Directors

Draves_Lindsey -1-4Victoria Warren

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.

Draves_Lindsey -1Lindsey Draves

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.

 

Draves_Lindsey -1-2Kirsten Stark

Rehearsal Director

Kirsten has had the opportunity to engage in her passion of dance for over two decades. She spent fifteen years dancing in a studio setting, taking ballet, pointe, jazz, and lyrical. In high school she was a four year member of both the Junior Varsity and Varsity dance teams.

Kirsten received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University. While at ISU, she continued her dance career by taking ballet, jazz, modern, and dance improv courses. Also, she was a four year member and 2011 Co-captain of the Redline Express Dance Team. After graduating college, Kirsten took some time to spend the next year in Orlando, Florida interning at Walt Disney World. There she was a merchandise hostess and participated in several auditions for character performer for some of their parades and stage shows.

Currently she is a 4th Grade teacher in the McHenry County area. She also is in her fourth year teaching ballet, jazz, and lyrical at the same place she learned from so many years ago.

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Kim Volkmann

Junior Company Rehearsal Director

Kim began dancing at age three in Wheeling, Illinois and continued her education in Crystal Lake under the direction of Victoria Warren and Laura Thurston. Her studies included: Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Modern, and Jazz. As an undergrad, summers were spent studying with The Giordano Dance School, River North Dance Chicago, and Giordano Dance Chicago. In December 2017, Kim graduated Cum Laude
from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a minor in Social Work. As of June 2017, Kim is a mentee in Giordano Dance Chicago’s College Mentorship Program and looks forward to the 2018 audition circuit in Chicago. Kim is very excited to be a part of Avant Garde Dance Company and looks forward to working with the Junior Company.