Dance Instructors

Meet our Dance Instructors:

Brenda Good Hellwig
Brenda has been performing, choreographing and teaching internationally for three decades. She is a certified Cecchetti Ballet Council of America Ballet teacher and has won numerous scholarships, awards, grants and accolades for her work. She returns to teach at Libertyville after being Director of the Dance Program from 1997-2004.

Alana Halsne-Baarda
Alana grew up in a dance studio as a child since her mother was a professional dancer. She has been a high school dance teacher in Arizona along with teaching dance at dance studios and park districts for over 10 years. Alana danced and performed on the Arizona State University Dance and Auxiliary line. Alana has a doctoral degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Loyola University of Chicago along with being an adjunct professor at the College of Lake County for the past 20 years and is a full-time high school teacher in the areas of special education, business, fashion and careers at WTHS District #121.

Octavia Pearson 
Octavia is currently a college student with over 6 years of formal instruction in hip hop and modern dance. She has developed a passion for all forms of dance and looks forward to teaching your child.

Megan Tomasiewicz

I started dancing at the age of 3 at Waterford dance academy in Lindenhurst, focusing on ballet. When I got to age 10 I was able to join in a lyrical class which changed up my dancing style. At 12 I reached the highest level that was offered and started dancing at Talent Forum in Libertyville. At Talent Forum I learned all about technique and how to be a stronger dancer. I took contemporary, ballet, lyrical, and modern classes which allowed me to discover who I was as a dancer. I was taught by some of the best teachers they could offer and overall my passion for dance grew. I am now a sophomore at The College of Lake County pursing a degree in Elementary Education and Dance. I continue to perform in the performances they offer at CLC. I can’t wait to become a dance teacher and teach other dancers how to form a passion and love for dance like I do!

Alyssa Treutelaar
Alyssa started dance at age two and by age 4 she began training focused on ballet and jazz. She also trained in hip-hop, modern and tap. As a member of the Purdue Dance Team she competed in the finals of the Daytona's NDA Nationals for 2 years. After college Alyssa became an NBA dancer for the Chicago Bulls as a Luvabulls, and was made captain and leader of the squad her third year. She is enthusiastic to share her love of dance with tiny tots to bee-bopping seniors!