Meet Our Wonderful Instructors!
Gwendolyn Britt, Gwendolyn has been teaching ballet and fantasy dance at the Community House for over 20 years, her students learn proper ballet technique in an encouraging atmosphere filled with beautiful music and joy. Gwendolyn graduated from the Indiana University School of Music with a BS in Ballet Education. She is a certified teacher with the Cecchetti Council of America. While living in Boston she was associate director of the Lexington School of Ballet and has enjoyed teaching Ballet in the Chicago area for two decades. Gwendolyn Britt began her professional career dancing in the Ruth Page Nutcracker at McCormick Place. She danced for the Lynda Martha Dance Company of Chicago, affording her the opportunity to perform at Auditorium Theater, Ravinia Festival, Three Rivers Arts Festival and many regional colleges. Gwendolyn also enjoyed performing with Concert Dance Company of Boston, dancing in theaters and schools throughout New England.
Annie Yates, Ms. Annie is trained in classical and contemporary ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, and theatre. She has been dancing since the age of three and has appeared on the Showstopper National Television show with Ben Vereen for an award-winning tap performance choreographed by Barbara Morgan-Eaves at a national competition. Ms. Annie studied freelance in New York and has performed professionally on the east coast. Ms. Annie has taught students of all levels from ages 2.5 to 80 years. She believes children should be supported and nurtured in their love of dance. She stresses proper placement and alignment to prevent injuries, so that dance can be enjoyed throughout the course of her student's lives. Ms. Annie also has a special interest in developing her students' s love for the art of dancing. Ms. Annie has a bachelor's degree from Auburn University and Master's degrees from Southern Methodist University and The George Washington University. Ms. Annie's graduate research included studies on the development of artistry in dancing.
E. Marc Nevins, Marc is a dancer with nearly twenty years of performing experience including appearances with American Ballet Theatre, Joffery Ballet, Ballet West and locally the Evanston Concert Ballet. He studied at the University of Utah, Interlocken Arts Academy, School of American Ballet in New York and with Maria Tallchief in Chicago. He was also the artistic director and founder of Ballet Entre Nous. He has directed over thirty ballets and directs the annual Nutcracker Gems here at the Community House.