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Sarah is the former coach of the nationally ranked University of Wisconsin Dance Team and a former member of the nationally ranked University of Minnesota Dance Team. Sarah is also a former instructor for West Side Performing Arts in Madison, Wisconsin under the direction of Sharon Butler. Sarah currently teaches for the Madison Professional Dance Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
Sarah acts as a choreographer and consultant for studio-based, elementary, high school, all-star and collegiate dance teams across the Midwest. Sarah is also a former instructor and choreographer for Universal Dance Association, and is a veteran judge for the National College Dance Team Championships and National High School Dance Team Championships hosted by UCA/UDA and televised on ESPN.
Sarah is an American Ballet Theatre® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Sarah possesses over 30 years of dance experience in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip hop, and pompon.
Max Saron began dancing hip hop at the age of 9, emulating famous dancers he’d watch on YouTube. Shortly after his parents discovered his talent, they enrolled him in his first hip hop class, training under Malachi Durant, at Julie’s School of Dance in Sparta, WI.
Max continued his dance career trying out different styles of dance at Eau Claire School of Dance, but ultimately came back to his first love: hip hop. Joining Madison Professional Dance Center at the age of 13, he began training under AJ Juarez in hip hop and contemporary fusion, and still trains, collaborates, and shoots dance videos with AJ.
Max also travels to LA and Chicago for training, having danced and trained with some of the best choreographers in those cities, including Ian Eastwood (World of Dance TV show), Matt Steffanina, Alexander Chung, CJ Salvador, TJ Modalla, Bryan Puspos, Wildabeast, Monyett Crump, Annie Franklin, Walter Maybell, and Alex Salgado, to name just a few. In 2017, Max participated in workshop with Matt Steffanina, where he was then selected to dance in Matt’s fifth episode of DanceCon (see it on YouTube!).
In 2018, Max was chosen by Ian Eastwood to be a part of his Chicago Young Lions team, performing around the Chicago area with dancers much older than himself. In 2018, the Young Lions hosted the Adicolor release party for Adidas, starring in video shoots for the company and hosting the Young Lions Jam at the release. Max also performed with the Young Lions as a featured act at the 2018 World of Dance competition in Chicago.
Also in 2018, Max won the hip hop solo competition for ages 13–16 at Monster’s A-List in Nashville. Max began teaching hip hop classes to all ages in the Madison area at the age of 14—weekly classes, workshops, and drop-in classes—finding the artistry of choreography and his ability to share his art with others most rewarding.
Lillian Wilner began her training at the University of Utah’s School of Ballet, under the direction of William Christiansen. She received a scholarship to attend high school at the North Carolina School of Fine Arts. Her early training also included scholarships to the Banff School of Fine Arts and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School.
Lillian trained in New York City with Maggie Black, Zenna Rommett, Laura Alonso and David Howard. She performed as an Apprentice with Les Grand Ballet Canadians before starting her professional career with the Alberta Ballet Company. Her professional career included lead roles in Allegro Brilliante, Raymonda, Paquita, Coppelia, Firebird, Cinderella, Promenade, Melodie, Effanesence/Knoxville, Alice in Wonderland and The Nutcracker, as well as numerous other roles. Lillian was a Principal with the Indianapolis Ballet and the Alberta Ballet Company.
During her professional career, Lillian taught at various schools in Edmonton, Alberta, such as the Alberta School of Ballet, Lecky School of Dance and Dance Workshop Studio.
She attended Canada’s National Ballet School’s Intensive Teacher Training Courses for three years before moving to Wisconsin in 1988 with her husband. In 1988, Lillian opened her own school, The Wisconsin Academy of Ballet, in Spring Green, Wisconsin. She taught all levels of Ballet and produced and choreographed The Nutcracker for six years. She also was a guest teacher at Ballet Madison, the Madison School of Ballet and Kanopy Dance.
In 2000, she closed her school to take a job with the Madison Ballet as the Ballet Mistress. In 2001, she began working at the Madison Professional Dance Center (MPDC), teaching Intermediate and Advanced Ballet, Pointe, Variations and Stretch & Strengthen. She started up the “Ballet Company”, working with a chosen group of ten dancers to prepare choreography and set variations for competitions. She moved back to Calgary, Alberta, in 2006, and taught at the Alberta School of Ballet, as well as the MacDonald Wilson Dance Academy.
Lillian returned to Wisconsin in September 2010 and has enjoyed teaching at MPDC and choreographing for the MPDC Company.
Elizabeth Newberry began dancing at the Madison Professional Dance Center at the age of 3. Her passion for dance grew quickly and by the age of 10, Elizabeth was traveling to different states attending rigorous dance intensives such as Joffrey Ballet and River North Dance Chicago. Throughout this time Elizabeth continued her training with the Madison Professional Dance Center in various styles of dance.
Elizabeth was a member of MPDC’s Senior Company for 8 years. She competed in numerous dance competitions receiving over 15 titles as well as multiple scholarships for further extensive training at studios such as Broadway Dance Center in New York City and Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles.
Over the past 4 years, Elizabeth has traveled to Los Angeles to train with the top instructors in the commercial industry including, Brian Friedman, Dana Alexa, Hamilton Evans, and many more.
Elizabeth was fortunate to participate in WE Day, a youth empowerment event created by Marc and Craig Kielburger, as a part of their talent crew performing for thousands of people and alongside Ciara and Paula Abdul. She also has participated in other dance events/performances such as The Nutcracker and MPDC’s annual Dance for Hunger. In 2015 Elizabeth and her sister Jeanette Newberry won the adult dance category for Rising Stars Competition for their duet, choreographed by Carol Ceniti.
Elizabeth has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to train in various styles of dance over her years of training and is excited to begin her journey as a part of the MPDC staff.
Jeanette Newberry grew up dancing at the Madison Professional Dance Center, competing with the junior and senior dance companies.
She attended River North & Joffrey Summer Intensive Workshops in Chicago and Colorado during the summer to further her training.
Jeanette also performed with Dance Wisconsin for two seasons and performed in Canada at the Regional Dance Festival.
She has been teaching and choreographing for MPDC for the past 6 years.
Jeanette recently earned her degree from Edgewood College in elementary education with a minor in special education.
Trinity has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She began dancing with the Visceral Company in Chicago at age 6 and was trained in ballet and Contemporary under the tutelage of Nick Pupillo.
She discovered hip hop at 10 and began training in hip hop to complement her study of ballet and Contemporary.
Trinity began traveling and training nationally to improve her technique. She has trained in Florida, Colorado, Texas, Los Angeles, St Louis, Argentina, and more.
Trinity has had the privilege of performing with The Squad out of Orlando and The Puzzle League out of Chicago, and competed with them as they won the World Dance Orlando, 2018 and World Dance Chicago, 2018. She presently dances on the professional crew of The Puzzle League, who just placed 4th in the very prestigious international competition, Body Rock. Trinity also currently trains with her friend and mentor, Ariel Juarez (Aj) from Madison, WI, and has been for over 3 years.
After spending several years as a substitute dance teacher and teaching assistant at conventions, Trinity has enjoyed teaching her own classes and choreographing competition dances in Huntley, Il. Trinity is excited to join the Madison Professional Dance Center and work with its amazing students, parents, and faculty.
Valerie’s journey into the world of dance began at the age of two due to her inability to avoid running into inanimate objects. Unbeknownst to her parents, this problem-solving tool would quickly become one of the most essential aspects of her life. Valerie danced at several studios in Madison until finding her home at The Madison Professional Dance Center, where she studied under the care of Carol Ceniti. She was a member of MPDC’s Senior Company for six years and team captain her Senior Year. Valerie has also gained experience by attending Jazz Dance World Congress, River North Dance Chicago workshops, and multiple other summer programs. She was also a member of Monona Grove’s Dance Team and captain for two of the years. She was three times voted as the Most Valuable Dancer and was also recognized with multiple awards by Badgerette Pom Pon and UDA programs.
Valerie has performed in Madison Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker and was The Sugar Plum Fairy in Verona Youth Ballet’s production in 2011. She also had the opportunity to perform with the late company Jazzworks.
Additionally, she played an integral role in putting together and performing a multi-faceted performance through UW Madison’s OMAI First Wave. She is a UW Madison graduate in Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies. While at the UW, she had the opportunity to study many different styles of dance through elective courses. Valerie turned her focus towards teaching in 2011, and has taught ballet, jazz, and lyrical at MPDC. The rewards of teaching are boundless, and she is excited to continue sharing her passion with others.
Sharon Butler is a native of Madison and is happy and proud to be a part of MPDC. Sharon recently retired after 42 years of teaching dance. Sharon was the owner and artistic director of West Side Performing Arts for 30 years and co-director of Performing Arts for Children for 10 years.
Sharon is proud of being the 1999/2000 Tremaine National Dance Teacher of the Year. She is also very proud to have three alumni that have been performing in several Broadway Shows, and 40 students working professionally in touring companies and as teachers. Jamie King, WSPA alumni, is the artistic director for Madonna, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, Spice Girls, Rihanna and most recently directed the “Michael Jackson: One The Immortal World Tour” for Cirque du Soleil.
Sharon will enjoy still being a part of the dance world at MPDC.
Allison has been dancing for over 30 years and teaching for nearly 20 years. She received her training at West Side Performing Arts in Madison; the EDGE and the Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles; the Broadway Dance Center in New York; and Ballet Chicago.
She is trained in ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, tap, hip hop and musical theater and has taught a variety of ages and styles. Her classroom emphasizes technique, core strength, and encourages students to “dance with intent!”
Allison’s experiences include teaching dance at multiple studios in the Madison and Milwaukee areas, dancing competitively with teams and as an individual, choreographing award-winning pieces for several high school, college, and studio dance teams, performing in scholarship shows in Los Angeles and New York, and traveling nationwide for numerous convention circuits – both as a student and assistant. At these conventions, Allison received over 15 scholarships to study at studios in LA and New York, won the titles of “Distinguished Performer” for LA Underground/LA Dance Magic in the junior and teen divisions, and was a finalist for Tremaine Dance Conventions “Dancer of the Year” in the junior, teen, and senior divisions.
Bailey began dancing at the age of three.
From any early age it was clear that dance was the best outlet for her self-expression. Bailey’s dance development took place at Madison Professional Dance Center where she competed with the senior company for six years. She has trained in ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop.
While at MPDC, Bailey worked as an assistant for classes in ballet, modern and hip hop. She expanded her training further by participating in summer intensives with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, River North Dance Chicago, and Alonzo King Lines Ballet.
She is a rising senior at University of Wisconsin – Madison where she is studying neurobiology, psychology and global health.
Bailey remains active in the Madison dance community and is excited to share her passion for dance!
Carol Marion Ceniti
Owner/Director of the Madison Professional Dance Center (MPDC)
Jazz – Lyrical – Musical Theater
Carol received her B.S. in Physical Education and Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been active as a dance instructor, performer, and choreographer nation-wide for the past 29 years; training with professionals from jazz and modern companies, including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, River North Chicago Dance Company, Spectrum Dance Theatre, Nicholais/Murray Louis Dance Company and the Joseph Holmes Dance Company.
Carol has served as Jazzworks Dance Company’s Artistic Director and principle choreographer since 1985, contributing 60 works to the company’s repertoire. Under her direction, the company has earned a reputation for being “sophisticated, technically proficient, and tremendously entertaining…” (The Wisconsin State Journal), and “one of the gems of Madison’s performing arts landscape” (The Overture Center).
Carol teaches all levels of jazz dance and choreographs for the dance companies at MPDC. Carol’s choreography is dynamic and athletic, often combining movement vocabulary from ballet, modern, and jazz dance. Her work has been described as “Innovative…charming and breezy…no clichés” (Dance International).
Career highlights include receiving one bronze and two silver medals at the International Choreographer’s Competition at the Jazz Dance World Congress, performing her work at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, as well as in Wiesbaden, Germany, setting her work on the Amsterdam School of the Arts Dance Company in Holland, receiving the 1999 Wisconsin Dance Council Leadership Award and the 2003 and 1997 Choreographer’s Fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Board. Carol travels throughout the United States, teaching dance majors at university dance programs and setting her choreography on regional dance companies.
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