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A community-based dance & theatre program with a studio feel

We provide quality dance instruction to students of all ages and levels. Our progressive curriculum focuses on core techniques needed to be a strong dancer but also stresses the importance of a positive attitude and hard work. All of our instructors have an extensive background in dance and education and have participated in our training school. In our classes, students will develop grace, rhythm, coordination, creativity, and confidence. The Innovation Arts Connection provides a fun, safe and structured environment and is designed to equip each student with the proper attitude and experience to excel in their future endeavors in the arts, school, and life. We look forward to seeing you in class!

For more information on the dance program please contact:

Brooks Wogelius, Recreation Supervisor at brooks@medinahparkdistrict.org                                                        

Lora Vodicka, Dance Coordinator at lora@innovationartsconnection.com

Dance Instructor Bios:

 
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Lora Vodicka

Artist Director & Educator

Ms. Lora is a proud Summa Cum Laude graduate of Illinois State University with a B.S. in Theatre Education and extensive dance & fitness background.  At Illinois State University, Lora danced in various shows and with multiple companies including The Who’s: Tommy, Evita, West Side Story and the Illinois State Dance Theatre.  Lora also choreographed ISU’s production of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying as well as many other High School and Community productions. Lora is also an AFAA Group Fitness Instructor. With over 20 years of dance and theatre experience and 16 years of teaching under her belt Lora has developed strong classroom management skills, creative lesson plans and a true passion for education.

“Dance has played a large role in shaping the person I have become.  I gained confidence while learning the importance of responsibility and hard work.  Teaching allows me to share my passion and help young people discover their potential.”

 
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Ms. Miranda

Dance Educator

Miranda began dancing at the age of three through Fox Valley Park District’s Steppin’ Out Dance Studio. After twelve years of training in tap and jazz, she continued dancing and performing with Waubonsie Valley High School’s show choirs and in the spring musicals. Upon attending Millikin University, she joined Physical Graffiti – her university’s hip-hop dance team – and began to study other styles such as ballet, modern, and musical theater at Millikin University which she graduated from with a B.M. in Commercial Music. Now, she works as a freelance choreographer and dancer as well as a dance instructor. She has been seen performing for Walt Disney World, Six Flags Great America, and local theatre companies. Her choreography for musicals and show choirs have been displayed for the past nine years by schools and theatre companies throughout the Midwest Region, and most recently, she received the Lou Award for Best Choreographer of the 2019-2020 theatre season for her work on BrightSide Theatre’s A Christmas Carol The Musical. Miranda is ecstatic to join and share her passion for dance with the Innovation Arts Connection dance family, and hopes to inspire her students to aim for and achieve their highest potential.

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