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.

Andreas Böttcher

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

Julie Nakagawa
Artistic Director

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


Parke Ballantine
President Elect

Parke's dedication to authenticity through self-expression and exploration combined with her expert multimedia marketing strategies makes her at home within the DWC community.

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.

Melody Hrubes, MD
Board Member

A Sports Medicine Physician, Dr. Hrubes specializes in the biomechanics of sport and injury prevention. Her work with athletes of all ages and competitive levels is a natural extension of her love of the performing arts and passion for helping individuals reach their full potential.

Katherine Hynan
Board Member

A graduate of Loyola University Chicago, consultant Katie Hynan 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

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.

Lena Matz
Board Member

As a VP of Finance at Siemens Healthcare, Lena offers 14 years of international business experience in the areas of finance, M&A, and procurement. Lena is a collaborative, relationship oriented, and active mentor for talent, both personally and professionally.

Julie O'Connell

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.