Meet Our Staff
We love to move together!
Studio Owner + Teacher
Founder and master teacher, Genevieve Garcia, has taught several styles of dance and acro internationally and earned a BS in Dance from Northwestern University. She fell in love with aerial work during her professional career as a dancer in Chicago and New York and knew there needed to be more aerial dance in Chicagoland for children and adults to explore. With her experience in classical, contemporary, and hip hop dance, plus love of acro and aerials, she is beyond excited to create a culture of trust, exploration, and artistry and cultivate dedication, bravery, creativity, and wellness - skills that will carry students above and beyond in whatever route life takes them.
Genevieve is an Acro, NASM Fitness, and Yoga certified instructor with an additional Wellness Coaching certification.
Studio Manager + Dance Instructor
Shannon began her dance training at age four in Downers Grove IL. Her passion for dance took her to Northern Illinois University where she received her B.F.A. in dance performance. In 2007 she began her professional career when she joined Chicago based Nomi Dance Company. From there, she went on to perform with Winifred Haun and Dancers, Purus Motus, and Trifecta Dance Collective, where she continues to dance. She has also created choreography for Nomi and Meraki dance companies. In 2013, Shannon's Solo was mentioned by Tribune critic Sid Smith who wrote: “…bittersweet and smart… toe work and turns, in a backstage scenario boosted by Brodie’s strength and carefully crafted nonchalance…". In 2018, She was honored to perform in the Dance for Life show at the Auditorium Theatre.
Shannon has been teaching throughout the Chicagoland area since 2006 and has co-directed two full length youth Nutcrackers. She has enjoyed watching her dancers grow and thrive over the years as she continues to share her love for the art of dance with her students.
Camp Coordinator + Dance Teacher
Miss Dani Hernandez has been dancing almost all of her life and is currently president of her high school Orchesis Team. Her favorite style of dance is Jazz and she really enjoys Hip Hop as well. She has been working as a Youth instructor for both Creative Movement and swim lessons and is super excited to join the GV Dance Fit Family!
Miss Demi Agaiby is a recognized Mental Performance Consultant & Dance Educator. With 20+ years of national commercial and concert dance training and an M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Demi believes in integrating psychological skills training and mental wellness into all performance spaces. Demi is determined to support performers in achieving their goals while building confidence and resilience in the studio and beyond!
Sonia Sethi-Kohli has experience performing many different dance Eastern dance forms including Classical (Bharatanatyam, Kathak), Traditional/Folk (including Garba/Dandia, Lavani, Bhangra), Pop/Contemporary (Bollywood) as well as Western formats including Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop, Salsa, Flamenco, and more. As Sonia enjoyed learning from a multitude of dance instructors, she also started sharing her love of dance and started choreographing dance performances for children and adults. During her undergraduate studies, Sonia also earned her national certification in Group Exercise Instruction and has taught a variety of fitness classes for over 20 years, including many dance-fitness classes (Bollywood/Bhangra, Zumba®, Hip-Hop/Funk).
She also has a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences (Speech-Language Pathology) from Rush University in Chicago and owns her company offering multilingual communication services. Through all of these entities, a celebration of cultural-linguistic diversity, as well as incorporation of dance, movement, and music, have been important elements when teaching and training individuals & organizations for more effective communication & engagement, social-emotional learning & development, and better brain health & overall wellness. Sonia currently resides in the Western Chicago suburbs with her husband and 2 energetic children, and enjoys seeing the passion of dance, music, and celebration of diversity being ignited on a daily basis.
Jenny Bailey-Murray + Kevin Murray
Irish Dance Instructor Team
Learn to “Riverdance” from international Irish dancing stars, Jenny Bailey-
Murray and Kevin Murray. They have over 30+ years’ experience in Irish
dancing through their successful competitive career, international shows, and
training champion dancers.
Jenny Bailey-Murray started Irish dancing at the age of five and trained in
Chicago, Illinois. She has placed in the top of her solo competition in Regional,
National, and World Championships. She holds Regional and National titles
and World medals. Jenny is a certified Irish Dance teacher and adjudicator,
ADCRG with "An Coimisiun" the largest Irish dance organization in the world.
Jenny took a break from teaching and danced in professional International
Irish dancing shows, dancing as lead dancer.
Kevin Murray, the unanimous North West Regional Champion, has been Irish
dancing for over 30 years. Kevin also placed in the top 5 at the Great Britain's,
2nd at the British Nationals, three times European Champion consecutively,
and All Ireland and World Championships medal holder. He was then chosen
to perform in professional International Irish dancing shows. Since then,
Kevin lit up the stage in over 25 countries, thousands of venues, and in front
of millions of people from troupe to lead dancer and dance captain. He is also
a certified teacher, TCRG with “An Coimisiun.”
Kevin and Jenny opened an international Irish dancing school in 6 countries;
Germany, Isle of Man, Oman, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and
United States. Kevin and Jenny moved back to the US in 2020 and welcomed
their little girl in 2021. They are excited to continue their success in training
champion dancers at GV Dance and Fitness Studio!