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“Miss Shannon” Benac Argubright
Artistic Director/Co-Owner

hannon began dancing at the age of three at the Dance Center under the direction of her mother, Vicky. She continued her training at Ruth Page School of Ballet, Boitsov School of Ballet, Lou Conte Studio, and DuPage Dance Academy in the Chicago area, Broadway Dance Center and Steps in New York City. She received her dance teacher’s certification from UNLV.When she was eighteen, Shannon moved to New York City where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theatre extensively.Shannon worked as a dancer for Opryland in Nashville (co-dance captain), Fiesta Texas in San Antonio (dance captain and swing), Shoji Tabuchi Theatre in Branson, MO, Alabama Theatre in Myrtle Beach, SC (featured dancer and dance captain), Celebrity Cruise Lines aboard the Century (featured dancer and dance captain) touring the eastern and western Caribbean and 20 European countries, Holland America Cruise Lines (featured dancer and dance captain) aboard the Statendam touring Hawaii, Mexico, and Alaska.

Her teaching experience includes Broadway Dance Center in NYC; San Antonio School for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, TX, DuPage Dance Academy in Elmhurst, IL, Performer’s Theatre Workshop in South Orange, NJ, Dance Plus in Fort Lee, NJ, Beth’s Dance Academy in Joliet, IL, and Gray’s School of Dance in Ottawa, IL.Since returning to the Illinois Valley Shannon has choreographed numerous musicals for St Bede, Mendota Community Theatre (3M Production), and Engle Lane Theatre. On the classical side, Shannon has created original choreography for the Four Temperaments, Concerto for Two Violins, Symphony Concertante, Hansel and Gretel, and Peter Pan for the Maud Powell Music Festival.

Shannon feels truly blessed for countless reasons including her husband and two children not to mention the ability to share her love, passion, and the art of dance with dancers of all ages.

“Miss Vicky” Benac - Founder/Instructor

Miss Vicky opened her school in 1970, “Vicky’s School of Dance.” She began her business with primarily tumbling students and gradually expanded bringing ballet, tap, jazz, and tumbling for all ages to the community.

Vicky has her Masters in Dance through Dance Educators of America and has been affiliated with renowned organizations such as Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Dance Educators of America, and Dance Masters of America. She has choreographed countless musicals for St Bede, L-P, and IVCC. Some of her students have gone on to perform professionally for such companies as Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens, Cedar Pointe, Broadway National Tours, Radio City Rockettes, Holland America Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Chicago and New York based dance companies not to mention the hearts she has touched and taught to love and appreciate dance, music, and theater.

Thousands of students have danced through her doors where she has shared her love and passion for dance. Her decades of contribution to the community will continue to be passed down from generation to generation.

 

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"Miss Jill" McLaughlin

ill Mclaughlin is a mother of five children. She started dancing here at the Dance Center when she was four years old and began teaching dance when she was fourteen.

Following high school, she attended Millikin University where she received a degree in music education with a minor in dance. After graduation, she taught elementary music and choir for four years in Oswego, Illinois. While in Oswego, she also directed and choreographed several musicals and musical theatre workshops.

After having their first child, she and her husband decided to move back home to the LP area to raise their family. We are thrilled to have her be back at the Dance Center where she is teaching our Toddler Toonz class for 3 year olds. She also directed the Illinois Valley Apprentice Choir and sings throughout the local area. She hopes to bring her love for music and dance to the outstanding students at the Dance Center.

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