ORIGINS DANCE ACADEMY FACULTY
Jennifer Sullivan, Owner and Director
Jennifer Sullivan is originally from Northwest Indiana, which gave her the opportunity to train in Chicago at Hubbard Street and Giordano’s. She then moved to Los Angeles, California after graduating high school, where she successfully worked as a dancer and choreographer for 14 years.
Her diversity in the art has led her to many avenues of the industry, including industrials for Jafra, AAA, Tarbell Realtors, IAM.COM and Disney. She can be seen in feature films, such as Beautiful Directed by Sally Fields and Rock Star, with Jennifer Aniston and Mark Wahlberg. Her television credits include It’s All Relative, The Practice, MTV’s The Andy Dick Show, and Nikki on the WB. Jennifer was part of the creative team for the Grand Opening Ceremonies of Disney’s California Adventure and choreographed Disney’s Fantasy Christmas in Puerto Rico and Costa Rica. She has had the privilege to work with celebrities such as, Christina Aguilera, Nicholas Cage, Minnie Driver, Andy Dick, and Bjork.
Her regional theater credits include the role of Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street and Will Rogers Follies. She also performed for the world renowned Michael Curry Design at the Los Angeles Opera in “Bluebeard’s Castle” and “Ariadne auf Naxos”. Jennifer choreographed the Celebration of Sovereignty for Morongo, Casino, Resort, and Spa in Palm Springs and a “Sports Pack” commercial for DirecTV.
Jennifer is the Director and Owner of Origins Dance Academy, which is an award winning nationally acclaimed studio. Her excitement for sharing her knowledge and experience of “the art of dance” to dancers of all ages and background is evident in her teaching.
Rochelle Avery, originally from Chicago, Illinois started her training at a neighborhood studio. Her education then continued at DanceSpace, formerly the home for Chicago Dance Medium and Lou Conte, home of the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. To continually further her education she has attended numerous dance conventions and seminars. She has performed at numerous Chicago land functions, such as, Taste of Chicago, Ditka's Restaurant Club and UIC Pavilion, just to name a few. She appeared in the motion picture "Red Heat" with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Belushi and was a dancer at the Sabre Room in Hickory Hills, Illinois, where she performed Las Vegas Revue Shows. She has taught Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Modern and Lyrical to children throughout the Chicago land and NWI area. Rochelle LOVES teaching and watching her students grow as dancers and individuals and is ecstatic to be part of the Origins family and to bring her educational talent to our dancers.
Brooke Batinic grew up dancing and competing in Northwest Indiana, winning many national awards. During high school, she attended the Chicago Academy for the Arts, where she studied under Joffrey’s Ballet Masters and Hubbard Street Jazz and Modern instructors. At the age of 18, Brooke moved to New York City on scholarships to Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center. She spent three years in the city, performing industrials and studying under Mia Michaels, Ray Leeper, Suzy Taylor, and many other industry greats. In 2001, Brooke moved to Orlando to work at Disney and also began her teaching career. During her years in Orlando, she taught full time with Raskin Dance Studio and Deltona Dance Academy, choreographing many nationally award winning pieces. Since moving back to Indiana in 2008, Brooke has gotten married and is thrilled to have taught at a few studios in the area. Origins is a special place for her, since Jennifer Sullivan is her childhood best friend.
Vicki MacCartney began dancing at the tender age of 2 and has had the pleasure of working with artists such as Rick Allen, Gus Giordano, Marcus Alford, Pattie Obey, Susan Quinn Williams and numerous others in the dance industry. Her amazing journey as a professional dancer, choreographer, coach, business owner and instructor began at the age of 16. Teaching young people dance has always held a place in her heart. As a studio owner, she had the pleasure of producing many shows, choreographing on Broadway in New York City and choreographing for the hit television show, "Star Search". Upon closing her dance studio, Vicki began working for the School City of Hammond, as an aide to children with disabilities and the dance team coach and choreographer for Morton High School and Scott Middle School Cheer and Pom. She also choreographs for Highland Summer Theater Company with credits such as, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "Footloose". Vicki continues her studies in dance because she feels there are always new things to learn in the evolving art of dance. Working as a choreographer, coach and instructor in all capacities, has always been her passion.
Caitlyn Maddack has been passionate for the art of dance since the age of 3 and began her training with Jan Plesniak and Katrina Rusin of the Lakeshore Dance Centre in Northwest Indiana. She has performed in several ballet productions at the Star Plaza Theatre including Cinderella, Firebird, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, and The Nutcracker with the Indiana Ballet Theatre. She also performed in The Nutcracker with the Empire State Ballet Company of New York. Caitlyn studies jazz, lyrical and tap and continues her training with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Lou Conte Dance studios of Chicago. In 2002, she began teaching dance classes with the Lakeshore Dance Centre and now choreographs for competitive dance companies throughout Northwest Indiana. She has also coached and competed in gymnastics and was a member of the Chesterton High School state championship dance team. Caitlyn is a graduate of Purdue University North Central with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood addition. During her student teaching, Caitlyn was nominated for “Outstanding Future Educator of the Year” while teaching Kindergarten at Indian Trail Elementary School. Currently, she is the director of a Preschool program in Northwest Indiana and continues teaching dance classes of various levels and genres.
Christina Guanzon started her dance career when she was 3 years old studying ballet, tumbling and tap at Patti’s All-American in Dyer, IN. In high school she discovered dance was her passion. As a Munster High School dance team member, she received Junior Solo State Champion, National Champion in the Pom Division and Large Ensemble State Champion.
In addition to dance team, Christina furthered her training at M2 Dance Center in St. John, IN training in jazz and turns and leaps and performed with the award winning Indiana Danzforce team at the NDA National Championship. After graduating high school, Christina moved to Indianapolis to study Psychology at the University of Indianapolis and was a member of the UIndy Dance Team during her freshman year. Christina graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2008 with a concentration in Occupational Therapy; minor focus in American Sign Language. She received her Master’s Degree in December of 2009 in Occupational Therapy. After graduation, Christina moved back to Schererville, IN to begin her career as an occupational therapist. Christina started her work experience working with pediatrics at a outpatient clinic. She is currently working at a IL hospital in the NICU and at St. Catherine’s on the Rehab floor with adults. Outside of work and teaching dance, Christina enjoys working out at Crossfit and doing yoga. She also loves spending time
with her family and friends. Favorite dance move: Calypso.
Trisha Madura began her dance career at the age of 3 and has a background in jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop and pom. She grew up taking classes from and competing with studios in Northwest Indiana, including Origins! Trisha continued her passion for dance in college as a Captain of the Davenport University dance team, who took home 2-National Titles at NDA Collegiate Nationals in 2017. Within her 4 years, she was awarded as a 2-year All-American, as well as "Most Spirited Dancer," "Most Improved Dancer" and "Veteran of the Year." Trisha has been a dance instructor for the past 4 years, including as an instructor for the National Dance Alliance (NDA). She is currently working full-time in marketing and also works game days for the Chicago White Sox! Trisha is so excited she gets to continue her passion as a member of the Origins family again.
Madelyn Burke has 15 years of dance experience and has been the member of Origins Dance Troupe and the pre-professional dance company B-Discovered. Madelyn attended the Ruth Page Center for the Arts and has been a scholarship finalist and winner at several dance conventions in the Chicago land area. She has served as Choreographer to the Theater at the Center's, Education through Theaters' production of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (or What you Will). Madelyn is attending Indiana University to pursue a career in Sports Medicine in hopes she can help her fellow dancers with their health.