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Meet The Team

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Ms. Vi Donald is the owner and CEO of Dancin' Around Dance Studio which opened in 2001.  She is a former cheerleader for the World Champion Chicago Bulls, “The Luvabulls“ for two seasons, where she danced and toured all over the states including international performances in England, Spain, Holland including many television and radio appearances.  She also instructed the “Jr. Luvabulls“. 


Ms. Vi's background consists of over 25 years of Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Pointe, Modern, and Gymnastics, 16 years of professional and competitive dancing, over 20 years as a professional instructor, and choreographer. 


She is excited to pass on her passion of dance to the students.

Ms. Vi Donald


Ms. Nia

Nia has been dancing and competiting since the age of 2 years old. Her background consists of  Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Poms, Tumbling, Lyrical, Acro and Cheerleading training.  


She is currently active in performing, auditions and competing all over the States.  She received numermous Platinum Awards and top 5 Overall Scores through-out her career.  She also received numerous dance scholarships from various dance competitions and conventions.  She is the 2016 and 2017 National Champion at the Starbound Dance Competition receiving 1st Place Overall for her jazz solo and lyrical solo.  She was also part of the cheerleading team for TF South High School and named All-State Conference Cheerleader in 2017 and 2018.


Her passion for dance is like breathing and she enjoys teaching others the Arts of Dance.


Her travels allowed her to danced and trained with world famous choreographers who's worked with One Direction, Justin Bieber, JLo, P'Diddy and more. It also allowed her to meet inspirational dancers from "Dance Moms" from Abby Lee Dance Company and Miami.  


You can follow her on Instagram at @Niaraedonald or YouTube/Vidanz


Ms. Sierra

Sierra has been dancing since the age of 5 and has competed nationally.  She has been trained extensively in jazz, ballet, hip hop, poms, tap, tumbling, and more.  She has traveled extensively around the U.S. to train with the most renowned choreographers and producers in the industry, as well as to collaborate with many popular dance teams.  


She was a member and danced with Southern Illinois Dance Team, Moda, IUC Wrapsody, Dance2XS, UIUC Hypno, and more. 


As a passionate hip hop and heels director, Sierra  is also the director of D.A. Dream & Fantasy Dance Team, training them for performances including music videos, commercials, and Bulls games.


Sierra, a highly experienced and passionate teacher and is excited to connect with all the dancers.


Follow her on Instagram @sierrabearr_


NATALIE J KOLOSCI began studying ballet under the direction of Elisa Stigler at Roosevelt University in Chicago. At 8 years old she danced with the Bolshoi Ballet from Moscow, the Kirov Ballet from Leningrad and continued to do so for the next eight years.  She received a medal of the Bolshoi Theatre from the Artistic Director and was asked to be the assistant coach for the children’s roles while on tour in Chicago. Her professional debut was at age 15, dancing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy with the Allegro Ballet Company, under the direction of Mr. and Mrs. Lunnon from London.   As studio owner of Natalie’s School of Dance for over 20 years in Lake Station, she traveled throughout the U.S. with her students, participating in regional and national competitions, conventions, lectures, and performances.  She choreographed and staged several pieces for local dance centers, as well as worked with local park departments and South Suburban College.  She was the owner, director and instructor of Civic Dance Center in Portage, IN for 20 years where she produced “The Nutcracker” ballet each December.  She just closed her doors and will now be teaching ballet and jazz at Dancin’ Around Dance Studio.

Ms. Natalie


Ms. Jaelyn

Ms. Jaelyn started dance training at the age of 2 and has been dancing competitively since the age of 3.  She has won many awards and holds many Regional and National Titles.  Her background consists of jazz, ballet, hip hop, poms, contemporary, gymnastics, and cheerleading.  Jaelyn assisted at Dancin' Around for 3 years as a Preschool and Beginners in ballet, jazz, and tap.   


In Junior High, Jaelyn was part of the prestigious Chicago Bulls Entertainment as their "BullsKidz" for 2 seasons where she danced and performed during timeouts and halftime.  In High School, she was the Captain of the TF South Varsity Dance Team as well as the captain of her studio dance team.  She also was a part of her High School Varsity Cheerleading team for 3 years and All-Star Cheer. 


She also has a love for volleyball which was a member for 4 years in High School and played Club Volleyball.  She was named All-Conference Athlete for Dance and Volleyball for 2 years in a row in her high school years and in 2021 she was named Athlete of the Year in her Senior class.  She attended Moraine Valley Community College on a Full Athletic Scholarship where she received her Associate Degree in Sports Management.  In addition, she was named All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference in 2021 & 2022 and All-Region IV Team in 2021. 


She is continuing her studies at Indiana University majoring in Sports Management on a Volleyball Scholarship.  She continues to teach dance at Dancin' Around Dance Studio as a Jazz and Ballet instructor as well as Office Management during her studies towards her Bachelors Degree.  

Ms. Neecie

Ms. Neecie has been dancing since the age of three training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Tap, and Hip-Hop.  She has now been teaching professionally since 2017.  She trained and received her degree in dance and psychology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  During her time in college, she performed with the college’s dance company and also with her dance team at many events on campus.  Ms. Neecie is very passionate and excited to be a mentor to her students while guiding them through dance.

Ms. Neecie


LaNesha began her dance journey at the age of 13 at Dance Expressions, in Calumet City IL. In 2012 LaNesha and her dance sisters competed in the Worlds Hip Hip competition in Las Vegas. Even though her team didn’t win the competition it still was a very good learning experience for LaNesha. In 2015 LaNesha became a Praise Dancer at her church, Christ Universal Temple. She is still currently a Praise Dancer at her Church. Also LaNesha has been Choreographing since 2016 for the Praise Dancers at her church. Summer of 2017 LaNesha auditioned for the Chicago Luvabulls , the Chicago Bulls Dance Team. This experience taught LaNesha a lot about the dance community.  With all this experience LaNesha loves teaching the younger generations the foundations of dance so they can grow to be humble amazing dancers.

Ms. Nesha
Ms. Abby

Abby has been dancing since the age of 3 and started competing at the age of 5 in ballet and the age of 6 in ballet and tap.  Abby has been focusing her dance studies in ballet, lyrical, and contemporary primarily, which are her favorites.   Abby has also performed in many performances with the Indiana Ballet Theatre at the Star Plaza including the infamous Nutcracker many years as well as their Spring Shows.  Abby has danced in pointe and has a love for ballet and lyrical mostly. Abby has attended many dance intensives over the years while at the Indiana Ballet Theatre with several guest teachers and has also attended many summer dance intensives including the Ballet 5:8 in Frankfort, IL and at Grand Rapids Ballet in MI.   Abby has finished up her competitive dance career last year with Dance Bizz Dance Studio in Nashville, TN with Rainbow National Dance Competition with a senior solo in contemporary ballet and a senior duet in contemporary.  While competing last year Abby earned a spot with Rainbow Dance Competition, in their New York Dance Experience, enabling her to take classes with the NY City Rockettes, being able to  learn from them as well as others in NY City.

In middle school Abby competed in competitive cheerleading.  She also did cheerleading in her freshman year of high school.  Abby enjoyed cheerleading very much but her love remained in dance.  Abby continues to love to dance and teach dance.  Abby loves to dance on stage and be a performer and is excited to watch young girls and boys grow and develop their own love for dance as well.


Kendall has been involved in the dance world since the age of 3 and has trained in a variety of disciplines, including ballet, tap, gymnastics, acro, contemporary, modern, tumbling, jazz, poms, lyrical, hip-hop, cheerleading and more.


She was a member of the TF South Dance team for three years, and has been choreographing since the age of 13.

She is currently on the Dancinfusion dance team.

Kendall is excited to pass her passion for dance onto young kids at Dancin' Around Dance Studio.

Ms. Kendall
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