The Urbana Dance Company teaches dance and performance that enriches people’s lives and builds confidence and connection to others. Our goal is for students to build and strengthen their relationships gain self-awareness, become empowered community leaders, and develop an appreciation for great artistry and imagination.
The Urbana Dance Company teaches from the perspective that human beings are eager for new information, new insights, new experiences, and new skills. Allowing this inherent attitude to flourish is the key job in the promotion of learning at Urbana Dance Company. The students must feel good about themselves, know they are cared for by the instructor, and feel accepted and secure in the learning environment. Instructors are encouraged to have a relaxed, aware, and eager attitude to help create a dynamic learning environment.
Kate Insolia // Artistic Director // Instructor
Kate Insolia has been performing, choreographing, directing and teaching dance for over three decades. Kate has extensive experience in working with both adults and children, and for the last 10 years has taught dance classes, designed curriculum, directed, and choreographed for schools and local dance communities here in Champaign-Urbana. Centered in her teaching philosophy is the goal of having students build and strengthen relationships, community, self-awareness, and confidence. Drawing upon her Lakota heritage, her practice invites awareness of our relationship to native land. Kate is also a teacher and leader for Re-evaluation Co-counseling, an organization committed to ending racism, caring for the environment, and backing young people. Re-evaluation Co-counseling is a process whereby people of all ages and all backgrounds can learn how to exchange effective help with each other in order to free themselves from the effects of past distress experiences. Ms. Kate received her B.A. in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.F.A in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citlaly Stanton // Instructor
El yoga ha sido parte de mi vida por más de 11 años; además de darme flexibilidad física y mental, mi práctica me ha ayudado a crecer, conectándome con mi ser consciente e inspirándome, cada momento, a vivir más atenta a lo que me rodea.
Yoga has been a part of my life for over 11 years. My practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and fearless. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully. In 2011, I completed my yoga training with Ananda Marga. Ananda Marga is a global spiritual and social service organization. In 2012, I got my Certification as a Yoga Instructor endorsed by Yoga Alliance. In my classes, I love to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. I seek to help others thrive and live by nurturing their body, mind and soul with yoga. My hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.
DoMonique Arnold // Instructor
DoMonique Arnold has been belly dancing since 2004 and began her teaching practice in 2013. She has been trained in American Cabaret style belly dance, and currently maintains her practice by studying Urban Fusion style. Urban Fusion Belly Dance is where traditional Belly Dance styles (Egyptian/Arabic and more) meets Urban Dance styles and combines elements of (Hip/hop, African, and Dancehall/Reggae and more) style dances. She believes that the art of belly dancing is nourishing to practice for all genders and attempts to culturally situate her teachings as much as possible. DoMonique recieved her BA in Latin and her MSLIS from the Graduate School for Library and Information Science. She works full-time as the Librarian at University Laboratory High School where she manages the collection and creates programming, including an annual belly dance class as part of Agora Days.
Elisandra Rosario // Instructor
After receiving her Bachelors in Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign, Elisandra is teaching Ballet, Hip-Hop, and choreographing musicals in Urbana-
Champaign, Illinois. Along with her love for set choreography, Elisandra is inspired by
researching movement through improvisational dance scores. During her time at the University,
Elisandra gained a love for site specific work and documenting dance and movement through
film, which bleads into her movement and choreographic style.
Elise Frost // Instructor
Elise Frost is a choreographer, educator, and performing artist hailing from Orlando, Florida. Elise has been producing and choreographing dances professionally since 2015. Most notably, she has choreographed works with Orlando based dance companies Soul Play Modern Dance Co., CineDance Jazz Dance Co., and multimedia performance experience DRIP Productions. Her collaborative work with artist Staci Scatturo Farrah has also been commissioned by Atlanta based dance company Brooks and Co. In 2012 Elise founded Red Right Return Dance Company, with the mission to create collaborative dance productions intent on fostering the investigation and growth of contemporary dance in Orlando, Florida. In addition to dancing in her own work, she has also had the privilege of working with independent artists Jan Erkert, Philip Johnston, Angie Pittman, McClaine Timmerman, Jeremy Miranda, and Kirstie Simson, as well as Voci Dance, Blue Star Productions, and The Neta Dance Company. She holds a degree in dance from the University of Florida and an MFA in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She hopes to continue researching, making work, merging interests with artists from many disciplines and dancing for as many folks as possible.
Jaylen De'Angelo Clay // Instructor
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Jaylen De'Angelo Clay is a graduate of Alabama State
University and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He trains in ballet, modern, jazz,
ballroom, hip hop, West African, heels, step, and tap dance. In college, he performed works
by Robert Battle, Gary Jeter, Michael Medcalf, Dinita and Kyle Clark, James Atkinson,
DeShona Pepper Robertson, and Sidra Bell. Jaylen was also a part of Eleone Dance
Theater and Delaware Mid-Atlantic Ballet. Jaylen is excited to be attending the University
of Illinois to continue his studies in dance to receive his Master of Fine Arts degree.
Yuri Sohn // Instructor
As a teacher, Yuri's goal is to educate, inspire and entertain his students as he strives to share his joy of partner dancing. Since the summer of 1997, Yuri has continuously studied the art of partner dancing.
He has taken many private lessons, classes and workshops in ballroom (waltz, quickstep, tango, foxtrot, Viennese waltz), Latin (cha-cha, rumba, samba, jive), and nightclub (lindy, west coast swing, salsa, merengue, Bachata, Rueda, nightclub 2-step, hustle, Argentine Tango) dancing. He has studied under instructors from all over the world ranging from Argentine tango masters, Gloria and Eduardo Arquimbau to the Swedish lindy hoppers, Eddie Jansson and Eva Lagergist. He has attended numerous dance camps; competed for various ballroom, salsa, swing, hustle, and nightclub 2 step competitions; judged numerous Dancing Illini ballroom competitions; and performed at various events in salsa, swing, cha cha, tango, and quickstep. Yuri has taught a multitude of classes, workshops, and lessons since 1998 in ballroom, latin, and nightclub dancing.
Andréa Aguiar // Instructor
Andréa Aguiar grew up dancing—ballet, modern, jazz, and tap dance-- at her mother’s dance studio in São Paulo, Brazil. She first experienced Israeli dancing as a teenager, during a 3-month stay in Israel. After a very long hiatus, her daughters brought dance back into Andréa’s life. Eight years ago, when Andréa took her daughter to audition for CU Ballet’s Nutcracker, she was also unexpectedly cast for the show. She resumed ballet classes and danced as a rat in The Nutcracker on the Krannert stage for three years. More recently, she and her two daughters got involved in Israeli dancing through the Israeli Folkdancing group at the Phillips Recreation Center in Urbana, and this has become a passionate mother-daughters activity. Andréa has been teaching Israeli dance as part of the PE curriculum at Campus Middle School for Girls. The goals of her classes are to provide students with some exercise while having fun, gaining body awareness, developing musicality and connecting with others. She hopes students will see dance as a tool for community building, and a form of art and self-expression that can be done and enjoyed by anyone who is interested in trying. When she is not dancing, exercising, or taking care of her family, Andréa works as a Neuroscience Research Faculty at the University of Illinois.
Teddii Cooper // Instructor
Tedriante “Teddii” Cooper has been a Hip-Hop choreographer for about 11 years. He pours out his passion for dance into the heart of children and adults by giving them not only the movements, but he builds self-esteem and instills confidence in each of them. Teddy has also choreographed for shows, weddings, productions, and many talents for pageants across the U.S.
Brando Miranda // Instructor
It is my mission to inspire anyone around me to become a social dancer and have connected, deep, meaningful dances while at the same time understanding the mechanics of solid technique. It is my experience that the most fulfilling way to social dance is a combination of deep connection and awareness of good technique with space for the creative expression of music. It is my experience that one can co-create a dance experience with any lead and follow. For this reason, Bachata Sensual and Brazilian Zouk are my favorite dances. Bachata Sensual (made by Korke and Judith) is a dance tested and based on solid follow and lead principles of natural motions of energy and how to use this energy with your partner.
I’ve been dancing for the past 5 years every week at least 10 hours a week, training, learning from other instructors and testing everything I’ve learned on the social dance floor. I’ve also trained under the World Master program designed by Korke and Judith and certified to teach the official original Bachata Sensual. I’ve also attended multiple dance congresses learning from instructors around the world in Brazilian Zouk and (all) Bachata styles. I also founded the registered student organization (RSO) UIUC Bachata Sensual with the goal to spread the love of bachata and social dancing.
Luz Garcia & Alessandro Contento // Instructors
Instructor: Luzmarina (Luz) Garcia is a native of the U.S. – Mexico border region and has danced and played music since childhood. She focuses on Latin dance styles including cumbia, bachata, salsa, and merengue. Luz has taught for University of Illinois organizations and seizes the opportunity to engage with new students. Luz aims to make students smile while developing musicality, confidence, and cultural appreciation. She is currently a doctoral student at University of Illinois, where she studies judicial politics. She received a B.A. in Political Science and Communication Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois.
Assistant Lead: Alessandro Contento.
Ibrahim Sabbi // Instructor
Ibrahim Sabbi is a working choreographer, dancer, and visual artist. A native of Chicago, he is a BFA student in the Department of Dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sabbi has performed leading roles in works choreographed by Melanie Bales, C. Kemal Nance, Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, and Endalyn Taylor. Ibrahim Sabbi has had experience in the Hip Hop choreography and battle scene in Chicago, L.A, and Urbana-Champaign.
Metered parking is available on the street and is free after 5pm.Bus stop is the parking garage by Lincoln Square Mall.
122 West Main Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801