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”.
Mackenzie grew up in Carmel, California where she started dancing at the age of three under the direction of Carol Richmond. She continued her professional training at Walnut Hill School for the Arts under the direction of Michael Owen, and the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. Mackenzie has studied and performed works from San Francisco Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Doug Varone and Dancers, Mettin Movement, and many others. Mackenzie has performed throughout the United States and internationally. After dancing professionally in New York, Mackenzie moved to Chicago where she founded Moonwater Dance Project and serves as Artistic Director.
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.
Molly Smith is so excited for her first year at Forevermore! She is originally from Charlotte, NC, and growing up had the opportunity to attend tap conventions and workshops throughout the country and train with many artists including Mark Goodman, Lisa LaTouche, and Aaron Tolson. Molly is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a BS in Dance Management, and she is currently a Touring Apprentice with and Company Manager of Chicago Tap Theatre. Molly cannot wait to share her love of dance with all of the wonderful Forevermore students!
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.
Grew up in her mother’s dance studio in Marshalltown, IA where she was given the opportunity to begin her teaching career as well as peruse preprofessional dance training. Through her years there she competed in dance competitions locally and nationally, in 2014 she won Celebration Talents Dancer of the Year Award. This allowed her to travel with their convention and assist choreographers all over the US. Miss Toree choreographs for school dance teams and competition teams all over the Midwest. She now resides in Chicago where she is in her senior year at Columbia College Chicago in their dance BFA program. Through Columbia she has been able to travel internationally with the school and attend “Camping” a summer intensive in Paris where she was able to take class, perform, and teach internationally. She cannot wait to meet all the dancers at Forever More Dance & Theatre Arts!
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.
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.