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Lindsey Lococo, UIC Spirit Coordinator and Dancing Flames Head Coach

Lindsey will enter her second year as Spirit Coordinator and third year as the head coach of the UIC Dancing Flames. Her choreography and dancing experience within the athletics industry includes stints with the Chicago Storm, Storm Chasers Dance Team, Rockford Rampage, Crash Dancers, Rock River Raptors, Dynamites Dancers, McHenry County Pirates and the Swashbuckler Cheerleaders. Lindsey also currently works game-day operations for the MLS Chicago Fire. Lindsey's other professional experiences include appearances on NBC 5, ABC 7, WGN and FOX 32, Chris Brown's Dance Down, and the Sprite Remix tour featuring The Roots & N.E.R.D., while also making several appearances as a featured dancer on "Oprah," including the 24th Season Premiere featuring the "Black Eyed Peas," and the "Country Stars Show" featuring Carrie Underwood and Kenny Chesney. She was recently seen performing with Beyoncé for the Oprah Farewell Spectacular and an industrial event for Discover Financial Services. She is a former dancer and captain of the UIC Dancing Flames, Hip Hop Connxion-Elite, Design Dance Company and currently can be seen dancing with Work In Progress.

Lindsey is also a former UDA/varsity staff member and continues to judge for the organization. Her choreography has won awards locally and nationally with Starpower Nationals, NDA College Nationals, UDA-High School and College Nationals, TDI and IDTA. She continues to freelance and teach dance locally working with several universities & high schools in the area. She is excited to be returning for the 2012-2013 season!


Katie DiCianni, Asst. Coach

Katie enters her 4th season as an assistant coach for the Dancing Flames. Katie is from Bloomingdale and was a member of the State Champion Lake Park Lancette Dance Team. She attended UIC and was a member of the Dancing Flames. She recently received her Master's degree from UIC in Special Education and works in Chicago Public Schools.

In addition to working with the Dancing Flames, Katie is a Team Dance Illinois judge and is on staff at M2 Dance Center. There she works with the state and national champion Lake Central Centralettes. Katie is looking forward to another great season with the Flames!





Katie Hogan, Asst. Coach

Katie started dancing in 5th grade, but didn't begin to compete until she joined the Dance Team at St. Ignatius College Prep. She went on to join the UIC Dancing Flames, dancing for all four years in her college career, including the National Hip Hop Championship Team of 2007. Katie acted as Co-Captain her sophomore and junior year and Captain her senior year.

Upon graduating with a bachelors in Psychology, Katie attended Rush University College of Nursing while continuing as an Assistant Coach for the UIC Dancing Flames. This will be Katie's fourth year as an Assistant Coach and can not believe how fortunate she is to work with such an incredible coaching staff and amazingly talented girls! Katie now works as a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse and hopes to continue working with the Dancing Flames far into the future.




Teresa Kodiak, Asst. Coach

Teresa enters her 5th season as an assistant dance coach for the flames. A UIC Alumni, she earned her bachelors in Nursing in 2008 and was a 4-year member of the dancing flames. Teresa is currently a graduate student at UIC's College of Nursing and is expected to graduate in May 2013 as an advanced practice nurse.

Teresa grew up in Crystal Lake and went to Prairie Ridge High School where she danced on their competitive team. In her spare time, Teresa choreographs for college and high school dance teams and is excited to start another promising season with the flames.





Jay Patel, Training Coach










Gabe, Training Coach










Jen Stroiman, Technique Coach

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