Meet our team!
I Do Dance Studio LLC was founded in Chicago, IL, in 2013. Our dance company provides expert ballroom and social dance instruction from trained professionals.
All Dancers Welcome
I Do Dance Studio is an inclusive company that welcomes dancers of all races, ages, religions, abilities, gender presentation and sexual orientations, including LGBTQ.
Dee McCord – Owner
Dee McCord is the founder and owner of I Do Dance Studio. Dee has been dancing for over 15 years. She has been trained in over two dozen forms of partner dance. Dee has been teaching partner dances for over 10 years, and has been hired to teach at dance events in over 30 states. Dee specializes in wedding choreography with over 1,000 choreographed wedding dances to date. She loves to help couples make their wedding day special with personalized wedding choreography. She also specializes in street style partner dances. While traditional ballroom dances are beautiful she always also been drawn to the club styles, swing and country being her favorites!
For five years, Dee lived in Austin, Texas. While in Austin, Dee trained in country and ballroom dances under the direct supervision of some of the world’s top professionals in Ballroom, Swing, Club Latin and Country Western. During that time, Dee was able to focus and hone her skills as an instructor and overall dancer.
In addition to being a professional ballroom dance instructor and choreographer she has been an event coordinator for almost a decade. From dance events, non-profit galas to weddings she has done it all. She is also the owner of The I Do Company Chicago which other branches include I Do Events Chicagoland and The Shapiro Ballroom, and is excited to finally have all 3 companies under one roof!
Click here for more information on the other branches of the I Do Company.
Cassaundra Spargur – Dance Director
Cassaundra has been a ballroom dance instructor since 1999. Ballroom dancing has allowed her to live, train and compete all over the world.
She has competed professionally in International Standard & Latin and is certified through Silver in American Style. Cassaundra currently competes as a professional in American Smooth. She also enjoys competing and performing with her students at various competitions and events. Her students have ranged in age from 3 to 85 years old. When she started out she specialized in social dancing where she focused on teaching anyone and everyone to dance in any social setting.
After a few years of teaching and performing she shifted her focus to competitive dancing. There she found a new place to challenge herself and motivate her students. She loves helping people find which part of ballroom dance they enjoy most. You can be a social dancer, a performer, a competitor or all of the above! Whatever your goals are, she looks forward to helping you achieve them.
Jill Flack – Resident Instructor
Jill has been dancing and performing her entire life. While growing up she explored the arts and danced competitively in high kick, jazz, and pom. In college she choreographed for and danced in multiple theater productions while earning her degree. She found her passion for ballroom dance in 2012 while living in Nashville, TN where she trained, taught, and performed with World Champion Productions. Her goal is to get onto the competition floor in the future!
J.R. “Zano” Manzano – Resident Instructor
Zano was born and raised in Hawaii where he discovered his love for ballroom dancing as his grandparents were ballroom dance instructors. He began to teach for non-profit organizations and performed for
many events across the state of Hawaii. Since then, he coached the dance teams of various institutions for many years including elementary schools, high schools, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He competed at the collegiate level in the International, American, and Nightclub styles, placing in many competitions across the West Coast. His specialty is in International Standard and Latin. Combining his love for dance and psychology, he is currently pursuing his master’s in Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling at Columbia College Chicago, and integrates his passion for ballroom dancing as a way of healing and therapy. Zano truly enjoys teaching people of all ages and makes sure to create a fun and positive atmosphere for his students.
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Cassandra “Cassie” Jackson – Resident Instructor
Cassandra was trained in dance at an early age. Her enthusiasm for movement has been a continuous evolution over the span of her lifetime involving many art forms such as jazz-ballet, tumbling, cheer, acro-yoga, contact-improv, modern dance, circus and aerial arts, personal training and fitness, and ballroom dance. She discovered her natural ability to teach in her early teen years and went on to coach home school cheer squads for competition. While in college she continued to coach tumbling classes. After receiving her BFA in Art and Technology in 2009 she developed a strong affinity for ballroom, social and partner dancing, which she has been studying for nearly a decade under the wings of many great artists and masters. Cassandra’s goal is to enrich the lives of others through dance, inspire, share knowledge, and make learning fun for everyone!
Janette – Zumba! Instructor
Fitness has always been an important part of Janette’s life and always will be. Janette stays active through cardio, strength training, boxing, dance or any other activity that helps her stay fit. Janette became a fitness instructor at a very early age. Six years ago, she stumbled upon Zumba and fell in love with it – so much so that she was inspired to get certified. In her classes, Janette aims to inspire others to stay healthy and motivated by providing a high-energy dance class, with safety techniques while having a blast at the same time! If you’re up for an activity that incorporates fun, join Janette for one of her classes.
Farrah – Zumba! Instructor
Farrah has been dancing for many years. As a child she took ballet lessons and stayed active in dance throughout childhood. Ten years ago, she started Salsa Dance classes and knew that she wanted to keep dancing. Then about seven years ago she heard about Zumba. Immediately it became her passion and she knew that she wanted to continue in this style. She also went on a Zumba cruise last year, which is why she decided to earn her Zumba instructor license. This has motivated her to bring to others the musicality, workout, dance and fun that Zumba has brought to her.