Master Class Day 2: Samuel Opsal & Anthony Rosario

Master Class Day 2: Samuel Opsal & Anthony Rosario

Wednesday 7/26 will be Day 2 of Plainfield Dance Academy’s amazing Master Class week featuring various special guest instructors! Let’s see who tomorrow will bring us!

Samuel Opsal

Originally from Pullman, WA, Samuel Opsal started dancing at 16 years old. As time has gone by, Opsal made his way to the Ballet 5:8 company in Chicago in 2016.
According to his introductory interview on, Opsal states, “It is hard for me to define my love of dance. On one level there is a joy that I feel when I am dancing that is related to pushing my body’s limits. Mentally I also like the challenge that dancing provides, and the continuous struggle to improve.”


Anthony Rosario

Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Rosario came to the U.S. when he was 3 years old and began ballet at the age of 16. At the Ballet Hispanico, he studied bellet, flamenco, jazz, Latin jazz and modern! Wow!
In his interview with, he is asked about how he portrays emotion through dance, “You have to feel (the music) within yourself – if you disconnect yourself or even if you’re on the music and still don’t give your all with the music you won’t be “one” and then it looks kind of separate. I’ve seen dancers – they’re with the music but for some reason it looks disconnected.”

Plainfield Dance Academy is very excited to welcome these two incredible performers to teach our pupils from all of their years of experience.

Passion ~ Dedication ~ Artistry

Master Class Day 1: Jennifer Grund!

Master Class Day 1: Jennifer Grund!

Jennifer Grund is a nationally renown dancer and teacher in the world of ballet. For twelve years, she performed as a full company member of Dayton Ballet and has danced in such shows as Romeo and Juliet, the Nutcracker Ballet, Dracula, and An American Cinderella. Once retiring from dancing, Grund began teaching and has done so for the past twenty years!

Plainfield Dance Academy is thrilled to say that Grund will be leading us off as we begin Master Class Week tomorrow! All who sign up will have the opportunity to learn from a true professional dancer and see first-hand what it takes to master your craft.

Go to our homepage to see who else we’ve got lined up for the rest of Master Class Week!

What You Need To Know

She will be instructing Ballet @ 10AM-11:30AM,

Followed by Pointe @ 11:30AM-12:30PM.

Classes are priced at $15 per class hour.

Student Spotlight: Shelby Vennekotter

Student Spotlight: Shelby Vennekotter

2017 marks the 14th Annual Seoul International Dance Competition.

The Seoul International Dance Competition is an annual competition in Seoul, South Korea where dancers from all over the globe travel to compete and introduce the arts and culture of their homes. This year, we are proud to announce that Plainfield Dance Academy’s very own Shelby Vennekotter has been invited to compete in the finals a the Seoul International Dance Competition. It is a huge honor in the arts to be considered for this competition and an amazing opportunity to showcase the best and the brightest in the world of dance. Shelby began dance at Millers Dance Studio in Denver, Colorado. Her dance studies included… ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, musical theatre, and Irish. After a series of moves, Shelby came to Plainfield Dance Academy in the spring of 2014. Under the direction of Altin Naska-Owner Plainfield Dance Academy, Olena Nalyvaiko, Corinne Emmenegger and Reida Dobi. Her studies focused on ballet, contemporary and character, and she quickly decided to make ballet her life.
Shelby attends Laurel Springs School which is an accredited online private school. Shelby’s ultimate goal is to be in a professional ballet company.


Her accomplishments include acceptance to numerous renowned schools of dance including:

1. Denver School of the Arts
2. Cincinnati School of Creative and Performing Arts
3. Harid Conservatory – Boca Raton
4. Kirov Ballet Academy – Washington DC
5. Zurich Opera Ballet School – Zurich, Switzerland

She has earned prestigious awards such as:

1. 2014 Carrie Rose Winski Scholarship award 3rd place
2. 2015 YAGP (Youth American Grand Prix) Indianapolis Regional classical and contemporary Junior division top 24
3. 2015 IIBC (Indianapolis International Ballet Competition) accept as a competitor
4. 2015 Carrie Rose Winski Scholarship award 2nd place
5. 2016 YAGP Chicago Regional classical and contemporary Senior division top 24
6. 2017 YAGP Chicago Regional Classical and contemporary Senior division top 12

Shelby performed in Zurich, Switzerland in a benefit for domestic abuse as a part of a trio choreographed by Eurika Rorto just last month as the headlining group. While attending the Plainfield Dance Academy, Shelby auditioned and won the role of Cinderella for the Wheatland Dance Theater’s 1st Spring full length production of Cinderella. Currently, Shelby is company member of Wheatland Dance Theater, a youth studio company of Plainfield Dance Academy.

Plainfield Dance Academy could not be more proud of Shelby for all that she has accomplished in such a short time and wishes her the best of wishes in the Seoul International Dance Competition. We can’t wait to see what lies ahead of her as she continues to follow her dreams and pursue her passions.

Congratulations, Shelby!!