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About WDC

A Non-Profit Organization Devoted to Dance as a Fine Art

The Wisconsin Dance Council serves the needs of dance education in Wisconsin and is devoted to dance as a fine art. 

We promote the appreciation of all types of dance as an art form and as a means of cultural expression.

Holidays: The Wisconsin Dance Council makes every effort not to schedule meetings, conferences, or events on religious holidays.

About WDC

A Non-Profit Organization Devoted to Dance as a Fine Art

The Wisconsin Dance Council serves the needs of dance education in Wisconsin and is devoted to dance as a fine art.

We promote the appreciation of all types of dance as an art form and as a means of cultural expression.

Holidays: The Wisconsin Dance Council makes every effort not to schedule meetings, conferences, or events on religious holidays.

Our purposes are exclusively educational and charitable and as such are:

  • To promote dance as a discipline in education

  • To promote the appreciation of dance as an art form

  • To improve the quality of dance as an art form

  • To act as a cultural force in the state by stimulating interest in and support of artistic and creative dance programs

  • To cooperate with other organizations concerned with dance

  • To broaden awareness of dance as a therapeutic and health enhancing mode

  • To work for the inclusion of dance in the Wisconsin school curriculum

Become Involved!

Our purposes are exclusively educational and charitable and as such are:

  • To promote dance as a discipline in education

  • To promote the appreciation of dance as an art form

  • To improve the quality of dance as an art form

  • To act as a cultural force in the state by stimulating interest in and support of artistic and creative dance programs

  • To cooperate with other organizations concerned with dance

  • To broaden awareness of dance as a therapeutic and health enhancing mode

  • To work for the inclusion of dance in the Wisconsin school curriculum

Become Involved!

Since its beginning in 1966, the Wisconsin Dance Council has:

  • Initiated the first state certification for dance teachers in public and private schools

  • Published surveys on three aspects of dance education in Wisconsin

  • Sponsored portable dance workshops, which brought master classes, lecture-demonstrations, and concerts to Wisconsin communities

  • Sponsored local workshops

  • Published the magazine, “Dance Dimensions”

  • Acted in an advisory capacity for the Arts in Society issue, “Growth of Dance in America,” published by UW-Extension Arts, 1973

  • Offered the first annual Wisconsin Dance Council conference in the fall of 1977

A Brief History of the WDC

Since its beginning in 1966, the Wisconsin Dance Council has:

  • Initiated the first state certification for dance teachers in public and private schools

  • Published surveys on three aspects of dance education in Wisconsin

  • Sponsored portable dance workshops, which brought master classes, lecture-demonstrations, and concerts to Wisconsin communities

  • Sponsored local workshops

  • Published the magazine, “Dance Dimensions”

  • Acted in an advisory capacity for the Arts in Society issue, “Growth of Dance in America,” published by UW-Extension Arts, 1973

  • Offered the first annual Wisconsin Dance Council conference in the fall of 1977

A Brief History of the WDC

Wisconsin Dance Council is excited about our potential for the future.

We have made significant accomplishments toward the promotion of dance. Let’s keep moving on!

  • Initiated cooperative efforts with other organizations: Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and the Wisconsin Alliance for Arts in Education

  • Became an affiliate of the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters

  • Prepared Dance Curriculum Guidelines for K-12 in cooperation with the Department of Public Instruction in 1977 and 1988

  • Served on the task force for the writing of the “Academic Model Standards for Dance,” 1995-1997

  • Initiated first Wisconsin Dance Council Newsletter, June 1992

  • Acted as a strong advocate for dance education in Wisconsin

  • To work for the inclusion of dance in the Wisconsin school curriculum

Work with Us!

Wisconsin Dance Council is excited about our potential for the future.

We have made significant accomplishments toward the promotion of dance. Let’s keep moving on!

  • Initiated cooperative efforts with other organizations: Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and the Wisconsin Alliance for Arts in Education

  • Became an affiliate of the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters

  • Prepared Dance Curriculum Guidelines for K-12 in cooperation with the Department of Public Instruction in 1977 and 1988

  • Served on the task force for the writing of the “Academic Model Standards for Dance,” 1995-1997

  • Initiated first Wisconsin Dance Council Newsletter, June 1992

  • Acted as a strong advocate for dance education in Wisconsin

  • To work for the inclusion of dance in the Wisconsin school curriculum

Work with Us!

2020 Board Members

2020 Board Members

A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Simone Ferro joined the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2001. She directed the Master of Fine Arts program in Dance for several years, and served as Chair of the Department of Dance at the Peck School of the Arts at UWM from 2011-2015. After a professional career as soloist with dance companies in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Geneva, Switzerland, she completed graduate work in Dance at the University of Iowa. Simone has collaborated extensively with local dance, theater, and opera companies, including the Milwaukee Ballet, the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Florentine Opera, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Opera Theater, Danceworks Performance Company, Wild Space Dance Company, and Theatre Gigante. She is a strong advocate of the Milwaukee and the Midwestern dance community where she collaborates with visual artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and scholars from different fields. Her choreographic work encompasses a wide range of thematic approaches from social issues, historical and women’s themes to the analysis of more intimate human relationships. She is the recipient of several awards, including a UWM Graduate School Research Grant, an Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, a Research Growth Initiative (RGI) grant from the UWM Graduate School, a Choreographic Fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Board, and a 2013 University of Iowa Alumni Fellowship. In August 2015, Simone received a Graduate Laban Certification in Movement Analysis from Columbia College of Chicago. Since 2004 she has travelled regularly to Brazil with her husband and research partner, Meredith W. Watts, to document and research the traditional Bumba-meu-boi folk festivities in the northeastern state of Maranhão. This project has resulted in a number of choreographic works, conference presentations and papers related to the Bumba-meu-boi, including a publication in the Journal of Popular Culture. Over the years, Simone has accumulated more than thirty hours of interviews with local group owners, singers and aficionados in São Luis. She has posted dozens of two-to-four minute video-clips on her personal website where she has pioneered a repository of the Bumba-meu-boi as practiced in the state of Maranhão.

Jessica Bauer earned her Bachelor of Science in Dance degree at UW-Stevens Point. While there, she studied under and was inspired by Susan Gingrasso, Jim Moore, Joan Karlen, Pam Luedtke, and Beth Megill.  Jessica returned to her hometown of Reedsburg in 2005 to open her own studio, starting with only 23 students.  Today she instructs and celebrates dance every week with over 200 students, personally teaching every class in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Modern.  Jessica believes that dance is a personal signature and that a great teacher must showcase students’ strengths, challenge limits, and develop confidence through movement.  Jessica is a member of the NDEO and also had a student earn honors in the NHSDA in 2015.  Jessica encourages her students to give back to the community and use their talents to help others whenever possible.  Annually, Jessica and the Signature Steps Dancers host a community Halloween Dance Party, perform a free dance showcase, and donate money raised at the Spring Recital to charities of the dancers’ choosing.  In addition to her studio, Jessica has donated her time choreographing and performing in community theatre, choreographing the school district’s show choir, and teaching a social dance unit for Music History class at the high school.

Anindita Neogy Anaam is a leading exponent of Indian Classical Dance ‘Kathak’ and a well-known instructor, performer and choreographer. Anindita has undergone intensive training under the doyens of Jaipur and Lucknow Schools of Kathak. She has given numerous dance presentations as a soloist in India, Germany and USA. She has performed in leading festivals of dance, like Kultur Nacht, Theater am Faden (Germany), BAGC Chicago, Nritya Samarpana Festival Chicago, Logging and Heritage Festival, Wisconsin, Out to Lunch, Marinette (Wi) , Varshik Kathak Festival (Delhi), Jayadev Dance festival (Odisha) to name a few. Recipient of prestigious Shri Jayadev National award for excellence in Kathak dance by National Culture Mission (Bhubaneswar, India) and State government of Odisha(India), she is a dancer par excellence. Known for her delicate dance gestures yet powerful performances, Anindita has created a niche in the dancing sphere. She has also acted as an examiner for various dance baccalaureates exams in India as well as acted as a judge in International Dance Competitions. She has been covered by leading newspapers in India and USA including Times of India, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, Pioneer, Asian Age, Statesman, Outlook India, Business Standard, Eagle Herald, Green Bay Channel 5 and so on.

Stacy Pottinger coordinates the Dance Minor Program within the Department of Theatre at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  Ms. Pottinger has earned a B.F.A. in dance performance from Southern Methodist University, an M.A. in dance education from the State University of New York College at Brockport, and an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  At Carthage College, she teaches Applied Dance Technique courses in Ballet, Jazz, and Modern as well as Composition, Improvisation, and Dance history. Ms. Pottinger’s recent research inquiries include Dance Integration studies and repertory-based literacy programming through the Repertory Etudes Collection.  She has mentored student choreography at Carthage for the past ten years, led numerous trips to the American College Dance Festival conferences, and has served on multiple response panels, including that of Danceworks, Inc. Art to Art Series in Milwaukee, Faculty Feedback Panels for the American College Dance Festival North-Central Regional Conference Informal Concerts (2017 and 2014), and for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 2015 spring dance concert.  In addition to her titles as Director of the Dance Minor, Professor, and Artistic Director of Department of Theatre dance productions, Ms. Pottinger is Faculty Advisor for Carthage’s NDEO Student Chapter and National Honor Society for the Dance Arts (NHSDA). She is current Treasurer for the Wisconsin Dance Council (WDC) and is completing her second year on the WDC Board of Directors.

Ann Brusky is the Director of Public Programs at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of JMKAC public programs, including performing arts, community arts, education, and preschool. As such, she generates strategies to engage diverse constituencies and promote JMKAC’s important role as a vital and invigorating multidisciplinary resource. Prior to her role in public programs, she was the Performing Arts Manager and responsible for curating the performing arts seasons including dance, music, theatre, and film. Brusky holds a B.S. in Communications with Theatre emphasis from UW-Oshkosh along with an M.A. in Arts Administration from Goucher College (MD). Brusky also serves on the board of the Robert E. Gard Foundation. She has been involved with the Wisconsin Dance Council for six years and has served on the Board.

Anne Marie Brunner Abderholden was born in Holland and spent her childhood in Switzerland. At age seven, she joined the Opera Ballet School in Zurich. Upon graduation at age 18, she joined the Opera Ballet in Zurich. She has performed with the Volks-opera Ballet in Vienna, the Stadttheater Baden, and toured with the Munich Opera. She has enjoyed working with choreographers such as Patricia Neary and Hans van Manen. Anne Marie received an advanced degree in the teaching of classical ballet in the Vaganova-Leningrad Method from Musikcollege in Cologne, Germany.

Anne Marie has taught at the Opera Ballet School in Zurich, at the Swiss School for Professional Dancers, and at the Theatre Ballet School in Krefeld and Monchengladbach, Germany. Since moving to Wisconsin in 1991, she has taught ballet for the Kehl School of Dance and Monona Academy of Dance. In addition she had taught company classes for the Wisconsin Dance Ensemble and helped stage the Nutcracker, an annual performance at the Civic Center (now known as Overture Center for the Arts) in Madison. She also staged several of her own choreographic pieces for the Wisconsin Dance Ensemble. Anne Marie worked with the Performing Arts for Children in Madison and she was also the artistic director and co-owner of Turning Pointe School of Ballet in Madison. In 2002, Anne Marie founded Valley Academy for the Arts in Neenah, Wisconsin, which she expanded from one classroom to a 16,000 square foot facility.  Anne Marie is a big believer in collaboration and is currently partnering with the City of Neenah and the city’s recreational dance program. In addition to the city’s program, Anne Marie also collaborates with the Neenah Joint School District after-school programming and Anne Marie is also entering her ten year collaboration with the Paine Arts Center and Garden’s Nutcracker in the Castle. As a part of that collaboration Anne Marie’s dancers have performed over 1,050 shows. Anne Marie has enjoyed working with many children and young adults who have gone on to professional careers in dance such as Principal Dancer South Caroline Ballet Theater, Hamburg Ballet (Germany), Morgan Scott Company (New York), and many other companies, and she also has many students attending international year round programs, such as Kirov Academy, Gelsey Kirkland’s Ballet Program, Nutmeg Conservatory and many others.

A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Simone Ferro joined the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2001. She directed the Master of Fine Arts program in Dance for several years, and served as Chair of the Department of Dance at the Peck School of the Arts at UWM from 2011-2015. After a professional career as soloist with dance companies in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Geneva, Switzerland, she completed graduate work in Dance at the University of Iowa. Simone has collaborated extensively with local dance, theater, and opera companies, including the Milwaukee Ballet, the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Florentine Opera, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Opera Theater, Danceworks Performance Company, Wild Space Dance Company, and Theatre Gigante. She is a strong advocate of the Milwaukee and the Midwestern dance community where she collaborates with visual artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and scholars from different fields. Her choreographic work encompasses a wide range of thematic approaches from social issues, historical and women’s themes to the analysis of more intimate human relationships. She is the recipient of several awards, including a UWM Graduate School Research Grant, an Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, a Research Growth Initiative (RGI) grant from the UWM Graduate School, a Choreographic Fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Board, and a 2013 University of Iowa Alumni Fellowship. In August 2015, Simone received a Graduate Laban Certification in Movement Analysis from Columbia College of Chicago. Since 2004 she has travelled regularly to Brazil with her husband and research partner, Meredith W. Watts, to document and research the traditional Bumba-meu-boi folk festivities in the northeastern state of Maranhão. This project has resulted in a number of choreographic works, conference presentations and papers related to the Bumba-meu-boi, including a publication in the Journal of Popular Culture. Over the years, Simone has accumulated more than thirty hours of interviews with local group owners, singers and aficionados in São Luis. She has posted dozens of two-to-four minute video-clips on her personal website (http://www.simoneferro.com/) where she has pioneered a repository of the Bumba-meu-boi as practiced in the state of Maranhão.

Jessica Bauer earned her Bachelor of Science in Dance degree at UW-Stevens Point. While there, she studied under and was inspired by Susan Gingrasso, Jim Moore, Joan Karlen, Pam Luedtke, and Beth Megill.  Jessica returned to her hometown of Reedsburg in 2005 to open her own studio, starting with only 23 students.  Today she instructs and celebrates dance every week with over 200 students, personally teaching every class in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Modern.  Jessica believes that dance is a personal signature and that a great teacher must showcase students’ strengths, challenge limits, and develop confidence through movement.  Jessica is a member of the NDEO and also had a student earn honors in the NHSDA in 2015.  Jessica encourages her students to give back to the community and use their talents to help others whenever possible.  Annually, Jessica and the Signature Steps Dancers host a community Halloween Dance Party, perform a free dance showcase, and donate money raised at the Spring Recital to charities of the dancers’ choosing.  In addition to her studio, Jessica has donated her time choreographing and performing in community theatre, choreographing the school district’s show choir, and teaching a social dance unit for Music History class at the high school.

Anindita Neogy Anaam is a leading exponent of Indian Classical Dance ‘Kathak’ and a well-known instructor, performer and choreographer. Anindita has undergone intensive training under the doyens of Jaipur and Lucknow Schools of Kathak. She has given numerous dance presentations as a soloist in India, Germany and USA. She has performed in leading festivals of dance, like Kultur Nacht, Theater am Faden (Germany), BAGC Chicago, Nritya Samarpana Festival Chicago, Logging and Heritage Festival, Wisconsin, Out to Lunch, Marinette (Wi) , Varshik Kathak Festival (Delhi), Jayadev Dance festival (Odisha) to name a few. Recipient of prestigious Shri Jayadev National award for excellence in Kathak dance by National Culture Mission (Bhubaneswar, India) and State government of Odisha(India), she is a dancer par excellence. Known for her delicate dance gestures yet powerful performances, Anindita has created a niche in the dancing sphere. She has also acted as an examiner for various dance baccalaureates exams in India as well as acted as a judge in International Dance Competitions. She has been covered by leading newspapers in India and USA including Times of India, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, Pioneer, Asian Age, Statesman, Outlook India, Business Standard, Eagle Herald, Green Bay Channel 5 and so on.

Stacy Pottinger coordinates the Dance Minor Program within the Department of Theatre at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  Ms. Pottinger has earned a B.F.A. in dance performance from Southern Methodist University, an M.A. in dance education from the State University of New York College at Brockport, and an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  At Carthage College, she teaches Applied Dance Technique courses in Ballet, Jazz, and Modern as well as Composition, Improvisation, and Dance history. Ms. Pottinger’s recent research inquiries include Dance Integration studies and repertory-based literacy programming through the Repertory Etudes Collection.  She has mentored student choreography at Carthage for the past ten years, led numerous trips to the American College Dance Festival conferences, and has served on multiple response panels, including that of Danceworks, Inc. Art to Art Series in Milwaukee, Faculty Feedback Panels for the American College Dance Festival North-Central Regional Conference Informal Concerts (2017 and 2014), and for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 2015 spring dance concert.  In addition to her titles as Director of the Dance Minor, Professor, and Artistic Director of Department of Theatre dance productions, Ms. Pottinger is Faculty Advisor for Carthage’s NDEO Student Chapter and National Honor Society for the Dance Arts (NHSDA). She is current Treasurer for the Wisconsin Dance Council (WDC) and is completing her second year on the WDC Board of Directors.

Ann Brusky is the Director of Public Programs at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of JMKAC public programs, including performing arts, community arts, education, and preschool. As such, she generates strategies to engage diverse constituencies and promote JMKAC’s important role as a vital and invigorating multidisciplinary resource. Prior to her role in public programs, she was the Performing Arts Manager and responsible for curating the performing arts seasons including dance, music, theatre, and film. Brusky holds a B.S. in Communications with Theatre emphasis from UW-Oshkosh along with an M.A. in Arts Administration from Goucher College (MD). Brusky also serves on the board of the Robert E. Gard Foundation. She has been involved with the Wisconsin Dance Council for six years and has served on the Board.

Anne Marie Brunner Abderholden was born in Holland and spent her childhood in Switzerland.  At age seven, she joined the Opera Ballet School in Zurich.  Upon graduation at age 18, she joined the Opera Ballet in Zurich.  She has performed with the Volksopera Ballet in Vienna, the Stadttheater Baden, and toured with the Munich Opera.  She has enjoyed working with choreographers such as Patricia Neary and Hans van Manen.  Anne Marie received an advanced degree in the teaching of classical ballet in the Vaganova-Leningrad Method from Musikcollege in Cologne, Germany.

Anne Marie has taught at the Opera Ballet School in Zurich, at the Swiss School for Professional Dancers, and at the Theatre Ballet School in Krefeld and Monchengladbach, Germany.  Since moving to Wisconsin in 1991, she has taught ballet for the Kehl School of Dance and Monona Academy of Dance. In addition she had taught company classes for the Wisconsin Dance Ensemble and helped stage the Nutcracker, an annual performance at the Civic Center (now known as Overture Center for the Arts) in Madison. She also staged several of her own choreographic pieces for the Wisconsin Dance Ensemble. Anne Marie worked with the Performing Arts for Children in Madison and she was also the artistic director and co-owner of Turning Pointe School of Ballet in Madison. In 2002, Anne Marie founded Valley Academy for the Arts in Neenah, Wisconsin, which she expanded from one classroom to a 16,000 square foot facility.  Anne Marie is a big believer in collaboration and is currently partnering with the City of Neenah and the city’s recreational dance program. In addition to the city’s program, Anne Marie also collaborates with the Neenah Joint School District afterschool programing and Anne Marie is also entering her ten year collaboration with the Paine Arts Center and Garden’s Nutcracker in the Castle. As a part of that collaboration Anne Marie’s dancers have performed over 1,050 shows.  Anne Marie has enjoyed working with many children and young adults who have gone on to professional careers in dance such as Principal Dancer South Caroline Ballet Theater, Hamburg Ballet (Germany), Morgan Scott Company (New York), and many other companies, and she also has many students attending international year round programs, such as Kirov Academy, Gelsey Kirkland’s Ballet Program, Nutmeg Conservatory and many others.

Nina Gaydos-Fedak began her dance studies in tap and ethnic dance at the age of four in Cleveland, Ohio and discovered classical ballet when she was seven. She studied and performed with Marie Abels, Heinz Poll at the University of Akron and Dennis Nahat at Cleveland Ballet School, and locally with Doris Von der Hoff and Esther Moody.She is the founder and director of TTP Academy & MindFul Movement, formerly known as To The Pointe Performing Arts founded in 1988.

Passionate about dance and the arts, Nina serves on numerous arts-based boards and donates time and talent to area schools and organizations. She is well versed in many styles of dance; including ballet, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, character, and folk dance, and is passionate about proper student development.  Nina is committed to teaching dance as an art form, showing dancers not just how to dance, but where the movement comes from physically, creatively, and historically. A lifelong goal is to integrate dance with the core curricula of every school, helping to develop creative and divergent thinkers.

Ms. Gaydos-Fedak has been accepted as a member in the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and ascribes to the PTSDA (Professional Teaching Standards in Dance Arts) while working toward her CiD (Certificate in Dance). She is also a member of Dance Masters of Wisconsin, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Pewaukee Area Arts Council, and Wisconsin Dance Council. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Lake Country Dance Theatre and has established three performance groups within TTP Academy. TTP has been awarded a Chapter in the National Honors Society in Dance Arts and is pleased to offer its students all the benefits of the NHSDA program.

Maria Hackbarth began her study of ballet at the age of 7 and went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Steven’s Point with a BFA in Dance.  During her time at UWSP, she performed in several student choreographed showcases as well as faculty and guest artist choreographed productions.  As a dancer, she has worked with various companies and artists including Elation Dance Theater, Mary Anthony, Ko-Thi Dance Company and Doug Verone.

Realizing her passion for choreography, Hackbarth began Warped Dance Company in 2007 and created WDC’s Youth Ensemble in 2013. Since then she has been creating works and performance projects for many formal and alternative venues, as well as traveling both nationally and internationally, receiving praise and recognition for her innovative choreography. Recently, Maria has extended Warped Dance Company’s capabilities into the next level and began training both the Youth and Professional companies in Aerial Silks, after earning her Level 1 Training Certification in 2014.

Hackbarth’s artistic vision and choreographic style borrows from the neo-classical and contemporary ballet styles but opens the door to a more modern interpretation.  Her works include many and varied lifts, floor work and new alternatives to traditional partnering, rejecting the more “flowy” and “traditional” modern ballet compositions.  Instead, she provides more lines and shapes giving the viewer an edgier peek into the world of modern and contemporary ballet.  This type of choreography forces the dancer to dig deep into core strengths of ballet and move away from the predictable forms they have traditionally been forced to accept and repeat. Additionally, it encourages the dancer to explore their choreographic range, as Hackbarth works in a highly collaborative environment. This allows the dancer the opportunity to push their strengths, both mentally and physically.

Sarah Knottbegan her training at the Central Wisconsin School of Ballet in Wausau, Wisconsin. With the Wausau Dance Theatre, she traveled to Germany to perform in Darmstadt and Fulda. She also attended the North Carolina Dance Theatre summer intensive, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago intensive, and the Northwest Professional Dance Project Launch. For two years, she was a cast member at Walt Disney World in the Entertainment department.

In Milwaukee, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with honors from UW-Milwaukee. While in the department, she performed works by Simone Ferro, Luc Vanier, Laura Dean, Danny Gwirtzman, Ed Burgess, and Uri Sands. She has danced with City Ballet Theatre and had been a company member of Your Mother Dances for four years performing work by Elizabeth Johnson, David Parker and Gerald Casel.   In 2011, she had the privilege of being cast in the film Missed Connections, which premiered at the Milwaukee Film Festival. While dancing, Sarah worked at the Wisconsin Athletic Club’s North Shore and Wauwatosa locations as the Programming Director for over four years where she had the opportunity to share her enthusiasm for health and fitness. 

Sarah taught dance and assisted in creating many productions in the Milwaukee area for 9 years. Since 2014, she has been the Studio Director and Instructor at Minocqua Dance in Northern Wisconsin.  In the Northwoods area, she has also had the privilege to teach and/or choreograph for Northwoods School of Dance, Terry Bucaro Dance and Fine Arts Studio, the Lakeland Figure Skating Camp, the Lakeland Union High School Dance Team and the Rhinelander High School Dance Team.

Katherine Kramer is a performer, choreographer, educator, producer and writer. She was honored with the 2018 Hoofer Award from the American Tap Dance Foundation. A gypsy at heart, she is currently based in Madison, WI where she enjoys a rich and varied career with exceptional collaborators.  Her work is rooted in a desire to bring people together, to encourage intimacy, and to promote the value of artistic play as a tool in creating a more humane world. Katherine Kramer Projects

Born in Laos and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Yeng Vang-Strath is a passionate educator and advocates to bring more dance curriculum into the public school systems. She graduated from Alverno with a Master’s in Education and certification of Administration and Curriculum Design. She earned her undergraduate from Peck School of the Arts-Dance at the University of Milwaukee Wisconsin. She performed with Wild Space Performance Company for seven years and currently serves on the board of directors. Yeng was a contributing writer for the 2019 Wisconsin Dance Standards and her primary focus is to promote dance education to our public schools.

In 2008 Megan Zintek graduated summa cum laude with her BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with over 20 years of experience in her field. She has immersed herself in dance pedagogy since the age of 12, continually sharing her artistry and love of movement with children and adults. It has been her dream, from the first dance class she ever had the privilege of teaching, to open her own dance studio. She felt a calling to give others the same opportunity to grow, mature and express themselves with confidence and strength, just as she had been given as a young girl. Bella Via was not a spur of the moment idea… Megan diligently worked to obtain every tool possible that would ensure her dream not only come to fruition, but would be a powerful force in the dance community.

While receiving her undergrad, she had the privilege of working with and performing for André Tyson, Darci Brown Wutz, Li-Chao Ping, and Simone Ferro. She also had the opportunity to dance in works created by guest artists Daniel Gwirtzman, Laura Dean, and Uri Sands. She studied under the tutelage of Ed Burgess, Janet Lilly, Luc Vanier and Fern Caulker-Bronson. Beyond her studies, she has danced with Wildspace Dance Company, as well as the Catey Ott Dance Collective. During the summer of 2008, she traveled to Brazil to study Capoeira and dance with the company, Bale Folclorico. Megan was chosen to choreograph works for Here Comes Trouble and Art to Art in Milwaukee, and had the privilege of being cast in the film Missed Connections, which premiered in the 2011 Milwaukee Film Festival. She has been a company member of Elizabeth Johnson’s Your Mother Dances since 2008, keeping her connected and inspired within the dance community of Milwaukee. In 2012 she was interviewed and featured on Fox6 WakeUp promoting the launch of her fitness program, BellaBarre.

In 2015 and 2016, she was thrilled to return to UW-Milwaukee as a member of the faculty, teaching Jazz at the very university that inspired and motivated her growth as a teacher and artist. She is privileged to return in the Spring of 2019 as Rehearsal Director for a guest artist’s piece in UWM’s faculty show, SpringDances.

Megan is honored to have been nominated onto the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Dance Council. This wonderful organization parallels perfectly with everything Megan believes, and strives to further dance education in our communities.

Bella Via was named by Megan’s mother, whom she lost in the summer of 2009. Her mother had been her #1 fan and biggest supporter in attaining her dreams. She instilled in Megan the belief that she could do anything she set her mind to, inspiring Megan to encourage that personal belief in others. In the memory of Susan Zintek, Megan opened the doors of Bella Via in October of 2011. Bella Via, aptly named by her Mother, means “the beautiful way” in Italian. Megan’s hope is that it certainly will be for anyone who walks through the studio door.

Erin Zintek is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she started her training under Kellie Plathe from Accent On Dance. Erin graduated from the University of Iowa with a BFA in dance. Pre-professionally and professionally Erin has danced with Charlotte Adams and Dancers, David Dorfman and Dancers, Poetic Rebound Co., Bill Young, KO& Co., Esther Lapointe, Lyfe Dance Company, Top Shake Dance, and created her own modern company The Erin Zintek Movement Project. During the summer of 2008, she traveled to Brazil to study capoeira and participate in company class with the company Balé Folclórico.  Besides teaching dance, Erin is a certified Pilates instructor, certified yoga instructor, and is the co-creator of The Ellové Technique®. She formerly taught at BodyVox, Nike World Headquarters, The Portland Ballet, and Multnomah Athletic Club, where she was the Dance Head Coach to the pre-professional dance company.  Erin also served on the executive board for Oregon Dance Education Organization.

Nina Gaydos-Fedak began her dance studies in tap and ethnic dance at the age of four in Cleveland, Ohio and discovered classical ballet when she was seven. She studied and performed with Marie Abels, Heinz Poll at the University of Akron and Dennis Nahat at Cleveland Ballet School, and locally with Doris Von der Hoff and Esther Moody.  She is the founder and director of TTP Academy & MindFul Movement, formerly known as To The Pointe Performing Arts founded in 1988.

Passionate about dance and the arts, Nina serves on numerous arts-based boards and donates time and talent to area schools and organizations. She is well versed in many styles of dance; including ballet, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, character, and folk dance, and is passionate about proper student development.  Nina is committed to teaching dance as an art form, showing dancers not just how to dance, but where the movement comes from physically, creatively, and historically. A lifelong goal is to integrate dance with the core curricula of every school, helping to develop creative and divergent thinkers.

Ms. Gaydos-Fedak has been accepted as a member in the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and ascribes to the PTSDA (Professional Teaching Standards in Dance Arts) while working toward her CiD (Certificate in Dance). She is also a member of Dance Masters of Wisconsin, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Pewaukee Area Arts Council, and Wisconsin Dance Council. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Lake Country Dance Theatre and has established three performance groups within TTP Academy. TTP has been awarded a Chapter in the National Honors Society in Dance Arts and is pleased to offer its students all the benefits of the NHSDA program.

Maria Hackbarth began her study of ballet at the age of 7 and went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Steven’s Point with a BFA in Dance.  During her time at UWSP, she performed in several student choreographed showcases as well as faculty and guest artist choreographed productions.  As a dancer, she has worked with various companies and artists including Elation Dance Theater, Mary Anthony, Ko-Thi Dance Company and Doug Verone.

Realizing her passion for choreography, Hackbarth began Warped Dance Company in 2007 and created WDC’s Youth Ensemble in 2013. Since then she has been creating works and performance projects for many formal and alternative venues, as well as traveling both nationally and internationally, receiving praise and recognition for her innovative choreography. Recently, Maria has extended Warped Dance Company’s capabilities into the next level and began training both the Youth and Professional companies in Aerial Silks, after earning her Level 1 Training Certification in 2014.

Hackbarth’s artistic vision and choreographic style borrows from the neo-classical and contemporary ballet styles but opens the door to a more modern interpretation.  Her works include many and varied lifts, floor work and new alternatives to traditional partnering, rejecting the more “flowy” and “traditional” modern ballet compositions.  Instead, she provides more lines and shapes giving the viewer an edgier peek into the world of modern and contemporary ballet.  This type of choreography forces the dancer to dig deep into core strengths of ballet and move away from the predictable forms they have traditionally been forced to accept and repeat. Additionally, it encourages the dancer to explore their choreographic range, as Hackbarth works in a highly collaborative environment. This allows the dancer the opportunity to push their strengths, both mentally and physically.

Sarah Knott began her training at the Central Wisconsin School of Ballet in Wausau, Wisconsin. With the Wausau Dance Theatre, she traveled to Germany to perform in Darmstadt and Fulda. She also attended the North Carolina Dance Theatre summer intensive, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago intensive, and the Northwest Professional Dance Project Launch. For two years, she was a cast member at Walt Disney World in the Entertainment department.

In Milwaukee, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with honors from UW-Milwaukee. While in the department, she performed works by Simone Ferro, Luc Vanier, Laura Dean, Danny Gwirtzman, Ed Burgess, and Uri Sands. She has danced with City Ballet Theatre and had been a company member of Your Mother Dances for four years performing work by Elizabeth Johnson, David Parker and Gerald Casel.   In 2011, she had the privilege of being cast in the film Missed Connections, which premiered at the Milwaukee Film Festival. While dancing, Sarah worked at the Wisconsin Athletic Club’s North Shore and Wauwatosa locations as the Programming Director for over four years where she had the opportunity to share her enthusiasm for health and fitness.

Sarah taught dance and assisted in creating many productions in the Milwaukee area for 9 years. Since 2014, she has been the Studio Director and Instructor at Minocqua Dance in Northern Wisconsin.  In the Northwoods area, she has also had the privilege to teach and/or choreograph for Northwoods School of Dance, Terry Bucaro Dance and Fine Arts Studio, the Lakeland Figure Skating Camp, the Lakeland Union High School Dance Team and the Rhinelander High School Dance Team.

Katherine Kramer is a performer, choreographer, educator, producer and writer. She was honored with the 2018 Hoofer Award from the American Tap Dance Foundation. A gypsy at heart, she is currently based in Madison, WI where she enjoys a rich and varied career with exceptional collaborators.  Her work is rooted in a desire to bring people together, to encourage intimacy, and to promote the value of artistic play as a tool in creating a more humane world.  www.KatherineKramerProjects.com

Born in Laos and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Yeng Vang-Strath is a passionate educator and advocates to bring more dance curriculum into the public school systems. She graduated from Alverno with a Master’s in Education and certification of Administration and Curriculum Design. She earned her undergraduate from Peck School of the Arts-Dance at the University of Milwaukee Wisconsin. She performed with Wild Space Performance Company for seven years and currently serves on the board of directors. Yeng was a contributing writer for the 2019 Wisconsin Dance Standards and her primary focus is to promote dance education to our public schools.

In 2008 Megan Zintek graduated summa cum laude with her BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with over 20 years of experience in her field. She has immersed herself in dance pedagogy since the age of 12, continually sharing her artistry and love of movement with children and adults. It has been her dream, from the first dance class she ever had the privilege of teaching, to open her own dance studio. She felt a calling to give others the same opportunity to grow, mature and express themselves with confidence and strength, just as she had been given as a young girl. Bella Via was not a spur of the moment idea… Megan diligently worked to obtain every tool possible that would ensure her dream not only come to fruition, but would be a powerful force in the dance community.

While receiving her undergrad, she had the privilege of working with and performing for André Tyson, Darci Brown Wutz, Li-Chao Ping, and Simone Ferro. She also had the opportunity to dance in works created by guest artists Daniel Gwirtzman, Laura Dean, and Uri Sands. She studied under the tutelage of Ed Burgess, Janet Lilly, Luc Vanier and Fern Caulker-Bronson. Beyond her studies, she has danced with Wildspace Dance Company, as well as the Catey Ott Dance Collective. During the summer of 2008, she traveled to Brazil to study Capoeira and dance with the company, Bale Folclorico. Megan was chosen to choreograph works for Here Comes Trouble and Art to Art in Milwaukee, and had the privilege of being cast in the film Missed Connections, which premiered in the 2011 Milwaukee Film Festival. She has been a company member of Elizabeth Johnson’s Your Mother Dances since 2008, keeping her connected and inspired within the dance community of Milwaukee. In 2012 she was interviewed and featured on Fox6 WakeUp promoting the launch of her fitness program, BellaBarre.

In 2015 and 2016, she was thrilled to return to UW-Milwaukee as a member of the faculty, teaching Jazz at the very university that inspired and motivated her growth as a teacher and artist. She is privileged to return in the Spring of 2019 as Rehearsal Director for a guest artist’s piece in UWM’s faculty show, SpringDances.

Megan is honored to have been nominated onto the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Dance Council. This wonderful organization parallels perfectly with everything Megan believes, and strives to further dance education in our communities.

Bella Via was named by Megan’s mother, whom she lost in the summer of 2009. Her mother had been her #1 fan and biggest supporter in attaining her dreams. She instilled in Megan the belief that she could do anything she set her mind to, inspiring Megan to encourage that personal belief in others. In the memory of Susan Zintek, Megan opened the doors of Bella Via in October of 2011. Bella Via, aptly named by her Mother, means “the beautiful way” in Italian. Megan’s hope is that it certainly will be for anyone who walks through the studio door.

Erin Zintek is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she started her training under Kellie Plathe from Accent On Dance. Erin graduated from the University of Iowa with a BFA in dance. Pre-professionally and professionally Erin has danced with Charlotte Adams and Dancers, David Dorfman and Dancers, Poetic Rebound Co., Bill Young, KO& Co., Esther Lapointe, Lyfe Dance Company, Top Shake Dance, and created her own modern company The Erin Zintek Movement Project. During the summer of 2008, she traveled to Brazil to study capoeira and participate in company class with the company Balé Folclórico.  Besides teaching dance, Erin is a certified Pilates instructor, certified yoga instructor, and is the co-creator of The Ellové Technique®. She formerly taught at BodyVox, Nike World Headquarters, The Portland Ballet, and Multnomah Athletic Club, where she was the Dance Head Coach to the pre-professional dance company.  Erin also served on the executive board for Oregon Dance Education Organization.