RAISE THE BARRE DANCE CENTER


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ABOUT US

​Raise the Barre Dance Center is owned and operated by Angela Keating, a seasoned instructor and choreographer with 20 years of experience teaching dancers in Plainfield and the surrounding communities. 

Over the years, Angela has earned the trust of parents and the respect of both her students and industry professionals. She is well known in the competitive dance world as a skilled instructor and an award winning choreographer with a reputation for technical excellence, creative choreography, and age appropriateness. This reputation, combined with the support of parents with a strong desire to enroll their children in a quality and morally responsible dance program, motivated her to move forward in her career and open Raise the Barre Dance Center.
Raise the Barre Dance Center offers a quality dance education from professional instructors in a motivating environment. Students ages 3-18 are welcome.

Classes include:
  • Predance
  • Ballet
  • Ballet Conditioning
  • Pointe
  • Contemporary
  • Jazz
  • Lyrical
  • Strength
  • Stretch
  • Improvisation
  • Leaps and Turns Technique
MEET OUR TEAM
Angela Keating
Owner/Director
 Angela Keating is the owner of Raise the Barre Dance Center and director of Raise the Barre Dance Company, a regional and national award-winning competitive dance company.  After gaining twenty years of teaching experience in a variety of genres, winning numerous choreography awards at regional and national dance competitions, and developing a reputation for excellence and professionalism, Angela decided to open Raise the Barre in 2016 to provide dedicated dancers with a nurturing and positive environment in which to grow as artists and share their love of dance. 

As an entering freshman at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Angela was awarded the Birdine Groshong Scholarship for Dance.  Upon completion of her freshman year, she transferred to Northern Illinois University where she earned her BFA in Dance.

After graduating from NIU, Angela performed with and worked as a choreographer for Night Blue Theater Company.  In addition, she choreographed various musicals for local high schools, including The Music Man, Wizard of Oz, and Anything Goes. She began teaching ballet locally in 1998 and quickly expanded her instruction repertoire to include lyrical, contemporary, and jazz.

Believing that one should never stop learning and pushing oneself to grow as an artist, Angela earned her certification in Pilates from Power Pilates in 2005.  Currently, she is working toward her certification in Progressing Ballet Technique.

Angela’s passion for dance fuels her motivation for creating graceful and dynamic moments in her choreography, encouraging others to participate in the joy of movement, and most importantly, teaching dance and sharing its beauty with others.
    
Erin Corcoran
Instructor/Choreographer
 Erin Corcoran, originally from Plainfield, Illinois, is currently residing in the great city of Chicago. Erin graduated from the University of Iowa pursuing her BFA in Dance and BA in Health and Human Physiology - Exercise Science. At the University of Iowa, she performed in over 50 pieces and was present in 18 shows. While In Iowa, Erin was able to work with many renowned dancers and choreographers such as Mario Zambrano, George De La Pena, Autumn Eckman, Nicolas Leichter, and Ramon Flowers.

Currently, Erin is a professional dancer with two companies in Chicago: Hot Crowd and Still Inspired. Previously, Erin was with Inaside Chicago Dance, training and performing with the company for two years. Erin’s other professional experience includes performing with companies such as Incite/Insight Arts, The Cedar Rapids Opera House, Kayle and Co., City of Ballet Iowa, and The Kate Jablonski Statement.

Erin has been showcased in performances around Chicago as a free-lance dancer and has also performed in numerous dance festivals nationwide. She has been lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel with these professional companies to places such as New York, California, and Wyoming.  Erin also had the chance to work alongside many established directors such as Wade Schaaf, director of the Chicago Repertory Ballet, and Terence Marling with Hubbard Street 2.

Teaching a variety of styles in dance for seven years now, Erin is currently in her third year as a jazz and contemporary choreographer at Raise the Barre. She has also been fortunate enough to teach master classes at BravO!’s National Dance Competition this past summer. In addition to teaching, Erin has been judging dance competitions for three years. Along with dance, Erin is a trainer at Studio Lagree where she teaches Pilates-based classes on a Mega-reformer.

Erin is very excited to be with RTB and can’t wait to see what the next season holds!
  
Joey Hernandez
Choreographer
 Joey Hernandez is a first-generation college graduate receiving his B.A. in Dance and Health & Society from Beloit College where he has been privileged to return as a visiting instructor for the Dance Department and Upward Bound Program. Currently, Joey can be found as the associate lecturer of Hip-Hop at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Additionally, Joey is an adjunct professor at Carthage College.  Prior to his positions with U-W Milwaukee and Carthage, he was on faculty at Millennium Dance Complex Chicago and the artistic director of Resilience Dance Company, a pre-professional mentorship program.

Performance credits include: Carnival Los Angeles & Chicago, The Millennium Experience, The Miss Illinois Pageant, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, American College Dance Festival Gala, Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI), and Legends in Concert (Las Vegas, NV). 

Joey has had the privilege to set pieces for: Chicago’s Choreographers Carnival, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, SueMo: A Dance Experience, Madison Contemporary Vision, and The Milwaukee School of the Arts. Joey has contributed guest classes at the Athletic Garage (Pasadena, CA), Fuzion Dance (Chicago, IL) and award winning choreography for many dance studios and high school dance teams across the United States. In addition to being a featured instructor for Dance Masters of Wisconsin Inc, Southern Association of Dance Masters, and Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Joey has also had the great fortune to be a judge for Applause Talent, Shake the Ground and StarQuest Dance. In his most recent venture, Joey has started an open in studio workshop series titled “Dance-4-Change” to promote advocacy, awareness, and raise donations in support of the Crohn’s Colitis Foundation of America. (CCFA.Org).

Joey choreograped Raise the Barre Dance Company's first ever hip hop piece in 2017, and he is pleased to return for the 2018-19 season to choreograph both hip hop and contemporary.