Now Registering for Fall & Winter 2020



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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Performance Company
Preschool of the Arts
After School
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 Winter/Spring Session



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80 min classes


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



30 min classes


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80 min classes


Receives 10% off tuition -

price reflects the discount



30 min classes


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 60 or 80 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.

Sarah Barnard

Dance Instructor

Sarah is a Dance Artist teaching currently in Madison, WI, and also the Artistic Director of Wingspan Dance which is a Dance Company in Madison, WI and Charlotte, NC. She is a dancer who loves fusing dance and life together and has been very grateful to have found places within the world to do so. Sarah has danced for 20+ years, pursuing dance in Charlotte NC and now Madison WI. She enjoys the challenge of creating something out of nothing and encouraging others to learn something new.

Jasmine Gosda

Dance Instructor

 Jasmine Gosda began imitating dance moves from television that soon sparked her desire to take a real dance class at a very young age.  Throughout the years, she danced at multiple dance studios and participated in  ballet company shows, such as The Nutcracker in the Madison area.  After high school, she began her journey to pursue dance for a living.  She started out as UW-Milwaukee and then a Madison College student to earn a degree in dance, but landed jobs in teaching that ended up becoming more important to her.  She worked for Children’s Theater of Madison as a teaching assistant and co-choreographer, the YMCA as a lead dance instructor for the dance program, and is now here as a dance teacher at Studio Dansu.

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.

Shayna Valianos

Academy Staff

 Shayna is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance, a major in Communication Arts, and a certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies.
Her interest in dance sparked at the age of 5 at her hometown studio in Pacific Palisades, California where she gained working experience as a camp counselor for summer musicals, teaching and assisting summer dance intensives, and an aide of daily studio duties. Shayna founded and taught a weekly non-profit children’s dance class for the Venice Family Clinic in high school, which she continued for 4 years.
She also was able to participate in several concerts through UW-Madison’s Dance Department, working under Collette Stewart and Li Chiao-Ping as well as being in works choreographed by, and in collaboration with, students.

Mariel Kolsch

Academy Staff

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.

Lauren  Lynch
Academy Staff

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.

Molly Kempfer

Theatre & Vocal Instructor

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Dante Turkow

Music Instructor

Bio Coming soon

Tessa Navin

Student Admin Staff

Lucia Rodriguez Luque

Student Teacher

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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