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Meet the DancEncounter Staff

TRACY ADAMS, Artistic Director, Owner (since 2001)

Tracy Adams has a long history with all forms of dance and theatre, having studied in her native England from the age of seven, to become a member of the International Dance Teachers Association. She has performed in many shows including “Cinderella”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Chicago” & “Damn Yankees”. After her transatlantic move Tracy joined the teaching staff of “Nanette’s DancEncounter” in 1994, working with children of all ages. Tracy is proud to own and serve as the Artistic Director of “DancEncounter, Ltd.”. She has taught at GymNasti and co-ordinated dance programs at various park districts  and local theatres where she has a reputation for her choreography, working on many area productions including “Guys ‘n’ Dolls”, “The Music Man”, & “A Chorus Line”, "Drowsy Chapersone" as well as using her professional make-up artist talents on many theatrical and fashion shows. For the Glen Ellyn Park District she helped develop a theater program, choreographing the children’s productions of “Grandma’s Attic” , “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Annie”. Also, she was an instructor at Waubonsee Community College, specializing in dance for the young child and as choreographer for their musical theatre courses under Dr. Maria Bakalis . Tracy has also choreographed for many local area school district stage productions including many years for Batavia High School under Dominic Cattero's direction, Glenbard South's High School under Laura Samper and Geneva High School under Roxanne Curtis.

Jennifer Donahue holds her BFA in Dance Performance from Northern Illinois University. She began dancing at a young age under the instruction of Bonnie Ardelene. From there, she studied with the Milwaukee Ballet and was also accepted as a VIP for Dance Olympus. While at Northern, she studied with Randall Newsom and Judith Chitwood. She has danced with NDT in numerous performances such as Coppelia, Les Sylphide, Paquita, and The Nutcracker. She was also a member of SoFlo Ballet Company in South Florida. Since moving back, her most recent performances were with In Flight Dance Company and Free Space, besides mounting various choreographic pieces on her many students and theatrical choreography for shows like Seussical The Musical  and The Wizard of Oz. Jennifer and husband Jeff have 2 daughters and a son.

SAMI GOUGH, Instructor

Sami has danced from the tender age of three and studied ballet, tap, jazz as well as contemporary, lyrical, Hawaiian dance and other styles. She has been very active on the competitive dance and convention circuit as well as performed such ballet roles as Clara, Snow Queen, Mirlitons and Trepak, to name a few, in Nutcracker as well as numerous group, duet and solo Company dance pieces. Sami attended CoD earning her Associates Degree while continuing to pursue her own dance practice, training and teaching.  She then finished her Events Planning Degree at Roosevelt University, where she earned a scholarship, dance team membership and graduated early. Now working full time in the event pllanning industry, Sami continuues to enjoy sharing her love of dance and has been a teaching member of DE  team for over 4 years.

KYLE DONAHUE, Choreographer

Kyle Donahue brings with him an extensive background in theater and dance. He is a graduate of Rockford College with a BFA in Musical Theater Performance. His history includes traveling the world as a performer with training in all areas of dance, voice and instruments! He has directed such shows as "The Secret Garden" and "Grease", has choreographed for CoD, GHS, BHS and performed at Drury Lane Stage in Oakbrook in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers". He has served as the Performing Arts Supervisor for the Fox Valley Park District and continues a similar role in Arlington Heights, although the favorite role is Dad to his four young children. 

Cece Summers, Instructor 

Having danced from childhood through her local park district, Cece found her love of dance and graduated to studio life by her teen years, studyinng an array of styles, performing in recitals and competitions, Cece then went on to study at Hope College, a double major in Dance and Creative Writing.

since graduating college, Cece has kept up with various studies becming certified in a dance barre fitness syllabus, mental helath awareness and support, as well as other teaching methodologies.  Ballet and Lyrical, Contemporary and Modern are among her favorite styles but mostly she enjoys sharing a love of dance with her students. Cece joined the DE team almost two years ago.

Megan Daly, Instructor 

Megan has danced her whole life and has travelled extensively focusing on all elements of Irish Dance. She has been testing to gain the necessary Irish dance accreditation and is almost complete on that journey.  Megan hails from the Fox Valley area and by day, currently works as a montessori class room teaching assistant, in the local community. She is excited to share her love of dance and introduce the beginning concepts and foundations of moving to music to pre-schoolers and youth, all of which are important to all dance techniques and styles.

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