Jodi Riley received her BFA with an emphasis on dance performance from Northern Illinois University. She began her training at a young age. She continued her dance education as a teenager attending classes at the Judith Svalander School of Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet School and Northern Illinois University. Jodi is trained extensively in ballet, jazz and modern. She also has training in character, tap and ballroom dancing.
She began teaching in 1993 for Beth Fowler. She continued with this school through 1996 running a location in Marengo. Jodi has taught at several dance schools in the Northern Illinois area including: Moves, Lynn Kalita Dance Center, Pam’s Academy of Dance, Northern Illinois University’s community dance program, and Northern Illinois University’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education. She has choreographed pieces for the Beth Fowler Dance Company, Art for Life, Student Choreography Showcases at NIU, Lynn Kalita Dance Center, and Stage Coach Theatre. She has also choreographed several productions for the Performing Arts Academy since opening in 2002.
As well as teaching and choreographing Jodi has had several years of performing experience. She has performed many lead roles including: Cinderella, Firebird, Puss and Boots (“Sleeping Beauty”), Sugar Plum Fairy (“Nutcracker”), Spanish (“Nutcracker”), as well as numerous others. Jodi was fortunate enough to work with Katherine Posin at Milwaukee Ballet on her original piece of “Bauch’s Lunch” which immediately became a part of the company’s repertoire!
Riley continues her education by attending special workshops for teachers and taking classes downtown Chicago. She is now a Stott® Certified Pilates instructor. She received her Pilates training at Elements in Motion in Chicago. She plans to specialize in Athletic Conditioning.
Most recently she completed her teacher training course in aerial silks and is ecstatic to bring it to the Sycamore community! Jodi trained in trapeze at Aloft Circus Arts in Chicago for 3 years and hopes to continue training in the future. She is thrilled to share her knowledge and passion for dance and now Pilates and aerial arts with her students!
Jodi is a military wife and mother of 2. She is a substitute teacher in the Genoa and Sycamore school districts.