Dyanna Daniels Founder / Director / Head Choreographer
Dyanna Daniels co-founded DLD with Arthur J. Daniels in 2004. She is the Director and Head Choreographer of DLD Dance Company. Dyanna opened DLD Dance Center in 2011 and relocated to a larger location in 2013. She is also the Head Choreographer of the Flash Mob Group of Chicagoland that DLD Dance Center sponsors.
She began dancing at WIU through their dance department and the GBCC Dance Troupe. She began choreographing in 2004. She was President of the Troupe from 2005-2007 and participated in the BET Spring Bling Revamped Competition in 06. She has taken Master Class from Mia Michaels, Jill Pribyl, Fabice Calmels, Ian Eastwood, Kyle Hanagami, Nika Kljun, Jun Quemado, Brian Puspos, Lando Wilkins, Daz Harris, Johnnie Campbell, Shannon Johnson and Bam Martin.
Her choreography to date includes the styles of Hip Hop, Contemporary, African, Latin, Lyrical, Spiritual and Jazz. She previously choreographed a Flash Mob that was featured on ABC in July of 2013! She has guest choreographed for GBCC's Dance Troupe since graduating and her choreography was also featured in Elgin Ties Dance Festival, Freespace, Dance Chicago, and ABC's Extreme Makeover Weight Loss.
Dyanna is a true believer that many dance styles can be fused together to create amazing entertainment. Even with the focus of the company being on Hip Hop, she tries to incorporate other styles when possible to not limit DLD to any one style.
She teaches Hip Hop, Jazz and Early Childhood classes at DLD Dance Center.
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 teaches Boys Hip Hop, Tap, Breakdancing and Musical Theatre Dance Classes 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 teaching experience for all levels of Hip Hop. He currently dances with Elgin’s own Urban Dance Concept in addition to DLD Dance Company.
Ashley Esper Dancer
Ashley Esper started dancing at a young age learning from Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson music videos. Originally from the Detroit Metro area, Ashley has performed and competed with several dance studios in her hometown before moving to the Chicagoland area in 2012. Her dance training includes Hip Hop, Jazz, and Contemporary.
Ashley choreographed and performed routines all through high school and college, and choreographed all dance numbers for her younger brother’s high school class for all 4 years.
She has taken master class from Rhonda Miller, Lisette Bustamonte, and Shannon Johnson.
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 Dance Company.
"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."