(DIRECTOR) Founder, Director, Choreographer of Xtreme Dance Force, the number one Hip Hop and Jazz/Lyrical dance troupe in the Midwest. Renzetti, recently featured on the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine, began his training at age 8 in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop. Renzetti now travels all over the country for Master Workshops, Intensives and dance studios guest teaching and setting choreography. Renzetti trained in Hollywood, CA with top Choreographers and teachers. Renzetti has appeared in the Show “Pop Stars 2,” Lead Singer and Dancer for (Big Idea’s) Veggie Tales “Jonah,” the national syndicated TV show “Health and Lifestyles Weekly,” and other top shows and performances across the country. Recently Renzetti choreographed the Nationally Televised MLS All-Star Game Half-Time Show Featuring Recording artist Lupe Fiasco. Renzetti’s work has received National acclaim and overall awards for Choreography/Entertainment by top industry competitions. Renzetti’s group, Xtreme Dance Force are 9-time Starpower International Victory Cups holders. Xtreme Dance Force was also rated one of the top 5 dance companies in the USA by Dance Spirit Magazine. Renzetti’s credits include: openings for recording artist Soulja Boy, Ludacris, Ciara, Chingy, Tyrese, Lupe Fiasco, Bow Wow, Mims, and Twista.. Renzetti has trained dancers who have gone on to dance in major motion pictures, music videos, live celebrity tours, award shows and numerous commercials. Renzetti’s dancers have also gone on to teach all over the world. They’ve worked with artists such as Justin Bieber, JLO, Lady GaGa, Britney Spears, Jason Derulo and Pussy Cat Dolls. They have also appeared in Live Las Vegas shows, opening celebrity acts and on the “Wade Robson Project.” They have recently appeared on the Fox series “So You Think You Can Dance” and MTV Hit “Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew”, Season 1 and 2. Renzetti was featured as the head hip hop Coach in 2 shows of the Emmy Award winning MTV reality show, “MADE”. For more information on Renzetti’s Company please visit www.xtremedanceforce.com. Renzetti is also an accredited recording artist who has kicked off his singing career under the stage name "Nick Richards". For more information on Renzetti's artist career, please visit, www.nickrichardsmusic.com
Mariterese, a Chicagoland native, received her early training locally at The Academy of Dance Arts and Xtreme Dance Force. She recently graduated with honors from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Business and Entrepreneurship. While completing her undergraduate degree, she performed in various events around Chicago including Carnival Choreographer’s Ball, The Miss Illinois Pageant, World of Dance, and Dance Chicago. Mariterese is an instructor with Universal Dance Association (UDA) where she travels across the country teaching high school and college dance camps and working local and national championships. Through UDA, she had the opportunity to be a master instructor for Ecuador Dance Week in Guayaquil, Ecuador and judge competitions in Bottrop, Germany. Mariterese continues to choreograph and teach for various studios and schools around the Chicagoland area. Mariterese is also in her first season as a Gioradano II company member with Giordano Dance Chicago.
AF1 Power Tumbling was established in 2014 on the principals of elevating the tumbling class experience. Building up both athletic abilities and self esteem. We are a full service traveling tumbling company specializing in gymnastics, cheer, and power tumbling. AF1 works with park districts, large and small High School Cheer programs. We are able to work with athletes who are just starting in competitive gymnastics, cheer or dance as well as advanced and elite level. We incorporate drills, demonstration, hands on spotting, Cheer floor tumbling, and video replay to build up the tumblers skill set. Our goal is to prepare your gymnast, cheerleader or dancer for there upcoming competitive sessions as well as out of season training. AF1 Power Tumbling is very excited to partner up with Xtreme Dance this year!
Ryan began dancing at the tender age of 6 years old, with Ballet Northwest, in Steamboat Springs Colorado. Under the direction of Julie Sneden, Ryan discovered his love for the structured technical craft. At the age of 10, Ryan received a full scholarship to attend Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, where he had the opportunity to study under such masters as Glenn Eddy, Jane Delay and Walter White. Eager to continue his training, Ryan soon began auditioning for numerous other summer intensives including Dance Aspen and Aspen Ballet, where he also received full scholarships. While a student at the Aspen Ballet summer program, Ryan had the pleasure of training under Jean-Phillipe Malaty, Tom Mossbrucker (formal principal dancer with the Joffery Ballet) and such masters as David Howard and Patricia Standard. At 17 years of age, Ryan received a full scholarship to attend the River North Dance Company's summer intensive in Chicago. During this program, He began to branch away form his concentration on Ballet, and discovered his love for contemporary dance. This was also the intensive that convinced Ryan to move to Chicago and become a student at Columbia College Chicago, where he received technical training from numerous instructors. These instructors include, but are not limited to, Anna Paskevska, Eduardo Vilaro, Dardi McGinley-Gallivan and Ron Hutchens. After leaving Columbia College Chicago, Ryan returned to Colorado where he eventually acquired a position as a singer/dancer on Holland America Cruise lines. Now, again living in Chicago, Ryan looks forward to many more years in the dance world, as an educator of the next generation of Chicagolands finest up and coming talent.
Monyett Crump first discovered his love for dance at the age of 15 after being inspired by dance icons such as Michael Jackson and the Jabbawockeez. Since then, he has trained in Hip Hop with some of the finest instructors and professional dance studios all over the country. He has also been apart of some of Chicago's main urban companies including The Puzzle League, Viscious, and CODA. Monyett has had the honor of working with artists such as Jennifer Hudson, Ciara, Chance the Rapper, DLOW, Ian Eastwood and is now one of the newest additions to WilldaBeast Adam's company ImmaBeast. Monyett hopes to inspire dancers around the world, especially the next generation of dancers, and hopes to promote hard work and commitment.
Ja’Bowen Dixon is a dancer, choreographer, actor, instructor, visual and performance artist that has entertained audiences since the age of six. He first began his performing arts training at Burnham Park Prep, a private elementary school in downtown Chicago. Inspired and passionate, he then began to pursue his career at the tender age of ten, landing work in film, commercials and concert performances. Some of his film and television credits include Save The Last Dance, What About Joan, and Roll Bounce. In addition to his film work, he has also been featured multiple times in one of the top dance publications in the America (Dance Spirit magazine) and has modeled for Leo's Dance Wear. Even with his success, he also continued his training and learned from internationally known tap dancers such as Savion Glover, Diane Walker and the late Jimmy Slyde. By the age of sixteen Ja’Bowen became a founding member of the internationally known, critically acclaimed tap dance company M.A.D.D Rhythms. He has recently performed during halftime for the Chicago Bulls organization, and scored a national daytime spot on the Steve Harvey Show. When he is not performing he teaches classes and workshops in Chicago's most prominent dance studios, including but not limited to Lou Conte and Joffrey Ballet. Ja’Bowen is a natural born performer, whether its TV, Film or dance, he always captivates and inspires audiences.
(CO-DIRECTOR) Nichole has been dancing since she was 4. At age 12 Nichole joined Xtreme Dance Force when it started in 2002 and danced with the company until she graduated High School in 2008. Nichole has been trained in Hip-Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Tap, Modern and Contemporary. While on Xtreme Dance Force she was a part of the group that won the first victory cup for the company in 2006 and followed that with 2 more in 2007 and 2008. She has received scholarships and numerous overall top scores while participating in conventions and competitions regionally and nationally. Through Xtreme she had the opportunity to work directly with Jesse Santos, Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo, David Moore, Kevin Maher, Brian Friedman, Dave Scott, Sky Hoffman, Nick Bass, Tokyo, Bobby Newberry, Leslie Scott, Laurie Ann Gibson, D. Woods, Marty Kudelka, Chris Jacobsen and Jayson Wright. Nichole has also been instructed by Avnun Yakubov, Nikki Del Rae, Sarah Ford, Sam Renzetti, JC Renzetti, and Alvin Ramirez. Also while on Xtreme she performed in the opening dances for Ciara, Ludacris and performed in the MLS half time show with Lupe Fiasco. Nichole also performed with Xtreme at Urbanite, Taste of Chicago, Dance Chicago, and various other performance opportunities. In 2003 Nichole was casted as one of the dancers in a commercial for Value City. During her high school years from 2004-2008 she also participated in the Neuqua Valley High School Orchesis Dance Team. During her Junior and Senior years she was given the opportunity to choreograph dances for their annual show. In 2008-2009 she assisted JC Renzetti with Team hip hop and taught at the Center. In 2009 she moved to Los Angeles. From 2009 to 2011 she studied dance in Los Angeles taking classes from various instructors at Millennium and Debbie Reynolds studio. While in California she attended Santa Monica College and UEI to pursue studies in the medical field. In 2011 she moved back to Naperville and rejoined the Xtreme Staff as a Co-Director for Crew Hip Hop and an Instructor at the Center. Nichole is currently pursuing her Nursing Degree and enjoying teaching at the Center which are both long time dreams of hers. Working with the crew kids and teaching the Children’s program classes have given her a new insight on the dance world because she has the opportunity to enlighten the young kids she teaches and spark their interest in dance.
(CO-DIRECTOR) Gretchen Rose Duncan started dancing at the age of 2, began competing at the age of 7 & began teaching at 12 years old. She continued to train with competitive dance teams all over the Chicagoland area, winning choreography awards at many local & national competitions. During her time as a dancer she also got some amazing acting opportunities in recitals and Summer stock as Mother Nature, a featured Angel from the Christmas Carol & Maria from the Sound of Music. After graduating high school, Gretchen was selected as one of the 6 featured dancers from Chicago to appear on “the Wade Robson Project” on MTV in 2003. This was the first dance reality series ever to air on national television making the way for such television hits as 'So you think you can dance,' 'America's Best Dance Crew,' and 'Dance Moms.' Shortly after, she joined Xtreme Dance Force while pursuing her 3 associates degrees, bachelors in Business and duel MBA in Business Administration & Human Resources. With the accumulation of experience, she has danced for Chingy, Chamillionaire, Soulja Boy, Tyrese & Lupe Fiasco as well as at Chicago Bulls & Milwaukee Bucks games. Throughout the years, she has trained directly under Brian Freedman, Justin Giles, Liz Imperio, Sheila Barker, Charles McGowan, Jesse lee Santos, Joaquin Phoenix, Chris Judd, Wade Robson, Company Dance Competitive circuit owner Tracie Marcineak, NappyTabs, The Jabbawackeez Crew & many more. She is trained in all styles of dance & enjoys all aspects of the performance arts including editing & producing music, writing music and performing vocals, as well as teaching & choreographing. A few years back Gretchen answered a call on her life to ministry & was an AXIS youth leader at Pathway Christian Fellowship in addition to being a worship leader. All the while teaching and performing with Movement Revolution Crew as a dancer and choreographer. She then relocated to Dallas to attend Christ for the Nations Bible Institute, taking a position to direct the pre-teen ministry at Pathway of Life Church, teaching and choreographing at Powerhouse of Dance in Dallas and studying worship, helping international students and teaching make-up to the drama ministry for their CFN performances. This brought her home to the Chicagoland area for a short summer time before heading out Hawaii where she took an Artistic Director position at NIX Performing Arts Center in Aiea, Hawaii working on developing and building their dance program and performing company. She currently is back in Chicago, Youth Pastor at Pathway Christian Fellowship, leading worship and performing for Ashton Vines as a backup dancer.
Erin Finn is from Louisville, Kentucky where she grew up studying dance at an early age. She graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B.A. in Dance and a minor in Biology. She has also graduated from the Honors College with a thesis on Dancer’s Anatomy and Physiology. While at WKU, Erin was a part of the Western Kentucky University Dance Company where she performed and choreographed throughout her college career. She also traveled abroad with Dance in Italy! where she trained and performed across Italy two summers. Erin has trained under such programs as the Alvin Ailey School, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, American College Dance Festival, Visceral Dance Chicago, and Elements Contemporary Ballet. Upon graduation she was hired to perform at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and MixMatch Dance Festival in Los Angeles with DLongDance Company. She has recently moved to Chicago, is in her first year as an apprentice with Elements Contemporary Ballet, and is participating in the workstudy program at Visceral.Erin's teaching style focuses on a balance between technique and performance. She trains her students to achieve a strong, confident knowledge in the techniques and discipline that dancing requires while also helping students find their individual performance quality through their own stylistic choices in class. She incorporates strength training and proper stretching into her classes to set the students up for a more beneficial experience both in and out of the studio. Erin is excited to start teaching at Xtreme Dance Center and cannot wait to see the growth of her students.
Erin Fleck began her dance training at the young age of three years old and grew up studying all styles. She is a graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor of Sciences in Kinesiology with an emphasis in contemporary dance where she studied ballet, modern, contemporary and jazz under Elizabeth Shea, Laura Poole, Sherilyn Nott Foley and Gwendolyn Hamm to name a few. Erin also had the pleasure of being one of the few chosen dancers to rehearse and perform with the Ben Munisteri Dance Company and Connie Donapoli, former member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company. In addition, Erin was a Corps Company Member with the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre for three years and a Company Member for the Abigail Alyn Dance Projects. Erin taught at The Academy of Dance Arts in Fishers, Indiana before moving to Chicago five years ago. Since moving to the city, she has performed in two Carnival Choreographer’s Ball (Chicago) and performed with Movement Revolution and Tapestry Dance Company; she currently teaches at Soul2Sole Dance Inc. and ARCC Ballet and is excited to be a part of Xtreme Dance Center.
Ryan Kelly began dancing when he was 7 years old. Over the years, he focused his training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, and hip-hop. Ryan started competing in Minnesota at age 8 with The Dance Shoppe, and then continued competing at Impact Dance Studio when he moved to Illinois at age 12. At age 14, he joined Xtreme Dance Force and discovered hip-hop. After high school, Ryan became a full time film student at Columbia College and continues to dance professionally in Chicago with crews like Puzzle League, Vicious, Second Wind, 312 Crew, and more. Always eager for new endeavors, he has worked as a back up dancer with artists such as Dumblonde, Matt LeGrande, Lito Garcia, and Troc. Being in Chicago has given him many opportunities, such as getting to work under the direction of Debbie Allen as a principle dancer for Fox TV’s Empire Season 1 Finale. Outside of commercial work, Ryan has danced in productions such as the Nutcracker Ballet and the Cinderella Ballet under the direction of Von Heidecke. He really appreciates the technique, love for dance, and life lessons that his past teachers instilled in him, and now, he strives to do the same for his students.
(ASST. CO-DIRECTOR) Samantha has been dancing since she joined Xtreme Dance Force in 2006. She danced with the company for 8 seasons, where she received extensive training in hip-hop. While dancing on the company, she primarily assisted JC Renzetti with the Team Division of Xtreme Dance Force, but frequently assisted Alvin Ramirez and Sam Renzetti at studios in and out of state as well. Throughout this time, Samantha was awarded scholarships individually and contributed to many group awards including 4 national titles with the Force Division. After graduating from high school, she continued dancing for 5 seasons with The Puzzle League, one of the top dance crews in the Midwest. During this time they were awarded several titles in and out of state, including first place at World of Dance Chicago, Las Vegas, and Orlando. Samantha has taught and assisted at numerous studios throughout the Midwest, in addition to various studios in New York and Virginia. In 2015, she appeared as a principal dancer on the season finale of the hit FOX show "Empire." She is currently interning at Margie Korshak, Inc., and earning a degree in Communications and Media with a double minor in Cinema Studies and PR & Advertising at DePaul University.
(CO-DIRECTOR) Tiffany McCord is a former Tennessean who cherishes the performance and education of dance. She received her BA in Dance from WesternKentuckyUniversity, with a minor in Business Entrepreneurship. With the WKU dance company, McCord performed and studied at the American College Dance Festival and performed on tour to Civitavecchia and Tolfa, Italy. She has also studied at Atlanta Ballet’s Summer Intensive and BelhavenUniversity. McCord has been a full time company member with Elements Contemporary Ballet since 2012, and with them has also had the privilege of collaborating as a dancer with Aerial Dance Chicago. In 2014, she was choreographer's assistant to Joseph Caruana for his original work "The Sun King", along with playing the principal role of Lully, presented in MillenniumPark. In May 2015, her work "Coalesce" was presented in the first annual Elemental Components, and then in Core Project’s Going Dutch 2015. Her choreography has also been presented in the 2015 Bonesbare 9, provided by Core Project, and in the New Moves 2015 Choreography Competition, provided by Noumenon Dance Ensemble. McCord currently teaches throughout the Chicagoland area in genres of Ballet/Pointe, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, and Tap, along with being a certified Pilates Reformer instructor.
A native of Buffalo, NY, living in Chicago, started her performing career at Gus Giordano's Jazz Dance Chicago. She was privileged to be a soloist and company member for The Chicago Dance Medium as well as an independent performer with many affluent dancers from companies in Chicago and abroad. Currently, she teaches and choreographs at various private studios and with professional companies in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. She loves teaching master classes nationally with professional dance workshops at independent studios and on the convention circuit. She is proudly in her 12th year of teaching in Austria and Italy for Balletshule Zechner with creating two international works on ballet company F.V.G Neu Space in Udine Italy, which has been seen on international television. With her extensive knowledge in all areas of dance, Debra is in her 20th year as an adjudicator for various national dance and talent competitions and her 5th year as a teacher on the national convention circuit. Through Debra’s teachings, her students have received many college scholarships, employment in the entertainment and television industry, professional companies and performances with nationally and internationally known recording artists.