Meet Our Staff

Jennifer Edmunds

    Jennifer Edmunds has been studying dance since grade school, beginning at Ellis Duboulay in Chicago. She contiued studying at Gus Giordana and Chicago City Ballet. Jennifer attended Butler University as a dance major for one year, then transferred and graduated fom NIU with a B.A. in Dance. After graduating from NIU, Jennifer moved to the east coast and performed with Princeton Ballet and Hamilton Ballet in New Jersey, focusing on Balanchine technique, She also worked with figure skaters and hockey players, teaching ballet classes during their competitive seasons. Jennifer returned to the Midwest and performed with the NIU Alumni Dance Company and currently with Dance  

 

Melissa Edmunds

    Melissa Edmunds is currently studying Kinesiology and Nutrition at Northern Illinois University. After graduating from NIU in Sping of 2019, Melissa will continue her education to receive a masters degree in sport psychology and eventually her PhD. One day, she hopes to be teaching sport psychology at a university and working with college level athletes to Olympic athletes. She is a member of the NIU Silverette and Alpha Phi on campus. Melissa has been a competitive gymnast and dancer throughout her life which has led her to where she is today. She is currently teaching acrobatics and basic poms/dance team classes at Dance Dimensions. She loves teaching children and is very passionate about dance.

Kim Elsenbroek

 

Kim Elsenbroek has been dancing for twenty-five years with training in ballet, jazz, African, lyrical, contemporary and modern. She trained at Copeland Dance Academy in St. Charles and Beth Fowler School of Dance in Genoa from 1998-2008. Kim danced and choreographed with Southern Illinois Dance Company from 2008-2012 and then African American Dance Company from 2012-2015. Currently, Kim lives in Northern Illinois and continues to dance and choreograph in collaboration with local dance artists and is a member of Dance Dimensions Adult Company, D2. As a teacher, Kim aspires to sustain and expand her students’ passion for dance, while providing them with the tools to diversify their experiences as movers. Aside from her passion for dancing, Kim has a love for science. She received her B.S. from Southern Illinois University in 2012 and her M.S. from Indiana University in 2015.In the classroom, Kim combines her art and science backgrounds; working elements of science into her dance lessons so as to achieve her curriculum goals. As a teacher, Kim aspires to sustain and expand her students’ passion for dance, while providing them with the tools to diversify their experiences as movers.

 

 Samantha Gaul

    Sam Gaul began her training with the Beth Fowler School of Dance at 7 years old. She performed various roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Cinderella and many other productions. She continued her studies at Northern Illinois University obtaining a Bachelors degree in Hospitality Administration and a minor in Dance Performance. Sam continues to choreograph for Stage Coach Players in DeKalb and perform with the Dance Dimensions adult group, D2.  

Gail Honeywell

    Gail Honeywell grew up in DeKalb, Illinois. She danced with the Rockford Dance Company for many years before starting her college degree at the age of 15. Gail graduated with her BFA in Dance Performance in spring 2017 at the age of 18. Since graduating, she has performed with the Elise Flagg Academy of Dance and appeared in the Ruth Page Civic Ballet's 'Nutcracker'.    

Diana Irwin

    Diana Irwin graduated from Northern Illinois University where she received her masters for Speech-Language Pathology. During her undergraduate experience at Augustana College, she was a member and President of Augustana College Dance Company. Diana started dancing at 7 years old at the Rise Dance Company in Schaumburg, IL and has trained in ballet, lyrical, hip hop, jazz and modern dance. She taught dance classes at the Rock Island park district and Davenport Junior Theatre. In addition to teaching at the studio, Diana runs Dance Dimensions' DeKalb Park District program. Diana believes that dance is a form of communication and expression. It is an art and a sport wrapped into one, and the strength it gives you is not just muscular but mental strength as well. Diana is a member of Dance Dimensions' adult company, D2.  

 Matthew Larson

  Matthew began dancing at 9 years old, studying jazz and tap.  He studied disabilities at Northern Illinois University and received his Master's degree in Communicative Disorders Rehabilitation Counseling. Matt works at Rosecrance Inc.  as a therapeutic Yoga instructor.  Matthew became connected with Dance Dimensions in 2014 and has worked his way into adult tap, ballet and jazz. He currently teaches boys tap and the Rock N' Roll wheelchair class.  Matthew performs in local community theater productions and with Dance Dimensions' Adult Company, D2.  

Baylee Moon

  Baylee started dancing with Debbie's Dance Dimensions at age 5.  She also danced competitively with Northern Illinois Dance Center on their Senior Dance Team.   She returned to Dance Dimensions in 2013 to study with Miss Miranda.  Baylee was on the Sycamore High School Varsity Dance Team, taking third place at the IHSA State Competition her senior year and was an officer with Sycamore High School's Orchesis Dance Troupe for three years.  Baylee is currently living in Orlando, Florida where she was accepted into the Disney College Program.  Her philosophy as a teacher is to turn your weakness into your strength and always strive to be your best.  

Shari Riley

Shari Riley was raised in the great state of Washington where she found her purpose to move, and her purpose to express the infectious nature of what it means to be able to move. She moved to Chicago in 2007 began studying higher dance education at Columbia College Chicago where she graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors’ of Fine Arts Degree in Teaching. In 2015, she graduated with Masters of Education in pedagogy and curriculum development from Northern Illinois University. In addition to her teaching endeavors, she was a member of Red Clay Dance Company, Salty Lark Dance, and founded her own company Creative Nests. Mrs. Riley wants to continue in dance education and performance throughout the De Kalb County area to learn and to discover more about movement. There is nothing greater than that; and Mrs. Riley is thankful for that blessing.  

Melissa Roseberg

  Melissa Roseberg has been dancing and performing since she was 5 years old at Debbie's Dance Dimensions.  She trained in tap, jazz, ballet and acrobatics and loves to teach all levels of dancers.  Melissa also lends her talents to Stage Coach Players Community Theatre in DeKalb choreographing over 12 productions such as Mary Poppins, Hairspray, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat and many more! She is currently part of Dance Dimensions' performing Adult Company, D2 and loves to perform any chance she gets.  Melissa is a Physical Education Teacher at Sycamore High School and is pursuing her Master's Degree in Adapted Physical Education. Her passions are dance, physical education and wellness.  Melissa loves to learn and grow in every aspect of dance through other teachers, workshops, classes, choreographers and her own student’s creativity.    

Sammie Wootton

  Sammie started dance at the age of 7 at Artistic Dance Center, then moved on to Debbie's Dance Dimensions at age 9 where she remained through the transition to Dance Dimensions.  Sammie had been a member of the Performance Troupe at Dance Dimensions since age 10 training in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe and modern.  She was fortunate enough to travel to Walt Disney World twice to perform and represent her dance studio as a troupe member.  Sammie is continuing her education at Kishwaukee College and enjoys teaching tap/jazz classes and choreographing at Dance Dimensions.  She is also a member of Dance Dimensions' adult company, D2.