Teachers and Staff

DeMaira Dance Studios, Inc.
​1146 Chicago Ave Oak Park Il. 60302      708-386-1833
"Dance for the fun of it!"
Kathy & Joe (Studio Directors) both attended Northeastern Illinois University. Kathy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Performing Arts. She’s been teaching for over 20 years. Joe has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and is involved in the day to day operation of the dance studio. In 2007 they took over Elysse School of Dance in Oak Park. In addition to the studios annual dance recital, they also produce an annual Halloween Show, a Holiday Jubilee Show. The studio is residence to The DeMaira Dancers, our competitive dance team as well as our amateur Performance Troupes. They have organized dance performances in Disney World. Giving students the opportunity to perform in Disney's Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot Center.
Colleen brings over 25 years of teaching experience to the classroom. Her specialty is children’s classes, and training students in jazz, tap, hip hop and leading adult fitness classes. She has taught at Trinity Lutheran Church and local studios in Chicagoland. She was the Owner/director of Body Roc! offering fitness classes for over 13 years. Colleen demonstrates patience and kindness in her classroom and inspires dancers to do their best. Colleen also helps at all our shows by taking action shots and video of our performances. She recently started her own photography company Photography By Slck. We are very lucky to have Colleen on staff and have her share her talents of choreography, dance and photography with us.
Norma is a dancer and choreographer originally from Mexico City who specializes in Ballet, Jazz, and Tap. She has a degree in Classical Dance (Ballet) from the National Institute of Beauty Arts (INBA) in Mexico City. 
After teaching dance in Chicago for five years, she had returned to Mexico 1998 to open her own studio in Leon, Guanajuato. For 18 years, the studio has achieved great success, continuing as one of the best studios in her province. Norma has managed all areas of production for dance shows. She has more than 18 years of experience with lighting, costumes, choreographies, music, and more.  Now that Norma has moved back to Chicago with her family, she has reunited with her friend Kathy and will continue her impressive dance career. This year she will be the teacher for out 2017-18 competition team. Miss Norma has been a wonderful addition to our staff.
Dance The World - Disney Trip 2017

She's On Fire - Promo Video