Master Classes provide students with opportunities to train with nationally recognized guest artists and visiting dance professionals through partnerships with touring dance companies.


2019-2020 Master class series

All master classes are free to SMB students enrolled in the School Division. The minimum age requirement is 9 years old unless otherwise stated.
Regular Fee: $25 / Professional Rate: $15


Dr. Tristan Brandhorst - Theatrical Fencing

September 27, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm


Dr. Tristan Brandhorst is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While his PhD is in Biochemistry, he spends more of his time teaching young people how to fence, and how to share in the joy of fencing. Dr. Brandhorst served as President of the UW fencing club for many years, but now focuses on “period fencing”. Period fencing is an attempt by historical re-enactment and education societies to re-create the mechanics of fencing as it once was, before collegiate fencing replaced real swords with supposedly safer, much lighter blades. He fights competitively and in historical demonstrations, but has also choreographed fights on stage for various theater groups around Madison and the Madison Opera.



Sabra Michelle - Musical Theatre Prep

October 25, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm


Sabra Michelle has asst choreography credits for Off-Broadway and American regional theatres, but is best known for playing leading ladies in musicals including Lola (DAMN YANKEES), Cassie (A CHORUS LINE), Roxie (CHICAGO), and many others. She was a featured dancer on Norwegian Cruise Line’s PRIDE OF AMERICA; performed “Steam Heat” (THE PAJAMA GAME Nat’l tour ); danced at President Clinton’s Inauguration in George Faison’s “KING! A Musical Testimony” with Maya Angelou; and plays herself on the BEAR IN THE BIG BLUE HOUSE LIVE! video (released by Jim Henson/Columbia Tristar), with whom she toured the world for 3 seasons. 

After receiving her BFA in Dance from Shenandoah Conservatory, Sabra began teaching and her students won scholarships, high score awards at competitions, and Olympic medals (Sabra was on faculty teaching ballet to Elite American gymnasts coached by Kelli Hill). She was presented the “Outstanding Excellence in Teaching Award” from the Governor’s School of Virginia, and for six years was the resident choreographer for the ArtStar Theatre Camp—a division of the Lorton Arts Foundation.

Living in New York City for over a decade, Sabra studied with the Verdon/Fosse Legacy, and devoted her spare time to philanthropic work for Broadway Cares, twice performed in Jerry Mitchell’s BROADWAY BARES, and founded THE COUGAR BALL, a gala fundraiser for The Actors Fund and the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative. 

In Madison, WI, Sabra is known for her choreography and teaching with the acclaimed Children's Theatre of Madison (CTM), Monona Academy of Dance (which celebrated its 70th Recital), Disney Musicals in Schools, Overture Center for the Performing Arts' Jerry Awards, and is a sought-after Master Teaching Artist in the area including with Madison Ballet and Capital City Theatre, for whom she played Tessie Tura (GYPSY) and Lucy Schmeeler/Flossie (ON THE TOWN). She is also a judge for the national Starz Dance Competition and a member of IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) local 251, with her husband Brian Weinkauf. For more information, please visit


Tania Tandias - Flamenco

February 7, 2020
5:00pm - 7:00pm

*Character shoes and skirt suggested but not required.

Tania Tandias studied flamenco, Spanish classical, and escuela bolera with two of the top flamenco dancers in the United States today, Pablo Rodarte and Eva Enciñias-Sandoval, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ms. Tandias has performed with Maria Benitez's Nuevo Flamenco in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Albuquerque-based Alma Flamenca, which performed in local venues, festivals, schools, and in the internationally acclaimed Festival Flamenco Internacional.

She has also performed in faculty concerts at the University of New Mexico and in the opera Carmen. In Madison, Wisconsin, she has been introducing, through performing and teaching, the beauty and passion of flamenco and Spanish dance to fellow Wisconsinites. In addition to numerous festivals, private parties, and lecture-demonstrations, Ms. Tandias has recently choreographed and danced in pieces for The Madison Opera, Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, The Milwaukee Ballet, and The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, whose program Vivo Flamenco was shown on Wisconsin Public Television.


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Madison Ballet’s company members and artistic staff are also available to visit your dance studio or conference for hands-on workshops with students.
For more information call 608.278.7790.
Classes are held in Madison Ballet’s Westgate Studios.