Young Dancers in Ballet Class

OUR HISTORY

Strong. Active. Graceful.

Relevé: A ballet term that is translated to "raised" describing an action in which a dancer rises up.
At our studio we strive to rise up and help foster each dancers growth, not only in dance education but in confidence. We work hard to provide educational excellence in an encouraging, fun and caring environment. Join us at Relevé Performing Arts to take advantage of our professional instruction, welcoming community of dancers and fully-equipped studio. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced dancer looking to improve your technique, you can find it all at our exceptional Dance Studio. Reach out today to learn more!

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DEANNA RAFIDIA

Owner/ Artistic Director/Instructor

Deanna started dancing and performing at the age of two at a local studio in Elmwood Park. She continued her formal training and became a teaching assistant at Forevermore Dance & Theatre Arts in Chicago. Additionally, Deanna studied with master instructors Joel Hall, Kirby Reed, Valentina Barsukova, Julie Nakagawa and professional choreographers Maude Arnold, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Tyne Shillingford, and Joshua Blake Carter. She danced in numerous recitals, competitions, community events and professional shows including Joffrey’s Nutcracker Ballet, Showboat, and Aida at the Civic Opera House. Deanna is a member of the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) and has taught dance for 12 years. Deanna is also a member of the International Dance Council (CID) UNSECO. She has previously been the co-director of a Chicago dance company for 5 years. Deanna’s choreography has been showcased in Dance Chicago, In aside’s Youth Dance Summit, Six Flags Great America, Brookfield Zoo, Navy Pier and Walt Disney World. Further credits include working with Miss Illinois contestants, judging dance competitions and choreographing for Chicagoland events. More recently Deanna has been running outstanding Cultural Arts Programming for the community of Roselle at the local park district. Deanna is so excited to bring her experience, knowledge, and passion to her students!