Monona Academy of Dance is dedicated to creating an atmosphere which fosters self-esteem, discipline, and positive influences, all of which can be carried into many other aspects of the student’s life.

The boys dressing room at the Madison location 2605 South Stoughton Road Madison.

The boys dressing room at the Madison location 2605 South Stoughton Road Madison.

Dancers at our Sun Prairie location within the Sun Prairie Ice Arena at 838 Grove Street Sun Prairie.

Dancers at our Sun Prairie location within the Sun Prairie Ice Arena at 838 Grove Street Sun Prairie.

For those students who are considering a professional career in dance, Monona Academy of Dance offers unparalleled opportunities. Listed here are the former students of Monona Academy of Dance who went on to professional dance careers and their most recent company.

  • Ethan Stiefel - Principal with both American Ballet Theatre (New York) and the Royal Ballet (London), lead role in the hit dance movie "Center Stage". Artistic Director of New Zealand Ballet. ** Teacher at School of American Ballet Theatre. Creating choreography.

  • Karisa Stich Skiba - Soloist with Milwaukee Ballet and currently teaching pilates in Washington D.C.

  • Erin Stiefel - Dancer with Zurich Opera Ballet **

  • Danielle Dickert Furhmann - Lead Performer, Disney Worl, Fireside Theater Fort Atkinso, currently teaching and choreographing at Monona Academy of Dance and Dance Wisconsin

  • Danielle Peronto - Lead Performer, Disney World and Universal

  • Jorene Leonard - Dancer with Liz Imperio’s Instinct Live Company in Los Angeles, Gap commercial, now working in Las Vegasand traveling with Donnie and Marie Osmond and at the Flamingo

  • Elizabeth Mischler - Dancer with contemporary dance company, Stadt Theater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, Germany, London Opera Ballet**

  • Amy Krawcek - Dance captain and assistant choreographer of Rockettes in NYC, Broadway show "Sweet Charity"**Currently teaching Pilates

  • Nick Mullikin - Company manager, Ballet West and Washington Ballet ** School Director of Nashville Ballet

  • Heather Anderson - Company member, Georgia Ballet and now teaching.

  • Becca Sweitzer - Dancer in Los Angeles “Tapsounds Underground” in the movie "Hairspray"

  • Amber Jackson - Dancer with Louisville Ballet, UW Dance Team and River North Dance Company. School teacher and periodically creating choreography.

  • Nicole Torgerud - Dancer with Charleston Ballet Theatre**

  • Leigh Zimmerman - Broadway dancer in Will Rogers Follies, Chicago

  • Angela Bell - Member of River North Dance Co. in Chicago **

  • Ashley Wendt - North Carolina Dance Theater**

  • Ashley Dahm - Joel Hall Dancers. Teacher and choreographer for Dance Wisconsin/Monona Academy of Dance.

  • Celia Pierquet-Flores - Milwaukee Ballet II, DCDC **

  • Jonathan Person- Louisville Ballet**

  • Jim Peronto - Texas Ballet Theater, Charleston Ballet Theatre**

  • Kristin Herlache - Milwaukee Ballet II. Now teaching at a performing arts school.

  • Lauren Hafner Addison - Wild Space Dance Company ** Living New York City and performing.Artistic director of Boink

  • Jennifer LaWall - Graduate Butler University. Louisville Ballet. Works DePauw University School of Music. **

  • Justin Bohan Genna - Milwaukee Ballet and now performing and dancing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • Chelsey Dahm-Professional Choreographer

  • Dawn Gilbertson- Big Muddy Dance Company

  • Larry Neuhauser-Tour "Movin' Out. Now performing with the Trockadoras of Monte Carlo

  • Claire Wyttenbach - dancer University of Wisconsin Stevens Pointe Dance Department. Graduate **

  • Suzanne Jamieson - dancer University of Wisconsin Stevens Pointe Dance Department and teacher Monona Academy of Dance.

  • Michael Hartung - Graduate of University of Michigan, performer NBC's Peter Pan Live, freelance dancer in New York and appeared in music videos. Hello Dolly on Broadway. Alice by Heart MMC Theater NYC.

  • Mary Kate Hartung - Graduate of NYU, freelance performer, and Company Member ChristinaNoel and The Creature and Bugge Ballet. In Fosse Verdon with Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams.

  • Mathew Hunt - graduate from University of Oklahoma City. Cance Smoky Mountain Opry. Worked Princess Cruises. Working Holland America Cuise Line.

  • Anthony Cannarella Anderson - Company Dancer Sacramento Ballet

  • Jordan Zweifel - Choreographer.

  • Collin Khamphouy - graduate Point Park University. Mamma Mia at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse. Pippin National Tour 2017. Guest Artist Dance Wisconsin. Disney Cruise Lines.

  • Maggie Batterman - studied Joffrey Academy of Dance. Scholarship dancer Hubbard Street. Guest Artist Dance Wisconsin.

  • And so many other dancers that continue to dance in college and beyond but have succesful careers as doctors, lawyers, athletic trainers,engineers and teachers to name a few.

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