JENNIFER VITITOW Owner / Competition Dance & Tumbling Instructor
Jennifer Vititow has been at D/D Productions for 40 years. She started dancing at the age of 3, became a helper, then an assistant, and in high school became a teacher. She worked for her teachers, Don & Donna Hixson, for many years. In 1997, when Donna retired, she sold the studio to Jennifer. Jennifer has carried on the tradition of teaching children of all ages the love of dance and tumbling. Many of her students have been recognized at both the regional and national levels with some of her award winning routines. Currently her studio holds the National Title at Star Systems National Talent Competition. Jennifer has a special love for the art of dance and tumbling and it is her hope that she can pass that love on to each child that comes through the doors of DDP.
KATHERINE ZOGAS Recreational Preschool Instructor
Katherine has taught at DDP for six years. She began dancing at the age of three. Her training includes creative movement, ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and pointe. Katherine attended her local dance studio and was taught by the owner, Lenore Luthern. Under Lenore’s instruction, Katherine studied the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and completed yearly syllabus examinations. During high school, she was the co-captain of poms, the president of Orchesis (a club dedicated to dancers and choreographers), and a member of her high school’s repertory dance company. Katherine is the law clerk to Magistrate Judge Jonathan E. Hawley in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. She is married to Dirk DeDecker, and they spend their free time caring for their German Shepherd (Lola), visiting their families, traveling, and dancing in their kitchen! Katherine loves teaching DDP’s youngest dancers and hopes to instill in them the joy she has always found in dancing and performing.
I started teaching tumbling at DDP in 2013 as an assistant and began my own classes in 2015 and have loved it!! I grew up taking dance and tumbling from the age of 3 and moved onto competitive gymnastics when I was 8. Interesting fact...I attended gymnastic camp taught by Bela Carolyi and met Olympic gymnasts like Bart Conner and Mitch Gaylord. I went back to dance and tumbling during my high school years and helped teach at the local studio. I am so excited to have gotten back into the dance and tumbling world and absolutely love each and every one of the kids I teach.
Miss Jenny is a Peoria area native and has been dancing since the age of 3. She is trained in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, and hip hop. From 6th grade throughout high school and college at Illinois Wesleyan University, Miss Jenny was on her school dance team serving as captain both her senior years in high school and college. In addition, Miss Jenny was an assistant teacher at "Angie's School of Dance" and "On Broadway" in Chillicothe, coach for the Bradley University Competitive Dance Team, and choreographer for Dunlap Valley Middle School Dance Team. She was also on staff as an instructor at City Dance, a dance organization formed to bring dance to inner city youth throughout Peoria. Miss Jenny is celebrating her 6th year teaching at DDP and is looking forward to another exciting dance season!
I am so excited to be back teaching again this year. This is my 4th year teaching at D/D productions. I grew up dancing at DDP! I started out at the age of 3 and danced until I graduated from high school. I went on to Illinois State University where I was a part of the Illinois State University Competitive Dance Team. After graduating from ISU, I have become a kindergarten teacher. I love teaching and sharing my passion of dance and tumbling!
I have been dancing and tumbling since i was three years old and i am so excited to start my second year of teaching. I have been a helper at the studio since I was ten and an assistant for multiple years. I just graduated from Peoria Notre Dame where I was on the cheer team and competed and will be attending ICC the next couple years. My DDP family has meant the world to me so I’m very happy to stick around and keep working with all the kids!
HISTORY OF DDP ...... OVER 50 YEARS & STILL GOING STRONG
From the time she was 8 years old it had always been Donna’s dream to have a dance studio. She moved to New York for 5 years and was able to study with some of the country’s finest teachers. Don was a dancer at that time receiving most of his training in Dayton, Ohio. Don and Donna met in New York, and after 8 years got married and decided to give the dance studio a try. Donna had already opened a studio in Peoria called Holiday Hall and Don was working as a publicity manager for an agency in New York. It was hard for him to leave that job and move to Peoria, but when he came to visit and saw what Donna was doing with her dance studio, he thought he might like to teach dance, too. Don never regretted his decision and he loved Peoria as much as Donna did. In June of 1959, Don and Donna pooled all their money together to buy a building on the corner of McClure and University in Peoria and started D/D Productions (The D/D standing for Don and Donna, of course), hoping it would be a success. Donna’s parents, Thelma & Rocky were the backbone in getting D/D started. They painted, laid the flooring, and set up the barres and equipment to get the studio ready for lessons by September. They did all the manual labor so that Don and Donna could focus on advertising, registering students and getting ready to teach. D/D started with 200 students and within 5 years had grown to 750 students! The boost that really helped them was having “The Flying D’s” (their advanced tumbling group) perform and win on the Ted Mack Amateur Show, giving D/D national recognition. The dance studio had a very fast growth after that. Don and Donna taught at major dance conventions in the summers, giving them an even better reputation throughout the United States. They had several students win competitions at local fairs. Don and Donna were even featured on the cover of Dance Magazine. They opened various dance studios all around the area….Bartonville, Chillicothe, Eureka, Morton, Henry and Lacon. D/D has produced very talented dancers throughout the years, many of them today have dance studios of their own. But more than good dancers, Don and Donna created an atmosphere of fun, discipline and a love of dance that is still being carried on today by the current owner, and former student of Don and Donna, Jennifer Vititow. D/D has been teaching children how to dance for over 50 years. It is worth noting that we have thrived this long thanks to the help of our loyal parents and friends willing to volunteer their time and skills to keep everything at the studio running smoothly.