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.

Danielle Laurent

Ballet, Jazz, and Musical Theater

Danielle began her dance training in 1995 under the direction of Judy Jensen. She has studied classical ballet and pointe, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, contemporary and lyrical for the past 20 years. Danielle was a principal member of a multi-style dance company for six years and two community theater groups where she was able to combine her passions of dance and musicWhen a series of ankle and foot injuries forced her into an early retirement, Danielle was able to focus on her true dance passion -- teaching.

Danielle began teaching in 2005 in Appleton, WI, and has since taught at studios throughout Wisconsin and Louisiana. Danielle has taught preschool through advanced levels of a variety of dance styles, and has led multiple teams to award-winning performances at regional and national competitions. Danielle has also choreographed local school musical productions and is the former choreographer for the UW-Madison Gymnastics Team and Twisters Gymnastics Team of Kimberly, WI. Both teams received awards for Danielle's choreography at the national level.

Danielle holds a Bachelor of Arts from UW-Madison and a Master of Public Health from Tulane University. She continues to expand her dance education through workshops, classes and seminars. She is excited to continue teaching at A Step Above this year!



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