As a Core Dynamics and Pilates Method Alliance certified instructor since 2006, Ani strives for each of her clients to discover their full potential through the Pilates method. As a commitment to her clients to always provide the Pilates at Nolte community with the best and most innovative techniques, she recently obtained her Aerialates certification. Originally from Puerto Rico, Ani came to the states were she obtained her BFA in dance from New World School of the Arts and later her MFA in choreography and dance from the University of Iowa. She is proud to be a part of Pilates at Nolte family since their opening in 2009. An inspiring instructor, Ani makes every class count. Her clients continue to come to Pilates at Nolte because they now live pain free, feel stronger, more relaxed, leaner and even fit back into their wedding dresses for their 30th wedding anniversary. She teaches numerous classes from Reformer, Barre, Cirq-it and soon Aerialates and makes every class fun and effective without fail. Outside of Pilates at Nolte, Ani teaches dance at Nolte Academy and is the Artistic Director of New Territory Dance Company. She has performed nationally and internationally and her choreographic work has been presented across the United States, Mexico, Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. Her commitment to bring movement to the Iowa community is possible because of Pilates at Nolte family and shared mission.
Emily has danced in the Iowa City area all of her life. Classically trained in ballet, tap and jazz, she's also well versed in Modern, Hip Hop, Lyrical and Irish Step dancing. Through auditions, Emily earned scholarships to New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. At age 19, she began choreographing for the nationally acclaimed Releve Youth Performing Company. Her 2005 Lyrical Piece, Silence won 1st Place at every competition it entered, as well as "Best Choreography" at national competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In 2007, Emily was a finalist in the Choreographer of the Year Award for "Useless, but Hopeful." At a very young age, Emily knew she wanted to bring her love of dance to people of all ages, so she dedicated herself to making that dream come true. Emily is in her ninth year teaching with the Nolte Academy of Dance, and is the Co-Director of the June annual concerts.
Christy Scimeca hails from the Chicago area, where she danced and trained with On Excel Dance Productions under the direction Rachelle Oshner, Moves Dance Studio, and Encore Dance Productions. She was a member of the Batavia Varsity Dance Team for three years, and was Captain her senior year.
Christy is versed in many styles, but her passion is for Lyrical and Contemporary. She enjoys helping young dancers refine their technique and watching them grow in confidence and skill.
Highlights of Christy's dance resume include selection as a promotional dancer for the Chicago opening of So You Think You Can Dance, season 7. She was named 9th Overall for Miss Adrenaline 2009, and has been awarded multiple dance scholarships, including Adrenaline Dance Convention in 2009. She is a sought after professional talent, with representation by Thomas Scott, at DDO Agency in New York. This is Christy's second year with the Nolte Academy of Dance.
Tad Snider began his ballet training with Susan Snider at age 17 in Davenport, Iowa. He was accepted into Houston Ballet Academy on full scholarship at 18 and invited to join Houston Ballet as a corps de ballet member at 20. During his seasons with Houston Ballet, he performed a broad classical repertory including favorite roles in Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet and The Nutcracker. Tad also spent three seasons with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dancing many of the Balanchine classics including Jewels, Theme and Variations, Who Cares? and Ballet Imperial. Tad retired from performing in 2001. Tad focuses on the often mysterious nature of classical ballet technique and attempts to break it into small, logical pieces that students can use to unlock these mysteries for themselves. Having trained almost exclusively at Houston Ballet Academy during the Ben Stevenson era, the stylistic basis for Tad's technique is the Royal Academy of Dance style. However, Tad's common sense approach to ballet encourages students to find details from all different styles and create a technique that is based in strong classical fundamentals, but allows the style to conform to the dancer rather than forcing the dancer to conform to the style. Tad brings his expertise to the Ballet at Nolte program, teaching intermediate through advanced Ballet and Pointe, and co-directing and choreographing Nolte's full length annual Nutcracker with Ballet Director, Grace Snider.
Natalie began dancing at age three in Union City, Indiana. After studying ballet, tap, and jazz for 16 years, she attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where she majored in Dance Performance. While pursuing her studies, Natalie choreographed competition pieces for her home studio and area schools. She returned to Union City after graduation and began working closely with her former high school dance team. In 2011, her piece was selected for "Best Pom Visuals" at the EDA Nationals in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Natalie joined the Nolte staff in the summer of 2011, following a relocation to Iowa with her husband. Natalie is a high-energy teacher who likes to see a strong effort put forth by her students. She enjoys watching students grow in ability and confidence.
Our newest instructor is generating excitement in Nolte tap classes with his engaging teaching style and phenomenal skills. Sean Kaminski is working on his business degree at the University of Iowa, and recently transferred to our area from Lombard, Illinois. He began competitive tap dancing at age nine, and most recently taught tap and choreographed competition pieces for the Chicago area's Steppin' Out Dance Company.
Sean brings his competitive experience and enthusiasm to every class, and challenges young tap dancers with the latest steps and coolest rhythms. Click here to see Sean in competition with his sister Shannon (featuring Sean's choreography), or take a moment to observe one of his classes (and all of his smiling students) in our studio. This is Sean's second year with the Nolte Academy of Dance.
Erin Taylor is originally from Knoxville, Iowa, where she grew up studying tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet and pointe. She then attended the University of Iowa and earned degrees in dance, vocal performance, and a certificate of business. While in college, she trained in ballet, modern, and jazz dance styles and was also classically trained in voice. She danced and performed in numerous productions including La Boheme and Trial by Jury.
Since graduating in 2009, Erin has choreographed and worked with various high school and college groups, including Celebration Iowa (which featured her original choreography and where she was also dance rehearsal director). She danced with Poetic Rebound Performance Company for two seasons and now performs regularly as a singer/dancer with Steinway Artist Jim McDonough’s Holiday Grande Tour. She is often asked to share her vocal talents in various venues in Iowa City.
Erin particularly excels at swing dancing. Her dancing and choreography has earned recognition at national events. She has worked extensively with the UI Swing Dance Club and Step Into Swing and choreographed for the these groups’ award winning swing dance teams. She helped establish two national swing events: the Hawkeye Swing Festival (Iowa City) and Heartland Swing Festival (Des Moines).
Erin enjoys sharing her love of dance and voice with others whether in the classroom or on the stage and enjoys creating exciting opportunities for students.
The dramatic Alaynna Lycke has been acting since the day she was born, but shortly after her father introduced her to the family video cam is when she really came to light. The stage and its glitz of lights began her soul pursuit in high school after she was selected to perform for the IHSSA All-State Performance her Junior year. Completing cigh school she graduated with a record of leading All-State medals in Improv, Mime, and Acting her senior year. She was accepted into the University of Iowa Theater program in 2007 and since has been involved with No Shame Theater, Improv, Mime, Sketch Comedy, Stand up Comedy and Stage Acting. Her emphasis during college was Physical Theater where she began mastering techniques like Grotowski, Laban, Lacoq and Dell Arte. Upon her attendance at The University of Iowa she has become the Theater Instructor at Nolte Academy. This is her first year of teaching with the studio.
Diviin hails from Detroit, MI (the actual city) and brings professional acting experience and expertise in developing young talent to Nolte Academy. Diviin earned her B.A. at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, majoring in Psychology and Afro-American and African Studies. She completed graduate coursework at Eastern Michigan University in Applied Drama and Theatre for the Young.
During her undergraduate studies, Diviin was a performing member and Assistant Director of RES REP comedy troupe. She also enjoyed playing roles in a variety of productions at U of M, including Dreamgirls. She was a proud member of Michigan's Educational Theatre Company, UMETC, for five years under the tutelage of both Britta Berlongieri and Callie McKee, dirs. She also wore the Producer hat for a show famous for telling "true stories" about women by playwright, Eve Ensler, the year after she starred in a "Colorful Production" of the show.
Diviin's favorite professional roles include Della in The Royal Family, Beatrice in Much Ado about Nothing, Wilder in My Five Husbands, Grace in The Piano Lesson, Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors, Alice in Big River, Viola in Twelfth Night and Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Diviin is also a storyteller and teaches poetry and prose as well.
Diviin believes that learning theatre is learning life skills. Drama study teaches awareness of self and those around you. It also teaches children that their creative side is valuable no matter what level they are. The children's input is always welcome in her classroom, as this is a team effort. As Diviin tells her students, "every kid is a cool kid. " We are excited to have Diviin join the Nolte Academy team and look forward to watching her shape our students' dramatic talents into tools they can carry for the rest of their lives.