Dorothy's Dancing Unlimited
Faculty
 

 

Dorothy Sylvester, Founder  
Having enviable credits in dance, Dorothy has entertained audiences with some of the finest names of stage, television and film and has appeared with many celebrities. Her professional travels have taken her throughout the United States, to Canada and Europe. Her dedication, teamed with the excellent teaching staff, has helped fulfill her goals of giving each student the personal and individual attention needed to achieve their full potential. Dorothy is retired from the studio, but returns for our recital each year.

Karyn Fowler, Owner (Tap)

Karyn Fowler is the owner and director of Dorothy's Dancing Unlimited. She began her dance career at age seven and has traveled extensively studying with top instructors in the country. If you have any questions, Karyn is the person to contact.

Kiley Baldwin (Ballet)  
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Kiley Baldwin studied ballet for 15 years under Lisa Boehm in Elgin, performing “The Nutcracker” every year at the Hemmens Cultural Center.  Kiley also went on to study with The Milwaukee Ballet Company for two summers with performances at The Pabst Theatre.  She has taught ballet at various Chicagoland studios.  Her profound appreciation for the grace and technique of the art will be passed on to the students here.  Kiley looks forward to sharing her passion for ballet with all who attend.

Amanda Bremberg (Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz) bio coming soon!

T'Lyn Candella (Contemporary, Creative, Hip Hop, Intro To Dance, Jazz)
T'Lyn has been part of the Dorothy's Dancing Unlimited family since she was three years old first as a student, then as a student demonstrator, and now as a teacher. She has studied tap, ballet, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, modern, and acrobatics, and enjoys all styles of dance. In high school T'Lyn was on the Lake Park Lancettes for four years, and she went on to coach a high school dance team that took fourth place in State competition. T'Lyn continued dancing while attending Dominican University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree. We are thrilled to have T'Lyn on the staff!
 

Donna Johnson (Jazz, Tap)

Donna Johnson has been teaching dance for the past thirty years. She is the Artistic Director of the "Steppin' Out" Dance company. Her dancers are regional and national dance champions. In 2015 her dance team won the Association of Dance Competitions and Conventions studio Excellence Award. She has trained in all areas of dance but her expertise and passion is in tap.

Her routines are always showstoppers and we love having Donna on our staff.


Kaitlin Koncilja (Creative, Hip Hop)
 
Kaitlin Koncilja is a senior at North Central College majoring in psychology and Japanese who hopes to conduct research involving criminal psychology in the future. Starting classes at the age of three, although not arriving at Dorothy's until 2008, dance has always been one of her deepest passions. Primarily, she loves how dance allows a person to become a visual representation of music and connect emotion and story with movement. In the past ten years at Dorothy's, Kaitlin has studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, modern, tap, and contemporary, has been part of the performance team the Dansations, and has worked as a student demonstrator. She is thrilled by the opportunity to experience the studio from a new perspective and cannot wait to meet her students!

Ashley Lanham/Watson (Creative, Hip Hop, Intro To Dance, Lyrical, Musical Theatre)

Ashley Lanham-Watson is a graduate of Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Ashley has been a part of Dorothy's Dancing Unlimited since she was 2 ½ years old. She has studied ballet, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, modern, and tap with numerous instructors. In high school, Ashley was a member and choreographer of the Orchesis dance team and was also a captain for two of those years.

Ashley has also performed locally with Schaumburg on Stage and HOTT Productions in productions of Bye Bye Birdie, Grease, and 42nd Street. Ashley continued her dance training through college courses as well. For her final two years of college, she diversified her experience by joining a hip hop group, the Black Diamonds Dance Troupe. Ashley is very excited and looks forward to being a part of the studio once again as a member of the staff.

 

Pam Parchim (Acrobatics)

Pam has studied ballet since she was three years old, with additional studies in jazz, tap and tumbling. For many years she competed in tumbling and gymnastics and was a sectional qualifier for the floor exercise her senior year. Pam also choreographed many dance routines for her high school Orchesis dance team and choreographed and produced the America’s Junior Miss Program for the state of Illinois. She was the Director of Recreational Gymnastics at Northbrook Gymnastics Training Center and was assistant coach for the Maine West High School girls’ gymnastics team. Pam received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Carthage College and her Masters of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. Pam has been part of Dorothy’s Dancing Unlimited for 8 years and is passionate about her choreography, creating unique routines that have a theme and tell a story.
Aimee Russon (Ballet, Intro To Dance, Pre Pointe, Tap)

Aimee began her dance training in Cary, IL and continued her training at the Universty of Utah in Salt Lake City, receiving a BFA in modern dance. While attending the University of Utah she had the opportunity to perform works by Sidra Bell, Pamela Geber Handman, and works set by the Martha Graham dance company. While in Chicago, Aimee has participated in the numerous summer intensives and dance instructor trainings with CNADM and Bellamoxi.  Aimee has also had the pleasure of performing with the Modern Marvels dance company. With an immense passion for teaching, Aimee continues to teach ballet, modern, jazz, tap and creative movement to students around the Chicagoland area.


Jamie Swanson (Intro To Dance, Jazz)

Jamie grew up dancing at Dorothy's Dancing Unlimited. She studied all forms of dance but she likes tap the best! Throughout her teens, Jamie studied with some of the top dance intructors in the Chicago area, including Hank Crabtree. We are happy to have Jamie back at the studio as a teacher, sharing her love and enthusiasm for dance with a new generation of students!

Heather Talken (Jazz, Intro To Dance, Lyrical)

Heather began dancing at DOROTHY'S DANCING UNLIMITED when she was only three years old. She trained in ballet, jazz, pointe, tap, modern, lyrical, and ballroom. While attending Schaumburg High School, she successfully directed three years of the Orchesis program and helped expand the program to include all forms of dance. Heather went on to become a dance major at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1997. After college she took a short break to focus on a career in commercial real estate. In 2010 she rejoined the Dorothy's family and is incredibly excited to be a part of the faculty here. Heather has a renewed passion for dance and cannot wait to share this with all of her students.