Our mission is to provide exceptional dance instruction for children and adults of all ages and experience levels. Our faculty of hardworking and enthusiastic professional instructors are committed to sharing their teachings in a safe and comfortable learning environment to ensure our clients not only achieve their goals, but reach beyond them.
INSTRUCTORS & FACULTY
Owner & Artistic Director of Beyond Words Dance Center,
Beyond Words Dance Company, The Kate Jablonski Statement, & Camp Kate
Kate began her professional career training in New York City as a member of Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Program. Under the direction of Wes Veldink, this scholarship allowed Kate to work alongside some of the greatest teachers and choreographers on the East Coast.
In 2007, Kate began using YouTube as a platform to share her choreography. What started out as a dancer keepsake quickly reached 1 million views and continued to grow. Now, Kate (or katieshmatee) has attracted over 59,000 subscribers and over 20 million views from around the world. While becoming a worldwide phenomenon, Kate had been given the opportunity to teach and choreograph internationally for dance companies in Canada, England, France, Germany, Holland, Poland, Serbia, Switzerland, and Italy. Kate’s animated teaching style has allowed her to break language barriers while traveling abroad.
In 2009, Kate received the prestigious Gold Leo’s Award through Jazz Dance World Congress. Also in 2009, she was chosen as a finalist in the Capezio A.C.E. Awards for Choreographic Excellence. As first runner-up at the event, she debuted her professional dance show, “Beyond Words,” at New World Stages in Manhattan in July of 2010.
Kate founded Beyond Words Dance Company in the fall of 2009. The program, training dancers ages 7-18, has fostered a positive learning environment while instilling values of commitment, responsibility, and work ethic. This youth company has received accolades from prestigious teachers and choreographers in the industry.
In 2011, EMI Records produced Brit Award winner, Laura Marling’s music video “I Was Just A Card”. Alongside Brian Lipchik, Kate co-directed and choreographed the video featuring members of Beyond Words. Also in 2011, Kate was featured in Dance Spirit Magazine in Zachary Whittenburg’s article, “Piece by Piece: Tips for First-Time Choreographers”. In 2013, Kate was highlighted in Dance Teacher Magazine article, “A New Generation – Nine Studio Owners Under 40” as the youngest entrepreneur on the list. Camp Kate was founded in the summer of 2010. The annual three-day intensive brings hundreds of students from all over the world to Chicago to experience Kate’s unique teaching style. In the summer of 2013, the intensive expanded to its first international city in Liverpool for Camp Kate UK!
In 2012, The Kate Jablonski Statement, a professional company, was founded. The company has allowed continuing dancers ages 18 and up to train with Kate and experience a professional atmosphere while performing at prestigious Chicago events and in Kate’s original full-length productions. Performances by Beyond Words and The Statement earned Kate the title of Dance Chicago’s Choreographer of the Year in 2013. Dance Chicago then sponsored Kate’s production of “Tabula Rasa” at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago in May of 2014. Due to the overwhelming response, two encore performances debuted soon after at Foundations Performance Center. Kate continues to inspire young dancers and choreographers around the world with movement that transcends all barriers.
To learn more about Kate and view her work, visit katejablonski.com.
Miss Mickey's Dancers
Miss Mickey has taught thousands of tiny dancers over the past twenty years. Her greatest reward as a teacher is bringing children out of their shells and building self-esteem. Mickey possesses a unique talent and ability to make even the most hesitant of children feel comfortable and at ease. She is thrilled to share her passion for dance and children with the community.
GO BEYOND Performance Group, Contemporary,
Megan graduated summa cum laude from East Carolina University, where she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts. She began her dance career at the age of three and has professional experience in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, and gymnastics. Megan has been a company member of The Kate Jablonski Statement for several years. In 2018, she founded her own adult company, Peckish Rhodes Dance Society.
Hip Hop & Jazz Funk
Dani currently spends her time as a traveling dance instructor teaching workshops around the city of Chicago as well as managing her own dance company, Hoops Heel Crew. Right out of high school, Dani joined the Joel Hall Dance program to focus on her passion for the barefoot arts - modern and contemporary. From there, she went on to choreograph for Revelations Dance at DePaul University. Dani is also an event planner and will soon begin her journey for a business degree at Wheaton College.
Kacey began her dance training over twenty years ago at Bataille Academie of the Danse. She graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor's degree in Dance Education. Kacey's professional dance career includes dancing for Rodriguez Dance Theatre, Meraki Dance Company, and Interweave Dance Theatre of Boulder, CO. Kacey is now a member of the Kate Jablonski Statement.
Jazz & Jazz Funk
Alyssa started dancing when she was two and began competitively dancing at age five. This is her seventh and final year as a member of Beyond Words Dance Company. She is a senior in high school and this is her fourth year on the Varsity dance team at her school. Her longterm goal is to become a forensic pathologist. Alyssa is excited to share her love of dance with a new generation.
Jazz & Lyrical
Kalina is a longtime member of Beyond Words Dance Company, and this is her final year on the team. The dancers and faculty at Beyond Words have become her family, and she's proud to be sharing her love of dance with young dancers this year. When Kalina is not dancing, she is with her church group or dancing for her school’s orchesis team.
When Anna took her first Zumba® class, she found she was able to be herself and let loose. She began to imagine herself teaching and wondering if it was something she could do. It finally came to fruition in 2011 when her instructor said, "Get your Zumba® license! You have nothing to lose!" Since then, Anna has been teaching Zumba® classes and loves it!
Beyond Words Dance Company
Tony was inspired at a young age by Michael Jackson to begin dancing! He has been teaching Hip Hop since 2009 and is thrilled to work with Beyond Words! He continues to dance professionally with DLD Dance Company where he is the assistant choreographer and has trained with dancers such as Keone and Mari Madrid, Ian Eastwood, Kyle Hanagami, and Vinh Nguyen and Bam Martin of the Kinjaz.
Beyond Words Dance Company
For over twenty years, Karin has trained dancers of all levels in ballet at various studios throughout Chicago. Over the years, she has studied from such notable dancers at Lou Conte, Claire Bataille, Warren Conover, Biruie Bardodicaite and more. Karin’s main goals are to help students learn proper technique and body alignment as well as support and encourage them to discover their own artistry.
This is Sophie's sixth year as a member of Beyond Words Dance Company and her first year teaching recreational classes! She is a Sophomore in high school and has been dancing since she was two years old. Sophie loves learning new techniques and the thrill of performing. One day she hopes to pursue further education and a career in dance. She's honored to be selected as this year's Dream Maker's scholarship recipient.