A Step Above Dance & Music Academy

A Step Above Dance & Music Academy provides students of all ages and backgrounds with a positive arts education while helping them achieve their personal goals in the areas of dance instruction and music lessons.

We strive to provide excellent technique, self discipline and an appreciation for and love of dance and music through positive reinforcement in a non-competitive, professional atmosphere. We are located in Monona, in the Madison, Wisconsin area.

 Ciara Marino

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Musical Theater

Ciara Marino has been dancing for the past 17 years. She was trained in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop at Young Dance Academy in Oak Creek, WI. At the studio, she was a member of the competitive program for 11 years, traveling to various competitions across the U.S. and receiving multiple awards for her solos, duets, trios and group work.

Today, she is 1 of 18 dancers on the University of Wisconsin Dance Team. She performs at all home football and men's basketball games and competes at UDA nationals.

She began assisting classes at YDA at age 11 and started teaching her own classes at age 15 in all different styles of dance. This will be her first year at A Step Above and she could not be more excited to join the staff!



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