Anne Gugliuzza Founder and Artistic Director
Batavia Academy of Dance is the life-long dream of Anne Gugliuzza. A dancer since the age of three, Anne’s thirst and passion for dance have lead her to study almost all forms of dance under some of the world’s most renowned dancers
A graduate of the prestigious Chicago Academy of the Arts, Anne was classically trained by the legendary ballerina and author Anna Paskevska, she herself trained by Cleo Nordi a student of Legat and fellow dancer with Anna Vaganova. Anne has the great privilege to study under, dance with and observe some of the greatest dancers in the world including Claire Bataille, James Kelly, Ben Vereen, Anne Reinking, Winifred Haun, Tulsa Ballet Theater, and Muntu Dance Theater. She continued her studies as a dance and theater education double major, psychology minor at Columbia College Chicago and has now been a dance educator for over twenty years.
Anne is a national award-winning director and choreographer whose work has been featured in DanceChicago and whose dancers have been seen in music videos, movies, Fox’s SYTYCD, MTV’s ABDC, and BET’s 106 and Park.
Anne now a mother to a wonderful seventeen-year-old son, feels extremely fortunate and blessed to have found her bliss in life and sincerely hopes to pass along and inspire her love for this beautiful art form to all those she has the privilege to teach.
Danielle began her love affair with dance at an early age at The Academy of Movement and Music in Oak Park, IL. Studying almost all forms of dance, Danielle found her passion in Modern/Contemporary dance under the tutelage of the amazing Deborah Goodman.
Danielle is a graduate of the esteemed Chicago Academy for the Arts, where she had the honor of training with world renowned Randy Duncan, Natalie Rast and Guillermo Leyva. Danielle was a celebrated member of the Chicago Academy for the Arts’ repertoire company and has danced with renowned choreographers from around the world, including the revered Alvin Ailey Dance Company.
Danielle continued her education at Northern Illinois University, where she had the privilege to study under Paula Franz, Judith Quirk Chitwood and Richard Grund. Most recently, Danielle performed at the American College Dance Festival, where she was selected to perform at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts this summer.
Danielle holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Performance from Northern Illinois University and is currently pursuing her professional career in dance. Danielle is very excited to join the esteemed Batavia Academy of Dance faculty!
Katisha Marie Gardner
A dance enthusiast her whole life, Katisha has been tearing up the dance floor since birth. Dance and rhythm are ingrained in her as she comes from a family of talented dancers.
Katisha followed her love and passion for dance to Northern Illinois University, where as a dance performance major she had the privilege of studying almost all forms of dance under some of the most renowned teachers including, Randy Newsom, Paula Franz, and Dr. Charles Carter, from whom she discovered her passion for hip hop.
Katisha was also the acclaimed choreographer and director of the wildly popular Rhythm Nation Dance Team at NIU. Katisha's love for all things dance has led her to pursue other avenues, such as dance aerobics and Katisha is now a certified Zumba Fitness, and Flirty Girl Fitness Instructor.
A graduate of Kendall College, Katisha has a degree in early childhood education, and is also a licensed cosmetologist. She is married to her wonderful husband Tomnee and they are parents to six amazing children!
Katisha has been a part of the Batavia Academy of Dance family since B.A.D. became a reality and is over the moon to now be a part of it's faculty.
Jean Paul Walker
A student of Anne Gugliuzza for many years, Jean had never danced before stepping into the classroom with Anne. Now Jean is an accomplished and classically trained ballet dancer who has studied and danced under some of the most renowned dancers in the Chicagoland area.
Jean is currently persuing his aspirations as a professional dancer and can be seen dancing with Lou Conte, Ballet Chicago, and the school of the Joffrey Ballet. He has performed in numerous venues and events and for such greats as Emmy Award winning Mandy Moore.
Jean's passion, dedication, and love for the art of dance is awe-inspiring and evident in his brilliancy as a teacher and choreographer. Jean holds a degree in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and is ecstatic to be back and dancing again with his B.A.D. family!
Julie Ann Slaby
A student of Annie Gugliuzza for a number of years, Julie Ann’s love of dance began at the age of five. She has studied various styles of dance, including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and musical theatre throughout the Chicago land area.
Julie Ann is an award-winning competitive dancer and was the Captain of her High School dance company. Julie was also an original member of the teacher training program developed by Annie Gugliuzza , which continues at B.A.D. today.
A graduate of Northern Illinois University, Julie Ann holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, and is now a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC) in Illinois.
Julie Ann works full time as a service coordinator for individuals with developmental disabilities and is excited to lead the new ability dance program with Batavia Academy of Dance, allowing her to combine her two loves, enriching the lives of those with special needs and dance.
Julie Ann is excited to be back dancing again with Annie and feels blessed, privileged, and honored to have the opportunity to be a part of B.A.D.!
Haleigh is very excited to be teaching at Batavia Academy of Dance! She has been dancing since the age of three. Haleigh has trained at The Dance Center at Columbia College of Chicago, Pineapple Studios in London, England, and North Central College.
Haleigh has a BA in Musical Theatre Performance with a Minor in Dance from North Central College. In 2009 Haleigh was accepted to the Rockettes Summer Dance Intensive in NYC.
In the fall of 2014 she performed in King Lear at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier. Haleigh has performed in a variety of professional musical theatre venues in the Chicagoland area and Connecticut.
Haleigh is trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, tap, and musical theatre dance. She enjoys sharing her love for dance and the benefits of an education in the arts with her students young and old.