Faculty

Connie O'Reel

Connie O’Reel:

Miss Connie O’Reel, the director of Southwest Synergy Dance, has 30 years of extensive dance training in jazz, hip hop, ballet, lyrical, and drill team technique. Her mission is to develop the natural creativity, expression, and confidence in youth today through the art of dance. Under the instruction of her mentor, Denise Gurley, she began her dance training at Susan’s School of Dance where her fierce determination, skill, and leadership propelled her from student to assistant instructor at the age of twelve. She continued her passion as a student at Lockport High School where she led her dance team to four years of excellence ending with a state title. At nineteen, Miss Connie became a principle instructor at Southwest School of Dance in Orland Hills and helped transition the studio into the competitive world of dance. Beginning in 2007, she has used her experience and talents to choreograph competition pieces for the Orland Hills Wolves, Carl Sandburg High School and Providence Catholic High School. In 2006, Miss Connie took on the role of Director and has since transitioned the school, now known as Southwest Synergy Dance, to neighboring Tinley Park. Mrs. O’Reel credits her success to her amazingly supportive family, her loving husband Todd, her three children, Deegan, Micaela and Everleigh, and to her mentor, Miss Denny. She also attributes her success to her students and staff who give her the strength and confidence to keep going every day. Mrs. O’Reel strives to provide an experience that will inspire each and every student to love and appreciate dance and music. She enjoys the opportunity to impact the lives of youth through her passion for excellence through dance.

Jessica Hansen

Jessica Hansen:

Miss Jess Hansen has been dancing since age 5. Over the years she has been trained in jazz, ballet, lyrical, pom, and hip hop. She started training under Miss Connie in 2003 and has been with Synergy Dance ever since. Throughout high school, Miss Jess danced for the Lockport Porterettes and Miss Connie’s competitive team. Her love of dance followed her to college where she took dance classes at the University of Iowa while pursuing her business degree. Miss Jess returned to Synergy Dance in the fall of 2012 as a teacher and is currently teaching jazz and contemporary. She is also one of the choreographers for the Synergy competition team.

 

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Jenny Wojcik:

Miss Jenny Wojcik is an experienced, well-rounded dance teacher with SWSD. Before working as an instructor, she took classes at the studio beginning at the age of three. She has taken all styles of dance, and focused primarily on jazz and hip hop. She danced on the Andrew Poms Squad all four years of high school, which helped her focus on team building and leadership. She became an assistant instructor at the studio her senior year of high school, and upon graduating, began teaching hip hop. Now she is beginning to delve into teaching other styles of dance, such as jazz and pom. Miss Jenny is also a lead choreographer for the Synergy competitive team.

 

colleenColleen Hudon:

Colleen Hudon received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Columbia College Chicago with a Minor in Arts and Healthcare. She began her dance career at a young age which continued into College. While studying at Columbia she was exposed to many forms of dance such as: modern, contemporary, ballet, jazz, hip/hop, improvisation, West African and dance making. Throughout her dance career at Columbia, she had the opportunity to work with and perform pieces from renowned choreographers. These performances included FEAR? by Dr. Lorenzo (Rennie) Harris, Monomyth choreographed by Pamela McNeil, and Homesick Blues choreographed by Thodos dancer Jessica Miller Tomlinson. She is currently an apprentice on Ascendence Dance Chicago performing in Dance Chicago, Full Circle, and benefit showcases. Aside from schooling, Colleen is now teaching at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in the Youth Program with a wide span of ages, along with teaching at Southwest Synergy Dance in Tinley Park. Beyond dance, Colleen enjoys fitness and is particularly interested in group fitness training.

 

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Caitlyn Huynh:

Caitlyn Huynh is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher who began her training at a young age in Bloomington, IL. Throughout her youth, she performed and competed with the Dance Factory Competition Team, where she received various awards and scholarships. Caitlyn continued her love for dance in college and obtained a BSK in Contemporary Dance from Indiana University. During her time at IU, she spent 3 years as a company member of InMotion Dance Company. Caitlyn has taught at many studios, schools, and summer camps. This past summer, she was the children’s choreographer for the Midwest Institute of Opera. Currently, she is a Performing Apprentice at Noumenon Dance Ensemble in Chicago. She is so excited to be teaching at Southwest Synergy Dance and can’t wait to share her love for dance with her students.

 

kaylaKayla Bekermeier:

Kayla Bekermeier started dancing at a young age where her passion grew for dance, teaching, and choreographing. Kayla trained at Elite Dance Academy in all styles of dance – modern, jazz, hip hop, ballet, pointe, and tap. Kayla danced for the Lockport Porterettes for four years in high school and led the team as captain for two years. Kayla graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and an endorsement in Dance. While acquiring her degree, she had the pleasure of being a member and choreographer for the Illini N Motion Dance Team. Kayla trained under Kate Kuper in the Creative Dance for children program from 2015-2016. In 2015, Kayla was excited to live out her passion for dance as an instructor at Twist and Shout Cheer and Dance in Mohomet, IL. Currently, Kayla is on staff as a ballet teacher at Southwest Synergy and is blessed to be a part of their family. Aside from dance, Kayla is 5th grade teacher at Trinity Christian School in Shorewood, IL.

 

kim-headshotKim Chronos:

Kim Chronos has been working at the desk since 2015!  She is the mother to Theo and Marissa and is a Soccer Mom AND Dance Mom! She is involved with our Dance Company Booster Club and is always supporting the dance studio!  If you have any dance related questions, she’s the one to ask!

 

 

 

 

img_1831Bonnie Cogan:

Bonnie is the Event/Birthday Party Coordinator and works at the desk!  She is a Mom to 3 children and “Minnie” to 5 grandchildren!  Her favorite things to do is spend time with her family and travel often to beautiful places with her husband.  She is a huge animal lover.