Our Instructional Staff


 

Mollee Johnson - Dance Coordinator



 “Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion”. Mollee Johnson brings her passion for dance as well as over 30 years of experience to her teaching. Mollee has been a dance instructor and Dance company director for over 15 years. She has a multitude of performance and chorography experience in her portfolio, including performances at Cedar Point Amusement Park, The College Football Hall of Fame, The Orange Bowl Stadium and Walt Disney World. Mollee has taught both Jazz and Pom Pon clinics as well as having judged numerous high school dance auditions. Mollee was a member of her High School Orchesis and the NIU dance line the Silverette’s where she was an undergraduate leader.
This is Mollee’s fifth year as Dance coordinator for APA. She is passionate about delivering a quality, technique based program. In addition to being Dance Coordinator, Mollee also runs a successful Interior Design company, Style 1519. She lives in Lake Zurich with her husband and two children.

Mollee Johnson

Jen Rowley - Instructor



Jennifer began dancing as a young child and has studied ballet, tap, jazz, African and modern dance styles. She has been teaching dance for over fifteen years. Jennifer has a degree in Dance and Psychology from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. She has also participated in the New York University Summer Dance program in New York City and studied abroad at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London, England. She has danced professionally and has presented her modern choreography in Washington D.C., New York, and Chicago. In addition to dance, she is also a yoga instructor. Jennifer is thrilled to be able to share her love of dance with her students.
Jen Rowley

Kristine Boyce - Instructor, LBP



Kristine Boyce began her ballet training at the age of three. At the age of eight she started training at The Performing Arts of Spring Grove and performed with the Illinois Youth Dance Theater. During High school Miss Boyce joined the Judith Svalanders School of Ballet where she began as a trainee and worked her way up to the Judith Svalanders Company. There, Miss Boyce, participated in multiple productions of Sleeping Beauty, Copellia, and twenty plus productions of The Nutcracker. Kristine Boyce began performing with the College of Lake County in 2010, where she was accepted into to the Prairie Spirit Dance Troop. This also led her to multiple opportunities to practice her choreography skills through the College production of Fear No Art and as a performer at the American College Dance Association. She continued performing through the college as she received her AA degree with a focus in dance.

In 2013 Kristine became a member of L-Theory Collective, a collective of north-suburban dancers dedicated to revitalizing modern dance through a unique blend of dynamic athleticism and emotive artistic integrity. L-Theory has given Ms. Boyce a wide variety of professional performance experience throughout the country. Kristine has participated in numerous local outreach programs, multiple years of Dance Chicago, The Regional Alternative Dance Festival Kalamazoo, and the World Dance Alliance hosted in Honolulu Hawaii, to list a few. Kristine is still an active member with L-Theory Collective remaining current in performance and dance technique. Through teaching Kristine finds great reward in passing on the passion of dance to her students.

Kristine Boyce

Samantha Lesher- Instructor



We are thrilled to have Samantha Lesher join us this year. Samantha received a Bachelor’s of Science, Cum Laude in Dance Pedagogy from Oklahoma City University. While attending college she worked with the American Spirit Dance Company as both a company member and wardrobe crew. Performing in their annual Home of the Holidays performance for multiple seasons. She has also performed as a lead dancer in shows such as Hit the Lights, Applause, and One Night Only. Over the course of her time in school she taught with such groups as Dance Masters of America, American Dance Training Camps, and the Academy of Ballet Wauconda. She develops classes that challenge her student’s technique and classroom etiquette in a fun and creative environment. Her goal is to impart her knowledge and passion for dance to her students.

Samantha Lesher

Jenna Simpson - Dance Assistant



Jenna has always had a passion for dance. Pair that with her love of working with children and Jenna is at home when she is assisting in classes.
Jenna is entering her fourth year with Hersey High school’s Orchesis team. During her time there she has had the privilege of working with choreographers Rachel Berube and Zachary Heller of Gus Giordano, Robert Mckee of Inaside and Chris Xayarath of Visceral.
Jenna has a well-rounded background in dance styles such as jazz, hip-hop, ballet, pointe, contemporary/lyrical and tap. Jenna enjoys choreographing and does so often. Jenna’s kind nature and natural leadership was recognized by her own instructors early on and because of that, she has been a dance assistant for 3 years. She is entering her second year as an assistant with APA classes. Jenna is also a member of Impulse Dance Senior Company. She loves sharing her love of dance with her students and peers and thrives on being able to see them grown in their own ability, knowledge and confidence. In addition to her studies and Orchesis, she takes dance classes everyday and assists in classes on Saturdays.


Jenna Simpson