Monthly Archives: May 2018

Register by June 11, 2018, for Kanopy Dance Company Auditions!

Register by June 11, 2018, for Kanopy Dance Company Auditions
Auditions:  Saturday June 16, 2018
Time:  3:00pm -5:00pm
Kanopy Studio 341 State Street Madison, WI 53703

Photo by Matzner Photography

Kanopy Dance Company auditions are open to adult male and female professional and advanced dancers with strong background in modern and ballet. Audition will be in modern dance class format. Bring Ballet shoes for ballet segment. Be prepared to take class and present a short solo. 

Interested dancers register before June 11 for audition by emailing their name, contact info and resume/photo to: 

Intensive rehearsals with Guest Artists AUG 6-11, 2018 . Ongoing class/rehearsals begin after Labor Day. 

Interested dancers not available for designated audition times contact us: Phone: 608 255-2211performances_2015_emergence

Dance Wisconsin Hosts Regional Dance America MidStates Dance Festival, May 24-26!

Dance Wisconsin hosts 350 young dancers from seven states for the Regional Dance America MidStates Dance Festival, May 24-26, 2018.

Karen McShane-Hellenbrand teaches Floor Barre at the Memorial Union’s Play Circle. Photo by Matzner Photography.

The annual event includes master classes, seminars for dancers, directors, board members and costumers, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Dance Department‘s Lathrop Hall, and the Memorial Union.  Performances are on May 24-26, at the Memorial Union’s Shannon Hall, beginning at 7:00pm.

The last time the MidStates festival was in Madison was in 1996. Students include dancers from the Madison area’s Dance Wisconsin, headed by artistic director JoJean Retrum.

Karen McShane-Hellenbrand teaches Floor Barre at the Memorial Union’s Play Circle. Photo by Matzner Photography.

Madison Tap Dancers Celebrate National Tap Dance Day, Friday, May 25 at 12noon!

Madison tap dancers are gathering to celebrate National Tap Dance Day
Friday, May 25 at noon
Lisa Link Peace Park (downtown Madison, State St just off of Gilman St)

Madison tap dancers are gathering to celebrate National Tap Dance Day, the 140th birthday of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and the invaluable contribution of African-American culture to American Rhythm Tap Dance.

You are invited to join us!  Dance, perform, sing, or be an audience member and watch us jam. Groups of tap dancers will be performing short routines, and we’ll finish the whole thing off with the Shim Sham. Bring your tap shoes, street shoes, sneakers, or portable floors.  All are welcome. 

Email Katherine Kramer if you have questions:

Tania Tandia Flamenco & Spanish Dance Summer Classes Begin June 21, 2018!

TANIA TANDIAS FLAMENCO & SPANISH DANCE Summer Classes begin June 21, 2018!

Photograph by Matzner Photography

Summer Classes 2018

Classes are held at Kanopy Dance Studio, 341 State St. 2nd Floor above the GAP, Madison, Wisconsin, unless noted otherwise. 

Call Tania at (608) 250-0369, or email  to register or for more information.  Please visit Tania’s website  Checks made out to Tania Tandias can be sent to 1128 Chandler St., Madison, WI, 53715. PayPal options are also available.

All classes will include instruction in flamenco dance technique, which includes footwork, arm and hand work, rhythmic hand-clapping and turns.

Classes are open to both women and men. Partners are not necessary.   Adult classes are open to students aged 12 years and up.



Beginning Class

Students will learn the basics of the baile flamenco, which include compás (rhythm), footwork, arm & handwork, turns, and choreography.

Thursday 6:00-7:00 pmJune 21- July 12

Fee: $54 (4 sessions)

Advanced Beginning Class    

In this class, students will continue to build their knowledge of flamenco dance through more challenging technique exercises. Compás (rhythm) and choreography will also be taught.

Thursday 7:00-8:15 pmJune 21-July 12

Fee: $60 (4 sessions)

*intro to flamenco dance required

Ongoing Intermediate Class

In this class, dancers will focus on intermediate-level technique drills, combinations, and choreography.

Monday 5:30-7:00 pmJune 25- July 16

Fee:  $66 (4 sessions)

Ongoing Intermediate Class with Company Rehearsal

Monday 5:30-8:00 pmJune 25- July 16

Fee:  $80 (4 weeks)

*By invitation only

Sunday Technique, Palmas & Musicality Class

Sharpen your skills with footwork, armwork and turn exercises.  This class will also focus on palmas accompaniment to varying flamenco palos. Bring your own choreographies for your fellow students to practice palmas and jaleos!

Sunday, 10:30- 11:45 amJune 24, and July 1 & 8

Fee:  $45, or $15 for single class

*Intro to flamenco dance required]

Session 2: July 30-August 26


About the guest instructor:  Danica Sena

Internationally-acclaimed master flamenco and Spanish dance teacher/choreographer/performer, Danica Sena, has created and performed over 200 original works for television, independent film and stage in Spain (where she resided for a decade), Japan, Mexico, Czech Republic, Hawaii and all states of the continental U.S.  Her intrinsic cultural understanding of the art she imparts combined with a unique methodology, musicality and passion for teaching has made her one of the most-solicited in her field.  In 2012 she received the great honor of guest teaching for one month in Madrid, Valencia and Castellon, Spain.  Ms. Sena has been a proud faculty member of ODC School in San Francisco since 2004 and acts regularly as adjunct faculty at OBT, Dominican University and USF.  Danica Sena was also recently awarded the 2014 San Francisco Bay Area Dancers’ Choice Award.

Summer intensive classes with Danica will culminate in a Summer Student Showcase at Kanopy Dance Studio on Sunday, August 26th at 4 pm.

Beginning Class- bulerías

Students will learn the basics of the baile flamenco, which include compás (rhythm), footwork, arm & handwork, turns, and choreography for the festive bulerías.

2 sessions/week

Tue 6:00-7:00 pm & Thu 6:00-7:00 pmJuly 31- August 23

Fee: $152 (8 sessions)

Advanced Beginning Class- fandangos abandolaos

In this class, students will continue to build their knowledge of flamenco dance through more challenging technique exercises. Compás (rhythm) and choreography will also be taught.

2 sessions/week

Wed 6:30-7:45 pm & Thu 7:00-8:15 pmAugust 1-23

Fee: $168 (8 sessions)

Bata de Cola Class- alegrías

In this class, dancers will focus on learning how to manipulate the bata de cola through technique drills and exercises. Choreography for alegrías and footwork drills will also be included. 

*Although students are expected to provide their own batas, please inquire if you are interested in class but unable to purchase your own.

*This class is open to advanced beginning & intermediate-level dancers, or consent of instructor.

2 sessions/week

Sunday 10:30 am- 12:00 pm

Monday 5:30-6:45 pmJuly 30- August 26

Fee: $176 (8 sessions) 

Intermediate Class- tientos/tangos

Sunday 12:00-1:15 pm

Monday 6:45- 8:00 pmJuly 30- August 26

Fee: $168 (8 sessions)

Interested in studying in Spain?  Danica Sena is offering a 2018 July Summer Intensive in Sanlúcar.!  For more information contact Danica at 415-235-7595 or

Register for Master Class with Cyenthia Vijayakumar at the Wisconsin Dance Council’s Conference and Award Ceremony, August 18, 2018!

Register to Take Master Class with Cyenthia Vijayakumar at the Wisconsin Dance Council’s Conference and Award Ceremony, August 18, 2018!

Cyenthia Vijayakumar is a trained Kathak (Indian classical dance) and Bollywood dancer who has been performing and teaching the art form. She has performed all over India and America in many platforms. Mrs. Vijayakumar has also conducted Bollywood and and choreographed many dance routines for various events. You may have seen Cyenthia perform at Danceworks DanceLAB: Get It Out There this January! 

Register to Take Master Class with Cedric Gardner at the WDC Conference and Award Ceremony, August 18, 2018!

Take Master Class with Cedric Gardner at the Wisconsin Dance Council’s Conference and Award Ceremony on August 18, 2018!

Cedric Gardner, a top 14 finalist on the third season of the American dance contest series, “So You Think You Can Dance”, began dancing with his mother at the age of seven years old. He studied for two years at the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and practiced at the “Millennium Dance Company” and the “Edge Performing Arts Center” in Los Angeles. At the age of eighteen Cedric, created “Fuel”, a Milwaukee based Hip Hop dance company, where he choreographed full length shows. During this time, he also performed with Neil Young’s “Greendale”, and under his artistic direction performed on opening for entertainers such as; Little Bow Wow, India Arie, and Fantasia Burino.

While on the “So You Think You Can Dance” show, Cedric was given a full scholarship to the “Debbie Allen Dance Academy”, which he accepted. Opportunities have continued for Cedric after appearing on “So You Think You Can Dance”. As a working professional, Cedric has had the privilege of working with choreographers such as: Brian Friedman, Debbie Allen, Dave Scott, Mary Murphy, Mia Michaels, Napoleon and Tabitha, Nick Flores, Poppin Pete and Shane Sparks. His unique and innovative “freestyle” dance technique allowed him to perform with, Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock, Neil Young, NE-YO (Macy’s Celebrity Catwalk), and Sheila E. Cedric has also performed on “Macy’s Celebrity Catwalk Challenge” and “America Idol Gives Back”.

Don’t Miss Rhee Gold’s Session at the WDC’s Conference & Award Ceremony, August 18, 2018!

Rhee Gold will present a session on Marketing at the Wisconsin Dance Council’s Conference and Award Ceremony on August, 18, 2018!  Get your Registration Materials here!

Rhee Gold is a dance field pioneer who has single-handedly led a movement that continues to change and improve the face of dance education. Teachers and school owners from the United States, Australia, Canada, Grand Cayman, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore, United Kingdom and more flock to his retreats, seminars, keynote speeches, and conferences to gain fresh perspectives and learn positive solutions that inspire new levels of empowerment, self-confidence and personal accomplishment.

At age three Rhee began dancing at his mother’s studio in Randolph, MA. By ten he knew that dance was going to be his life. Growing up at the school offered him a unique perspectives of the dance life, the business and the joy that dance can bring to our students and to the community. He was also a competitive dancer where he gained the title of Mr. Dance of America. As a teacher Rhee’s students are performing professionally, while others are teachers and school owners. His students have received national titles and he has been recognized for outstanding choreography many times.

Launching his first school at the age of fifteen, at a low-income housing project, he learned that dance does change lives and so began his mission to ensure the best dance education for every child, regardless of their financial standing or technical abilities. Gold founded and taught at the Dance Theatre of Boston and Gold Studio III, both Boston-based professional schools. He has owned and directed the Gold School in Brockton, MA, which is now under the direction of his twin brother, Rennie, preparing for its fifty-second season.

The Founder and CEO of several businesses Rhee has a proven record for success. In 2012 he opened the doors to the DanceLife Retreat Center, where hundreds of dance teachers and school owners attend business seminars, curriculum workshops and motivational weekends. His DanceLife Teacher Conference is one of the largest gatherings of dance educators in the world. As the owner and publisher of Dance Studio Life (DSL) magazine, he is the leader of the largest publication for dance education in the United States. Gold owns the, which offers business and classroom tools, music, curriculum, books and subscriptions for DSL magazine. His latest endeavor, The International Dance Entrepreneurs Association (IDEA) is a first of its kind association for dance school owners

Gold gives back to the dance community through his volunteer work with many dance organizations. He was the President of Dance Masters of New EnglandDance Masters of America and the Founding Co-Chair of UNITY. Currently he serves the Andréa Rizzo Foundation as a board member, Dance Educators of America as an advisory board member and as the Vice-President of the United Dance Merchants of America.

Rhee’s writing has propelled his philosophies worldwide. He is the author of The Complete Guide to Teaching Dance: An Insider’s Secrets to Personal Reward and Financial Success, now in its second printing, He has been an education columnist for Dance MagazineDancer magazine and is the author of hundreds of articles and columns for publications around the world.

In 2014 Gold received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Industry Dance Awards and he received the same award from Dance Educators of America in 2015 and Dance Masters of New England in 2016.

Rhee Gold has served as a keynote speaker or has presented seminars for the following;

American Academy of Ballet, Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey, Australian Teachers of Dance, CanDance Toronto, Carolina Dance Masters, Cecchetti Council of America, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Costume Gallery, Dance Educators of America National Convention, Dance Masters of Arizona, Dance Masters of America National Convention, Dance Masters of Michigan, Dance Masters of New England, Dance Masters of New York City, Dance Masters of Ohio, Dance Olympus, Dance Teacher Conference, Dance Teachers Club of Connecticut, Dansco, Dean College, Federation of Dance Competitions, Hollywood Connection, Pacific Northwest Association of Dance Masters, Pennsylvania Association of Dance Teachers, Pulse Teacher Workshop, Southern Council of Dance Masters, Stage Gear Australia, Texas Association of Dance Teachers, Toronto Dance Teacher Expo, United Dance Merchants of America, UNITY, USA International Ballet Competition, Weissman’s Designs for Dance, Wild Rose Dance Arts Association, World Jazz Dance Congress