Malinda Baty,

Artistic/Trilogy Dance Company

(TDC) Director

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.

Wesley "WES"

Owens Jr.

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,

Dance Instructor

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,

Dance Instructor

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.

Madison Wagaman,

Dance Instructor

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.

Jenny Barreca,

Dance Instructor

Jenny Barreca began her dance education at the Grayslake Park District at the age of three. She graduated magna cum laude from Grand Valley State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in dance and minor in general business. During her time at Grand Valley, she received the “Upper Division Dance Scholarship” and had the privilege of performing in guest artist works by Richard Bowman, Autumn Eckman, Mark Haim, and Simon Thomas-Train. Her work “comPULSE” was selected by faculty to perform in the GVSU Spring Dance Concert in 2018. Since graduation, her solo piece “‘flawed…’” was selected to perform in Joel Hall Dancers and Center’s 2018 “Dances in the Hall” choreography showcase. Jenny currently teaches at several dance studios and park district dance programs throughout northern Illinois. She has recently been selected to choreograph for Carthage College and the Trifecta Dance Collective’s Summer Engage Artist Lab.

Terry Turner,

Dance Instructor

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.

Ryan Schwaar,

Dance Instructor

Ryan grew up in Mundelein, IL and started consistent dance training at age 12. He has since attended intensives at Jazz Theater of Illinois and Inaside Dance Chicago and received a BA in Dance (along with BBA’s in Accounting and Management) from Grand Valley State University. He studied in Florence, Italy in 2017, received the Calder Honors Dance Scholarship in 2018, interned at Hubbard St. Dance Chicago in the summer of 2018, and received the Excellence-in-a-Discipline Award for Dance in 2019. Ryan bring his knowledge of ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, tap, acro-dance, and modern.

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