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Co-Owner / Treasurer
Gera is very excited to be a co-founder/owner of Soleunique Dance Complex. Gera’s teaching style is energetic, positive, fun, and nurturing. She brings out the potential in each and every student. Gera sets the groundwork for her students to successfully achieve their own personal goals as they relate to dance.
Gera fell in love with dance at the age of four. She mastered many different styles of dance including jazz, ballet, modern, lyrical, tap, and tumbling. She also studied acting and voice, which assisted her in winning many awards for group and solo performances.
Gera completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Columbia College, Chicago which adds to her creativity and originality in the classroom. She is very happy to have the privilege of working with children of all levels and ages. Gera is AFAA (American Fitness and Athletics Association) certified and is excited to add the new element of adult fitness to her repertoire.
Steve Ewing began his dance career at 12 years old at the well-known Bryant Ballet in Chicago. At the age of 16, Steve was teaching students of his own. After completing his B.A. in Theatre from Millikin University, Steve became a part of the largely successful Broadway smash-hit musical, WICKED, where he performed the role of Chistery for nearly 3 years. Along with performing in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, his other credits include numerous music videos and industrials with such employers as Cirque Du Soleil, Discover Card, and The Pampered Chef. You can even find Steve, photographed mid-air in a Russian jump, in the Encyclopedia Britannica for Health under Dance.
Steve also creates large-scale productions for corporate events such as Make A Wish Foundation, Neora International, and many more! Steve is currently a Professor at PACE University as a member of the Commercial Dance Program. He travels around the world for his Dance Convention, Industry Xperience where he gets to share his gifts and love of dance with the next generation of Artists. He is also the Creative Director and Choreographer for the renowned INSPIRATI Dance Company most recently featured on TruTV’s Premier Season of “Fake Off”! Steve has also produced choreography/creative direction for America’s Got Talent! You can also catch Steve’s choreography on many national commercials including the most recent campaign for ‘Nexplanon’ with Vanessa Hudgens. Follow Steve on Instagram: @thesteveewing
Ana started dancing at the Attic Christian Arts Center when she was 10 years old. She began competing with her studio when she was 11 years old until she was 16. She continued her dance training, focusing primarily on ballet until she was 18. She is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, and Contemporary. She spent a few years being an assistant in many classes with younger dancers. She realized her love for sharing her passion with younger dancers during those classes. Ana spent a few semesters at A Step Above Dance Academy furthering her dance technique and in the fall of 2021, she started teaching a handful of her own classes at The Attic.
She became a substitute dance teacher here at SUDC early 2022 and has thoroughly enjoyed being on faculty since. Ana loves the expressive yet athletic side of dance, but most of all loves spending time with her dancers and teaching them. When not in the studio, She is a barista at a coffee shop in the area and finds joy in serving customers. You will still find her dancing for fun with her co-workers in between coffee orders.
Daniel has been dancing Hip Hop from the bright, young age of five and professionally since eighteen. He’s classically trained, yet Hip Hop rises to the top as his most passionate discipline.
Mentored by Marchello Lee, Daniel performed with acts including Drew Sidora, Jennifer Hudson, Ludacris and Wacka Flocka Flame. When not onstage, he keeps active teaching workshops, conventions, recreational classes as well as setting competition routines in the styles of popping, breaking, waving and animation.
Sydney Tschosik grew up in Batavia, IL, and has been dancing since age three. At age 11 she joined the pre-professional SoleUnique Dance Company under the direction of Anthony Foster and Victoria Lynn Bunch. Throughout her 7 years with the company, she attended many competitions/conventions and became an award-winning soloist and scholarship recipient.
Throughout high school and during the summers, Sydney taught and assisted at her home studio, SoleUnique Dance Complex. She continued her dance training at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she blossomed as an up-and-coming choreographer.
In May 2023, Sydney received a BS in Recreation, Sport & Tourism, and a Minor in Dance. During her time with the Dance at Illinois program, Sydney performed at the BFA Senior Thesis Concert in the spring of 2020 and spring of 2021, as well as November Dance 2020.
Rachel started dance at the age of 12 in Kansas City, Missouri where she trained for 8 years at a studio called, In The Light Performing Arts. She trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Contemporary. She often helped assist her dance teachers in teaching classes and started a dance team in her home church.
Rachel then moved to Texas after graduating high school and danced at, Steps Of Faith studio for two years. She then progressed and joined their dance company within the studio called, Anchors and Arrows where they performed in festivals, special events, and churches. She even performed in the 2018 Project Dance in Houston.
She loves teaching dance so much that she later became a dance teacher for TNT studios in Canton, Texas. Where she trained toddlers and teens in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop. After a short break from teaching she moved to Chicago with her fiancé and could not stand being away from what she’s passionate about, so she then started substituting for Soleunique and joined the faculty in season 9. Rachel is more than happy to be back to what she loves, and can not wait to love on her dancers and encourage them to be the best they can be.