Staff

Anna Sapozhnikov

Assistant Head for Program Administration and Engagement

Anna SapozhnikovAnna 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.


Laura Chiaramonte

Media Coordinator

Laura ChiaramonteLaura Chiaramonte (choreographer, dancer, teacher, and videographer) has been performing and producing work professionally in dance throughout the United States and abroad for the past 20 years and has worked with celebrated companies and artists such as Jennifer Allen, Lynn Dally, DanszLoop Chicago, Jyl Fehrenkamp, Pat Graney, Julie Gunn, Nathan Gunn, Andrew Harwood, Carleen Healy, I Ketut Gede Asnawa, Gina Jacobs, Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, Kate Monson, Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, Casey Pennel, Cynthia Pratt, Kirstie Simson, Thread Meddle Outfit, Total Theater, Warner Brothers, Deke Weaver, and Zephyr Dance.

Laura co-founded and directed the nonprofit performing arts company Creative Arts Melting Pot. The company was featured in the PBS Special The Chicago Dance Project and performed for Hans Breder, Collaboraction, Cirque du Soleil, Dance Chicago, and the Full Circle Festival. Laura has also shown her work at the Open Space Project, the Harvest Contemporary Dance Festival, and the Going Dutch Festival. She developed a movement studies class, emphasizing movement improvisation and composition through the inspiration of inter-media at the Chicago Art Department and taught workshops in dance and somatics at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Dance Center at Columbia College, and the Department of Dance at the University of Wisconsin–Madison; she was an artist-in-residence at Illinois Wesleyan and Frente de Danza Independiente at Sala de Artes Escénicas Marina de Jesus Quito in Ecuador. She has also conducted creative movement workshops with the Project Danztheatre Company Kids Program at St. Peter's School, Urban Gateways, and the LEAP Program.

Laura is currently teaching dance technique, yoga, and the Alexander Technique for the Theater and Dance Department at Millikin University and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also is teaching arts and integration for the public schools in the Department of Education and is the media coordinator and a lecturer for Dance at Illinois.


Natalie Fiol

Photographer

Natalie FiolNatalie Fiol is a visual communicator specializing in graphic design and photography. She is the graphic designer for the College of Fine and Applied Arts and has been the resident photographer for Dance at Illinois since 2010. Prior to working for the University of Illinois, she was art director for Adams Outdoor Advertising. She holds a BA in communication from the U of I and an associate's degree in design from Parkland College. An involved community member, Natalie served on the board of the Champaign-Urbana Design Organization from 2012 to 2014 and has been mentoring through the C-U One-to-One Mentoring program since 2014.


Kimberly Hardin

Physical Therapist/Athletic Trainer

Kimberly HardinKimberly Hardin has been the physical therapist/athletic trainer for the Department of Dance since 1999. She did her undergraduate work in education at Ohio State University and completed her physical therapy degree at the University of Louisville in 1994.

In addition to her work as a dance medicine specialist, her primary position is with Carle Hospital, where she has been since 2000. She currently works in the Sports Medicine Department, and in 2010 she helped to open Carle Sports Medicine at the ARC, which is a collaborative venture between Carle and the Activities and Recreation Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also acts as a rehabilitation consultant for the University of Illinois Department of Athletics. Her additional related work experience includes five years with Christie Clinic's Physical Therapy Department in Champaign and two years with Physiotherapy Associates in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to becoming a physical therapist and an athletic trainer, she did graduate work in exercise physiology, directed fitness centers, and worked as a national presenter for an adaptive fitness program for people with physical disabilities. Kimberly is married to former University of Illinois volleyball coach and now university instructor Don Hardin. They reside in Champaign.

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Cindy Masko

Office Manager

Cindy MaskoCindy Masko, office manager, is a native of Champaign and worked for US Postal Service for 25 years. After retiring she returned to college and received a BA from Eastern Illinois University with a minor in psychology in 2006. She began working for the Department of Dance in 2008, with responsibilities that include overseeing communications, facilities, general administration, and scheduling. Masko received the FAA Distinguished Staff Award for the excellence of her ongoing support of the dance community.

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