Pamela Sue Fox, Owner, Voice and Dance Instructor
Pamela Sue Fox comes from a lineage of performers, with former Rockette and Vaudeville performers, plus an Emmy-award winner, in the family. She has been living onstage since early childhood, and in Chicago venues such as the Royal George Cabaret Theatre, the Chicago Cultural Center, Gentry on Halsted and State Street, the Bailiwick Repertory, the Theatre Building Chicago, the Steppenwolf Theatre with the Chicago Cabaret Professionals, the Mabel Mercer Foundation’s Cabaret Convention at Park West, and Davenport’s Cabaret, and participated in the Chicago Humanities Summer Education Festival. Outside of Chicago she has performed with the Cincinnati May Festival, Toledo Chorale, Madison Repertory Theatre, Seagate Dinner Theatre, Red Barn Playhouse, Parapluie Dance Theatre and many more. She has been featured in publications such as the Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Arts and Entertainment, Suburban Life, Cabaret Hotline Online, Wilmette Life, North Shore Magazine,Wilmette Beacon and Gay Chicago Magazine. Proudly, she has taught for many institutions, including Porchlight Music Theatre, Northbrook Theatre, Harper College, Joel Hall Dance Center, Midwest Performing Arts Center, North Shore Dance Center, Wilmette Park District, South Shore Cultural Center, Grandstreet Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre, Deerfield Park District, among others. She was the owner of Chicago’s first cabaret-during-the-day, pacy productions, and she is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and the Chicago Cabaret Professionals. She trained at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of Kentucky, and students from SNAP have pursued the arts at University of Arizona, Berklee College of Music, Cornish School of the Arts, Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, Syracuse University and Eastman School of Music. Ms. Pamela has been educating dancers and singers on the north shore for over 20 years.
Véronique Becka, Dance Instructor
Véronique Becka began her training at the School of the Royal Ballet of Flanders. She was a member of the Royal Ballet of Flanders (Belgium) under Jeanne Brabants and Valery Panov, and a soloist at the avant-garde Compagnie Aime de Ligniere, which allowed her to dance and tour all over the world. Inspired by her mentor and long-time ballet partner, the South-African dancer Ian Steyn du Toit, she started her choreographic career as resident choreographer for MultiDans, The Albany-Berkshire Ballet, and later the Grant Park Music Festival. She was also the choreographer on movies (Shepperton Studios) in London and TV commercials in Brussels and Paris. However, teaching is her passion. As a teacher she combines the Vaganova technique with ballet body conditioning exercises to train students to become strong dancers. Mrs. Becka holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dance Pedagogy and a Ballet Teaching Certification from the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. She was a tenured professor at the Belgian Academy for Music, Ballet and Theatre, and has been a faculty member at the Lemmens Conservatory, the New England Dance Conservatory, and the Albany Berkshire Ballet. She is thrilled to teach at SNAP!
Eilleen Mallary, Dance Instructor
Eilleen Mallary has been a Culture Shock® Chicago dancer for the past 11 years and also serves as Executive Director. She trained at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and is a former company member with Clear Lake Metropolitan Ballet, where she performed in productions of The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Dracula and Coppélia. She also had the honor of serving as the variations assistant to prima ballerina Janie Parker, the first American dancer to win a gold medal in the USA IBC. With Culture Shock, she has performed extensively throughout Chicago, as well as touring the US and Canada. She assisted with and performed a flash mob for Pillsbury with gospel duo “Mary Mary” and was an OfficeMax elf in the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2012. She can be seen on film in the “Get Hybrid” mattress commercial and has performed for Adidas-Lollapalooza, Coca Cola and Nike’s “Let’s Move” campaign launch with First Lady Michelle Obama. Her most recent commercial choreography includes flash mobs for Bacardi, The Thrillist and Fresh Thyme Farmers Market. Her students and choreography have won numerous awards and recognition at competitions and the city’s annual dance festival, Dance Chicago. Eilleen is a passionate and dedicated teacher who strives to inspire and create positive change through movement.
Jessica Lynn, Dance Instructor
Jessica Lynn graduated from the Youth Performing Arts High School as a Dance major. After a short stint performing nationally in regional theatre, she then moved to Los Angeles. There she danced for the artists Blu Cantrell, Nelly Furtado, Beyonce, Fantasia Barrino, & toured overseas with the reggaeton artist Adassa. Over her career Jessica has appeared in Film, Industrials, Music Videos, Stage, and on Television including the hit sketch show MadTV . An established teacher and choreographer in her own right, Jessica Lynn has taught throughout the United States, Italy, and Guam. She was on faculty at the famed Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA for seven years and has also taught at the Millennium Dance Complex and other studios throughout the Los Angeles area. Jessica has also been an adjudicator for Applause Talent & The Movement Dance Competition. Currently, Jessica resides in Chicago where she has served as a Competition Director for two studios, taught at Joel Hall Dance Company, and was also the artistic director for her own Youth Dance Company, JLynn Productions. Jessica is now certified In Progressive Ballet Technique. She still enjoys traveling to teach guest classes & set choreography. Jessica is very excited to be joining SNAP.
Kristin Vollmer, Dance Instructor
Kristin Vollmer has been training in ballet since the age of 3, as well as jazz, Graham and Horton-based modern, tap, contemporary and hip hop. She has spent the majority of her Professional Career with The Joel Hall Dancers in Chicago, IL, performing Joel Hall’s unique Urban Jazz Dance Style. She has also performed with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Inaside Chicago Dance, Chicago Dance Crash, in Bollywood film Dhoom 3, and across South Korea in an USO tour. Through these opportunities she has had the honor to work with choreographers Joel Hall, Paul Sanasardo, Jim Morrow, Harrison McEldowney, Wilfredo Rivera, Jessica Deahr, William Gill and Jarrett Kelly. She is currently a Dancer for the Joel Hall Dancers as well as a Teaching Artist for Joffrey Ballet, Design Dance, Simantikos, Dance on Broadway and is ecstatic to join the SNAP team this season!
Caroline Hughes, Dance Instructor and Administration
Caroline grew up dancing with Ms. Pamela from age 3. It was when she took Pamela’s On Your Toes Camp Program at age 10 that her passion for all dance forms and performing blossomed. She committed fully to tap, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary dance by joining the competitive dance company. While she still holds all dance forms close to her heart, her main focus has been tap dance for the last several years. Studying with world-renown instructors, such as Nico Rubio, Mark Yonally, and Lane Alexander, as well as attending numerous master classes, Caroline has developed a strong and diverse understanding of tap dance technique. Her passion for the art and appreciation for the history of the dance form fuels her teaching. In the summer of 2019, Caroline earned a Certification in Dance Instruction from the Chicago Human Rhythm Project.
Keli Gunn, Dance Instructor
Keli Gunn is dancer and choreographer based in Chicago. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has performed works by Robert Battle, Nick Pupillo, and Tommie-Waheed Evans, among others, and has performed as a guest with the Salt Creek Ballet. Keli collaborates with artists on project-based work, as both a performer and choreographer. She has presented choreography at Steps on Broadway in New York as well as the Athenaeum Theatre, Greenhouse Theater Center, Stage 773, Edge Theater, and UIC Theatre in Chicago. In 2018, Keli was commissioned by Simantikos Dance Chicago. Additionally, she was a selected choreographer for Chen Dance Center’s Spring 2020 Newsteps series. Keli also makes short dance films. Most recently she premiered an original dance film with her artistic collaborator Lizzy May at the Jump/Cut Film Festival in New York.
Rachel Potter, Dance Instructor
Rachel was born in Chicago, IL and has had the pleasure of training with such great artists as Randy Duncan, Eduardo Vilaro, Anna Paskevska, and many more Chicago dance legends. After graduating from the Chicago Academy for the Arts with a focus on ballet and modern dance, Rachel started her career with the Joel Hall Dancers, later to join Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre. These opportunities opened up a world of performances on great Chicago stages such as the Harris Theater, Auditorium Theatre and Chicago Symphony Center, to name a few. Rachel also had the pleasure to work with Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre and study with the talent of the Las Vegas strip at the Rock Center for Dance. Rachel is also very proud of her work teaching dance for the Urban Gateways and After School Matters programs. Dance education is more than meets the eye. As an educator, Rachel’s mission is to not only build strong technique, but to build strong, confident, empathetic thinkers for the future.
Christina Morrison, Dance Instructor
Christina Morrison is a freelance dancer and maker based in Chicago. She graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance Performance from Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Since moving to Chicago, she has performed and/or presented works at Stage 773, The Edge Theater, The Greenhouse Theater, and Links Hall. As a maker, Christina has been commissioned to provide dance choreography for the ELCA Youth Gathering 2018 at NRG Stadium (Houston, TX) and to sether piece “Out of Sight” on Simantikos Dance, in 2020. Christina is primarily a modern and ballet dance teacher. As an educator she is heavily influenced by an anatomical approach to ballet, derived from the teachings of Marcus Schulkind, and CounterTechnique practices under the direction of Joy Davis. Recent projects include dancing for Peyton Winker and Drew Lewis in DanceWorks New Dances 2020 and working as a Guest Artist for Peckish Rhodes under the direction of Megan Rhodes.
Courtney Myers, Dance Instructor
Courtney Myers is from Houston, Texas. She graduated Cum Laude from Point Park University with a B.F.A. in Dance. While there she had the opportunity to perform works by Doug Bentz, Garfield Lemonius, Ron Tassone, Kassandra Taylor, Diane Gray, and Marissa Balzer. Courtney was originally trained in the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus under direction of Catriona Steel, where she advanced with honors through Advanced 2. She graduated from the High School for Performing and Visual Arts of Houston and received high honors in dance and choreography. She continued her professional dance training at Peridance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, River North Dance Chicago, Leon Dance NY and Movement Invention Project. Courtney worked as an entertainer for Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line. She has also performed with Michael Susten Company, AdDeum Dance, Moody Gardens, and done commercial work for CITGO and Levi’s jeans. Courtney loves to teach, choreograph, and judge all around the states. She is extremely excited to be moving to Chicago and to share her passion for dance with the SNAP dancers!
Nicki Porter, Dance Instructor
Nicki Porter studied at Columbia College Chicago and Ballet Chicago’s Studio Company and Professional Division, and spent several years working closely with instructors at Intrigue Dance. Nicki’s choreography has been featured in Alluvion Dance Chicago’s “Emergence” choreography showcase, and her short dance film “Side Effects,” went on to win the audience choice award and best cinematography award at Exfest film festival. She has performed works by various independent choreographers in Chicago and was most recently a dancer with Ardent Dance Company. Currently, Nicki teaches students of all ages at dance studios in Chicago and the Chicagoland area.
Gabriela Ortiz, Dance Instructor
Gabriela Ortiz has choreographed for Mess Hall, Dance Chance, Breaking grounds, Being Well, Alive and Well, Chicago companies like Urban Burlesque, A music video for Chicago Rapper Mayo and a national commercial for Formidable Entities. Gabriela has performed at Carnival Chicago, Opened for Beyonce’s dancers at the shrine, and has performed with Desueño Vision and Urban Burlesque. She has performed works by Pam McNiel, Trae Turner, Sofia Perez, Kris Bellive, Denita Inez, Ginger Jensen, Amanda Ramirez, Haley Stueber and international choreographer Xu Chung.