We give our students opportunities to perform and build self-confidence.
We encourage our students to explore their potential, inspiring them to dream, and challenging them to do their best. The dedication and discipline they learn will instill them with the ability to make those dreams come true.
Who We Are
Ms. Kerrie: Owner, Director, Teacher ▿
Kerrie's broad background includes performing, teaching, and choreographing (in the U.S. and abroad). She is a well-trained and accomplished professional who has been teaching children and adults for over 20 years in all levels and styles of dance. She received her BFA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Dance Performance from Northern Illinois University and has worked extensively as a teaching artist for various communities including work with under-privileged and special needs children and teens in public schools and day care, and with inmates in women's prisons.
Kerrie toured with the NYC based Avodah Dance Ensemble performing and teaching workshops to children and adults all across the country. "The Forgiveness Project" and "Balancing Act" were two of the works Kerrie helped create - their goal being to build community through dance. She has also choreographed for shows, festivals, and special events throughout the Chicagoland area including: “The Wizard of Oz”, “The Drunkard”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “Alas! Alack! Zorro is back!”, “Creation/Evolution”.
Mr. David: Owner, Director, Teacher ▿
David received his BA in Theatre/Speech from Wagner College in Staten Island, NYC where he studied Musical Theater and Writing.
Over the past 15 years, David has taught and directed hundreds of kids in over 30 productions. An accomplished Actor, Director, and Teaching Artist, David loves to see his students grow in confidence and self expression.
David has also worked with Face to Face Productions (for 12 wonderful years) where he spent his day-times "bringing history-making musical theatre to schools"; as a company member of Chicago's Quest Theatre Ensemble; performed with Williams Street Rep. and Wheaton Drama; as a teaching artist with Windy City Performs, Child's Play Summer Camp at the Goodman Theatre, and Village Players Summer Theatre Camps.
Our friendly, professional teachers and staff help our students develop their talents and special skills in a fun-filled supportive environment. This, along with the quality training we provide, helps to foster an enduring love for the arts and opens the doors to the empowerment of self-expression.
Ellen Vierse ▿
Ellen graduated summa cum laude from Texas Christian University (TCU) with a BFA in Modern Dance. After college, she moved back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri to dance with Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company under the direction of Jennifer Medina, where she had the opportunity to perform works by Uri Sands (TU Dance) and Jennifer Huffman Olivas (Diavolo). While in St. Louis, Ellen also performed with Leverage Dance Theater and ANNONYARTS. She has additionally worked intensively with Doug Varone, Michael Foley, and most recently Hanna Brictson. Ellen also enjoys choreographing and has set works on CoMo Dance Company (Columbus, Ohio), High Desert Dance Academy (Winslow, Arizona), and Arts in Motion (St. Louis, Missouri). A recent Chicago transplant, Ellen is thrilled to be joining the staff at Forevermore and to continue sharing the joy of dance with the next generation.
Ginger Jensen ▿
Ginger Jensen is originally from Blair, Nebraska and has been teaching dance, performing and choreographing in the Chicagoland area for over 15 years. Ginger has performed with 4 professional companies in Chicago and was the founder and artistic director for Renegade Dance Architects (of Chicago). She also enjoys projects as an independent artist, including performing as a soloist to poetry in front of projected photography with The Poet’s Eye, The Artist’s Voice (at the National Veteran’s Art Museum October 2008-2015), staging award winning runway-style hair shows for Chicago’s Bang! Salon, and choreographing many musicals, including one about golf with Endpoint Theatre. Ginger was also the Content Advisor for Cherry Lake Publishing’s children’s book by Katie Marsico, Cool Arts Careers: Choreographer. Ginger’s passions in the industry have evolved into setting curricular standards for dance education and teachers, creating sustainable structures for arts organizations and educating the public on the importance of art in our culture. She has academic degrees in Mathematics and English with a Theatre emphasis and a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management with a Fundraising concentration from Spertus Institute.
Arianna Benis ▿
Arianna Benis is from Columbus, Ohio where she started her ballet training under the direction of Shir Lee Wu at Columbus City Ballet School at the age of four. She also trained in jazz, modern and tap dance at her high school. She graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance in 2017. During her time there, she danced in these classical ballets: The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Swan Lake and Giselle. She also took part in a major project her professor, Cynthia Pratt, helped create called Streamlines funded by the National Science Foundation. This project is a collaboration between artists and scientists to help the community’s understanding and respect of the Indianapolis waterways. Multiple performances took place outside in the parks, surrounding the various waterways. Arianna went on a month long trip to Eastern Europe in 2016, to Poland, Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic where she performed, and was given the opportunity to take classes with the National School of Poland. She has attended summer intensives at CPYB, Boston Ballet, ABT NY, Hubbard Street Dance, Chicago, Peter Chu’s Chuthis, and Cholewa-Ruffo ballet workshop. She worked for the Butler Community Arts School as a dance teacher and coordinator for local schools and community center from 2015 to 2017. This summer she had the opportunity to work closely with Visceral Dance Chicago during a summer apprentice workshop. During her time there she got to learn excerpts from “Ruff Celts”, “Minor Threat”, and “Synapse.” Arianna is excited to be joining the Forevermore staff and to get to know all the young dancers there.
Gabriela Ortiz ▿
Florida native Gabriela Ortiz is a business and dance professional in the Chicagoland area. With a double major from Columbia College Chicago in Dance and Performing Arts Management, she has immersed herself in the dance world. Gabriela has performed at Carnival Chicago, opened for Beyonce's dancers at the Shrine and enjoyed choreographing for Chicago-based companies and shows. She hasperformed works by Pam McNeil, Trae Turner, Sofia Perez and international choreographer Xu Chung. She greatly enjoys sharing her love of dance while instilling self-confidence in all her dance classes.
Kendra Jorstad ▿
Kendra Jorstad is currently the artistic director and founder of jorsTAP Chicago. Originally from Newark, IL, Kendra graduated from Point Park University with a BA in Dance Performance and an emphasis in jazz dance. She moved to Chicago and began her career with the Joel Hall Dancers. During that time, she also performed with Rasa Dance Theatre and became an original member of Chicago Tap Theatre. Kendra was the rehearsal director and dancer for Chicago Tap Theatre for nine seasons. She choreographed many pieces for the company as well, receiving critical acclaim. Performance credits include Dance Chicago, Giordano Jazz Dance World Congress, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Lollapalooza (with the Polyphonic Spree), Ravinia, Duets for my Valentine, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, and other Chicago Tap Theatre performances in Chicago, France, Cincinnati, Pennsylvania, and NYC. Teaching credits include the Omaha Dance Teachers Association workshop, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Des Plaines Dance Idol, Wisconsin Dance Masters Workshop, suburban high school orchesis/dance programs, and numerous studios in the Chicagoland area. She is sought after for her innovative approach to choreography and unique take on technique, incorporating a full body approach where the movement of the upper body sometimes contradicts the lower body-a challenge for many dancers.
Emily Cox ▿
Emily Cox is a versatile performer who has been seen across the nation in musical theatre, cabaret, opera and solo orchestral works. Her numerous roles in opera include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, Marian Paroo in "The Music Man", Despina in “Cosi fan tutte", Tanya in "Mamma Mia!", and Cinderella in "Into the Woods". She is currently the Program Director for the Chicago Opera Theater Educational Outreach program, entitled Chicago Opera Theater for Teens. Ms. Cox is also the soprano resident artist with Chicago Opera Playhouse for the 2016/17 season. Other Chicagoland credits include the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, the "D:Activate" concert series in correlation with the City of Chicago, the Chicago Folks Operetta, Music for Theatre Chicago, Petite Opera, Main Street Opera, Devonshire Playhouse, Opera Book Club, Davenport Piano Bar, Classical Revolution, the Floating Opera Company, and NONOpera. Directing credits include BRAVO Arts Academy, Chicago Opera Playhouse, Ovation Arts Academy, Chicago Opera Theater for Teens, Opera Ouvert and Davenport's Piano Bar.