Our Team

Edward "Sarge" Sargent

Owner/ Instructor & Choreographer

Sarge (as he is known by his students) has taught dance for over 35 years owned studios in South Africa (for 14 years) and then moved to Naperville in 1992. Sarge has established a reputation and is widely known within the Chicago dance community. Sarge has pure passion for teaching dance, evidenced by unwavering high energy, infectious enthusiasm and total dedication. He does not simply teach he motivates, creates, sculpts, encourages and inspires. His range of dance knowledge and accomplishment allow him to offer instruction seldom found at other dance studios.

Not only does Sarge have the ability to train the most awkward, self-conscious beginner through the most skilled dancer, he maintains a sincere interest in doing so to help each of his students achieve the fullest potential of personal growth. Sarge, an NDCA dance professional, is Bronze, Silver and Gold qualified in American style Smooth and Rhythm dances as well as International certification & Standard and Latin Dances (US Terpsichore Assn.) His dance achievements include South African Rock & Roll Champion, 24 hour dance marathon winner, and has won numerous awards as Top Teacher, Top Manager, Top Studio, and has won many dance competitions nationally and internationally.

Carole Sargent

Owner/ Instructor & Choreographer

Carole has always loved teaching, earning a Bachelor degree from Olivet Nazarene University and a Master’s Degree from Northern Illinois University. She spent 18 years teaching math at the high school and college level. She also coached the varsity cheerleaders taking them to many local and regional competitions. Carole’s love for teaching branched out into the world of Ballroom dancing. Her teaching experience gives her the unique ability to break down steps and make them easy to understand. Her people skills put students at ease as they learn to dance.

Kaitlyn Elliott

Instructor/Competitor & Choreographer

Kaitlyn is a young and talented instructor who joined the DeSarge team in 2020. Kaitlyn is looking forward to sharing her training and knowledge of dance with her students. Kaitlyn loves teaching beginners, intermediate and advanced levels of dancers. Kaitlyn specializes in first dances for wedding couples. Kaitlyn instructs both Latin and Ballroom styles and competes in national competitions with her students. Her students would agree that Kaitlyn is a dedicated, focused instructor who moves with incredible beauty, grace and elegance. We are pleased to have Kaitlyn on staff at DeSarge Danceworld.

Mark Tucker


Mark has been dancing since 2007. He and his wife, Kathy, joined the DeSarge team in 2015. Mark excels in teaching the beginners by breaking down the steps into small sections. We are happy to have Mark as part of the team at DeSarge Danceworld.

Kathy Tucker


Kathy has been dancing since 2007. She and her husband, Mark, joined the DeSarge team in 2015. Kathy assists Mark in teaching the Group Classes, showing the followers their steps. We are happy to have Kathy as part of the team at DeSarge Danceworld.

DeSarge Danceworld
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Timothy StudloTimothy Studlo
17:11 08 Jun 23
I received a Groupon for a 50-minute individual dance lesson for my birthday. It was extremely easy to book a lesson over the phone the staff got me in within a week's time. I have danced salsa for almost a decade and the instructors catered my lesson to my level and pace. Sarge taught me four new routines in under 50 minutes making sure I walked away with all the routines nailed down. He stopped and addressed all my questions along the way with technical answers which helped me to acquire the moves. Kaitlyn was an amazing follow/instructor offering me tips when she didn't properly feel my lead. Overall the studio offered an amazing experience. I walked away a more confident dancer with more moves in my dancing bank. Thanks Sarge and Kaitlyn!!!!
20:35 04 Nov 22
We love it at DeSarge’s Danceworld. We have been with Sarge now for almost 3 years and enjoy every moment. We take private lessons and participate in group lessons as well. Sarge loves dance and it shows in every lesson. He is a passionate and patient.
Sanli WoodwardSanli Woodward
16:32 06 Jan 20
I absolutely enjoyed my experience with Carole at DeSarge Danceworld! My fiancee and I took 3 dance lessons at DeSarge Danceworld to prepare for our first dance at our wedding. We had no dance experience prior to our lessons, and let's just say Carole helped us come a loooong way! She was funny, patient, and extremely skilled and knowledgeable in her abilities to teach the both of us. We had so much fun, and I cannot wait to perform our dance at our upcoming wedding. Thank you so much, Carole and DeSarge Danceworld! We would love to come back and learn more dances.
Kinga SzopinskaKinga Szopinska
03:21 15 Aug 19
My husband and I just recently had taken classes to learn a first dance for our wedding at DeSarge Danceworld. Sarge was so patient with us and the dance was a hit at the wedding. It was so sweet to see our moms tear up and have a special moment on the dance floor. We highly recommend the dance studio!
Robin WeaverRobin Weaver
21:30 09 May 16
DeSarge Danceworld is a great place. We have a weekly private lesson and take advantage of several group lessons each week too. Carole is a terrific instructor. We learn steps and have an enjoyable time there every time we go. The other instructors and students are wonderful. The open dance on Friday nights was a challenge initially as many dances are done but instructors get you up and dancing so it's fun. Plus you get a sample of the dances to help decide which one to learn next.Dance students range from those who compete in dance events to intermediate students and beginners. The age of dancers also ranges from young adults to seniors.

DeSarge Danceworld Naperville

632 Amersale Dr.  Suite 104  Naperville, Ill. 60563(Corner of Rt. 59 and North Aurora Rd.)

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