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Dance Instructors

Margo Proeh
Dance and Theatre Instructor
Margo Proeh started The Children’s Theatre Company in 1993 and has been teaching dance and musical theatre ever since. Throughout her early teenage years and early twenties, Margo starred in many national commercials, TV shows, and even a movie! She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild – AFTRA, and was formally trained at Interlochen Arts academy, National Music Camp, Eileen Boevers Performing Arts School, Steppenwolf Summer Theatre program, Ruth Page School of Dance and by Randy Duncan himself. After starting a family, she found her true passion in the education of her trade. Margo is a recognized specialist in musical theatre and dance. She started teaching at Apple Tree Theatre and the University of Illinois’ Chicago Campus for The Principal Scholars Program. With over 23 years of Experience directing, producing, and choreographing children’s theatre and dance, Margo’s company has expanded to locations in Chicago, Park Ridge, River Forest, Winnetka, and Highland Park. With experience and a true love for the art of performance, she looks forward to sharing her passion for dance and theatre with her native town.
Vanessa Fuentes
Dance Instructor & Performing Arts Aide
Vanessa was born and raised in Quito Ecuador, she started dancing when she was 18, and she started to dance because she loves the way bodies move and how they irradiate beautiful energy. She recently graduated from Columbia College Chicago, and she studied Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, and African dance. She has performed in various dance shows for different dance companies, and parades. She just finished a summer scholarship with Joel Hall Dancers and center, and currently she is an active member of AQ Dance Company. On her free time she enjoys going to concerts, or dance shows, and she loves animals. Her goals for her career are to transmit the beauty of dance to as many people as she can, and inspire them to grow and embody their creativity to be the best they can be.
Larissa Kowal
Dance Instructor
Larissa began dancing at Lynnette's School of Dance under Lynnette VanDien Bertollotti and Lorena Free Hamzic. She was a member of the Elk Grove High School Orchesis Dance Company, served as their president, and studied with Lisette Rodriguez. Larissa attended Illinois Wesleyan University, where she earned her Music Education degree and Dance Minor. At IWU, she studied with Sheri Marley, Jean Kerr, and Jessica Riss-Waltrip. She performed in the Student Choreographed Dance Concert, the Faculty Choreographed Dance Concert, and both performed and choreographed for the Cohesion Dance Company. Larissa was also president of the Cohesion Dance Company from 2013 to 2015. She worked as the assistant color guard director at Elk Grove High School for two years. Larissa is currently the general music teacher for grades K-8 at the Brian Piccolo School of Excellence in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. For the Park District of Highland Park, Larissa teaches Hip Hop.