FMC Team

Pierre Lockett

Pierre Lockett Executive Director, Forward Momentum Chicago Pierre Lockett, Executive Director of Forward Momentum Chicago, most recently served as the Director of Community Engagement with The Joffrey Ballet where he grew its programming from ten schools in1996 to over 55 schools in 2014. After twenty years as a professional dancer, Mr. Lockett combined his passion and expertise for dance with his desire to inspire youth through invigorating dance programs. He has worked extensively with youth from Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, and various schools and studios throughout the city. He is also the recipient of numerous dance awards and has been recognized by Mayor Rham Emanuel for fostering the talent of young dancers and his commitment to bringing dance to Chicago’s many diverse communities. He is also the recipient of the 1999 Black Theatre Alliance/Ira Aldridge Award for Best Performance in a Music or Dance Program, the Princess Grace Award for Dance and has served as a panelist for The National Endowment for the Arts.

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Tammy Hsu

Tammy Hsu is a dedicated and experienced arts administrator committed to ensuring all children have access and exposure to arts education. She joined the Forward Momentum Chicago team as Administrative Manager and manages the organization’s internal and external relationships and operations. Prior to joining Forward Momentum Chicago, Tammy served as the Community Engagement Business Administrator with The Joffrey Ballet’s Community Engagement Department. Tammy holds a Masters in Performing Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago and a BS in Music Industries Studies from Appalachian State University. She is also heavily involved in Ingenuity’s CAEF Advisory Panel, Sigma Alpha Iota Evanston Alumnae Chapter, and the Chicago Appalachian State Alumni Chapter.

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Kathy Kalesperis Smith

Kathy Kalesperis Smith comes to Forward Momentum Chicago with 20 years of Non-Profit outreach and management. As a parent of a son who attends Chicago Public Schools and in the performing arts she understands the benefit of dance education as it pertains to the whole child. She is responsible for expanding FMC’s programs to schools and various youth organizations in the Chicago Area.
Kathy currently serves as a board member with the Chicago Repertory Ballet, Friends of Jones College Prep and 2nd Vice President of the Joffrey Ballet Women’s Board. She currently holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from Loyola University, Chicago

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Bradlee Lathon

As a native of Chicago, Bradlee has been dancing since the age of 8. Having participated in Gallery 37’s Advanced Arts Program and the Exelon Strobel Step-up Program under the direction of Pierre Lockett. Her love for the art of dance coupled with her passion for empowering young people has motivated her to continue to be involved with those who have made huge differences in her life. As FMC’s Program Coordinator she works to help manage and develop all dance education programs.
Bradlee currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Studies and a Master of Applied Computer Science.

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Iris Solwat

Iris Sowlat is an early-career performing arts administrator from Wilmette, IL. As FMC’s Administrative assistant, Iris serves as a catch-all assistant for the administrative team, coordinating projects in development, marketing, and event management. Iris holds a BA in Theatre Arts and English Literature from Illinois Wesleyan University. Prior to working with FMC, Iris interned with Steppenwolf Theatre and American Theater Company.

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Andrea Vinson

Andrea Vinson, loving known to her students as ‘Mama Andrea’, has been in the dance profession for over 25 years.  She has performed for numerous venues, which include theater, television and film.  Her present endeavors consist of being the Associate Artistic Director of Najwa Dance Corps, Teaching Artist with the Joffrey’s Middle School Dance Club, Lead Artist with AfterSchoolMatters, and master teacher with Chicago Public School’s All City Dance Ensemble. Her teaching credits take in colleges, elementary and high school, park districts, arts organizations, dance studios, professional dance companies, and theatrical productions.  She is a dance artist whose greatest joy is working with young people.  Her fundamental belief is that the arts endow its participants to understand life in a broader spectrum.  One of her professional highlights was participating with CAPE in a 3 year project in which students were tracked on the influence of arts integrated lessons. One of her latest credits include teaching for the Ailey Camp Chicago 2010 & 2011.

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