Company Members

Meet the Fall 2017 Dance Company Members



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Ellyanna Anderson

Meet Ellyanna! This soaring dancer has been dancing for twelve years. Elly has a love for all styles of dance, especially hip-hop and contemporary. She enjoys assisting at her studio with her dance instructor and watching students grow in their passion for dance. Other than dance, her hobbies include baking; taking care of her pet rabbit, Ivy; going to church and youth group; kayaking and camping with her friends and family.



Jamie Anderson

Meet Jamie! This elegant dancer has been dancing for the past five years. Aside from dance, Jamie has a passion for shooting sports such as archery and air rifle, a second degree black belt in karate, sewing, photography, snowboarding, and participating in 4-H, interact, and the McHenry County Jr. Fair Board. She is thrilled to continue her adventures through the Avant + Garde Dance Company and being part of talented and dedicated group of dancers.

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Leilani Carreno

Meet Leilani! This committed dancer has been dancing for the past thirteen years. Leilani is currently taking lyrical, modern, pointe, and hip hop. Aside from dance, her hobbies include shopping, taking photos, and doing hair and makeup. Leilani’s favorite animal is a sloth.


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Katherine Castiglione

Meet Katherine! This serene dancer has been dancing for the past five years. Outside the dance studio, one can find Katherine stringing words for stories and poems; sketching on paper and the walls of her bedroom; participating in her 4-H Club, Teens as Teachers, and the McHenry County Jr. Fair Board; and is fluent in Polish. She is delighted to be dancing and interning through the Avant + Garde Dance Company this season.

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Cora Cook

Meet Cora! This graceful dancer has been dancing for three years. Her main interest in style of dance includes modern and ballet. Aside from dance, one can find Cora as a passionate musician. She plays the piano, ukulele, and the saxophone. As a current Cary Grove High School student, Cora enjoys studying science and math. She is truly excited to be part of the Avant + Garde Dance Company and getting to know the team. Welcome to A+GDC Cora!


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Janelle Eschman

Meet Janelle! This passionate dancer has been dancing ever since she was three – making this her fourteenth year. Outside of the dance studio, Janelle has a love for swimming and traveling around the world. One can find her establishing unforgettable memories when visiting foreign countries. Welcome to A+GDC Janelle!



Cheryl Grant

Meet Cheryl! This determined dancer has been dancing for thirteen years. Cheryl is part of the Cary Grove Varsity Dance Team where she cheers her heart out. If she is not found dancing, one can find her painting, including recreating Vincent Van Goh’s Starry Night in different formats. Cheryl dreams to direct her career path in fine arts in the future.


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Maya Keesey

Meet Maya! This joyful dancer has been dancing for the past thirteen years. Aside from dance, Maya’s passionate hobbies include traveling, doing makeup, photography, watching movies, reading, and listening to music. Welcome to A+GDC Maya!


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Jenna McGinley

Meet Jenna! This dedicated dancer has been dancing for nine years. She has been part of the Cary Jr. Trojan pom team, Summer Academy of Dance, Integrity Dance Studio in Chicago and All That Dance. From all these years, Jenna has taken ballet, lyrical, jazz, and hip hop. Outside of dance, one can find her cooking and reading a good book.


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Erin Prince

Meet Erin! This ambitious dancer has been dancing since the age of two – making this her thirteenth year of dancing. Erin studies pointe, contemporary, lyrical, and jazz. She is a sophomore at Crystal Lake Central. When she is not dancing, she can be found singing in choir or performing in musicals. Erin is an only child that enjoys spending time with her dance family and loves to keep them laughing.


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Tori Teteak

Meet Tori! This dazzling dancer has been dancing for the past fourteen years. Outside of dance, she enjoys painting nails, doing makeup, drawing, and has a passion for photography. Tori has been to all 48 states and plans to visit the last two which includes Hawaii and Alaska. She is delighted to start another exciting season through the Avant + Garde Dance Company.



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Breana Youngs

Meet Breana! This artistic dancer has been dancing since the age of three. Breana has participated on the Crystal Lake South Varsity team for all four years of high school and is this year’s team captain. She is currently taking pointe, jazz, modern, tap, and lyrical. Outside the dance studio, one can find Breana cooking, baking, and reading an enjoyable book.