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 Angelos California and completed a training program through Millenium Dance Complex. She is currently dancing professionally for the NBA. 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.
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.
Alexandra Canino has been apart of TNT since the age of two. She danced both recreationally and in competitions among various states. She has competed in regional, national, and world competition winning multiple awards with her team. She’s trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and tumbling. She specializes in jazz and lyrical genre. As of now, she’s teaching both recreational classes and competition group that have won first and second place at competition. She enjoys working with kids and specializes with teaching the younger dancers at an early age. Currently, she has an associate of arts degree from Moraine Valley and is continuing her education at Governors State. She’ll be majoring in social work and eventually be getting a masters degree in social work too. She is minoring in psychology and hopes to work with children in the welfare system or school setting while continuing to teach dance.
Paige Kingston is an Independent competitive dancer that has been competing for 10 years and teaching for 3. Mainly training in classical ballet, pointe and ballet contemporary, she choreographs her own solos to compete in regional dance competitions across the U.S, including the YAGP (the world’s largest international student ballet competition). During her competition career she has been awarded numerous high placements and scholarships. Paige Kingston was also offered a trainee position at The Joffrey Ballet School in New York.