Marge started her professional dance career at the age of 16 dancing at local fair ground shows. Her talent did not go unnoticed and she became the featured dancer at The Palmer House in Chicago performing with such industry icons as Liberace, Sid Ceasar, Victor Borge to name a few. She has performed at the Kennedy Center in New York and the legendary Moulin Rouge in Hollywood, CA. Her film accolades include "The Ten Commandments" with Charleston Heston and Yule Brenner. She has trained and inspired so many dancers along her life's journey. She continues to teach and is looking forward to educating young dance minds along with her professionally trained staff of instructors. Marge has touched and inspired so many lives and continues to encourage dancers to accomplish their dreams!
Charity May - Tap, Lyrical/Contemporary/Jazz/Hip Hop
Deana Linderholm - Ballet, Tap, Polynesian, Pageant Coaching (Littles, Juniors & Teens)
Deana is honored to be back with her dance family at Marge Patka Dance Studio. Her love of Polynesian dance began at age 4. She has studied Hula (Awana and Kahiko) Tahitian, Maori and Samoan. She studied with the esteemed Nonosina and Charlani Kalama.
Having owned a dance studio in Birmingham, AL, thanks to the tutelage of Marge Patka, "I am thrilled to be back with my beautiful dance family".
Deana works in Entertainment, Pageantry, Film and Production for such clients as Warner Bros., Miss USA, Ernst & Young and Lexus to name a few. In 2013 Deana was awarded Ms. United States from the Woman of Achievement Organization. She won the 2018 National Talent Competition with MAC Pageants and won the title of Ms. Classic Woman 2019. She continues to coach pageants on both the state and national level.
Susan Kilanowski -Jazz, Tap
Amy Williams - Advanced Polynesian (Teens & Adults)
Courtney Turkel - Hip Hop, Jazz
Courtney started her dance career right here at the Marge Patka Dance Studio as a young girl at 3 years of age. As student turned teacher and Miss Turkel couldn't be more honored that Marge has given me the gift of dance and the opportunity to teach. Courtney competed in dance competitions held by Joe Tremaine, The Dupree Expo, United Spirit Association Cheer and Dance Competitions and SHARP International. After High School I continued learning from Marge Patka and all the wonderful teachers who came before me, as well as the ones I have the pleasure of teaching beside this year and I cannot wait to share a new year of dance with you!!