Owner & Director
Miss Connie O’Reel, the director of Southwest Synergy Dance, has 30 years of extensive dance training in jazz, hip hop, ballet, lyrical, and drill team technique. Her mission is to develop the natural creativity, expression, and confidence in youth today through the art of dance. Under the instruction of her mentor, Denise Gurley, she began her dance training at Susan’s School of Dance where her fierce determination, skill, and leadership propelled her from student to assistant instructor at the age of twelve. She continued her passion as a student at Lockport High School where she led her dance team to four years of excellence ending with a state title. At 19, Miss Connie became a principle instructor at Southwest School of Dance in Orland Hills and helped transition the studio into the competitive world of dance. Beginning in 2007, she has used her experience and talents to choreograph competition pieces for the Orland Hills Wolves, Carl Sandburg High School and Providence Catholic High School. In 2006, Miss Connie took on the role of Director and has since transitioned the school, now known as Southwest Synergy Dance, to neighboring Tinley Park. Mrs. O’Reel credits her success to her amazingly supportive family, her loving husband Todd, her four children, Deegan, Micaela, Everleigh and Deegan, and to her mentor, Miss Denny. She also attributes her success to her students and staff who give her the strength and confidence to keep going every day. Mrs. O’Reel strives to provide an experience that will inspire each and every student to love and appreciate dance and music. She enjoys the opportunity to impact the lives of youth through her passion for excellence through dance.
Assistant Director, Social Media Manager, Instructor, and Mentorship Program Coordinator
Miss Jenny Wojcik is an experienced, well-rounded dance teacher here at SWSD. She has made this studio her home for the past 21 years, starting out as a students, becoming a teacher's assistant, and then jumping into the rols as an instructor. She recently became Acrobatic Arts Certified, and she continues to train in all styles outside of the studio. Any post you see on Synergy's social media comes from Miss Jenny, and she loves getting the chance to share all the wonderful things Synergy has to offer! She danced on the Andrew Poms Squad all four years of high school, which is where she focused on team building and leadership. From there, she attended Columbia College in Chicago and received a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Business, and a minor in Live and Performing Arts Management. Miss Jenny also runs the Mentorship Program, which is a program that gives students responsibility both in and out of the classroom, and it teaches them a variety of skills to prepare them for the professional world, including interview skills, leadership, and accountability. Miss Jenny feels so lucky to instill the same joy of dance I feel into these eager and kind studnets!
Assistant Director, Instructor
Meghan began dancing at the age of 4 locally at Expressions Dance Studio. There she learned the basics in Ballet, Tap, and Tumbling while training for pageants and modeling. From ages 9-12, she took some time off to explore ice skating and gymnastics. When Meghan was 12, she went back to a studio to dance for 2 years before joining the dance team at Guilford High School. She continued to further her tumbling skills at Gymnastics Academy of Rockford. During high school, she spent a year working for Spotlight Performance in Belvidere where she taught Dance, Cheer and Tumbling. Meghan coached the Guilford JV Competition Dance Team for a year, as well as Eisenhower Middle School's Spirit Squad. During this time, she continued her own training in Ballet, Lyrical/Contemporary, Jazz, Tap and Hip-Hop with Forest Hills Dance Company. Meghan competed with Forest Hills Dance for 3 years and worked as an assistant teacher for 4 before she joined the team at Dance FX in 2012. Meghan continues to take classes at conventions and she attends dance teacher conferences throughout the year. She recently became Acrobatic Arts Certified and is excited to continue her training with her Synergy family! Meghan teaches with the foundation that anything is possible, "Go after your dreams and do what you love, don't let anyone tell you that you can't."
Before becoming an instructor, Miss Danielle danced on the Lincoln-Way West dance team all four years of high school. While leading the team as a captain her senior year, she trained in Hip Hop, Jazz, and Pom. Combining her passions for dance and working with children, she began teaching Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, and Acro for Synergy in 2013. Miss Danielle's goal is to allow her students the opportunity to express their individuality and foster their love for dance just as her coach did for her! Miss Danielle is thankful for her dance family and the opportunity to do what she loves every week!
Miss Kayla started dancing at a young age, and her passion continued to grow from there. She trained at Elite Dance Academy in all styles of dance – Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Pointe, and Tap – and she danced for the Lockport Porterettes for four years in high school where she led the team as captain for two years. Miss Kayla graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and an endorsement in Dance. While acquiring her degree, she was both a member and a choreographer for the Illini N Motion Dance Team. Currently, she's on staff as the Ballet teacher here at Synergy Dance and she feels blessed to be a part of this dance family! Aside from dance, she is a 5th grade teacher at Trinity Christian School in Shorewood, IL.
Miss Caitlin has danced for 16 years -- (10 of those being competitive). She started teaching at Synergy two years ago, and she has been a part of the competitive program ever since! She recently became Acrobatic Arts Certified, and she loves seeing how even our youngest dancers push themselves to learn new skills. Miss Caitlin started her training at Dance FX in 2010 when the studio opened, and she is so grateful to have been involved there since it led to opportunities here! Miss Caitlin helps choreograph for the Synergy FX Dance Company, and can't wait to further her teaching career with us. Currently, she is attending North Central college to study Psychology and Spanish. In her free time she watches every sitcom on Netflix!
Dancing and performing were always an ambition of Kelsey's. She was able to take her first dance class at the age of nine. A few months later she was asked to join Midwest Performing Arts Center as a competitive team member, which later turned into Encore Dance Productions. At the age of 11, Kelsey got a glimpse of the real dance world. She joined the competition team Excel Dance Productions where she got to work with well known choreographers like Napoleon and Tabitha (NappyTabs), Mia Michaels, Sonya Thya, Tyce Diorio, Brian Friedman, and many more. I lived in LA and trained as a dancer for 5 years, and she's happy to be back in Chicago and teaching here at Synergy!
Miss Summer took her first dance class when she was five years old, and has participated in many performances and competitions ever since! She competed with Legacy Dance Ensemble for many years while studying Ballet, Tap, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, and Jazz. While in high school, Miss Summer danced with the Tinley Park Varsity Dance Team for four years, and she led the team as captain for two. As a captain, she had the opportunity to choreograph all the team's routines for games, assemblies, and other school related events. In the fall, she will be attending Governors State University to study elementary education. In her spare time she loves to cook and listen to music!
Jordan Burns is from Southern backwoods of El Dorado, Arkansas and a graduate of Henderson State University with a degree in Theatre Arts. He has been dancing and acting since the age of five in musicals, parades, commercials, competitions etc. He has worked in New York City performing as Scarecrow in The Wiz, Dancing in the Dominican Republic and a Sassy Reindeer touring all over Canada. Currently Jordan choreographs & teaches kids of all ages in various studios including Southwest Synergy Dance. Jordan loves performing, teaching, shopping, Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, Cheesecake and Chimpanzees! Jordan just wrapped up as the moon-walking Lyle in The GreatWorks Theatre adaptation of Lyle The Crocodile and will begin summer performing in Metropolis Arts production of The Buddy Holly Story.
Miss Bonnie is the Event/Birthday Party Coordinator for Synergy. You can contact her for all of your party needs -- she will take care of it all! You can also catch her working the front desk! Miss Bonnie has been at Synergy for a few years, and she's so proud of her daughter, Connie, for making Synergy what is is today!
This is her second year behind the desk, but she's been committed to Synergy ever since her and her daughters came a few years ago! She has one daughter on the competitive dance team, and one who loves taking her favorite classes just for fun! She is also involved in the Company Spirit Club, and is super happy she has found a home for her dancers.