Meet The Team
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
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
Sierra has been dancing since the age of 5 and danced competitively throughout her career. Her background consists of Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Pom Pons, Tap, and Tumbling. She also travels all over the U.S. to train with famous choreographers and producers and has many collaborations with local dance companies. She has danced with Southern Illinois Dance Company, Moda IUC, Wrapsosy, Dancece2XS UIUC, and Hypno dance companies. She now shares her love of dance as a teacher and is very passionate about hip hop and heels class. She is the director of her own dance team at Dancin' Around where she trains them for performances including music videos, commercials, and Bulls games.
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. 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 currently attends college on a Full Athletic Scholarship and continues to teach dance at Dancin' Around Dance Studio as a Jazz and Ballet instructor as well as Office Management.
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.
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.