FACULTY

Alyce Keaggy Brinkmann

Artistic Director
Alyce Keaggy Brinkmann was a leading artist with Milwaukee Ballet Company for 13 years. In her long-standing career with the company she has an extensive classical repertoire. She has been featured in principle roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet. She has worked with notable choreographers such Enrique Martinez, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Jean Paul Comelin, and Margo Sappington. In her 2 years with the joint venture of Milwaukee and Pennsylvania Ballet, she danced principle roles in George Balanchine’s Symphony in C, Square Dance, Scotch Symphony, and Serenade. Ms. Keaggy Brinkmann has toured nationally and abroad as a guest artist and as a principle dancer with Williams/ Gerard Productions of New York and trained on scholarship with Larry Long at Ruth page Foundation of Chicago. During that time she danced many roles in Chicago Tribune Charities production of “The Nutcracker.” She also has trained under such notable teachers as Lupe Serrano, Victoria Simon and Elena Tchnichova.

Alyce Keaggy Brinkmann founded Performing Arts of Spring Grove in 1999 and its non-profit performing company, Illinois Youth Dance Theatre in 2000. She was also a faculty member for Milwaukee Ballet School. In 2010, together with her partner Louis Dixon established Center Academy of Dance, now known as Illinois Dance Conservatory (IDC). IDC and Illinois Youth Dance Theatre provide a training and performing program of classical daily work and repertoire. Ms. Keaggy Brinkmann’s artistic vision for rigorous training and performance bring excellence to the aspiring young dancer.

Together with her husband Steve, she resides in Spring Grove, IL with their two children, Luke and Marlena.


Braeden Barnes

Braeden received his training under the direction of Watmora Casey, the founder and director of Faubourg Ballet; Sherry Moray, founder and director of Academy of Dance Arts; San Francisco Ballet School; and Houston Ballet school. Braeden was accepted into the Joffrey Ballet training program under the directors Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik. During his time there, he did works by Francisco Avina, Ronn Stewart, Amy Hall, and Diana Princeton.

Braeden danced professionally in major cities such as Milwaukee, Portland, Montreal, Palm Springs, and Las Vegas. Among his travels, he has worked with choreographers such as Jose Navas, Matthew Neenan, Sarah Slipper, Ron De Jesus, and Gerald Charles. In 2012, Braeden joined Nevada Ballet Theatre(NBT) performing in many lead roles in the Nutcracker (Nephew/Prince), Balanchine’s Midsummer night’s dream (Puck), and James Canfield’s Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio) and worked with many choreographers such as Paul Vasterling, James Canfield, and Andre Kastan during his stay there.

Braeden, an emerging choreographer, has had the opportunity to choreograph not only in Chicago, but also in Las Vegas. Braeden’s work has been featured in Chicago benefits, and also competitive competitions. Braeden choreographed works for NBT that have been featured in their Studio Series yearly program. Chosen among many choreographers, Braeden was selected to choreograph for collaborations with NBT and Cirque Du Soliel, which has been featured on the Mystere stage in Las Vegas.


Amara Barnes

With her love and passion for dance, Amara Barnes has studied ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, and modern since she was seven years old. She has trained under the direction of Watmora Casey, Nickie Del Re Masino, and Tatianna Mazur at Faubourg School of Ballet and with Sherry Moray and Victoria Born at The Academy of Dance Arts. In 2005, she studied at Lines Ballet in San Francisco and in 2006 received a scholarship to train for the summer at Ballet Austin.

She has been an assistant teacher for River North Dance Company in Chicago and for Carmen Rostratzen at the The Julliard School in New York City. She was also asked to perform with singer Keri Noble that was choreographed for her by the late Terry Fox. At eighteen, she was offered an apprenticeship for Orlando Ballet and asked to perform with the Walt Disney Company in Orlando. She won the Gus Giordano Award at the Carey Rose Winski competition and the Dance Spirit award with Chicago Dance Connection.Amara has won locally and nationally in dance competitions since she was 12. For two years she was invited for the summer to train with Jackie Slight at the Performing Arts Center whose instructors were Mark Meismer, Tina D’Amato, Cindy Ricalde, and more.


Devon Perri

Devon is from Toronto and has been dancing since a young age. He has had the opportunity in choreographing for such projects as The Toronto Film Festival as well the tap scenes in the movies; Honey, Universal Pictures and Save The Last Dance 2 MTV.

He’s appeared in music videos for such artists as: Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Timbaland, Snoop Dogg, K-OS, Mark Ballas and many more. Devon has also performed on TV and stage for shows such as: the Billboard Awards, the VMA’s, the BET Awards, DWTS, American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and he danced on Chris Brown’s Carpe Diem Tour. He has also appeared in commercials for Marshall’s, Cali-Max, and Milk-Canada.  He now resides in Chicago and is still teaching at studios and workshops across Canada and the U.S., passing on his skills to younger generations of dancers.


Faith Marshall

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