Teachers

IMAGE0005_cropVirginia L. Davis

Miss Virginia has been teaching dance for over 60 years; since 1975 in her own studio.  We celebrate our 40th 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.

 

DSC00085Kay Davis Hamielec

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 classes at 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 Bachelor’s Degree from CNADM.  Kay was elected to the CNADM Board of Directors this summer.  Kay is Miss Virginia’s youngest daughter.

 

 DSC00399Judy Davis

Miss Judy has over 50 years of dance training, and has been teaching for 32 years.  She has continued to choreograph for, perform, and assist in numerous theater, dance and variety shows in Madison and the surrounding area.  She also continues to train yearly with Dance Masters of Wisconsin.

 

 

DSC00398Ardis A. Hempel

Miss Ardis has taught for Virginia Davis School of Dance for over 35 years and danced a total of 45 years as a student, performer, and teacher in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hula.  She is a member and past officer of DMW and has her Bachelor’s Degree and 25 years recognition pin from CNADM.  Miss Ardis is coordinator for our Hula Company ‘Sea Breeze’. 

 

 

DSC00393Carol Rolfe

Miss Carol has studied dance for over 30 years and has taught since 1981.  Carol taught dance at the YMCA in Janesville, choreographed for Milton College and performed in Wisconsin Dance Ensemble’s Nutcracker.

 

 

DSC00391Elizabeth England Burdick

Miss Elizabeth started dancing with Virginia Davis School of Dance at age 4.  She has performed a variety of rolls in Wisconsin Dance Ensemble’s Nutcracker, Peter Rabbit, and Coppelia and Performing Arts for Children’s Madison performance of Sleeping Beauty.  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 2004-2006.  She started teaching in 2005 in Minnesota and is happy to be back at Virginia Davis School of Dance.

 

DSC00394Justine Page

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.

 

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Shannon Ingalls

Miss Shannon Ingalls (McCann) is back!  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.  Welcome back Miss Shannon!

 

Charlotte CroppedCharlotte Baptie

Charlotte is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She is a double major in Dance and Kinesiology.  She comes to us with great teaching experience from her home dance studio in Waukesha, where she taught Ballet/Lyrical, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop.  She trained in a company program including tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, contemporary and hip hop as well as conditioning.  She has competition choreography experience as well.  Welcome to your Madison studio – Virginia Davis School of Dance!

 

 IMG_0697Amy Ziegler

We are so pleased and excited to welcome Amy Ziegler to our staff this year.  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 3 of her years of college.  Check out some of their work on Youtube. Amy will also assist Miss Kay with Ready, Set, Dance! of which she was a founding member. Welcome back home Miss Amy!

 

DiMarco_Shannon_crop_3Shannon DiMarco

Miss Shannon has been dancing since the age of 6 and is thrilled to be joining the Virginia Davis School of Dance as an instructor. Dancing in studios in Minnesota, Shannon began teaching young children while she was in high school and continued to teach throughout college. Miss Shannon was the captain of the UW-Eau Claire Blugold dance team until she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2005. More recently, Shannon started taking dance classes at Virginia Davis and has taught dance through the MSCR dance program.  She did an excellent job teaching our 2016 summer session. 

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 Rhea Vacha

Miss Rhea Vacha started dancing with Virginia Davis School of Dance at age 3. She practiced ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical and hip hop. She has performed in a variety of local productions, including The Nutcracker, Winter Fantasy and Stage Struck. She placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd at DMW competitions during her adolescent years.  Rhea was a part of her high school dance team all four years where she assisted in choreography of routines and performed at high school prep rallies, football and basketball games. Their team also participated in Regional and State competitions.  Rhea went on to join the Edgewood College Dance Team for two years leading her to a brief dance role with Sweatshop Movement; a dance production available to dancers around the Dane County area. In 2007, Rhea was the assistant Coach for Monona Grove High School Dance Team. Rhea also has experience teaching dance to children with special needs.

Miss Rhea’s passion outside of dance is to lend a helping hand or listening ear. She has her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work, and is employed as a Pediatric Neuroscience Social Worker with Dean Neurology Clinic. She also loves music, painting, spending time with family and her bulldogs.

Miss Rhea is very excited to continue teaching the art of dance to her students and would like to pass on her favorite dance quote, “Life is like dance; to keep balanced you must find your center, stay lifted, and keep moving gracefully”.  

 

 

* Wisconsin Dance Ensemble is now known as Dance Wisconsin