Grove High School's Orchesis in 2005 and went on to choreograph for all four years of his Orchesis shows (2005-2008). Robert has been an instructor at Cimino Dance Studio for eight years and teaches a variety of styles and age groups, specializing in Hip Hop and Modern. Robert also volunteers his time and choreography every year for Cimino's annual Holiday Traveling Show. Robert recently graduated college in Massage Therapy.
Denise has enjoyed dancing and performing throughout the majority of her life and has been a staple in the performing arts community. She is a licensed ZUMBA® fitness instructor and loves to share her energy in class. This studio is a dream come true for Denise and her family. They hope their passion and love for dance is passed on to all of their students.
Our beloved Miss Aryn is moving to New York! We are so excited for her new marriage and new adventure, but we hope she comes back to us soon!
Giordanna started her dance career at the Elk Grove Park District and performed with the Pavilion Dance Troup. She then danced in Elk Grove High School's Orchesis and Pom's teams as well as Joel Hall in Chicago. Giordanna coached EGYF Cheerleading for 3 years and began teaching dance in 2007 at Palatine Park District and Lake Zurich Park District. Giordanna began instructing at Cimino Dance Studio in 2009 and immediately proved herself teaching young children. Giordanna is our Kiddie Specialist, working with students ages three to six. Since teaching at Cimino's, Giordanna has choreographed several infamous dances as well as performed in the adult numbers of our show. This year she is thrilled to be teaching her Kiddies, Slashies, and Hip Hop. Giordanna graduated from the Art Institute with her BFA in Interior Design.
Elena Bali is an international Salsa, Bachata, Samba and Lambazouk teacher from Europe. She graduated from the National Music academy of Bulgaria with a bachelor's degree in the Art of Ballet. Elena has been teaching for 19 years. She has been a professional modern Ballet dancer and can be seen performing on TV and in concerts. Her passion to the exotic latin dance styles led her to teaching Caribbean, Brazilian and Afro styles. In 2004 she was invited to teach in the National Theatre Academy of Bulgaria. A year later she became a member of the Bulgarian Professional Dance Association (member of World Dance Council). She has also judged the competitions for the World Salsa Open. Since 2005 Elena has been invited every year to take part as a teacher and performer in International Salsa Congresses in Europe. Since 2012 she has managed AMAZONIA Dance Project - an exotic show team with dancers from 3 continents - Europe, Africa and Latin America. Elena is so excited to share her passion with Cimino Dance!
Ali is so excited to begin her 3rd year teaching with Cimino Dance!
Brittney has been dancing and performing ever since she was a little tot and trained at the Elk Grove Park District, Faubourg's School of Ballet, and with Elk Grove High School's Orchesis. She started teaching at Cimino Dance in 2009. She is so excited to be teaching her littles this year, as well as Tap and Hip Hop. Brittney recently accomplished her dream of becoming a nurse and serving others.
Much like the rest of the Cimino Family, Michelle has been dancing and performing her entire life. She grew up studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Musical Theater. She performed with Elk Grove High School's Orchesis for 4 years and has also performed (and starred) in over 15 musical productions. After a few years out of state, we are very happy to have Michelle back teaching with Cimino Dance!
Corinne started teaching and choreographing at the young age of twelve, assisted master classes and performed throughout the U.S. She earned her BFA from the University of Illinois and was on faculty in the Dance Department. Her choreography was chosen to close the annual Studio Dance II performance for four consecutive years. Corinne’s work wasn’t limited to campus. She taught and choreographed for students at local studios for education and performances. For the past 20 years she has taught ages three through adult in ballet, tap, pointe, modern and lyrical. Corinnehas worked with many dance legends, including Debbie Allen, Dianne Walker, Mark Morris, Lynn Simonson, Robert Reed, Sam Weber, Gregory Hines, and Savion Glover. Dance For Life, Joel Hall Dance, Cal Arts and Melissa Thodos were just a few of the scholarships she received. In addition to performing for U of I and Chicago based choreographers, she also performed in NYC, Minnesota and Disneyworld. She was featured on NBC via Chicago Human Rhythm Project. Corinne’s passion for dance is contagious to her students.