About Us

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Kathleen Levin

Began my acting career and studying dance- at the age of five. I continued performing in various plays and found I loved the entertainment business.  I was lucky enough to find something I was passionate about at a early age and have continued through the years.  I graduated Barat College with a degree in dance /performing arts. I  then went on to spend five years studying theatre in Chicago with Ted Liss and dance at Giordano dance studio.. During this time I did some modeling-commercials- taught dance   and continued acting.  Eventually I began writing and producing- writing and performing at such venues as the Coyote Festival in Chicago. Five years ago I started a drama/dance program in North Chicago.  We perform our plays at several locations- Various schools-boys and girls club-VA Hospital.  I write and do much of the choreography for these productions.


Courtney Paige

Starting at a young age I always wanted to be a performer, I always wanted to be in the spot light and pretend to be a different person. As I grew older the desire stayed the same and I went to Bowling Green State University. I graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts with my major being Film Production and a minor in Theatre. Since graduating I have found that my passion is working with students on their acting skills and helping become better performers.


Janelle Czubak

Mezzo Soprano, is a Junior Bachelor of Arts Major in General Music at North Park University. She has taught vocal instruction in North Chicago since 2016 and has had Vocal Pedagogy training through North Park University. Janelle recently had her Opera Debut with North Park University production of Cendrillon as a Fairy.  She has performed as a chorister through Manhattan Choral Productions at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.  Janelle has participated in numerous Musical Theater productions within the Peoria, Il area, most recent being her role as a Sweet tone in Corn Stock Theatre’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair.  She currently resides in Chicago, IL with her amazing husband and two fur babies.


Valerie Paz

is self taught makeup artist. Her love for makeup started young, at age 10 she was practicing on herself and other family members to improve her makeup skills.   Valerie freelances, doing full glam makeup, quinceanera makeup, prom makeup, natural makeup and is now starting stage makeup. Besides doing makeup during the week she works as an assistant teacher at a daycare. 

Perry Denton

was assistant director of Gifted Souls Dance Group for 10 years . He is in the Bollywood movie Dhoom 3 where he was a principal dancer. In addition, he has danced for many stars including Brooke Hogan and Ce Ce Pension, Black eyed Peas and Chicago's very own BenOne. Perry has appeared three times on the Oprah Show and tv shows such as  The Wade Robson project and  Chicago Fire. Perry received his dance training from Columbia College in Chicago where he studied all forms of dance, including ballet, jazz and modern. Perry has taught throughout the Chicagoland area. He continues to teach more sytles of dance including Poms and Latin dance. Perry is eager to pass along his gift and love of dance to all his students.

Melanie Budreck

is a classical soprano and violist currently working towards earning her degrees in vocal performance and music education at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. On top of performing in collegiate ensembles such as the Harper College Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra, she is also a singer in the Harper College Jazz Bands. As a twenty year old, she has already had the pleasure of performing in many world-renowned places, including Carnegie Hall in New York City and The Jazz Showcase in Chicago. She has been a violist for 11 years and began her career as a singer at the age of 17. She has taught private music lessons for beginner piano and violin/viola at two separate music school and now runs her own private business where she teaches students from their homes. She has ran a small children's choir at a summer camp in Michigan for two years and, outside of performing, her biggest passion is sharing her love for music with children. She plans on transferring to a four year college after Harper to earn her bachelor's degrees and a master's degree in vocal pedagogy/performance. 


Dani Goldberg

I am from sunny California and have been dancing since I was six years old. I have never lost my love or passion for dance and find so much joy in teaching it to those just beginning to learn! I have been trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and tap over the years and never stop trying learn more  techniques. I have attended and taught at many dance studios in California, and even was honored to attend Joffrey Ballet’s Summer Intensive program. I also received my BA in Theatre Arts from Sterling College and was the student choreographer for the theatre program for four years. I am so excited to be living out here in Chicago and being a part of Golden Essence Performing Arts!