(DIRECTOR) Founder, Director, Choreographer of Xtreme Dance Force, the number one Hip Hop and Jazz/Lyrical dance troupe in the Midwest. Renzetti, recently featured on the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine, began his training at age 8 in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop. Renzetti now travels all over the country for Master Workshops, Intensives and dance studios guest teaching and setting choreography. Renzetti trained in Hollywood, CA with top Choreographers and teachers. Renzetti has appeared in the Show “Pop Stars 2,” Lead Singer and Dancer for (Big Idea’s) Veggie Tales “Jonah,” the national syndicated TV show “Health and Lifestyles Weekly,” and other top shows and performances across the country. Recently Renzetti choreographed the Nationally Televised MLS All-Star Game Half-Time Show Featuring Recording artist Lupe Fiasco. Renzetti’s work has received National acclaim and overall awards for Choreography/Entertainment by top industry competitions. Renzetti’s group, Xtreme Dance Force are 9-time Starpower International Victory Cups holders. Xtreme Dance Force was also rated one of the top 5 dance companies in the USA by Dance Spirit Magazine. Renzetti’s credits include: openings for recording artist Soulja Boy, Ludacris, Ciara, Chingy, Tyrese, Lupe Fiasco, Bow Wow, Mims, and Twista.. Renzetti has trained dancers who have gone on to dance in major motion pictures, music videos, live celebrity tours, award shows and numerous commercials. Renzetti’s dancers have also gone on to teach all over the world. They’ve worked with artists such as Justin Bieber, JLO, Lady GaGa, Britney Spears, Jason Derulo and Pussy Cat Dolls. They have also appeared in Live Las Vegas shows, opening celebrity acts and on the “Wade Robson Project.” They have recently appeared on the Fox series “So You Think You Can Dance” and MTV Hit “Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew”, Season 1 and 2. Renzetti was featured as the head hip hop Coach in 2 shows of the Emmy Award winning MTV reality show, “MADE”. For more information on Renzetti’s Company please visit www.xtremedanceforce.com. Renzetti is also an accredited recording artist who has kicked off his singing career under the stage name "Nick Richards". For more information on Renzetti's artist career, please visit, www.nickrichardsmusic.com
(CO-DIRECTOR) JC Renzetti, Co-Director of Xtreme Dance Force, grew up and resides in the Chicagoland area. With a credited bachelors degree in Political Science from UIC, JC trained in jazz, tap, ballet, acro and hip hop since age 7. Through his performing and training years, JC lived in the competition limelight winning countless overall 1st place awards and being offered scholarships throughout the country. He was recently featured as a top 10 finalist with Xtreme Dance Force on MTV’s Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew Season 2. JC was also an assistant hip hop coach on MTV’s hit show MADE. He has performed and opened up for several top recording artists such as Ludacris, Ciara, Twista and Soulja Boy. JC has also been showcased in top shows in Las Vegas. He was a choreographer for the internationally broadcast MLS All Star Game Half-Time Show featuring top recording artist Lupe Fiasco on ESPN. He is also a choreographer for the NBA Detroit Pistons dance team Automotion. JC continues teaching all over the country while he sets award winning hip hop routines for numerous dance studios and companies. Since becoming Co-Director of Xtreme Dance Force, the company has opened up for celebrity recording artists such as Chingy, Tyrese, Bow Wow and Mims, just to name a few. JC is currently choreographing and working with brand new up and coming recording R&B artist Stevie Brock (recently signed with Mosley Music Group/Interscope Records). He was a part of the Dance Power Express faculty for 2 years, and was also an instructor on the dance convention/competition WILD. JC is also a dancer/model/actor for the top recognized agency, CTG, Clear Talent Group.
(CO-DIRECTOR) Devon is from Toronto and has been since a young age. He has had the opportunity in choreographing for such projects as The Toronto Film Festival as well the tap scenes in the movies; Honey, Universal Pictures and Save The Last Dance 2 MTV.
He’s appeared in music videos for such artists as; Chris Brown-New Flame, Chris Brown-Loyal, Chris Brown-Turn Up The Music, NeYo-Beautiful Monster, David Guetta+Chris Brown-I Can Only Imagine, Timbaland-Cop That Disc, Snoop+Wiz-Young,Wild n’ Free, BoA-Energetic, K-OS-Superstar + Crab Bucket, Mark Ballas-Get My Name, Yasmeen-Blue Jeansand many more. Devon has also performed on TV and stage with artists such as; the Billboard Awards w/ Michael Jackson hologram tribute, the VMA’s w/ Justin Timberlake, the V.M.A.’s, Billboard Awards, BET Awards, DWTS and Carpe Diem Tour w/ Chris Brown, So You Think You Can Dance w/ Ne-Yo, DWTS w/ Jason Derulo, DWTS w/ Mark Ballas, DWTS w/ Macy’s All-Stars, American Idol w/ Travis Garland and Stefano Langone, Korean Pop Star BoA and many more. He has also appeared in commercials for Marshall’s, Cali-Max, and Milk-Canada.
(CO-DIRECTOR) Gretchen Rose Duncan started dancing at the age of 2, began competing at the age of 7 & began teaching at 12 years old. She continued to train with competitive dance teams all over the Chicagoland area, winning choreography awards at many local & national competitions. During her time as a dancer she also got some amazing acting opportunities in recitals and Summer stock as Mother Nature, a featured Angel from the Christmas Carol & Maria from the Sound of Music. After graduating high school, Gretchen was selected as one of the 6 featured dancers from Chicago to appear on “the Wade Robson Project” on MTV in 2003. This was the first dance reality series ever to air on national television making the way for such television hits as 'So you think you can dance,' 'America's Best Dance Crew,' and 'Dance Moms.' Shortly after, she joined Xtreme Dance Force while pursuing her 3 associates degrees, bachelors in Business and duel MBA in Business Administration & Human Resources. With the accumulation of experience, she has danced for Chingy, Chamillionaire, Soulja Boy, Tyrese & Lupe Fiasco as well as at Chicago Bulls & Milwaukee Bucks games. Throughout the years, she has trained directly under Brian Freedman, Justin Giles, Liz Imperio, Sheila Barker, Charles McGowan, Jesse lee Santos, Joaquin Phoenix, Chris Judd, Wade Robson, Company Dance Competitive circuit owner Tracie Marcineak, NappyTabs, The Jabbawackeez Crew & many more. She is trained in all styles of dance & enjoys all aspects of the performance arts including editing & producing music, writing music and performing vocals, as well as teaching & choreographing. A few years back Gretchen answered a call on her life to ministry & was an AXIS youth leader at Pathway Christian Fellowship in addition to being a worship leader. All the while teaching and performing with Movement Revolution Crew as a dancer and choreographer. She then relocated to Dallas to attend Christ for the Nations Bible Institute, taking a position to direct the pre-teen ministry at Pathway of Life Church, teaching and choreographing at Powerhouse of Dance in Dallas and studying worship, helping international students and teaching make-up to the drama ministry for their CFN performances. This brought her home to the Chicagoland area for a short summer time before heading out Hawaii where she took an Artistic Director position at NIX Performing Arts Center in Aiea, Hawaii working on developing and building their dance program and performing company. She currently is back in Chicago, Youth Pastor at Pathway Christian Fellowship, leading worship and performing for Ashton Vines as a backup dancer.
(CO-DIRECTOR) Nichole has been dancing since she was 4. At age 12 Nichole joined Xtreme Dance Force when it started in 2002 and danced with the company until she graduated High School in 2008. Nichole has been trained in Hip-Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Tap, Modern and Contemporary. While on Xtreme Dance Force she was a part of the group that won the first victory cup for the company in 2006 and followed that with 2 more in 2007 and 2008. She has received scholarships and numerous overall top scores while participating in conventions and competitions regionally and nationally. Through Xtreme she had the opportunity to work directly with Jesse Santos, Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo, David Moore, Kevin Maher, Brian Friedman, Dave Scott, Sky Hoffman, Nick Bass, Tokyo, Bobby Newberry, Leslie Scott, Laurie Ann Gibson, D. Woods, Marty Kudelka, Chris Jacobsen and Jayson Wright. Nichole has also been instructed by Avnun Yakubov, Nikki Del Rae, Sarah Ford, Sam Renzetti, JC Renzetti, and Alvin Ramirez. Also while on Xtreme she performed in the opening dances for Ciara, Ludacris and performed in the MLS half time show with Lupe Fiasco. Nichole also performed with Xtreme at Urbanite, Taste of Chicago, Dance Chicago, and various other performance opportunities. In 2003 Nichole was casted as one of the dancers in a commercial for Value City. During her high school years from 2004-2008 she also participated in the Neuqua Valley High School Orchesis Dance Team. During her Junior and Senior years she was given the opportunity to choreograph dances for their annual show. In 2008-2009 she assisted JC Renzetti with Team hip hop and taught at the Center. In 2009 she moved to Los Angeles. From 2009 to 2011 she studied dance in Los Angeles taking classes from various instructors at Millennium and Debbie Reynolds studio. While in California she attended Santa Monica College and UEI to pursue studies in the medical field. In 2011 she moved back to Naperville and rejoined the Xtreme Staff as a Co-Director for Crew Hip Hop and an Instructor at the Center. Nichole is currently pursuing her Nursing Degree and enjoying teaching at the Center which are both long time dreams of hers. Working with the crew kids and teaching the Children’s program classes have given her a new insight on the dance world because she has the opportunity to enlighten the young kids she teaches and spark their interest in dance.
(CO-DIRECTOR) Jacquie Renzetti began dancing at the age of 4 at Denise Sabala Dance Studios where she trained for 9 years and developed her passion for dance. Throughout her High School years, Jacquie was a member of Perseverance Dance Company where she received many regional and national titles such as 2004 LA Dance Magic's Magic Performer, and 2003 & 2004 Miss West Coast Dance Explosion. She was also the sole recipient for "Excellence in Technique" at the national level among hundreds of dancers her senior year. Immediately out of high school she began dancing professionally with Nick Pupillo (Artistic Director of Visceral Dance Chicago) and Eddy Ocampo (Executive Director of LEVEL dance) performing in several dance showcases including Dance Chicago, Chicago House, and "Vibe" in Boston, Massachusetts. Jacquie was showcased as a principle dancer in Value City, The Room Place, and Nokia commercials. For several years Jacquie worked as a dancer/model for Impulse Talent Group and Stage Factor, Inc. where she did freelance performance work for casinos, corporate events, hotels, benefits, and events featuring the Goo Goo Dolls, and Bacon Brothers, to name a few. In 2008, Jacquie was a season apprentice with River North Dance Chicago under the direction of Frank Chavez and had the privilege of learning works by many nationally renowned choreographers. Jacquie is a sought after master class instructor in the Chicagoland area and known for her concentration and detailed instruction on technique in jazz and lyrical. Currently Jacquie is an instructor at Dance Xplosion in Bloomingdale, IL where she has taught and choreographed for the past 9 years, and she is excited to be adding the Xtreme Dance Center and Xtreme Dance Force to her dance family!
(CO-DIRECTOR) Tiffany McCord is a former Tennessean who cherishes the performance and education of dance. She received her BA in Dance from WesternKentuckyUniversity, with a minor in Business Entrepreneurship. With the WKU dance company, McCord performed and studied at the American College Dance Festival and performed on tour to Civitavecchia and Tolfa, Italy. She has also studied at Atlanta Ballet’s Summer Intensive and BelhavenUniversity.
McCord has been a full time company member with Elements Contemporary Ballet since 2012, and with them has also had the privilege of collaborating as a dancer with Aerial Dance Chicago. In 2014, she was choreographer's assistant to Joseph Caruana for his original work "The Sun King", along with playing the principal role of Lully, presented in MillenniumPark. In May 2015, her work "Coalesce" was presented in the first annual Elemental Components, and then in Core Project’s Going Dutch 2015. Her choreography has also been presented in the 2015 Bonesbare 9, provided by Core Project, and in the New Moves 2015 Choreography Competition, provided by Noumenon Dance Ensemble. McCord currently teaches throughout the Chicagoland area in genres of Ballet/Pointe, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, and Tap, along with being a certified Pilates Reformer instructor.
(CO-DIRECTOR) Kailey Purpur grew up dancing in the suburbs of Chicago at Gotta Dance Studio. Influenced by Michele Broviak, Jory Bowling, Sarah Ford, Jay Fagan, Jason Janas, Kacy Combs, Sam Renzetti,and Avnun Yakubov to name a few. Kailey attended Ripon College in Wisconsin where she was Co Captain of the dance team. Kailey has been trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Lyrical and Contemperary. Tap being one of Kailey’s passions, she has been honored to perform with Chicago Human Rhythm Project. Wanting to share her knowledge, Kailey became the primary tap instructor & competition choreographer for Midwest top rated, Powerhouse Dance Company under Jory Bowling at the age of 15. Her choreography won numerous overall high scores, special awards and title wins both regionally as well as nationally. Previously, Kailey instructed and choreographed at DeForest Dance Academy. Kailey is currently teaching at Dance Xplosion located in Bloomingdale, Illinois. Within the year Kailey's wedding Choreography has gone viral with over 8 million views on youtube, "Kyle and Nicole's Amazing Wedding Dance." Since, Kailey's wedding choreography has taken off with this new trend. Kailey has also done numerous print and film work in the Chicagoland area. In April 2015 Kailey performed in "Branson's Day Off' flash mob with Richard Branson for the grand opening of Chicago's Virgin Hotel. Kailey has judged for Nexstar and Starquest national taken competitions for years, which has shown a wide variety of talent through her travels. Kailey is absolutely thrilled to be joining the Xtreme team!
(ASST. CO-DIRECTOR) Samantha has been dancing since she joined Xtreme Dance Force in 2006. She danced with the company for 8 seasons, where she received extensive training in hip-hop. While dancing on the company, she primarily assisted JC Renzetti with the Team Division of Xtreme Dance Force, but frequently assisted Alvin Ramirez and Sam Renzetti at studios in and out of state as well. Throughout this time, Samantha was awarded scholarships individually and contributed to many group awards including 4 national titles with the Force Division. After graduating from high school, she continued dancing for 5 seasons with The Puzzle League, one of the top dance crews in the Midwest. During this time they were awarded several titles in and out of state, including first place at World of Dance Chicago, Las Vegas, and Orlando. Samantha has taught and assisted at numerous studios throughout the Midwest, in addition to various studios in New York and Virginia. In 2015, she appeared as a principal dancer on the season finale of the hit FOX show "Empire." She is currently interning at Margie Korshak, Inc., and earning a degree in Communications and Media with a double minor in Cinema Studies and PR & Advertising at DePaul University.
(ASST. TEACHER) Vanessa Urbán began her training in dance at the age of 3, studying ballet, tap, jazz, and gymnastics. At the age of 12 she discovered her true passion in hip hop dance, joined the competitive company at Xtreme, and never looked back. From ages 12-19, Vanessa was an active member of Xtreme Dance Force, training under the instruction of Sam Renzetti, JC Renzetti, Alvin Ramirez, Robert Lewis, Matt Pilalis, Gil Mata and many more. During her time on Xtreme’s competitive team, Vanessa received numerous awards with the company for small and large groups, lines and productions. She is also proud to have experienced winning three national Victory Cups with her Xtreme team. Vanessa now attends College of DuPage full-time and is preparing a transfer to North Central College in Naperville to complete her Bachelor’s Degree. In addition to dance, Vanessa has a love for music and has participated in numerous vocal productions and competitions. Vanessa’s educational and professional goals are focused on Music Therapy and Speech Language Pathology. With her passion for dance and music, and her awareness on the power of teamwork, Vanessa is excited to share her experiences with the next generation of Xtreme Dance Force.
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