STAFF

Melissa Kopel- Owner 
Kailey Kopel- Company Choreographer/ Co-Director and Costume Designer 

Having a passion for dance Melissa put her daughter in dance at age 1. She traveled around the United States 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 as well as form a positive family environment with many opportunities for growth.

 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 HipHop,Contemporary, Jazz, and Ballet. Kailey is currently a part of Immabeast, Immabreathe, ipush, Konquer Dance Company, and the Andrew High School Varsity dance team. Kailey was also picked to be an ambassador for The Bridge Training Program based out of LA. 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, half time routines and solos. Choreography awards have consisted of “Piece by Piece” and “Missing You,” which 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/scholarships  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!”

Alyssa Francoeur- Company Assistant 

Alyssa was born in Oak Forest, Illinois and began her journey as a varsity cheerleader in high school. She has learned many things such as; accountability, passion, leadership, poise, positive thinking, and urgency. Practices were 6 hours and camps were 12! On her “days off” she would send videos to her coaches, and take private lessons on the side. She has achieved multiple advanced tumbling skills, jumps/leaps, motion sharpness, and stunts. She was also chosen to be a soldier and a junior nutcracker in the Joffrey Ballet, Nutcracker held in Chicago. During that experience she learned the importance of patience, love and endurance! Alyssa continues to work hard and treats others with kindness. Now, being part of a loving dance family at Konquer, Alyssa has learned to have confidence in herself and to use all of the talents she’s been blessed with to her full potential! Konquer makes her feel so accepted and has started another amazing path in her life!  Finally, her goal is to manifest diligence and passion all over!

Laura Peterman- Ballet Instructor
Laura Peterman was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Toronto (Canada). She has trained at the Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Boston Ballet, and has extensive experience in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus. Laura currently works as a professional dancer with Chicago-based touring company Ballet 5:8, and has had the opportunity to perform on stages and cities across America. She has been teaching in the Chicago area for several years, and specializes in ballet classes for children, teens, and adults. She has a passion for excellent technique, injury prevention, and building confidence in her students.
Marisa Vlamakis- Tumbling Coach  
 
Jabowen Dixon-Tap Instructor 
 Marisa Lee 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! Marisa also does personal training for adults who want to transform their health.   

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.

Nathan Mattix- Contemporary 1 and 2
Company 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  holds 5 regional titles and one national title. 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.

Donnetta "LilBit" Jackson- Tap
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Donnetta "LilBit" Jackson is a dynamic and versatile dancer whose skill has brought her international acclaim.  She was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, IL, where she began dancing at The Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre at the age of 7. At 11 years old, she became one of the original members of the prestigious M.A.D.D. Rhythms tap company and later joined the Chicago footwork group Creation Battle Clique/Creation Global, which led her to the internationally recognized dance ensemble  the Chicago FootworKINGz, which resulted in her performing with them on season 6 of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew. Later she was a featured dancer for Grammy award winning artist Chance The Rapper's  “Sunday Candy” and “Angels” music videos, and is now one of his choreographers/dancers. She was just recently on the MTV Video Music Awards performing with Missy Elliot during her Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award performance.  Respect the 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. 

Paige Sciera- Company 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.

Nicole Wanda-
HIIT, Yoga, Barre and Aerial Instructor  
King Kemo- Footwork 

Nicole is an ISSA personal trainer, group fitness specialist, certified in American Barre Technique and Aerial yoga. Once finding the balance between her own yoga practice and physical fitness, she knew she would have to share the joy and empowerment by instructing high intensity interval training classes as well as the yin yoga to that yang life-style. She strives to encourage others to embrace the mind body connection and accept their unique selves with self-love and compassion.

Meet Kemo our new addition to the Konquer family! He will be teaching footwork on Wednesday nights! Starting tomorrow online 8:00-9:00pm

Come take class, have fun and learn a new style of dance if you have not taken footwork before. Those that have taken this class we know you loved it and can’t wait to see you doing footwork again! 

 

Hello, my name is Kemo Sanders (King Kemo ) I am 32 years old.

I’ve been dancing for 15 years. Teaching for 6 years. I’m one of the original members of a professional ensemble called Chicago FootworKingz. 

As a dancer I have performed on TV shows like Ellen, Take Flight, and most recently Dancing with the Stars Finale. Music videos include artists like Twista and Wiz Khalifa. Performances I have been a part of are Los Angeles Carnivale, Italy summer dance tour, Las Vegas Caesar’s Palace, and different festivals across the United States.

My passion for teaching has brought me to teach at IDA Hollywood, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio and several other dance studios from Chicago and LA.

 My long-term goal is to maintain longevity for the culture. Teach and spread Chicago Footwork around the world. All while perfecting my craft & paying it forward to the youth through footwork and freestyle.