2022 - 2023 INSTRUCTORS

Ashland Studio Address: 319 11th Ave East, Ashland, WI        Washburn Studio Address: 325 Washington Ave, Washburn, WI       Iron River Studio Address:  8265 US Hwy 2 Iron River, WI        Mailing Address: 1316 Main St W, Ashland, WI


ALLY O'CONNELL
Ally started her dance journey with Just For Kicks at age 7 where she studied high kick and jazz. In 2008 Ally joined Sterling Silver Studio and studied jazz and lyrical. She was also part of their competition team. After graduating in 2012 Ally attended The University of Wisconsin Superior and became a part or their cheerleading team. After a year without dance she decided to also join their dance team, where she helped choreograph and started to help with coaching. Through that experience Ally learned she had a love not only for the sport of dance but for creating them as well. Ally also has practiced hip-hop, pom, zumba, belly dancing, and ballet.  Ally is a Medical Assistant for Twin Ports Dermatology. 


ANESSA ANDERSON
Anessa started dancing at the age of 3 at Sterling Silver Studio in Superior WI. She was ten years old when she switched to Dance Escape in Duluth, MN. Anessa than went on to be part of the Superior High School dance team. While on the team Anessa was captain her junior and senior year. After graduating Anessa went on to college at Iowa Central College where she danced her freshman and sophomore year and was also captain of the team. Throughout the years, Anessa has participated in many styles of dances such as Baton, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-hop, and Ballet. She has also won awards at local competitions and was called back to be in a Kelle Costume Catalog. Anessa also participated in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and has competed in the National Dance competition in Daytona Beach Florida with her college dance team. Anessa is an Occupational Assistant assistant at Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth. 

LILY MILLER
Lily is a Senior at the Ashland High School. This will be Lily's 9th year of teaching. She's been dancing since the age of 3. This year she will be taking Sr Company and Sr Co Jazz/Funk. This fall she will teach in Ashland Monday and Thursdays and in Washburn on Sundays.   

PAYTON ZIFKO

Payton is a 8th grader at Ashland Middle School. This is Payton's 3nd year of assisting. This year she will be taking Jr Co Jazz/Funk.


CADIGAN COLEMAN

Cadigan is an freshman at Washburn High School. She began dance classes at 4 years old. This is Cadigan's 2nd year of assisting. Outside of dance, she enjoys baking and spending time with friends. This year she will be taking Jr Company and Sr Co Jazz/Funk.


ASHLEY LECIEJEWSKI
Ashley  is a 6th grader at Ashland Middle School. She has been in dance since she was 4 years old. This is Ashley's 2nd year of assisting. This year she will be taking Level III Jazz/Funk, Level III Tap, Level III Ballet/Jazz and Poms. 


BROOKE TADDY
Brooke is a Sophomore at the Ashland High School. This year she will be taking Sr Co and Sr Co Jazz/Funk.  

ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE



                                         CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Creative Movements/Pre-Ballet (Ages 3-4): A 30 minute class designed to improve body awareness and posture placement and foster self-confidence, emphasizing motor skills development, coordination and limbering/stretching exercises. Basic beginner ballet techniques and group activities will be introduced along with classroom manners. Requirements: Must be 3 years old by September 1. Students must be able to sit quietly, listen and follow instructions.

PreBallet/Tiny Tap (Ages 5-6): Students learn rhythm and movement skills by exploring feelings and thoughts. Tap class starts with simple basic rhythm steps to develop strong tap techniques. Basic ballet techniques and group activities will be introduced. Requirements: Students must be in Kindergarten and they must be able to sit quietly, listen and follow instructions.

PreJazz/Funk (Ages 5-6):
 Students will learn the basic fundamental movements of jazz and hip hop. These movements include flexibility, isolation, popping, and having a low center. The movements are performed to heavy beat music that has a good rhythm and beat.  Jazz/Funk is full of energy and fun music to dance too!! Requirements: Students must be in Kindergarten and must be able to sit quietly, listen and follow instructions.

Poms (Ages 6 & up): A high-intensity class with a focus on choreography, technique, and performance styles. Choreography for this class is rooted in jazz and hip hop while integrating the use of poms. Dancers in Poms will learn fundamentals of pom positions as well as performance skills while dancing to high energy music.

​Level I Ballet/Jazz (Ages 7 & up): A beginner class teaching basic ballet and jazz technique. The student will learn proper ballet and jazz techniques, vocabulary/terminology, body positions and strength/stretching exercises using basic barre work and center floor exercises. A strong ballet foundation is critical to becoming a truly fine dancer in any dance form. The class content will be very age appropriate focusing on developing good classical jazz and ballet technique, stage presence, good classroom skills and creating a love and appreciation for dance.  


Level I Jazz/Tap (Ages 7 & up): A beginner class teaching basic jazz and tap technique. Students will learn basic tap terminology and techniques  along with learning different rhythms and counting. This class will work on perfecting past tap steps, rhythms and sound clarity while introducing new steps. The class content will be very age appropriate focusing on developing good jazz and tap technique, stage presence, good classroom skills and creating a love and appreciation for dance.

Level I Jazz/Funk (Ages 7 & up): Students will see a combinations of fundamental movements of Jazz and hip hop. These movements include flexibility, isolation, popping, and having a low center. The movements are performed to heavy beat music that has a good rhythm and beat. What separates Jazz/Funk dance from the others is being lower to the ground and having you feet grounded. Jazz/Funk is a body and mind style, such as emotion, expression and certain body movements to match the music. Jazz/Funk is full of energy and fun music to dance too!! 

Level II Ballet/Jazz (Ages 10 & up): A intermediate class teaching classical ballet and jazz for older students with three or more years of dance experience. This class builds on the technique already learned through Level 1.  We will focus on developing strong traditional ballet and jazz technique, vocabulary, terminology, and stretching/strength training through both barre and floor exercises.    

Level II Jazz/Tap (Ages 10 & up):  A intermediate class teaching tap technique for older students with at least two years of previous dance experience. This class builds on jazz and tap technique already learned in the previous level.  Students will learn intermediate terminology and techniques.  This class will focus on developing  tap technique, stage presence, good classroom skills and creating a love and appreciation for dance. 

Level II Jazz/Funk (Ages 10 & up): Students will see a combinations of movements of Jazz and hip hop. These movements include flexibility, isolation, popping, and having a low center. The movements are performed to heavy beat music that has a good rhythm and beat. What separates Jazz/Funk dance from the others is being lower to the ground and having you feet grounded. Jazz/Funk is a body and mind style, such as emotion, expression and certain body movements to match the music. Jazz/Funk is full of energy and fun music to dance too!! 

Level III Ballet/Jazz: A teacher recommended class that will work on intermediate and advanced ballet, lyrical and jazz technique. We will incorporate more complicated choreography and faster footwork. There will be a strong emphasis on understanding the terminology and proper execution of more advanced ballet and jazz movement. We will also concentrate on developing the strength and technique necessary for pointe work.

Level III Tap: An intermediate teacher recommended class that will be challenged to develop stronger technique, rhythms and sounds. Students will be working with a variety of music from Hip-Hop to African to the old classics of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and multiple tap styles including rhythm, soft shoe, musical theater style tap and classical tap. Students must have tap experience. Practice time outside of class will be required.

Level III Jazz/Funk: Dancers will build on movements of Jazz and hip hop. These movements include flexibility, isolation, popping, and having a low center. The movements are performed to heavy beat music that has a good rhythm and beat. What separates Jazz/Funk dance from the others is being lower to the ground and having you feet grounded. Jazz/Funk is a body and mind style, such as emotion, expression and certain body movements to match the music. Jazz/Funk is full of energy and fun music to dance too!! 

Jr. Co: This is a teacher recommended class meeting 2 days a week for a total of 2 hours of class time. Class time consists of ballet, lyrical, jazz and modern technique and repertoire.  This class will work on advanced ballet and jazz technique focusing on strength, flexibility, adagio, repertoire, and advanced turn and jump combinations.  This class is strongly recommended for anyone wishing to move further within their dance education.  

Sr. Co: This is a teacher recommended class meeting 2 days per week for a total of 3 hours of class time. Class time consists of ballet, lyrical, jazz & modern technique and repertoire. This class will work on advanced ballet and jazz technique focusing on strength, flexibility, adagio, repertoire, and advanced turn and jump combinations.  This class is strongly recommended for anyone wishing to move further within their dance education.



                                          REQUIRED ATTIRE


Creative Movement: Pink ballet shoes, tights, any color leotard and hair secured back in a ponytail or bun. May wear a ballet skirt or shorts over leotard.

Pre-Ballet/Tiny Tap: Pink ballet shoes and tap shoes, tights, any color leotard and hair secured back in a ponytail or bun. May wear a ballet skirt or shorts over leotard.

Poms: Black jazz shoes and comfortable clothes that you can easily move in. Hair secured back in a ponytail. No dangly earrings, watches or large jewelry.

Jazz/Tap: Black jazz & tap shoes; comfortable clothes that you can easily move in. Hair secured back in a ponytail. No dangly earrings, watches or large jewelry.

Ballet/Jazz: Pink ballet shoes and black jazz shoes; any color leotard or comfortable clothing and hair secured back in a ponytail or bun. No jeans, No dangly earrings, watches or large jewelry.   


Jr Co & Sr Co: Nude lyrical shoes and black jazz shoes; comfortable clothing and hair secured back in a ponytail or bun. No dangly earrings, watches or large jewelry. 

Jazz/Funk: Clean soled tennis shoes (shoes worn outside will not be allowed) or jazz shoes, comfortable clothes that you can easily move in, no jeans allowed!! Hair secured back in a ponytail or bun. No dangly earrings, watches or large jewelry.

Tap: Black tap shoes, comfortable clothes that you can easily move in, no jeans allowed!! Hair secured back in a ponytail or bun. No dangly earrings, watches or large jewelry