Dorinda GustkeOwner / Director
After milestone upon milestone and over 36 years of professional dance experience, Dorinda Gustke | Dorinda’s Dance Studio has come to be known as the definition of excellence in dance in Central Wisconsin.
Dorinda started dancing at the age of 3. By the time she was 12, she began to assist at the studio she grew up in. Shortly after, in 1981 at age 15, Dorinda started her own studio and has never looked back. To this day, she continues to guide, direct, choreograph premiere routines and produce one of the most highly renowned dance productions in the state every May. She prides herself on providing a positive and safe dance environment while encouraging students and staff to be their very best.
Throughout the past 36 years of sharing her dance expertise, Dorinda has aspired to provide her students and staff with unique and valuable opportunities.
Recently, 150 of her students/parents performed at a Milwaukee Bucks NBA game, and 85 of her students performed at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom. Dorinda has had students dance at college football bowl games such as the Citrus Bowl, Orange Bowl, compete at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports | Orlando Florida, and train with the Radio City Rockettes at the Rockettes Summer Intensive in New York City along with respectable dance competitions and workshops.
Additionally, she has had and has several students on UW dance teams, as well as working toward degrees in dance and continuing education in dance. Several of Dorinda’s students have gone on to teach, coach, and even open their own studios across the state.
Overall, through her established teaching practices and the unsurpassed opportunities she offers her students and dance families, it is evident Dorinda has an aptitude for instilling the love of dance.
A Passion for Excellence
Over the years Dorinda Gustke | Dorinda’s Dance Studio’s creative, clean and entertaining choreography has won top awards at respected competitions such as “Overall High Score”, “Grand Champion” and taking her talent beyond the choreography to complete a well-choreographed and staged piece, has won several “Best Costuming” awards. Dorinda has had students earn distinguished awards at competitions such as “Stand Out Dancer” and “High Point” to name a few.
Dorinda has directed, assisted, coached and consulted Show Choirs around the state (Kids From Wisconsin), High School Show Choirs, High School Musicals, Color Guard, Cheer Teams and Dance Teams over the years. Most recently 2011- 2015/16 capped off a successful run with a State Champion Title in D2 Dance Team Hip Hop (WACPC).
Since 2015/2016 Dorinda is a certified and active educator in Dance, Cheer and Technical Judging around the state.
Dorinda is a life-long lover and learner of dance, knowing that dance will forever continue to evolve.
Best said by Dorinda herself, “The evolution of dance is perhaps the most spectacular thing I’ve experienced in my 36-year career as a studio owner. However, it’s also been one of the most challenging.”
What’s kept Dorinda ahead of the curve is her desire and energy to continually better herself, her staff and her students as she’s to provide Central Wisconsin with the highest quality of dance. To support this belief, Dorinda has continually educated herself and staff by attending workshops, adjudications, classes, competitions, and studying with numerous professionals in the industry throughout her career.
Despite this extensive background in the dance industry as a performer, teacher, choreographer, coach, judge and business owner, Dorinda recognizes that she will always, above all else, be a student. As she puts it, “There is so much yet to do!”