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

 

 

2017-18 Master Class Series

 

Sept 16, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Jacob Ashley

Capoeira

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Jacob Ashley is a Chicago native who began his dance training in 2002 at the Chicago Academy for the Arts under the instruction of Randy Duncan, Guillermo Leyva, Sandra Kaufmann, and the late Anna Paskevska. In 2006, he attended Columbia College Chicago's modern dance program under the direction of Margi Cole, Natalie Rast, Carrie Hanson, and Emily Stein. He later became an apprentice for Luna Negra Dance Theater. He also attended Ballet Chicago's summer program under the intense training of Daniel Duel and Patricia Blair. Mr. Ashley has been a guest artist for companies such as, the West Indian Folk Dance Company, Momenta, Ballet Chicago, Chicago Festival Ballet, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Madison Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, and San Diego Opera. In addition to his dance training and career, Mr. Ashley has been practicing Capoeira for over 15 years. 

*Regular workout attire is recommended for this class.

 

 

Sept 30, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Tania Tandias

Spanish Classical

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.

*Character shoes and skirt are recommended but not required to attend this Master Class.

 

 

October 21, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Maya Kadakia

African

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Maya Kadakia is a professional dancer and teacher who possesses an understanding of the cultural traditions of West African dance, an acute sense of rhythm, an engaging and patient teaching persona, and a passionate, creative ability to express herself through movement.  She is multi-skilled in various West African traditions and is able to translate those skills into performances and educational experiences well-suited to Western audiences which express the amazing tradition, culture and history of West Africa. 

A veteran middle school teacher, she also teaches through the University of Wisconsin-Madison Dance Department in addition to teaching drop-in dance and dundun dance classes.

Maya continues to study, teach, and perform as much as possible. Her most important study has taken place in Guinea and Mali on her multiple trips. Maya is honored to have studied with Mariama Camara, Allhasane Papin Camara, Viex Djara, Djenab Kaba, and Ansu Kaba. She takes classes with the masters residing in the United States, Djeneba Sako, Youssouf Koumbassa, and Moustapha Bangoura, when able. 

Currently, she is the dance director of Limanya Drum and Dance Ensemble, a Madison-based African Drum and Dance group, and Kikeh Mato, an Afro-pop group, both under the direction of Mandjou Mara.  

 

 

January 13, 2018, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Jessica Duplessis

Contemporary

Jessica M Duplessis is the owner and artistic director of Raw Inspirations Dance Company, an audition and philanthropic focused dance company for dancers ages 12-18 in the Madison area. She holds a degree in Theater Dance and Film with a specialization in Dance Education from Keene State College. Ms. Duplessis grew up dancing in her home state of New Hampshire at the Jenkins School of Dance and gymnastics. For the past ten years, she has been involved in the theatre and dance community of Madison and is happy to call Madison her home. She has been recognized for her innovative and artistic choreography throughout the Midwest as well as being a keynote speaker and faculty member at Keene State College for arts education. Ms. Duplessis enjoys and teaches all styles of dance but is known for contemporary, lyrical, and musical theatre. She enjoys sharing her passion for dance and creation by teaching guest classes locally and on the east coast. Her company RIDC is heavily involved in community service work and partners exclusively with Atia's Project Ladybug Fund to raise money for kids and families battling childhood cancer. They also partner with Fresco Opera Theatre of Madison and were part of the world premier all original opera "The Poe Requiem" which debuted last October. Each year RIDC hosts a free class for the community called "the RIDC experience" this gives RIDC and it's teachers a chance to offer free dance to the community. She is thrilled to be back this season and looks forward to dancing with everyone again!  

 

 

February 10, 2018, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Mitchell Zadorozny

Hip-Hop

Illinois native Mitchell Zadorozny did not begin dancing until, at age seventeen, one of his friends invited him to watch the movie "Step Up 2: The Streets.” Since that moment, he was hooked and began learning breakdance and freestyle on his own to all types of music, using Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake as his inspiration.

At age eighteen, he began his formal dance training under Robert Lewis at Lewis Dance Progressions, studying Hip Hop and Breakdancing, along with other street styles. After just a year, he began teaching at studios in the Northern Illinois area. He continued to take class and compete, winning many national titles.

Mr. Zadorozny has taught at Millennium Dance Complex Chicago and at Millennium Dance Complex Los Angeles. He has danced and choreographed for Millennium's annual showcase, “The Millennium Experience,” and LA’s Choreographers Carnival, putting his work in front of many of the dance industry's biggest names. He has also choreographed for the Harlem Globetrotters and Rockford Ice Hogs. Mitchell Zadorozny currently resides in Los Angeles where he continues to take classes, working as a choreographer, teacher, and dancer.

*comfortable clothing (sweat pants, leggings, yoga pants, t-shirt, etc.) that you can move in and athletic shoes are recommended

 

 

April 7, 2018, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Tania Tandias

Flamenco

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.

*Character/tap shoes and skirt are recommended but not required to attend this Master Class.

 

more to be announced...


 

 2016-17 Master Class Series

 

Oct 9, 2016, 11 - 1 p.m.

Michele Gifford

Ballet

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In her twelve year career at New York City Ballet, Michele Gifford performed soloist and principal roles including George Balanchine’s Apollo, Rubies, Agon, and Stars and Stripes. She also originated many roles, including Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story Suite, Christopher Wheeldon’s Slavonic Dances, and David Parsons’ Touch.

In 2000, Ms. Gifford joined Texas Ballet Theater under Ben Stevenson. She performed several principal roles, including Stevenson’s Coppelia, Four Last Songs, and Peer Gynt along with Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante and The Four Temperaments. She continues to perform as a Principal guest artist.

As a Balanchine Repetiteur, Ms. Gifford has staged and coached several ballets including Who Cares?, Walpurgisnaught, Serenade, and Valse-Fantaisie. She is a certified GYROTONIC instructor and owns her own studio, Studio G, in Fort Worth, TX. 2016 will mark the fourth time Ms. Gifford will stage a George Balanchine work on Madison Ballet for the George Balanchine Trust©.

 

 

Nov 12, 2016, 11:30 - 1 p.m.

Marlene Skog

Ballet

Marlene Skog's (Artistic Director) career as a performer, award-winning choreographer and teacher spans over thirty years at home and abroad. A native New Yorker, she holds an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Arizona, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Skog's experience as a freelance artist is vast, with great inspiration from Europe. She worked in Sweden for fourteen years as dancer, teacher and choreographer, where she directed an international dance company and founded Uppsala Dansakademi. Ms. Skog has been choreographer for several official cultural events including the International Arts Festival- Norway, Scandinavian Cultural Conference, and the International Women's Convention at Uppsala University.

Ms. Skog was awarded several unique honors for a non-Swedish citizen, including the prestigious, Peoples University Cultural Prize, Gosta Knuttson Cultural Award and NordBanken's Cultural Award. Ms. Skog's work address the enduring question of what it means to be human and is purposeful in its strong synthesis of movement, music and message.

 

 

Jan 7, 2017, 11:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Jessica Duplessis

Contemporary

Jessica Duplessis is the Artistic Director of Raw Inspirations Dance Company. She graduated from Keene State College in Keene NH with a degree in Theatre Dance and Film, and has been an important part of the dance community in Madison since her arrival in 2007. 

 

 

Mar 4, 2017, 11:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Tania Tandias

Flamenco

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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.

*Character shoes and skirt are recommended but not required to attend this Master Class.

 

 

Mar 26, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Mitchell Zadorozny

Hip-Hop

Illinois native Mitchell Zadorozny did not begin dancing until, at age seventeen, one of his friends invited him to watch the movie "Step Up 2: The Streets.” Since that moment, he was hooked and began learning breakdance and freestyle on his own to all types of music, using Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake as his inspiration.

At age eighteen, he began his formal dance training under Robert Lewis at Lewis Dance Progressions, studying Hip Hop and Breakdancing, along with other street styles. After just a year, he began teaching at studios in the Northern Illinois area. He continued to take class and compete, winning many national titles.

Mr. Zadorozny has taught at Millennium Dance Complex Chicago and at Millennium Dance Complex Los Angeles. He has danced and choreographed for Millennium's annual showcase, “The Millennium Experience,” and LA’s Choreographers Carnival, putting his work in front of many of the dance industry's biggest names. He has also choreographed for the Harlem Globetrotters and Rockford Ice Hogs. Mitchell Zadorozny currently resides in Los Angeles where he continues to take classes, working as a choreographer, teacher, and dancer.

*comfortable clothing (sweat pants, leggings, yoga pants, t-shirt, etc.) that you can move in and athletic shoes are recommended 

 

 

Apr 22, 2017, 11:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Jin-Wen Yu

Modern/Contemporary

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Jin-Wen Yu, EdD & MFA, has created, performed, directed, and produced more than 100 works for the stage in the Americas and Asia, including 40 commissioned works for professionals and institutes. Dr. Yu has also presented, performed, and taught at dance festivals both nationally and internationally.

In 1999, he founded the Madison-based Jin-Wen Yu Dance, a company that has performed throughout the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Yu has received numerous grants, honors, commissions, residencies, and awards such as the NEA grant, Outstanding Dance Artist Award from Taiwan, Wisconsin Arts Board Choreographer Award, the first Madison CitiARTS, Commission Signature Grant, Chinese Information and Culture Center in New York, and Dane County Arts among others.

Dr. Yu was invited to perform at UNESCO in Paris for the Celebration Concert of the 2005 International Dance Day. His works and performances have been praised in The Boston Globe, LA Times, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune, and San Francisco Chronicle. Dr. Yu currently serves as the President of World Dance Alliance-Americas.

 

All master classes are free to SMB students enrolled in the School Division. The minimum age requirement is 13 years old.
Regular Fee: $25 / Professional Rate: $15

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.