Having enviable credits in dance, Dorothy has entertained audiences with some of the finest names of stage, television and film and has appeared with many celebrities. Her professional travels have taken her throughout the United States, to Canada and Europe. Her dedication, teamed with the excellent teaching staff, has helped fulfill her goals of giving each student the personal and individual attention needed to achieve their full potential. Dorothy is retired from the studio, but returns for our recital each year.
Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz
Amanda began dancing ballet at Dorothy's Dancing Unlimited in 1994 and soon expanded into jazz, tap, and modern. She later studied at Salt Creek Ballet, Lou Conte Dance Studio, and completed a summer intensive program at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. She danced with her high school dance team, orchesis, and in several roles in the Schaumburg Nutcracker. As an adult, Amanda joined Midwest Dance Collective and had an opportunity to collaborate with exceptional, and diverse, choreographers. She's experienced in working with adult learners and has also spent more than eight years volunteering with at-risk youth.
Jazz, Tap, Creative
Donna Johnson has been teaching dance for the thirty years. She is the Artistic Director of "Stepping Out" Dance company. Her dancers are regional and national dance champions. In 2015 her dance team won the Association of Dance Competitions and Conventions studio Excellence Award. She has trained in all areas of dance but her expertise and passion is in tap.
Her routines are always showstoppers and we love having Donna on our staff.
Pam grew up studying ballet, jazz, tap, pointe and tumbling and was a competitive tumbler. She was a high school Varsity gymnast and a sectional qualifier on the floor exercise. She choreographed many dance routines for her high school Orchesis club and choreographed and produced the America’s Junior Miss Program for Illinois. She was the Director of Recreational Gymnastics at a gymnastic club in the NW suburbs and coached girls high school gymnastics. Pam is a Certified Athletic Trainer. She has been teaching Acrobatics at our studio for 10 years and creates unique and exciting routines each year that showcase her students' strengths and abilities.
Lyrical, Creative, Tap
Heather began dancing at DOROTHY'S DANCING UNLIMITED when she was only three years old. She trained in ballet, jazz, pointe, tap, modern, lyrical, and ballroom. While attending Schaumburg High School, she successfully directed three years of the Orchesis program and helped expand the program to include all forms of dance. Heather went on to become a dance major at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1997. After college she took a short break to focus on a career in commercial real estate. In 2010 she rejoined the Dorothy's family and is incredibly excited to be a part of the faculty here. Heather has a renewed passion for dance and cannot wait to share this with all of her students.
Karyn Fowler is the owner and director of Dorothy's Dancing Unlimited. She began her dance career at age seven and has traveled extensively studying with top instructors in the country, including Hank Crabtree. If you have any questions, Karyn is the person to contact.
Creative, Hip Hop, Intro to Dance, Jazz
T’Lyn has been dancing since the age of two and has been a part of the Dorothy's Dancing Unlimited family since she was three years old. She started as a student before becoming a student demonstrator and then becoming a teacher. Throughout her years at Dorothy’s, she has studied tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, freeform and acrobatics. She enjoys dancing and performing and continues to take classes from her colleagues. In high school, T’Lyn was a member of the Lake Park Lancettes for all four years. She went on to assist in the choreography of an undefeated contemporary routine that took first place and won the overall title in state competition. T’Lyn continued to dance throughout her attendance at Dominican University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and Business Administration. After graduation, T’Lyn went on to coach the dance team at a high school in St. Charles for a year; the team’s two routines qualified and placed at state competition. T’Lyn is excited to continue to share her passion for dance!
Creative, Hip Hop, Intro To Dance, Lyrical, Jazz, Musical Theatre
Ashley Lanham-Watson has grown up dancing, student demonstrating, and teaching at Dorothy’s Dancing Unlimited. Ashley started dancing at 2 ½ years old and has studied ballet, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, and tap with numerous instructors nationwide. When she was younger, Ashley actively participated in the local dance community with Schaumburg High School Orchesis, Schaumburg on Stage, HOTT Productions, and most recently the Dansations. While completing her Bachelor of the Arts degree at Illinois State, Ashley continued her dance training and also diversified her experience by joining the hip hop group Black Diamonds Dance Troupe.
Ashley’s vibrant energy and creative ideas make every class fun. She truly has a passion for dance and loves sharing that passion with her students of all ages! This will be Ashley’s 12th year teaching and she is ecstatic to start another year as a part of the Dorothy’s family.
Hip Hop, Line Dancing, Tap
Jamie grew up dancing at Dorothy's Dancing Unlimited. She studied all forms of dance but she likes tap the best! Throughout her teens, Jamie studied with some of the top dance instructors in the Chicago area. We are happy to have Jamie back at the studio as a teacher, sharing her love and enthusiasm for dance with a new generation of students!
Ballet, Intro To Dance, Pre Pointe, Jazz
Discovering her passion at a young age, Aimee began her dancing in Cary, IL at the Dance Academy of Cary then Cary-Grove Performing Arts Center. Aimee has recently graduated from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance. Her performance experience also includes the Xtreme Dance Force Jazz Division of Naperville, IL and the Schaumburg Dance Ensemble in Schaumburg, IL. Believing in the spirit of strengthening the next generation of dancers, Aimee teaches students of all ages and is excited to see what the future holds.