For intermediate and advanced level dancers, ages 11 and up


Sara Rohs and Ally Kenison started this intensive in 2013 to help dancers learn the tools they wish they knew before dancing in college, auditioning and working as dancers and young teachers. 

MCD’s summer intensive is designed specifically to strengthen dancers’ technique, confidence, creativity, and stage presence.

Various locations around Madison will be used to create a unique and exciting learning experience. Classes such as underwater ballet, auditions 101 and a performance at the Overture Center for the Arts will make lasting impressions on young dancers' training pathways.

2021 DATES

July 12-24 2021, 10 am-3 pm M-F with Saturday Performances

2022 DATES

July TBA 2022, 10 am-3 pm M-F with Saturday Performances


  • Aerial Silks

  • Acro

  • Underwater Ballet

  • Leaps and Turns

  • Auditions 101

  • Improvisation

  • Choreography 

  • Partnering

  • Contemporary

  • Jazz

  • Lyrical

  • Hip Hop

  • Ballet

  • Modern​

  • Core Control

  • Spinal Mobility

  • Turnout and Pelvic Stability

  • Upper Back Engagement/Mobilization and Port De Bras 

  • Foot and Ankle Control

  • Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation 

  • Diaphragmatic Breathing

  • Fascia Work for Flexibility

  • Health and Nutrition for Dancers

  • Dance Teacher, Studio Owner, Artistic Director 

  • Dance Team Coach 

  • Competition Judge

  • College and Pro Dance Team

  • Dancing in a College and Professional Dance Company

  • Choreographer, Costuming, Music Selection and Editing 

  • Starting a Dance Team or Dance Company 

  • Massage Therapist, Sports Medicine 

  • Dance Model, Costume Designer

  • Performance Hair and Makeup for Dancers 

Students are given the opportunity to perform their own choreography at the final show


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

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

Abi Shepherd - MCD Company Member, Choreographer, Dance BA

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


Andrea Henry - Professional Dancer, Artistic Director & Owner Dells Dance Center, MCD Alumni, Choreographer

Erin Kiley Rodgers - MCD, Professional Dancer, BA Dance

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

Tami McKittrick - BFA Dance, Artistic Director and Owner A Step Above Dance and Music Academy​

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

Alexandra Kunesh - MCD Company Member, Dance BA

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


Home Campus 

A Step Above Dance & Music Academy
5901 Monona Dr

Monona, WI 53716

Phone: (608) 512-0413


Performance Location

Overture Center for the Arts
Rotunda Stage  
201 State Street, Madison, WI 53703  

Off-Campus Locations


6300 Nesbitt Rd

Fitchburg, WI 53719

Swim West



*Carpooling Available! 

Questions? Please see our FAQ Page or

contact Sara Rohs ar  


Early Registration

2 weeks $425

1 week $225

After March 15 

2 weeks $475

1 week $295


* 2-week program is recommended 

To choose one week see the dates on the PayPal button. 

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