MEET Ms. Tamra

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Owner/Master Teacher

Tamra Challacombe has extensive training in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, acrobatic dance, dance history, kinesiology and acting. She holds a BFA in Classical Ballet from Texas Christian University. There she studied ballet under Dr. Lisa Fusillo, Fernando Shaffenburg, Stephanie Woods Rand, Li-Chu Cheng, and Thomas Enkle; jazz with Richard Walker and Dianne Clough West and modern dance with Ellen Page Shelton, Jerry Bywaters Cochran, Bill Evans and Susan Douglas Roberts. She was also fortunate to attend master classes with Alvin Ailey Soloist James Truitt.  While at TCU, she performed in "Petrouchka" with the Fort Worth Ballet Company; now named Texas Ballet Theater.

Ms. Tamra's early training was under her mentor, Janet Hayslip Streenz. There she found her love for the dance and under Miss Janet's guidance, also honed her teaching skills . Tamra was chosen as one of the original company members of Twin Cities Ballet under Karen Tjaden of Atlanta Ballet. There she danced the roles of "Tatiana" in Eugene Onegin, "Lady Capulet" in Romeo and Juliet, and "Doll","Snow demi soloist", and "Marzipan" in the Nutcracker. In 2000, she became the Artistic Director of that company. While at Twin Cities, Miss Tamra staged the following full length ballets: The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Peter and the Wolf, Alice in Wonderland and Coppelia.

Ms. Tamra also served as Academy Director/Master teacher at the Peoria Ballet for many years and taught Dance and PE at Holy Family School in Peoria. Most recently, she has taught ballet at Classical Dance Academy in Pekin.

She was a company member of the Barn II Dinner Theater for over 25 years, also serving as resident choreographer there. She also performed several seasons at Zellmer's Dinner Theatre and performed with Alphabet Soup Productions Children's Theatre in Chicago. She continues to perform with the Conklin Players at the new Barn III and in local community theatre and ballet performances. Her choreography has been seen on stages throughout Central Illinois.

Ms. Tamra is married to Conklin’s funny man Dan Challacombe. They have four daughters; Claire (22), Sophie (21), Lexi (14) and Vivien (12). 



Private Voice Lessons with

Claire Challacombe

A recent graduate of Illinois Wesleyan Universities School of Music, Claire Challacombe is a classically trained music educator who also loves to sing and teach musical theatre and other styles as well. Claire has been singing and performing in the Peoria area for 12 years and would love to share her love for music with students of all ages in the area. She is able to do lessons via Zoom, or in person depending on the students comfort level (with physical distancing in place, of course).For more information text (309) 258-4863.