Meet The Team
Our Extraordinary Team
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.
Our Heart & Sole Dance Team
Maren Oslac, Owner/Lead Instructor
Maren is a dancer, educator and entrepreneur. After establishing herself at the top of levels of Swing, Country and Ballroom dance worlds, she opened a physical location to develop and grow the local dance community. Her passion for teaching and her desire to share her love of dance tied with her drive to help people change their lives through the discipline of dance led her to delve deeply into what it takes to truly be excellent in life.
Maren takes the art of teaching dance to a higher level. She specializes in excellence education and is committed to helping people to dance with, and through, life with grace, elegance, joy and intention. Her next adventure is bigger than anything she’s attempted so far!
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 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 joined the studio’s dance family. She currently teaches line dance, swing, ballroom, and country couples. She has a special love for choreography and for coaching wedding couples. She has worked with brides, grooms, fathers, daughters, mothers, sons, and bridal parties. She is passionate about teaching as well as training for competition in the swing and country dance circuits.
Eli Wilson, Instructor
Eli began dancing in his mid 20’s and quickly fell in love with the world of dancing. He graduated college with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering. There he found his love for teaching by working as a lab instructor for undergraduate courses. As his love for dance grew (and with a spark of inspiration from his first dance instructor) he decided to pursue a career as a ballroom dance instructor.
In the fall of 2017, Eli found the studio and enrolled in the Ballroom Teacher College. Upon graduating, he started teaching ballroom, latin, and country group classes as well as wedding couples. Eli competes in the swing, country, and ballroom circuits. His passion for not only teaching, but dance itself drives him to continue perfecting his technique. You will often find him practicing in the studio between his lessons.
Harrison Ramsey, Instructor
Harrison Ramsey has been dancing for over ten years and “Dancing with Stars” is was what first inspired him to dance. After trying a few youth classes, he fell in love with dancing and caught the competition bug. Dance brings him great joy, an outlet for creativity, and brings out his competitive spirit. Harrison is a two-time United Country Western Dance Council (UCWDC) World Champion in Line Dance and Pro-Am couples, an Allstar West Coast Swing (WCS) dancer and is active in the Chicago social dance community.
Harrison travels across the country competing, which is where he got his first taste of teaching at Derby City Swing. He got to co-teach a Sunday Morning workshop with his partner after winning their first Rising Star competition. He’s always wanted to teach dance, and this experience helped him realize his dream. Now an instructor, his goal is to share his love of and passion for dance, to share the joy dance brings out in us with his partners, and to inspire other juniors, like himself, to dance.
Monica, Technology Diva
Monica’s love for music started young with the musical notes of everything from Nat King Cole to Pearl Jam floating through her home (and might be why she loves The Edsels just as much as Ace of Base). She combined her love of music and technology into a beautiful symphony and graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Performing Arts Management.
While expanding her knowledge in everything technological, Monica finds excitement in solving problems and addressing the “little” details. She considers herself a student in all aspects of life. When not tucked behind her computer, she can be found; hanging out upside down, watching large amounts of tennis, imitating Pippi Longstocking, and doing all things handy.
Daisy, Events Coordinator
Daisy has always been passionate about two things ever since she was young: dancing and planning events. Although she did not pursue dancing competitively, she enjoys social dancing on the weekends with friends. Some of her favorite dances are bachata, cumbia, and salsa.
She is currently pursuing event coordinating and becoming a full time event coordinator. Daisy has always helped her friends and family plan all types of events from birthday parties to weddings. She wanted to expand her knowledge about all things events, so she attended Saint Xavier University and graduated with a Bachelors in Communication. She is finishing up her internship with Dim Events and joined the studio in May of 2019 to further pursue her passion for both dance and event planning.