We give our students opportunities to perform and build self-confidence.
We encourage our students to explore their potential, inspiring them to dream, and challenging them to do their best. The dedication and discipline they learn will instill them with the ability to make those dreams come true.
Who We Are
Ms. Kerrie ▿
Kerrie's broad background includes performing, teaching, and choreographing (in the U.S. and abroad). She is a well-trained and accomplished professional who has been teaching children and adults for over 20 years in all levels and styles of dance. She received her BFA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Dance Performance from Northern Illinois University and has worked extensively as a teaching artist for various communities including work with under-privileged and special needs children and teens in public schools and day care, and with inmates in women's prisons.
Kerrie toured with the NYC based Avodah Dance Ensemble performing and teaching workshops to children and adults all across the country. "The Forgiveness Project" and "Balancing Act" were two of the works Kerrie helped create - their goal being to build community through dance. She has also choreographed for shows, festivals, and special events throughout the Chicagoland area including: “The Wizard of Oz”, “The Drunkard”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “Alas! Alack! Zorro is back!”, “Creation/Evolution”, the SHEDD Aquarium’s Beluga Ball, and Lollapolooza.
Owner, Director, Teacher
Ellen Vierse ▿
Ellen graduated summa cum laude from Texas Christian University (TCU) with a BFA in Modern Dance. After college, she moved back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri to dance with Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company under the direction of Jennifer Medina, where she had the opportunity to perform works by Uri Sands (TU Dance) and Jennifer Huffman Olivas (Diavolo). While in St. Louis, Ellen also performed with Leverage Dance Theater and ANNONYARTS. She has additionally worked intensively with Doug Varone, Michael Foley, and most recently Hanna Brictson. Ellen also enjoys choreographing and has set works on CoMo Dance Company (Columbus, Ohio), High Desert Dance Academy (Winslow, Arizona), and Arts in Motion (St. Louis, Missouri). A recent Chicago transplant, Ellen is thrilled to be joining the staff at Forevermore and to continue sharing the joy of dance with the next generation.
Ginger Jensen ▿
Ginger Jensen is originally from Blair, Nebraska and has been teaching dance, performing and choreographing in the Chicagoland area for over 15 years. Ginger has performed with 4 professional companies in Chicago and was the founder and artistic director for Renegade Dance Architects (of Chicago). She also enjoys projects as an independent artist, including performing as a soloist to poetry in front of projected photography with The Poet’s Eye, The Artist’s Voice (at the National Veteran’s Art Museum October 2008-2015), staging award winning runway-style hair shows for Chicago’s Bang! Salon, and choreographing many musicals, including one about golf with Endpoint Theatre. Ginger was also the Content Advisor for Cherry Lake Publishing’s children’s book by Katie Marsico, Cool Arts Careers: Choreographer. Ginger’s passions in the industry have evolved into setting curricular standards for dance education and teachers, creating sustainable structures for arts organizations and educating the public on the importance of art in our culture. She has academic degrees in Mathematics and English with a Theatre emphasis and a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management with a Fundraising concentration from Spertus Institute.
Mr. David ▿
David received his BA in Theatre/Speech from Wagner College in Staten Island, NYC where he studied Musical Theater and Writing.
Shortly after moving to Chicago to open the studio in 2004, David began performing with Quest Theatre Ensemble with The Haunted L - Pirates of the Lake (Pirate Captain), and continued on with the next three consecutive shows Blue Nativity (Joseph), The Easter Pageant, and The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), before becoming a company member in 2005. Since then, David has worked on many other Quest show’s including: The People’s Pinocchio (A.D.) The People’s Sword in The Stone (Fight Director), The People’s Questival of New Works (Director: Funeral on a Friday), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), The People’s History of the United States (Ensemble), Alas! Alack! Zorro is Back! (Fight Director) and has become an accomplished stilt walker!
For the past 10 years, David has been performing with Face to Face Productions where he spends his day-times "bringing history-making musical theatre to schools". He has also toured with the Periwinkle National Theater's production of Rooftop, an award-winning show aimed at teaching elementary school kids about bullies and anti-violence. David has also been seen performing Off-Off Broadway in his original play Love-struck, which was mounted at Theater Studio Inc., in NYC. His Children's Show, Just Close Your Eyes, encourages kids to explore their own creativity through reading and writing, and has been performed around the country.
Owner, Director, Teacher
Jessica McClain ▿
Jessica McClain was born and raised in Chicago Illinois. She began her extensive dance training as a member of three pre-professional competitive companies out of Oak Park. She was awarded the "Transcend the Norm" scholarship for exemplifying excellence in her academic studies and dance training. In 2010, she was given her first teaching opportunity and fell in love with inspiring young dancers through quality instruction and leading by example. Since then she has taught students ages 3-adult inover 10 studio locations in Illinois and on the West Coast.
Jessica’s choreography has been featured in a number of performance venues including four full production musicals, music video footage for brands such as Barbie, numerous studio recitals, and on competition stages across the Midwest. Her choreography has been recognized numerous times for its story-telling and performance quality, achieving Platinum dance awards and various First Overalls.
Jessica completed Millennium Dance Complex Los Angeles Professional Certificate Program in 2015 training under the core instruction of some of the industry's top teachers and choreographers such as Devin Soloman, Hamilton Evans, Tricia Miranda, and Wildabeast Adams. Having been studio-trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Breakdance, Lyrical, Contemporary, Pointe, and Modern, Jessica was driven to further her dance education at Illinois State University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Theater- Dance Performance in 2016. As a performer, Jessica has had the pleasure of backup dancing for hit music artist Silento at Mcormick Place Chicago. She has backup danced for Coco Avenue at the Staples Center in Los Angeles California for the infamous K-CON. Jessica was featured as a dancer in Celeste Stoney’s upcoming music video for hit single “Camouflage.” She has also performed at iconic events such as World of Dance Chicago, Prelude Midwest, and Purdue University and most recently in Boom Crack! Dance Company’s summer 2016 showcase.
Gabriela Ortiz ▿
Florida native Gabriela Ortiz is a business and dance professional in the Chicagoland area. With a double major from Columbia College Chicago in Dance and Performing Arts Management, she has immersed herself in the dance world. Gabriela has performed at Carnival Chicago, opened for Beyonce's dancers at the Shrine and enjoyed choreographing for Chicago-based companies and shows. She hasperformed works by Pam McNeil, Trae Turner, Sofia Perez and international choreographer Xu Chung. She greatly enjoys sharing her love of dance while instilling self-confidence in all her dance classes.
Our friendly, professional teachers and staff help our students develop their talents and special skills in a fun-filled supportive environment. This, along with the quality training we provide, helps to foster an enduring love for the arts and opens the doors to the empowerment of self-expression.