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 piano lessons & 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

Jennifer Dolson

Ms. Jen has been dancing for over twenty years and is an experienced student, teacher, choreographer, and performer. Growing up in Elmhurst, Jen competed with local dance studios 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. 

 

Jen received her B.S. in Special Education and M.S.Ed in Literacy and ESL, but continues to teach dance as it has always been a huge part of her life.  Jen is the Director of the BCS Company and has received various awards for her choreography, including a National Championship and Highest Overall Score. 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

Tatyana Mazur

Tatyana Mazur was trained at the world famous Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg.  Following her graduation from the Vaganova Academy she danced with the Odessa Opera in Ukraine and the Moscow Ballet where she enjoyed international touring to India, Ceylon, Jordan and Egypt.

After the termination of the Kiev Theatrical University and Kiyevo-Mogilyansky Academy of dance, Tatyana became the head of the choreography department of the Kiev’s School of The Arts, where she staged many classical ballets as well as her own choreography for the classical ensemble or the “Yaroslavna” ensemble.  She served as Artistic Director for 10 years where she led tours to Germany, Israel, France and Poland.

After relocating to the USA, Tatyana worked for 5 years as a professor at Akron University, teaching their highest-level students.  She moved to Chicago on 2002 forwork as the Ballet Mistress of Faubourg Ballet. From 2017-2019 she served as a key ballet teacher at Salt Creek Ballet.  

Tatyana’s students have gone on to countless ballet companies across the United States, Canada and Europe.

Tatyana has prepared many students for participation in the prestigious competition Youth America Grand Prix where her students in 2005 and 2011 became winners in the Ensemble category and in 2011 one of her students was a winner at the New York finals.  Tatyana was awarded the prestigious honor of “Best Ballet Teacher” in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 by YAGP.

Tatyana has staged and set various classical ballet’s and variations including Swan Lake, Snow Maden, Snow Queen, Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, La Bayadere, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote, Cippolini, Coppelius, Shopeniana.

Vaganova Ballet Instructor

Emma Nesbitt

Ms. Emma is a native of Elmhurst and has been an active member of the community. For the past five years, Emma has coached and led various youth sports programs, while also attending Benedictine University. She is studying her undergrad in business and working toward a career in Human Resources. While Emma often works behind the scenes of BCS, she also enjoys the performing arts and attends all dance competitions and nationals with the BCS Company. Emma is excited for the expansion of BCS and looks forward to meeting new families and students.

office staff

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

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

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

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.”

Ballet Instructor

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