Recognizing dance as an art form…that is an essential part of human expression.  Ultimate Leap Dance Center will guide students to develop skills, insights and attitudes for a lifetime of dance.

JenniJenni Sands

Jenni fell in love with dancing as a young child.  She started her training at the age of three at Ginger’s School of Dance.  Continuing her training, she studied at Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts under the direction of Colleen Kehl, at Studio 3-D under the direction of Debbie Griggas, at Ballet Madison under the direction of Charmaine Ristow and Karen McShane Hellenbrand, and also with the Virginia School of the Arts.  She has studied ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, modern, jazz, hip-hop, and tap.  She was a member of the Stoughton Dance Company, and Ballet Madison Dance Ensemble’s production of the Nutcracker and the Peter Rabbit Ballet.  Throughout her years of training, she has had the opportunity to study with many incredible teachers including Gelsey Kirkland, Joe Tremaine, Randy Duncan, Bob Rizzo, and Mia Michaels.

Jenni began teaching when she was a senior in high school.  She became a Certified Dance Educator through the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters.  Over her many years of teaching, she has choreographed numerous award winning pieces.  She has choreographed for Stageworks’ Production of the Nutcracker, and in 2009 she assisted in creating Sun Prairie’s first ever production of the Nutcracker.  Through all of Jenni’s years of training and teaching, her passion for dance has only grown stronger, and she truly enjoys sharing that with all of her students.


MaryMary Kennedy

Mary Kennedy studied dance in Green Bay, WI at Shirley Van’s Dance Studio.  She has been dancing since the age of four and has taken tap, jazz, ballet, character, and lyrical.  She was a member of the People’s Ballet Company of Green Bay, and has performed in the Nutcracker, The Tales of Beatrix Potter, and The Wizard of Oz.   Mary was also a member of the Jazzworks Performance Group out of Green Bay, performing at various community events.  She has danced and studied with tapper Ryan Lohoff and Mike Minery.  

While in college at UW-Madison, she studied modern dance.   Mary also taught dance, including classes at an eight week camp in New Hampshire.  Mary graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in mathematics and a high school education certificate.  After taking time off for raising a family, she returned to teaching dance in addition to managing the financial part of a studio.  She is a member of Dance Masters of Wisconsin as well as Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, and she truly enjoys bringing the the joy of dance to her students. She also currently works as a K-12 gifted and talented coordinator for the Poynette School District.

 

MaryArianne Kluesner

Ari started dancing at the young age of three studying ballet, tap, and jazz. Her elementary years were spent in Colorado at the Laura Davis School of Dance. As the daughter in a military family, Ari was privileged to live all over the world, including Germany, where at the age of 12 she began studying the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus for Ballet completing the Pre-Elementary and Elementary Exams. Next her military family brought her to Bellevue, Nebraska where she trained at the Omaha Academy of Ballet under the direction of Valerie Roche, and completed the Intermediate and Advanced I Ballet Exam in the Royal Academy of Dance and the Intermediate and Advanced Ballet Exam in the Imperial Society of Dance. She received a dance scholarship to the University of Iowa, and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance. Ari performed with the University of Iowa touring company, Dancers in Company, and taught classes for the University TAG program for young dancers.

Since moving to Madison in 1999, Ari has danced with Jazzwords Dance Company in Madison from 2002-2010 and has performed in the Madison Ballet Nutcracker in 2002 and 2011. She has taught ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop at several dance studios. As well she is a free lance choreographer, including pieces for Jazzworks Dance Company, West High School's musical, DeForest show choir, and several area Flash Mobs!

 

MaryAmy Garza

Amy Garza started dancing at the age of five in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Her love of ballet and jazz inspired her to continue her love of dance to teaching today. She studied at various studios including Marilyn's School of Dance, The Dance Studio and Dance Unlimited, all under the direction of Misty Averill in LaCrosse. Over the years, Amy has studied ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, hip-hop and dance team, studying in the studio setting, workshop setting, and at University of Wisconsin Madison Dance Program. Over the past three years, Amy taught ballet, jazz, teen dance, and hip-hop at the YMCA and was a guest choreographer for Ultimate Leap Dance Center Hip-Hop Performance Team. Amy graduated from University of Wisconsin Madison with bachelor's and master's degrees in social work. During the day and weekends, her professional career is a social worker at UnityPoint Health Meriter Hospital and Emergency Room. Amy's love of hip-hop and teaching inspires her to expand her creativity and express herself through dance. She enjoys sharing her love of dance with her students.

 

MaryBri Mowbray

Bri began dancing at the age of three in DeForest, WI. While growing up, she studied ballet, pointe, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary and lyrical. At the age of 12, she began dancing competitively around the state. During the winter months, Bri enjoyed dancing with the Monona Academy of Dance in their seasonal Nutcracker productions. In 2016, Bri began teaching for the La Crosse Area Family YMCA under the direction of Tammy Addleman. While there, she taught ballet, jazz, hip-hop, country line dance and adult ballet. In 2018, Bri graduated from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. She hopes to pursue a career in health education that joins her interests in holistic living with personal health and wellness. After dancing at Ultimate Leap during high school, Bri is excited to return to the studio in a teaching role. She loves sharing her passion for dance with her students and encouraging them to express their own creativity through movement.

 

 


 
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