Darci Blake

Darci is a graduate from Illinois State University with a minor in Dance. She was an ISU Dance Company Theatre member for 4 years. She performed in seasonal concerts and in the American College Dance Festival Association. While at ISU, Darci studied Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary and Modern. She was also honored to train with the Martha Graham Company. Darci started her training as a young child at Dixon Dance Academy, competing and dancing in recitals. She trained at the Avnun Yakobov Professional Ballet where she worked her way up to soloist in such Ballets such as Bambi and Giselle. Darci has a great passion and infectious enthusiasm to share with our dancers and is very excited to be working at the BPD.


Barb Lauro

Barb Lauro has a degree from Western Illinois University in Parks and Recreation and studied Physical and Early Childhood Education at the College of DuPage. She has been working with children through various school/park districts as well as the YMCA. Barb has many years of experiences in storytelling, drama, cheerleading, dance and gymnastics. Barb has been employed by the Barrington Park District for 15 years teaching in Early Childhood, Birthday Parties, Fitness, Summer Camps, Swim Instruction, Youth Programs and Special Events.

Heather Goldman

Heather has been involved in the Chicagoland dance community for over 30 years. She has performed in such prestigious shows as: Dance Chicago, Young Artist’s Showcase, and the Chicago Dance Legacy Project. For the past 17 years, however, her passion has been instructing and shaping developing dancers. She has experience in teaching all ages and all genres. Her strengths are in advanced tap, ballet technique, modern movement, jazz, lyrical, pointe and musical theater. Heather has choreographed productions for Elgin Summer Theater for 6 years and recently began choreography with Bartlett High School and Children’s Theater of Elgin. Heather’s choreography has been performed by members of Orchesis from both Barrington and Fremd High School in collaboration with The Elgin Symphony Orchestra. She is also currently on staff at Dixon Dance Academy and Legere Dance Center. Heather is a past company member and current Assistant Director for Midwest Dance Collective.