Alyce Keaggy Brinkmann

Artistic Director – Illinois Dance Conservatory/Illinois Youth Dance Theatre

Alyce Keaggy Brinkmann began her professional career with Milwaukee Ballet under the direction of Ted Kivitt. She 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, Robert Forsythe, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Jean Paul Comelin, and Margo Sappington. During 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 with Yves De Bouteiller and as a principle dancer with Williams/ Gerard Productions of New York.

She began her early training in Erie, PA at age five under the direction of Suzanne Orlando. Moving to Chicago, IL at age eleven to age 18 she and trained with Larry Long at Ruth Page Foundation of Chicago. During that time, she had the fortunate opportunity to perform yearly with Chicago Tribune Charities production of “The Nutcracker.”

Alyce Keaggy Brinkmann founded Performing Arts of Spring Grove in 1999 and its non-profit performing company, Illinois Youth Dance Theatre in 2000. Alyce has been a faculty member for Milwaukee Ballet School and is a guest teacher throughout the US.

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 Marlayna.

Braeden Barnes - Contemporary/Coaching

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.

Olga Chudaikina - Ballet/Coaching

Marcella Ducsay - Ballet/Coaching

Courtney Basich - Hip Hop

Faith Marshall - Ballet/Contemporary

Bio Coming Soon!

Juliette Oeffling - Ballet

Early Education Director

Juliette Oeffling, a native of the Chicago area, began her dance training in 1999 with Performing Arts of
Spring Grove, under the direction of Alyce Keaggy Brinkmann. She was a member of PASG’s performing
company, Illinois Youth Dance Theater, for 13 years. While achieving her AA degree in dance, Juliette began performing with the College of Lake County's Fine Arts Department, where she was accepted into the Prairie Spirits Dance Troupe. She was a member of the troupe for 4 years, participating in several productions including the annual Fear No Art festival where she performed alongside professional dance company VADCO.

Juliette has been teaching and choreographing in the Chicagoland area for 7 years. She has extensive training in ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical/contemporary, pointe, yoga, capoira, and tap, as well as training in Kinesiology, and Early Childhood Education. Juliette has performed in several classical productions including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, The Little Mermaid, Coppelia, and Paquita. She was also given the opportunity to learn the neoclassical repertory of George Balanchine. Other performing opportunities include Chicago Takes Off and the Milwaukee Arts Festival. She is also a new member of Dance Masters of America.

Juliette is thrilled to be working with mentor Alyce Keaggy Brinkmann again as an instructor at IDC
and Ballet Mistress with IYDT. Juliette is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and passion for dance to her students,as well as providing dancers with professional training and the tools to help them grow in their own ability, knowledge, and confidence.

She is continuing her dance education with Giordano Dance Chicago and Joffrey Ballet.