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 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 for three years and then its coach for four years. She was a member of the Swarm Performance Team with the Professional Lacrosse League in MN.

 

Sara started the Ascending Star Dance Team in 2004 and was the director and dancer 3 years. Sara taught for Just for Kix summer camps and hosted workshops with the Augsburg College Dance Team. She was hired to dance professionally for various events.

 

After moving to Madison, Sara took courses with the UW Madison Dance Department. She danced with the Milwaukee Brewer’s Diamond Dancers for two seasons and was a member of the Madison area SweatShop Hip Hop Crew.

 

Sara founded the Madison Contemporary Dance Company (MCD) in 2010.  In 2011 Sara started the monthly Madison Community Dance Newsletter to connect dancers with local opportunities.

 

Sara completed Lisa Howell’s Teacher Training Workshop in 2015. Sara has guest taught dance and choreographed for many dance studios and dance teams including college and professional dance teams and professional dance companies. She currently teaches at A Step Above Dance in Monona, WI and judges dance competitions throughout Wisconsin. Sara also directs the Madtown Hip Hop Crew.

 

 

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 sixth season dancing with the company and her fifth 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, All Shook Ip and Beauty and the Beast with MPT. 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. Afterwards, she began teaching at the YMCA of Dane County.

 

Now, she teaches at Forte Studios in Mount Horeb. She is the assistant director of X-Tension Dance Company and some of her musical theater choreography can be seen on stage with various community groups. She also teaches voice lessons and enjoys singing a lot. In her spare time she is a library clerk for Madison Public Library. She has been loving every moment of her time with MCD 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.

 

Abi Shepherd - MCD Company Member, Choreographer, Dance BA

Raised in Natick, Massachusetts, Abi Shepherd trained at the Walnut School of Ballet along with multiple competition teams. After moving to Fishers, Indiana to be closer to family, she trained with G.Scotten Talent Center’s competition team which led to her recent graduation from the University of Alabama with a BA in dance and an additional BA in Marketing.

 

She has choreographed six pieces that were presented in “Dance Alabama!” and “Dance Collection” on campus. She also trains a mini and junior age group competition team who hold regional titles from her choreography.

 

She now is working on projects performing and choreographing with MCDC along with Sanspointe Company in Birmingham, Alabama.

 

Molly Gehrmann - MCD Company Member, Dance BA, Recipient of Loyola University's Provost Fellowship in 2017

Homegrown from Madison, Wisconsin, Molly Gehrmann received her early training locally at Virginia Davis School of Dance. She continued her training and studied under the direction of Sandra Kaufmann, Sarah Cullen Fuller, Raul Casasola, Mari Jo Barker, and Amy Wilkinson at Loyola University Chicago’s dance program. She graduated from Loyola with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and minor in Musical Theatre. ​

 

Molly has participated in numerous performances and festivals in the Chicago area including, Loyola Dance Theatre Productions, Collaboraction’s Encounter and Identity Series, the Going Dutch Festival, Dance the Vote Film, Inaside’s Choreographic Sponsorship Event, Alluvion Dance Chicago’s Emergence, RAW: Chicago Impact, and the American College Dance Association. Additionally, Molly is an artist of RAW: Natural Born Artists in Chicago. Molly has worked closely with artists such as Brain McGinnis, Randy Duncan, and Connie Shiau. ​

 

Molly was the recipient of Loyola’s Provost Fellowship in 2017 to pursue performance-based research and train with the Mandala Dance Company in Rome, Italy and again in 2019 to conduct research while interning with Pivot Arts in Chicago. Molly has presented choreography for Loyola’s Theatre production of The Odyssey and the Illinois District 214 Dance Day.

 

This is Molly’s first season with Madison Contemporary Dance and is ecstatic to be a part of this company.

Alexandra Kunesh - MCD Company Member, Dance BA

Alexandra Kunesh will be graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a minor in Health and Wellness Promotion from the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities in May 2020. While in school, she co curated a production entitled “Blueprint”, fulfilled a teaching dance practicum at Ballare Teatro, choreographed works for five composition showings, and completed an arts administration internship at Lundstrum Performing Arts. She was also selected to perform in pieces by renowned choreographers, Robert Moses, Pramila Vasudevan, Eko Supriyanto, and Chris Schlichting, among numerous student-choreographed works. She was a featured soloist in Robert Moses’ “Cause” in December 2019, and the piece was chosen to compete at the American College Dance Association in March 2020.

 

Originally from DeForest, WI, Alexandra began dancing at the age of three. She trained at A Step Above Dance and Music Academy under Tamra Bisbee and Storybook Ballet under Meredith Mast. She was a member of the A Step Beyond Dance Company for nine years, in which she had the opportunity to compete at many regional dance competitions. Alexandra graduated as Valedictorian from the DeForest Area High School in 2016.

 

This is Alexandra’s first season with Madison Contemporary Dance, and she looks forward to sharing her passion for dance with the Madison area.

Andrea Henry - MCD Company Member, Choreographer

Andrea Henry is originally from Brazil, Sao Paulo. From age eight, she danced at Cecilia & Greice Kerche Academy.  In her teen years, she joined the Joyce Kerman Co, followed by Steps Dance Co, Paula Castro Co, and joined a TV show called “Viva a Noite” which sealed her love of performing.  Andrea was invited to train for world aerobic gymnastic competitions, which she devoted time to first obtain the championship of the State of Sao Paulo followed by 2nd place at National Level.  After the first two victories, her two key sponsors of sports were M2000 and Brazil and Mizuno. Japan supported further competitions and events in Korea, France, Holland, and Germany, where Andrea also lived for one year teaching dance and fitness. In 1997, she was accepted to the University of Sao Paulo, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. In the same year, Andrea started her yoga journey in Hatha Yoga under the instruction of Paranamanda. Fascinated, she read every yoga-related book she could find.  After 6 months of full-time dedication, Andrea started teaching in her own space.

 

Andrea moved to Wisconsin Dells in 2001 and has performed and taught with the Madison Ballet, Ballet University, Spotlight Dance Academy, and Broadway Dinner Theatre.  In 2004, she opened her own space, Dells Dance Center.  In 2009, she traveled to India to study yoga at Ashram Mangalatan in New Delhi. Andrea received her yoga teacher certification after spending four intensive weeks of deeper studies. Andrea has been married for 16 years to Robert Henry, Landscaper, one daughter, Jennifer Henry, 14 years, and one son Christopher Henry, 12 years.

 

Andrea danced with Madison Contemporary Vision Dance in 2013, 2015 and 2018.

Samantha Brown - MCD Company Member, Dance Education BA, Choreographer

Recently relocated to Milwaukee from Phoenix, AZ this year. Samantha began dancing when she was three years old and studied multiple genres of dance including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop, african and ballroom. Samantha graduated from Grand Canyon University in Arizona with a Bachelor in Dance Education. During her time at GCU Samantha was a seasoned choreographer for the Theater department and was able to choreograph shows such as, “Seussical the musical,” “HMS Pinafore,” and  “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.” While in school, Samantha was also given multiple opportunities to perform in students' work and traveled to NYC to perform with Leanne Schmidt and Company. After graduating, she was the director of the dance program at Trevor G. Browne High School for five years. During her time as a teacher she also continued to perform professionally throughout Arizona and was a principal dancer for CaZo Dance Company and Prolifics Dance Company. Currently, Samantha is attending Mount Mary University to complete her Masters of Science in Professional Counseling with a School Counselor concentration as well as working with Danceworks Milwaukee as a teacher for their Mad Hot Tap/Ballroom program.

This is Samantha’s first year with Madison Contemporary Dance Company and she is looking forward to creating a community here in Wisconsin with other dancers and sharing her passion for the arts.

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