Company Members

Dyanna Daniels
Founder, Artistic Director, Lead Choreographer, Dancer

Dyanna Daniels co-founded DLD Dance Company with Arthur J. Daniels in 2004. Dyanna opened DLD Dance Center in 2011 offering classes in various dance genres for dancers ages 3 to Adult along with scholarships for children in the community who otherwise would not have the opportunity to dance. Dyanna began her dance training in 2003 through WIU’s dance department and the GBCC Dance Troupe. Her forte is under the umbrella of Hip Hop but she has also trained in several other genres including African, Jazz, Ballet, Ballroom, Spiritual, and Contemporary. As Performance Director and Lead Choreographer of DLD's Flash Mob Dancers Group of Chicagoland, 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, WIU, College of DuPage, MotorCity Casino-Hotel, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago Auto Show, Going Dutch, Noumenon’s New Moves, and Navy Pier. Although her work is rooted in the Hip Hop culture, she enjoys interfusing dance genres to create an eclectic performance experience. Instilling the foundations, culture, and freedom in movement of Hip Hop is essential for her work and pedagogy as she pursues her MFA in Choreography at Jacksonville University and continues to develop as an artist. Dyanna instructs Hip Hop, Jazz, Early Childhood, and Ballroom classes at DLD.

Tony Wilder
Assistant Choreographer, Dancer

Tony Wilder is the Assistant Choreographer of DLD Dance Company bringing his distinctive and exciting dance style to everything he choreographs. He started dancing in 2002 and choreographing in 2005. He choreographed for his college student dance shows all 4 years and also for his college dance team. Along with that he also choreographed for many of the theatre department’s musicals and for numerous other campus events including “Dancing with the Profs”. He recently taught Master Classes for DesPlaine's Dance Idol convention classes in 2014. He has taken Master class from Ian Eastwood, Bam Martin, Jun Quemado and Kyle Hanagami. He currently teaches Hip Hop and Boys Hip Hop at DLD Dance Center.

Nika Roman
Assistant Director, Dancer

Nika Roman 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 Hip Hop Dance Company and also had the opportunity to choreograph several pieces for the company. Although she was exposed to a variety of genres including Interpretive, Breakdance, Salsa, and Jazz, Hip Hop was where her greatest passion remained. She also choreographed dance performances for the cheerleading squad and step team of Fort Hamilton High School. In 2003, Nika had the opportunity to perform with Latina artist La India at the Celebrate Brooklyn summer festival. After a break from dance, she found her way back and started dancing at DLD. She was a member of the DLD's Diva Dynamics Adult Dance Troupe for two years before auditioning for the professional company. This is Nika's second season on DLD's Professional Company and she instructs Hip Hop for all levels at DLD. She has taken class from Shannon Johnson and Dome Lorusso at Lou Conte. "I never want to be the best. Being the best insinuates a lack of progression. I am surrounded by extraordinary dancers that I look up to and am excited to learn from. I know I'm finally in the right place at the right time- to think, it all started with a VHS of Usher Music Videos."

Christian Sosa

Christian Sosa is currently a Surgical Technology Student at Elgin Community College. He started dancing at the age of 15 during his sophomore year of high school in the styles of Hip Hop and Breakdancing. He later continued his training at Ivangel Dance Studio and Urban Dance Concept broadening his training to various styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Modern. Throughout the years, Christian has also choreographed various pieces that have been performed at World of Dance, Six Flags Great America, and has danced in events such as Freespace, NewMoves, and Prelude Midwest. Christian is also currently the Artistic Director of IDS Dynasty Competitive Team at Ivangel Dance Studio and has recently performed with world renowned artist OnSean Zion as a back-up principal dancer. This is Christian's second season as a professional company member for DLD. He will be instructing Hip Hop, Contemporary, Strength and Conditioning, and Social Club this Fall at DLD Dance Center!

Danielle Wilder

Danielle Wilder has been dancing for 22 years. She has a B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography from Hope College and directs the Auroris Dance Company at Niles North High School. 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. This is Danielle's 4th season with DLD Dance Company. She currently instructs Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary and Early Childhood Hip Hop at DLD Dance Center.

Victor Lugo

Victor Lugo began dancing in high school through freestyle sessions with friends. His love for dance grew and eventually he started 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 and dance style 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, a showcase local for choreographers and dancers, where he met several members of DLD Dance Company. He then went on to choreograph for Freespace in 2016. This is Victor's 2nd season as a professional company member of DLD. Victor instructs Boys Hip Hop and Adult Hip Hop classes at DLD Dance Center.

Karen Arreola

Karen Arreola, 21 years old, native of Mexico City, Mexico emigrated to the United States at the age of 3. She began her training in dance at the age of 17 and has continued ever since then. In her short time as a dancer Karen has been a member of Ivangel Dance Studio's performance team as well as Urban Dance Concept's competitive and pre-professional companies. She has experience in Jazz and Contemporary. However, her fierce and sassy style comes as a result of her extensive training in Latin dance and Hip Hop. Karen has performed at World of Dance Chicago, Prelude Midwest, Freespace Dance Festival, Nightmare on Chicago Street, Elgin Short Film Festival, Ascension Performing Arts Annual Benefit, Fox Valley Showcase, and has recently been part of OnSean Zion's Latin Cabaret production as a principal dancer. She has also received scholarships from Activate your Artistry workshops for two consecutive years. Karen wishes to never stop gaining new knowledge in and out of dance. Watch out for her versatile style this year as one of DLD's Professional Company's newest members.

Josh McGehee

Josh McGehee began dancing in 2009 during his senior year of High School at Wheaton Academy. After graduation, he started teaching Hip Hop at Upper Room Dance Studio. Josh continued his training and gained experience in Ballet, Jazz, and Modern with Terry Fox at Underground Arts Connection. At College of DuPage, Josh was chosen as a featured choreographer for several performances. When he transferred to Elmhurst College to pursue a Music Education degree, he also actively involved himself in their dance program, where he performed and choreographed for 8 shows. He has also taught classes with E.D.G.E. homeschool group, Underground Arts Connection, Carol Stream Park District and Sunshine Dance Project in Glen Ellyn. Last summer (2015), Josh sang and danced in multiple shows per day at Six Flags Great America. This past summer (2016), Josh taught a Show Choir camp at Naperville Music Academy and several Hip Hop workshops. He was also featured as a dancer in Freespace Dance Festival this past summer (2016).

Jairus Green

Jairus Green fell in love with dance at a young age. His forte is Hip Hop and he recently started focusing on fusing a more Contemporary style into his movement. Although, initially Jairus never had formal training due to finances, his mom introduced him to a show called America’s Best Dance Crew. After watching that show, dance became a lifestyle for Jairus or a simple way to describe it, his best friend. During his junior and senior year of high school, Jairus choreographed pieces for their showcase and also for his school’s dance team. While attending college, he ventured into Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary and had the pleasure of working with a lot of great instructors, especially Jon Slovan. He is a former member of Hip Hop ConnXion, where he was able to work with some amazing dancers and instructors including, Suave, Dave Fonseca, Darius Love, Chris Xayarath, and Kris Rhodes. “Some of the greatest experiences I have had as a dancer was trying out for So you Think You Can Dance, teaching workshops, and judging a few local competitions.”