Owner and director of dance in the Light. Home schooling their 6 children, Jack and Ruth Henning decided to use dance as their children’s primary source of physical education. After six years of dance lessons, Ruth began taking the children out to local nursing homes to spread the word of Jesus to the residents through song and dance. As they continued sharing their talents in the community they became know as ‘The Henning family’ performing hundreds of shows throughout the community at nursing homes, schools, churches, festivals, parades, teas, parties etc. Seeing the need for this on a much larger scale, the Dance in the Light studio was born. Ruth continues to direct, teach and organize the dance studio and operate the apparel store.
Miss Leah Has been bringing her love of dance to youth and adults for twenty years! Her impeccable instructional technique continues to take students to their next level; stretching their capabilities to retain knowledge, and apply it to their bodies. Miss Leah enjoys enriching lives as success in movement is achieved.
The Lords love reaches through her, to others, as she encourages and hones in students the art of dance. Skilled in teaching multiple ages, styles and levels she has taught at various studios across Illinois and Indiana. Staying current in teaching trends and techniques in the dance world through continuing education is important to Miss Leah as she strives to bring the best to students.
Miss Leah developed the curriculum our studio uses for our 3 to 6-year-old students. Her fundamental building blocks for the young dancers education have proved successful through countless students who have been raised up through the program.
Miss Sami is a 20 year old professional hip-hop dancer, dancing with Hip-Hop Connixion-Chicago since 2010. Ms. Fox has been a part of a ‘Step up 4’ promo and many ‘Flash Mobs’. Having been trained in ballet, hip-hop, jazz and tap. Ms. Fox has done choreography for high school show chiors, plays, concerts, cheerleaders and parade dancers. Ms. Fox is excited to be bringing her experience in the dance world to Dance in the Light’s students for her third season.
Miss Casey received her training at Dance in the Light beginning in 1998, studying acrobatics, ballet, baton, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz and tap. Being a member of Dance in the Light’s performance company for many years provided Casey opportunity to perform in hundreds of shows throughout our area. Ms. Koerner has been seen in both Ballet Legere, and the Indiana Youth Ballets production of the "Nutcracker”. While dancing with the Indiana Youth Ballet this past season Ms. Koerner held the title role in the full length ballet "Peter Pan”. Ms Koerner has also been seen in Kankakee Valley Theaters production of "Cats” and "Hairspray”. Ms Koerner is looking forward to joining Dance in the Lights teaching staff this season!
Miss Lauren started her dance training at Dance in the Light in 1998, studying ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatic, hip-hop, pointe, and contemporary styles of dance. As a student, she was a member of the performance company for seven years, regularly performing at annual recitals, nursing homes, parades, variety shows, and local festivals. Miss Lauren performed in the Indiana Youth Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker, participated in Ballet Magnificat’s mini-summer intensive, and choreographed for and performed in Kankakee High School’s annual plays and musicals. Miss Lauren began her teaching career while attending Olivet Nazarene University. At Olivet, she performed during chapel services, choreographed for and performed in the annual Ollies Follies variety shows, choreographed for the university show choir, and performed in the Broadway Review. Following her graduation from Olivet, Miss Lauren moved to France to pursue a master’s degree in sustainable business management at the American University of Paris. Miss Lauren is also a certified yoga teacher, works in the Office of Alumni Relations at Olivet, and is excited to begin her sixth season of instruction at Dance in the Light.
Miss Kelsey , from Manteno, IL, grew up training at local dance studio, Dance in the Light. To supplement her dance education Ms. Reiter attended two different Joffrey summer programs, Joffrey West and Joffrey Ballet School (JBS) Musical Theater. During her time at Joffrey West she worked with well known choreographers, Mia Michaels and Mandy Moore, performing in Mia Michaels piece in the program’s end showcase. While in attendance at JBS Musical Theater, Ms. Reiter worked with current Broadway performers such as: Andrew Drost, Matthew Prescott, Maximilien Baud, and Katelyn Prominski. She has also appeared as a guest artist in Chicago Dance Crash’s production of Tron and has recently been taken on as a company member of Chicago Dance Crash in 2016.
Miss Kelsie began her dance training at the age of three in Fenton, Michigan. When she was nine, she moved to Indiana and trained at The Tap Academy for eight years. She has had training in tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, hip-hop, and musical theatre. When she was thirteen, she began demonstrating for tap, lyrical, ballet, and hip-hop classes at The Tap Academy, and did that for six years. She has choreographed productions for her home town community youth theatre, including "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Little Mermaid Jr.". Now attending Olivet, she has had the opportunity to dance in the Ollie's Follies variety show, the Halloween Candy Costume Fest, and also in the 2016 musical "West Side Story". Miss Kelsie is excited to begin teaching at Dance in the Light this season!
Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan Miss Tosha danced at a local studio, training in tap and jazz. She performed in multiple musicals in high school and at the Kalamazoo Civic Theater. In college she was a member of the dance team at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she performed sidelines and half-time at basketball games, and also competed in Regional and National competitions. Tosha graduated Aquinas College with a degree in Chemistry, and in 2013, made the move to Bourbonnais. She completed 3 seasons with the Kankakee County Lady Soldiers Dance Team and we are pleased to welcome her to the Dance in the Light for the 2016 / 2017 season