STAFF

Melissa Kopel- Owner 

Having a passion for dance Melissa put her daughter in dance at age 1. She traveled around the world being a dance mom which taught her what students need to succeed and grow. Putting all of that together has allowed her to open a safe place for dancers to become successful with their career.  

Kailey Kopel- Company Choreographer/ Co-Director
Laura Peterman- Ballet Instructor

I Kailey was born in Chicago, Illinois and started training at the age of  2. She has trained with multiple dance teams in Chicago and LA in Hip

Hop,Contemporary, Jazz, and Ballet. Kailey is currently apart of Immabeast, Immabreathe, ipush, Konquer Dance Company, and the Andrew high school dance team. She loves to inspire and work with other dancers. She has found a love for choreography and has choreographed an Aladdin musical (2017), Calumet City of St. Joseph dance team (2017), St, Xavier dance team(2018), Perfection Dance Company(2018), Konquer Dance Company(2018, 2019, 2020), Concept videos, wedding routines, and solos. Choreography awards have consisted of “Piece by Piece” and “Missing You,” have received several awards including Highest Scoring Routine at Precision Arts Challenge (Piece by Piece) a 1st overall at Kar, Showstoppers, and Leap (Missing You), Pac attack “Cockiness” and “Throwback.” Multiple judges choice awards for her hip hop routines and an invite to the industry dance awards (kar piece by piece 2019). She has gotten multiple personal invites to Buildabeast Dance Experience, Tokyo Dance Intensive, Nexus Dance, etc. She wants to share her love for dance with younger dancers and  inspire them with her motto, "DO WHAT YOU LOVE!”

Laura Peterman was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Ontario, Canada. She has trained at the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Boston Ballet School, and has an extensive background in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus. Laura currently performs with Chicago-based touring company Ballet 5:8, and has been teaching in the Chicago area for three years, and specializes in ballet classes for children, teens, and adults.
Marisa Vlamakis- Tumbling 
 Marisa Vlamakis
 was a level 9 competitive gymnast for the Gymnastics Academy of Champions, coached cheerleading and gymnastics for Crystal Lake park district. She was a cheerleader in high school and currently coaching cheerleading for the Alsip Falcons as well as tumbling for the Falcons at Flying High in Hickory Hills!
Jabowen Dixon- Tap 

Ja'Bowen is a performance and visual artist based out of Chicago, Il.

Since the age of 6, Ja'Bowen has been learning and performing the arts/disciplines of dance, acting, music, writing, and design.

He has been most publicly noted for being a founding and principle member of the world renowned tap dance company M.A.D.D. Rhythms,  since it's creation in 2001. 

As a tap dancer, he has performed at various venues across the United States, and for a wide array of events, including; halftime for the Chicago bulls, featured roles in major motion picture films,  national and international  television spots and many more.

Currently, Ja'Bowen has re-directed his focus back to being a inter-disciplinary artist. 

That new focus is coupled with a new intention for his works to be a vital instrument in helping to elevate the collective consciousness, by entertaining, educating and/or inspiring audiences worldwide, 

with his art.

As Ja'Bowen takes his many years of training and experience and expands beyond just tap dance, and back into other art forms, he is poised to parlay his already successful career as a tap dancer into even bigger success as an interdisciplinary artist.

Alyssa Easterhouse -Musical Theatre and Jazz 1

Alyssa started dancing at the age of 4 and started competitive dance at 12. She enjoys modeling in her free time.She had modeled for Anonymous Addictions clothing and Konquer apparel. She is a national champion with musical theatre and wants to share her love for dance with the kids. Her goal is to get dancers to come out of their shell and be more comfortable performing on stages!

Nathan Mattix- Contemporary  1/2 and choreographer 

    Nathan was born in Lockport, Illinois and began his competitive dance career at age 11. He has been a Dupree Dance Scholarship Winner and All Star Dancer for three years and holds 5 regional titles. Nathan has choreographed for the Andrew High School Poms team, other pieces for competition, as well as assisted with Konquer Dance Company’s concept videos. His co-choreographed company routines, “Piece by Piece” and “Missing You,” have received several awards including Highest Scoring Routine at Precision Arts Challenge (Piece by Piece) and 1st overall at Kar, Showstoppers, and Leap (Missing You.) He has been with Konquer from the very beginning and still trains consistently in ballet, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, and modern. His goal is to help students step out of their comfort zones and grow as dancers both in the studio and on stage.

Paige Sciera- Tech 1, Creative Movement, Choreographer 

 Paige began dancing at 3 years old and danced competitively on her high school dance team. She danced on the Andrew Varsity Dance Team her four years of high school where she learned many leadership and team building skills. She has choreographed for the Andrew Poms Team, school clubs and at local dance programs. She is currently studying psychology and criminal justice at Saint Xavier University and loves to work with all ages of dancers. Paige hopes she can share her passion for dance and music with students. Her goal is to encourage students to develop a more powerful stage presence and help more students become more comfortable with various styles of dance.

Kaelyn Parker- Hip Hop 1

Kaelyn Janaè Parker was born in Richton Park, Illinois and began her love for dancing at Dancepiration Dance Center at the age of 3. Aside from dancing Kaelyn enjoys singing, performing, and choreography. She’s currently pursuing her career to dance and sing professionally. She is the featured vocalist in the video, “You Can Build It” scheduled to be released in the spring Produced by Grammy Nominee, Eric “Esmoove” Miller. Kaelyn is a member of Andrew High School’s Varsity Dance Team, a choreographer for Western Michigan University Redemption Dance Team, True Visionary Productions and SD Events and Productions. Her goal is to inspire dancers to utilize their skills to accomplish their dreams with the gift that they were given. 

Alyssa Francoeur- Company assistant