CELEBRATING HER 45TH YEAR OF TEACHING
Suzanne Swanson Wagner
Owner & Artistic Director of Marilyn School of Dance, LLC
Miss Suzanne is well known for her talents as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She has studied extensively worldwide in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Russia, and Paris under Masters in ballet, jazz, and tap. Other credits include teaching at the College of St. Theresa, MN, Dance Masters of WI workshops, touring Colorado and abroad to Russia and France with her Vision Dance Company, to Disney World and Carnival Cruise Line and Spain with her Dance Stars, choreography for high school and college performance groups, and work with area musical theaters. She is the Artistic Director and Founder of the Monroe-Jackson Dance Theatre for which she has staged The Nutcracker, Thumbelina, Peter Pan, The Sleeping Beauty, Peter and the Wolf, Cinderella and choreographed Alice in Wonderland. Marilyn Wood, for whom the studio is named, was her first teacher and mentor. Suzanne is over a 25 year member of DMW and Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. She was inducted into the prestigious DMW Hall of Fame in 2016 and currently sits on the board of CNADM.
Miss Annaliese grew up dancing at Marilyn School of Dance. She continues to stay current in the evolving world of dance by regularly attending dance workshops and training sessions through DMW and CNADM, both which she is a member. Annaliese was the 2011 "Miss DMW." A dance, choreographer and teacher, she does it all. Miss Annaliese is the assistant director of the MSD Dance Stars.
Miss Emily has 13 years of dance experience including tap, jazz, ballet, and kick line. She is a graduate of UW La Crosse with a degree in Community Health Education. Before moving to Tomah, Miss Emily and her family lived in metro Atlanta where she worked with non-profit agencies to provide programs for at-risk children and families.
Miss Heather is a graduate of Tomah High School where she was a member of the dance team for 3 years. She choreographed many routines, received numerous individual awards, and was captain her senior year. While attending Winona State University, she was on the dance team for two years. She has been head coach for both the Tomah Middle and Tomah High School dance teams and has choreographed many routines for them throughout the years.
Miss Lauren grew up dancing at MSD. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, pointe, and modern techniques. She has also studied the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira. Miss Lauren has participated in MSD's Vision Dance Company, the Tomah High School Dance Team, and the Monroe-Jackson Dance Theatre for numerous years. For the past three years, she was on faculty at the Elation Dance Studio owned by MSD Alumni, Marja (Martalock) Finnigan.
Miss Moriah has over 9 years of experience in Irish Dance. She grew up taking lessons and performing in multiple community performances in Winona County through Flanagan School of Irish Dance in Winona, MN. She has also participated in Irish Fest in Minneapolis. She Graduated from Viterbo University in La Crosse and currently works as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at the Tomah VA. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer. She is excited to be teaching at Marilyn’s School of Dance, LLC.
Miss Courtney, current student of 4 years at Marilyn School of Dance and has been dancing for 12 years. She was an assistant teacher for 2 years. She has attended many training workshops through DMW, CNADM, and of other various instructors. Her training includes or has included, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Pointe, Musical Theater, and African. Miss Courtney has also competed in dance competitions, participated in Monroe Jackson Dance Theater Productions, and has choreographed two pieces for the Madison Pre-Collegiate Summer Showcase. She continues to train and learn, with her future goals of attending college to major in dance and become a choreographer.
Miss Mel has attended dance classes over the last 8 years with Marilyn School of Dance and has experience in ballet, tap, jazz and ballroom. She is very active in community theatre and has performed in many ACT and LCT productions over the last 19 years. She is excited to join the faculty at MSD as the Musical Theatre instructor.
Miss Carly has been a student at Marilyn School of Dance for 14 years, studying ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and modern. She was a member of the award-winning Dance Stars Competition Team from 2009 to 2018, and has attended numerous summer intensives and workshops over the past several years. Carly has been cast in multiple Monroe-Jackson Dance Theatre productions, including principal roles in Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and The Nutcracker. She has been the recipient of many competition awards, and scholarships from Dance Masters of Wisconsin, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Dancewerks National Dance Intensive, Inaside Dance Chicago, and Legacy Dance Competition. In addition to studying dance at Marilyn School of Dance, Carly is a member of the Midwest Dance Collective based in Barrington, IL, and Inaside Dance Chicago Youth Training Program – Pre-Professional Level, based in Chicago, IL. After graduation from High School, Carly plans to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance.
Miss Natalie has been dancing at MSD since she was 4 years old. She has studied many different styles of dance including Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Lyrical, and Musical Theatre. She Miss Natalie has been cast in multiple Monroe-Jackson Dance Theatre productions, including principal roles in Peter Pan and Cinderella. She attends multiple workshops outside of the studio through Dance Masters of Wisconsin and CNADM. Her most recent accomplishment is being crowned the 2018/2019 Miss DMW.