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Studio Dansu is dedicated to educating and encouraging students to become knowledgeable, passionate, thinking artists.


With the goal of inspiring, nurturing, and sustaining a love of dance and theatre arts in all our students, Studio Dansu provides a comprehensive performing arts education to train the next generation of performers.


Students will develop their technique, artistry, and creativity...learn the skills of self-discipline, teamwork, and confidence...and aspire to local performance opportunities, college performing arts programs, and professional careers.

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Our Dance Program develops knowledge of dance styles and builds upon foundational movements with the integration of advanced steps and combinations.  Students develop their strength, flexibility, and coordination while exploring their artistry.


Our Acting Program allows students to freely express themselves and feel comfortable trying new things.  Students create characters and stories through improvisation and games, while also building technique through monologues and scene work. 


Our Acting Program allows students to freely express themselves and feel comfortable trying new things.  Students create characters and stories through improvisation and games, while also building technique through monologues and scene work. 


Our Music Program includes group classes and individual lessons in vocal performance, piano and guitar instruction. Students work on many types of music from their favorite artists to classical arias. 


Our Music Program includes group classes and individual lessons in vocal performance, piano and guitar instruction. 

Students work on many types

of music from their favorite artists to classical arias. 


Our Acrobatic Program is

based on the Acrobatic Arts Certification Program.  This

style of AcroDance combines classical dance technique and acrobatic elements with effective progressions in flexibility, strength, balancing, limbering, and tumbling.


Our Performance Company is designed for dancers who are inspired to take their dance education to the next level. Company members develop strong dance technique and performance skills, while learning the value of teamwork

Performance Company

Our Preschool is an educational experience designed to 

carefully nurture the precious developmental years of your child. Our comprehensive 

program focuses on art, creative movement, dramatic play and music 

Preschool of the Arts

Our After-School Program keeps the busy student-artist in mind with transportation to the studio, homework help, and a variety of dance, acrobatic, and singing classes available every day. Transportation available via MMSD Bus or Dansu Shuttle.

After School

Our Open Adult Level Program is for ages 14 and up offering classes for brand new beginners, former dancers wanting to return to their passion, and those looking for dance classes to stay fit and have fun.

Open Adult Level


We focus on teaching the performing arts as historic art forms, rather than as sport or competition. Both dance and acting have a rich history that we incorporate into our daily lessons that help to add to the overall education of our students. We hope that our students take the history of these art forms and transform the future in a positive way.

We use a well-structured and age appropriate syllabus for all techniques that takes into consideration both our students' physical and mental development, and ensures the best results in their performing arts education. We also recognize the need for versatility in today’s students who are aspiring professionals or who simply enjoy our fun classes. We are dedicated to providing our students an excellent performing arts education, and strive to inspire a well-rounded student.

We attract a professional faculty of teaching artists who have either a degree or certification in their field. Our instructors are encouraged to continue their education and certification in many styles because it is an asset to our students as well as the instructors themselves. Providing an education of the highest quality to each and every student is our paramount.



Tuition totals are for Fall Session 2022



40 min classes


60 min classes


80 min classes


Monthly payments due on the 1st of Sept-Apr. May is collected at time of registration



40 min classes


55 min classes


85 min classes


Receives 10% off tuition -

price reflects the discount



40 min classes


60 min classes


80 min classes


Tuition payments due the 1st of Sept, Nov, Jan, and March

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Performer Package

Students taking unlimited classes of 40 min or less qualify for this package.





Principle Package

Students taking unlimited classes including one or more 55 or 85 min class qualify for this package.





Prima Package A

Students taking unlimited classes including one private lesson in dance or singing qualify for this package.





Prima Package B

Students taking unlimited classes including two private lessons in dance or singing qualify for this package.





End of year performance at Overture Center

Costumes and Performance included in Tuition Price

Education Focused 

Non-Competition Studio

Well Designed Curriculum for All Styles

Small Class Size for Individualized Attention

Trained Staff of Professional Teaching Artists



Jayme Shimooka

Owner & Artistic Director

Jayme has been sharing her love for the performing arts with students for over 20 years. She has a Bachelor of the Arts Degree from UW-Eau Claire in Theatre Arts, Dance, and Music. During this time, she focused on arts management and continuing her dance studies. She also has a Bachelor of  Science Degree from UW-Madison in Dance Theory where she concentrated on dance history and theory while continuing her technical discipline. Jayme founded Studio Dansu to bring a performing arts studio with singing, dancing and acting to the Madison area where she grew up.

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Daniel “Kooy” Buie

Hip Hop Instructor

Kooy is a self taught dancer that has been dancing since the age of 4 and has now been teaching for the last 10 years. He mainly  delves into street styles such as hip-hop, trump, popping, and house, but has a little jazz influence because of imitading Michael Jackson as a child. He aims to inspire other's through his own expression as well as guiding them to find their own.

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Kaitlin Verchimak

Academy Staff

Kaitlin is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a bachelors of science degree with majors in Dance and Gender & Women’s Studies. She has been a part of the Studio Dansu team since 2017, teaching Creative Movement and Ballet styles. Currently, she is working with our little ones in the Academy as well as teaching Tap 3 and 'Ballet Boyz,' where she continues to foster her passion for dance education and child development.

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Lauren  Lynch
Academy Staff

Lauren Lynch, born and raised in New Rochelle, NY, is currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, pursuing a B.S. in dance and a certificate in Pilates. She has performed under faculty members Liz Sexe, Christopher Walker, and Collette Stewart and guest artists Carol Teitelbaum, Christian Von Howard, and Sean Curran. In 2018, her self portrait solo, ​ Growing Pains,​ was selected to be presented in the department's annual Kloepper Concert. Her choreographic work, ​A Frightfully Fragile Plastic Pouch of a Terribly Toilsome Exhale,​ was selected into the same concert the following year. As a teacher, she hopes to help her students find love for creativity through movement. She hopes to empower her students through their bodies and their minds. Lauren is so excited to join the Studio Dansu family!

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Amanda Kolsch

Dance Instructor

Amanda  originally from Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, is a senior at the University of Wisconsin- Madison pursuing a Bachelor of Science in dance with a certificate in Pilates. While at UW, she has performed works by faculty and guest artists, including Jin Wen Yu, Liz Sexe and Christian Von Howard, as well as work by various student choreographers. Her choreographic works have also been presented in student concerts including in the H’Doubler Concert in April 2019 and the Kloepper Concert in December 2019. Since 2012, she has supplemented performing, choreographing, and her education with teaching at area studios and organizations to support her interests in dance education and dance movement therapy. Amanda is excited to be teaching and working the front desk at Studio Dansu this season.

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Dante Turkow

Music Instructor

Dante Turkow is a Junior at UW Madison currently studying Economics and Personal Finance. He graduated from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s Jazz Honors Program in guitar in 2018 where he spent 4 years studying with Milwaukee’s best Jazz musicians. He was also a Jazz-finalist in the 2018 Wilson Center Guitar Festival, an international guitar competition, as the youngest competitor in the jazz category at the age of 18 . He is able to play and teach a wide variety of genres including jazz, blues, rock, pop, and folk

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Lucia Rodriguez Luque

Student Teacher

Lucia is from Leon, Spain but now lives in Madison, WI with her parents and siblings. She has been dancing for about 10 years in ballet, flamenco, and modern. Lucia is ia Junior in high school grade and teaches Pre-ballet and Ballet 1 at
Studio Dansu.

She enjoys listening to music, playing board games with her family and reading. She would like to pursue a multidisciplinary focus for her future in dance, acting and education. She likes teaching at Studio Dansu because it is a safe environment and it has a non-judgmental philosophy. Lucia hopes to pass on the encouraging teaching methods of the school to her students.  


Winter White

Student Teacher

Winter began dancing at Studio Dansu in 2016, taking Ballet on the Classical Pointe Track but is very excited to add additional styles to her class load this year and begin student teaching. She is a Junior in high school and loves spending her after school time dancing and working at Studio Dansu.



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