Kerrie Anne Grace
STUDIO OWNER & DIRECTOR
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”.
Proud Chicago native, Antoniette Hartsfeld began studying dance at 2 years old and is a former student of Forevermore. She studied at Forevermore with Ms. Kerrie until the age of 14 when she went to The Chicago Academy for the Arts and studied under the direction of Randy Duncan. There, she performed works by Jonathan Alsberry, Robyn Mineko Williams, Nick Pupillo, and Randy Duncan. Antoniette is also a former student Point Park University where in April of 2019 she received her BFA in Modern Dance. During her time at Point Park, she was lucky to work with choreographers such as David Norsworthy, Douglas Bentz, Dominic Walsh, Lindsay Fischer-Viatori, and Terrell Rogers. Although she has loved her time at PPU, Antoniette excited to take on the world post graduation and begin teaching on faculty at Forevermore this year.
Tristan Bruns is a Chicago tap dancer who has received training under Donna Johnson, Ted Louis Levy, Sam Weber and Martin “Tre” Dumas III. Tristan has been a recurring faculty member of notable tap festivals - Circle City Tap Festival, Rhythm World and The Chicago Tap Summit.Tristan is currently a member of M.A.D.D. Rhythms. Tristan has performed as a guest artist with other Chicago dance companies such as the Cartier Collective, Chicago Dance Crash andMatter Dance. Tristan is the Director of Tapman Productions and has produced four seasons of new works:The Adventures of Tapman in 2013 at the Athenaeum Theatre; La Raison d’Etre in 2013 at the Athenaeum Theatre; THRUST! In 2015 at Stage 773; What It’s Like To Be Human in 2018 at the Athenaeum Theatre and 2019 at Links Hall. Tristan has performed in Chicago regional theater productions of Drury Lane’s 42nd Street, Choreographed by Jared Grimes, and Porchlight Theatre’s Sophisticated Ladies,choreographed by Brenda Didier and Florence Walker-Harris. Abroad, Tristan has been a performer and featured soloist at Celtic Fyre at the Busch Gardens Theme Park in Virginia and The Showboat Branson Belle in Missouri. Internationally, Tristan has performed at the Beijing International Dance Festival in China, the Reus Tap Dance Festival in Spain, and The Poznan Jazz Festival in Poland. Other notable performances include Supreme Love choreographed by Jumaane Taylor, The Steve Harvey Show with M.A.D.D. Rhythms, The Inside/Out Stage at Jacob’s Pillow with Subject: Matter dance company, and the MGM Grand for the Chinese television show “Super Dancer Born Tonight.”
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.
Magdalena Naruszewicz has always had an attraction to dance. The more she danced the more she fell in love with it. Magdalena always enjoyed moving and creating. Studying at Columbia College Chicago she is broadening her training in contemporary, modern, ballet, hiphop, and West African. Magdalena wants to help dancers explore themselves through dance and wants to allow dancers to feel safe in their dance environment to be able to grow as human beings as well as dancers. She is excited to be teaching at Forevermore.
Bryanna Colón has been dancing for 13 years of her life. She trained at Forevermore from 2007 to 2017 and is continuing dancing as captain of her high school dance team. Not only does she dance but she also partakes in the theatrical arts. Bryanna has been acting and singing for 9 years now. Along with her professional acting career doing commercial and movie work. She hopes to continue her love for performing in college and make it a professional career on broadway.
Caroline graduated from Columbia College Chicago in December of 2018 with a Bachelor's in Dance and a Bachelor's in Business with a focus on Entrepreneurship. Caroline has studied under a multitude of notable choreographers stretched amongst the Chicago area such as Paige Cunningham, Meghann Wilkinson, Nan Giordano, Carrie Hanson, Trae Turner, and many more. Being the daughter of a father in the military, she was afforded the opportunity to travel to a surplus of studios around the globe. She is trained in modern, ballet, hip hop, jazz, acro, contemporary, and West African. She is also currently working on retrieving her personal training certification to help people on their fitness journeys, as well as create stronger dancers. Caroline is thrilled to be a part of the Forevermore family to pursue her passion for developing dancers not only within the studio but as people too!