Lara Petrin was raised in the New England area, where she trained and danced with the Greater Milford Ballet Company, under the direction Georgia Deane and Laura Young, former principal dancer of Boston Ballet. Lara holds a MA in Dance Education from NYU, a certificate in Ballet Pedagogy from American Ballet Theatre and is an ABT certified teacher. Currently she is employed at Western Illinois University where she teaches ballet, modern, and tap to Musical Theatre majors and Dance minors.