INTENSIVE TEACHER BIOS

Sara Rohs - MCD, Professional Dancer, Former Brewers Diamond Dancer, Dance Competition Judge, Teacher A Step Above Dance, Madtown Hip Hop Crew, Choreographer

Raised in Minnesota, Sara Rohs is both the Artistic Director and a dancer for the Madison Contemporary Vision Dance Company. She trained at many Twin Cities dance studios including Zenon Dance Company, Ballet Arts, Stage Door Dance for Performing Arts, The FIRM, Dance Spectrum, and the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts. She continued her dance education by becoming a member of the Augsburg College Dance Team, later becoming its captain and then its coach for four years. She was a member of the Swarm Performance Team for the Professional Lacrosse Leauge. Sara founded the Ascending Star Dance Team in 2004 and was its director for three years. She is also the owner of Ascending Star Dance, an Internet Dance Magazine whose purpose is to connect dancers and provide them with opportunities and training. 

 

In addition to dancing with Madison Contemporary Dance, Sara was a member of the Milwaukee Brewer’s Diamond Dance Team as well as the SweatShop Hip Hop Crew. Sara creates the Madison Community Dance Newsletter to connect dancers with opportunities. Sara has taught dance and choreographed for many dance studios and dance teams. She currently teaches at A Step Above Dance in Monona, WI and judges dance competitions throughout Wisconsin. 

 

 

Miye Bishop - MCD, Professional Dancer, Teacher Monona Academy of Dance, Choreographer

Miye was a two-year member at MCD Company. She has continued as a guest choreographer. Miye has been a teacher and choreographer for the last five years in Washington and started her teaching in Madison in 2016. She has been classically trained her whole life, first in Sendai, Japan, then in Washington. Miye attended intensives and workshops at American Ballet Theatre St. Petersburg Russia’s Dance Open, Ballet Bellevue, International Ballet Academy, and Kirov Ballet Academy. Most of her training and performing experiences have been with Northwest Ballet Theatre, where she performed roles such as Cinderella, Clara in the Nutcracker, Peasant Pas in Giselle, Helena in a Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Ballerina Doll in Petrushka. She also danced with the Bellingham Repertory Dance Company for four seasons where she worked with Molly Scott, Mark Haim, Josh Beamish, and Cyrus Khambatta. She also performed as a guest artist in Ballet Bellevue’s Les Sylphide, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, and several contemporary works.  She was asked to be a guest choreographer and dancer for Seattle Opera and Skagit Opera for Hansel and Gretel and Aida. For the past five years, Miye was teaching, choreographing, and directing full-length ballets at several schools. In Washington, she has taught at Northwest Ballet Academy, NW Dance and Acro, Camano Dance, Academy, Dimensions Dance, Fidalgo Danceworks, Bellingham Repertory, Dance, and Opus Performing Arts Center, and abroad she has taught in Tokyo, Japan, St. Lucia, Caribbean, Seoul Korea, and New York.

 

 

Michael Knight - MCD, Professional Dancer, Teacher Central Midwest ballet, Choreographer, Director of the Transcendence Dance Company

Michael started professional dance training at the late age of 15. Becoming very quickly involved in the dance scene, he won numerous title awards, overall high scores, and scholarships from various conventions and competitions across the Midwest. Upon graduation, Michael quickly realized his passion for dance lies in teaching the future generations of dancers. He has taught at studios both nationally and internationally.  At the age of 20, Michael was personally invited to be a guest instructor at the prestigious Sichuan University in Sichuan, China. He worked alongside professors from all over the world, and his primary goal was to teach ballet and contemporary styles to a wide range of international students.  

 

In 2016 Michael started the Transcendence Dance Company. Within the inaugural year, his students have been accepted to highly prestigious ballet training programs. He has also been honored to receive numerous choreography and technical execution awards for his pieces. His goal as a teacher is to help students achieve control of the mind and body, and develop a strong respect for ballet in each dancer he works with. He incorporates his new age ideas with traditional technique to create a unique space for young dancers to grow, both mentally and physically.

 

 

Kobby Brewoo - Professional Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher - Express Yourself, Teacher - A Step Above Dance, Founder, and Director of the Hitterz Collective


Kobby Brewoo, or Kidd Blaze, was born and raised in Accra, Ghana and moved to Madison, WI in 2001 with his family, in hopes for better education and more opportunities to help his family back home. It was in the 8th grade that he found his love for hip-hop upon stumbling across the TV show America's Best Dance Crew. Inspired by how the dancers expressed themselves through movement and music, he began watching YouTube videos as a start on his journey to becoming a hip-hop dancer. Since then, Kobby has appeared on MTV's Made, auditioned for ABDC, AGT, WOD and signed with DanceOn Network. On top of that, Kobby continues to win countless awards at competitions throughout the midwest. He feels blessed by all the opportunities he has had and continues to work towards earning his stripes as a dancer.  Kobby co-teaches the Madtown Hip Hop Crew with Sara Rohs.

 

Kobby is the founder and CEO of the Hitterz Collective whos mission is to provide a positive atmosphere where creative minds at all levels can learn, teach, network, and express themselves freely through artistry while being mindful of cultural history and to support the development and growth of the local art communities. The goal is to offer a platform and resources for educational growth, as well as to expand on the advanced repertoire of Performance, Music and Visual Arts. 

Victoria Kemnetz- MCD, Professional Dancer, Teacher - Forte, Assistant Director of X-Tension Dance Company, Choreographer

This is Victoria’s 4th season dancing with the company and her third season creating choreography.  She has been dancing since she was 6 years old in Wausau, WI at DDH dance academy where she studied ballet, jazz, musical theater and pointe under the direction of Dee Dee Huenerfuss. She was also a part of Wausau East Dance Team who competed at WIAA state dance and UDA nationals and she got to perform at Disney with the WDC all-star team.  She moved to Madison in 2009 to start college at UW-Madison and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre. She has been seen in various community productions such as The Secret Garden with MTM, My Fair Lady and Rent with Four Seasons Theater, Bunnicula with CTM and The Cradle Will Rock with University Theater.  She spent the summer of 2013 performing at Six Flags Great America in a 90’s review show and the huge pyrotechnic/laser show Ignite.  Afterward, she began teaching at the YMCA of Dane County. Now, she teaches at Forte Studios in Mount Horeb and A Step Above Dance in Monona. She is the assistant director of X-Tension Dance Company.  She also teaches voice lessons and enjoys singing a lot.  She has been loving every moment and hopes to continue spreading the wonderful art that is dance.

Erin Kiley Rodgers - MCD, Professional Dancer, BA Dance
Erin is a Madison native who enjoyed growing up dancing with Premier Dance Academy, Madison Ballet, Kehl School of Dance, and the Middleton High School Dance Team.

In 2000, Erin was first runner up in the Miss Dance Masters of Wisconsin competition and a Chicago National Association of Dance Masters scholarship winner. In 2001, she danced the role of Cinderella in Madison Dance Production’s Cinderella. Erin spent five years with Madison Ballet dancing various roles for W. Earl Smith in productions such as The Nutcracker and Midsummer's Nights Dream. In 2002, Erin was Premier Dance Academy's Studio Dancer of The Year.

In 2007, Erin graduated from Point Park University where she double majored in Dance and Public Relations. She attended PPU on a dance and academic scholarship and graduated with honors. While in college, Erin's first professional dance job was with The American Entertainment Company at Idlewild and SoakZone, a theme park outside of Pittsburgh, PA.  

Directly after graduation, Erin danced for the Walt Disney Company in Orlando, FL. She joined the stage show of High School Musical 2: School's Out! and was a part of the original opening cast of Disney’s Hollywood Studios Block Party Bash Parade and the stage show High School Musical Three: Right here, Right now!. Erin left Disney in 2010 to dance on Royal Caribbean International's Mariner of the Seas. After moving back to Wisconsin, Erin joined Jazzworks, under the direction of Carol Marion Ceniti and Zach DeVries, and taught dance at Premier Dance Academy. 

This is Erin's second year with Madison Contemporary Dance. After dancing in MCD's 2013 season, she moved to the Netherlands with her husband for three years to work abroad and travel.  Currently, Erin lives in Middleton and is a stay-at-home mom to two adorable little girls and is thrilled to be back with MCD.

Marin Johnson - Artistic Director & Owner Forte Studio, Co-Owner & Choreographer for Jigsaw Entertainment 

Owner Marin has enjoyed being a professional dancer, choreographer and dance educator throughout the US and abroad since 1992.  As a dancer, Marin has shared the stage with artists such as Brenda Lee, Wynonna Judd, Lee Greenwood, Pam Tillis, Steve Winwood and more.  She has been featured as part of an adage couple as well as a soloist for several main stage theaters, television specials, theme parks, pageants, music videos, corporate conventions, etc.  Her television credits include videos and specials for CBS, CMT, TNN, TBN, VH-1 and local networks in the areas of TN, GA, PA, and SC.  

 

Behind the scenes, Marin has choreographed several large-scale production numbers for companies such as Radio Shack, Office Depot, Information Technologies and Redken, as well as for main stage shows such as Tribute in Concert and Superstars Live in Concert.  Currently, Marin is the choreographer for  Country Tonight Theatre in Pigeaon Forge, TN. Additional choreography credits include Jigsaw Entertainment's "Calling All Classics",  Celebrity Cruise Lines (Assistant Choreographer),  WSB Promotions, Music Theatre of Madison's "Floyd Collins" and several college and high school show choirs and dance teams.  As an educator, Marin has worked with all ages and skill levels from 3-year-old beginners to adult working professionals.  She has been a guest artist in TN for several area dance programs as well as nationally for the Energy Source Dance Company.  

 

Johnson also served as a faculty instructor for Columbia State Community College's Commercial Arts Program in Franklin, TN.  For four years, Marin and her husband Wes successfully owned and operated A Step Ahead School of Performing Arts in Lavergne, TN,  just outside of Nashville.  The pair also directed, taught and wrote shows for Cannon County Arts Center's summer intensive workshops.  Marin has a BA Degree in Dance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA.  She has studied with former Radio City Rockette Jean Kettell as well as with Nashville School of Ballet, Gary Harrison, TN Dance Theater, Royal Academy of Dance, TN Association of Dance, and Lou Conte Studios. She is a certified member of Dance Masters of Wisconsin.  Marin is currently dancing with the Jazzworks Dance Company in Madison, Wisconsin.   She is currently the co-owner and choreographer for Jigsaw Entertainment Services.  Go to www.jigsawentertainment.com to find out information on upcoming shows and services in your area. 

Tamra McKittrick - Artistic Director and Owner A Step Above Dance and Music Academy

Tami grew up in McFarland, WI and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography and Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the owner and Director of A Step Above Dance and Music Academy in Monona WI. She began her training in ballet, jazz and tap at Madison Performing Arts and continued to study here at A Step Above adding lyrical and pointe to her training.  Tami has attended The Pulse, Tremaine, Company Dance, NYCDA and LA Underground conventions and has taught ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical to all levels throughout the Madison area for over 14 years.  In addition to her experience working with high school dance teams, Tami has traveled to London and New York to appear in holiday parades.

 

At the University level, Tami added modern, ballroom, African, Asian-American, composition, and improvisation to her training.  She has worked with Li Chiao-Ping, Jin-Wen Yu, James Sutton, Marlene Skog, Sean Curran, Gloria McLean, Lori May, Claudia Melrose, Frank Hatchet, Kirby Reed, Tyce Diorio, Mia Michaels, Dave Scott, Doug Caldwell, Chris Judd, Joe Tremaine as well as with several guest artists through master classes and seminars including American College Dance Festival.  Tami's choreography has been showcased in several UW Dance Department Student Concerts, in local recitals, in local high school musicals, and at several regional competitions.

 

Tami became the director of A Step Above in June 2004.  Tami continues to further expand her knowledge of dance through classes and seminars.  She believes that a diverse dance education is what makes a dancer successful in life as well as in dance.  She has made teaching dance her lifelong commitment and looks forward to a long career of helping her students build confidence and love for the arts through dance.

 


 

 

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