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Sunshine Ramsay

Dance Teacher / Choreographer / Owner

SunshineSunshine is a Bootlegger at the Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse. She Majored in Dance at college in Lewisberg, North Carolina. Sunshine has been dancing since age two, and trained in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and modern dance. She has starred as the lead Junie B. in the hit Circa 21 musical Junie B. Jones. Another favorite role includes her performance in the Broadway musical Cats at Circa 21. She has had the honor of starring in her own Cabaret show titled, "A Night of Sunshine" for the past several years. Sunshine's solo concerts are always sold out due to their popularity and her stellar reputation throughout the Quad Cities. Sunshine ventured into business with her mother, Denise Woolison, 9 years ago, opening the Quad Cities' only dance apparel Resale Store. With her love of teaching dance, and her ample experience, she has developed the very successful Sunshine's Performing Arts Studio. This busy mother of two continually strives to help young performers shine in the Quad Cities. She's an inspiration and a role model.

Sunshine now proudly offers private dance lessons for choreographing wedding dances. Adding personal attention to the father/daughter, bride/groom, and/or wedding party dances will help make your event unforgettable. Set up an appointment today.

Sarah Tague

Dance Teacher / Choreographer

SarahSarah has been dancing since 1991 and specializes in tap, jazz and ballet. She has been teaching dance for seventeen years and truly loves her students. Sarah met Sunshine in a dance class when they were both very young, and they have remained best friends ever since. Sarah became one of the founding instructors at Sunshine's Performing Arts Studio since opening day. She says with a smile on her face that dance is a release for her creativity and well being. Sarah absolutely loves the students, faculty, and working atmosphere here at Sunshine's. Everyone who works with Sarah is delighted and honored to be in one of her classes and working by her side.

Mandy Rohr

Vocal Teacher

MandyMandy has been a vocal teacher here at Sunshine's for eight years. She is passionate about educating young performers about vocal health and believes that singing is a personal gift for everyone. Mandy grew up in Rock Island and believes in enhancing the music education experience here in our community. Mandy studied Music Education and Human Services at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, where she also taught voice lessons. In 2014, Mandy had the honor of being the Music Director for the LOVE Girls Magazine theatrical production "Lessons" and the successful 2015 Love Awards Show. In addition to teaching music, Mandy is a licensed Child Welfare Specialist in the State of Illinois. She truly feels blessed to be working here at Sunshine's and views each lesson and every opportunity as a joyful creative outlet. She is inspired daily by her four beautiful daughters, and offers each of her students a treasured and unique vocal music experience.

Victoria Viren

Dance Teacher

VictoriaVictoria started dancing at age two at a small local studio in California. By age six, she began studying at the Anaheim Ballet Company, was made an apprentice at age ten, and joined the Company at twelve. She traveled and performed with the ABC from Las Vegas to New York, including a performance at the Youth America Grand Prix, and starred as the lead in several ballets. Victoria was recognized for her immense talent as a featured performer on the incredibly popular show "Dancing with the Stars." Along with her passion for dancing, Victoria is a role model for girls everywhere, and an inspiration in every way. She was featured as the Cover Girl & 2014 Girl of the Year for the LOVE Girls Magazine. She is a featured dancer throughout the Quad Cities, often collaborating with local celebrities & hip hop dancers. We are honored to have her talent and influence here at Sunshine's, and we encourage every student to study with Victoria and follow in her dancing shoes. Her favorite part about teaching is the opportunity to get to know and work with different students. She loves to see students get excited when they are able to master a step. It is such a privilege for Sunshine's to have this role model as a part of our team.

DeniseAdministrative Staff

Denise Woolison

Business Manager / Owner

Denise opened Sunshine's Performing Arts Studio & Resale Store over 9 years ago. She has beautifully combined her creative boutique style with performance wear and high quality dance classes. She is focused on providing an intimate family atmosphere here at Sunshine's, and inspiring a love of performing for each and every student.