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So You Think You Can Dance Choreographer Visits Local Dance Studio

Master Class With Jaci Royal Open To Public

LYONS, IL – Fresh from her thrilling choreography debut that brought judges and audiences to their feet on Fox TV’s So You Think You Can Dance, Jaci Royal will be teaching a master class that is open to the public at Foundations Performance Center in Lyons. The class with Royal, who will be in town to choreograph her 6th annual competition piece for Beyond Words Dance Company, gives local dancers the rare opportunity to work with a Los Angeles-based choreographer whose star is on the rise. The contemporary-style class will be held on Friday, December 4 from 8-9:30pm, and will be open to advanced-level dancers ages 10 and up at the cost of $20 upon arrival. No pre-registration is needed.

Royal teaches at the acclaimed Los Angeles EDGE Performing Arts Center, a who’s who of industry choreographers and celebrity dancers and entertainers, while directing her own professional company, Royal Flux, and traveling throughout the country as a highly sought after choreographer and instructor. Her work has included projects with Reebok, PULSE, Steps Ensemble, and Capezio, and she recently choreographed a music video for country artist Margaret Durante.

Royal’s instructional style encourages and inspires dancers to connect with the music, explore the self, and awaken the imagination. Originally from Phoenix, she moved to New York in 2005 to attend Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Program. There she met fellow scholarship recipient and long-time friend and collaborator, Kate Jablonski.

Jablonski is a Riverside resident and the owner of two Lyons-based award-winning companies for elite dancers, Beyond Words (ages 10-18) and The Kate Jablonski Statement (ages 18+). She co-founded Foundations Performance Center, a 6200-sq-ft studio located in Lyons next to Stella’s that is the home of her dance companies as well as a 300-seat theater venue. Jablonski is also founder and director of Camp Kate, an annual 3-day intensive that draws students from across the globe, and Camp Kate UK, based in Liverpool.

As a dynamic new force in contemporary dance, Jablonski has more than 20 million views and 55,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel, katieshmatee, which features her innovative and stunning choreography. She is a highly sought-after instructor and choreographer throughout the US and Canada, England, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, and Italy. Her work has received numerous accolades, including Dance Chicago’s 2013 Choreographer of the Year, Leo’s Gold Choreography Award at the 2009 Jazz World Congress, and first runner-up in the summer of 2009 for the prestigious Capezio Ace Award.

For more information on Kate Jablonski and her companies visit




Who: So You Think You Can Dance Choreographer Jaci Royal

What: Master contemporary dance class open to the public

When: 8-9:30pm on Friday, December 4

Where: Foundations Performance Center, 3903 Joliet Ave, Lyons, IL 60534

Cost: $20 per dancer at the door