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Dyanna Daniels
Founder, Artistic Director, Lead Choreographer



Dyanna Daniels co-founded DLD with Arthur J. Daniels in 2004. She is the Artistic Director and Lead Choreographer of DLD Dance Company which she still currently performs with. Dyanna opened DLD Dance Center in 2011 offering classes in various dance genres for dancers ages 3 to Adult along with scholarships for children in the community who otherwise would not have the opportunity to dance.

Dyanna began her dance training in 2003 through Western Illinois University’s dance department and the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Dance Troupe. Her forte is under the umbrella of Hip Hop but she has also trained in several other genres including African, Jazz, Ballet, Ballroom, Spiritual, and Contemporary.

As the Performance Director and Lead Choreographer of the DLD sponsored Flash Mob Dancers Group of Chicagoland, her work appeared on ABC’s Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition in July of 2013. Her choreography has also been featured at Elgin Ties Dance Festival, Freespace Dance, Dance Chicago, Western Illinois University, College of DuPage, MotorCity Casino-Hotel, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago Auto Show, Going Dutch, Noumenon Dance Ensemble’s New Moves, and Navy Pier.

Although her work is primarily rooted in the Hip Hop culture, she enjoys interfusing Hip Hop with other dance genres to create an eclectic performance experience. Instilling the foundations, culture, and freedom in movement of Hip Hop is essential for her work and pedagogy as she pursues her MFA in Choreography at Jacksonville University and continues to develop as an artist.

Dyanna instructs Hip Hop, Jazz, Early Childhood, and Ballroom classes.


Tony Wilder
Assistant Choreographer


Tony Wilder is the Assistant Choreographer of DLD Dance Company bringing his distinctive and exciting dance style to everything he choreographs.

He started dancing in 2002 and choreographing in 2005. He choreographed for his college student dance shows all 4 years and also for his college dance team. Along with that he also choreographed for many of the theatre department’s musicals and for numerous other campus events including “Dancing with the Profs”. He recently taught Master Classes for DesPlaine's Dance Idol convention classes in 2014. He has taken Master class from Ian Eastwood, Bam Martin, Jun Quemado and Kyle Hanagami. He currently teaches Hip Hop and Boys Hip Hop at DLD Dance Center.


Justin Kimball
Dancer, Script and Set Designer


Justin Kimball has been dancing since 1994. He is currently a spotlight dancer for the DLD sponsored Flash Mob Group. He has been a performed with several dance teams of which include No Vybe and Physical Graffiti at Millikin University and Rhythm Effects in Carbondale, IL. He previously taught Hip Hop, Tap and Musical Theatre Dance for Susan Barnes Dance Studio and has attended Monsters of Hip Hop in Florida, Texas and LA. He is currently in the conservatory at Second City and most recently was cast in National Tour of "Aladdin" through the Windy City Players. He was also featured as a guest dancer in DJ Cassidy's video feat. R. Kelly, "Make the World Go Round". He has a background in Hip Hop, Tap, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Ballet and Breakdancing. He currenty instructs Boys Hip Hop, Breakdancing and Boys Jazz and Ballet at DLD Dance Center.


Danielle Wilder
Dancer


Danielle Wilder has been dancing for 22 years. She has a B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography from Hope College and directs the Auroris Dance Company at Niles North High School. Some of Danielle's recent work includes dancing and choreographing for musician, Shuree as well as being featured in her music video, One Girl Can Change the World, dancing in a McDonalds Youtube commercial, dancing backup for musician, Aasha Marie, and dancing in the opening set of the Calvin Harris Fantabuloso Tour. This past May Danielle was very fortunate to be chosen as one of the top 4 finalists for the F.A.M.E. Competition hosted by Lily's Talent Agency.

This is Danielle's 4th season with DLD Dance Company. She currently instructs Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary at DLD Dance Center.


Christian Sosa
Dancer


Christian Sosa has experience in Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, and Latin. He is an experienced competitive Latin dancer. He was a 2012 Talent Competition Finalist for his School District. Under his direction he has taken several teams to World of Dance and Six Flags. He has over 5 years of experience instructing all levels of Hip Hop.


Victor Lugo
Dancer


Victor Lugo began dancing in high school through freestyle sessions with friends. His love for dance grew and eventually he started focusing on choreographing his senior year of high school for many of their performances.

In 2011 he joined Harper College's Pom & Dance Team where his choreography and dance style has been performed for the past four years in their Spring showcase. He also performed with the President of Harper College for the Academic Awards for 3 years. Victor is currently a Registered Nurse working on getting his Bachelor's Degree in Nursing through Purdue Calumet University's affiliation with Harper College.

Through collaboration with Vicki Summers and Kym Banner, Victor has led and taught in Crystal Lake's Hip-Hop Explosion, a community program where kids get to learn hip-hop choreography on Friday nights.

Victor participated in Freespace in 2015, a showcase local for choreographers and dancers, where he met several members of DLD Dance Company. He then went on to choreograph for Freespace in 2016. This is Victor's 2nd year as a company member of DLD. Victor instructs Boys Hip Hop and Adult Hip Hop classes at DLD Dance Center.



Nika Roman
Dancer


Nika Roman was raised in Brooklyn New York and fell in love with Hip Hop at a young age. In High School she met her mentor, B-Boy Ed Mejia. Although the passion was always there, the craft was not but Ed saw potential in her. Over the next five years under her mentor she participated in Phase One Hip Hop Dance Company and also had the opportunity to choreograph several pieces for the company. Although she was exposed to a variety of dance including interpretive, breakdance, salsa, and jazz, Hip Hop was where her greatest passion remained. She also choreographed dance performances for the cheerleading squad and step team of Fort Hamilton High School. In 2003, Nika had the opportunity to perform with Latina artist La India in 2003 at the Celebrate Brooklyn summer festival.

After several years of training, Nika and Hip Hop went on their separate paths. Years later she found her way back in a new home, Chicago. She was a member of the Diva Dynamics Adult Student Performance Company at DLD for two years. She also participated in several flash mobs through DLD. She has taken class from Shannon Johnson and Dome Lorusso at Lou Conte Dance Studio in Chicago. After being part of the student company at DLD and getting back to the basics she auditioned for and was accepted into the DLD Professional Company. This is her second year as a professional company member for DLD and she instructs Hip Hop for all levels at DLD Dance Center.
 
"I never want to be the best. Being the best insinuates a lack of progression. I am surrounded by extraordinary dancers that I look up to and am excited to learn from. I know I'm finally in the right place at the right time- to think, it all started with a VHS of Usher Music Videos."