Miss Suzanne is well known for her talents as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She has studied extensively worldwide in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Russia, Paris and UW-Stevens Point under Masters in ballet, jazz, tap, and modern. Other credits include adjunct teaching at the College of St. Theresa, Dance Masters of Wisconsin conventions, touring Colorado and abroad to Russia and France with her Vision Dance Company, to Disney World and a Carnival Cruise with her Dance Stars, choreography for high school and performance groups, and work with area musical theatres. She is the Artistic Director and Founder of the Monroe-Jackson Dance Theatre for which she has staged The Nutcracker, Thumbelina, Peter Pan's Awfully Big Adventure, The Sleeping Beauty, and Peter and the Wolf. She has been named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers Award. Marilyn Wood, for whom the studio is named, was her first teacher and mentor. Suzanne is a member of the DMW and a board member of the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters.
Miss Amanda is co-director of the award winning MSD Dance Stars. Born and raised in Tomah, WI, Miss Amanda has 13 years of dance experience. She was also a member of Tomah's cheer and dance team for 5 years. While attending UW Stevens Point, she had the opportunity to coach the cheer and dance team (they took the national title). Miss Amanda has been very active with the local show choirs, choreographing, judging competitions. She received the 2016 Thunderstruck Dance Competition's prestigious "Most Entertaining" Award for her "Not Dead Yet" musical theatre piece.
Miss Annaliese grew up dancing at Marilyn School of Dance. She continues to stay current in the evolving world of dance by regularly attending dance workshops and training sessions through DMW and CNADM, both which she is a member. Annaliese was the 2011 "Miss DMW." A dance, choreographer and teacher, she does it all. Miss Annaliese is the assistant director of the MSD Dance Stars.
Miss Casey has worked under the direction of Miss Suzanne at MSD since the age of three. She grew up taking ballet, tap, and jazz classes; later adding pointe, modern, lyrical, and hip hop. She has choreographed and performed in multiple Monroe-Jackson Dance Theatre productions. She has continued her education by attending various DMW and CNADM workshops, as well as "Just for Kix" summer intensives. She has a minor in dance and is a member of DMW and CNADM. She is the co-director of the MSD NOVA Dance Company.
Miss Emily has 13 years of dance experience including tap, jazz, ballet, and kick line. She is a graduate of UW La Crosse with a degree in Community Health Education. Before moving to Tomah, Miss Emily and her family lived in metro Atlanta where she worked with non-profit agencies to provide programs for at-risk children and families.
Miss Heather is a graduate of Tomah High School where she was a member of the dance team for 3 years. She choreographed many routines, received numerous individual awards, and was captain her senior year. While attending Winona State University, she was on the dance team for two years. She has been head coach for both the Tomah Middle and Tomah High School dance teams and has choreographed many routines for them throughout the years.
Miss Lauren grew up dancing at MSD. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, pointe, and modern techniques. She has also studied the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira. Miss Lauren has participated in MSD's Vision Dance Company, the Tomah High School Dance Team, and the Monroe-Jackson Dance Theatre for numerous years. For the past three years, she was on faculty at the Elation Dance Studio owned by MSD Alumni, Marja (Martalock) Finnigan.
Miss Kennedy is dancing at MSD for her 14th year. She has been a teaching assistant for six years. She has also been active in Monroe-Jackson Dance Theatre productions since she was eight. Some of the many dance styles she has studied are ballet, tap, jazz, Irish, hip hop, modern, lyrical, musical theatre, and precision. Miss Kennedy is also very active in productions at Tomah ACT starring in the "Wizard of Oz" as Dorothy and the Tomah High School staring in "Grease" as Rizzo. She has also studied with The Kids from Wisconsin.
Miss Carisa has also grown up at MSD and continues studying ballet, pointe, tap, and jazz for her 13th year. She started as an assistance teacher. She is the assistant director of the NOVA performing company. Miss Carisa is a regular participant of the Monroe-Jackson Dance Theatre productions, performing in all of the seven different productions.