Lynn Arevalo, a Chicago native, is the founder and artistic director of b.i.s.i. Chicago Dance Company Over the years, Lynn has developed her choreography style from her vast experience with: Musical Theater, Acting, Contact-Improvisation, Music Videos / Concerts, Aerial Art, Fashion Shows and Dance Photography.  Lynn’s forte' is creating a unique variety of dance movements that best showcase the performers, as well as enticing the viewer with her imagination and style. She feels very strong and passionate about her work and is never tired of challenges. Lynn always goes the extra mile to dream up and produce more for her students. She wants to develop a new, creative approach to movement and choreography that changes the way we look at dance today.

Lynn has accomplished over 30 years of dance training and performance in all areas such as ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, tap funk, musical theater, aerial art, Polynesian, belly dancing, ballroom and Latin dances. Lynn’s professional training has been with various dance companies as well as her studies and performance at Columbia College of Chicago. Having a strong dance background growing up, she focused not only on her dancing but also studied Musical Theater and Aerial Art.

Lynn is very proud of the productions she has choreographed and directed over the past 16 years. Here are a few of the major performances:

MTV Productions
“Club Dance TV” (1998), The Color Purple on Broadway (Chicago) "Oprah Winfrey Cast Party Event" (2007), b.i.s.i. Showcase of the Arts “Entangled” (2010), Almost Home Foundation "Red Carpet Celebrity Experience" (2014), Ashley for the Arts Music Festival The Beach Boys "Humanity" (2014), Chicago Independant Music Awards "Isaiah Grass" (2015), Sam Zell Production Fleetwood Mac & Stevie Nicks "Tomorrow" (2015). 

Her creative approach to movement and choreography has also been showcased in the "Art of Fashion Runway" where Lynn coordinates and designs fashion shows for runway models. Aside from choreographing and teaching, Lynn performs professionally with a Polynesian dance troupe, Aloha Chicago Entertainment.

Lynn Arevalo’s b.i.s.i. Chicago Dance Company has been entertaining clients and audiences, with an array of talented professionals and choreographers alike. The Company performs throughout the Chicagoland area and presents and produces a wide variety of quality performing arts, through dance, theatre, music and aerial art.

As a Choreographer & Director, Lynn is very grateful to have the privilege to always work with such strong, dedicated dancers & professionals in the industry to perform her vision, her choreography and to feel the emotional expression and style of the dance!

                                                            "When I teach and create I put my whole self into it"  - Lynn Arevalo




           
   

Katie Duffy
Dance & Fitness Instructor

Katie graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in dance and a minor in entertainment management.  She studied dance at various studios throughout the Chicago land area since the age of 3.  In 2009, Katie received a scholarship to the Gus Giordano Dance School where she continued her dance training for the summer.  She has performed and taught dance internationally in Seoul, Korea, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, and Mexico as well as throughout the US.  Katie has years of experience instructing both children and adults.  Currently, she teaches and performs with the b.i.s.i. Chicago Dance Company as well as at various studios in Chicago.  Additionally, Katie has found a passion in fitness.  She is a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor at the Chicago Athletic Clubs.

 
           
   

Erica Rose
Dance & Yoga Instructor

Erica born and raised in Morris, IL,  has been dancing since the age of 3. She started competing at age 11 and went on to win 10 state titles and ranked top 5 nationally three times by the time she graduated high school at the age of 17. Erica danced at Mesa College and Arizona State and also spent time in Los Angeles, CA where she completed the Immersion program at Edge Performing Arts Center and was on scholarship at Millennium Dance Complex. While in LA, she trained with leaders in the commercial dance world such as Kevin Maher, Leslie Scott, Miguel Zarate, and more. She has danced at the LA Music awards, and has had the honor of performing in venues such as the Whiskey A Go-Go, Double Door, and the House of Blues. She is Dance Masters certified and has received certification by the National Exercise Training Association (NETA) through her Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training at Core Power Yoga.  Upon moving to Chicago, Erica spent two years employed by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago where she, among other responsibilities, assisted in teaching youth camps, and served as the overseer for 75 minors at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Junior Summer Intensive. Currently Erica is a BISI staff member teaching both dance and yoga. She also dances professionally with the b.i.s.i. Chicago Dance Company.  

 
           
    Julie Haller
Dance Instructor

Julie graduated from Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance Performance; double-concentration in Ballet and Jazz. She is currently the Artistic Director at Pure Vibe Dance Center in Westmont, IL and also dances professionally with the b.i.s.i. Chicago Dance Company. Julie has an extensive dance background in a variety of dance forms and has worked in a wide variety of dance education centers including Harper College, Robert Morris University, Northern Illinois University and in the Chicago Public School system as a Ballroom Dance Instructor through the “Having A Ball” program. Her choreography has been seen in the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago, IL, at various halftime shows for the WNBA ChicagoSky, in Dance Chicago at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago, IL, in various musicals and has placed at both regional and national competitions for various dance companies and studios. Julies performance experience includes recently opening for Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks with the b.i.s.i. Chicago Dance Company, also performing at the Super Bowl opening (Pre-Show Party) for Katy Perry, as well as with various professional dance teams, contemporary dance companies, musical theatre companies, and commercial/corporate events in Chicago, IL including McDonalds, Party City, Swedish Covenant Hospital, Pivot Point and KMS California.
 
           
   

Kentu Sa-Vage'
Dance Instructor

Kentu began his dance career in his young teen years. He originally immersed himself into music but as he discovered dance it immediately became his passion. He then studied hip-hop along with modern & contemporary dance. Kentu has been instructing and choreographing throughout the community for many HS School dance programs and theatrical productions. His athletiicism and creativitive dance style has brought a whole new exciting genre to his performances and to the students of the b.i.s.i. Chicago Dance Company.

Performing with BISI, Kentu has been dancing alongside various Chicago based artists; which recently lead him to open for bigger productions, including the legends Stevie Nicks & Fleetwood Mac.

Kentu believes; ‘’The feeling of dancing for a crowd may be one of the most liberating experiences a soul can bare.’’

 
           
    Andrea Deline
Dance Instructor & Massage Therapist

Andrea is originally from Midland, MI, and received her BFA in dance performance with honors from Butler University.  After graduating, Andrea moved to Denver where she performed and taught with a variety of professional companies including Kim Robards Dance, Boulder Ballet, and Frequent Fliers Aerial Dance Theatre. While in Denver, she joined the Ballet Faculty for Ballet Nouveau Colorado (now the Colorado Conservatory of Dance) and became the outreach manager for their professional company.  Since moving to Chicago in 2008, Andrea has performed with b.i.s.i. Chicago Dance Company, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Chicago Repertory Ballet, Winifred Haun and Dancers, Inaside Chicago Dance, and as a guest artist in Thodos Dance Chicago's New Dances, and in The Nutcracker with both Ballet Legere and the Schaumburg Dance Ensemble.  She has been teaching dance for 11 years now, and enjoys sharing her passion for dance with students of all ages across the greater Chicago area.  In addition to her dance training, Andrea is also a licensed massage therapist, and uses her knowledge of the body to help enrich her teaching. Andrea is a great asset to our students and the BISI JR Dance Company with a strong emphasis on ballet, pointe and contemporary dance. We are really happy to have her be a part of our team.

 
           
    Tayne Murphy
Dance Instructor

Tayne has been dancing and teaching actively for over 10 years. She attended the University of Wisconsin where she earned her degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a certificate in Dance/Movement Therapy. In addition to studying dance at UW and in the Chicagoland area, she was a member of the UW Varsity Dance Team for three years. Tayne now resides in Chicago, where she teaches in the suburbs and trains at Visceral Dance Chicago, Lou Conte, Gus Giordano Dance School and with Inaside Dance Chicago. Tayne is currently obtaining her Master's degree at Columbia College Chicago in Dance/Movement Therapy. In addition to becoming an emerging dance/movement therapist, teaching dance, and dancing to make her soul happy, she loves teaching fitness classes, taking Birkam yoga, and bedazzling! She is very excited to be a part of our artistic staff as well as dancing professionally with the b.i.s.i. Chicago Dance Company!
 
           
 
 

Mitchell Haley
Dance & Yoga Instructor

Mitchell is a Kentucky native and started dancing at the age of 19. He received his B.A. in Dance from Western Kentucky University. After graduating in 2013 Mitchell moved to Chicago and is currently performing with the b.i.s.i. Chicago Dance Company. Mitchell is also a second year member and choreographer with Inaside Dance Company. He teaches throughout the midwest and judges for many dance competitions. Mitchell has also had the pleasure of  training with Lexington ballet, Carlos Dos Santos (Ailey), MamLuft & Co, Arcos, Inaside Chicago Dance, and Visceral Dance Center. One of his favorite performances was opening for Fleetwood Mac & Stevie Nicks with the b.i.s.i Chicago Dance Company. Mitchell is also a certified yoga instructor and received his training with Forever Present Yoga and Yoga Alliance.

 
           
        Jamie Lynn James
Acting & Vocal Instructor

Jamie Lynn James is a Conservatory trained Performer. She studied Music and Theater at Webster University and Columbia College along with Nine years of private voice training. Jamie has studied with german opera singer Gisella Goettling and Harry Campagna. She has performed in Leading roles in more than 50 productions over the last 30 years and sang with a thirteen piece big band in the interim. Jamie wrote and performed for the Station Break Comedy Show  on Channel 19 in the late 80’s and has won many awards for her performances.  A mother of twin teenage daughters, Ms. James has discovered her passion for children and a strong desire to mentor others with her knowledge and experience. We are proud to have Jamie as one of our BISI artistic staff members and thrilled to see our young talent be influenced by her theatrical style.