Sara Schreiner

Sara is a singer/dancer who got her start at the Artistic Dance Academy in Wisconsin.  As a young performer, she appeared in the ballet A Christmas Carol, and was a featured ballet dancer in The Wizard of Oz.  Sara continued her arts training through college where she studied classical, musical theatre, and jazz voice, as well as piano, flute, alto saxophone, and percussion.  On a scholarship, Sara continued her dance training at Lou Conte Dance Studio in Chicago, and was also privileged to attend masterclasses at the Broadway Dance Center in New York.  Sara obtained her B.A. in Music from Elmhurst College (summa cum laude) with an emphasis in voice and music theory.  Sara’s professional credits include Chicago Keys, Six Flags Great America, Heart & Soul Chicago (music director), the Spirit of Chicago Cruise Lines, the Gaslight Club, Broadway in Chicago Concert Series, radio spots, video game soundtracks, and stage and pit for such musicals as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Cabaret, The Drowsy Chaperone, and The Wedding Singer.

Sara had the wonderful opportunity to study Speech Level Singing with Jeffrey Skouson in Las Vegas, NV, and shortly after, she began teaching privately.  Sara taught private voice and piano lessons at Rising Stars and Grayslake North High School before opening Beyond Center Stage with Brynn Arseneau in 2009.

In addition to teaching privately, Sara is also an accomplished music arranger, composer, producer, clinician and adjudicator, and has been working with middle school and high school show choirs around the country for over 16 years.  Sara continues to perform as a dueling pianist when she can, and arranges music for nationally renowned show choirs each season.  She also enjoys playing and recording music with her incredibly talented husband, Brandon, and teaching solfège scales to her son, Desmond!

Owner & Co-Founder

Brynn Arseneau

Brynn stepped into her very first dance shoes at the age of 3 and hasn’t taken them off since! She started her training at Nancy Dianne Studio of Dance LTD in Germantown, WI. During her fifteen years there she studied Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Modern Dance, Lyrical Jazz, and Hip Hop. She also participated in the Student Teaching Apprenticeship Program and was trusted to teach her very own classes before she graduated High School. In addition to her participation in the studio, Brynn attended many classes at Milwaukee Ballet School, Danceworks in Milwaukee, and Dance Masters of Wisconsin and CNADM workshops/conventions throughout the years. She was in the Advanced Placement program in all her dance disciplines. She was crowned Miss Dance Masters of Wisconsin in Fall of 2002, and represented this prestigious statewide organization of certified dance instructors for the year of 2002-2003.

Brynn graduated from University Wisconsin Milwaukee with honors in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. While attending UWM, Brynn worked with various artists and companies including Bill Young, Alonzo King, Sean Curran, Heidi Latsky, Troy Powell, and Pilobolus. She performed in many of the shows that the University held such as John Cage adaptation, Between Yesterday and Today Remembrance is Not Enough, Fly, and Six. She also performed her own choreography in Exposed and Crazy Contentment. Throughout college, Brynn taught at Nancy Dianne Studio and other various studios in the area.

In 2007, Brynn performed on the OPRAH WINFREY Show with the dance company Pilobolus. She also worked with Metropolis Performing Arts Center, in Arlington Heights IL, working with disabled children through movement and music therapy.  In 2009, she opened Beyond Center Stage with Sara Schreiner.

Brynn currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, owning an operating her successful studio, Arseneau Dance Academy.

Co-Founder

Jan Augustine

Jan Augustine is a seasoned instructor and performer who has danced for Chicago Festival Ballet, SSPA Ballet, Lyric Opera of Chicago and DuPage Opera Theater. She has danced as a principal dancer, soloist and in the corps de ballet in various operas including La Traviata, Carmen, and The Merry Widow. She has also choreographed Amahl & the Night Visitors and Cosi Fan Tutte for DuPage Opera Theater. In addition to ballet and opera, Jan danced as a soloist for Broadway Dances and Franklin Avenue Dance Company. She has performed in more than 30 musicals, including West Side Story for Theater at the Center, Chicago for Buffalo Theater Ensemble and as Charity in Sweet Charity.  Ms. Jan has choreographed numerous productions for Wheaton College Opera Music Theatre, most recently Rodgers & Hart, A Celebration.  She has taught at Academy of Dance Arts, School of the Salt Creek Ballet, and Gotta Dance Studio, and currently teaches at Von Heidecke Ballet School, The Dance Centre, and Beyond Center Stage!

Ballet Instructor

Jen Dolson

Jen Dolson has been dancing for nearly twenty years and is an experienced student, teacher, choreographer, and performer. Growing up, Jen competed with both Gotta Dance Studio’s Starlite Dancers and Powerhouse Dance Company in jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, and musical theater for nearly ten years. In addition to competing regionally and nationally, Jen also became captain of her state finalist high school dance team. Jen has had the opportunity to train with Emmy-winning choreographers, Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, and Travis Wall, among others. She has also performed at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and with the American Ballet Theatre. Jen also had the opportunity to train with New York City’s Broadway Dance Center. Jen attended Western Michigan University where she was a dancer and choreographer for their dance team for three years. She received the “Most Valuable Dancer” award her sophomore year on the dance team for her talent, hard work, and dedication. While in Michigan, she taught a variety of styles to all ages and levels at Excel Dance Centre. Jen received her B.S. in Special Education, but continues to teach dance as it has always been a huge part of her life. She is also the director of the Beyond Barriers program at BCS. She loves to share her passion for dance and looks forward to working with and meeting new students.

Company Director, Beyond Barriers Director

Bernadette Faleni

Ms. Bernie is a life long lover of musical theatre, all forms of dance, and the arts.  Her daughter was a part of the arts community growing up and many years as a young adult. After raising 3 children, Ms. Bernie has worked for an orthodontist, in marketing, and in customer service, making BCS a pleasure to be part of.  Ms. Bernie loves to spend most of her free time with family and friends including her dogs.  Her favorite summer hobbies and guilty pleasures include sitting by her pool and biking the Great Western trails.  Winter time: binging Bravo TV and Netflix.  

Office Staff

Danielle Goldberg

Danielle fell in love with musical theatre and dance at the age of 4 and soon began training at age 6. She is trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, and musical theatre dance. She trained at Jump, Performing Arts Center, Corona Dance Academy, and did a summer intensive at the Joffrey Ballet. She grew up in Southern California and later went to school at Sterling College in Kansas, where she earned her BA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in directing.  During her sophomore year of school, she became a student choreographer in the theatre department, as well as performing in many of the shows. During her four years at Sterling, she earned an award from the Kennedy Center for best choreography for the musical “Oklahoma!”  Danielle is very excited to share her talents and creativity with BCS!

Dance & Acting Instructor

Kristina Klemetti

Kristina is an active member of the voice acting community. She can be heard on the radio, TV and digitally in spots for ComEd, Fisher Nuts, BrightStar Care, SpeedWay, TopGolf, and many more. Under a psuedonym, she has narrated over 75 audiobooks, from romance to mystery, young adult to non-fiction. Kristina, a trained actor, worked in professional theater for a decade. She’s studied under JoAnna Akalaitis, Patrick Fraley, Andi Arndt, Sean Allen Pratt, and Richard Corley, among others. She attended the British American Drama Academy, and she graduated from Bard College, with a BA in Liberal Arts majoring in Theater.

Acting Instructor

Cheryl Leahy

Cheryl Leahy has studied acrobatics, tumbling, jazz, tap, ballet, drama and voice from various instructors . She was a professional acrobatic/contortionist for over 10 yrs where she appeared on NBC as well as other telethons & television shows.  She has been teaching for over 25 years at a variety of locations in the northwest suburbs including 10+ years of having her own Competitive Dance & Tumbling Teams. Cheryl also is a certified group ex instructor & certified in Zumba & WerQ  for adults & children.  She is a mom of 2 daughters, working part time as a nanny.  She adds a new approach to her classes from her variety of experiences. 

Acro/Tumbling & Dance Instructor

Amy Malouf

Amy is super excited to find her way to Beyond Center Stage!  She holds a BA in musical theatre from Illinois State University, and for the past 10 years has been seen as an actress and musician all over the Chicagoland area.  Amy was a company member at Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences for many years, and has also worked as a character performer in Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.  Recenly, Amy performed as a back-up singer in a Carpenters band, touring across the nation.  Amy is also a singer/songwriter and enjoys playing in cabaret venues in Chicago. She began teaching, singing and acting all over the suburbs 7 years ago, and she loves every second of it.  Children give her inspiration and energy to help them be the absolute best performers they can be and have fun doing it!

Musical Theatre, Voice & Piano Instructor

Christina Mancuso

Christina Mancuso began dancing at the age of 17. She started with the Schaumburg High School Pom-Pom Squad.  In 2003, she won a Varsity All-Star Award for dancing.  Around this time, she began technical classical ballet training at the Faubourg School of Ballet in Hanover Park, IL. She studied mainly under artistic director Watmora Casey and ballet mistress Tatyana Mazur. She was the Vice President of the dance team, dancer, and choreographer at Harper College in Palatine, IL, from 2003-2005.  

Christina then transferred to Northern Illinois University to pursue a degree in the Performing Arts and Dance. Her dance training included: ballet, pointe, modern, musical theater, jazz, choreography, improvisation, flamenco, hip-hop, Pilates, character and Horton modern technique. She performed in Giselle in the Spring of 2006 at the O’Connell Theater in DeKalb, IL. She also performed in Oceans in December 2015, and Breaking Free  in December 2017, both at Huntley Auditorium in DeKalb, IL. She has done other dance performances in student showcases as well, including a performance at the Egyptian Theater in DeKalb, IL. 

Christina currently holds two degrees: a B.F.A. from Northern Illinois University in Theater and Dance Performance, and a B.S. degree in Health Science (Kinesiology) from Elmhurst College. Now that she has graduated with dual degrees, she is working in performing arts administration. She is currently employed at both Beyond Center Stage in Elmhurst, IL and Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, IL, and she now enjoys dancing recreationally. She has also taught various dance classes, ages child through adult. A speech by the President of N.I.U. was given of Christina's unique story of her return to college in her adulthood and the positive impact it made on others. Her core belief is with faith, hard work and perseverance any dream can become a reality!

Ballet Instructor & Office Manager

Emily Popli

Emily Popli is an active performing vocalist, pianist and guitarist currently residing in Chicago, IL.  She attended Millikin University, where she studied Commercial Music with an emphasis on vocal performance.  During this time, she sang with numerous touring musical acts such as the Millikin University Choir (3 years) and the university’s flagship vocal jazz group, OneVoice (3 years) as well as singing with the school’s jazz band.  Emily also grew her arranging and composing career at Millikin, releasing two full length albums, and having a song featured in a made-for-TV movie.  After receiving her Bachelor of Music, she continued her performance career by playing live all over the Midwest, releasing two more records, and eventually picking up dueling pianos.  She also began teaching private lessons, and completely fell in love with it.  Performing so often is a constant reminder of how important proper technique is throughout the lifespan of a musician, and she loves having the opportunity to share that knowledge and experience with others.  Emily looks to promote long and healthy musical careers for her students, regardless of where their musical journey takes them!

Voice, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele & Bass Instructor

Melia Riley

Melia Riley began dancing at age 3 and hasn't stopped since. She began serious study a few years later at The Academy of Dance Arts in Downers Grove, Illinois. There, she trained in Ballet, Jazz, and Tap. Melia performed in numerous academy and area productions and won scholarships to various workshops and intensives throughout the Chicagoland area. She began adding more dance styles, such as modern and lyrical, to her repertoire as she got older. Teaching, as well as developing choreography, first became of interest to her at the age of 12, when she was presented with the opportunity to assist in classes for younger students. After moving to Atlanta in 2009, she continued her training by adding hip-hop classes from professional dance studios including Dance 411 and Groove2Muzik.  In addition to performances, Melia began teaching and choreographing for several studios and dance teams, in addition to working alongside professionals before returning to Chicago in 2014. She currently teaches various dance styles at studios in the north and west suburbs of Chicago. Melia teaches students of all ages and levels, including professional adults at Lou Conte Dance Studio in Chicago, IL. All of Melia's students, no matter what age or level, learn to build and strengthen their technique, allowing them to effortlessly develop into strong dancers as well as creative artists. Her favorite styles as a dancer are all genres of Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, and Contemporary. Her favorite styles as an instructor are Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical Contemporary, and Hip Hop.

Company Choreographer

Brandon Schreiner

Brandon Schreiner’s love of music began when he was grounded in grade school for throwing a pencil on the school bus!  Wishing he could be outside playing basketball, he flipped on the radio and began his love affair with music.  Brandon studied Music at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he produced an album with his band, If Then Else. Upon graduating, he participated in a national tour with the band Charlemagne, playing his original music. Currently, Brandon is an accomplished drummer and guitar player who frequently performs for musicals in the Chicago area.  Brandon’s recent guitar credits include "American Idiot" (ECC), "Rent" (SPA), "Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Leader of the Pack” (Big Noise Theatre), “Annie” (Big Deal Productions) & "Godspell" (SFHS & COD).  His recent drum credits include “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” (Summerplace Theatre), “The Wedding Singer” (Big Deal Productions) and “The Drowsy Chaperone” (Big Noise Theatre). Bass credits include "Grease" (COD), & "Little Shop of Horrors" (SFHS). Currently, Brandon enjoys recording tracks with his wife, Sara, and playing in his bands, Optical Distortion and Overboard.​

Guitar & Ukulele Instructor

Jada Sharp

Jada grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and has been dancing, singing, and acting her whole life. She started her training in gymnastics, tumbling, hip hop, and ballet when she was 5 years old, then added training in contemporary/modern, lyrical, jazz, and musical theater at age 8.  Jada began vocal lessons with her church choir director at the age of 8 as well. Throughout her childhood, she was cast in singing, acting, and dancing roles in her community and church, trained at local studios, and took consistent private lessons with professional choreographers. Jada also competed for her school statewide and nationally in sports, voice, art, music, speech, and specific academic tests.  Throughout her college years, her training consisted of ballroom, advanced and professional ballet, along with training in classes at local studios in a variety of additional styles.

Jada has been teaching professionally for 5 years. She has taught at multiple local studios, including Von Heidecke School of Ballet, and Rise up Academy.  Jada has trained in ballroom with world champions, Dancing with the Stars veterans, and world record holding dancers such as Karina Smirnoff, Troels Bager and Ina Jeliazkova, Val and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Jonathan Wilkins, Valentina Kostenko, Dorin Frecautanu & Marina Sergeeva, Ilya Reyzin, and more.   In 2019, Jada organized many of the first ever youth industry dancers to perform in a ballroom event professional showcase certified by the National Dance Council of America.  She had the opportunity of choreographing numbers in the professional showcase at Dance Stars Festival, hosted by Karina Smirnoff and Elena, and Sarasota Challenge, hosted by Sid Pocius. Within those events, she has had the pleasure of teaching and working with many talented youth and upcoming rising stars from World of Dance, Dance Moms, SYTYCD, and more!  Jada is extremely grateful and honored for all of the opportunities she has been given. In conjunction with her faith and family, she owes a lot of her experience to her coaches and mentors which is one of the main reasons she continues to give her time and resources back to her students and community as much as she can. 
Jada always loved teaching and creating since a very young age, but she believes even as a teacher you should always remain coachable. Jada plans to continue to grow and gain even more experience in order to inspire and give back to her students and everyone she meets. One of Jada's many goals is to expose more dancers, especially youth at BCS, to the exciting and wonderful world of ballroom.   Fun facts about Jada:  She loves the flavor pumpkin spice, her favorite color is purple, and in addition to teaching dance, she works at Ultimate Ninjas alongside Jesse Labreck, Chris Digangi, Ethan Swanson, and more!

Dance Instructor

Aimee Stuart-Flunker

Aimee Stuart-Flunker, a native of Oceanside, California, received her M.M. in Vocal Performance and Literature at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2019 where she studied with Yvonne Redman, and her B.M. in Vocal Performance from Wheaton College in 2017 where she studied with Dr. Sarah Holman. Her past opera roles include: Mimì in La Bohème (University of Illinois, 2018), Gretel in Hansel and Gretel (University of Illinois, 2017), First Lady in The Magic Flute (Wheaton College, 2017) and Mrs. Jaffett in Noye's Fludde (Wheaton College, 2016). Aimee has competed in the Chicago area, receiving second place in Chicago NATS 2019 competition and third place at the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Chicago NATS competition. She also was awarded the Stotler Fellowship for her time at the U of I, which included a full-tuition scholarship and stipend.

Aimee has a variety of music and non-music teaching experience. She has taught voice lessons, directed a children’s choir, and taught Public Speaking at the U of I. She loves to work one on one with students to help them see their potential and to encourage them to be the best they can be. She knows that without the influence and care of her past teachers that she would not be able to achieve what she has, and she wants to give back and do the same for her students. 

Aimee lives in Wheaton, and when she is not doing anything music related, she loves to cook, bake, travel, explore new coffee shops and restaurants, do puzzles, read, hang with friends, relax, and exercise. 

Voice & Piano Instructor

Morgan Wiggins

Morgan Wiggins found her love for dance when she started out dancing at 3 years old at her grandmother's church. She started off as a praise dancer and her mother knew how much she enjoyed it, so she decided to put her in dance classes. She eventually started training in Ballet, Tap, Hiphop, Contemporary, Jazz, and Irish dancing. Once she joined Xtreme dance force at 8 years old, she knew dance was the one thing she wanted to pursue. She competed and performed at several competitions/events with Xtreme for 10 years. Upon graduation in 2015, Morgan joined the Puzzle League in Chicago for half a season. She continued to train at conventions such as Jump, Buildabeast, and many more. Morgan moved to LA for a year in the summer of 2017, where she worked with Cameron Lee, Andye J, Amanda Grind, and many other talented artists. She moved back home in the summer of 2018 and has been teaching all over the suburbs of Chicago! She is excited to start her first season with Beyond Center Stage! 

Dance Instructor

LisaMarie Woody

LisaMarie Woody is a seasoned performer and educator, specializing in a variety of dance techniques: Acro, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. LisaMarie began dancing as a child in the San Francisco Bay area, with Studio S Broadway, under the direction of Shari McLeod.  As a youth, LM was privileged to be a member (and later Assistant Director and Choreographer) of the nationally acclaimed Dance Connection of Palo Alto's performing company.  Through DCPA, she competed often and claimed many regional and national titles, as well as received numerous recognitions for her choreography.

 

In middle school, LisaMarie auditioned for the Foothill Repertory Company under the award-winning direction of Bubba Gong, where she earned her spot as the youngest member in the history of the company.  In following years, she would continue her dance studies with many renowned institutions and instructors including: The San Francisco School of Ballet, the Julliard School, San Francisco State University, The Edge School of Performing Arts, Debbie Allen, Joan Walton, Savion Glover, Mia Michaels, Joe Tremaine, and Jackie Sleight.  Having the opportunity to be featured in music videos, live performances, television, and film, LisaMarie's professional career now spans three decades. Even through a total hip replacement, her motivation and dedication to dance arts continues to expand exponentially.  Her journey back to dance, post-op, gave her a new perspective on the perseverance and dedication dance had taught her and how those powerful skills aided in her healing.  LM now shares her experience of "Positive Passion." She teaches how the skills learned through dance may be applied to one's life outside the studio, and help in times of struggle and self doubt. 

LisaMarie is excited about relocating to Illinois and grateful for the opportunity to work with the BCS dancers.

Dance Instructor

Cynthia Zaeske

Cynthia is a native of Chicago and gained her dance training in the city as well.  She studied ballet at Ruth Page Foundation with Larry Long, Orin Kayan and Patty Kleckovich, and at Ellis DuBoulay with Richard Ellis and Christina DuBoulay, both formerly of the Royal Ballet.  Her foundation of dance began with Louise Engstrom of the Ballet Russe.  She carried her classical training to more contemporary dance to study with Lou Conte and Joel Hall.  Cynthia earned scholarships to Interlochen School of the Arts and New School North/Home of Joel Hall Dancers.

 

Cynthia’s true love is teaching the art of ballet to aspiring dancers.  She has been on the faculty of respected studios such as Gotta Dance, DanceWest Ballet, Moves, Fox Ballet (Underground Arts Connection) and Dream Contemporary Dance.  She also shares her talents with college dance programs.  Her students have graced the stage of Broadway, Las Vegas, Hollywood films, Hubbard 2, North Carolina School of the Arts, Radio City Music Hall, Joffrey School, and shared the stage with Beyonce.  

 

Cynthia has helped develop Ballet programs for various dance studios and served on the board of Steel Beam Theatre and WMC Theatre.  She has choreographed a myriad of musicals for various professional theaters including Wild Goat for Mark Hollman of Urinetown fame, who told her that the choreography “was on the mark.”  Cynthia’s former students say “Miss Cindy puts excellent emphasis on correct technique.  I owe my solid technique to her.  She inspires me.”

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