Meet the Staff at Madison Dance Academy!
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Emily started dancing at the age of 3 in Madison, WI where her mom, Carol taught dance. She has studied ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, and lyrical. Emily started coaching a middle school dance team at the age of 16 and taking on her own classes at a dance studio at 17. Emily is also certified in ballet, tap, and jazz and a former member of Dance Masters of Wisconsin. Emily and her husband, Marcus got married in September of 2016 and live in Sun Prairie with their two pups. Ever since high school, Emily has wanted to own a dance studio of her own and her dream has now become a reality!
Marcus grew up in Cottage Grove and went to college for Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology. He grew up in a family with two sisters who were very involved in dance. Marcus currently works at Epic in his field of study. He has always been passionate about business and customer service. Owning a small business has always been a dream of his and now he gets to own a business with his wife!
Abby is a dancer turned dance mom, turned dance teacher. She grew up dancing in Madison, WI starting at the age of 3. Abby has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and musical under the direction of Sharon Butler. She also danced competitively for 9 years up until high school. At the age of 16 Abby helped Ms. Emily coach the drill team, and then started working for Mary Lou at Rosy Cheeks.
Dance has always been a part of her life, even if it was just through working at Rosy Cheeks. When she had her daughter Riley she knew right away she would be a dancer. When Ms. Emily opened the studio, she reached out to Abby about the new adventure, and how she wanted to work together again. Abby has been with Madison Dance Academy since 2018
Becca grew up in the Madison area, and has been part of the Madison Dance Academy family for 19 years!! Starting with ballet and tap, Becca has grown her love for dance in all genres including lyrical, contemporary, jazz, pointe, and hip hop. Dance has taken her from competing in local towns all the way to performing at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Becca started teaching for Madison Dance Academy at the age of 16 as an assistant teacher and by 17 started teaching classes of her own. Becca has recently moved to the Green Bay area, but comes back often to work with our dance team and is a master at cutting music.
Brad is a Sussex, WI native, and has been dancing for 17 years. He started in Accompany of Kids in Menomonee Falls, which he still choreographs for today. Additionally, while in college, he was a choreographer for 4 years on Case Kismat Fusion Dance Team, and captain his sophomore and junior years where he took Kismat to get 4th at Bollywood America—the national championship competition for Desi Dance Network.
In 2018, he was a choreographer on the hip-hop team Watchlist, and currently, he works for Epic during the day, but he also coaches UW-Madison’s Bollywood fusion team, Wisconsin Surma. Brad has been with Madison Dance Academy since 2019.
Brittney grew up in Phoenix, AZ. She began dancing at the age of 5, studying jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, and other styles at Royal Dance Works in Phoenix. She began assisting at the age of 12 and teaching at the age of 14. She has taught dancers and gymnasts of all ages at various dance and gymnastics studios around AZ and WI. She has worked with dancers in both a recreational and competitive capacity. Brittney has been with Madison Dance Academy since 2017
Callie began dancing at the age of 3 and grew up dancing alongside Miss Emily and under the guidance of Miss Carol. She has studied ballet, jazz, tap, pointe and hip hop. Callie was also a member of her high school’s Show Choir for three years and participated in their musical productions all four years.
She choreographed many of the Show Choir’s numbers her last two years of high school and returned for two years post-graduation to continue teaching. Callie has been with Madison Dance Academy since 2017
Carol started dancing at the age of 4, studying ballet, pointe, jazz, tap and lyrical. In the 6th grade she knew that she wanted to teach dance and now has over 42 years of teaching experience. Carol has choreographed plays, danced in productions and has many years of dance training. As a former member of DMW and CNADM, she has received her master certification in dance. Carol joined the Madison Dance Academy when her daughter, Ms. Emily, opened the studio in 2017
Crystal started dancing at the age of 3 and grew up dancing along with Ms. Emily and Ms. Callie and studied under Ms. Carol. She has studied ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, acro, and tap, although pointe always holds a special place in her heart. Crystal grew up competing with pointe solos, dance team, and cheerleading.
She has performed in a Citrus Bowl Half-time show, as well as multiple shows at The Overture Center. Crystal joined the Madison Dance Academy family as an instructor in the fall of 2018.
Grace started dancing for over 18 years in most styles specializing in ballet, contemporary and jazz. She taught and choreographed dance at a local studio for 4 years. After high school she attended UW- Steven's point as a dance major on scholarship but then moved out to California to further her dancing. She danced with Shannon Mather in her Bridge into the Industry Program in California for one year and then moved back to Wisconsin to share her love of dancing while teaching and choreographing.
She recently got married and she and her husband currently live in Sun Prairie. Grace has been with Madison Dance Academy since 2019
Kami has been dancing since she was 3 years old with Ms. Carol and then in future years, Ms. Emily also. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop. Kami has danced with Madison Contemporary for their holiday performance and our Nutcracker Remix in 2019. She is currently attending Madison College and continuing to dance while teaching at the studio. Kami has been with Madison Dance Academy since 2020.
Lexie has been dancing since a little girl. She danced with Crystal, Emily and Lexie for many years taking tap, jazz and ballet. She absolutely loves tap and evet thing that goes with it…the movement, the rhythm and the flow. Lexie has been with Madison Dance Academy since 2020
Nessa grew up dancing beginning at the age of 5, and dance has always been a part of her life. When she had her daughters they both started dancing at Madison Dance Academy. Nessa has been involved with the studio since 2006 and a few years after her girls started dancing, she began teaching. Nessa has been married for 20 years to her husband, Nick and they have two wonderful dancing daughters, Emma and Molly.
Nessa has choreographed many award-winning dances for the dance team over the years and loves being able to meet new dancers every season and greet the returning students she adores. Nessa has been with Madison Dance Academy since before Emily & Marcus purchased it.