Reach beyond the stars
Born and raised in Wheaton, IL, Katie McGinnis began dancing at Moves Dance Studio in North Aurora, IL, at the age of twelve. Two years later, she was invited to join Soleunique Dance Company, under the direction of Anthony Foster and Victoria Bunch. During this time she trained in ballet, lyrical, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and tap. She excelled within the company, and went on to win awards and accolades at a regional and national level. Upon graduating high school, Katie continued her relationship with Soleunique as a company assistant and choreographer. She also began teaching at her home studio, Moves, at this time.
Katie has attended intensives with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet and NYC’s Capezio Peridance Center, was a scholarship student at Visceral Dance Center and is currently part of the work study program at Lou Conte Dance Studio. Katie also spent three seasons with NoMi Dance Company, formerly NoMi LaMad Dance, Inc. as a company dancer and soloist, where she had the pleasure of training under Laura Kariotis and Madeline Renwick, and dancing works by renowned choreographers: Nick Pupillo, Autumn Eckman, and Paul Christiano. Katie is currently thriving on freelance work. She has done industrials for UPS and M.A.C. Cosmetics, has danced back-up in the McDonalds Thanksgiving Day Parade for pop artist Sashé Taylor, has performed twice at Carnival Choreographer’s Ball Chicago, and has been flown into Kansas City to dance behind musical sensation Sunni Stephens. Most recently, she was featured on FOX’s hit TV show ‘Empire’, directed by Lee Daniels.
She has also modeled on the Steve Harvey Show, live on air with WCUI’s ‘You and Me This Morning’ and has done national print work for dancewear brand MARCEA. Katie was Chicago’s 2014 F.A.M.E. (Foundation of Artists Mentored in Entertainment) dance division scholarship winner. In early 2015, she joined Dance Rogue, a national in-studio convention, as a ballet, contemporary, and jazz teacher, and is looking forward to connecting with students all across the country. Katie is currently on staff at Millennium Dance Complex Chicago, in Chicago’s West Loop.
Genna received her dance training at The School of Ballet Chicago, Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble, and was a member of the Salt Creek Ballet before taking her training to New York City with the Joffery Ballet School. Genna earned her BFA in Theater with an emphasis in Dance Performance from Northern Illinois University under the direction of Randall Newsom, Judith Chitwood, Paula Frasz, and Karen Williamson. While at Northern Illinois University her focus was on mastering Ballet, Pointe, Pas Des Deux, Modern dance (Horton and Graham Technique) and Jazz.
She has been cast in key roles in productions such as Giselle, Paquita, the Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty as well as several modern dance pieces. Her dedication to dance earned her the Rene LeBeau Scholarship during her education at NIU. Genna is a veteran teacher and is dedicated to instilling a strong technical foundation that will provide the platform for aspiring dancers to accomplish their goals both in the class room and on the stage.
Co-Owner / Treasurer
Gera is excited to be a co-founder/owner of Soleunique Dance Complex. Acquisition of a B.A. from Columbia College, Chicago, supplements her teaching style, which is energetic, positive, fun, and nurturing. Her work with dancers of all ages helps to them to access their maximum potential in each and every one of her classes. Gera sets the groundwork for her students to successfully achieve their own personal goals as they relate to dance.
She fell in love with dance at the age of four and rapidly absorbed many different styles and disciplines including jazz, ballet, modern, lyrical, tap, and tumbling. She also studied acting and voice, which assisted her in winning many awards for group and solo performances.
Artistic Director : SoleSquad Dance Team
Heather is thrilled to join SUDC as a Dance Instructor and Director of the SoleSquad Dance Team. Heather is a 15 year veteran in the Choreography/Dance Instruction industry, having stumbled into this, the perfect career, in her college days. She has taught all ages, 3-adult, in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre as well as given Workshops in Musical Theater across the Midwest. Heather’s style of teaching focuses not just on technique, but teaching the dancer as a whole—where respect for yourself, your teachers, the music, the other dancers in the room and the studio are paramount. Heather has previously coached, directed and choreographed for 2 competitive dance companies here in Illinois, totaling 11 years of competitive dance, countless community performances, and wonderful memories of amazing dancers and families. Dance is the vehicle, but the relationships are what count!
When not in the dance room, she usually finds herself on the stage, choreographing for professional, university and community theaters. Favorite musicals have been: The Pageant Atlanta (working with Tony-nominee Lyricist/Director Bill Russell) West Side Story, Cats, Grease, Guys and Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, Xanadu, Pippin, Oklahoma, The Wiz, Christmas Carol the Musical (in Bamberg, Germany) and You’re a Goodman, Charlie Brown. Before moving to the Chicago area, she also coached and choreographed at the college-level for the Bradley University Bravettes, designing Pregame, Sidelines and Half-time performances for crowds over 10,000.
Heather holds a BS in Secondary English/Theater Education from the University of Missouri—Columbia as well as a Theater Performance Minor.
Artistic Staff : Tap Program Development
Earlyn Whitehead, a 2013 Ohio University graduate with her BFA in Performance & Choreography, is a performer, choreographer and teacher residing in Chicago, IL. Currently, she is working for Chicago Human Rhythm Project as their Development & Program Intern.
Since completing her degree, she spent the 2014-2015 season educating and sharing her award-winning choreography with the beloved students of Daryl Jervis Dance Studio, Toledo Ballet, and Toledo School for the Arts all located in and around Toledo, OH. In addition to her teaching students at the secondary level, she was a guest teacher at the 2015 East-Central American College Dance Association conference at Ohio University, and a workshop hosted by Ohio University’s student organization, The Movement Organization.
While living in Los Angeles, Earlyn apprenticed with Dana Foglia Dance and performed with Escape Artists, LA Contemporary Dance Company, Dejan Tubic & Zack Venegas, and Entertainment Plus Productions in their 2014 NYE in Las Vegas at the Aria Hotel & Casino.
In March 2013, her choreography, “disturbances withIN a medium”, performed at the Adjudication concert at the Mid-Atlantic American College Dance Festival as well as being selected for its Gala performance.
Earlyn was the summer 2012 Video Intern at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. While at Ohio University’s School of Dance, she performed in works of Xan Burley + Alex Springer, Urban Bush Women, Sean Curran, Stefanie Batten-Bland, Lisa Locke, Kun-Yang Lin, and Earl Mosley, and faculty members Chengxin Wei and Travis Gatling.
Earlyn has studied at Lucky Plush’s Summer Workshop, Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Winter Tap Jamboree, ADF Winter Intensive, Motor City Tap Fest, LA Contemporary Dance Company Intensive, Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts and L.A. Tap Festival.
Company Director : SoleSquad Dance Team
Sam is thrilled to be joining Sole Unique Dance Complex. Her dynamic teaching style and infectious personality will be an exciting addition to the SUDC faculty. Aside from her classes, she is also Company Director of the SoleSquad. Sam’s past experiences working with dance teams across the western suburbs makes her a sought after coach and choreographer.
She is an alumni Captain of Batavia High School Dance Team and she continues to provide private lessons and audition workshops in the area. Her classes are high energy and strive to elevate students in technique and skill. Sam has been a coach for a local dance company for two years as well as recently being promoted to company director and is known for the team atmosphere she brings to her classes.
Sam’s unique style of teaching focuses on building an atmosphere where each kid is a vital part of the puzzle. She is known for building kids up, not only in technique, but confidence, passion and team work.
Sam has her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and is currently working toward a degree in Psychology and Social work.
Co-Owner / Community & Special Events Coordinator
Early Childhood Development
Dance has always played an integral part of Diana’s life since beginning lessons at the age of five. She has danced competitively in both group ensembles and as a solo artist. Diana was able to participate in master classes from a number of dance professionals. These experiences, along with her talent, combined to develop Diana’s extremely versatile performance skills. Most importantly, Diana’s past experiences in classes and on stage have instilled a love for the joy and balance that the arts bring to one’s life.
Diana realized at a young age that she wanted to bring her love of dance to others. For years, she was an assistant teacher at Moves Dance Studio; and, she became a faculty member at that studio at the age of 18. After graduating from Elmhurst College with a degree in Early Childhood Education, Diana taught 2nd and 3rd grades in District 89, Glen Ellyn, IL. This educational background, paired with her enthusiasm and ability to make movement fun, results in dynamic classes for all levels of dancers. Diana continues to be grateful that she is able to combine her two loves, teaching and dancing, into an enriching and fulfilling career.
Diana is beyond proud to be a founding partner of Sole Unique Dance Complex. This next chapter in her career will provide a fun and exciting avenue to continue bringing dance education to young children.
Diana and her husband have two daughters and live in Batavia.
Co-Owner / President
Executive & Artistic Director
Master teacher, choreographer and performer, “Tori” is a powerhouse educator. When not traveling the U.S. providing unique and one-of-a-kind class offerings, she directs her energy towards the growth and development of the dancers in Soleunique Dance Company, balancing the role of Company Director, Choreographer and teacher. She is alumni of Columbia College Chicago, has performed leads with Gateway Ballet of St. Louis, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, has toured all of Europe as Dance Captain for Holland America Cruise Lines and was a principal dancer with Chicago’s NoMiLaMad Dance Company.
Her return to the states has welcomed a wide-array of master class bookings and was pivotal in the infancy stages in the creation of Soleunique Dance Co. Victoria is best known for bringing a students heart into their dance and her classes are highly sought after as she is an effective and exciting educator.
Victoria has been traveling the U.S. with the in-studio convention, The Deux, and is also a guest instructor for Dance Masters of Wisconsin.
Co-Owner & Vice President
Executive Director of Soleunique Dance Company.
A true product of Chicago land’s finest educators, choreographers and theaters, Fosters’ all-encompassing and diverse training background includes authentic tutelage in the forms of classical ballet and pioneered jazz technique from direct descendants of the late George Balanchine and Gus Giordano. His training background includes The School of Ballet Chicago, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago & Barat College Conservatory of Dance and his dance collective is a culmination of styles, methods and disciplines including contemporary, abstract and classical ballet, funk, hip hop, house and jazz brought on by early-aged exposure to street-style, breakdance and gymnastic training, (1996 IHSA State Gymnastic Team member). He has graced the stage leading such ballets as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Les Patineurs & The Last Waltz and has been featured in music videos for artists Echo and Groove Jam. His television credits include season 1 of So You Think You Can Dance.
Anthony is in his 11th season working with the dancers of Soleunique Dance Co., of which he is executive director, choreographer and owner. He has had the honor of teaching as faculty for Columbia College Chicago, The College of DuPage, Embracing The Dream Dance Conference and Dance Masters of Wisconsin.