Meet the Team

At Aspirations Dance Company we carefully select our staff for their professional experience, their ability to tailor their experience to every student, and their love of dance. Our instructors promote an atmosphere of excitement, professionalism, and creativity, allowing students the opportunity to learn and excel in dance.

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Kelly Callese Nelms


Kelly Callese is the founder and Artisitc director of Aspirations Dance Company in Lombard, IL. Kelly has been dancing since the age of eight starting out at Gotta Dance Studio where…

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Michael Nelms


Michael has been working with ADC for over 3 years. Formerly a competitive gymnast, Michael has a genuine love of the sport that shines through in his teaching. His Students…

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Brittany Thele


Brittany Thele began dancing when she was just 2 years old. During her early years of training, she performed roles with Von Heideicke’s Chicago Festival Ballet. She attended River North…

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Jackson Liee


Jackson is currently a choreographer and member of the New Jersey Ballet Company. His dance training started at the age of 16 in his home country of Brazil. Further training continued…

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Penny Bovelli

Penny M. Bovelli (Owner/Director/Founder of The Dance Centre) has been dancing, teaching, and choreographing for more than 40 years. She loves her work and it is apparent in her…


Daniela Ivkovic


Daniela was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago. She has over 30 years of experience in the dance world as a performer, instructor and choreographer. Daniela started

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Sidney Wiliniski

Front Desk Assistant

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Sharon Holiday

Social Media/Events Manager

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Alexandria Gamble

Coach Alex

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Danielle Lofendo

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Irma Aguilera


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Destiny Barnes


Miss Destiny started dancing at three years old and has studied Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Ballet, and Tap. After dancing competitively for years, she joined her Orchesis team…

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Kimberly Callese


Kim has been teaching jazz technique classes at the studio for over 7 years, Kim’s unique, thorough, & strict teaching style enhances jazz technique classes for our competitive dancers. With…

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Mikie Thomas

FIERCE Competitive Team Choreographer

Michael “Mikie” Thomas found his passion for dance at a very young age. As he grew up, Mikie perfected the style of foot-working, danced with various Southside groups in Chicago…

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Steven Gorski

FIERCE Competitive Team Choreographer

“Scuba” Steve Gorski started dancing at the young age of 2. He received his training from Stage Door Dance Academy and Impact Dance Studio. Steve has won many titles, scholarships and…

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