Meet our staff

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Lauren Skiniotes

Lauren is the artistic and executive director of Momentum Dance Studio. She has been dancing since age 3 at The Dance Studio Ltd, under the direction of Marianne Kyler and training under Nancy Bonkowski, Marcy Sewell, among others... Read more


Marianne Kyler

Marianne has been dancing since she was 7 years old and has been teaching dance since 1987. She trained at prestigious dance academies in Chicago including Lou Conte, Stone and Camryn, Gus Giordano's and Joel Hall... Read more


Eurika Porto

Eurika Porto is a renowned international choreographer and teacher. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she started her dance training at the age of 6. At age 14, she was on scholarship at the Municipal Theater School of Ballet in Rio de Janeiro and shortly after, joined a professional modern company in Brazil...

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Justin Kimball

Justin Allan Kimball is an actor, choreographer and sketch comedian in Chicago. He is the owner and choreographer of Comedy Dance Chicago. A company that has been featured at Choreographers Carnival, Second City Chicago, iOChicago, Metropolis Theater and various other venues... Read More


Nina Ulman

Nina has been dancing since the age of 3 and teaching dance since 2007. For most of her early dance career, Nina trained and competed with the Hickory Hills Dance Troupe, winning high awards in jazz and contemporary... Read more


Sara Kreyer

Sara Kreyer grew up in Rochester, NY where she began dancing competitively at the age of 7. She continued her theater and dance education through college, while she started teaching at 17 years old, and choreographing and performing on three of Rochester's professional dance teams... Read More


Diamond Burdine

Diamond’s love for dance began in Elkhart, Indiana where he trained in hip hop at Concord Dance Studio. During this time, Diamond also trained with Tremaine Dance Company under Joe Tremaine’s company teachers Megan Sanett, Marty dew and Tony Bellissimo among others as a company member, later earning his BFA in contemporary dance at Indiana University... Read More

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Shay Davis

Miss Shay started her journey in dance when she joined her high school show choir. Since then, she has studied theatre and dance at Millikin University, graduating in the fall of 2016. She has worked at Six Flags Great America as a dancer and production supervisor for the past 6 seasons, and has also been teaching various styles of dance for 3+ years since moving to Gurnee... Read More