Our Extraordinary Staff

 

Heart & Sole Dance is dedicated to pursuing and teaching excellence as a way of life. Whatever your goals and level of interest, from the rich social environment to the demanding path of the competitor, Heart & Sole Dance has something to offer, and we promise that your journey will be fun!

Our instructors have trained with the best and bring varied and extensive experience to the studio. From national level competitors to local experts, the standards at Heart & Sole are held higher than other studios and you can expect nothing but top quality and lots of joy in every lesson.

 


Maren Oslac – Owner, Lead Instructor

Maren, is a national level Ballroom, Swing and Country instructor, competitor and judge. After 10 years of traveling extensively across the country earning top placements and an exceptional reputation, she retired in 2008, to allow her to develop and grow the local dance community. Her passion for teaching and her desire to share her love of dance led her to open her own studio in Tinley Park, IL, start the Illinois Ballroom Teacher College, and bring the internationally acclaimed program Dancing Classrooms to the Chicago area.

Maren carries with her a host of wins and titles in Country, Latin, Ballroom, Hustle and Swing, including more wins than she can count in her favorite arenas, Strictly Swing and Jack & Jill competitions. For 4 years of her competition career, she had the privilege of competing in the Open Classic division of West Coast Swing with Jason Miklic. Together, they consistently placed in the top 5 in the nation throughout their partnership! Check them out on You Tube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbe52piPoVY


Kat Warner – Instructor

Kat began line dancing for fun at the age of eight. She danced with her family not knowing she was paving the path to her destiny. After graduating college with a double major in technical theatre and studio fine arts, she returned home. She consistently worked odd jobs to make ends meet while following her dream by substitute teaching line dance for Janet Kruse (her mother.) As she fell further in love with teaching, she decided to work toward turning her dream to a career.
 
In the late summer of 2016, Kat was introduced to Maren Oslac through an interview with her team of instructors. Maren opened the door to an opportunity and Kat joined the Heart and Sole dance family. She currently is teaching line dance, swing, ballroom, and country couples. She has a special love for choreography and for coaching wedding couples, (father-daughter / mother-son dances.) She is passionate about teaching as well as training for competition in the swing and country dance circuits.

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Riley Wimes – Instructor

Riley has been with Heart & Sole Dance since Maren opened the studio in 2008. He was instrumental in HSD becoming the success that it is today and will always hold a very special place at the studio. Riley bring a varied background with him which serves him well as an instructor.

Riley is known for his Swing, Lindy Hop, Salsa, teaching ballroom to youth and his fitness! He is an unstoppable machine!


Management

Monica – Technology Diva

Monica is the person that makes everything behind the scenes run smoothly at Heart & Sole Dance! Because of Monica, our instructors can focus on what they do best, and our clients get the best service! She takes care of scheduling, phone calls, payments and everything behind the scenes to allow everyone else to relax and have a good time! Make sure you give her a smile and a thank you for taking such good care of everything!


Laura Walsh – Studio Manager

Laura is a native of Tinley Park who spent most of her career working for Merrill Lynch on the Chicago Board Options Exchange in downtown Chicago. She is a full time mother of two. Joining our team in 2015, she is a loyal and dedicated studio manager. Laura has excellent customer service skills as well as a friendly attitude to match. She really loves our clients and loves being part of our dance community. Together, Monica and Laura let our instructors and clients make their time rewarding at the studio.


 …our instructors are qualified to work with everyone from raw beginners to advanced dancers and competitors, I wouldn’t have it any other way!   ~Maren O.