Sarah is owner/program director for STEPS, Co-Director/Coach for STEPS All-Star Program, choreographer, and class instructor. Mrs. Sarah grew up dancing and was a student with Jana's Jump Shoppe. She was a three year member of JCHS Dance Team where she served as captain for one year. Mrs. Sarah was the first of JCHS Dance to be named UDA All-Star in 2002. She served as assistant coach and choreographer of the JCHS Dance Team from 2003-2005 and took head coaching position from 2005-2009. In 2009, she was the recipient of the UDA 360 Coaching Excellence award and certified through NFHS for dance technique. She was featured in March 2011- SHE Magazine our of Columbus, IN. She has taken Master Classes from many top and currently working choreographers such as Mark Kanemura from So You Think You Can Dance. Most recently, traveling to NYC for classes at Broadway Dance Center.
"Dance for me was/is expression, stress relief, a sport, an extra curricular joy. It was/is my life. It helped me see self-worth and still continues to as a leader. STEPS is my passion, my purpose, my reason. I work around the clock for this program creating some kind of magic in a student's world while having instructors with experience, dedication, and knowledge. A program like this is a rite of passage for children. It can be where they find their passion and calling. The benefits of dance are endless! I'm grateful for an amazing staff that are also leading the way! "
Whitney has a total of 13 years dance experience and been a student with STEPS since our very first season. Prior to her first year with us, she attended Tammy's Dance Studio in Seymour, IN. Whitney has experience in both tumble and dance. She joined the STEPS Student Leadership program as an instructor assistant in 2010. Whitney received Milestone recognition for 5 and 10 years as a student. She has attended Master Classes with Cyrus Spencer and Mark Kanemura from So You Think You Can Dance. She was a four year member of our STEPS All- Star Competitive Program. In addition to her student accomplishments, she co-coached our Opals to a Grand Champion win at Nationals!
Before jumping into the student leadership program, Tiara had been a student for 3 years. She has been a student as well as student leadership for the past 6 years. She spent two years with JCMS Dance Team. She has been a member of STEPS All-Stars since 2011. She has been instructing students since 2013. Her favorite style in all of her studies is jazz!
"I love dance because it gives me opportunity to express myself in positive ways and put away any negative we encounter. I love this program because we have a great staff, great class, and more importantly awesome students. I love being a role model for this community and look forward to helping them grow and succeed."
Jenny is our friendly Seymour face you will see to greet you at front reception for tuition, questions, etc. She is a happy and smiling soul with a heart for dance and proudly has two dancers involved in our Seymour program. She will be sure to provide the best customer service in the land!
"I think STEPS just blew everyone away, the audience was all smiles. What you are doing is so so great! I am so proud to be part of this amazing staff!"
and a baby boy Marshall. I'm super excited to be joining the Steps Staff instructing hip hop and jazz ensembles to start with and hope to expand my classes in the years to come!
Dance to me is where I feel free and embrace who I am. Feeling the music move through your body and the flow of movements that come from it is absolutely breathtaking.
Emy Ralston is a sophomore at JCHS and is involved with many clubs and community events alongside dance. She has been dancing for 14 years training in all styles such as ballet, lyrical/contemporary, jazz, hiphop, and some tumbling!
She is a senior member of the competition team here, Steps All-Stars. She has been competing with us since 2011. Recently the team has attended the World Championships in Orlando, Florida! Alongside this, Emy has attended master classes from Mark Kanemura from So You Think You Can Dance and many others. In 2016, she got the experience of attending classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York.
Emy joined the STEPS Staff in 2015 as an assistant and has since became a lead instructor! She can't wait to see what the upcoming years hold for her!
Before becoming a dancer at STEPS, Marissa danced for ten years at Tammy's Dance Studio and also helped lead recreational classes. She also was a cheerleader for Seymour Middle School. In total, Marissa has 14 years of dance experience behind her with styles including jazz, tap, hip hop, and pom. Now, Marissa is a third year member of the STEPS All Star program and is now teaching tap at the Seymour location. Marissa's favorite dance style is hip hop and tap.
"What I love most about being apart of STEPS Staff is being able to watch the kids become excited about dancing. Dancing has been a major part in my life for many many years and it's given me is many opportunities to grow as a person!"
Emilie Robinette has been dancing for 7 years. She has been a member of the Steps All-Star team since 2011. Emilie is a Junior at Jennings County High School. She first joined the Steps student Leadership program in 2015 as an assistant instructor. Emilie also helped assist the Vernon Steps Sparkle Team in 2016. Along with master classes, Emilie attended BDC in New York to further her dance experience. She also was able to attend The Dance Worlds with her team in Orlando Florida. Emilie loves teaching kids and has a passion for dance. She always has a smile on her face!
"STEPS is my second home and I love teaching here! I can't wait to see what the upcoming seasons have in store!"
Hailey Sorrells has been dancing for 14 years. She is going on her 4th year as a part of the All-Star program. She joined staff 3 years ago, and she is a current sophomore at Jennings County High School. Hailey also was apart of the JCMS dance team her 6th and 7th grade year. Hailey has attended different master classes at numerous competitions around the country. Hailey absolutely adores the kids, and loves to watch them excel in dancing. For hailey, dance has always been her go to for absolutely everything!
"I absolutely love the kiddos, and watching them achieve goals they have! I can't wait to continue to teach and dance at STEPS for the upcoming years!"
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