We want yoU under our wings
We want yoU under our wings
OWNER/DIRECTOR OF FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT DANCE COMPANY
Marissa began her dance career at the age of 3 years old and has always dreamed of owning her own studio someday. She grew up dancing and competing in the Chicagoland area. Marissa has trained in hip hop, jazz, contemporary, tap, lyrical, and ballet. She has assisted various choreographers in the Midwest to further her knowledge and training. She has competed at World Of Dance and has been in the competition dance world for 8 years. Marissa was the Co-Director and choreographer for The Dynasty and led them to numerous 1st place victories and special judges awards. Marissa choreographed and competed for her High School’s Varsity Dance Team all 4 years and was their team captain senior year. Additionally, Marissa is a faculty member for Activate Your Artistry Dance Convention’s Tour 2020-2023. Dance has always been Marissa’s safe place and one of her goals was to create a safe place where her students can express themselves and grow not only as dancers but as humans. Marissa created a following for herself by hosting online classes and masterclasses in the months leading up to opening her own studio at the age of nearly 19 years old!!! She has choreographed and worked with several local high school dance teams. Marissa has received approximately 200 awards for her routines within the past 2 years of Freedom Of Movement being established.
Rachel Day is from Geneva, IL. She spent her early training studying under Terry Fox, Elise Flagg, and Judith Chitwood. She recently graduated from Northern Illinois University (NIU) with her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. While at NIU, she focused her training on ballet and various forms of modern dance. She performed lead roles such as Michaela in Carmen, Marie Taglioni in Pas de Quatre, and Princess in Carmina Burana. She has performed in Bell, FL with the Pas De Cheval Dancers under the direction of Paula Frasz, St. Louis, MO at Big Muddy’s DanceFest, and with DanceLoop Chicago on a dance film titled “Maybe We Don’t Know Love.” She is currently an apprentice with Chicago Repertory Ballet under the direction of Wade Schaaf. She is looking forward to sharing her love for ballet with the Freedom Of Movement students and joining the faculty for season 4!
Kylee began dancing at the age of 3. She has trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and contemporary. She danced competitively for 8 years. She has competed at World Of Dance and has won numerous national championships. Kylee has assisted many choreographers. She is Marissa Marinelli's assistant in all genres of dance. She is also an award winning choreographer for Freedom Of Movement Dance Company’s Competition team. Kylee is excited to share her knowledge and inspire dancers to follow their dreams.
ACRO / TUMBLING INSTRUCTOR
Ambrielle began her dance training in the Chicagoland area at the age of 5 and began dancing competitively at age 9. She has trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, musical theater and hip hop. After several years of working as a pre-professional contemporary dancer at events around Chicagoland and then following a long-time dream of working at Disney World as a character performer, she returned to the Chicagoland area to pursue her passion for teaching.
Ambrielle began her acrobatics training in 2018 with Acrobatic Arts, an internationally recognized acro dance syllabus focusing on flexibility, strength, limbering, balancing, and tumbling. She completed her training in 2021 and is fully certified in Acrobatic Arts through the 8 levels and 3 pre-professional levels. Ambrielle loves teaching acro dance because it combines strength and attention to detail with the artistry of dance. Ambrielle believes that acro dance teaches a student that their only limit is their mind, and loves seeing her student's hard work and dedication pay off!
Vince grew up in the Chicagoland area. He has 12 years of strength and conditioning experience as a student as well as an instructor. He has trained intensively for numerous sports to improve his agility, endurance, stability, and overall health. Vince's passion for fitness and nutrition has led him to the path of Chiropractic education. He attends Joliet Junior College and will transfer to National University Of Health Science's to complete his bachelors degree in Biomedical Science with an emphasis in Nutrition and receive his Doctor Of Chiropractic degree. Vince is excited to share his knowledge with Freedom Of Movement Dance Company and help prepare them for their upcoming dance season.
Kylie is trained in many styles, but finds her passion in contemporary and ballet. She grew up in the Chicagoland area competing and attending various conventions, participating in exclusive closing shows, and receiving multiple scholarships from choreographers such as tWitch, Sonya Tayeh, Travis Wall, and many other SYTYCD choreographers. Kylie has taught many styles for over 5 years. She adores working with the littles as she is currently in school to become an elementary school teacher! She always strives to create a safe and positive environment, free of judgment. Kylie incorporates body positivity into her classes and promotes free expression in all her classes.
STUDIO ASSISANT / MENTOR
Chris grew up in the Chicagoland area. He was a member of Freedom Of Movement Dance Company Season 2 as well as PEHS Varsity Dance Team his Junior and Senior year of High School.Chris has experience in all styles of dance and is excited to assist and mentor his former teammates. He has won various awards and also received Elite Mr. NexStar Runner Up at Nationals Season 2. This was his first year ever competing a solo. Chris is beyond excited to help and share his knowledge with the dancers this season.
STRETCH & TECHNIQUE
I began my dance training at the age of 4 and started competing at the age 6. My dance background is filled with tons of different styles. I studied with Gus Giordano as well as Joe Tremaine and have won many different titles and scholarships along the way. I started teaching dance along with coaching power tumbling at the age of 16, it was then I found my love of coaching gymnastics. I started training level 7 through 10 gymnasts along with choreographing floor and beam routines. I have students all around Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan who have won many national titles in the dance world. I also have worked with many school dance teams in Indiana and Illinois. I have many students that are now out in the world living their dreams as professional dancers all over the world. One of them is my own Daughter. My heart and passion has helped me combine my training with dance and gymnastics to becoming an instructor known for training skills, flexibility, and strength for any style of dance or gymnastics. I also specialize in cleaning any level of dancer and dance style. I am always excited to meet new hard working children. I inspire them because they inspire me.