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Jaelin Heavisides grew up in Springfield, Illinois, where she began her formal dance training at Springfield Dance and later became a member of the Springfield Ballet Company. Her time training and dancing in her home town gave her many opportunities to grow as a dancer, such as the chance to work with choreographers from across the nation, assistant teach classes, and many performance opportunities. During her summers, she attended various summer intensives including Nashville Ballet and Indiana University. Upon completing High School, she moved to New York City to attend The Ailey School.  She completed the 1 year independent study program where she studied with many world renowned teachers and choreographers including Robert Battle, Ana Marie Forsythe, Graciella Kozak, and Vic DiMonda. After her year at the Ailey School, Jaelin attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received her degree in Dance and minor in Communication. During her time at University of Illinois, she was selected for a first-year stand out student scholarship award, performed in a work by  Endalyn Taylor  at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, was selected as a Company shadow with the Mark Morris Dance Group during their residency in Champaign, and had the opportunity to work alongside former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Company Member Marcus Willis in his choreographic fellowship. Alongside her years of training, Jaelin has had many experiences teaching dance. She started out as a teaching assistant at her local studio and also volunteered as a dance instructor at the local Boys and Girls Club of America. In her college years, Jaelin taught at a local studio in Champaign-Urbana and also was a Teaching Assistant for college level dance courses. Since moving to Chicago, Jaelin was a teaching artist for Music House dance studio and also represented Music House in several Chicago Schools teaching dance to early education students. Jaelin is passionate about dance and using teaching as a tool to share in her knowledge and pass on the art to future generations. 

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