Meet our Staff

Diane Fotino (DF) is the owner and director of the award winning Impact Dance Studio. She purchased the studio from her mentor, Sue Wagoner, in July of 2000. As a student, Diane took her very first dance class at Impact. From the beginning of her dance training, it was always a dream of hers to one day have a studio of her own. Along with her training at Impact, she furthered her studies with intensives and classes in London, New York, and Los Angeles, California. After dancing professionally for a few years, Diane purchased Impact Dance Studio at the age of 21. In addition to owning the studio, Diane is also the director and one of the choreographers of the Impact Dance Studio Performance Company. As a choreographer, she has won numerous regional and national titles, including: Entertainment, Choreography, and Top Teacher awards with various organizations. Six years later in 2007, Diane opened her second location in Countryside. Diane has a unique ability to help her students reach their fullest potential while instilling a strong work ethic and passion for the art of dance. Her students have gone on to dance professionally for the Radio City Rockettes, musical artists such as Carrie Underwood, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga, to name a few. E-mail: dfotino@impactdancestudio.com Video: Meet the Director
Cecilia Bravo (CB) is a native Chicagoan and a former ballet dancer turned AFAA and Zumba Fitness certified fitness instructor. She began ballet classes at age 6 and continued training for 7 years. Cecilia credits those early years as an important foundation for her future years as a performer and instructor. Though the ballet classes ended, she continued to dance throughout high school and college, ranging from dance team performance to university-level dance classes. After graduating from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana with a B.S. in Human Relations and Family Studies, Cecilia pursued her career in human resources; but her love of dance continued to call out to her. After realizing that Lou Conte Dance Studio was located across the street from her office, she quickly became a regular student, primarily with hip hop dance. After several years as a student, Cecilia jumped at the opportunity to become a ballet and hip hop dance instructor at a studio in the south suburbs. In 2003, she became a performer with the professional dance troupe, Hip Hop ConnXion, for nearly 2 years. Cecilia attained certification with AFAA in 2007 and with Zumba Fitness (a Latin dance inspired workout) in 2008. She also completed certificate workshops for yoga, Pilates and capoeira (Afro-Brazilian martial arts). After four years on the team, she decided to focus her talents primarily towards fitness instruction, teaching no less than four classes per week at fitness centers and studios throughout the western suburbs. Cecilia’s friendly, enthusiastic and energetic teaching style caters to students of all levels. She teaches not only because of her continued love of dance and fitness, but also to serve as a balance with her work life as a human resources manager.
Jessie Baetz (JB) began her dance training at the age of 5. She studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, and Contemporary. Jessie has performed at Dance Chicago, Indiana Collegiate Dance Festival, Indiana Music Educators Gala, Joliet Jackhammers games, and countless shows at Ball State University. She also danced competitively with Synergy Dance Company. Jessie recently graduated from Ball State with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Minor in Dance Performance. She has a passion for teaching the youngest dancers and her warmth and energy come through in all her classes. Jessie is thrilled to be able to share her passion for teaching and dance here at Impact Dance Studio.
JC Renzetti (JR) was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. He is the co-director of Xtreme Dance Force. JC graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelors degree in Political Science. 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 has also choreographed 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, companies and universities. 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. He was a part of the Dance Power Express faculty for 2 years, and was also an instructor on the dance convention/competition WILD. He is currently a judge for Starpower Dance Competition which enables him to pass down his knowledge to others.
Kylie Bannon (KB) began her dance training at Midwest Dance Company in Shorewood, Illinois. She started dancing at three years old under the direction of Tracy Marciniak. At the age of twelve, she began competing with the nationally ranked Perseverance Dance Company. Kylie has earned many scholarships and awards during her time of competing and under the direction of Missy Ridgway. She has worked with numerous choreographers such as Sonya Teyah, Justin Giles, Dee Caspary, Jackie Ford, David Moore, Mark Meismer, Bobby Newberry and several other noted choreographers. Kylie is extremely excited to work with the Impact Dance Studio dancers and looks forward to watching them grow as dancers.
Kristi Przybylski (KPZ) has over 20 years of dance experience. She started her dance career at the age of 7 as a competitive gymnast trained in classical ballet. As a teen, she continued her dance studies at Gus Giordano dance studio in Evanston and was a member of her high school dance team. At the age of 18, Kristi worked as a dance instructor for the National Cheerleaders Association, teaching High School and College dance camps all over the country. She later moved to Florida where she danced professionally for several years, including Bush Gardens Tampa and Disney World. She also danced for professional teams such as the Tampa Bay Storm and Orlando Predators, as well as for the Orlando Magic. Kristi moved back to Chicago in 1997 where she danced for the Chicago Bulls for three years. In 2001, she joined the Chicago Rush arena football dance team where she was a captain and assistant choreographer for two years. Throughout her professional career, Kristi has traveled all over the world and has made many television and video appearances. She is currently working as a choreographer and teacher for various nationally-ranked dance teams, as well as a choreographer for the Chicago Bulls organization. She is excited to be working at Impact Dance and hopes to use her experience to inspire all of her students.
Lauren Wienke (LW) began her dance training right here at Impact. She started dancing at three years old with “Miss Sue” Wagoner and continued to train and perform with the Impact Dance Studio Performance Company beginning at the age of six. Under the direction of Diane Fotino, Lauren received numerous scholarships and awards during her time on the company. At the age of fifteen, Lauren began training under the direction of Missy Ridgway at the nationally-ranked Perseverance Dance Company. She has been rewarded many honors and awards, and continues to compete with Perseverance. Lauren has participated in many master classes and pieces choreographed by Justin Giles, Sonya Tayeh, Mandy Moore, Jackie Ford, and several other notable choreographers. Lauren is excited to teach at Impact in the environment that first sparked her love for dance.
Logan Lipton (LL) is a native of Phoenix, AZ, where she began her training at the Dance Connection under the direction of Lisa and Lori Waddell. She was awarded a full tuition scholarship to The University of Arizona, where she received a BFA in dance summa cum laude and continued on to receive a MFA in dance and choreography. She has performed works by several internationally recognized choreographers including: Susan Quinn, Sam Watson, Doug Nielsen, James Clouser, Ray Leeper, Dee Caspary and Wes Veldink. Logan also had the opportunity to travel to China to perform at the Shanghai International Performing Arts Festival. She has served as a guest teacher/choreographer at The University of Arizona, Glendale Community College, Highland Park High School and several dance studios across the nation.
Maegan Baetz (MB) graduated from Ball State University with a B.S. in Entrepreneurship and a Minor in Dance Performance. Dancing since the age of seven, she has trained in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, and Contemporary. Over the years, Maegan has performed with Dance Chicago, Motivity Dance, InFlight Dance Collective, and many Ball State Choreography Showcases. Maegan is happy to be a part of the Impact staff and loves sharing her love of dance with all her students.
Sue Wagoner (SW) is the original owner of Impact Dance Studio. She started Impact in the Brookfield Community Center back in 1987 with just a handful of students. The studio continually grew and she soon moved it from Brookfield to the current LaGrange location. Sue was the director until 2000. She retired from teaching in 2002 to spend more time with her twin daughters and husband. Now that her daughters are grown and pursuing their own careers, she is very excited to return to teaching again. Sue is a native of London, England where she started her dance training at age three. She went on to train at the Royal Academy of Dance in London. After earning her degree in dance and movement therapy, she traveled all over the world as a professional dancer. Sue has wonderful warmth with children, as well as a sense of humor that they are drawn to. She teaches with radiant positivity and knows how to encourage every student to do and be their very best. We are so excited to welcome Sue back home to Impact!