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Dance Instructors

Julia Fisher
Dance Instructor
Julia Fisher grew up in Chicago, IL, where she began her training in classical ballet. In high school, she became more serious about dance and attended the Ballet Chicago school as well as Visceral Dance Chicago where she was under the direction of Nick Pupillo. Julia holds a BFA in dance from the University of the Arts where she received a well-rounded education in styles such as: ballet, modern, jazz, and choreographic viewpoints. At Uarts, Julia was able to study from master teachers such as Michael Sheridan, Tommie Waheed-Evans, and Jesse Zaritt. She also choreographed works that have since been accepted into showcases in New York and Miami. She has taught at many studios in Philadelphia and in the Chicago area, as well as being a freelance dancer.
Demi Richter
Dance Instructor and Performing Arts Aide
Since the age of three, Demi has grown up participating in and assisting in different competitive dance programs. We have enjoyed Demi being apart of Park District for several years, in different capacities, such as aiding and teaching in Park District dance classes and the Theater Program. Demi was a Site Director for Camp Sunshine and has extensive experience working with children. Demi also teaches indoor cycle classes through the Recreation Center and Studio SPIN in Northfield, IL.
Christina Privin
Dance Instructor
Christina Privin grew up in Highland Park and started her dance career in her hometown. She has been dancing since 2010 and started training with Wesley Owens. Four years into classes with Wesley Owens, Christina became his dance aide at North Shore School of Dance. In 2018, Christina’s choreography was put on stage for the first time in North Shore School of Dance’s Year-End Dance Show. This past summer, Christina auditioned for Talent Forum’s Hip Hop team and made their Elite team. Christina specializes in Hip Hop and continues to develop her dance career and takes classes in many styles besides Hip Hop such as; jazz, lyrical, modern, and ballet. Christina's goal is to pass on her passion for dance to her students and help them grow as both dancers and as people.
Margo Proeh
Dance Instructor
Margo began her career at a young age in the Chicago acting and dance community. She has been a member of SAG-AFTRA since 1983, starring in multiple national commercials, print ads, and television. or over 27 years. Her successful career on the stage and on-camera, shifted gears after starting a family. It was there, that Margo found a passion for educating and inspiring young talent. Margo is now a recognized specialist in Children’s Theatre and as a Talent Scout. In 1992, a year after graduating from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, Margo founded the Lake Forest Children’s Theatre Company ( now called Children’s Theatre Co.) Margo also began teaching at Apple Tree Theater, The Gorton Center in Lake Forest and The University of Illinois, Chicago Campus for The Principal Scholars Program, a program that specializes in musical theatre to help at-risk youth. Additionally, Margo has worked for Motorola’s Western Open where she produced shows that the golfer's children would star in and perform. In 1998, Margo wrote, produced, and directed a successful cable TV show called WKIDS. With years of experience teaching musical theatre company, the program has now expanded to ten locations and has partnered with school districts throughout the Chicago area. In 2015, Margo founded Youth Talent Network in 2015. YTN sources some of Chicagoland’s best and brightest young performers and gives them the training they need to gain professional experience and exposure in the business of the performing arts. It is with great pride that YTN recently placed 5 of their students with SAG accredited agents. In her 'free time', Margo co-produced The Chicago Youth Dance Exhibition. Margo’s goal is to spark a transformation in each student where they can see their true potential.
Toni White
Dance Instructor
A California native, Toni began her professional career in television and film at the young age of six years old. Toni attended a performing arts middle school and was then accepted into the Los Angeles County High School for Arts where she majored in dance and minored in musical theater and opera. Toni then went on to study at the Joffrey Ballet School and The American Musical Dramatic Academy in New York. Toni is also an accomplished singer and actor. Her professional credits range from Broadway to national and international tours. Her time in New York has afforded her the opportunity to work with Tony Award-winning choreographer, Chris Gatelli and Sarita Allen of Alvin Ailey. Toni also has performance level experience in ballet, pointe, pas de dux, jazz, modern, lyrical, theater dance, and African. In addition to her dance and performance background, Toni is an accomplished athlete and has a true passion for fitness and healthy living, she was a competitive figure skater for over thirteen years. Toni's passion around fitness, has led her to teach skating, as well as indoor cycling and strength training.
Larissa Kowal
Dance Instructor (Hip Hop)
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.
Matt Hyatt
Dance Instructor
During his childhood, Matt Hyatt trained as a gymnast. In high school, he made the varsity gymnastics team and was ranked in the state tournament. Matt's aptitude for gymnastics fueled a passion for breakdancing and hip hop. He became a member of Highland Park's all boys hip hop company called Phenom and later the Chicago-based crew, Inside Out. Matt is now the captain of both teams, and through hard work and dedication, they have won numerous competitions throughout the Chicagoland area. Matt has performed at venues like the Choreographer's Carnival, shot commercials, and competed at World of Dance. He has also taught hip-hop at the Inside Out open rehearsal. Matt is set on making dance into his full-time career, and takes pride in giving back to the community by teaching dance for the non-profit organization, Working Together.