Exploring. Training. Performing. Creating! With classes for all skill levels.
Intuit Dance! is a proud member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)
NDEO supports the highest standards in dance education aimed at developing the knowledge and skills required to create, perform and understand movement as a means of artistic communication. Dance teaches students to read symbol systems, use critical thinking skills, excel in nonverbal reasoning and communication, exchange ideas, work cooperatively and collaboratively and interact within a multicultural society.
Established in 2004 by Diane VanDerhei
NTUIT Dance! was created to teach the full spectrum of the creative process through the art of dance. We provide foundational training in technique, improvisation and choreography for students at all levels at two studio locations – Oak Park and Forest Park, Illinois.
Emphasizing the full spectrum of the dance experience.
Diane VanDerhei is an accomplished dancer, educator and choreographer whose credentials include developing and implementing comprehensive K-12 dance curriculum for the Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Chicago school systems. She graduated from the National Academy of Dance in Champaign, Illinois, a high school exclusively devoted to dance education where she studied classical ballet with Lupe Serrano and Gwynne Ashton and jazz with Buzz Miller. After graduation, she performed and toured nationally with the National Ballet of Illinois, the Ballet Folk of Moscow and Wild Space Dance Company. She earned a B.F.A. in dance and dance education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has choreographed numerous acclaimed works and was the recipient of the first Milwaukee County Fellowship in Choreography. From 2003-2008, Diane served as a teaching artist and education consultant for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Education and Community Programs.
Reaching beyond repetitive drills, Diane’s vision offers students at all levels a balanced experience of dance movement that encompasses technique, expression, improvisation, performance and choreography. Exposure to dance history and cultures deepens the student experience and conveys the power of dance in communicating meaning about the human experience.
Arts research shows that students who study dance are more:
> Self-motivated, disciplined and focused in their everyday lives.
> Expressive in their communication of emotions, thoughts and feelings.
> Creative and imaginative.
> Able to critically analyze their own work and the work of others.
INTUIT Dance features world-class instructors with extensive teaching, performing and choreographic credits. The Pre-Professional curriculum is customized to develop each individual’s creativity, technical skills and personal expression through training, choreography and performance. Involvement with INTUIT’s professional company – ChoreoSpace – is available to students by invitation and audition.
- Tricia Brown
- Connor Cornelius
- Jesse Hoisington
- Sage Miller
- Nikki Renfroe
- Nikki Richardson
- Nico Rubio
Tricia Brown has been dancing since the age of two and has loved every second of it. She started teaching back in her hometown of Washington D.C. and then continued when she moved to Chicago to pursue a degree in film. Tricia loves teaching people of all ages and skill levels as she thinks dance is for any and everyone. Hip Hop is her favorite style to teach and dance as she found a deep passion for freely moving and grooving to the music. She teaches Hip Hop to children and teens at Intuit. Tricia enjoys teaching private lessons in both Hip Hop and Tap.
Connor Cornelius grew up in Oak Park, IL and is a dancer and choreographer based in Chicago. Connor was recently commissioned to choreograph for Simantikos Dance Chicago and selected for the 2016 Delve showcase. She was also selected as one of four choreographers for Dance Chance Redux: 6.0 in April 2015. In February 2015, she was chosen as one of ten finalists for Met Dance’s Emerging Choreographer competition. Connor was selected as one of four Chicago-based choreographers for DanceWorks Chicago’s DanceMoves choreography competition, in September 2015. Connor’s work has also been commissioned for Intuit Dance, MOMENTA, BRAVO-the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, OPRF Orchesis, Trinity Choir and among others. In June 2014, Connor presented her work in DanceWorks Chicago and Lou Conte Dance Studio’s Dance Chance and did so again in February 2016. Connor is dancing her second season with Project Bound Dance and is the in-house choreographer this season. Besides Bound, Connor danced and choreographed with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre for two seasons this past year. Connor enjoys teaching at Intuit Dance and serving as DanceWorks Chicago’s Administrative Volunteer. Before relocating back to Chicago, Connor was honored as the Presidential Scholar of the Department of Dance at Western Michigan University, where she graduated in May 2014 cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. At WMU, Connor worked with renowned guest artists Peter Chu, DanceWorks Chicago with Nelly van Bommel, Arturo Fernandez, Monique Haley, Gabrielle Lamb, Josh Manculich, as well as Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner. She performed historical work by Loïe Fuller, participated in a cultural exchange trip to China and Taiwan, as well as Student Immersion Trip to Montreal. Connor’s choreography was chosen for American College Dance Festival Association’s East Central Conference gala, the WMU Winter Gala Dance Concert, Western Dance Project’s repertoire, and Orchesis Dance Concerts. At the 2013 American Dance Festival, she was chosen to perform in Martha Graham’s Helios as well as present her choreography in the student concert.
Jesse Hoisington first started dancing at the age of four in Milford, MI. In 2006, he was accepted into Interlochen Arts Academy under the tutelage of Mark Borchelt, and had the honor of working with guest artists Earl Mosely, Mari Jo Irbe, and Jennifer Mabus. After high school, Jesse continued his education and training at Western Michigan University’s Department of Dance, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2014. While attending WMU, Jesse performed in works by Gerald Arpino, Alonzo King, Peter Chu, Danceworks Chicago with Nelly van Bommel, Lauren Edson, Joshua Manculich, and KT Nelson. He also began to establish himself as a choreograhper in college, with works being accepted into the American College Dance Festival Association’s East Central Conference gala concert, as well as the Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival. Since moving to Chicago, Jesse has had the privilege of performing with Winifred Haun & Dancers, Dance in the Parks, and Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre. He is currently dancing with Hedwig Dances at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts.
Sage Miller was born in Oak Park, IL, and grew up dancing in the Chicago land area. She trained with Valery Dolgallo, Sarah Cullen Fuller, Sandra Kaufmann, Randall Newsom, Margaret Palmer, Natalie Rast, and studied Graham, Humphrey, Límon, and Duncan techniques. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cornish College of the Arts in 2015 where she received her BFA in dance, and a certification in Mat Pilates. While at Cornish she had the privilege of dancing the choreography of Pat Hon, José Limón, Michele Miller, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, and Deborah Wolf.
Nikki Renfroe, a native of the Chicago area, began studying dance at the age of three. Since then, she has gone on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as a Minor in Psychology. She has had the privilege of training through workshops and intensives with Point Park University, Deeply Rooted Dance Company, L.A. Contemporary Dance Company, Inaside Dance Chicago, Aerial Dance Chicago, and continues to study at Lou Cante Dance Studio, Visceral Dance Center, and Joel Hall Dance Center. She has had the opportunity to perform in many local Chicago projects such as Delve Arts Festival, Renassiance Black, and Activate! Chicago. She is currently a company member with Noumenon Dance Ensemble and Simantikos Dance Chicago. In addition to teaching at INTUIT Dance, Nikki is the instructor and choreographer for the dance program at Trinity High School. Nikki teaches Dance For Children, Ballet, and Jazz at INTUIT Dance!
Nikki holds a BFA in Dance from Temple University. She has taught and danced professionally in Cleveland and Chicago. In her creative movement classes, your children will warm up, play games, and create dances. Nikki’s contemporary dance classes incorporate fundamentals of movement that engage and strengthen your core, as well as phrase work that fosters your creativity and enjoyment of movement.
Nico Rubio, a Chicago Native Tap Dancer, Choreographer and Instructor, is universally recognized as one of the leading Tap Dancers of his generation. Nico has been Professionally Entertaining and Educating around much of Illinois and throughout the United States for over a decade. His international buzz has expanded his talents to the likes of Europe (Switzerland/Sweden/Italy/Spain) , Asia (China/Hong Kong/Taiwan/Japan), Central America (Costa Rica/Honduras/Guatemala) and South America (Brazil). He was also a recent recipient of the Chicago Dancemakers Forum’s RDDI and is now a sponsored artist at High Concept Labs. In an additional effort to build community and craft his own contribution, Nico has officially started his own Tap Company, 333 (Three Thirty Three). He is also an original member of Chicago based Tap Company Jus’LisTeN, as well as a New Orleans based Tap & Brass Band entitled, Tap That Brass.
Our Philosophy is…Best!
Cultivating direct experience of dance technique, creation and performance by emphasizing Body, Energy, Space and Time.
A dancer’s body is their artistic tool. At INTUIT, we embrace techniques that develop the body-mind connection including The Brain Dance and Bartenieff Fundamentals, and also employ the use of imagery that enhances and strengthens a student’s understanding of the body to successfully execute the major dance forms.
Dance is more than pink tights and pirouettes! INTUIT’s approach involves both the skill of technique and the expressive nature of dance. Improvisation, as an example, encourages students to explore nuance and to develop a personal voice that distinguishes them as powerful performers.
Pathways, facings, spatial patterns and geometric forms are a part of the intelligent choreographer’s toolbox. Students at INTUIT learn about the significant relationships that can be created between dancers and objects, and how these impact the experience that is communicated.
Musicality and rhythm are innate to all dance styles and are essential to INTUIT’S curriculum. Jazz forms and styles including hip hop, tap and African programming especially emphasize timing and tempo to elevate expressive movement.