Meet Instructors

JENNA ROBERTS

Born in San Luis Obispo, CA Jenna Roberts started off as a gymnast but shortly after moving to Indiana she began taking dance jennaclasses. By the age of 15 Jenna was part of her dance studio’s competition team which traveled throughout the Chicagoland area to compete. She was involved in the dance competition/convention circuit throughout her high school career aside from also being a part of her high school’s Pom Team. After graduating from Valparaiso High School, Jenna began teaching dance classes in Northwest Indiana. She taught every style of dance: ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and even hip hop! While teaching Jenna continued to dance under the instruction of Tara Drew.  She later transferred to Purdue University in West Lafayette where she was a member and choreographer of the Higher Ground Dance Company. Jenna graduated in December of 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in General Biology and a minor in Psychology. She has been teaching dance for over 8 years and has been a choreographer for the Eclipse competition team for the past 3 years. Her competition dances have consistently received platinum awards, top placement and numerous special judges awards. One of Jenna’s most recent dances from the 2012-2013 competition season, entitled “Falling in Love” , was the Teen Small Group National Champion and World Series Champion at Hall of Fame Nationals. She now lives in Valparaiso, Indiana with her husband Justin Roberts, who is also a professional hip hop dancer/choreographer.


TARA DREW

Tara Drew began dancing at the age of three at Ballet Mississippi, and continued her training at Ballet Magnificat School of the Arts.  At fifteen, Tara was a semi-finalist in the 1994 USA International Ballet Competition. She received scholarships to ballet schools including Joffrey Ballet and Houston Ballet. As a young adult, she danced professionally with Ballet Magnificat, touring the United States and Europe.

Tara then moved to Atlanta, where she danced for the Atlanta Hawks Dance Team. During her career she had the opportunity to dance at the NBA All Star Game and the TNT Celebrity Game as well as choreograph for the team in 2004. She also took classes at Atlanta Ballet and taught at Impact Dance of Atlanta. She performed in many projects including the independent film “Petunia”, Mak Attack Fitness Fashion Show, and an IBM Industrial show.

Tara has a passion for training students in Ballet, Contemporary, and Jazz.  She has trained students for the Youth American Grand Prix and had the honor of taking one of her students to the finals in New York City. One of her students was recently accepted to compete in the 2014 International Ballet Competition.  Her students are also scholarship winners at many competitions and conventions such as New York City Dance Alliance, Hall of Fame, and VIP to name a few.  She has had students accepted to many summer programs across the country such as the School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the Carreño Dance Festival. Her students have gone on to dance professionally for Miami City Ballet, Ballet Magnificat, Phoenix Ballet, and the Atlanta Hawks Dance Team. One of her students has been featured in Dance Spirit Magazine, and others have modeled for the Revolution Dancewear catalog.

Tara has also received top honors and placements  at  many competitions for her choreography and won first place overall at nationals with a work entitled “Angels”. In 2011, Tara choreographed a piece titled ” The Arrival” for Ballet Magnificat. This past year, she completed a full length ballet for the company titled “Stratagem”, which will be toured across the country and overseas. Tara resides in Valparaiso, Indiana with her husband Bryce Drew, a former NBA player and current head basketball coach at Valparaiso University. They have a son named Bryson.

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JORDAN BROWN

Born and raised in Chesterton, IN, Jordan began her dance career at the age of 11 under the instruction of
Tara Drew. During her summers she trained at the Joffrey Ballet and Ballet Magnificat! in Jackson,
Mississippi. Jordan has also received training from wellknown
choreographers such as Travis Wall, Suzi
Taylor, Kate Jablonski, and many others. She credits her dance skill and overall love for the art of dance to
Tara Drew, her mentor and inspiration.

This is Jordan’s fifth season choreographing for the Eclipse Performing Arts competition team. She
specializes in technical training and choreography for the mini and junior levels. Her choreography has been
awarded countless platinums, overall placements, and choreography awards at regional and national
competitions. Her latest piece, “Royals”, was named the 2014 National Champion Mini Group. “Royals” was
also chosen to perform at the 2014 Revolution Dancewear Fashion Show alongside professional companies.
In addition to choreographing and coaching the Eclipse Performing Arts team, Jordan is also the studio
promotional manager. She manages all social media accounts and marketing activity for Eclipse Performing
Arts.

Jordan is currently a student at Columbia College in Chicago, IL, majoring in Arts, Entertainment, and Media
Management as well as Marketing Communications with a focus on Public Relations as a second major.
She also works in the production department for the world renowned ballet company, The Joffrey Ballet.
Jordan is passionate about the art of dance, but her favorite part of being an instructor at Eclipse Performing
Arts is the students and seeing them grow and develop into beautiful dancers.


STEVE SOUTHHALL

Steve has been dancing for over 20 years and his style of Hip Hop is unique due to the fact that he is self taught. Many people have been interested to learn his style of dance which led him to begin teaching over 12 years ago. During the last 20 years he has perfected his craft and won over 7 national street battle competitions. In 1997 he performed and won “Show Time at The Apollo” and in 2000 he represented Indiana in “The National Dance Off” in Las Vegas. He has been a background dancer for many artists including Usher, Missy Elliot, B2K, Ginuwine and Omarion. His best accomplishment has been the opportunity to dance for “The King of Pop,” Michael Jackson, twice during his 20 plus years of dancing. After Michael passed, Steve also had the pleasure to perform for his children. So far Steve has trained over 2000 children in the art of Hip Hop and looks forward to future generations of children that he can inspire with his craft. Recently he has started his own talent agency and Eclipse is pleased to have him as part of our faculty.


SUZI LANGLOIS

Suzi has been with us for 5 years and the increase in enrollment of our Kinder Dancers has almost tripled!!  Suzi not only has a way with the little ones but she is instilling the knowledge of correct technique all the way down to our 18 month old dancers.  ( We affectionately call her the Toddler Whisperer)   Suzi in unique in the fact that she also has a teaching degree in elementary Education.


RACHEL CRUM

Rachel has been an important member of Eclipse’s Staff for 4 years. Look for more classes to be added to sustain the growth that her style of dancing will bring!


AMITY MCKIDDY

AmityAmity began dancing at age 4 in nearby Portage, IN.  Her dance experience is varied and diverse, including ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, lyrical, tap, and hip-hop.  She began teaching at the age of 15 and found her true dance passion– choreography.  Her interest in choreography started when she assisted other choreographers at Dance Educators of America, including Lyn Knight, Matthew Clark, as well as Mia Michaels of So You Think You Can Dance?  fame.  After attending Columbia College in Chicago, she opened, owned, and operated Crown Point Dance Affiliates, where her dancers won numerous Regional and National titles.   She taught on Move Intensive with Tokyo, Leo Morimune, Lizzie McKenzie, Emily Shock, Zandra Thomas, Aly Moss, Deja Riley, and Amanda Anderson.

Her students have won countless top awards and have gone on to perform in very prestigious groups (we like to think it’s due to, in large part, Amity’s talent and dedication!).  In 2012, top awards were won at Starquest Nationals, Applause Rockford, Hall of Fame Dance, Showstopper Battlecreek, and NRG.  Some of her students have won awards such as Pulse Protégée, NRG Prodigy, Hall of Fame Inductee, Hollywood Vibe Jr. Dancer of the Year, and numerous Starquest National Titles.  Amity’s dancers have also gone on to perform for the University of Louisville Dance Team, the Purdue Dance Team, the Purdue Gold Dusters, Higher Ground Dance Company, IU in Motion Dance Company, IU Theater Department, and the Butler University Dance Program.  Amity’s students have also appeared in Miss Teen USA pageants, and with the Black Eyed Peas, LMFAO, Pauly D., Beyoncé, Katy Perry, M.A.D.D.Rhythms, ABT, and the Joffrey Ballet.  Her dancers have also appeared in numerous publications, including Dancers Among Us, Dance Spirit, the Leo’s Catalog, and Illinois Theatrical.

All of that notwithstanding, Amity is very excited to join our family and looks forward to  sharing her passion for dance with us!


TINA ZULICH

tina-zulichTina Zulich began her ballet training locally under Ms. Elizabeth Bathurst at Broadstreet Dance Company, where she also studied jazz and tap with professionals Jay Fagan and Bruce Stegmann. She continued her dance training at Broadstreet for several years before studying at Lou Conte Dance Studio in Chicago, Cincinnati Ballet, and at University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music under Tricia Sundbeck-Bell and Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer.  Tina has performed lead roles in several ballets, most notably in productions of the Nutcracker and Peter Pan by the Indiana Youth Ballet, and has danced and held lead roles in shows with Ballet Legere, The Empire State Ballet, Concert One Productions, choreographic works by Summer Rich, and with CCM Prep. She has taught at a number of studios over the last fifteen years, including Broadstreet Dance Company, the School of the Indiana Youth Ballet, the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago, CPDA, and she is currently enjoying teaching for Eclipse Performing Arts.

Tina continually expands her dance education, taking classes in Chicago at Ruth Page Center for the Arts and Lou Conte Dance Studio. She also currently serves as ballet mistress for the Indiana Youth Ballet, assisting with choreography and rehearsals for the company’s productions.  In addition to her dance training, Tina earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in Business in 2007, and received her M.B.A. from Indiana University Northwest in 2013.  After spending several years in Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati, she returned to Northwest Indiana to work for CSI in Valpo. She currently lives in Valparaiso, Indiana with her husband Tim, and is always excited for the opportunity to share her love of dance with the students at Eclipse.


GUEST INSTRUCTORS

FABRICE CALMELS

camelsBorn and raised in France, Fabrice Calmels began ballet training at age 3, following in the steps of
his younger sister. In 1991, Mr. Calmels entered the Paris Opera School, under the direction of Claude
Bessy. Through his training he worked with worldrenowned
dance masters such as Serge Golovine, Gilbert
Mayer, Max Bozzoni, John Neumier, Jirí Kylián, Violette Verdy, and also performed at the beautiful Opera
Palais Garnier theatre. In 1998, Mr. Calmels was spotted by John Meehan, director of American Ballet
Theatre’s Studio Company, and moved to New York. He furthered his training by joining The Rock School,
and danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet. At Boston Ballet, under the direction of AnnaMarie
Holmes, he
learned the Russian technique with ballet masters Tatiana Terekhova and Sergei Berezhnoi, and also the
Balanchine style at The School of American Ballet.

Mr. Calmels joined The Joffrey Ballet in 2002. Since joining the Joffrey, Mr. Calmels has performed
in Age of Innocence, Apollo, Carousel a Dance, The Clowns, I/DNA, In the Middle…Somewhat Elevated, In
the Night, Italian Suite, Light Rain, Les Noces, The Nutcracker, N.Y.Export: Opus Jazz!, Le Sacre du
Printemps, “…smile with my heart,” Suite Saint Saëns, Valentine, Midsummers Night Dream, Apollo,
Othello and After the Rain. Fabrice has danced several times for television, featured on Chicago’s WGN TV.
He also dances with ABT principal Veronica Part in guest performances. He’s also expanded into acting,
performing the role of Nijinsky in the new theatre piece “MISIA” by writer Barry Singer, performed at
Chicago’s Ravinia Festival. In 2008, Mr. Calmels collaborated with worldfamous
musician JeanFelix
Lalanne, and his choreography was performed at his Autour de la Guitarrein Paris.


HARRISON STEVENSON

harrisonHarrison was born in Missouri, but moved to Phoenix, Arizona when he was one year old. He
attended Arizona School for the Arts where he trained in multi styles of dance, most intensely in classical
ballet. His training was done in the School of Ballet Arizona, as well as Master Ballet Academy under the
direction of Slawomir and Irena Wozniak. On top of his classical training, he has trained extensively in
contemporary and jazz at multiple schools around the Phoenix area with some of the top
teachers/choreographers in the country.

Harrison has also taught/choreographed for multiple schools in the Phoenix area. He later was
offered a position with State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, California. There, he performed as a Soloist as
well as Corps de Ballet. This year he returned to Phoenix, Arizona to pursue his dream to choreograph.
Currently he is a teacher/ choreographer at the Master Ballet Academy. He is working towards opening up a
small company within the school.

 


JERALDINE MENDOZA

mendozaJeraldine Mendoza, from San Francisco, California, trained at the City Ballet School of San
Francisco since the age of five, mainly under the artistic direction of Galina Alexandrova. She received full
merit scholarship to the School of American Ballet’s Summer Session in 2009 at age 17. Mendoza was
selected by Helgi Tomasson to become a trainee at San Francisco Ballet at the age of 17 as well. She was
the first American female invited to graduate in the Russian course at the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet
Academy (now known as Moscow State Academy of Choreography) and graduated with honors. Mendoza
later won first place at the YAGP San Francisco Regional SemiFinals
in 2011. Her lead roles include Sugar
Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Odette in Swan Lake, The Dying Swan in Carnival of the Animals, Odalisque
in Le Corsaire, and various principal roles in new ballets made by choreographer Yuri Zhukov.

 

 


KATE JABLONSKI

kateKate began her professional career training in New York City as a member of Broadway Dance
Center’s Professional Program. Under the direction of Wes Veldink, this scholarship program allowed Kate
to work alongside some of the greatest teachers and choreographers on the east coast. Kate is currently
the owner and artistic director of Beyond Words Dance Company. She has also taught and choreographed
internationally for dance companies in countries including Switzerland, Italy, and Holland. In September of
2011, Kate cofounded
Foundations Performance Center along with Amber Alonzo of Expression Dance
Studio. This 6200 square foot facility and performance space is now the permanent home of Beyond Words
and Kate and Amber’s apparel store, Ring It! Dance Wear.

Kate choreographed the AllState
production of Hairspray which debuted at the Krannert Center at the
University of Illinois in January of 2009. In 2007, Kate was honored with the Silver Choreography Award at
Leo’s Competitive Event through Jazz Dance World Congress. In 2009, she received the prestigious Gold
Leo’s Award at the Congress. Also in 2009, Kate was chosen as a finalist in the Capezio A.C.E. Award for
Choreographic Excellence. As first runnerup
at the event, she debuted her professional dance show,
“Beyond Words”, at New World Stages in Manhattan in July of 2010. Produced by EMI Records, Kate most
recently choreographed and codirected
Laura Marling’s music video “I Was Just A Card” with Brian Lipchik.

In 2010, Kate founded a 3 day dance intensive called Camp Kate. This annual event brings in
hundreds of students from all over the world. In 2012, The Kate Jablonski Statement, a professional
company, was founded and based in Chicago. Most recently, Kate was named Dance Chicago’s
Choreographer of the the Year in 2013.


SUZI TAYLOR

taylorAn internationally recognized master teacher and choreographer, Suzi Taylor has been training
professional and aspiring young dancers for the past 20 years. Combining her talents as
dancer/teacher/choreographer, she has been invited to teach, perform and adjudicate at 5 national
dance festivals in Rio de Janiero, at the esteemed Theatre An Der Wein school in Vienna, at ABT star
Julio Bocca’s school in Buenos Aires, in numerous workshops in Italy, Japan, France and Canada, and
has set pieces on companies in Scotland, Israel, Italy, and Brazil. She has been a faculty member at 4
of the biggest NYC studios, currently and for the past 19 years at STEPS on Broadway, and has been a
faculty member of New York City Dance Alliance since its inception.