Suzanne Swanson Wagner
Owner & Artistic Director

Marilyn Wood


"The eyes of our three year old daughter sparkled as she watched the dancers perform at a Mother-Daughter Banquet. It was not long before she was enrolled as an eager beginning student with Suzanne Swanson Wagner, as her first dance instructor. After fifteen years of movement instruction and support at Let's Dance/Marilyn School of Dance, her sparkle for dance had only intensified. With Suzanne's encouragement and assistance, she was able to apply and receive instructional and monetary scholarships as endowments from Dance Masters of Wisconsin and Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. These assisted her in completing a bachelors degree in dance. She is currently applying to graduate school to pursue her dream of becoming a dance therapist."

David & Cathy Jones
"As a military family we have experienced many dance schools in different cities. By far, Marilyn School of Dance, LLC is the best school we have experienced. Marilyn's has a very personal feeling; you feel like one of the family while the girls are getting professional instruction and held to a high standard of performance. We especially like the opportunity for the girls to participate in the Monroe Jackson Dance Theatre - it is a great experience that only enhances their dance performance."

Lisa MacLaren

Marilyn Wood founded Marilyn School of Dance in 1950. During her teaching career she not only trained thousands of young people in the art of dance, but had been involved in all of the arts in the area of La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Marilyn choreographed the first Community Theater Musical, Bells are Ringing, and continued to choreograph all of the Community Theater musicals for many years. She helped found The Great River Festival Arts, along with Frank and Lenore Italiano. Marilyn Choreographed dances that her students have performed with the GRFA Symphony Orchestra in La Crosse at Myrick Park and Dodgeville, Wisconsin.

‚ÄčThe dance school was operated under the co-directorship of Marilyn, her daughter, Julie Olson, and Suzanne Swanson Wagner. Julie and Suzanne both started dance lessons with Marilyn at the age of five. Suzanne became the artistic director and owner in 1996 when Marilyn retired after 50 years of teaching. 

Marilyn School of Dance is a premier studio that has been bringing excellence in dance education to West Central Wisconsin for more than 50 years. Marilyn School of Dance has a rich history and a bright future.

Come join us and let yourself grow in the art of dance expression.

We are truly happy to have you as part of our dance family. Our programs are second to none in achieving the right balance between professional quality training and fun! 

Dedicated to providing the community with the best education in dance as a performing art.