SENIOR PRINCIPAL COMPANY MEMBER
"Hello! My name is Bernadette Chatman. I've always been a mover, but I didn't begin training as a dancer until high school. I attended Northern Illinois University and studied dance as a minor. During my time there, I performed and choreographed with the Northern Dance Theater and studied ballet, jazz, modern and improvisation. I taught dance and dance therapy to adults with special needs at Rockford Park District, Dimensions Dance Academy, and with the Penguin Project. Also at NIU, I was a member of a hip hop dance team, Envy, as well pledged Delta Phi Delta Dance Fraternity. Since my time in college, I joined the Peace Corps and learned several traditional dances from Tonga and I currently teach at a high school on the west side and coach cheer. I've recently joined HHOH during the winter semester and performed in the most recent show "Chosen". "
SENIOR PRINCIPAL COMPANY MEMBER
HEY EVERYBODY, my name is Jeremiah Jordan but you can call me Sir.Jordan. I’ve been dancing since the age of seven and during this time period I would take ballet classes on YouTube, it wasn’t until my pre-teen years when I started working with my grandfather that I was able to pay for workshop and dance sessions with dance organization and choreographers such as the Diamond Dancers, Kameron Reynolds virtual majorette classes and many more. But this past year I ran into a beautiful young women named Alana Hawkins who has trained me to the young man I am today, and every since then I have grown in my ballet and Horton technique. Dance for me has always been a fight because certain people have tried to hinder me but Alana has helped me overcome those obstacles. Now moving forward with the company my goals are to continuously improve my dance ability and I personally want to be a role model and inspiration to other male dancers because it’s very often that us males are put down because we’re dancers and the style we do and I want other male dancers to be able look at me as encouraging role model
Hi, I am Taylor also known as The Renée Ryder. I am a burlesque performer and HHOH Assistant Artistic Director and company member. I have been dancing all my life. As a young child I lived for the dance music videos and would often spend hours in the mirror reneacting the dances. In middle school I took up modeling and often participated in school events that featured choreographed numbers. High school I was a majorette and played in the band. Over the years I've taken some ballet and hip hop classes at Lou Conte. In 2019 I yearned for another artistic outlet so some friends encouraged me to give burlesque a try and from there The Renée Ryder was born. With Burlesque came a whole new world of possibilities. It opened my eyes to so many amazingly talented people and artistic mediums I had never experienced before. That exposure set a fire in me and helped awaken the laden artist within. The recent pandemic gave me time to explore more sides of myself and with that, I realized that I want to give dance all I got. So this past September I became committed to my technical dance journey by joining Hawkins House of Horton. Which has been the best decision I've ever made. I’ve learned so much and have gained a dance family like no other. I look forward to growing and honing my crafts.