Meet the StaffThe People Who Make Dance Happen
Director of Dance/Resident Choreographer
Chelsea Gallivan has been involved with The Studio since their first production in 2014. Now as their Director of Dance and Resident Choreographer, she is responsible for choreographing, teaching, and supervising all dance aspects at The Studio. Chelsea has 18 years of dance experience, as well as 12 years of teaching. She holds a Dance degree from Rockford University (Rockford, IL), with a minor in Business Administration. She also has a Certificate of Dance Ministry from Ingredients Dance Company and Training Program (Dallas, TX).
Over the years, Chelsea has performed with professional companies such as Bad Wolf Dance Theatre, Without Shoes Modern Dance Company, Ingredients Dance Company, and Dance Revolution. These companies have given her the opportunity to participate in events such as Gateway Church’s Pink Impact Women’s Conference (Dallas, TX), Reinhard Bonnke: Firestorm USA (Dallas, TX), The Rockford City Dance Festival (Rockford, IL), Elgin Fringe Festival (Elgin, IL), and The American College Dance Association (ACDA – Central Region). Beyond The Studio’s musical productions, Chelsea’s choreography has been showcased at events and concerts including The American College Dance Association (ACDA), Rockford University’s Orchesis, Immersion Performing Arts Company, Rockford Christian High School, and Dance Revolution.
Her passion is to see her students make discoveries within their gifts and talents and find confidence in who they are as individuals, artists, and performers. Chelsea is currently an Adjunct Dance Professor at Rockford University, as well as the Artistic Director for Immersion Performing Arts Company.
Lindsey began dancing 35 years ago and very early on developed a great love for ballet. She went on to study with Rockford Dance Company, Metropolitan Ballet, and Northern Illinois University to name a few. Some of her favorite roles include dancing as the Snow Queen in the Nutcracker, the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, and even Mother Ginger in the Nutcracker when she was pregnant with her first child. Lindsey has been teaching in the Rockford area for 20 years and enjoys teaching not only the discipline of dance, but the love of the art.
Outside of the dance world, Lindsey holds a Bachelors degree in Project Management and utilized it in the construction field for several years before switching to a full time stay at home mom. She is married and has 5 children.
Cassidy Spirk, is a Junior at Rockford University from Pittsburgh, PA. She is currently earning her BFA in Musical theatre along with her BFA in Dance. She received most of her dance training through Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter school, where she studied for five years. During that time, she also participated in numerous productions around the community, as well as working as an assistant teacher for the Henry Mancini Arts Academy. Her love of working with children led her to her first job as a choreographer for The Fantastix’s production of Footloose Junior. Cassidy was first introduced to the Studio in early 2019, when she worked as an intern for Tarzan. She has been working for The Studio ever since, and she cannot wait to start her second year teaching! Cassidy loves to share her enthusiasm and excitement with her students in helping them achieve their goals!
Maggie Yoho has been a part of The Studio since 2015, her first Studio production being You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown as a freshman. Since then she has performed in nine productions and recently interned as assistant choreographer for The Studio’s Madagascar Jr. Maggie has been dancing since she was ten with Steps to Grace Dance Academy. She graduated from Hononegah Community High School in the spring of 2019 and is currently working on her Associate of Arts at Rock Valley College. She wishes to pursue a BFA in Dance at Rockford University. Maggie is also involved in her church, Harvest Bible Chapel Rockford, serving in the kids ministry and being a leader in the youth ministry.
Over the past eight years, Maggie performed on the dance team for two years, danced in the annual recitals and participated in the Dance Revolution Convention. Since 2017, Maggie has been a company dancer with Chelsea Gallivan in Immersion Performing Arts Company, which has given her an opportunity to sink her feet into choreography as well as performing in the Rockford City Dance Festival, Dance Revolution, and community events.
After many years of being under Chelsea’s instruction as a dancer, Maggie has grown so much in her passion for dance and her desire to share it with others. She is a loving and patient person at heart and absolutely adores interacting with children.
Fun Fact: Maggie has a sweet spot for ice cream, as she works at the Dairy Haus Ice Cream Shoppe in Rockton.
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