Adriana Briscoe

When I was three years old, my mom asked me if I wanted to take a tap class. I miraculously said yes, even though I had no idea what it would entail or what I was throwing myself into. That was probably the best decision I’ve ever made. After dancing with Studio Impulse for 14 years, I’ve tried a variety of dance styles and fell in love with jazz and contemporary. I’ve also been a member of Impulse Dance Ensemble, which has allowed me to continue to grow as a dancer and performer. At Prospect High School, I’m the News Editor for the school newspaper, The Prospector, and I’m a member of Service Club and Italian Honor Society. Next year, I plan to attend Harper College and work toward a BA in Communications and Media from DePaul University through Harper’s University Center. I’d like to thank all of my dance teachers for all their support and encouragement throughout my time with Studio Impulse. I’d also like to thank my friends and family for watching my performances and supporting my passion for dance.

Madeleine Britto

I started dancing with Studio Impulse when I decided to take a hip hop class in third grade. I quickly learned that dancing was something I had so much fun doing and would become a big part of my life. Throughout the years I started taking jazz and modern and genuinely enjoyed each class so much. I have so many favorite memories with all my teachers and feeling so professional at all the recitals. Some of my favorite memories are wearing wigs for a jazz dance, being “social medias” in a modern piece and feeling so powerful in hip hop. All of these experiences hold such a special place in my heart, and whenever I think of an itchy costume it immediately brings a smile to my face. I want to thank my mom for driving me to dance classes throughout the years and always making time for dance. I want to thank my teachers who helped develop a creative outlet and to my friends who make each class just full of laughter. Next year, I will be attending Creighton University on a Pre-Law track.

Katie Draffkorn

I’ve been dancing on and off for as long as I can remember, but my love for dance was truly sparked in fifth grade. I started taking a hip hop class, along with some ballet and jazz, and I’ve loved it ever since. Aside from dance, I was the captain of the Prospect Color Guard and I was also in Girl Scouts, Youth Group, Ultimate Frisbee, the French Exchange, Service Club, Student Council, I was a Knight’s Way and LINK leader, an intern at the Mt. Prospect Chamber of Commerce, and worked at Chipotle. Next year, I plan to attend either Purdue University or Iowa State University to pursue a major in Hospitality Management and minors in Business and/or French. I would like to thank my amazing teachers and the countless friends I have made through my dance journey. They have truly been the reason why I love to dance more than anything. I also want to thank my family and friends for always sticking by me through my highs and my lows, their constant support has helped to fuel my passion for dance, and I wouldn’t be here without them.

Dani Garcia

I started dancing in the Studio Impulse program when I in sixth grade after training with the Mt. Prospect School of Classical Ballet since third grade. Looking back, I truly believe expanding my horizons was a wise choice. It’s been a wonderful ride ever since, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Getting to express myself through what I consider to be one of the best artistic mediums onstage has been such a treat, and I hope to continue dancing even when I go to college. I will be attending Harper College for my first two years as I am a part of the Harper Promise Scholarship Program, and afterwards I might consider transferring to a four year university. There are so many options to choose from that I still haven’t decided where I would possibly go. Recently I’ve thought about either studying psychology or English as I do have the desire to become an author. And in the meantime, I’ve been thinking about possibly starting a YouTube channel where I’ll be posting dance videos and other artistic activities.

Taylor Mueller

I started my dance career at the Mt Prospect School of Classical Ballet when I was just three years old, and fell in love with dance. After starting in ballet, I tried out other styles of dance and began dancing with the Studio Impulse in fifth grade. I immediately fell in love with hip hop and it has been my favorite ever since. I began adding more classes like jazz and contemporary. My sophomore year of high school I became a member of Impulse Dance Ensemble. Dancing with IDE has exposed me to all different types/levels of dance and has helped me become the dancer I am today. While dance has taught me a lot in the studio, it has also taught me a lot about life. It has taught me discipline, respect, patience, strength, determination, and many other amazing characteristics. Next year I plan to attend the University of Iowa to major in pre-physical therapy in hopes to become a physical therapist. I hope to carry on my passion for dance at Iowa the next four years. I would like to thank all of the teachers who have been a part of my dance journey. You all have truly shaped me in more ways than you know! I would also like to thank all of the girls who dance with me. Your positive energies are infectious. I loved spending time with you guys. I am going to miss everyone, and this studio, so much next year. I love you!

Katie Sipko

I’ve been dancing since I was three and I couldn’t imagine my life without it. I have danced with Studio Impulse for fifteen years and with the Mt. Prospect School of Classical Ballet for five years. I have loved being able to broaden my dancing by training in various styles from hard hitting jazz and hip hop routines to graceful contemporary pieces. Throughout my time at the studio, I was a member of Impulse Dance Ensemble for four years. IDE has given me countless opportunities and allowed me to express my passion for dance. Next year I plan to attend Bradley University and pursue a major in Nursing. I would like to thank my incredible teachers for always encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone and for constantly supporting me. I’d also like to thank my friends that I’ve made for their endless support and helping me through all my injuries. Thank you for all memories and I will miss you all tons next year. Most importantly, I’d like to thank my parents for driving me to all my classes and constantly supporting me. Thank you for being my biggest fans and never missing a minute of my dance journey.