Betty Allen, Director Children's Dance Program
Betty Allen is a strong advocate for the arts, especially dance. As an instructor of dance and drama in public schools for over two decades, she worked with elementary students focusing on learning through creative movement. As a district fine arts coordinator in Urbana, Illinois, she oversaw curriculum and instruction as well as the scheduling of all fine arts classes. In 2012, Betty was awarded the Teacher ACE (Arts, Culture, and Education) Award presented by 40 North. Betty currently serves as a supervisor and mentor at the University of Illinois in the College of Education. She also co-teaches Artsful Teaching through Integration. Since 2000, Betty has served on various committees for the Illinois State Board of Education with a focus on learning standards, assessment, and dance certification. As director of the Children’s Dance Program for the Department of Dance, Betty strives to help children explore the world through creative movement and dance.
Anna Sapozhnikov, Assistant Head for Program Administration and Engagement
Anna Sapozhnikov is a teacher, choreographer, and performer with roots based in Chicagoland. As an educator, Anna is proud to have started the dance program at York High School in Elmhurst, Illinois, where she taught all levels of technique and choreographed for main-stage productions from 2008 to 2019. Her teaching credits also include serving as dance faculty in various institutions such as the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the Youth Performing Arts High School in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as the Louisville Ballet School. Anna received her BFA and MFA in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was also a visiting assistant professor of dance during the 2005-2006 school year. She holds her K-12 teaching certification from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and most recently received her real estate license.
Anna is the founder and artistic director of MOYAMO DANCE as well as codirector of the duet collective she shares with Erika Randall, Sweetie Pie Productions. Her choreography has been produced in various venues throughout Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, Wisconsin, Colorado, and West Virginia. She is also the recipient of numerous grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the District 205 Foundation (Thiems Grant). When not dancing, Anna enjoys spending time with her family.