Promoting Inspiration at Every Turn
Welcome to Motif Dance Studio LLC, a studio focused on achieving the exceptional standards of dance. We believe in nurturing creativity and artistic development through offering a warm and positive environment to foster the growth that all dancers want and need. Reach out today to learn more about the classes we offer and how to get involved.
Our Dance Studio is truly one of a kind. From our unique atmosphere to our spacious studio, everything was carefully thought out in order to give our dancers the best possible experience.
Come learn with the best at Motif Dance Studio LLC. All of our dance instructors are personable and experienced in teaching dance to all levels. Whether your focus is technique, flexibility, performance, or if you're just looking for some fun and rewarding physical activity, you can find it here. Explore our site for more information, and feel free to reach out to us with any questions.
Our Mission is to provide a safe and exciting learning environment to all dancers of all experience levels and ages. We are dedicated to providing quality instruction, while focusing on the mental and physical abilities of each dancer. Dance is a forever giving outlet, where one gets to express themselves in ways they may not be able to verbally. It fuels the soul and hearts of many.
Meet The Team
Owner/ Artistic Director
Ms. Char is originally from Chicago but is proud to call Aurora home. She attributes her beginning dance training to the Doris Jordan School of Dance under the direction of the late Mrs. Jordan and the Joseph Holmes School of Dance under the direction of Randy Duncan and Harriet Ross. At the age of 9, Ms. Char began her competitive dance training at Premier One Dance Academy where she competed in local competitions. By the age of 12, Ms. Char was more invested in her dance training and switched gears to begin her pre- professional dance training by taking classes at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Ballet Chicago, Joel Hall Dance Center, and her home studio the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center under the direction of Mr. Homer Bryant, where she also performed as a company member.
Ms. Char has worked locally as a teaching artist and choreographer for the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center, Premier One Dance Academy, Gallery 37, and the City of Chicago’s National Youth Sports Program, Metea Valley Dance Team and Orchesis Dance Company. She most recently served as a teaching artist and choreographer for the Steppin Out Dance Studio where she taught students ages 3-18 in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Pointe and Strength/Conditioning. Ms. Char also worked as the Artistic Director of the A- Factor Dance Company. She was instrumental in directing the company’s winter and summer dance concerts, as well as A- Factor’s competition season. Ms. Char is an alumni of Barat College by DePaul University and holds a BFA in Dance Performance.
Ms. Char is the proud owner of the Motif Dance Studio and Dance Company in North Aurora, IL. She enjoys sharing her passion for dance with students of all ages and believes that everyone should be inspired to dream. Her studio proudly supports Diversity and Inclusion. Its main focus is the dancer’s individuality and encouraging them to dance the best version of themselves. She gives her time willingly and is dedicated to being a role model and mentor to her students. Ms. Char believes everyone is a dancer, and she’s there to help them through the process of finding their own voice.
Instructor/ Company Choreographer
Ms. Ally Gorecki is a dance instructor teaching all ages at both recreational and competitive levels. While she has trained in jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, and poms throughout her dance career, tap and musical theater have always been her passions. In college, she choreographed and performed for a company affiliated with Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI for 5 years. Upon moving back to the Chicagoland area, began teaching with the Park District and has been happily doing so for the last 5 years. She has two bachelor’s degrees from Marquette University and currently works in education. Miss Ally is a proud founding member of A Step Above Dance Company, where she coaches Dream. Their team has won awards locally and has taken home various judge’s choice awards over the years. Miss Ally strives to instill pride and self-confidence in all of her dancers. She hopes each child walks away from her classes with a passion for dance and an appreciation for all of the hard work they have put in. Miss Ally has joined Motif Dance Studio in 2019 and is teaching classes to youth and adults. We are extremely excited to have her be a part of Motif’s team, sharing her passion and skills with the dancers.
Instructor/ Company Choreographer
Mrs. Kori fell in love with dance at a young age. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater and lyrical at Dance Motions, Inc. located in Bartlett, IL where she had the opportunity to learn from Kristin Hild, Sinead Gildea, Kelli Bahwell, Eddy O’Campo, and many other instructors. Kori received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Augustana College and has her M.Ed in Special Education/ESL Education from National-Louis University. She was an active member of the Augustana Dance Company serving as a choreographer and president of the group. She has taught for Expressions of the Quad Cities Dance Academy and choreographed dances for the Express Yourself Competition Team.
Kori most recently was a dance instructor for Steppin' Out Dance Studio and instructor and choreographer for A-Factor Dance Company. Her choreography has won many first place and overall high score awards over the years. Kori loves learning and continues to take master classes through festivals, local studios, and conventions. She has attended Rhythm World through the Chicago Human Rhythm Project where she had the opportunity to meet and take class from renowned tap dancers such as Savion Glover, Maud Arnold, Sam Weber, Dani Borak, and Nico Rubio. Additionally, she works as a Special Education and ELL Resource Teacher in the Central School District. Kori has a passion for educating young people and watching her students grow in their technique and confidence through dance.
Sub Instructor/ Competition Choreographer
Mrs. Tanya put on her first dance shoes at the age of three. She never imagined her first dance routine including mouse ears and tutu would initiate such a strong love affair with dance. From classical ballet to tap, Tanya’s insatiable desire to learn has led her to study almost all forms of dance. Growing up in the dance studio and the competitive dance world, Tanya had the pleasure of studying dance with talented choreographers and master teachers such as Mia Michaels, Doug Caldwell, and Jay Fagan. Tanya is also a national award winning performer and choreographer and truly adores teaching and inspiring others to pursue their dancing dreams. A dance educator since her teen years, Tanya holds a degree from Columbia College and is a talented graphic designer. She is currently continuing her education and working towards a certificate in Business Management from Waubonsee Community College. Tanya is passionate about continuing her dance education and attends Rhythm World workshops annually where she has been able to study tap technique with artists such as Derick K. Grant, Dianne “Lady Di” Walker, Bril Barrett and many more talented tap dancers. Recently, Tanya had the honor of studying jazz dance with Chicago jazz legend Nan Giordano and completed the Basic and Beginning Level Teacher Certification Programs. Tanya is thrilled to bring her years of teaching experience and creativity to the Motif Dance Family.
Senior Company Member/ Instructor/ Competition Choreographer
Ms. Kayla began training in gymnastics at the age of 6. She quickly took a liking to the sport and joined a Competitive Gymnastics Team where she competed for 5 years. Before Kayla switched over to dance, she worked her way up to competing at a Level 5.
By age 11 Kayla found she was looking for an art that would allow her to be more expressive while competing and performing. She began taking dance classes to enhance her dance technique, and a year later joined a local Dance Company. In 2018 Kayla began dancing as a Senior member of the Motif Dance Company. Since then Kayla has found her passion and enjoys the competitive side of dance. She has participated in serval conventions and competitions over the years.
Kayla is going into her Senior year of High School where she has participated for the last 3 years as a member of her schools Orchersis Dance Company. During her final year of high school, she will be enjoying herself under the Friday Night lights as a proud Warrior Varsity Cheerleader, A Tribe Assistant for Activate Your Artistry and a Heat Force Company member of the Heat Dance Convention and Competition. After High School, Kayla will be continuing her education to become an ASL Interpreter with a minor in Dance.