Our Instructors

School of Dance

Wendy Britt

Gwendolyn Britt
Teaches: Ballet and Fantasy Dance

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 the 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.

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.

Kateryna Suvorova
Teaches:  Hip Hop

Kateryna has been teaching Hip Hop since 2019 and has worked with all ages and levels! She loves helping her students to build confidence and enjoy the process of trying and learning new things. 

Aaron Umsted
Teaches: Jazz, Tap, and Musical Theatre Dance

Aaron is currently the Artistic Director of Children’s Theatre of Winnetka. His Chicago area theatre credits include productions with the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Northwestern University, Paramount Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, and Marriott Theatre. He has also toured North America in the Broadway companies of A Chorus Line, Disney’s Mary Poppins, and Anything Goes. Aaron holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Oklahoma, and a M.Ed. in Theatre Pedagogy from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. 

Mallory Mulligan Wendt
Teaches:  Irish Dance

Mallory has had an active dance career while winning international dance competitions. She has a passion for teaching dance to children and is a registered TCRG. through An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha.

Mark Nevins

E. Marc Nevins
Teaches: Adult Ballet

Marc is a dancer with over 20 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, Interlochen 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.