Instructors

 

Our Instructors:

  • Dana Loving-Sparks
  • Maureen Teauscher
  • Megan Anderson
  • Nicole Poor
  • Eva Gonzalez
  • Dina Vail
  • Margie Penny
  • Lauren Anderson
  • Brittany Lyn Hazen
  • Bailey Baker (New)
  • Kevin Fitzgerald Ferguson (New)
  • Brittany Barnet (New)
  • Mara Neumann (New)
  • Jeannine Rowden (Visiting Master Instructor)

 

Dana Loving-Sparks Artistic Director/Owner

Ms. Dana Loving Sparks has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Sam Houston State University where she was on the Dance Company. She has studied dance for over 35 years starting with Miss Donna’s Studio in Houston, Miss Lisa Zane’s in humble and Greenspoint School of Dance then starting at the age of 13 she traveled to New York City to start studing with Master teachers like renowned choreographer Phil Black, Sue Samuels, Diane Laurenson and Jazz Master Frank Hatchett, Germaine Goodson, and Germaine Salsberg from Broadway Dance Center in New York City and L.A.’s finest Mr. Joe Tremaine and Doug Caldwell. Houston’s very own Steven Boyd. Other instructors include Dana Nicolay, Cindy Gratz, Jeremy Fullam, Jason Samuels-Smith, Houston’s Delice Teamer, Glen Hunsucker, Scott Conway and Jonathan Charles. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Arts In Motion where she directs the dance concert “Danscape” each year for different outreach programs including Ronald McDonald House of Houston, Ovarian Cancer Awareness, and in-school arts programs. Some of her choreography credits include The Houston Sammy Awards, Miss Teen Houston, Miss Teen Fort Bend Co. and working with musical theater groups such as DLP productions of The Woodlands, Creighton Theatre of Conroe and Huntsville Community Theatre. You can also see her as a featured Country Western Dancer in the feature film, “Sgt. Bilko”, starring Steve Martin. Other film credits include “Rings”, “The Dorothy Day Story”, award winning short film “Connect”, “Friday Night Lights, and “Lonestar”. She continues her acting career by doing local and state-wide commercials. She has directed Dance Companies in Los Angeles and Houston, winning many awards. She has an extensive background in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical and Pointe. She love’s taking her dance companies to perform and compete each year. Her Team is the National Award winning Dance Company of many Competitions including MidAmerican’s Showstopper National Competition, Stage One, KAR, Star Systems and many more. Her Dancers continue to perform outside of In-Step Dance and many have gone to College to further their careers. Being a past Miss Texas America Contestant and having the knowledge of pageantry, she has also directed The Miss Montgomery County Beauty Pageant and still continues to judge many local Miss America Regional Contests. She has groomed and coached girls for local, state and national pageants, as well as dance contests. She performed in industrial shows and events as a dancer / singer, including Houston’s Six Flags Astroworld. She has been a studio owner for over 15 years. She resides in Conroe, Tx with her husband Mike Sparks of 13 years and 9 year old son, Hunter and 5yr old Austin.


 

Dina Vail received her first ballet training from Barbara Weisberger, who later on became the founder and director of the Pennsylvania Ballet. She continued her studies at Jacob’s Pillow, where she was chosen to perform during one of their famous summer performances. She attended Juilliard School of Music as a dance major.   Miss Vail has performed with many dance companies, including the Wilkes-Barre Ballet Theatre, the Tucson Civic Ballet, the Tucson Ballet Theatre, Houston Contemporary Dance Theatre, New Dance Group and Theater Under The Stars.  Miss Vail has been a ballet teacher and choreographer since the early 60’s. She has taught and coached many dancers. For four years, Miss Vail was the Ballet Mistress for the Houston professional contemporary company, The Met. She choreographed a sixteen minute blues ballet,  that had live musicians on stage, for the Met.  Miss Vail also was the Ballet Mistress for the professional liturgical company, Dance Ad Deum. The Majestic Ballet in Grapevine, Texas commissioned Miss Vail to create an original, full-length ballet, “The Little Match Girl.”  The Majestic Ballet has presented this ballet many times because of audience appeal.  She continues to work with Dancers around the Country.


Margie Penny  She is a native New Orleans girl who grew up loving Dance. She competed with her dance studio Helena Hosch School of Dance for 13 years. She studied Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Modern, and Contemporary dance. Margie has traveled to New York and studied dance at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. The conventions she has studied with have been Dance Master of America, and the instructors she worked with have been Mia Michaels, Ray Leaper, Adrienne Canterua, Albert Cattafi, Steven Boyd, Bev Brown, Dan Karaty and countless others.

 


 

Lauren Anderson danced with Houston Ballet from 1983 to 2006, performing leading roles in all the great classical ballets, appearing across the world to critical acclaim, and in the process, becoming one of Houston Ballet’s most beloved stars. In January 2007, Ms. Anderson assumed her new role of outreach associate in Houston Ballet’s education department where she teaches ballet classes at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, conducts master classes at area schools, and lectures to students on dance and her historic career as one of America’s most distinguished African-American ballerinas. She trained exclusively at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy from the age of seven. She joined Houston Ballet in 1983 and in 1990 became the first African-American to be promoted to principal dancer at Houston Ballet – and one of the few African-American ballerinas at the head of a major ballet company anywhere in the world. In addition, Ms. Anderson received the Special Jury Award at the 1990 International Ballet Competition as well as the International Critics Award in Chile.
Ms. Anderson danced leading roles in numerous classical ballets. Her repertoire included works by George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Christopher Bruce, James Kudelka, and Trey McIntyre. Ms. Anderson created the title role in Ben Stevenson’s Cleopatra, and her performance as Cleopatra received accolades from international critics. Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times compared her to the great Italian actress Eleanora Duse, and Christine Temin of The Boston Globe pronounced her “a powerhouse in interpreting the role that Stevenson created on her.” Ms. Anderson performed across the world as a guest artist, appearing in New York, Chile, Moscow, and Chicago. In April 1999, Ms. Anderson was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine. She has also been featured in the magazines People and Pointe, as well as on the television programs “A&E Breakfast With the Arts,” “CBS News Sunday Morning,” and the game show, “To Tell the Truth.” She has been honored by The Martin Luther King Foundation, Coalition of 100 Black Women, YWCA, by the Urban League, Delta Gamma Foundation, Texas Woman’s Chamber of Commerce, Houston City Council, and the Texas Legislature. Ms. Anderson is also an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Ms. Anderson was awarded the Jefferson Award for Community Service in 2011. She is also on the Board of ARTS IN MOTION and helps with DANSCAPE each year at the hobby center in Houston raising awareness for Can-Care, Ovarian Cancer and Ronald McDonald house of Houston. Ms. Anderson is the proud parent of Lawrence Bell Fitzgerald Turner..

 


 

brittany barnet headshotBrittany Barnet Brittany Barnett obtained her B.A. in Dance from Sam Houston State University, and has been dancing since the age of three. She was given the opportunity to teach at a young age, and immediately fell in love. Brittany has danced with various dance companies in Houston for the past decade, including Holding Space Dance Collective (formerly China Cat Dance), Rednerrus Feil Dance Company, and NobleMotion Dance.  She has also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Alvin Ailey Theatre in New York City, and at the Wortham Theatre with NobleMotion Dance, as well as many other venues throughout the Houston Community. Brittany received a scholarship in 2010 to the Kista Tucker Summer Intensive in New York City, where she was invited to perform with the Kista Tucker Dance Company. Brittany owned Core Movement Arts Centre from 2011 – 2016, and is now the Program Director of CardioXtra. She is honored to come back to teach at her home studio, and her goal is to not only challenge her students physically, but to nurture them emotionally and mentally, and to guide them as young artists.

 


 

Maureen Teuscher has taught dance classes to all levels, master classes, and conducted workshops at San Antonio School for the Performing Arts, Terpsychore Dance Studio in Mexico, San Angelin Ballet Academy of Mexico, and In-Step Dance Center of The Woodlands. She is a graduated of the National School for the Performing Arts where she studied Cuban, Vaganova, RAD, and Cecchetti in Classical Dance; Graham and Limon in Modern Dance. She performed Swan Lake, La Fille Mal Garedee, Concerto Barocco’ among others. She is certified with Royal Academy of Dance Grades primary through advanced. Maureen Performed ‘Don Quixote’ and ‘Coppelia’ with Ballet Nacional de Cuba under the direction of Laura Alonso in La Habana, Cuba. She now resides in The Woodlands, Texas where teaches at Paddington British Private School and dance at In-Step Dance & Performing Arts Center.


Megan Anderson started dancing at the Age of 6 at In-Step dance Center. Joined the Dance Company at age 8 and By the age of 9 she won numerous Regional, State and National Competitions. She studied Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Modern at In-Step Dance, Broadway Dance Center, STEPS Of NYC, The Houston MET and Some of her instructors include Kat Wildish, Frank Hatchett, and Sue Samuels of New York City, Doug Caldwell of Los Angeles, Lauren Anderson of Houston Ballet and the late Steven Boyd of Houston. At the age of 14, she won the highest scoring TEEN SOLOIST at Kids Artistic Revue in Panama City, Florida National Competition. She was invited to audition for STAR SEARCH in Orlando Florida. Megan made the 2nd from Texas State University and is now continuing her education at Sam Houston State University. WE are excited to Have Ms Megan back with her In-Step Family. round of auditions with SYTYCD in Austin, Tx. She received her Associates Degree

 


Nicole Poor has been dancing for 17 years. She just recently moved to Houston from Rhode Island. She has trained in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, contemporary, hip-hop, and modern. Nicole is very passionate about her dancing and puts her heart into her choreography. Nicole started demonstrating dance at the age of 11, she fell in love with the experience and wanted to start doing her own teaching and choreography. She graduated from Woonsocket High School in 2011. After high school Nicole attended the Community College of Rhode Island majoring in child education and Dance. In 2011 Nicole was offered her first teaching job at Lyrics in Motion. She also continued dancing throughout college. Nicole has worked with many great choreographers. She has taken classes from Chelsea Sebes, Lauren Froderman, Sonyah Tayeh, Mia Michaels and many more. Last year Nicole had the chance to dance at Alvin Ailey and was asked to join the summer intensive. She also danced on stage at Disney world and attended the Disney dancer workshop. Nicole has taken classes with the dance teachers summit in New York. She loves furthering her knowledge in dance and never wants to stop learning. She has won many special awards and placed highly in completions winning high golds, platinum and overall scores. Nicole hopes to keep dance in her life forever.

 


 

Headshot 2016 bailey bakerBailey Baker grew up in The Woodlands, Tx where she began her dance training at the age of 4. She has participated with several competitive studios as well as her junior high and high school dance teams. She first choreographed a number for her junior high show choir and has been in love with it ever since. Bailey continued her training at The University of Mississippi where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. While attending “Ole Miss” she danced with and choreographed for a contemporary company and even founded her own student lead dance company which she was elected the Artistic Director of three years in a row. This will be Bailey’s fourth year teaching and she looks forward to many more years of dance and fun.

 


 

kevin ferguson headshotKevin Fitzgerald Ferguson is the Artistic Director of The Movement Lab. Kevin Fitzgerald Ferguson is originally from Houston, Texas. Kevin has studied at The Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, The Ailey School, and holds a BFA from The Boston Conservatory of Music. Mr. Ferguson is an NAACP national winner and a NFFA Arts Recognition and Talent Search Level 1 recipient. Kevin has taught at Ballet Hispanico, The Joffrey School, and The Pulse Performing Arts Center. Mr. Ferguson has taught internationally and domestically in institutions and universities. His choreography has won domestic awards, high-point, and BEST OF Awards. He has performed work by Nilas Martins, Donald Byrd, and Larry Keigwin. He has danced with Elisa Monte Dance Company, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, Regis and Kelly, and David Parsons Dance Company. Kevin has worked as a guest artist for Sean Curran and John Higginbotham, formerly with Mark Morris Dance Group. Mr. Ferguson has worked in the commercial and industrial dance industry with Southern Living at Home, X-Box, and for The IFL. He is now working at Sam Houston State University where he is also working on his Masters.


unnamedMara Neumann Over the past 16 years  has trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical and many more styles. She began dancing at the age of 2 at the Edmonton School of Ballet and then the Alberta Ballet in Alberta, Canada. For five years she studied jazz, flamenco, and ballet. She then joined the competitive dance team at Sandra Grey’s Dance Studio. After two years of intense training she moved to Houston, Texas giving her many more opportunities in dance and performance, which included three years on Boni’s En Toure and two years at Next Level Acting. Throughout high school she was an active member of Klein Oak Dance Company. This gave her the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Kelly Ann Vitacca, Lauren Anderson, and Richard D’Alton. She attended many dance conventions where she was able to learn from some of the most creative talent in the business also spending a summer training with the American Ballet Theatre. In 2014, she danced the principal role of the Sugar Plum Fairy for The Woodlands Dance Company’s Nutcracker. She currently attends the University of Houston pursuing a career in Fashion while she continues to further her love and study of dance. She loves sharing her passion and knowledge of dance with young dancers and is excited to be a part of the Instep team.

 


 

Eva Gonzalez was born in Monterrey, Mexico where she started dancing when she was 2 years old. Besides her dance training, she also trained as a cheerleader from the age of 7-11 for Avispones, a little leage football team. Over the years she has studied Hip-hop, Lyrical, Contemprary, Ballet, Modern, Tap, Pointe and Jazz, at Adriana Quiroga (1998-2003) and Dansart (2005-2011), and became part of the Dansart Company Team on 2008. While living in Mexico she competed with Dansart on West Coast Dance Explosions, Co. Dance, and NYCDA. Eva won a Scholarship on Co. Dance Convention on 2009, being one of the 12 selected teen dancers. She started assisting on 2010 in Tap.

On August 2011 she came to live to The Woodlands, and since has been dancing with In-Step Dance Center, and been part of the Dance Company Performance team since 2011. Ms Eva has performed with Kat Wildish Concert at Alvin Ailey in New York City and studied at Broadway Dance Center and She currently holds the 2013 National Title for Stage One National Competition, she won 1st place overall on her duet as well as her solo. In 2014, she won Miss Dance for Platinum Dance Competition and she holds the Title for Kids Artistic Revue Regional Competition. She continues her education at Conventions such as Joe Tremaine, Ash, Jump, Nuvo and 24/ Seven Dance.  She has won several scholarships from both Jump Dance Convention and 24 Seven. Eva continues to train, explore and learn in the world of dance and education, and hopefully will continue to grow next year as a freshman in college.

 


 

Processed with VSCOcam with c2 presetBrittany Lyn Hazen is a recent graduate from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She began dancing at the young age of three. She danced competitively with Jamie’s Dance Force for eleven years in Boardman, Ohio. In addition to dance, Brittany spent many years participating in musical theatre at the play house in her home town. Some of her favorite performances include Godspell, Little Shop of Horrors and an off-Broadway tap show through Break The Floor productions in New York City. She has taken class from choreographers such as Tavis Wall, Napoleon and Tabitha, and Mandy Moore from So You Think You Can Dance. Her favorite style of dance is tap. This will be Brittany’s third year teaching and choreographing at Instep.


 


 


Jeannine Rowden headshotJeannine Rowden

Music Director/Voice Instructor/Keyboardist

Stage Door Manor, New York;  French Woods Festival of Performing Arts, New York;  Humphrey’s School of Musical Theatre, Theater Under The Stars, Houston, TX;  Theatre Under The Stars, Houston, TX;  Wildfish Children’s Theater, Houston, TX;  The Theatre Company, Bryan, TX;  Music Director/Vocal Coach/Keyboardist

9 to 5                                                    Charlotte’s Web                          Man of La Mancha

Annie                                                    Crazy for You                             Oklahoma!

Annie Get Your Gun                          Dear Edwina                               Pete’s Dragon

Anything Goes                                    Fame                                            Pinkalicious

Avenue Q                                             Hairspray                                    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Beauty and the Beast                        Into The Woods                          The Sound of Music

Camelot                                                It’s A Wonderfer Life               Upon A Star

A Christmas Carol                               Les Miserables                          Working

Vocal Coach/Keyboardist

Bye Bye Birdie                                     Godspell                                       Music Man

Fiddler on the Roof                              Kiss Me Kate                               Paint Your Wagon

Concert Venues

Carnegie Hall – New York, NY; Abbey – London, England; Sacré-Coeur – Paris, France; Schottenkirche – Vienna, Austria; Salzburg Cathedral – Salzburg, Austria; St. Patrick’s Cathedral – Dublin, Ireland; St. Mary Redcliffe – Bristol, England; Kingsdown Methodist Church – London, England; Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center – Dallas, Texas; Nancy Lee & Perry R. Bass Performance Hall – Fort Worth, Texas; Sacred Heart Cathedral Rochester, New York

Experience

Kennedy Center ACTF Region 6 Irene Ryan Finals, Collaborative Accompanist

Bay Area Houston Ballet Theatre, Musical Director and Vocal Coach

Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Musical Director and Vocal Coach

Colorado State Competition,Guest Pianist and Conductor

Texas State Solo and Ensemble, Collaborative Pianist and Coach

National Association of Teachers of Singing, Collaborative Pianist

Texas Music Educators Association Convention, Performer, Accompanist

Texas Choral Directors Association Convention, Performer, Accompanist

Show Choir Camps of America, Collaborative Pianist

Presbyterian Association of Musicians National Conference, Pianist, Conductor

Stages Repertory Theater, Audition Pianist

Consultant to Ali Isabella, Todrick Hall, Julie Reyburn, Emily Zecharias, Scott Evan Davis

Audition and Collaborative Pianist SHSU, UNT, UH, BU, UT, TCU, TSU, UTA, SMU

Master Class Pianist Andrew Lippa, Kaitlin Hopkins, Jim Price, Shirley Knight, Dave Clemmons, Georgia Stitt, William Michals, Stages Repertory Theatre, Dr. Laura Avery, Dr. Joyce Farwell, Donna Hinds Sawyers, Jody Haas, Tom Prior, Nicole Franklin

 

 

 

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