Director & Founder | Dance Instructor
Assistant Director | Dance Instructor
Company Instructor / Dance Instructor
Kaela Norwood is a dancer, choreographer, and instructor based out of Chicago, IL. Currently working as a Show Director for Spotlight Dance Cup, and a judge for Precision Arts Challenge. She is also performing with Project Bound Dance and an MFA in Dance and Choreography candidate at University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee. She began dancing at a very young age and by adolescence was performing with youth companies all throughout the Chicagoland area at Leo’s Fashion Shows, Taste of Chicago and many other venues. In high school she continued her training in dance as well as was member of her high school poms team and Orchesis. Most recently she was a dancer/singer for Carnival Cruise Lines. Prior to she spent three seasons with Winifred Haun & Dancers, a season with Simantikos Dance Chicago, and Meraki Dance Company where she also set two works on the company. Before then she was apart of the scholarship program at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Kaela is graduate from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in Dance Performance. Attending many intensives, and trainee programs Kaela studied styles like ballet, modern, contemporary and jazz intensely from amazing dance professionals like Claire Bataille, Kristina Fluty, Autumn Eckman, Robert Mckee and many more. Kaela has set works for Oak Park and River Forest High School, Kennedy King College, Meraki Dance Company, Jello: Performance Series, several beauty pageants, galas, and an abundance of local dance studios and competitive students. Besides performing and choreographing, Kaela also possesses a love for teaching and choreographing, she feels grateful to share her passion with others. she continues to teach at many studios throughout the city and suburbs, and working with local high school/collegiate dance teams. She appreciates the discipline, maturity, and fun dance has given her over the years and wants to pass that down to the next generation of young artists at Studio 18!
Company Instructor | Dance Instructor
Heather is a dancer and choreographer, based out of Chicago, IL. She has been dancing for over 25 years, with invitations to train at various classes, conventions and workshops in Michigan, Illinois, California, New York and London. She danced competitively for most of her youth as well as performed in numerous on stage productions, finding her passion for teaching and choreography at a young age. She has trained under Joel Hall, Mia Michaels, at Lou Conte, GRB, Pineapple Studios and more!
Her pieces have won numerous 1st place, overall and choreography awards both regionally and nationally. She is mostly known for her innovative, unique and theatrical concepts. She currently instructs and choreographs at numerous studios throughout the Chicago land area, as well as teaches master classes and guest choreography across the United States. She was the Dance Director with Chicago Performing Arts Academy, and Director of Resilience Dance-Chicago. Her choreography and performances have been featured at AscenDance Chicago, Inaside-Choreography Showcase, Chicago Dance Extravaganza, Carnival:Choreographers Ball, Mixtape, Dance Chicago-Dance Slam, Dance Chicago-New Moves, Followspot, FreeSpace, New Moon, Charlotte New Music and more! Her additional credits include dancing on The Big Red Boat Disney cruise lines and in the movie Tug. She is currently the Artistic Director with AscenDance Chicago, a professional Contemporary company based in Chicago.
Nook , The Entertainer Xtraordinaire, comes from a highly decorated performance background. Known as MC Nook EX, he’s one of the most highly requested MC’s in the industry. Dancing at age 9 with his crew at the Elgin High School talent show kicked off his performance career and thus started his path to become a world class enterainter! Nook has rocked more shows than he can count with an overpowering combination of his dancing, MC’ing, and DJ’ing. Nook’s vast knowledge of music across all genres allows him to adapt to any situation and enhance the experience of all his students.
Across the U.S., there’s a possibility of catching Nook opening for an artist, hosting a club event, or entetaining at a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Nook has been seen on stage opening for and/or performing with Ciara, B.O.B., Mike Posner, Bruno Mars, Jason Derulo, Method Man & Redman, and LMFAO.
He’s currently a teacher for Old Town School of Folk in CPS Schools, Hip Hop Director/coach of Kinetic Dance Force and we are happy to have him at Studio 18!
Felecia Hubbard is a mover, creator, and educator based in the Chicagoland area. Felecia started training in high school in competitive studios. From there she started taking classes and intensives, training in all different styles of hip hop and urban movement. Felicia has also worked with companies such as The Puzzle League and Coda, gaining more competitive and performance experience. Through these endeavors, Felecia found her passion for working with kids. She has been teaching and choreographing for the past 5 years, working with all ages. Felecia loves to share her craft with the next generation. She currently teaches full time while maintaining her training making sure she brings nothing but the best to her students.
Kaitlyn Soloway is a dancer and choreographer from Bannockburn, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. While at the University of Michigan, she performed in works by choreographers Shannon Gillen, Meredith Monk, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Ron De Jesús and many others. She also performed in the University of Michigan’s production of Candide directed by Professor Matthew Ozawa. Kaitlyn was the choreographer for Rude Mechanicals’ production of Let the Right One In. She also has choreographed for University of Michigan’s a cappella group, The Sopranos. She has received many honors including First Place in the University of Illinois’ Choreography Competition and having her choreography selected for Dance Chicago’s Emerging Choreographers’ Performance and the National Dance Educators’ Organization Conference. Most recently, Kaitlyn’s senior capstone choreography was selected to represent the University of Michigan at the American College Dance Association’s 2020 Conference. During the summers, Kaitlyn has trained with Gibney Dance Company, Movement Invention Project and Axis Connect in New York City, DanceWorks and RiverNorth Dance in Chicago and Marcat Dance in Seville, Spain. She has taught dance and choreographed with TRA Choreography, LLC, Star Performance Company, MVMNT FIT and Chicago Loves Dance, Inc. Kaitlyn was a proud member of FUSION Dance Company for nine years and the Varsity Warrior Dance Team for four years. She served as the captain of the Varsity Warrior Dance Team her senior year, when the team placed in the IHSA State Competition.
Alyssa Sloan is a dancer and current physical therapy graduate student at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago. She has danced her whole life and has an appreciation for fitness, movement, and health. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, she trained on FUSION too! and Soul2Sole’s dance company. In high school, she transitioned to FUSION Dance Company and was a member for all 4 years. She also danced all 4 years of high school on their dance team, Deerfield’s Warrior Dance Team, and was captain her senior year. She also was a member of the high school’s dance company. Alyssa went to college at University of Michigan and was on a hip hop team there, EnCore, for her 4 years of undergrad. Alyssa has performed at numerous events and venues, including Ice Cube’s Big 3 basketball tournament at UIC. She is now a second year doctor of physical therapy student who continues to take dance classes. She enjoys taking hip hop classes at Visceral Dance in downtown Chicago in her free time. In addition, she is a certified instructor for WERQ, a cardio hip hop fitness class, and teaches at her graduate school twice a week as well as subs at Midtown Athletic Club in Bannockburn. She cannot wait to share her love for dance and fitness at Studio 18!