Miss Virginia has been teaching dance for over 60 years; since 1975 in her own studio. We celebrate our 45th Anniversary this year. She has both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Chicago National Association of Dance Masters (CNADM). Virginia is on the Executive Council of CNADM and past President of Dance Masters of Wisconsin (DMW). She was nominated and selected as the recipient of the 2001 Wisconsin Dance Council Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is given to an outstanding person whose life has centered around dance as a performer or educator enriching Wisconsin’s dance heritage.
Miss Kay has over 45 years of dance experience as a student, performer, and teacher. Kay is the director of the studio’s performance group ‘Ready Set Dance’ (RSD). Kay has taught for dance conventions, other studios, U.W. extension programs, high school show choirs, and has choreographed for several local adult and children’s community theater productions. Kay is a member of DMW and holds a Master Degree from CNADM. Kay is Miss Virginia’s youngest daughter.
Miss Elizabeth started dancing with Virginia Davis School of Dance at age 4. She has performed a variety of roles in Wisconsin Dance Ensemble’s Nutcracker, Peter Rabbit, La Fille mal Gardee, and Coppelia. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from UW-Stevens Point in 2003 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business & Economics from Northland College in 2005. She danced with the American National Ballet in Duluth, MN from 2004-06. She started teaching in 2005 in Minnesota. She is a member of Dance Masters of Wisconsin and Chicago National Association of Dance Masters.
Miss Justine was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. She has been dancing with Virginia Davis School of Dance since she was 4 years old. Justine graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education 1-8 with a minor in Spanish. She is a 6th grade teacher at Sherman Middle School. Justine looks forward to working with students and combining the two things she loves the most; dancing and teaching.
Miss Shannon started dancing with Virginia Davis School of Dance at age 3. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. She has taught many years at both the Belleville and Madison studios for us. She took a short break to have her babies, but kept in touch substitute teaching as needed. She has also attended many Dance Masters of Wisconsin and Chicago National Association of Dance Masters conventions. Miss Shannon started and developed our Hip Hop program.
Miss Amy danced with Virginia Davis School of Dance from age 3-18. She has extensive hip hop and jazz dance training. She attended Chicago National Association of Dance Masters teacher training in 2014. Amy graduated from UW Oshkosh with a degree in Communication. She was honored and privileged to be both a member and the President of the UW Oshkosh hip hop crew Beat2Soul, performing with Beat2Soul three of her years of college. Check out some of their work on Youtube. She is a member of Dance Masters of Wisconsin and Chicago National Association of Dance Masters.
Miss Courtney danced with Virginia Davis School of Dance from the ages of 3-18 taking tap, ballet and jazz. She took a short break when she went to the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with minors in Special Education and English as a Second Language. During the day, Miss Courtney is a 1st grade teacher at Elvehjem Elementary School. She is so happy to be back at Virginia Davis School of Dance!
Miss Sara grew up dancing in a studio in her hometown where she was classically trained in ballet. In college, Sara received a minor in dance from Carthage College where she attended on a dance scholarship. In college, Sara’s focus turned to choreographing modern and contemporary styles. She won numerous awards in college including Best Choreography, Best Ensemble, and had her choreography selected to represent Carthage in the American College Dance Festival Association Showcase. Since college, Sara tried many different studios until finding her new dance home at Virginia Davis in 2018. Sara recently received her master’s degree in special education and is teaching elementary special education at Frank Allis Elementary. Sara will be teaching the A.C.E. classes at Virginia Davis to share her love of dance with students of all different abilities.
* Wisconsin Dance Ensemble is now known as Dance Wisconsin