As a child Stephanie studied Ballet, Tap & Jazz locally and competed in many national dance competitions traveling to Boston, Minneapolis and New York City. She continued these studies at The Turning Point Dance Center their opening year where she also added Modern Dance & Clogging to her repertoire and became an instructor. She took classes in Advanced Jazz at Casco Bay Movers in Portland and was formally trained in Classical Ballet by Inga Hayden O'Neil of Kennebunk, performing in her productions of the Nutcracker. Stephanie furthered her education and dance technique in college where she majored in Modern Dance with an emphasis in Classical Ballet, studying at RWU in Bristol, R.I. and at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. On the Dance Team she performed at half-time shows, special events & athletic team finals and as a member of the Dance Company she gained experience performing works by Eva Gholson as well as, choreographing & performing in her own Modern Dance pieces. Adding to her accomplishments she accepted the position of Choreographer at the Summer Youth Theater Camp where her students performed in productions of Annie and Once Upon A Mattress. Stephanie continued to perform, choreograph and teach in the Philadelphia area and eventually decided to take respite following an injury. While on respite she began to explore new, creative interests and developed a talent as a Residential Designer getting her start during the new conuction boom in Central Florida where she lived & worked for 10 years. In 2004 Stephanie made a permanent move back to her home state of Maine where she continues to work in her field. We are very pleased to welcome her to our faculty and know that her experience, ability and love of dance will inspire and lift our students to new heights.
Melissa has been dancing for 22 years, 16 of which were at Steppin' Out. She has been in performance and competitive cheerleading for 16 years, including 6 years of coaching experience. She has particiapted in over 7 years of tumbling lessons with a focus on flexibility training. Her dance and cheering career has taken her all over the country including a National Cheerleading Competition in Daytona, FL. Melissa attended the University of Southern Maine and now works as a full time photographer for Bruce Haskell Photography as well as being a co-owner and photographer of Dineen Wedding Photography.
Michelle has been dancing for 30+ years including all 26 years with Steppin' Out. Michelle was a guest teacher on a Carnival Cruise ship, has prepared her teams to perform at several Boston Celtics games, and has choreographed top scoring production numbers at regional competitions. This will be Michelle's 21st year teaching at Steppin' Out. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine.
Nicole has been dancing for most of her life and is director of Steppin' Out in it's 27th year. She has participated in dance workshops and competitions throughout the united states, including the National Clogging Convention in Florida, Tennessee, and California. Nicole choreographed and produced shows performed in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World, Six Flags New England, and at The Statue of Liberty in NYC. She has been a guest teacher at the Maine Dance Teacher's Club, has taught workshops at the Northeast Clogging Convention, and has directed their annual show.
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Bruce has immersed himself in Hip Hop culture and Urban Dance forms, and has been teaching them to others for over 15 years. Bruce was instrumental in the introduction of Hip Hop into New England's dance studio world, having taught Maine's 1st weekly, structured Hip Hop Classes. He has trained with some of the most amazing names in Hip Hop including Wade Robson, Rocafella, Jazzy Jay, and Brian Green to name a few. Bruce's choreography has won awards in New Jersey, Boston and New York.
Carlene runs her own dance Program, Stillson's School of Irish Dance. She is the only certified Irish Step Dance Teacher in the state of Maine. She travels, competes, and judges at competitions throughout the world. This is Carlene's 15th year teaching at Steppin' Out.
Emma Campbell primarily teaches at Thornton Academy in Saco, where she directs the dance program. Emma graduated from Bates College with a Bachelors Degree in Dance and Anthropology. Emma also occasionally teaches modern dance technique in private dance studios and has been working as a presenter with the Maine Arts Commission advocating for dance education through out the State of Maine. She most recently helped the organization undergo a state-wide Arts Education Census and helped with the creation of a dance education grant. She is also an active member of the National Dance Education Organization. Emma received a Masters Degree in Arts Administration in 2016 from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She lives in Saco with her husband Ryan and their daughter Ellie.
Cheryl has been taking and teaching many types of dance for 34 years including all 26 at Steppin' Out. She has also participated in dance workshops and competitions throughout the United States. Cheryl formerly taught dance courses at OOB High School, Jameson Elementary School and has taught at the University of New England.
Maeghan has been dancing at Steppin' Out for 26 years. She has participated in competitions and workshops throughout New England as well as dancing at a Boston Celtics game, the Magic Kingdom, and Downtown Main Street USA in Disney World. This will be Maeghan's 12th year teaching at Steppin' Out.
Lisa has been dancing for over 20 years, including 21 years with Steppin' Out. She has participated in dance workshops and competitions throughout the US, including performing at Disney World. Lisa recently choreographed a routine for Disney's Dance the Magic Holiday Spectacular and brought a group of over 20 students to Disney to perform in the Disney Christmas Parade. This will be Lisa's 15th year teaching at Steppin' Out. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine.
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Marielle has been dancing with Steppin' Out for the past 20 years. She has participated in competitions and dance workshops throughout New England for most of her dancing career. Marielle has a bachelors degree in Sociology and Psychology. Though she hopes to pursue work in human services, dance will always be her passion. She loves teaching new choreography to her students, and feels so privileged watch them grow!