President + Community Engagement
Victoria has been teaching, directing, and inspiring dancers for over 20 years in the Northern Illinois area. She has pulled her talents as a professional from her own vast experiences through dance. Some of her noted accomplishments include apprenticing with The Milwaukee Ballet, instructing at dance conventions, as well as an elected board member to a non-profit dance organization. She is credentialed to teach by examination ballet/pointe, tap, and jazz through a national and statewide dance organization. Currently she is a studio instructor in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Each of these experiences aides Victoria in prepping dancers for what the dance world has to offer. Not only does she enjoy instructing dancers and sharing her passion of dance, but she relishes in nurturing dancers to be amazing individuals in all that they do in and out of the studio atmosphere.
Victoria has a degree in Sign Language Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a Master’s in Social Work from Aurora University. These degrees have allowed Victoria to work alongside individuals and families who have had needs for advocacy, to consult in the public school sector, and deepen her own understanding as she is a parent of a special needs child herself.
Vice President + Treasurer
Lindsey has taught dance in a studio setting for almost a decade, worked on the board for a non-profit dance organization, and founded a dance company that focused on community outreach from 2013-2015. All of these experiences have prepared her for this A+GDC journey. She can’t wait to share her passion for the arts with the next generation of dancers. When Lindsey isn’t dancing, she’s probably taking photos or crunching numbers (two of her other passions), or chilling with her pup Scarlett. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @lindseydraves and check out her past choreography on her YouTube Channel.
Lindsey has a bachelors degree in Accounting from DePaul University and a Masters in Accountancy from The Ohio State University that has both led to a successful career in corporate America. These professional accomplishments aid in her ability to run small businesses and continue to pursue her entrepreneurial aspirations.