Melissa Hayden (owner/artistic director) began dancing At the age
of three with The Boston School of Ballet (the official School of the Boston Ballet
Company). She went on to attend Walnut Hill School for Performing Arts. Melissa
earned her Dance Performance With a Teaching Emphasis degree from the University
of Utah Fine Arts Department. While living in Utah, Melissa taught at the Ballet
West Conservatory (the official school of Ballet West). Since moving to the Chicago
area 13 years ago, she has continued to share her love of the performing arts through
teaching and opening The Academy of Ballet Wauconda...
Our professional instructors have over 30 years of teaching experience. Their extensive
training and true love for the arts is displayed through their compassion for every
Kelly Kledzik has been on the staff at the Academy of ballet Wauconda
for five years. She has studied under numerous respected dancers and choreographers.
She has over 20 years of experience instructing Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Ballet and Pom.
Her innovative choreography has been recognized at both state and national levels.
Kelly was also a Luvabull Dancer for the Chicago Bulls during their 2nd Championship
Lana Galina is in her third year teaching at the Academy of Ballet
Wauconda. Her dance career has spanned the globe for more than 30 years. Before
Ms. Lana began teaching in Northern Illinois, she owned The Latvian Independent
Ballet located in Riga, Latvia. She has performed in numerous ballets as a Prima
Ballerina with the Latvian National Opera. Ms. Lana has had the honor of working
with choreographers like Vladimir Vasiliev (Bolshoi Theatre), Oleg Vinogradov (Kirov
Ballet) and Natalia Kasatkina (Moscow Classical Ballet). She has been a wonderful
addition to our studio working with our dancers on Pointe.
Cindee Winshutonis is a member of CNADM (Chicago National Association
of Dance Masters) and is an accepted member of the Cecchetti Method of Ballet. Ms.
Cindee has over 25 years of teaching experience. She has also danced as a regular
on the Art Robert’s Television Show, choreographed for the Bob McGrath Sesame Street
Show and the Harper College Modern Dance Group.
Lauren Mackey was a member of the Lake Zurich High School Orchesis
Group. Ms. Lauren went on to earn a Physical Education with a minor in Dance and
Theatre from Luther College. She was a member of the Luther College Dance Team as
well as the Eklipse Hip Hop Group. Lauren has also had the opportunity to study
under Joel Hall.
Alexander Kopchinsky (guest teacher/artist) has worked with famous
ballet masters like S.N. Golovkina, V Vasiliev, Lavrovsky and D. Briantsev. Alexander
has toured with the Straislavsky Ballet throughout the Us, England and Japan.