Who we are

Our Mission

At the Kenwood School of Ballet we hold in high regard the values of discipline, work ethic, proper dress code, timeliness, enthusiasm for learning, and working together with parents and Teaching Artists to cultivate a love and respect for the beautiful art form of classical dance.

We aim to create exceptional technicians and human beings through the vehicle of movement

artistic director

Kristi Lynne Mosbey is the Artistic Director and Founder of the ITwirl Dance Program and the Kenwood School of Ballet. She is also the former Artistic Director of Chicago Professional Dance Company, Noumenon Dance Ensemble (2014-2015). She is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. Kristi graduated in 2007 with her Bachelor’s degree in Modern dance and classical Ballet from Belhaven University of Jackson, Mississippi. Kristi has also held her National Strength and Conditioning Association license as a certified personal trainer since 2004.

Kristi has over thirty years of dance training and performance experience. She has trained at the  Performing Arts High School, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts from 2001-2003. Kristi has trained and performed in the greater New Orleans area with Javier Juarez Dance Company from 2000-2003. While with Mr. Juarez’s company, Kristi was trained in flamenco, Latin style jazz, hip-hop, and tap dance.

After moving to Chicago in 2009, Kristi has had the wonderful opportunity to train and perform Salsa, Mambo, and Cha-Cha for three seasons with Inspiracion Dance Company (formerly Chicago Latin Street Dance Company), one season with Modern Clave Dance Company, one season with Chicago Contemporary Dance Company and three seasons as a company dancer with Noumenon Dance Ensemble.

“I came to Chicago to pursue a dance career as a young woman. I never knew I would fall in love with this city, and to create a school for children to learn about and to fall in love with dance. I am blessed, humbled, and honored to be in the position to impact the lives of so many children. It is a privilege I do not take for granted.”

Teaching Artists

Ariel Dorsey

Eric Robinson

Celine Spinka

.

Photography by Chloe Hamilton

Kayla Tucker

.

Emmanuel Ramirez

Heather Cagle

.

Kim Davis

Brittany Latta

Brittany Latta, originally from Wheaton, IL, received her BA in Dance at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She has trained intensively in ballet, modern, jazz and hip hop, fusing the techniques together to create a unique style. Her Holistic Health Care minor compliments her dance portfolio by providing a unique understanding of movement mechanics in the human body, creating methods in approaching performance through a mind body connection to herself, and those around her. Throughout her undergrad, she was lucky enough to work with renowned dancers and choreographers of different styles, including Gabrielle Lamb and Rennie Harris, as well as WMU faculty members David Curwen and Monique Haley. She furthermore choreographed for a production where she was able to collaborate with composers and poets, which have additionally supported her dance endeavors. Brittany was also a hip-hop performance company member with WMU’s Hip Hop ConnXion Michigan under the direction of Annie Franklin. All of these experiences contributed to Latta becoming a well-rounded dancer and living up to her holistic views on movement. Post grad, Latta has had the opportunity to train as a scholarship student at Visceral Dance Center in Chicago, IL under the direction of Nick Pupillo. Brittany is also currently a company member of Chicago’s newest dance company, Hot Crowd. When she’s not in training or rehearsal, you can find her doing freelance projects and performances around the city, or teaching at local dance studios, striving to use dance as a platform for inspiration and change in the community.