Dyanna Daniels​​​​​​
Founder, Artistic Director
Tony Wilder
Assistant Choreographer
Tony Wilder began dancing at a young age, inspired by Michael Jackson. He has taken class from Ian Eastwood, Kyle Hanagami, Bam Martin, Brian Puspos, Lando Wilkins, Daz Harris, Johnnie Campbell, Shannon Johnson, Crystal Frazier, Jill Pribyl, and Jun Quemado. He began choreographing in college and started teaching in 2009. He is a full time PE Teacher and formerly taught Boys Hip Hop at the Darien Park District. Tony was been a guest workshop Instructor for Des Plaines Dance Idol. He is the Assistant Choreographer of DLD Professional Dance Company which he has been a member of since 2009 and one of our original faculty members at DLD Dance Center.
Nika Roman
Dyanna Daniels began her dance training in 2003 through Western Illinois University’s dance department and the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Dance Troupe. Her forte is Urban and Hip Hop movement but she has also trained in several other genres including African, Jazz, Ballroom, Spiritual, and Contemporary. Dyanna co-founded DLD  (Diva le Dance) with Arthur J. Daniels in 2004. She is the Artistic Director and current member of DLD Dance Company. Dyanna opened DLD Dance Center in 2011 offering classes in various dance genres for dancers ages 3 to Adult along with scholarships for children in the community who otherwise would not have the opportunity to dance. As Performance and Choreography Director of the DLD sponsored Flash Mob Dancers Group of Chicagoland, her work appeared on ABC’s Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition in July of 2013. Her choreography has also been featured at Elgin Ties Dance Festival, Freespace Dance, Dance Chicago, Western Illinois University, College of DuPage, MotorCity Casino-Hotel, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago Auto Show, Going Dutch, Noumenon Dance Ensemble’s New Moves, and Navy Pier. Although her work is primarily rooted in Urban and Hip Hop culture, she enjoys interfusing Hip Hop with other dance genres to create an eclectic performance experience. Instilling the foundations, culture, and freedom in Urban and Hip Hop movement is essential for her work and pedagogy. She also aims to offer a multitude of knowledge to her students with her experiences in the business, performance, choreographic, and commercial aspect of the dance industry. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Choreography at Jacksonville University as she continues to develop as an artist.
Nika Roman was raised in Brooklyn, New York and fell in love with Hip Hop at a young age. In High School she met her mentor, B-Boy Ed Mejia who saw potential in her as she developed her craft. Over the next five years she participated in Phase One Dance Company and had the opportunity to choreograph several pieces for them. Although she was exposed to a variety of genres of dance, Hip Hop was where she found her home. She began choreographing in High School for several teams. In 2003, Nika had the opportunity to perform with Latina artist La India at the Celebrate Brooklyn summer festival. This is her 3rd season on the company. She is also on faculty with DLD Dance Center.
"I never want to be the best. Being the best insinuates a lack of progression. I am surrounded by extraordinary dancers that I look up to and am excited to learn from. I know I'm finally in the right place at the right time- to think, it all started with a VHS of Usher Music Videos."
Christian Sosa
Christian Sosa started dancing at the age of 15 during his sophomore year of high school in the styles of Hip Hop and Breakdancing. He later continued his training at Ivangel Dance Studio and Urban Dance Concept broadening his training to various styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Modern. Throughout the years, Christian has also choreographed various pieces that have been performed at World of Dance, Six Flags Great America, and has danced in events such as Freespace, NewMoves, and Prelude Midwest. Christian is also currently the Artistic Director of IDS Dynasty Competitive Team at Ivangel Dance Studio and has recently performed with world renowned artist OnSean Zion as a back-up principal dancer. This is his 3rd season with the company. Christian is also on faculty at DLD Dance Center. 
Karen Arreola
Karen Arreola, 22 years old, native of Mexico City, Mexico emigrated to the United States at the age of 3. She began her training in dance at the age of 17 and has continued ever since then. In her short time as a dancer Karen has been a member of Ivangel Dance Studio's performance team as well as Urban Dance Concept's competitive and pre-professional companies. She has experience in Jazz and Contemporary. However, her fierce and sassy style comes as a result of her extensive training in Latin dance and Hip Hop. Karen has performed at World of Dance Chicago, Prelude Midwest, Freespace Dance Festival, Nightmare on Chicago Street, Elgin Short Film Festival, Ascension Performing Arts Annual Benefit, Fox Valley Showcase, and has recently been part of OnSean Zion's Latin Cabaret production as a principal dancer. She has also received scholarships from Activate your Artistry workshops for two consecutive years. She is presently a member of Ascension Performing Arts. Karen wishes to never stop gaining new knowledge in and out of dance. This is her second year in the company and she also assists with marketing for DLD Dance Center. 
Victor Lugo
Victor Lugo began dancing in high school through freestyle sessions with friends. His love for dance grew and eventually he started focusing on choreographing his senior year of high school for many of their performances. In 2011 he joined Harper College's Pom & Dance Team where his choreography has been performed for the past four years in their Spring showcase. He also performed with the President of Harper College for the Academic Awards for 3 years. Victor is currently a Registered Nurse working on getting his Bachelor's Degree in Nursing through Purdue Calumet University's affiliation with Harper College. Through collaboration with Vicki Summers and Kym Banner, Victor has led and taught in Crystal Lake's Hip-Hop Explosion, a community program where kids get to learn hip-hop choreography on Friday nights. Victor has participated in Freespace, a showcase local for choreographers and dancers, since 2015 and choreographed for the festival in 2016. He is a member of Chicago's Daily Center.  This is Victor's 3rd season in the company and he is also on faculty at DLD Dance Center. 
Molly Muriby
Molly Muriby began dancing at a young age and  training at DLD Dance Center in 2012. At DLD, Molly trained in Hip Hop and Breakdancing. She was also a member of our Adv. Student Companies and Competitive Company during that time. She was the captain of DLD's Distinctive Competitive Company for several until she graduating. She has recieved serval choreography awards both through DLD and at the competitive level. This is her first seasonin the company and she has been on faculty at DLD Dance Center for the past 3 years. 
Jairus Green
Jairus Green fell in love with dance at a young age. His forte is Hip Hop and he recently started focusing on fusing a more Contemporary style into his movement. Although, initially Jairus never had formal training due to finances, his mom introduced him to a show called America’s Best Dance Crew. After watching that show, dance became a lifestyle for Jairus or a simple way to describe it, his best friend. During his junior and senior year of high school, Jairus choreographed pieces for their showcase and also for his school’s dance team. While attending college, he ventured into Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary and had the pleasure of working with a lot of great instructors, especially Jon Slovan. He is a former member of Hip Hop ConnXion, where he was able to work with some amazing dancers and instructors including, Suave, Dave Fonseca, Darius Love, Chris Xayarath, and Kris Rhodes. This is Jairus' second season in the company.
“Some of the greatest experiences I have had as a dancer was trying out for So you Think You Can Dance, teaching workshops, and judging a few local competitions.”