Sara Bibik
Dance360 Program Director

A Founding Dancer with River North Dance Chicago, Sara is passionate about training, mentoring, and inspiring future generations of dancers.

Ginger Jensen
Operations Manager, ADA Coordinator

Ginger brings a lifelong commitment to dance and a passion for developing sustainable arts organizations. She has a strong sense of personal responsibility to connect to and educate the community about the importance of supporting dance as an art form.

Julie Nakagawa
Co-founder and Artistic Director

A Co-founder of DanceWorks Chicago, Julie is passionate about encouraging young artists along their journey from good to great.

Cole Vernon
NextGems Coordinator

Survival lies in sanity, and sanity lies in paying attention… the capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.
- Julia Cameron from The Artist’s Way


Boss Ballantine
Honorary Board Member

Boss Monster Ballantine is the newest addition to team DWC. She graduated with honors from Dog Karma School of Puppies and is currently pursuing further education at Jumping Jack Dog Ranch.

Lena Ballantine
Board Member

As a business executive, Lena offers 15+ years of international working experience in the areas of finance, M&A, and consulting. Lena is a collaborative, relationship-oriented, and active mentor for talent, both personally and professionally.

Parke Ballantine
Board Member

Parke's dedication to authenticity, diversity, and inclusion combined with her expert multimedia marketing strategies makes her at home within the DWC community.

Kirstin L. Jones
Board Member

A Barnard College alumna and lifelong dancer of various techniques, Kirstin relocated to Chicago to make a difference in the nonprofit sector and is eager to make dance accessible for all.

Kimberly Miller
Board President

A seasoned business advisor and consultant, Kimberly is a dance enthusiast with zeal for developing individuals, teams, and organizations to reach their full potential.

Jimi Loc Nguyen
Board Member

Returning as an alumni, Jimi never lost his passion for the arts. Having experienced firsthand the spirit that is cultivated at DanceWorks Chicago, Jimi is committed to help mentor and pave the way for the next generation of artists.

Lauren Vitale

A graduate of University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, investment banker and previous dancer, Lauren brings her unyielding commitment to furthering the opportunity, education and well-being of future dance generations.


Andreas Böttcher
Co-Founder & CEO Emeritus

A co-founder of DanceWorks Chicago, Andreas brings his stage experience, behind-the-scenes knowledge, and global thinking to Team DWC.

Mazen Ghalayini

Mazen is a firm believer that you can have it all in life, all you need is the right intention and a little hope. With this in mind, he shares his business savvy with DWC in the pursuit of always moving forward.

Katherine Hynan
Former Board Secretary

A graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Katie brings her alma mater's guiding principle "to prepare people to lead extraordinary lives", to her support of the young artists of DanceWorks Chicago.

Leah Kaiser
Former Board President

An avid supporter of the Chicago arts scene, Leah brings a passion for the arts as well as successful strategies for fundraising and management to the DWC family.

Sarah Lombardi

Passionate about the performing arts, Sarah uses her finance knowledge to help individuals and organizations embrace fiscal discipline on the journey to achieving their dreams.

Julie O'Connell
Former Board President

An avid athlete herself, O'Connell has worked with AthletiCo for 13 years in the pursuit of wellness and healing among performing artists. She values the longevity of the dancing body and is constantly seeking new ways to support athletes and dancers alike.