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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!