Cait Jones - Founding Director
Trinity Dent - Office Manager
Kelsey Reynolds - Front Desk Staff
Abby Daniels - Front Desk Staff &
Primary Teaching Substitute
Stacy Anderson - Media Manager & Administrative Support
TranscenDance Studios & TDS Companies
Cait began as a dancer in youth ensembles: Footprints Tap Ensemble and Forum Jazz Dance Theatre. After dancing with Chicago Tap Theatre, receiving multiple scholarships including Giordano Dance Center, and touring the Netherlands and the U.S. East coast, Cait currently directs the TDS Company Program and is the founding director of TranscenDance Studios in Oak Park, Illinois.
An avid choreographer, Cait’s work has been seen at Happy Feet and Fame promotions, industrials at the Rotary International Headquarters, the Shedd Aquarium, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and The Venetian in Las Vegas. She has also choreographed promotional videos for Lawson Products, College of Lake County theater productions, and works for multiple concerts such as Dance Chicago, Chicago Human Rhythm Project concerts, Dance For Life, and the Russian International Dance Collaboration. As a guest choreographer, Cait’s work has won elite golds and platinums at dance competitions and has placed within the top five in state for local dance teams.
Cait currently teaches at her studio, TranscenDance Studios, as well as Talent Forum, the studio at which she grew up. Cait is also the Artistic Director of Footprints Tap Ensemble, a renowned youth tap company, in which she has been involved with for over 16 years. Over the years, she has been contracted at dozens of studios for teaching positions spanning multiple seasons as well as a guest instructor for workshops and intensives.
With a passion for the business side of dance and a love for teaching, Cait began TransRhythm Tap, a non-profit youth tap ensemble in January 2008. Less than a year and a half later, she founded TranscenDance Studios and additional youth ensemble, Hip Hop TransFuzion. Cait launched a third non-profit, Jazz TransAxion, in October 2010 and is proud of the most recent additions, TDS Minis, Acro Team and Acro Minis. She hopes to provide her students with the tools to be successful both in the dance world as well as all other facets of life.
“[One of Chicago’s] hot new choreographers we’re sure you’ll dig.”
“Cait Jones…is talented, beautiful, and has great stage presence.”
- Dance Magazine, “It Girl” Finalist
“Cait Jones is the real deal.”
- Dancer Universe Magazine Blog
TranscenDance Studios in residence at EF Body Works
Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical
Lindsey Beebe began her dance training at age 8 in her home town of Wichita, KS. By age 14 she was performing with Ballet Wichita, where she worked her way to to Company Soloist. Miss Beebe continued her training at Oklahoma City University where she studied with Jo Rowan and Robert Reed, and also at Wichita State University where she studied with Nicholas Johnson and Sabrina Vasques. At Wichita State she was given the opportunity to work with internationally known mime/physical theatre company, Alithea Mime Theatre, performing in places such as Taiwan, Poland and the United Nations in New York.
Teaching for 14 years, Miss Beebe has had the blessing of working with students from all over the state of Kansas, including those at Wichita Children’s Theatre and Dance Center and the Nancy Harvey School of Ballet. She has also done extensive free-lance choreography for many Kansas area High-schools and organizations, as well as professional dinner theaters. Since her move to Chicago in 2009 Miss Beebe has worked with Joel Hall Dancers and Center, performing with their 2nd company, and with Lou Conte Dance Studio as a work/study student. She has also had the wonderful opportunity to teach at multiple Chicagoland area schools and studios, which she can ecstatically say is now her full time occupation! She is very excited to be in her 5th year of teaching at TranscenDance Studios where she enjoys passing on her love for all this dance.
Hip Hop TransFuzion, Minis, Petites, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Ballet, Combo Classes, Drill Team Tech, School Programs
Trinity Dent began dance lessons when she was just 3 years old and has been dancing ever since. She started her training at Ballet Legere in River Forest and performed in their production of “The Nutcracker” for 9 years, earning the lead role of Clara in her final year. Shortly after, she began training with Cait Jones at TranscenDance Studios in Oak Park and started competing with their Hip-hop and Jazz companies. Trinity has also been trained in Irish Dance under Gary Healy at the Mullane-Healy-Godley Academy of Dance. She has traveled around the U.S. and to Canada, London, Ireland, and Scotland numerous times for regional, national, and world competitions. In 2008, she traveled to the World Championships of Irish Dancing and placed 14th overall, making her a World Medal holder.
Trinity continues her training by taking various classes around the Chicago area and by attending master classes and conventions with some of the dance industry's top choreographers. She currently trains closely under renowned choreographer Trae Turner and dances with Boom Crack! Dance Company, a professional hip-hop company in residence at Lou Conte Dance Studio in Chicago. She has danced at numerous events and venues such as The Museum of Contemporary Art, David Bowie Is Now, World of Dance, Dance Chicago, and the Chicago International Salsa Congress.
Trinity has been teaching at TranscenDance Studios since the summer of 2012. She currently teaches various levels of hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, ballet, improv/choreography, tap, and often helps out with the TDS companies during competition season. She is so excited for another year at TDS and is grateful that she is able to share her knowledge and love of dance with her students!
Acro Team, Minis, Petites, Tumbling, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Ballet, Combo Classes
At the age of 8, Stacy began gymnastics but soon realized her love was dance. She started to train at Karen's School of Acrobatics and Dance in acro, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, and lyrical. Stacy began competing at the age of 10 with their competitive company and performed with their elite acrobatics team. She went on to continue her dance studies at Gus Giordano dance school, which further sparked her interest in hip-hop and jazz. At the age of 14, she began training and competing with the nationally ranked Xtreme Dance Force, under the direction of Sam Renzetti, JC Renzetti, and Alvin Ramirez. She traveled regionally and nationally, receiving many awards including the prestigious Starpower World Victory Cup. She has personally worked with Jesse Lee Santos, Joe Krausz, and many more top LA choreographers. With such a strong passion for tumbling, Stacy also cheered competitively in high school. After graduation, she coached the Ridgewood High School Varsity cheerleading squad for two years and choreographed for teams throughout the Midwest area. In 2012, Stacy began teaching here at TranscenDance Studios and now also directs TDS companies, Acro Team and Acro Minis. Stacy attends Northeastern IL University where she is a dance scholarship student under the direction of Venetia Stifler. She choreographs for their student dance club as well as the student contemporary company. She plans on receiving a double major in business and dance. Stacy also dances with Gifted Souls, a professional hip-hop company and still finds time to take master classes throughout the Chicago land area. Stacy is currently embracing her love for all styles of dance and loves to share her passion with the dancers at TDS!
Tap, Combo Classes, Company Choreographer
Molly Favreau began her dance training in her home town of Libertyville, Illinois. She started her training at Talent Forum where she was a member of Footprints Tap Ensemble for seven years, serving as Rehearsal Director in her final year. At Talent Forum, she studied with Cait Jones-Seebacher, Mark Yonally, and Shelley Hoselton. Molly was honored to perform in Chicago Tap Theatre’s Tidings of Tap, Tap Out Loud, and Tapish productions. During her time with Footprints, her choreography was performed at Dance Chicago and at various other Chicago venues.
Molly continues to train at workshops and festivals both nationally and internationally. She has attended the Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s summer festival for the past ten years where she has trained with world renowned tap dancers. In 2015, Molly was the recipient of the Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Tap Legacy Scholarship. Through CHRP and other festivals, Molly has been fortunate to train extensively with Derick Grant, Chloe Arnold, Michelle Dorrance, and Jason Samuels Smith among many others. Molly has enjoyed various teaching opportunities including teaching class at the DC Tap Fest. At the DC Tap Fest, Molly was awarded a scholarship to attend the Brazil International Tap Festival in October 2015.
Recently, Molly has begun dancing as an apprentice with MADD Rhythms. While dancing with MADD Rhythms, she has had the honor of studying with Bril Barrett and Star Dixon. Molly continues to work closely alongside Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies. When she’s not dancing, Molly is currently pursuing a degree in Operations Management at Loyola University Chicago. She is so excited to be sharing her love of tap with the TDS family!
Kristopher Knighton was born in Charleston, South Carolina and moved to Illinois shortly thereafter. He grew up in Vernon Hills and moved to Naperville as a sophomore in high school. Kris started training and dancing seriously as a sophomore in high school, but had been dancing for fun and battling since early middle school. While he was in high school, Kris was a part of Neuqua Valley High School’s Orchesis Program. While in that program, he trained under choreographers from the studios of Xtreme Danceforce and Midwest Edge. In his senior year, Kris joined the Bolingbrook Park District Danceforce Company and performed at World of Dance Chicago. Shortly after, Kris won a Hip Hop scholarship at the dance convention, Hollywood Vibe, to train and perform at their Nationals in Orlando.
After graduating from High school and Danceforce, while attending school at College of Dupage, Kris auditioned for Hip Hop Connxion HQ and performed and trained with the company from 2013 to 2017.
In 2016, Kris performed as an actor, dancer, and beat boxer in the award winning musical, In The Heights. Since this production, Kris’s career as a dancer and musician has blossomed with new opportunities. This past year, Kris has joined the professional urban dance company, Boomcrack Dance Company, is on the Chicago Bulls 312 Dance team, performed and taught for WeDay Chicago, won World of Dance Chicago 2017 and Prelude Midwest 2018 with Boomcrack Dance Company, and has musically performed in many performances around Chicago individually and for many local artists.
On his teaching side, Kris choreographs for local studios’ competition teams and teaches at several studios’ classes and intensives. He is excited to bring all his experience and energy to share with his students at TDS!
Ballet, Lyrical, Combo Classes
Lucy began her training at International Ballet Academy in Cary, NC, where she developed a strong background in classical ballet. Through summer intensives with LINES and Hubbard Street, Lucy found a passion for contemporary and modern-based movement. Looking to further her education in dance, Lucy attended Point Park University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors. While at Point Park, Lucy was fortunate to work with faculty and students in various works both inside and outside of the University setting. In addition to her University education, Lucy has studied at American Dance Festival and worked in professional workshop settings with companies such as Robert Moses’ Kin and Spectrum Dance Theater. Now, Lucy hopes to be a part of modern and contemporary dance projects in the US and abroad, where she would be able to continue exploring her artistry and creativity while giving back to the community. You can find out more about Lucy at lucypierson.com.
Beginning & Varsity Tap
Gracie Schumacher started dancing at TranscenDance Studios at age 5 and has trained in various styles of dance including . At age 9, she joined the TDS Company Program and has competed in jazz, lyrical, tap, and hip hop under the direction of Cait Jones-Seebacher, Trinity Dent, and Molly Favreau. As a competitive dancer, Gracie has received many overall placements and judges awards, including Teen Miss Power of Dance.
Through the TranscenDance Studios Company Program, Gracie has had the opportunity to perform in Reggio McLaughlin's Nuttaper, Shim Sham down State Street during the Thanksgiving Day parade, and perform as a guest performer in Chicago Tap Theater’s Tidings of Tap. Gracie has attended national dance intensives and festivals including Monsters of Hip Hop, Chicago Dance Connection, and Chicago Human Rhythm Project, the Rhythm World Summer Festival. Through these intensives she has had the opportunity to take classes from Charles Renato, Maud Arnold, Dani Borak, Jay Fagan, and Lane Alexander, along with many other renowned instructors and choreographers.
Gracie is currently a member of TDS jazz, tap, and hip hop Companies, as well as a member and choreographer for OPRF’s dance club, Orchesis. Gracie is very excited to begin this next step in her dance career as a teacher at TDS!
Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz/HipHop
Andy Lawson holds a BFA in Dance from Chapman University in Orange, California, where he was instructed by Jennifer Backhaus, Laurence Rosenberg, Dale Merrill, Sean Greene, Holly Johnston, and Liz Maxwell. His training also includes summer studies through programs at Hubbard Street, American Ballet Theatre, Backhausdance and San Francisco Ballet. Lawson performed with Gallimaufry Performing Arts under the direction of Steve Josephson as part of the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, and has also performed in California as a guest artist with Anaheim Ballet, BARE Dance Company, Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy and Maple Conservatory, working with distinguished artists Mike Esperanza, Sean Greene, Mark Haim, Jennifer Backhaus, among others. Lawson’s previous company credits include: Clairobiscur, BackhausDance, and Hubbard Street 2. In January of 2017, Backhaus Dance partnered with the McCallum Theatre Institute to bring modern dance and classical music into local schools in Palm Desert California. In the summer of 2017, Lawson moved to Chicago, IL. During his time with Hubbard Street 2 under the direction of Terence Marling, Lawson participated in the creations of new works by Peter Chu and Alice Klock. During his time in Hubbard Street 2, Lawson participated in several community outreach programs that brought contemporary dance to local Chicago elementary schools, teaching students about the importance of dance as an art form, sharing insights behind the creative process, and allowing students to participate in contemporary improvisation.
Daryl Barnes (Elmhurst, IL) began her training in ballet with Avnun Yakubov and trained at the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago after being selected as a children’s cast member for Robert Joffrey’s Nutcracker in 2006. She also spent her early competitive dance career training with Michelle Broviak, Ted Jackson, Gil Mata, Alvin Ramirez, Sam Renzetti, Nick Pupillo, and Zachary Heller. Ms. Barnes decided to exclusively study ballet at age 15 under the wing of Jennifer Grapes of the Milwaukee Ballet.
Ms. Barnes graduated from Butler University in May 2017 with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance. While studying at Butler, she was selected to perform as Choleric in George Balanchine’s Four Temperaments in addition to performing lead roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Paquita. She also originated roles in contemporary works by Susan McGuire, Derek Reid, and Cynthia Pratt. In May of 2016, Ms. Barnes performed on tour with Butler Ballet throughout Poland, Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Upon Graduating, Ms. Barnes attended the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s winter intensive and participated in Alonzo King LINES Summer Program. She performed with Charlottesville Ballet (VA) for the ’18-’19 season in The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and other original works by Sara Clayborne, Pedro Szalay, and Emily Hartka. Ms. Barnes continues to teach classical ballet, pre-pointe/pointe, and jazz technique to dancers of all ages and levels throughout the Chicago Suburbs.
Daisy Waid is from Berwyn, Illinois and started training in dance at the age of 12, and began musical theater at The Actor’s Garden at the same time. She did not find TranscenDance until her senior year of high school, but jumped right in to jazz company and classes for the year. She also began choreographing musicals for The Actor’s Garden. Daisy has moved on to the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she performs and competes with the UIC Dancing Flames. She has taken on leadership roles on the team and continues to grow as a dancer with the help of her coach Lindsey Lococo. She is now enjoying teaching combo classes at TDS, as well as regularly subbing for jazz and hip hop classes and helping out at events. Daisy loves to share her passion for dance with the TranscenDance students!
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