MEET YOUR TEACHERS
Madonna Rothwell (ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical) has owned and operated Madonna’s School of Dance since 1981. She is a 33 year member of Dance Masters of America, an organization that certifies teachers in dance, and a member of Miami Valley Dance Teachers Association. Both hold several conventions each year in which students and teachers benefit from classes taught by master teachers from all over the country. Madonna has also enjoyed choreographing for Beavercreek High School musicals, with “Music Man”, “West Side Story”, “Damn Yankees” and “Guys and Dolls” as part of her repertoire. She has also choreographed for Beavercreek Community Theater and show choirs, but enjoys teaching the treasures of dance to all ages at the studio. Madonna and her, husband Gary reside in Beavercreek, have two grown sons: Eric teaches 6th grade in Oakhills School district in Cincinnati and is head soccer coach at Walnut Hills School. He is married to Jessica and has two children, Sofia and Owen. Ray is currently performing in Disney Worlds' "Beauty and the Beast" and teaching Bikram yoga. He and his fiancee Natale, have been together 10 years.
Laurie Wilson (jazz, lyrical, acrobatic) is a retired studio owner after 20 years, from Huber Heights. Laurie graduated from WSU with a Bachelors degree in Dance in 1986. She is Past President of Miami Valley Dance Teachers Association. Laurie joined the professional dance group “The Fly Girls” in the early 90’s, performing at half time for the Dayton Bombers, Dayton Wings, and Dance Cowboys. She traveled with the Harlem Globetrotters and helped with the All American Cheer in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl game, which helped to promote dance into their competition and half-time performance. Laurie teaches acrobatic classes along with all levels of ballet, jazz and lyrical. Her creative choreography excites dancers and audiences. Her daughter Sadie Hellyer will be a Junior at Oklahoma City University majoring in dance performance.
Laura Leach (ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theater) is a 2006 Ball State University graduate with a degree in dance performance. She is a former Rayette and dancer with the studio for 13 years. She taught in the Muncie, IN area during the 2005-2006 school year. In addition to teaching at Madonna’s studio she has worked as a freelance choreographer for show choirs and musicals. She choreographed “Pippin” in November 2007, and was a cast member of “Cabaret” in 2009 for Dayton Playhouse. She choreographed “Seussical the Musical” for BHS in 2011. Laura received her doctorate in Physical Therapy last year and is gainfully employed.
Madonna's School of Dance will provide a professional, fun and safe atmosphere for students and their families. Dancers will learn dance technique, various styles of dance, and will know how to dance, not just learn a dance to perfect. We enjoy dancers of all ages and levels, and treat each individually.
Our teachers have close relationships with the dancers and their families, to help the dancer achieve what they want out of their dance experience. We are aware that most of our students will not go on the be professional dancers, or even dance in college, but every student is given the same opportunity to enjoy dance at every level. If the dancers do decide to go to professional level, they leave our studio well prepared. Our teachers have college degrees in dance and/or are members of Dance Masters of America-certified to teach dance.
The classroom is full of discipline, yet fun and exciting new things to learn. We use improvisation often in the classroom to inspire the students to move freely and feel the music, to just dance without corrections or consequences. We learn so much from them during this time!