our instructors

at the school of dance

Gwendolyn Britt

Teaches: Ballet and Fantasy Dance

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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.

Jenny Oelerich
Teaches: Tiny Tap, Tap 1, Jazz Improv, Hip Hop, Tap Fitness and Musical Theatre Dance

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Endorsed by Toby Nicholson, Jenny Oelerich is an experienced dancer, teacher, and choreographer of all styles.  Originally from Winnetka, she recently earned a BFA from the University of Illinois and has since returned to share her love of dance with children and people of all ages. Since graduating, she has been choreographing and performing back in the Chicagoland area, most recently with Khecari and Alluvion Dance Chicago. While her favorite style of dance is modern, she has a special passion for teaching jazz and cotemporary to her students and has also been known to teach a yoga class or two! Jenny is also an alumnus of Children’s Theatre of Winnetka, Children’s Hour and New Trier dance.  Recently she performed in the Community Houses production of The Christmas Carol and is excited to be returning to her roots in the Community House!  

E. Marc Nevins

Teaches: Adult Ballet 

Mark 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.


Adult Ballet