ELAINE MCLAURIN, Hip-Hop

Elaine is a native of Chicago, performed at The Goodman Theatre with Congo Square Production in “Black Nativity” and The Production “Purlie.” A former member of the Joel Hall Dancer with whom she toured for eight years performing and teaching Master Classes throughout the United Kingdom and The Soviet Union. She also taught Master Classes in Mexico City and Japan. A hip-hop wonderment called “The Murk Groove”, created for the Hubbard Street Dancers, showcased her choreographic abilities to the delight of the Shubert Theater, Dance for Life at Navy Pier, and at the 1996 & 1997 Chicago Bulls half-time Championship Game Ceremony. Theater: Sophisticated Lady, Hot Mikado, Aladdin, (Drury Lane). “Who Ya Wit Tour” starring Comedian/Actor Bernie Mac, Jennifer Holiday “One Night Only” at the Orchestra Hall Choreographed by Kirby Reed, The Musical Bible Stories Directed by Donald Lawrence and Choreographed by Kirby Reed. Film: Principle Dancer for Hoodlum and Just Visiting. Television: HBO special “Midnight Mac”, starring Bernie Mac, 2001 Stellar Awards with Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers Choreographed by Kirby Reed, Jenny Jones show. In 2012, Douglas Park Dancers Performed at The Gospel Festival. She is currently teaching Hip Hop at Mayfair and she is Dance Director for Douglas Park Cultural & Community Center.

 

ERIN BARNETT, Artistic Director - Ballet/Jazz/Contemporary

Dancer, Choreographer Erin D. Barnett is a native of Chicago, IL. She began her formal training at age 6 at Mayfair Academy, and then continued her training at Joel Hall and with Homer Bryant. By age 9, Erin focused her attention of classical ballet under the tutelage of Larry Long at the Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance. In 1987, Erin was selected as the first African American “Clara” in the Chicago Tribune Charities Production of the Nutcracker at McCormick Place. Ms. Barnett received a B.F.A. of Theater Arts from Howard University in Washington D.C. Upon graduation, she performed and toured internationally with Garth Fagan Dance and Philadanco, and Armitage Gone Dance! After a three year run as “Sarafina” in Disney’s The Lion King in Las Vegas, Erin returned to Chicago to teach and share experiences with young dancers. Erin is the current Artistic Director of the Mayfair Performing Company.

JUNIOR WHITE, Hip-Hop

A Native of Chicago, Junior White has been performing since the tender age of 9 years old. Junior attended Collins High School, majoring in Performance Arts, Theatre and Music. He has studied intensely with Elaine Mclaurin and many other choreographers and dancers in the Chicagoland area. He is a former three-year member of the Perfect Tymin Performance Company where Ms. Mclaurin was the lead Director. Taking his experiences and all that he had learned, he created his very own hip-hop dance ensemble called Stereophonix. Mr. White’s choreographic and performance efforts were also prevalent in all five Dance Extravaganza’s, 2001-2005. His predominant pieces were “The Symphony & Game Over. In addition, he worked in conjunction with Harrison McEldowney at the Dance for Life benefit 2008 at the Harris Theater Chicago as well as several local musical artists. Junior is also a member of the Black Ensemble Theater. He is known for his role as (Jason) in the original production, The Last Dancer Standing. Junior has developed a beautiful and loving relationship with the youth, teens, and adults in which he works with. His goal is to inspire as well as help open eyes to different dance styles and cultures.

DANIELLE WILDER , Ballet

Danielle Wilder is originally from the west suburbs of Chicago. She has been dancing since she was 4 years old and has trained in Ballet/Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop, and Tap. She attended Hope College in MI where she received her Bachelors in Dance Performance and Choreography. After graduating from Hope, Danielle moved back to Chicago and has attended intensives with River North Dance Chicago, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, and LA Contemporary Dance Company. Danielle was also a backup dancer and choreographer for musician, Shuree Rivera, danced in music videos, and commercials, and has danced with multiple chicagoland dance companies. Currently, Danielle dances with Praize Productions, is on faculty for Activate Your Artistry Dance Convention, and judges for dance competitions. Danielle is very excited to start her journey with The Mayfair Performing Company!

JANAE KING - Combination /Jazz

Janae has been dancing for over 18 years and has been choreographing for more than a decade. She specializes in Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop. She is a loyal Mayfair Alumni. She has experience leading competitive and performance teams on an amateur and collegiate level. She has worked on show production and advertisement. Janae has starred in numerous music and promo videos and showcases. Janae loves to work with kids and help them reach their potential!

KENN ‘DJEDI’ RUSSELL - Tap

As a native Chicagoan, Kenneth Russell (Djedi) is the second child to be born out of 3 siblings and has been involved in the performing arts since he was 8 years old. He started out in tumbling class at Mayfair Academy, but after 2 years of repetitive routines, his enthusiasm faded, so his mother introduced him to tap dance. After all, his mother, brother, and sister were all taking up the art form of Tap, so he finally gave it a shot. After his first performance, Kenn fell in love with the art form and sought after it more as years passed. He has taken master tap dance classes from some of the greatest tap dancers in the world (Jason Samuels Smith, Bril Barrett, Dianne “Lady Di” Walker, and Derrick Grant to name a few). Now more than 20 years in his craft, he’s teaching children to pursue their dreams while he leads by example with the art and style of tap dance amongst other rhythmic dance genres that were picked up along the way.

DORIANNE E. THOMAS - Combination

Dorianne E. Thomas is a native of Chicago, IL and began dancing at the age of 3. She credits her formal dance training to Mayfair Performing Co. (formerly Mayfair Academy of Fine Arts). Dorianne spent many of her summers studying dance. She attended The Universal Dance Association Dance Camp (Chicago, IL), Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Twin Lake, MI), The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Summer Intensive (New York City, NY) and in the summer of 2018 she studied European contemporary dance and ballet abroad at Webster University’s campus in Geneva, Switzerland. Dorianne received her BFA in Dance with an emphasis in ballet from Webster University. In addition to the faculty at Webster, she had the pleasure of performing work choreographed by Michael Uthoff, Nejla Yatkin, Alicia Graf Mac, Cleo Parker Robinson, Eve Mason, Judine Somerville, Antonio Douthit-Boyd, Estelle Bovay and Urban Bush Woman. She is currently a second year apprentice with South Chicago Dance Theatre under the direction of Kia Smith. Dorianne teaches ballet and jazz full time to a varied range of students around the Chicagoland area, in both studio settings and after-school enrichment programs. She is excited to return to Mayfair, her home studio, to continue her journey as a teacher and dance artist.