About Us

Meet Our Teachers

We are locally and veteran owned and operated!  In 2008, Beaver Dam resident Julie Ronzani, owner and operator of Dance Now! Studios, purchased the former St. Michael's parochial school and turned it into a state of the art dance studio. 

Ronzani is also a certified educator with

Youth Protection Advocates in Dance. 

Dance Now! Studios has achieved the distinction

of being a YPAD Certified Studio! 

See below for more details.

Both of the dance studios in our Beaver Dam

building have floating, sprung floors imported from Sweden,

shatterproof mirrors, and a closed circuit camera

system which allows viewing of both studio

classrooms from the parent waiting lounge. 

Students also get their own lockers.

​We are a technique-based studio and focus on teaching the art of dance. We offer professional dance instruction in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop. At Dance Now! Studios we employ a professional dancing staff, all of whom are certified with Dance Masters of Wisconsin - a recognized distinction of proven ability as dance instructors. 

Dance Now! is a member of Wisconsin  Dance Council, National Dance Education Organization and is a YPAD Certified studio.

We are sad to announce that our Watertown location has closed.

Our teachers are awesome!  All of our instructors are certified with Dance Masters of Wisconsin.  DMW requires teachers to take verbal, written and demonstrative exams in order to get their certification.  Our teachers also attend workshops throughout the year to increase their already extensive dance knowledge, and to learn and bring new, exciting ideas and choreography back to the studio with them.  They also get certified in the DiscoverDance Early Childhood Dance Education Program. 

Kristine Duchrow

Kristi has been dancing for over thirty years.  She began taking dance in Englewood, New Jersey at the age of 8.  When she moved to Wisconsin she continued her dance education at A Step Above Dance Academy.  She continued there as an assistant teacher and then moved on to teaching her own classes.  She then began teaching dance classes at Madison School Community Recreation in 1998.  She has experience teaching ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and pointe to students ranging in age from 3 to adult.  She loves teaching and sharing the experience of joy in music and movement with others.  Miss Kristi has trained with American Ballet Theater, is certified with Dance Masters of Wisconsin in Ballet, Jazz and Tap.  She is a certified instructor in Rhythm Works Integrative Dance and is a Certified Acrobatic Arts Instructor.  Kristi is the Director of the Galaxy Stars Dance Teams.  Miss Kristi is a YPAD Certified Dance Educator and has received her Senior Fitness Certification, Aerobics Certification, Yoga Certification and Kinesiolgy Certification.  

Beth Brooks

Beth is a 26 year old originally from Dixon, IL and new to the Beaver Dam area. She has been teaching dance for 3 years now, most recently as the Choreographer for the Dixon High School theatre department. She has been dancing since she was 6 years old and has trained in  a variety of styles ranging from ballet and tap to musical theatre and a bit of ballroom.  Beth is a formidable tap dancer and is a rock star when it comes to musical theater!  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, performing, and snuggling with her cats, Luna and Leo.  Miss Beth is a YPAD certified instructor and is certified with Dance Masters of WI in Ballet, Tap and Jazz.  Miss Beth is a certified instructor in Discover Dance, Early Childhood Dance Education.

Veronica (Roni) Harper

Roni has always loved to dance, but actually began her formal training as a young adult.  She studied ballet, tap, and jazz at Miller Academy of Dance in Beaver Dam, putting her skills to use in choreographing about a dozen musical theatre productions in Beaver Dam and for Madison Theatre Guild.  She has also studied  at Madison Ballet School under W. Earl Smith. Roni loves to share the joy of many styles of dance and music-- her teaching experience also includes serving as a coach for a varsity pom pom squad, directing children's productions, and holding classes for adult tappers.  She has played clarinet from grade school into adulthood, and can be found providing the folk melodies and demonstrating the polka and waltz to audiences of PolKalamity in the Madison and Beaver Dam area.  Miss Roni is certified in Discover Dance, Early Childhood Dance Education and is a YPAD Certified Instructor.

Jessie “Coach P” Przybylski

Jessie is a Beaver Dam native who has been dancing Poms for 15 years. She spent 6 seasons dancing with a competition team before coaching and choreographing for 2 seasons at a competitive High School level. Since then, she has continued to choreograph for all age levels as well as teach Poms locally for 12-14 year olds. Jessie passionately advocates for youth athletics. She believes children of all ages deserve the opportunity to learn and experience the life skills group sports can provide. In addition to Poms, she coaches volleyball for ages 9-14 and has started skills clinics for both sports so girls as young as 5 can build confidence in their athletic abilities. Jessie and her husband describe life with their 4 children and 3 fur babies as ‘controlled chaos.’ When she’s not coaching, she can be found in the stands cheering on their children at soccer, gymnastics, volleyball or softball. In her spare time, she loves to play piano and curl up with a good book.  Dance Now! Studios is extremely excited to be offering Poms to their students this season!  We don't believe we could have found a better fit for our Poms Coach!  Welcome Coach P.!  Coach P. will be recieing her certification in DiscoverDance Early Childhood Dance Education this season and is a YPAD Certified Instructor.

Alexis Lepperd

Alexis has dedicated her life to dance and finds joy in sharing the art of dance with others.  She studied ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and hula for her preliminary training, beginning at the age of 3, in Janesville, Wisconsin, and continued her ballet education with the Rockford Dance Company in Rockford, Illinois.  Additionally, she studied ballet, tap, modern, and improvisation at UW-Whitewater, earning her BA in Dance Therapy with a minor in Theatre in 2005.  Her choreography was featured in several university dance productions.  She is a member of Dance Masters of Wisconsin, having passed examinations in ballet, tap, and jazz in 2002, and previously served as a Board Assistant, Treasurer, and competition director for the organization.  Alexis taught at several studios in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, beginning as an assistant in 1994.  She opened her own studio in the Madison area in 2015, but decided to dedicate more time to her family, closing her studio in 2019.  She joined Wingspan Dance Company following the closure of her studio, and continues to take classes and workshops across the country.  Alexis is excited to be able to continue to share her passion for dance education and artistic expression with dancers from all walks of life!  Alexis will be certified in YPAD this summer.  We look forward to having Alexis join our talented teaching staff!

We are a YPAD Certified Studio!

 

YPAD Certification provides education on the latest cutting edge research from industry experts, PhD. specialists and dance leaders on the emotional, physical, and sexual safety of youth in all dance environments. This training assures parents you strive for accountability and integrity in all aspects of dance and you believe in keeping our youth happy, healthy and safe in dance.

 Skills / Knowledge

  • Background Checked

  • CPR Trained

  • Mandated Reporter

  • Trained in Prevention of Abuse

  • Positive Role Model in Body Image, Behavior, and Social Media

  • Physical Safety

  • Injury Prevention

  • Emotional Health of Children

  • Nutrition for Dancers

  • Committed to Age Appropriate Artistic Choices in Music

  • Committed to Age Appropriate Artistic Choices in Costumes

  • Committed to Age Appropriate Artistic Choices in Movement

  • Committed to Age Appropriate Artistic Choices in Concepts

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Wisconsin Dance Council

Member

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National Dance Education Organization

Member

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