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Mrs. Tara is the studio owner and director. Mrs. Tara has been running her own studio since the age of 17. She challenges herself through on- line classes and local dance clinics. She is also a medical assistant for a podiatrist office, She guides the dancers not only through dance but life.

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Taylor Jurgovan is the studios co-director. Taylor has been dancing since she could walk. She has studied with world renowned choreographers from Los Angeles California and completed a training program through Millenium Dance Complex. She danced professionally for the NBA for four years. While dancing for the NBA, Taylor was able to dance in the 2020 Allstar Games along side many celebrity artists and creators! Taylor has been teaching at the studio since 2012. Her love for dance shines through in her choreography as she holds multiple awards at the National and World level.

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Casey Luif has been dancing with TNT for 13 years and teaching at the studio for 4 years. As a young dancer, she worked very hard to catch up with the other girls her age because she started competing long after her classmates. Because of her experience, Casey can relate to dancers who feel like they need to work extra hard to keep up or feel like they are a step behind everyone else. With hard work and perseverance, Casey went on to achieve countless victories with her amazing TNT family and traveled to many different places such as Disney World and New York City. Although performing is something she loves, Casey discovered that she's truly passionate about teaching and choreographing. Along with being involved at the dance studio, Casey works full time as a hairstylist. She continues to study dance technique in depth so she can educate her students and help them become the best they can be.

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Samantha O’Malley started dancing with us at the age of three. She danced with us through many Disney trips and through many competition seasons.  In 7th grade, she started assisting with classes and taught rec and competition level classes through high school. Samantha danced all four years of high school on Andrew’s Varisty Dance team while on that team she was MVP her senior year and danced at both the state and national levels throughout those years. During her high school years at T-N-T the groups she danced with took numerous 1st place titles. She finished off her senior year winning 1st place with her senior solo title at revolution Nationals. Sam went on to dance at the collegiate level at St. Ambrose University. During her time at St. Ambrose, Sam’s team won multiple state titles in the categories of pom, hip-hop, and jazz. While Sam was at St. Ambrose she helped win two NAIA National Championship titles, as well as, the Dance Team Union National 3 in 1 championship title in Las Vegas. While dancing at St. Ambrose Sam also continued to teach dance at Davenport Jr. Theather in Ballet, Hip-hop, and Poms. We are so excited to have Sam back at the studio with us this year after she has completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. Not only Is Sam currently an instructor at T-N-T, but also she is a Teacher at the Nature Exploration Academy.
 

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Paige Kingston began dancing at the age of 6 years old, mainly training in ballet, contemporary, modern, and pointe. She danced competitively for a total of 10 years, 5 years with a dance ensemble, and 5 years independently - performing many successful self choreographed pieces. While dancing independently, Paige studied under prominent dance companies across Chicago; The Joffrey Ballet, Visceral Dance Center, Hubbard Street Dance, and Extensions Dance. During her competition career she acquired numerous high placement awards and scholarships. Going into 2020, Paige was accepted into the Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company, as a company member. She consistently trained with remarkable instructors and choreographers, focusing on classical and modern techniques. During this time, she became the lead dancer of both modern/contemporary pieces; “Pink Nights Never End”, choreographed by Rigo Saura, and “Expanding Universe”, choreographed by Nejla Yatkin. Paige also preformed classical pieces such as the Blue Bird Variation, Le Corsaire, and La Bayadère with the company. Paige has been teaching since 2018, and will continue to bring her love for dance and teaching to the studio this year.

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Alexandra Canino has been apart of TNT since the age of two. She danced both recreationally and competitively traveling to various states. She has competed in regional, national, and world competitions winning multiple awards with her team. She’s trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and tumbling. She teaches both recreational and competitive dancers. Previously, she has choreographed for competition dances that have won first and second place at regional competitions. She enjoys working with kids and specializes with teaching the younger dancers at an early age. The ability to see the dancers grow from their first day and their continued growth each year is a joy to her. Outside of teaching at the studio, Alexandra works as a school social worker. She enjoys bringing her love of dance and the studio to the dancers.

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Jenna started her dance career at the local park district at the age of 3. At the age of 6, she began competing and training in more styles. She is trained in many styles but her favorites are tap, jazz and hip hop. She’s had the opportunity to win many national titles, dance in movies, compete at UDA College Nationals, dance at Disney, and on semi professional teams. She has been teaching dance for the last 6 years with dancers ages 3-25. Most recently, Jenna was on the DePaul University Dance Team and was appointed as the competition captain. She graduated this summer with her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising

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Sara Cooper has been dancing since she was three and this marks her first year teaching at TNT! Sara is a Senior at Providence Catholic High School and loves to keep busy. Sara is a member of the Senior IndepenDANCE team and participates in many musicals as well.  Sara has also competed on the Providence Catholic Varsity Dance team and is currently competing with the TNT Extreme Competitive Dance Team. Besides dance and theatre, she loves to play basketball, soccer, read, and travel to new places. Sara has performed in many unique places including Thanksgiving parades and Disney world stages. Sara is so excited to be the one inspiring the next generation, just as she was inspired so many years ago.

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Ashley has been dancing with the studio for the last 10 years and this is Ashley’s first year teaching with us. Ashley has always loved tumbling and helping the kids get new skills. Ashley is currently competing with the competitive team here at TNT and is furthering her education with the Spring Board Dental Institute. Ashley hopes to bring her passion for dance to all of her classes and kids.  Ashley hopes to eventually become a dental hygienist and is excited for a great new year!

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