About The Dance Centre
Located in Lombard, The Dance Centre is home to many dance artists from the Chicagoland area since 1985.
The Dance Centre has been providing quality dance instruction for over a decade. Our goal is to provide the best dance education possible for every student. We strive for a balanced combination of fun, discipline, and structured learning for our classes. Dance is an art form which relates to all aspects of life. It benefits the body by developing grace, coordination, and good health. It also enhances awareness of mind, soul, beauty, and self.
The large airy studios, each with a wooden floor and high ceilings, present ideal conditions for a dancer to learn and grow. Our staff of professionals strive to present a comprehensive curriculum for those who simply enjoy dancing and exercising as well as those who are interested in dance as a career.
Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Modern, Musical Theatre, and Yoga are offered. For our young dancers, beginning at age two, we offer Terrific Tots, a music and movement class and Tiny Dancer a creative movement class-- designed to help develop large motor skills, spatial awareness and imagination with an introduction to tap dance. The Dance Centre serves students age two through adult.
Ms. Penny ~ Founder
Penny M. Bovelli
Penny has been dancing, teaching, and choreographing for over thirty years. She loves her work and it’s apparent in her classes! Her students have received scholarships to attend Chicago Human Rhythm Project and The Chicago Academy of the Arts. Many have taken top honors at various competitions, gone on to dance in college programs, are dancing professionally on NBA dance teams and for professional dance companies, such as Luna Negra. Penny has studied with many wonderful teachers including Lou Conte, Joel Hall, Lane Alexander, Bruce Stegmann, Birute Barodicaite, Kirby Reed, and Claire Bataille, just to name a few. She continues her education through classes, workshops and festivals such as CHRP. She has choreographed many musical for community theater groups. She has judged many pageants including “Miss Windy City” and “Chicago’s Little Miss”. Penny arranged an International Dance Exchange with twenty Russian dancers. After welcoming them to our country, dancers and students took class, went on field trips and performed together. The Dance Centre received an official invitation to travel to Moscow. Penny also served on the Board of Directors for Chicago Tap Theatre for seven years and continues to be a guest teacher at Iowa State University.
Tristan Bruns is a Chicago tap dancer who has trained under Donna Johnson, Ted Louis Levy, Sam Weber and Martin “Tre” Dumas III. Tristan has been on faculty at the Circle City Tap Festival (Indianapolis) and Rhythm World (Chicago) and is currently a member of M.A.D.D. rhythms, dir. Bril Barrett, and the Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s resident ensemble, directed by Artist In Residence Daniel Borak.
Tristan is the Director of Tapman Productions and has produced two seasons of performances in Chicago, including The Adventures of Tapman, THRUST!, and La Raison d’etre. Tapman Productions has provided production assistance to dance artists Ian Berg (From The Top), Jumaane Taylor (Supreme Love), Kate O’Hanlon (Modern Marvels Dance Co.), Kendra Jorsted (Jorstap) and the Elgin Ties Dance Festival (Elgin Taps).
Tristan has performed locally, nationally and internationally with notable performances be the Beijing International Dance Festival, the Reus (Spain) Tap Dance Festival, The Poznan(Poland) Jazz Festival, Rhythm World Tap Festival (Chicago), 42nd St. (Drury Lane-Oakbrook), Supreme Love (Chicago), Celtic Fyre (Williamsburg), the Detroit Jazz Festival., The Steve Harvey Show and performs annually at local Chicago venues. Tristan has performed with other Chicago dance companies such as the Cartier Collective, Chicago Dance Crash and Matter Dance.
Jan has danced for the Lyric Opera of Chicago ballet in “The Bartered Bride” and as a principal dancer for “La Traviata”. For DuPage Opera Theatre, she danced in “The Merry Widow” and “Cosi Fan Tutte” and choreographed and danced in “Amahl and the Night Visitor”. She has been a guest choreographer for five Wheaton College Opera productions. Ms. Augustine has danced with Von Heidecke’s Chicago Festival Ballet in “The Nutcracker” and concert tours. In addition to ballet and opera, Jan has danced in numerous professional musicals, including “West Side Story” at Theatre at the Centre and “Chicago” for Buffalo Theatre Ensemble. She recently appeared in the World Premiere of “Nefertiti the Musical” where she also participated in a cast recording to be released this year. She was a soloist for the professional dance company “Broadway Dances”. Jan continues her dance studies and has studied with Ellis-DuBoulay, Ken Von Heidecke, Sherry Moray, Ginger Farley, and Gary Flannery. She also has served as a judge at several national dance competitions.
Jennifer began her dance studies with The Dance Centre moving on to the Chicago Academy for the Arts in 1994. She has performed professionally with many dance companies including Chattanooga Ballet, Next Reflex Dance Collective and Ballet Concerto. Jennifer’s teaching experience includes the American Dance Institute, Chattanooga Ballet, Baylor School, Ballet Concerto and Ruth Page School of Dance. She received her B.F.A. from Northern Illinois University in 2000.
Dina began her training her at The Dance Centre back in 1985. She went on to attend the Chicago Academy for the Arts where she received various dance scholarships from such companies as Joel Hall and Alvin Ailey. Her modern dance training consist of Graham, Horton, as weel as other well known modern teachers here in Chicago. Dina’s choreography has been shown in performances throughout the Chicagoland area. Dina is also a certified Yogi and Reiki master.
Jayme began her dance career at The Dance Centre under the instruction of Penny Bovelli, Van Collins and Jane Hawley. She participated in both performance and competition opportunities and even used her dance skills to take the title of Chicago's Little Miss. She continued to dance studies with teachers such as Joel Hall, Lane Alexander, Bruce Stegmann, Kirby Reed and Claire Bataille. Jayme's teaching technique is designed to reach each student, regardless of the student's learning style. Her classes are fun, yet disciplined, with highest regard for proper body placement and injury reduction. Jayme most enjoys seeing students, both young and old, accomplish their personal goals.