Artistic/Trilogy Dance Company
Malinda Baty graduated from the University of Iowa with degrees in dance and physical therapy. Originally from Lake Zurich and a former Trilogy company member, she feels blessed to have trained primarily under the guidance of Eugene Peabody, Joshua Carter, Cassandra Porter, Stephanie Hilton, and Carrie Nicastro at Trilogy. At the University of Iowa, she was a part of a touring group called Dancers in Company, performed in works by several well-known guest and faculty choreographers such as Nic Leichter and Eloy Barragan, and has choreographed works for multiple showcases. Additionally, she participated in the 4-week summer intensive at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2014. Malinda has been teaching a variety of genres of dance for 11 years, specializing in lyrical, contemporary, and jazz. She had the privilege of teaching dance classes for students with special needs dance classes all ages and levels. Malinda has been a faculty member of Hawthorn Woods Park District, Vernon Hills Park District, and Trilogy, as well as worked with local high school student programs. She is excited to continue her work with Trilogy!
Rhonda K. Moore,
Artistic/Early Childhood and Recreational Program Director
Rhonda K. Moore has been a dance educator for over 20 years and has an extensive background in Modern, Tap, Ballet, Pointe and Jazz. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. Rhonda is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT), Rhythm Works Integrative Dance and DiscoverDance Early Childhood Education. Her professional experience has included positions as Performance Company Director for Elite Dance Academy, Dance Coordinator for Steppin' Out Dance Studio, Artistic Director for A-Factor Dance Company, Lower School Dance Director for St. Catherine's School and Instructor / Choreographer for various studios in Virginia and Illinois. Rhonda is also a Head Adjudicator for Edge National Talent Competition and Content Developer / Editor for DiscoverDance, LLC.
Hip Hop Extraordinaire
Wesley “Wesside” Owens is a featured dancer, choreographer and MC for Monster Entertainment. Wes graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Informatics and was the lead choreographer and artistic director of Hip Hop Connexion (Indiana). Wes has performed with Big Boi of Outkast, Mike Posner, Jason Derulo, the Cataracts, LMFAO, and Ludacris. He is known for a variety of hip hop styles, such as: gliding, waving, bugaloo, krumping, footwork, locking, bucking, and popping.
Lyndsey Rhoads trained at Central Oklahoma Dance Center before moving to Chicago. She has performed with Chicago Dance Crash, Corpo Dance Company and the American College Dance Festival. Her choreography has been set at universities, industrials, special events, including Gus Giordano’s New Choreography Showcase at the Gus Giordano Dance Center. Miss Lyndsey returns to Trilogy Dance for her third year of teaching technique and setting beautiful competition choreography.
Marcus Hardy is a native of North Carolina, and received his BFA
in Dance Performance from East Carolina University. During his
time at ECU he worked with many choreographers including John
Magnus, Jennifer Archibald, Mark Hines, and Frank Chaves. After
graduation, Marcus moved to Chicago where he has performed
as a guest artist with SueMo Dance Company, Waterstreet Dance
Company, Chicago Dance Crash, and as a company member
with Inaside Chicago Dance for 5 years. He also been blessed to
perform with musical artist such as Stacey Kay, Jonathan Cullen,
and Chesca. Marcus has taught workshops, intensives, and
conventions around the country and is a certified personal trainer.
Sarah Ford Hardy,
Sarah Ford Hardy is originally from Louisville, Kentucky and is a graduate of the Youth Performing Arts School. While attending YPAS, she received her training in ballet, modern and jazz, as well as lyrical, tap and hip-hop at other local studios.
Sarah trained at the Joel Hall Dance Center and Columbia College in Chicago IL, the Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, CA and Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles. She has performed with numerous dance companies such as Inaside Chicago Dance, Midwest Dance Collective, DanceWerks Dance Productions, The Joel Hall Dancers and The JADD Co. Sarah has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with artists such as Wierd Al Yankovic, Soulja Boy, Hannah Ford Welton and Joshua Welton of Counter Culture, 3rd Eye Girl and Prince. Sarah was a member of the Joseph Allen Decker Dance Company where she assisted Mr. Decker for two seasons. She was a featured dancer in the movie Dreams and choreographed for Nick Cannon’s Wild N’ Out Tour in Chicago.
Sarah is currently residing in Illinois where she is teaching and choreographing all over the Chicagoland area. She spent eight years choreographing and performing with Inaside Chicago Dance and just completed her sixth year as the company’s Youth Training Program Director and 9th year as the Summer Intensive Director. She enjoys teaching dancers of all ages, styles and levels and has recently been on the faculty of Dance Olympus, Dance Masters of WI, One Family Festival and 360 Dance Festival.
This past summer, Sarah and her husband Marcus incorporated as Sarcus Entertainment, LLC and created Sarcus Dance Company. She is really excited to embark upon her newest adventure as the Regional Director of 360 Dance Festival and work alongside her good friend and mentor, Richard Smith.
Madison Wagaman started her training in 2007 in the suburbs of Chicago where she
studied all different genres of dance. Much of her focus was strictly ballet but Madison
did not want to be confined to one genre and developed a passion for contemporary and
also discovered a love for hip hop when she joined the varsity dance team sophomore
year. In 2017, she connected with her mentor Braedan Barnes who helped push her into
the artist she is today. Graduating early from high school in December 2018, she set out
to pursue a career in dance/choreography. In the beginning of 2019 she secured a spot in
the work study program at Visceral Dance in Chicago directed by Nick Pupillo. Madison
is excited to keep pursuing this journey with upcoming projects this summer. She hopes
to inspire and push students to be the best version of themselves through dance.
Terry pursued dance and started training In 2011 starting with all Collegiate hip hop team FiaModern and Primo Dance Troupe. He decided it was time for a bigger challenge and auditioned for the professional companies in the Chicago community starting with The Puzzle League and CODA And continued to train more in many Different styles. He is Currently one of the Directors for The Piece Makers and also Runs the Chicago Bulls hip hop team The 312 crew. He continues to explore more styles of dance and his mission as a hip hop teacher is for his students to become educated, confident and well trained dancers.
Jasper started his performance career with cheering in the 5th grade throughout his junior year of high school. Jasper has also competed at the Middle School, Rec (IRCA), All-Star (ICE Allstars), and High School (IHSA) levels of competitive cheerleading along with competitions at the All-Star (Twisters Elite) level of competitive dance. He also started coaching cheerleading his Freshman year of high school, and tumbling during Junior year. Jasper specializes in the dance form of Hip-Hop and is currently on a Hip-Hop dance team at the gym in his town. Having won four state championship titles and one 3rd place finish at the state finals for Rec cheerleading, Jasper has also been teaching classes of all skill levels and private lessons alongside choreographing many winning routines throughout the past 3 years. In the future, Jasper looks forward to becoming a high school cheer team choreographer. He is so excited to take on the role of Poms coach, acro, and tumbling instructor here at Trilogy and cannot wait to meet all of his students this Fall!
Chicago, IL native of Liberian descent. T.V.: Fosse/Verdon Series on FX. Theater: An American In Paris (1st National Tour Broadway), Maria De Buenos Aires (Chicago Opera Theater), Cats, Anything Goes, Sister Act, and Evita (Marriott Lincolnshire). Dance Companies: Giordano Dance Chicago, Danceworks Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theater, and Ballet Hispanico. Formerly the Artistic Director of Trilogy School of Performing Arts, Lake Zurich, IL., Peabody has directed and choreographed for youth dance and theater programs, is a guest teacher for competitive dance convention circuits as well as collegiate dance and theatre programs throughout the U.S. He is currently on faculty at Broadway Dance Center NYC and is honored to share his passion for the arts with the young aspiring artists of the Trilogy once again.
Ali is from Barrington, Illinois. She received her B.F.A. from Indiana University in musical theatre. Currently, she is a graduate student at Northwestern University studying education. Ali is trained in the royal ballet technique and has since become well versed in the various styles of musical theatre dance as well as contemporary, modern, and jazz dance. She has spent time working in the Education Department at the La Jolla Playhouse as well as the Education Department at Indiana Repertory Theatre. She has performed at Carnegie Hall as a featured dance and vocal soloist. And in cabaret at the Laurie Beechman in New York City. For the Lebron James Family Foundation she danced with Usher and Jordan Sparks. For the Manhattan School of Music she teaches audition choreography for prospective musical theatre students. While at Indiana University Ali assisted Liza Gennaro in her choreography for City of Angels. Some of her favorite credits include Pippin (Fastrada), Heathers (Heather Duke), Hairspray (Penny), The Merry Widow (Grisette-Lolo, Principal Dancer). She is also a photographer specializing in headshots, dance, and family photos. Ali is really excited to share her love for dance with the students at Trilogy School of Performing Arts!