Our Talented Faculty

Kristine Burdi-Stickney, Co-Owner

Kristine Burdi-Stickney (Co-Owner)  holds a BA in Theatre with a minor in Dance Performance from Northern Illinois University. For the past 10 years, Kristine has worked as an actor, teacher and choreographer throughout Chicago and beyond. She has an incredible love and passion for dance, music and theatre and is so excited to pass that on to her students right here at That's Entertainment!  Kristine has a strong background Musical Theatre, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Acrobatics. She has performed regionally with many Chicago theatres, including Fox Valley Rep, Chicago Shakespeare, Drury Lane Oakbrook and the Metropolis Performing Arts Center.  She has also had the privilege to perform with Six Flags Great America, The Shedd Aquarium, Walt Disney World and Royal Caribbean Cruises. She looks forward seeing you around the studio!  https://kristineburdi.squarespace.com/ 

kristine@thatsentertainmentperformingarts.com

Carrie Vignali Rossi, Co-Owner

Carrie Vignali Rossi (Co-Owner) holds a BA in Musical Theatre from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay.  Since graduation, she has been performing and choreographing for a variety of theatres in the Chicagoland area, including Metropolis Performing Arts Center, Big Noise Theatre, Light Opera Works, Circle Theatre, and Wagon Wheel Theatre.  She also worked in entertainment for many years at both Six Flags Great America and Disney World.  Her background is strong in method acting and musical theatre dance, and she can't wait to see new performers master these skills at That's Entertainment!  Carrie is also a certified NASM personal trainer and certified Barre instructor.  She can't wait to see you at TEPA!

carrie@thatsentertainmentperformingarts.com

Maggie Dominick, Dance Team and Technique Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Samantha Leahy, Ballet, Tap, and Dance Team Instructor

Samantha has been dancing and performing for 15 years. In 2017, she graduated from Conant High School where she was a four year varsity member of Orchesis. Sami is currently attending Harper College to receive her Associates in the Arts. She have been performing since she was five and has been featured in many independent movies including Sonnet 141, The Crossing Guard, The Dreamers, as well as doing a social experiment on the Steve Harvey Show. She has not only performed on tv, but she also works as Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Elsa from Frozen at My Party Princess. Sami continues to work as an actress and model in Chicago. One of her other credits include working at the John G. Shedd Aquarium, The Steve Harvey Show, and just appeared in her first music video for Shytown, called “Make 3”. She also works all through out the Chicagoland area teaching dance and tumbling.

Amy Malouf, Theatre and Voice Instructor

Amy Malouf is beyond thrilled to be a part of the staff here at That’s Entertainment Performing Arts. Amy has been teaching musical theatre and voice for over 10 years. She hold a BA in Musical Theatre from Illinois State University. She has performed professionally for 12+ years in a variety of musicals and cabarets as well as a touring band for 6 years. She is a singer/songwriter who currently performs locally all over the Chicagoland area. Nothing makes Amy happier than teaching her passion to children who are equally passionate about their future.

Mark Stickney, Assistant Instructor/Speech & Acting Coach

Mark has been singing professionally since 16 and doing Musical Theater professionally since he moved to Chicago at 19. Mark has worked with Stage Right Dinner Theater, Metropolis, NightBlue, Theater Nebula, Music On Stage . . . to name a few. He has been teaching acting, creative writing and improv in the local area for a number of years. For the last 5 years he has also been doing fight choreography for many productions. He is always happy to meet new students and watch their craft grow into something wonderful!

Dorene Wackerfuss, Tap & Jazz Instructor

Dorene Wackerfuss is a dance teacher, dancer, and choreographer. Dorene has been teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater Dance, Ballroom, HipHop, and more for over 50 years. Dorene owned Dorene's DanceXpress in Arlington Hts, where Miss Kristine was one of her students! As a dancer she was in a ballet company in Georgia and also danced in Jimmy Durante's club act at the Empire Room of the Palmer House in Chicago. As a choreographer, Dorene has worked on over thirty shows, many in the Northwest Suburbs. As a teacher, Dorene prides herself on her wide base of knowledge that she she enjoys sharing with her students. She is the current Educational Director of the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, where she holds a MDE certification (Master Dance Educator). Dorene graduated from Northwestern University.

Karen Gore, Admin Assistant & Social Media Director

Karen started studying dance at the Bonnie Lindholm School of the Dance in Palatine over 30 years ago and continued at the University of Illinois. After graduation she continued to study throughout Chicago with various studios and performances. Some of her favorites were working with Disney and the Magnificent Mile Parade. She has taught, choreographed and directed dance programs for almost 20 years as well as choreographed many award winning competitive routines working with children ages 18 months through adult. Karen is an IHSA official for competitive dance and on the Board of Directors for the Alliance of Illinois Dance Adjudicators as well as has worked with various poms teams in the area to improve their technique and performance. She also is a judge for the US All Star Federation for their competitive dance division ages 4 thru adult and the American Athletic Union Junior Olympic dance division.. To continue her dance education she is a member of the National Dance Education Association and the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts.She is so excited to be at TEPA and to share her love of dance with a new set of students. Dance is truly a wonderful outlet for expression not matter how old or how young you are! Karen lives in Lake Zurich with her husband and 3 young children.

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