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Rachelle Ochsner

Originally from the Midwest, Rachelle has studied and performed across the world. She started with being a convention dancer with scholarships moving her to Los Angeles and New York City. She has performed and assisted top choreographers such as Jackie Sleight, Mia Michaels, Rhonda Miller, and more, taking her to Germany and Korea.

Rachelle's choreography includes working with the recording artist Prince, Craig Mack, Nike, Reebok, Skechers, Fox Family Cable, and the Chicago Ski Show, and many more.

Rachelle founded Excel Dance Productions in 1998 and has made it one of the nations' most highly acclaimed competition and performance dance companies. Her  dance workshop, Street of Dreams, was created in 2005. Along with that,  Rachelle has a very successful studio in the Chicagoland area where she continues to teach and inspire many dreamers! Most recently Rachelle has created an empowerment coaching series for dreamers to learn what it takes to excel as individuals as well as learn life lessons on and off the dance floor.

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Kristin Nowak

Kristin Nowak has been dancing since the age of three. She has trained with many teachers and choreographers from around the world including Barry Youngblood, Chris Dupre’, Rachelle Ochsner and many throughout her competition years with conventions. Kristin trained with the pre-professional company Stage Door Dance Academy for 7 years and Excel Dance Productions for 3 years as a principal dancer then advancing on as the current directors’ assistant for Excel Dance Productions. She is currently on faculty with Encore Dance Productions in Shorewood and Street of Dreams in Mokena.

Kristin is also an assistant for Street of Dreams Dance Convention and Dance Captain for the Production Company, Jade Productions. Some performances she was featured in with Jade was The Halloween Bash for Mentality Hair Salon, The Pulse Showcase, Opening act for Hillary Duff at the 2007 Summer B-Bash, Ya maka my weekend fest, An extra dancer for the music video "Baby Get Down" by Tomi, Rockholic Fashion Show for TIGI, benefit hair and fashion show for TIGI, and opening act for TI/ T Pain with local artists Justice and JSterling.

In addition to Kristin's education with dance she is also a licensed massage therapist since 2008 and continues her education with massage.

 

Justine

Justine Haw started dancing when she was just 3 years old at her local dance studio, and at 10 years old she joined their competition team. Born and raised in New Lenox, IL, she attended Lincoln-Way Central and was captain and choreographer of the varsity dance team, the Rhythm Knights. After she graduated, she began choreographing for the LW West dance team, and in 2012 became the JV coach and assistant Varsity coach. Her teams have been conference champions and sectional champions for the past two years, and in 2015 the Varsity team took 3rd place in the IHSA State Series with Justine’s choreography. Justine began teaching dance at the age of 16 at a local studio, and has been training with Rachelle Roehlk-Oschner since 2011. Since being under Rachelle’s training, she has had opportunities to do professional performances, travel for choreography, and continues to learn more in the industry. Justine constantly goes out into the dance industry to learn new techniques and styles and incorporates that into her teaching daily. Justine is currently an assistant director of Street of Dreams Dance Productions, director of SOD’s hip hop only company CREW, and is constantly training with Rachelle.

Aimee Jarzembowski

Aimee found her joy and drive for performing at the young age of three. Since then she’s been dancing, singing, and acting her way to her dreams. At 23 years young, she’s not stopping until she gets there. A recent graduate from Western Illinois University with a BFA in Musical Theatre, Aimee is currently faculty at Street of Dreams Dance Studio in Mokena, IL. There she enjoys teaching Tap, Musical Theatre, and Acting to children 6-18. She also is co-founder of her very own Jr. Theatre Company through the studio. She hopes to share her love for theatre and the arts to kids worldwide and help them become triple threats.

Some favorite roles include Tracy Turnblad inHairspray, Jan in Grease, Princess Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress, Cast in Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and Martha

 

Lucas Segovia

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lucas started training at 16 and danced with Ballet Municipal de Santiago, Chile and Ballet Contemporáneo del Teatro San Martín in Buenos Aires before joining Julio Bocca´s Ballet Argentino at 19 as a soloist, later becoming a principal dancer for the company. Under Julio Bocca’s leadership at Ballet Argentino, he performed an eclectic repertoire by many choreographers including Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, Bigonzetti, Tharp, and Stekelman, among others. He has toured around the globe, performing in major theatres of USA, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Russia, Cuba, and many more. In June 2006 he appeared in a gala with Cirque du Soleil in Buenos Aires, performing a piece created especially for him by Chet Walker. In December 2007 he danced with Paris Opera´s Etoile Manuel Legris in Julio Bocca´s farewell for more than 300,000 people. They were the only two dancers performing a solo piece. In 2008, he joined The Washington Ballet, and was later awarded with the Premio Clarín, the most prestigious Argentinian award as “Outstanding New Dancer.” During the 2009-2010 season he joined Chirstopher Wheeldon´s Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, dancing pieces by Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky and performing at venues such as New York City Center, London´s Sadler´s Wells, and Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam. Lucas joined Joffrey Ballet in July, 2010. He has appeared in Balanchine´s Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Robbin´s The Concert and Wheeldon´s After the Rain.

Meghan Tomasik

Meghan Tomasik started dancing at age 5 at her local dance studio. Where she fell in love with the style of Hip Hop. She started competing with Midwest Dance Company under Tracy Marciniak and training in all styles of dance. After a switch and an advancement in companies, Meghan started training under Rachelle Roehlk Ochsner and Excel Dance Productions and then became Nationals Miss Adrenaline winner. Later on in her junior and senior year, she became assisting more under Amanda Anderson, Sarah Burney, Brooklyn Jai, and Excel. After graduating, she performed with a professional company called JADE. Meghan continues to travel and further her dance education in LA, Chicago, Vegas, and more. Meghan is currently a codirector of Street of Dreams Dance Productions, teaches recreational classes, trains preprofessional boys company, and is learning the business side of the industry.

Annie Kroen

Annie started dancing at the age of 2 at a dance studio in Chicago. At the age of 16, she began training with Rachelle Ochsner and competing on Excel, under Street of Dreams Dance Productions. Annie began assisting her sophomore year of high school at a local dance studio and was brought on as an assistant at Street of Dreams, before officially becoming part of the SOD faculty after graduation.

While at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she danced for 3 Spot Dance Troupe, a University club dance team. She made her way through the executive team, eventually graduating as President of the team in 2018. Annie graduated a semester early, in December 2018, with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Speech and Hearing Science and a minor in Spanish. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Speech, Language, and Learning at Northwestern University. Expected to graduate in June of 2021, she will go on to complete her certification under the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to become a Speech-Language Pathologist.

Annie has combined her love of dance with her future career of working with individuals with special needs. In 2019, she became certified to teach special education dance classes under Rhythm Works Integrative Dance. Currently, she teaches the "Rhythm is a Dancer" classes at Street of Dreams for dreamers with special needs.

Missy Paramo

Chicago native, Missy Paramo, has been dancing for over 20 years. She is educated in ballet, contemporary, modern, lyrical, jazz, and hip hop from the wisdom of renowned choreographers like Jennifer Hamilton, Lizzie MacKenzie, Eddy Ocampo, Jackie Sleight, Christian Vincent and many more. On scholarship at Chicago’s professional dance studio, Visceral Dance Center, Missy continued her training with expert instructors such as Mike Gosney, Laura Wade, and Nick Pupillo. Missy has appeared as a principal dancer in Jessica Sutta’s (Pussycat Dolls) concert and SOUL by Ludacris ft. musical artist CeeLo Green & Miguel. Missy has toured nationally with LA Dance Magic as an assistant in classes of more than 1000 students, in approximately 40 cities across the United States. Paramo is also a notable talent manager and producer. She founded LMP management in 2011. The artists she represents continue to work commercially as well as grow dance communities within North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Missy has produced events, educational industry intensives, and music videos including one for Disney's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. After graduating from Loyola University Chicago (B.B.A. Business Management), Missy moved to LA to further her career. She aided in the expansion of Shaun Evaristo’s global brand, Movement Lifestyle. With mL, she created the dance studio, mL ONE, and globally recognized youth program, mLkids. Paramo then went on to build Dance on Demand for Gil Stroming and Break the Floor Productions. Currently, Missy works with Jackie Sleight on the branding and marketing of nationally acclaimed, LA DanceMagic.Paramo utilizes her knowledge of business and dance to work one on one with each artist to empower them in the development of their own brand. She strives to guide the potential of each individual, so that they are able to positively impact the lives of others. Paramo prefers to work with those who have a clear vision and desire to better the world around them. When training dancers, this is the same motto she takes into the classroom. Missy currently teaches regularly at LA’s professional dance studio, Debbie Renyold’s Dance Studio.