Laura Migas has been teaching dance in public education for the past 10 years, first for the New York City Department of Education and then for Chicago Public Schools. She is currently teaching at Peirce Elementary School in their IB MYP program. She loves teaching dance and believes dance should be accessible to all students as it can unlock hidden talents, passions, and gives students new ways of thinking about the world. Laura received her M.A in Dance Education with K - 12 certification at New York University and her B.S in Dance and Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. As a dancer, she has studied ballet, modern, tap, jazz, hip hop, and various partner dance styles.
As the Director of Education, Youth, & Community Programs for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago since 2002, Kathryn Humphreys develops and implements dance education initiatives designed to improve teacher and teaching artist practice and collaboration to affect whole school change and further the field’s understanding of the role of dance in public education. With more than two decades of experience in arts education, her work supports local and national groups as they work to understand and implement dance education in the public schools. In addition to her work with schools, she created Hubbard Street's Youth Dance Program, a unique program connecting the choreographic process curricula Hubbard Street pioneered in the schools with a traditional dance technique program; the renowned Family Workshop Series, which connects families together through dance and Hubbard Street’s innovative Adaptive Dance program, which challenges the notion of who can dance. She holds an MA in dance education from Texas Woman’s University, serves on the Board of the ILNDEO, is a former board member of NDEO and the strategic advisory board of Ingenuity, Inc, CAEF, and others, and provides consulting for dance and arts education nationally.
Debra Giunta is the Founder and Director of Design Dance She grew up dancing in the south suburbs of Chicago and has over 30 years of dance experience. She became director of her first dance education program in her hometown at the age of 16 and has been teaching, choreographing, directing and mentoring ever since. As a dance educator for over 16 years, Debra has trained students ages 2-70 in a variety of dance disciplines including tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop and creative movement. In 2008, Debra founded Design Dance as a way to bring dance education to children in all communities regardless of age, experience level, background and income through partnership with schools and community centers. Today, Design Dance serves over 1500 students annually throughout Chicago.
Christine Reed is an educator, dancer, and choreographer in Chicago, Illinois who believes in the power of arts education and self-directed learning. She has taught in a variety of settings including elementary schools, community programs, and dance organizations for over 10 years. She is on faculty as the Dance Teacher at Ravenswood Elementary in Chicago Public Schools. While responsible for directing the Ravenswood Dance Program, Christine also writes and implements arts integrated curriculum, connecting dance content with learning in mathematics, language arts and reading, science, and social studies; serves on the school’s Instructional Leadership Team to design and present professional development for staff; and writes district-wide performance task assessments for dance programs across CPS. In addition to her work at Ravenswood, Christine is a Mentor Teaching Artist at Design Dance and runs a summer day camp at Steve and Kate’s Camp. Christine holds a Master’s of Art in Teaching with endorsements in Elementary Education, Dance, and Social Studies, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in General Business, Dance, and Arts Management.