Dance Arts Center STC

Avnun Yakubov

Friday Evenings

Advanced Ballet & Floor Barre 4:00pm-6:00pm

Pointe/Pre Pointe 6:00pm-7:00pm

Intermediate Ballet & Floor Barre 7:00pm-9:00pm

AVNUN YAKUBOV, was born in Russia and received a Masters Degree in Choreography and Arts Management from the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in Leningrad.

Mr. Yakubov was the Artistic Director and Head Choreographer Alumnus of the Moscow Ballet Theater in Russia from 1973-1993. From 1974-1988, he staged numerous works in Italy, Austria, Turkey, and Greece. By invitation of the Italian government in 1992, he choreographed and produced "An Evening with Strauss." He also choreographed different ballets for the Kirov Theater in Leningrad and the Vaganova Choreography College.

From 1993-1997, Mr. Yakubov appeared in the Chicago Festival Ballet’s "Nutcracker" as Herr Drosselmeyer and served as Ballet Master and Choreographer for the Chicago Festival Ballet School. He served as a choreography instructor for the Looking Glass Theater Company’s production of Bulgakov’s "Master and "Margarita" and taught at the Lou Conte Studio. 

Mr. Yakubov was the Ballet Master and Head Choreographer for the Faubourg Ballet Theater from 1995-2001. In 1997-1998 he staged and choreographed Ravel’s "Bolero" and "Paquita" with Alexander Lunev (principal dancer with the Kirov Ballet). In 1999-2000, he served as Ballet Master and Choreographer at the Academy of Dance Arts. There he staged and choreographed "New Ballet Divertissement" and "Paquita" with Roger Van Fleteren (principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre) and Yumelia Garcia (principal dancer with Milwaukee Ballet).  

From June 2001 till August 2007, Mr. Yakubov was a Founder and Artistic Director of "Ballet Cultural Arts Center" and "Youth Ballet Theatre of Chicago - NFP"

In 2002, Evening of Ballet was performed at the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts. Featured guest artists included Elena Martinson & Andrei Ustinov, formerly principal dancers from the Kirov Ballet Theater, and Mr. Yakubov’s Youth Ballet Theatre pre-professional division students. 

In the summer of 2004 Mr. Yakubov proudly presented his US Ballet Premier of “BAMBI”.  This full length ballet in two acts featured original libretto stage version with staging and choreography by Mr. Yakubov.  Performances by Milwaukee Ballet Theater members Jennifer Provins and Christopher Fellows - 1st Principal Soloists and Kirk Henning of Daytona Ballet Company – Principal Soloist.  Performing from the Youth Ballet Theater (YBT) NFP were Principal Soloists Renee Briglio, Lindsay Cregier and Kira Stiers and the pre-professional division students of the YBT.  This wonderful event was held at Hemmens Cultural Arts Center.

Carly Brandl

Guest Teacher

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CARLY BRANDL has been dancing since the age of 2. She has trained extensively in jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap, hip hop and acro/dance. Carly competed and choreographed for the award winning Steppin' Out dance team. Carly's competitive awards include, but are not limited to, Jr. Miss Starpower, Jr. Miss showcase of Winners Talent, Starlight Distinguished Performer Award and first place overall senior solo for Starlink and Statewide competitions in 2002.

Carly has been choreographing since she was 12 years old. She has won many accolades as a young and emerging choreographer. She is well-rounded, innovative and cutting edge.

Carly is delighted to have the opportunity to work with DAC's committed and highly motivated dancers.

Gianna Fazio

Gianna has over 15 years of dance experience, beginning her formal training at Copeland Dance Academy of St. Charles. She decided to focus on her ballet training at State Street Dance of Geneva. Finishing out her early dance training at Elite Academy of Dance, she was a part of the competition team that competed at regional and national competitions. Gianna has also taken master classes with Sonya Tayeh and Stephen ‘Twitch’ Boss from So You Think You Can Dance.  

Gianna graduated from Illinois State University with a major in Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship. While at Illinois State she studied and took dance classes focusing on Improvisation, Choreography, Jazz, and Ballet. She is excited to be back in her hometown and to share her passion for dance with the students of Dance Arts Center of St. Charles.


Nickie Del Re Masino

Summer Session Classes


Advanced Jazz Tech 3:00pm-4:00pm

Turns & Leaps 4:00pm-5:00pm

With her love of performing and explosive style, Chicago native Nickie Del Re-Masino’s vast experience included touring the country as a world renowned Radio City Rockette in the annual production “Radio City Rockette Christmas Spectacular,” "The Masquerade Village Show in the Sky” at the Rio Suites Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, the World Cup opening ceremonies, and featured role in “Dance Chicago,” “Jazz Hot,” and Lisa Boehm’s annual production of the “Nutcracker Suite Ballet.” Nickie has performed with recording artists such as Tony Bennett, Richard Marx, Kristine W. and Jon Secada. She has choreographed and performed in numerous industrials across the United States and has appeared in commercials for Reebok, Rio Suites Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and the Broadway musical “The Producers.” You may have also seen her ‘eye-high’ kicks as a Radio City Rockette on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and her choreography was spotlighted on NBC’s Americas Got Talent in 2014. Nickie has been teaching for more than 25 years and is one the original faculty members of “Street of Dreams” dance convention. She receives high praise for teaching award winning choreography, exceptional technique, and a strong work ethic, which has advanced many of her students to the professional level. Nickie’s never-ending passion for dance keeps her students inspired and devotion strong to reach full potential.

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Taylor Kokoszka

Monday Evenings:

Advanced Ballet: 4:30pm-5:30pm, Pointe/Pre-Pointe/Variations: 5:30pm-6:15pm, Open Contemporary/Lyrical: 6:15pm-7:30pm, Adv/Int Tap: 7:30pm-8:15pm, Advanced Musical Theatre: 8:15pm-9:00pm

Wednesday Evenings: 

Ballet Tech: 5:00pm-6:00pm

Thursday Evenings: 

Hip Hop Age 8-11 years: 6:15pm-7:00pm, Lyrical Age 8-11 years: 7:00pm-7:45pm

Saturday Morning: 

Open Ballet: 9:00am-10:00am

As co-founder of Dance Arts Center of St. Charles and artistic director of Tenacity Dance Company, Taylor has made  her dream a reality. In opening this dance studio and offering young dancers the opportunity to grow as artists, the studio has truly become a second home. 

Taylor has been dancing since the age of two and has studied all major styles of dance including ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, pointe, and tap. Her early dance training began as a student with The Academy of Dance Arts under former Prima Ballerina Sherry Moray and Ballet Master Avnun Yakubov. Taylor was a member of Illinois Ballet Theatre (IBT) where she focused on ballet, pointe, and contemporary styles for over 15 years. In addition, Taylor was a member of the prestigious Steppin' Out Dance Company under Director Donna Johnson and was an active member of Perseverance Dance Company. Taylor competed at many regional and national dance competitions over the years, frequently winning 1st Place Over All for her solo entrees in jazz, tap and lyrical. Since the age of 12, Taylor has been choreographing groups, solos, duets and trios for many competitions that have regularly received top awards. While attending Columbia College Chicago, where she studied for a Bachelors of Arts in Choreography, Taylor accepted an opportunity to be a member of the Joel Hall Dancers II where she danced professionally.

Taylor has spent her life in dance and is ready to share this joy with students she can call her own.  Bringing her love of dance to the next generation is the finalization in this next stage of her career.  She is excited to engage in a joint experience of dance, always moving forward.

Ted Jackson

Ted Jackson is committed to the education of dance and he is known for pushing his students to reach their potential. His philosophy is, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” In addition to focusing on proper dance technique, Ted promotes transferable skills such as teamwork and leadership. He develops character and encourages confidence so that his students find dancing fun and rewarding. For these reasons, Ted is in demand as a master class teacher and choreographer.

Not only is Ted a dedicated educator but he is also known for his creative choreography. As the founder and Artistic Director of Midwest Movement, his nationally award-winning dance company, Ted has been recognized as a renowned choreographer. His company has won many accolades for their performances throughout the dance circuit. Ted has also taught and choreographed for competitive dance studios, high schools, colleges and universities throughout the country. Because of Ted’s success, experience and knowledge, he is frequently asked to adjudicate for several national dance competitions. 

Ted’s training prepares dancers for careers. His dancers have toured and performed with Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Madonna, and Cher. Others have danced on Broadway in Lion King and currently in Hamilton as well as being casted as a Rockette. In addition, his students have held principle roles in The Joffrey Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, LINES Ballet and DanceWorks Chicago. Ted’s influence has created the development of many competitive dance companies in the suburbs of Chicago whose directors either studied under his instruction or were former members of Midwest Movement. 

Although Ted has had an accomplished career as an educator and choreographer, he continues to inspire others sharing his talent, mentoring and producing future performers, entertainers, and educators.


Ty Riley started dancing at the late age of 19 after being asked to teach at a studio before ever stepping foot in a dance class. Self taught, Ty started training on the convention circuit to hone his craft. His love for dance grew as he excelled with many elite scholarships from different conventions and was given the opportunity to work with choreographers in Los Angeles and New York. Being from a small town in Texas, Ty felt it was inconvenient and unjustly to have to travel so far to attend conventions and receive training.  He then started The Streetz Dance Convention and Competition in 2009 as a local event in his small town in Texas. He has now expanded his tour and focuses on bringing The Streetz to areas that do not normally get the dance convention experience.