Director of Studio Development and Family Experience
Heather began dancing at the age of two and realized at a young age she wanted to be a part of dance for the rest of her life. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, and pointe with a focus on ballet. She studied dance at Ellis DuBouley School of Ballet in Chicago while in high school. After taking some time off from dance she began taking classes again, and started teaching preschool dance classes.
Heather has a husband Mark and three sons Connor, Jackson, and Griffen. She has lived in Plainfield since 1989.
Andrea has over 25 years of dance training and has taught dance classes since 2009. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance, from Stephens College. While attending Stephens she performed with Dimensions Dance Company for 3 years, and had the opportunity to study under and perform pieces by Deborah Carr, Jan Miller, Mary Rotella, Jim May, Gail Benedict, and Christopher Morgan, to name a few.
She has trained in multiple forms of dance including: Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Theatre Dance, Tap, Tumbling, West African, Irish Step, and Russian Character.
Andrea's main passion is dance education. She loves being in the classroom and teaching dance to children and teenagers. Andrea has taught various styles of dance and tumbling at multiple dance studios in the Chicagoland area and has directed two performance and competition teams. Andrea is also the Shining Lights Team Director at Leap of Faith.
Emily started dancing when she was 3 years old at La Dance Academy in Romeoville, IL. When she was 7, she joined the Shining Lights Dance Team. Emily has trained in multiple styles of dance including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Pointe and Hip Hop. Emily says that dance has helped her become a more confident individual. She’s learned how to show her love for Christ through movement and how to praise Him while she’s dancing. During the 2014-2015 dance season, Emily had the opportunity to assist Alicia Carson. Helping Miss Alicia made Emily realize that she wanted to pursue teaching for herself.
Miss Emily says “I’ve always had a passion for dance and a love for Jesus, and I am so grateful that I get to share these two things with the students at LOF. I believe that this ministry is an amazing gateway to lead others to Christ through dance!”