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”.
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.
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.
Gabriela Ortiz ▿
Gabriela Ortiz is excited to be returning to Forevermore for a fourth year. She is pursuing a double major from Columbia College Chicago in Dance and Performing Arts Management. Gabriela has performed at Carnival Chicago, opened for Beyonce's dancers at the Shrine, danced with several Chicago companies and enjoyed choreographing for Chicago-based shows and dance companies. She has performed works by Pam McNeil, Trae Turner, Sofia Perez, Kris Bellive, Denita Inez, Ginger Jensen and international choreographer Xu Chung. Gabriela currently dances for Desueno Vision, a latin jazz company in Chicago. She greatly enjoys sharing her love of dance while instilling self-confidence in all her dance classes.
Ben Cruz ▿
Ben Cruz is a guitarist, composer, and educator based in Chicago, IL. His music draws from a variety of traditions, combining forward-thinking composition with an emphasis on improvisation. Ben began playing guitar at the age of twelve, and studied jazz and improvisation from New York City-based guitarist Vic Juris. Ben went on study history and jazz performance at Oberlin College and Conservatory, where he was mentored by Bobby Ferrazza, Dan Wall, Jamey Haddad, Jay Ashby, Paul Samuels, and Brian Alegant. Ben has performed with Gerald Clayton, Billy Drewes, Phil Markowitz, Billy Childs, Anat Cohen, Dominick Farinacci, and Petros Klampanis, among others. He also recently finished teaching classes, jazz combos, and private lessons for high school and middle school students for two weeks at the Stanford Jazz Workshop in July 2018.