MEET THE HAPPINESS CLUB
Dorian is a choreographer as well as a dancer, he's 19 years old and has been a part of The Happiness Club for five years. He composes and produces music, enjoys motorcycles and hopes to use his talents to travel and have creative exchanges with people from many different backgrounds and cultures.
Tanji has been with The Happiness Club for 14 years and has served as Artistic Director since 2008. She's a mother of three, a dancer, loves Mexican food – but especially loves her Chicago youth.
Edward is a vocal and rap coach and assists with staging. He's 24 and has been with The Happiness Club for seven years. He wants to pursue a career in graphic design, and isn't just a rapper/singer/songwriter…he's also a chef at Eli's Cheesecake.
Kisha is a vocal instructor who joined The Happiness Club four years ago. She's 19, enjoys playing piano and tap dancing and hopes to pursue a career as a singer and performer.
Brandy is 21 and is Tanji's assistant and artistic associate as well as a dancer. She's been with The Happiness Club for three years and hopes to make dancing her full-time profession. She may not look like this picture since she changes her hair color twice a month.
Domino has been a dancer and choreographer with The Happiness Club for three years. He's 17 years old and says he loves Kendama! (Yes, we had to look it up, too.)
Lucy is 14 and has been dancing with The Happiness Club for 11 years, and this isn't the only group she dances with. She thinks she's the silliest member and would like to continue dancing, but thinks she'd also like to an obstetrician.
Alan is 14 and an 11-year member. He's also a trumpeter, basketball player and lover of clothes who gets called "Fresh Prince" because of his hair.
Madi has been dancing with The Happiness Club for nine years. She's 16 and in addition to performing with other dance troupes, enjoys volunteering at an animal shelter. She thinks she may become a professional dancer, a veterinarian or even a psychologist.
Kaini is 18 and has sung and danced with us for nine years. She loves writing poetry and music, jamming with friends as a singer… and she makes a mean bean dip.
Paige is an 18-year-old singer and dancer who has been a part of The Happiness Club for seven years. She also enjoys playing volleyball and is interested in a career as a filmmaker.
Dawn is known around The Happiness Club for her positivity. She's 10 and has been dancing, singing and rapping with us for six years. She also loves swimming and thinks she may become a veterinarian.
William is a 21-year-old singer and dancer who joined The Happiness Club five years ago. He's also a musician and producer who writes songs for The Happiness Club as well as making videos. He's currently studying dance and theater.
Tamara is 16, joined The Happiness Club four years ago, performs with other dance groups and says she's fun to hang out with.
Déjà loves turtles. Really loves turtles. This 18-year-old dancer has been with The Happiness Club for four years. She also does athletic training, hoping to become a trainer for the WNBA.
Thomas is a former gymnast and currently a dancer who is 19 and has been with The Happiness Club for four years. He's majoring in dance and is also a dance teacher, music producer and DJ.
Joei has been with The Happiness Club her whole life - all four years. She sings and dances and says she loves spaghetti, walking around, singing and her little brother Jaxon.
Chelsea's a 17-year-old who began singing and dancing with The Happiness Club three years ago. She's a violinist who, in addition to studying dance is also considering a career as a physical therapist.
Brianna joined The Happiness Club three years ago as a singer and dancer. She's currently enjoying being on her school's poms team and thinks she'd like to become an anesthesiologist.
Cecily is eight and has been rapping and dancing with The Happiness Club for three years. She enjoys listening to music, reading and chilling, says she's very flexible and is thinking about a career in meteorology.
Dancing is Beyoncé's life. She says she was born to dance 11 years ago and has been singing and dancing with The Happiness Club for the last two years. Other than dancing, she enjoys playing outside and hanging out.
Harmony has big goals. The eight-year-old joined The Happiness Club two years ago as a dancer and singer. She loves acting, science and acrobatics and, in addition to wanting to be a professional film and television performer, hopes to become a philanthropist who builds schools in Africa.
Tsion joined The Happiness Club this year as dancer and singer. She's 19 years old and is studying dance and computer programming.
Iyonna is 20 years old and has been a dancer with The Happiness Club for one year. She's studying business with the goal of pursuing a business career.
Rere's a 19-year-old dancer who enjoys drawing and has performed with The Happiness Club for one year.
Casey joined The Happiness Club this year as a singer and dancer. She's 18 and also enjoys songwriting, painting, drawing and cheerleading.
Demetrius is 11 and helps out as a backstage assistant as well as dancing. He started with The Happiness Club this year, enjoys Buffalo wings and video games and thinks he may want to become a rapper and/or drummer.
Eli is 18, joined The Happiness Club this year as a dancer, enjoys painting and photography and is considering a career in fine arts.
Arden is a singer and dancer who also enjoys songwriting as well as playing piano, guitar and drums. The 18-year-old joined The Happiness Club this year and is interested in a recording career as a professional singer.
Troy began dancing with The Happiness Club this year, and this 14-year-old is hoping to dance professionally.
Ashleigh says she makes friends really fast. She's 10 years old, started singing and dancing with The Happiness Club this year and also enjoys drawing and making doll clothes which she hopes will lead to careers as a fashion designer and dancer.
The next time you see Maiya, don't be surprised if her hair is pink or purple, since she says she likes to dye it a lot. She's 16, joined The Happiness Club this year as a dancer and also enjoys reading and photography.
Tyler is a 16-year-old who began dancing with The Happiness Club this year and also enjoys creative writing and reading (everything).
Maggie is 17 and is a dancer with The Happiness Club who joined this year. She says in addition to dancing she enjoys more dancing, so it's no surprise her goal is to become a professional dancer.
Ashley joined The Happiness Club this year as a dancer. She's 17, enjoys reading history and fantasy, and her career interests are being a surgeon and a dancer.
19-year-old Brittany became part of The Happiness Club this year as a singer and dancer, something she'd like to do professionally. She's also in nursing school and enjoys playing softball as well as all styles of dancing.
Eboni started this year as a dancer and singer for The Happiness Club. She's 17 years old, enjoys singing, acting, drawing and hi-def dancing and would like a career in finance.
Sydni's a 13-year-old singer who joined The Happiness Club this year. Not only can she wiggle her ears, she enjoys poetry and theater and would like to become a journalist.
Essence is a singer who is 16 years old and joined The Happiness Club this year. She's also a hospital volunteer, interested in anatomy, physiology and a career in medicine.
In addition to dancing, Nadell enjoys sports - especially basketball, football and wrestling. He's 18, joined The Happiness Club this year, likes animé and is interested in a business career.
Del Marie joined The Happiness Club this year as a 20-year-old dancer/singer/rapper who loves to travel.