FACULTY

Jackie Graney

Studio Owner and Director

Jackie Graney is the founder and Director of Studio 22 and the High TeK Competitive Dance Program. Jackie is graduate of DePaul University and holds a degree in Communications and Media. As part of her final senior project, Jackie developed a business plan to open a dance studio. Shortly after graduation, at the young age 22, Jackie brought that vision to life and opened Studio 22 High TeK. Over the past decade, the studio has grown both in size and reputation for excellence, drawing talent from across the Chicago area and achieving success at the international level. Jackie danced for three seasons as a Chicago Luvabull...

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Johanna Seidel

Johanna Seidel is a Michigan native and graduated from the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in 2012, at which time she moved to Texas to continue her education and begin her professional career both in performing and teaching. She graduated from West Texas A&M University in May 2016 with high honors and a BFA in Dance. Johanna was the Ballet Mistress for the WTAMU Dance Academy from 2012-2016, coaching students in ballet of all levels, pre-pointe, pointe, and contemporary. During her time in Texas, Johanna was a professional company member with the Lone Star Ballet, dancing roles including: Sugar Plum Fairy in “The Nutcracker,” Mrs. Darling in “Peter Pan,” and Luna in “Wolf.”...

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Jessica Brewster

Known for her contagious energy and dedication to her students, Jessica is passionate about creating a space where dancers can become honest storytellers. Since finding her calling in teaching over eight years ago, she has made it her focus to train students who use a clear vocabulary of refined technique as the backbone for authentic movement. This drive stems from her own multi-faceted education. In her formative years, training intensely in both ballet technique at the Faubourg School of Ballet and in the convention circuit with Perseverance Dance Company, she learned the value of placement within the confines of contemporary movement...

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Micki Selander

Micki Selander began her ballet training at the Maryland Youth Ballet, under the direction of Tensia Fonseca and Michelle Lees. At the age of 15, she was awarded a summer scholarship to continue her studies in New York at the Joffrey Ballet School with Meredith Baylis. In 1982 she was awarded a scholarship to train in ballet and jazz with Lou Conte, Claire Bataille and Warren Conover at the Lou Conte Dance Studio in Chicago. Shortly thereafter she joined the critically acclaimed touring company Hubbard Street Dance Company, under the direction of Lou Conte, working with renowned choreographers such as Lou Conte, Claire Bataille, Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Margo Sappington.

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Lexi Basso

Lexi is currently a student at Chamberlain College of Nursing, working toward he Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She currently coaches the Chicago Bullskidz entertainment team along side, Jackie. This will be her 5th season working for the Chicago Bulls organization. Lexi is AAC2 certified through Acrobatic Arts. She loves using her own knowledge and acro skills to help young dancers learn about the unique style. Lexi takes pride in volunteering as a dance instructor at the annual CURE SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) Conference every summer. She loves helping young dancers reach their fullest potential and is excited to share her passion for dance.

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Ava Wolff

Ava was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, where she started dancing at the age of five. In high school she was accepted into North East School of the Arts where she majored in Dance. She trained at Earle Cobb Dance Studio taking Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Hip Hop. Ava began assisting dance classes and eventually teaching at Earle Cobb in 2007. After graduating from North East School of the Arts in 2010, she moved to Chicago to further her dance education at Columbia College Chicago...

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Alyssa Smith

Alyssa Smith grew up in LaGrange, IL and began dancing at the age of three. She attended Western Michigan University and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance and a minor in event management. While attending WMU, Alyssa furthered her technical training in a tri-focused Ballet, Modern, and Jazz program and worked with renowned professors and guest choreographers. She was a company member with the Western Dance Project her senior year, and taught and performed numerously throughout the Chicagoland and West Michigan areas. Alyssa is an active member of the non-profit organization Movement Exchange, which allows her to annually travel and teach internationally in Panama City, Panama to children in orphanages...

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Mariterese Altosino

Mariterese Altosino, a Chicagoland native, received her early training locally at The Academy of Dance Arts and Xtreme Dance Force. She graduated with honors from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Business and Entrepreneurship. While completing her undergraduate degree, she performed in various events around Chicago including Carnival Choreographer’s Ball, The Miss Illinois Pageant, World of Dance, and Dance Chicago. Post graduation, Mariterese danced with Giordano Dance Chicago as a second company member and performing associate for a total of four years...

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Rachel Rosales

Rachel began teaching and coaching at Studio 22 in its founding year of 2009. She began her dance training in Chicago, IL at a young age and continued pursuing her passion for dance throughout her adult life. She became an instructor for the Universal Dance Association when she was 18, and continued for the next 5 years where she traveled across the US and to countries like Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, and Germany. Through UDA she has taught dance camps as well as judged both Regional and National level competitions. She was also a choreographer for UDA's Summer Camp routines for 3 years. Rachel danced professionally for the NBA with the Chicago Luvabulls for 2 seasons...

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Stephanie Raciak

Stephanie has been part of the Studio 22 Staff since the fall of 2011. Currently, Stephanie is still traveling teaching and judging both nationally and internationally. She has traveled across the U.S., Great Britain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Mexico, Japan, Finland, Chile, Scotland, Colombia, Norway, Australia & Ecuador teaching many children of all ages/backgrounds. Stephanie works internationally as an instructor for Universal Dance Association...

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Kaleigh Schock Tyton

Kaleigh Schock was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago where started training for her professional career at the age of 14, at the Faubourg School of Ballet in Hanover Park. At 16, Kaleigh moved to NYC to train at Ellison Ballet-Professional Ballet School with Edward Ellison. She continued to train at Ellison Ballet for three years. During this time, she was a supplemental dancer with Cincinnati Ballet in 2007. Kaleigh then joined Ballet West II in Salt Lake City in 2008 after being awarded a contract at the Youth American Grand Prix...

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Macki Ditch

Mackenzie (Macki) is a current Universal Dance Association Instructor and current Loyola University Dance Team Coach. She graduated from Loyola University, Chicago and was a four year member, two year captain of the nationally ranked Loyola Dance Team. Macki has been dancing for 17 years and has competed at the studio, high school and collegiate level. She specializes in pom, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop and has choreographed for various all-star and high school teams across the country. Macki is enthusiastic about helping young dancers reach their full potential.

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Kelsey Scheffer

Kelsey Scheffer has coached our mini program for the past four years. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago obtaining a Bachelors of Business Administration in Sport Management and Marketing. While at Loyola, Kelsey was a member and captain of the Loyola Dance Team where she helped to lead the team to a top four placement at College Nationals. Beyond dancing for her university, Kelsey also has worked as an instructor for the Universal Dance Association where she traveled across the U.S. instructing high school and middle school dancers at large summer camps. She also has served as a judge for several Varsity Spirit competitions. Kelsey currently works full-time as a State Director for Varsity Spirit, coordinating camps and competitions for the central region of the country.

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Leah Schneider

Leah recently graduated from the University of Dayton, with a major in Exercise Science, and is currently attending graduate school at Rush University to get her doctorate in Occupational Therapy. She has numerous years of competitive dance experience in Jazz, Pom, and Kick. Leah was on the first High Tek team and is a former Maine South Hawkette...

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Colleen Hollis

Colleen Hollis was born and raised in Illinois where she began dancing at three years old. Colleen graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. in Dance Performance where she had many opportunities to work with professionals and choreographers whom helped to shape her into the performer and teacher she is today. Colleen is currently in her second season as NBA dancer with the Chicago Luvabulls where she gets to pursue her passion for performing. In addition to teaching and performing, Colleen is also an instructor with Universal Dance Association and loves getting the opportunity to travel and work with high school and collegiate dance teams across the country. In addition to her dance work, Colleen is also passionate about health and fitness...

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