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Andrew Abrams - Originally from Madison, Andrew has spent the last 9 years living in New York City. He has worked as a musical director/conductor, composer, Equity actor and a voice teacher. He has been on faculty at NYU, Pace University of and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.  Andrew was trained at the UW-Madison in classical voice but has since become a leading musical theater voice teacher in New York working with Broadway performers as well as many college-aged students. Andrew's student, Dan Fogler, just won a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor in "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." His musical "but I'm a Cheerleader," for which he wrote the music, is being optioned for an Off-Broadway to Broadway run within the coming months. Andrew is also the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Four Seasons Theatre. If you any questions, want more info/rates, etc...please feel free to contact him at aabrams@fourseasonstheatre.com.

Maria Maya - Master teacher in belly dance, my specialty is working with beginners and advanced students and the fusion with ballet and jazz style. Each class contains history of belly dance and explanation of the culture, origin of belly dance, rhythmology and meaning of each movement. I've studied with the most representative personalities in belly dance so you can be sure that you will learn with the most prepared person. Don't lose this opportunity to know more about this ancient dance, to meet new people, relax yourself and have fun! For more information, email marianto_232@hotmail.com

Jeffrey Arnold - 608-294-1952 - Training and development of professional careers in Opera, Concert and Lyric Theater.

Raymond Bradford - 414-272-5694 - I have been directing and teaching in Milwaukee for 27 years. I direct shows around the area, and have been the artistic director of Bay Players in Whitefish Bay for many years. I have taught for the Lydell Recreation Department. I like to coach actors on their audition scenes, and prepare their monologues for an audition. I can also teach acting. I like to offer my classes at my place, or will travel if in the Milwaukee area. I offer my acting help as Pay-What-You-Can! So it is PWYC. Leave a message at 414-272-5694 or contact him at raydirector@netzero.com.

Sarah Breckenridge - 608-238-8681 - Scottish Highland Dancing, group and private lessons for competitive and performance work. Children to adult. Also available for performances and workshops. Or contact her at: sarah.breckenridge@ccaurora.edu

Kripa Baskaran - 262-439-9807 - Kripa is an accomplished dancer and choreographer who has won great critical acclaim and was awarded the title "Natya Ratnam" recently for her purity in Nritta (footwork) and grace in Abhinaya (expression). She has performed all over India and traveled widely to countries like United Kingdom, New Zealand and the USA for performences. Kripa is an instructor in the continuing ed Department of Dance at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She also offers classes through the Natyarpana School of Dance.

Dr. Melanie Cain - 608-712-9433 - Voice/Piano. Melanie holds both a Masters of Music and a Doctorate of Music in Vocal Performance with a minor in Opera Production. She has taught private voice and piano lessons throughout the area for over five years. Melanie has experience teaching all ages and voice types including both classical and musical theater styles and beginning to intermediate piano lessons. Her students have repeatedly received top awards at state competitions, and have sung in numerous local musicals and choirs. cain05@charter.net, www.melaniecainstudio.weebly.com and www.melaniecain.com.

Lisa Cole - 608-213-2085 - I am new to the Madison area, but I just left 34 private vocal students (many that had trained with me up to 6 years) in my last town. Last year I graduated 5 seniors that I helped audition for Musical Theatre programs in colleges. The least amount of scholarship monies they received was 22K, and one even received a full ride! I've been a professional singer/actor for more than 14 years, as well as part of Actor's Equity. I have trained children through professional performing adults. I have sung in piano rooms in New York, Chicago, and Kansas City. I am happy to work different genres of vocal work, however if you are looking for a true classical vocalist, or music theory, I am not the one for you! I also have worked with aspiring actors on their audition monologues. 

I am now looking to begin teaching in the Madison area. I have a professional vocal studio in my home, and although I am in Cross Plains I am only 7 minutes to the Beltline. If you are interested in learning how to correctly place and support the sound, or how to "tell the story" give me a call! lisa@planetcole.org

Amber Nicole Dilger - 608-554-1220 - Voice/Piano. Amber Nicole is proud to call Madison home after a long stay in Chicago. She has been active in the world of professional musical theatre for 12+ years and has been teaching voice and beginning piano for nearly as long. With a music education teaching license (kept current) in addition to her vocal performance degree, you can rest assured that you will receive a high quality music education. Each lesson includes technique, repertoire, and music fundamentals/theory. Lessons are taught in her home studio on the east side of Madison. Please visit the website www.ambernicoledilger.com for more information.  

Leslie Esser-Reitano is a Voice and Acting Teacher who brings over 25 years experience as a show business professional back to her native Middleton.  She has performed leading roles throughout the U.S. from New York to Los Angeles, as well as offshore on cruise ships.  Contracts have run the gamut of legitimate stage, cabaret, recording, commercials and television.  While living in California, Leslie taught in the prestigious Musical Theatre, Pop and Opera programs at the Los Angeles High School For Performing Arts.  Since her return to Madison, she has been active teaching in the UW-Madison Continuing Education Programs in both the Theatre and Music programs.  Leslie's former students are currently pursuing successful professional careers as well as attending the colleges of their choice for Music and Drama.  More important than what she has done, however, is what you can do.  Leslie has created the "Whole Performance Technique ®", a comprehensive program that provides: 1) A Vocal Toolbox: lifelong skills to move beyond fear and uncertainty to joy and confidence to sing with freedom, strength, range and artistry. 2) Methods to make powerful, truthful and clear acting choices for auditions and roles. 3) Means to develop a sense of fun, joy and wonder to transcend the many adversities of a Performer's life.  Whatever your goals may be -- young and old, novice and experienced – The Whole Performance Technique ® can help you to realize those dreams.  You can contact Leslie at lesesser@tds.net.

Shaia Fahrid - 414-550-5968 - Private and group instruction in the ancient art of Raqs Sharqi, Egyptian belly dance. Many locations in the Milwaukee area. Reasonable rates for private and semi-private lessons. Shaia also performs in restaurants and night clubs, and for private parties (birthday, ladies' pj parties, retirement, anniversary, etc.) www.milwaukeebellydance.com

Meenakshi Ganesan - 608-833-3102 - is the founder of the Kalaanjali School of Dance & Music, and has been performing Bharatanatyam for almost two decades. Meenakshi has a degree in Bharatanatyam and has won tens of awards and gold medals for her performances, including the title of "Nrithya Mayuri" (dancing peacock). The primary focus of Kalaanjali is the offering of training in Bharatanatyam although lessons are also offered for traditional folk dances and semi-classical dances. At Kalaanjali, Bharatanatyam students get a rigorous training in the Natyashastras, the foundational body of knowledge associated with Bharatanatyam. For more information, please visit the Kalaanjali website at www.kalaanjali.com or contact Meenakshi at meena@kalaanjali.com.

Liz Griffith - Though originally from Madison, Liz has spent the past eleven years living and working in New York City as a professional actress. Her education includes Interlochen, the University of Michigan’s Musical Theatre department (where she earned her BFA), and classical theatre in London with teachers from RADA and the RSC. Additionally, Liz has studied with several exceptional teachers in NYC: Carol Ann Page, Matt Farnsworth, Craig Carnelia, and VP Boyle among others.

Since her college graduation, Liz’s three and a half octave range and soulful acting have helped her to make a name for herself in regional houses across the country and in the New York theatre scene. Many new composers have used her unique versatility and skills to help develop their projects. She has sung at Carnegie Hall, London's Royal Albert Hall, and as a lead singer on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Liz is a proud member of Actors' Equity.

Liz teaches voice to students of all levels and coaches song performance, audition technique, and monologues. One of her joys and specialties is teaching women how to healthily belt into the rafters. She has also choreographed and served as musical director for children’s productions in Michigan and New York. Her home studio is located on the near west side of Madison.

For more information about Liz--including her full resume--please check out her website: www.lizgriffith.net and/or email her at Liszey2@gmail.com for rates.

Margaret Ingraham - 608-298-0806 - Acting/Voice Instructor. Margaret is a professional actress with over 40 years experience. She is a member of Actors Equity Association and holds an MFA in performance. She offers private lessons for actors and singers - beginners to professionals. She also offers voice training for business people, radio/TV broadcasters and teachers.

Ellen Lee - 608-355-9676 - Piano Teacher - Ellen is celebrating her 40th year of teaching piano with a concert of local musical ensembles on October 29th. She teaches in her studio near the downtown square in Baraboo.  Ellen still gets down on the floor and plays theory games with the kids, including the game of "Twister" played on a large fabric keyboard. Her high school students have won honors at the state solo and ensemble contests. She is a published author in Clavier and other magazines. Ellen's love of music is catchy, and she teaches total musicianship so students can transfer their skills to other musical instruments.

Laura Malischke - 608-827-2987- SWING DANCE instructor of Lindy Hop, East Coast/Jitterbug, Charleston, Balboa and Shag all taught to various age groups. Laura teaches with her husband for the UW-Madison swing dance club Jumptown. They have also given workshops in Milwaukee, and have competed nationally and danced internationally. Available for teaching group lessons or choreographing a swing number in a musical. Contact Laura: visit the Jumptown website.

Edgar Molina - 608-239-8686 - Edgar Molina arrived from Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2003, after completing his degree in Law. He brought with him a bright smile and a profound love for Latin music and dance. He began dancing at the age of four with his mother. As he grew, so did his interest in dance. He moved to Madison, his dream was to create a dance company that would not only connect people across cultural boundaries, but that would also be recognized as a world-class performance team comprised of talented dance teachers and performers. He began traveling to New York, the salsa mecca of the U.S., and studied under the dance greats of today. Edgar's dance background includes ballet, jazz, son, rhumba, guaguanco, salsa, mambo, afro-cuban, cha cha cha, merengue, bachata, modern, tango, and samba. Also an avid musician, Edgar studies the congas and timbales, and brings music to life in his classes, where he plays the rhythms of salsa for his students to dance to. Edgar has been teaching and performing since the age of 14, and his twenty years of dance experience has prepared him well for his debut as Artistic Director and co-founder of Dando Mambo Dance Company. Edgar believes that dance promotes positive self-image, health, and most of all, happiness that lasts a lifetime.

Peder Mulhuse - 608-238-7898 - MGA, AEA, SAG, AFTRA

Donna Peckett - 608-244-2938 - www.donnapeckettarts.com - Teaches Creative Movement and Drama for 3-6 year olds. A nurturing introduction to dance, movement and drama using story telling, song and music to spark a creative physical response. Please email info@donnapeckettarts.com for more information.

Rebecca Olthafer - www.rebeccao.com - (Chicago, IL) - Belting and Classical Vocal Instructor. Rebecca holds a BA from Luther College and a MM and DMA from UW-Madison. She is a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and has studied musical theater belting techniques with Robert Edwin. Rebecca offers private voice lessons to students of all ages and abilities. Rebecca also teaches piano lessons and offers voice/piano combination lessons. Please email info@rebeccao.com for more information.

Meghan Randolph is a professional actress, having performed on the national tour of Cats and with various regional theatres around the country. She is the founder and artistic director of Music Theatre of Madison, a professional theatre. Meghan holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan. Offerings: Private voice instruction for all levels (specializing in musical theatre and classical voice), audition coaching (monologues and songs), and college audition preparation (the audition itself plus the logistics of finding the right school for you!) You can contact her at PerforMeg@aol.com, or visit her website at singwithmeg.tripod.com.

Sadira - 608-246-2718 - Sadira is a professional performer and instructor in Middle Eastern dance. She travels frequently to Egypt, Jordan and Morocco to study traditional and contemporary Arab dance. She directs the Riad Dance Company and has weekly classes for all levels. sadira@charter.net

Hallie Savage - 608-669-1175 - Hallie Savage began dancing from the age of five. She studied ballet, jazz, tap and baton until the age of twelve, when her company director forced her to decide between a dance practice or a piano recital. Hallie didn't want to miss her piano duet with her cousin, so she quit dancing and never looked back…until she discovered salsa! One night of dancing in La Pachanga, a salsa club in the heart of Paris, France, was all it took to change her life forever. She danced every night of her two month stay there, and realized that the rhythm and feeling of the dance and music were now so engrained in her that she could not possibly stop dancing! Listening to music while walking to the Parisian subway, she could not make her feet walk to any other beat than "1,2,3, (pause), 5,6,7 (pause)" and her roommate was tired of having to share the full-length mirror with her as she tried to figure out new steps from the night before. Hallie studies salsa, mambo, modern, ballet, flamenco, and tango, and is co-founder of Dando Mambo Dance Company. She believes that everyone has a dancer hidden inside of them, and that the rhythm of salsa can change what dancing means to who we are: dancing makes a difference, and it is a concept that breaks all cultural boundaries. And, she still plays the piano with her cousins!

Tara Shakti - 608-630-8482 - is a creativity coach who helps writers, artists, actors, and other creative types break through their blocks and put their visions into action. She has been extensively studying the art of creativity for the past 12 years. Tara teaches a 12-week class on the Artist’s Way, based on the work of Julia Cameron, is publishing her first book this fall, and has acted with three different theater companies in Madison, WI. She also now offers a 9-month tele-course entitled, "Spiritual Birthing: A Course in Manifesting Your Creative Dreams." For more on Tara and her creativity coaching, e-mail tarashakti1@gmail.com, or visit www.tribalvisionstudio.com

Terri Sinani - 414-421-7666 - Teaches Ballet, Tap and Jazz. She is the director of the Next Step Dance Studio.

Dennison Smith - 608-355-1096 - www.barabooyoga.com - acting coach and theatre director with 20 years of experience. She graduated with highest honors in Performing Arts from Northwestern University and then went on to study and perform a range of genres, from experimental theatre to children's theatre to Shakespeare. She has performed and/or directed in London, England; Toronto, Canada; the Czech Republic; New York City; and now happily at home in Baraboo. A fully certified yoga instructor, Dennison is co-owner of Baraboo Yoga and Living Arts in Baraboo where she teaches both yoga and acting classes to all ages and experiences. She is also available for private instruction.

Mrs. Radhika Srivastava - 608-358-5536 - a senior disciple of Guru Kripa Baskaran, Director of Natyarpana dance company, will conduct bharatnatyam classes at 4013, Ambleside Drive, Madison, WI 53719. email: radmurli@gmail.com

Jenn Stewart - Director, Choreographer, Educator. Jenn is an award-winning choreographer who has taught dance, theatre and music in a variety of venues throughout the U.S. In addition to a BFA in Dance, she has 15 years of performance and over 20 years teaching experience in both concert dance and musical theatre.  She has worked with a number of theatres and studios in the Madison area.  For more information on availability, please contact Jenn at jstewdance@gmail.com.

 

Dr. Jessica Lee Timman - 608-886-6038, Mezzo-Soprano, recently finished her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Voice Performance with a minor in Opera Production from the University of Wisconsin under the direction of professor Julia Faulkner. She has performed with UW Opera, the Florentine Opera, Stoughton Opera, Four Seasons Theatre, Madison Bach Musicians, among many other professional engagements. Jessica has over eight years of teaching experience at such institutions as the University of Wisconsin, Madison Academy of Music, A Step Above Dance and Music Studio, and UW Summer Music Clinic. Jessica's students have been accepted into the Madison Opera Internship Program, university music programs, consistently earn top ratings at contests, are regularly accepted into honors choirs, perform lead roles in musicals, and are active musicians in the Madison community. Jessica currently teaches out of her home studio in McFarland. Students interested in classical vocal study are preferred. You can also find more information at www.timmanmusic.com.

Heather Tongue - 608-215-5210 - Teacher of Scottish Highland Dancing and Director of the Heather Highland Dancers. The Heather Highland Dancers are available for performances ranging from a private gathering to a public event. I am also available for individual lessons. On Saturdays I also teach Adult Beginning Ballet and Soft Shoe Tap at the Art of Dance dance studio. As well as the forms I teach - I have also trained in Modern, Jazz, and Lyrical dance, any of which I would love to teach. Contact me at heather@artofdancemadison.com

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