Meet Angela! Angela Savaglio grew up in Addison, Illinois and began her technical dance training at the age of three. She started at Gotta Dance Studio working intensely with Michele Broviak and Rhonda Lofendo. Angela is trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap and hip-hop. She has traveled both regionally and nationally, receiving five Starpower Victory Cups from 2007-2011 with XtremeDance Force. Her expertise in dance has allowed her to work with many choreographers such as Jesse Lee Santos, Brooke Pierotti, Chris Jacobsen, Marinda Davis, Melody Lacayanga, TOKYO, Bryan Tanaka, David Moore, NappyTabs, Laura Edwards and many more top LA choreographers. Angela was also a dancer for The Kate Jablonski Statement, a professional contemporary dance company, for two years in Chicago, under the direction of Kate Jablonski. Angela has choreographed and directed for award winning companies such as Xtreme Dance Force and Dance Xplosion. She has traveled throughout the United States choreographing for other nationally award winning dance companies. Her choreography has won numerous awards including two National Victory Cups. Angela is excited to join the Trilogy family as she continues to embrace her unique style of dance and enjoys sharing her vast knowledge with young dancers who share her passion for dance.
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.
Karen Gore, Director of Children's program
Meet Karen Gore! We are so excited to welcome Karen to the Trilogy Family! Karen is the new director of our Children's program, focusing on young students 18 months and up! She has extensive experience and knowledge in working with young children, not only because she is the proud mom of 3 beautiful children, but because she has taught Creative Movement, Ballet, Jazz, and Tap for many years at a Park District with tons of recreational children! Come join us this Summer to meet Karen and stay tuned for the Fall schedule... we are confident that will be a great class to get your "twinkle toes" in motion!
Meet Miss Melanie! Melanie Arango is a versatile performer who specializes in commercial and concert dance.
Originally from Mundelein, Illinois, she was coached by members of Giordano Dance Chicago, Chicago Dance Crash, and Culture Shock Chicago. Melanie was captain of the Mundelein Varsity Dance Team, where she still works closely with both the JV and Varsity teams. Her stage credits include Oh, What a World by Cherice Barton, Aphrodite Rising by John Todd and Passengers by Rebecca Lemme at the Strub Theatre, Sketch on Glass by Joshua Blake Carter at the Genesee Theatre, and Orange Colored Sky by Kent Boyd at Murphy Recital Hall. Melanie has trained extensively at Loyola Marymount University, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a minor in Theatre. Melanie was a member of the IB Modern Hip Hop Crew. On screen, she has acted in Esther’s Ward, Georgia, and 3 Angry Baristas. Now that she has graduated, she will focus on teaching and choreographing while she pursues commercial dance as well as acting.
Julia May is originally from Chicago, Illinois where she began her dance training with Ted Jackson, Avnun Yakubov, Sherry Moray, Ahmad Simmons and was a member of the Midwest Performing Arts Centre’s competition team. Julia completed her dance training at Hinsdale Ballet Theatre under the direction of Jennifer Grapes where she had the opportunity to compete in the Youth America Grand Prix and qualify for the New York City Finals. During her time at HBT she trained with Deanna Stetsura, Davit Hovhannisyan, Valerie Harmon, Karl Von Rabenau, Reginald Harris, Tim O’Donnell and Darren McIntyre.
Julia also studied at the Montgomery Ballet, Ballet Austin and Joffrey Ballet’s summer programs.
Julia began her professional career at the age of seventeen with the Albany Berkshire Ballet in New York. She was a Trainee with the Western Chicago Ballet during the 2014-2015 season. Julia danced professionally with the Kentucky Ballet Theatre for three seasons. Her repertory includes Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Diana and Acteon, Paquita, The Nutracker, Coppelia, variations from Flames of Paris, Canary Fairy from Sleeping Beauty, The Talisman, Walpurgis Nacht, and original works by Jennifer Grapes, Darren McIntyre, Jennifer Hart, Norbe Risco and Anna Patsfall.
While in Kentucky Julia had the opportunity to manage and choreograph for the Gotta Dance Studio competition team. Julia has also taught at Hinsdale Dance Academy, Wilmore Ballet School, and the Kentucky Ballet Theatre Academy.
Julia is currently pursuing a degree in Hospitality Management and looks forward to moving back to the Chicagoland area this summer!
Amanda grew up as a competitive dancer in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. She has trained in all styles of dance from a young age. Amanda has had the opportunity to perform on TV shows and industry events, some of which include America’s Got Talent, Capezio Ace Awards, and Nigel Lythgoe’s Dizzy Feet Gala. Immediately after high school, she moved to Los Angeles and lived there for two years working as a professional dancer. She is fortunate to work with some of LA’s top choreographers, such as Matt Steffanina, and also appeared in a music video for the K-pop artist, Shin. She regularly danced in the newest show in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. Amanda danced on the University of Minnesota dance team her junior year of college. Aside from dancing, Amanda teaches and choreographs award-winning routines for studios and dance teams throughout the entire Midwest. Amanda emphasizes the importance of hard work, dedication, and passion. She hopes to train, challenge, and inspire dancers to follow their dreams.
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, and has performed in works by several guest and faculty choreographers 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 taught poms, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, tumbling, and special needs dance classes for students of all ages and levels since 2009 and has been a faculty member of Hawthorn Woods Park District, Vernon Hills Park District, and Trilogy, and is thrilled to be back with Trilogy for another exciting season.
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.
Michelle Balsamo began dancing at three years old. She danced competitively until the age of eighteen and studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip-hop and contemporary. From the age of eighteen and on she has been teaching and choreographing pieces for competitive dancers. Her work has been awarded many 1st places at national competitions, as well as choreography awards. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2017 with a Bachelors of Art in dance. She studied modern techniques, ballet, West African, jazz, hip-hop and improvisation under the Columbia faculty. Through Columbia’s Repertoire Performance Workshop Michelle had the opportunity to work with and perform the choreography of Carrie Hanson, Thomas DeFrantz, and others. She has also performed the works of Gil Mata, Cameron Mathe, Alvin Ramirez, Matt Pilalis, Julian Carmolinga, and Dionna Pridgeon at the Carnival Choreographer’s Ball in Chicago. She hopes to continue training, teaching, and performing in all different styles and work with new artists and students in the future to continue to share her passion for dance.
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.
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.
Born in London, England, Sandria was passionate about dance from her first dance class at the age of 3. She studied Ballet and Tap at an English stage school associated with the Royal Academy of Dance and later passed exams there before moving to the United States. She eventually earned a Bachelor’s Degree in performing arts from University of Illinois, and Master’s from Northwestern University.
She continued to train with national and world dance champions in Chicago and New York. She studied at the Herstrom School, Jerre Berrington, Ellis-Duboulet, Gus Giordano’s, Ensemble Espanol, Discovery Center, Kasper Dance and Fred Astaire Studios. Besides a lifetime of Ballet and Tap, she has learned Character Dance, Modern, Jazz, Flamenco, Mexican Dance, African Dance, Belledi (Belly Dance), Indian Dance, Folk Dance, Ballroom, Latin, Salsa and Disco.
She danced professionally and started her own studio in Chicago, for several years before moving to the suburbs with her young family. Subsequently Sandria played the lead female role in an independent movie about a dance teacher. She taught Belly Dance at Chicago Center Connection; Ballroom, Latin, and Disco at Fred Astaire Studios; and continues to teach Ballet and Tap at two park district locations. She also teaches private Ballroom lessons to wedding couples and others who want to learn to dance.
Sandria is excited to share her lifetime passion for dance with you!
Mr. Andrew (Andy) Tomlinson! Andy has been dancing and performing for 29 years. In fact, this year marks his 30th anniversary as a dancer/performer/instructor! Andy has shared the stage with the American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, The Washington Ballet, and the Broadway cast of Noise Funk. Andy was also a scholarship student at The Bryant Ballet, Joel Hall Dance, & Gus Giordano's along with earning a scholarship to the ballet program at Northern Illinois University under Randall Newsom, Judy Chitwood, and Paula Fraz. Andy has also performed in tap festivals around the world with such dance notables as the Nicholas Brothers, Gregory Hines, and opened for the Pointer Sisters.