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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.
Tara Drazner
Dance Instructor: Jazz I and Pom I / Spotlighters Dance Instructor
Tara began her dance training at the age of 6 at DancEd Dance Center. She danced lead roles in the studio’s ballets of Cinderella (Cinderella) and The Wizard of Oz (Witched Witch). Tara attended Illinois Wesleyan University to complete her Elementary Education degree and Dance Minor. During her time at Illinois Wesleyan, she worked with Sheri Marley, Jean Kerr, and Jessica Riss-Waltrip. Tara performed on the Faculty Choreographed Dance Concert and Choreographed and performed for the IWU’s Cohesion Dance Company, IWU Dance Team, and the Student Choreographed Dance Concert. She acted as the president of the Illinois Wesleyan University Dance Company from 2011 to 2014. While attending school, Tara completed her dance pedagogy study under dance professor Sheri Marley while teaching jazz and movement classes at McClean County Dance Association. Tara is currently teaching 1st grade in Waukegan, IL.
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.
Christina Melgar
Dance Instructor: Ballet II & Adult Ballet Barre
Christina is an experienced creative artist. Having years of experience in Theatre, Dance, and Professional Emceeing. Performing has been her calling since grade school. She has been involved in numerous theatrical productions in the Chicagoland area, she is currently playing Lowly Worm in Highland Park Player's Theater for Young Audiences production of "Busytown"...where you may see her tap dancing next to a pickle car! Christina’s love for dance has grown through several years of experience in Improvisation, Hip Hop, Street Style Dance Battles, Musical Theatre, Poms, Spanish Dance, Ballet, Tap, and more. She believes everyone has the ability to dance and loves to encourage people of different backgrounds, shapes, and sizes to get up and get active! Christina thinks there is always more learning to be done, which is why she consistently takes dance classes in the area to advance her knowledge and skills. She currently has certifications in Barre Fitness and is completing her Group Exercise Instruction through AFAA. Christina looks forward to sharing her love for movement with you all!