Dance Instructors

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Dyanna Daniels
Owner, Artistic Director

Hip Hop, Jazz, Competitive, Early Childhood, Ballroom

Miss Dyanna opened DLD Dance Center in 2011. With the opening of DLD Dance Center she also started DLD's Scholarship Program for children in the community who otherwise would not have the opportunity to dance. She began her dance training in 2003 with WIU's dance department and the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Dance Troupe. Dyanna has her Bachelor's from WIU in Business Marketing and is currently pursuing her MFA in Choreography through Jacksonville University. She has taken class from Mia Michaels, Jill Pribyl, Fabice Calmels, Ian Eastwood, Kyle Hanagami, Nika Kljun, Jun Quemado, Brian Puspos, Lando Wilkins, Daz Harris, Johnnie Campbell, Shannon Johnson, Bam Martin, Keone and Mari Madrid. Dyanna is also the Artistic Director of DLD's Professional Dance Company which the majority of her Instructional Staff are members of. Her work has been featured all around the Chicagoland area including a few Flash Mobs you may have even seen around town. Her work appeared on ABC’s Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition in July of 2013. Her choreography has also been featured at Elgin Ties Dance Festival, Freespace Dance, Dance Chicago, Western Illinois University, College of DuPage, MotorCity Casino-Hotel, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago Auto Show, Going Dutch, Noumenon Dance Ensemble’s New Moves, and Navy Pier. It has always been her dream to educate, choreograph, and most of all make a difference in her student's lives by allowing them to express themselves through dance. It is a priority to make each student feel welcomed into a family atmosphere where they feel encouraged and supported to reach their fullest potential. She instructs Hip Hop, Jazz, and Early Childhood Classes. She directs DLD's Distinctive Competitive Hip Hop Company, Discover Dance Company, and Adult Diva Dynamics Dance Troupe. 


Tony Wilder
Boys Hip Hop, Hip Hop, Hip Hop Musical Theatre

Mr. Tony began dancing at a young age, inspired by Michael Jackson. He has taken class from Ian Eastwood, Kyle Hanagami, Bam Martin, Brian Puspos, Lando Wilkins, Daz Harris, Johnnie Campbell, Shannon Johnson, Crystal Frazier, Jill Pribyl, and Jun Quemado. He began choreographing in college and started teaching in 2009. He is a full time PE Teacher and formerly taught Boys Hip Hop at the Darien Park District. Tony was been a guest workshop Instructor for Des Plaines Dance Idol. He is the Assistant Choreographer of DLD Professional Dance Company which he has been a member of since 2009. Tony is one of our original Instructors with the opening of DLD Dance Center and this is his 7th year on faculty at DLD. He instructs all levels of Hip Hop and Musical Theatre (Summer Only). He directs our Future Legacies and Beast Mode Dance Companies.


Danielle Wilder
Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Early Childhood

Miss Danielle has been dancing for 22 years and has a B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography from Hope College. Danielle directs the Auroris Dance Company at Niles North High School this is her 3rd year as member of DLD's Professional Dance Company. Some of Danielle's recent work includes dancing and choreographing for musician, Shuree as well as being featured in her music video, One Girl Can Change the World, dancing in a McDonalds Youtube commercial, dancing backup for musician, Aasha Marie, and dancing in the opening set of the Calvin Harris Fantabuloso Tour. This past May Danielle was very fortunate to be chosen as one of the top 4 finalists for the F.A.M.E. Competition hosted by Lily's Talent Agency. Danielle instructs Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Pre-Hip Hop. She directs our All Jazzed Up Dance Company and Innovation Contemporary Ensemble.


Justin Kimball
Breakdance, Boys Hip Hop, Boys Jazz and Ballet, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Tap

Mr. Justin began dancing in 1994. He previously taught Hip Hop, Tap and Musical Theatre Dance for Susan Barnes Dance Studio and has worked with students ages 5-Adult. He has a background in Hip Hop, Tap, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Ballet and Breakdancing. This is his 6th year as a member of DLD's Professional Dance Company and 4th year as an Instructor at DLD. He currently instructs Breakdancing, Boys Hip Hop, and Boys Jazz and Ballet. He directs our Dance Smash Company.


Nika Roman
Hip Hop, Breakdance, Early Childhood

Miss Nika was raised in Brooklyn, New York and fell in love with Hip Hop at a young age. In High School she met her mentor, B-Boy Ed Mejia who saw potential in her as she developed her craft. Over the next five years under her mentor she participated in Phase One Dance Company and had the opportunity to choreograph several pieces for them. Although she was exposed to a variety of genres of dance, Hip Hop was where her greatest passion remained. She began choreographing in High School for the cheerleading squad and step team. In 2003, Nika had the opportunity to perform with Latina artist La India at the Celebrate Brooklyn summer festival. She has taken class from Shannon Johnson, Dome Lorusso, and Crystal Frazier. This is her 2nd season as a member DLD's Professional Company. She teaches Hip Hop and Breakdancing and directs Emerging Elements, Dance Smash and Queen Beats Companies.
 

Victor Lugo
Hip Hop

Victor Lugo began dancing in high school through freestyle sessions with friends. His love for dance grew and eventually starting focusing on choreographing his senior year of high school for many of their performances. In 2011 he joined Harper College's Pom & Dance Team where his choreography has been performed for the past four years in their Spring showcase. He also performed with the President of Harper College for the Academic Awards for 3 years. Victor is currently a Registered Nurse working on getting his Bachelor's Degree in Nursing through Purdue Calumet University's affiliation with Harper College. Through collaboration with Vicki Summers and Kym Banner, Victor has led and taught in Crystal Lake's Hip-Hop Explosion, a community program where kids get to learn hip-hop choreography on Friday nights. Victor participated in Freespace in 2015 and his choreography was featured Freespace in 2016. This is Victor's 2nd year as a member of DLD's Professional Dance Company. He instructs Boys Hip Hop and Hip Hop class.



Employment

Thank you for your interest in joining our instructional staff for DLD Dance Center!
We are not currently looking for new Instructors at this time. Please feel free to email your resume to info@dlddancecenter.com and we will keep it on file.