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SALOMON_JESSICA_7Jessica Salomon

A recent graduate from New York University, where she studied arts education and storytelling through movement. As a dancer with a focus in Broadway jazz, contemporary, and post-modern techniques, she has trained at prestigious New York City cultural institutions like Gibney Dance, Movement Research, Steps on Broadway, and Broadway Dance Center, and performed at venues such as the Citigroup Theater at Alvin Ailey, Culture Hub at La MaMa, The Jerry H. Labowitz Theater, and the Highline Ballroom. As a choreographer and director, she has had the privilege of directing NYU’s Dancers/Choreographer’s Alliance and served as a performing arts producer for NYC’s Gallatin Arts Festival, a seven-day interdisciplinary celebration of both visual and performing arts. She’s worked for MCC Theater, Playbill, and Danspace Project, in addition to spending her time in classrooms developing art and dance curriculum for Kidville, a nationally franchised early childhood enrichment center. When she is not dancing, she spends her time teaching a wonderful group of bilingual students in HISD. As an alumna of In-Step Dance, she is thrilled to be back teaching in a community that gave her so much.

amber tortonAmber Thorton

Has been a choreographer, instructor, and dancer for over 25 years. She has studied and performed with Delia Stewart Jazz Dance Company, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Company, Clear Lake Metropolitan Ballet (now Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre) and Euroasia Ballet. She has also studied with Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Houston Ballet Academy, Lou Conte of Hubbard Street, Broadway Dance Center and Steps in NYC.Amber performed in the 1988 Sammy Awards with Jaime Rogers and Ben Vereen and has appeared as a guest artist for various companies including Dance Explosion, in Vail, Colorado. Amber was the 1998 recipient of the Monticello Scholarship for her choreographed work, Unzipped Entropy, at the Regional Dance America Festival, where her works have been performed many times. Her choreographed work, Portraying Picasso, was selected for the National Choreographic Plan, which is supported by the National Endowment of the Arts, at RDA/SW Gala, 2002. She has been named artistic director of MECKKA DANCE CO 2018 and has been choreographing several award winning pieces. Amber has been a guest instructor and choreographer for In-Step Dance Center for the past 7 years and we are very excited to have her join the staff of In-Step Dance Center.


jareddJaredd Martin

Was finally able to cultivate his long time passion for dance through his high school and DanceZone studio, and he’s taken every opportunity to dance ever since. He joined the HTE Dance staff upon graduation, and spent several years traveling and choreographing for the company. Jaredd attended Sam Houston State University where he won two NDA national championship titles and was awarded All-American with the Orange Pride Dance Team. He has enjoyed numerous opportunities such as choreographing in various states for MA Dance, teaching students of all ages at the Oriental Arts Education Center, and performed in Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl LI Halftime Show. Jaredd is a creative, engaged, and devoted artist, and is very excited to have joined the In-Step family.

 Alyssa Martinalyssa

Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University, Major in Architecture; Bachelor of Science from University of Houston, Double Major Psychology/Philosophy. Yoga instructor and personal trainer, specializing in Circus Arts. She began her movement training as a competitive diver and became interested in body mechanics and teaching others how to utilize/enjoy movement. With over a decade of instructing athletes, she has built a strong foundation in teaching others bio-metric movement. Combination of diving, yoga, and personal training have inspired her to instruct partner acrobatics, circus aerials (silks and Lycra), and balancing. Her love for movement and teaching provide unique, fun, and challenging experiences for all ages and levels. Mother of two.  So excited to have Alyssa on our Staff for the past 5 years.  Teaching Beginner and advanced Silks Classes and homeschool program.

Megan Massoud

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.

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.


Margie Headshot (2)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 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.

DSC_1155Brittany Sparacino

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.

marrissa bonner headshotMarrissa Bonner

was raised in Austin, Texas to a single mother. She graduated from Lamar University earning a degree in Corporate Communications with a minor in Dance. She began dancing at the age of 12 in church as a praise dancer. As a self-taught dancer, hip hop became her true passion and the urge to create movement took over. She was the youngest choreographer in the church. Only dancing in church and at home in her room, outside of that she played sports such as track and basketball. The only dancing outside of church consisted of assistant choreographer positions for school step teams and talent shows within her high school. It wasn’t until spring of 2014 at Lamar University where she would finally take her talent seriously and follow her passion and study dance. Marrissa has been President for the M-Pact Dance Crew and now teaches at the June Badon Elite school of dance as a hip-hop teacher. In 2016 she had the honor of dancing background for various Houston artists. Marrissa hopes her dance will take her places beyond her dreams, to choreograph or dance for big names such as her idol Missy Elliot. She is also a New Member of the SOREAL Dance Crew in Houston.  Her goals are to continue to gain knowledge about her craft and inspire the next generation. She looks forward in being the Assistant Director of the In-Step Dance Company’s BEATMASTERZ HipHop Team.

lolaLola Jordan

Since the age of 2 ½, I have been either a dancer, a gymnast, a cheerleader or a combination of all 3. I was a competitive, all-around gymnast for 7 years, cheered my way through high school, and never stopped dancing through any of it.  I was a member of Glen Hunsucker’s “Dancin’ … The Company” for several years performing in both jazz and tap prior to leaving Houston for Los Angeles, where I studied with Saundra Gerstmeyer and became the tumbling instructor at Burbank Dance Biz for 10 years.  Since arriving back home and settling in The Woodlands, I have been delighted to pick up where I left off, both in my love of dance and the enjoyment and fulfillment I get teaching dancers to enhance their performances with tumbling skills.  One of very my favorite sounds is the squeals and cheers you get when someone first gets their aerial!

Feather Weldon

is a professional dancer and dance educator newly relocated to Houston from Cleveland, Ohio. She is currently a company member of AdDeum Dance Company, She holds a BA in Dance Performance with a Business Cognate from the University of Akron. Prior to attending UA, Feather received the majority of her training from The Otto M. Budig Academy of the Cincinnati Ballet under Mishic and Val Liberatore, and Tevlin Ballet Company, under Michael and Amy Tevlin. Feather has been blessed to perform with many different companies including Cincinnati Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Verb Ballets, Dissonance Dance Theatre, Charlottesville Ballet, Among Women Dance Collective, and most recently, Zion Dance Project, and American Neoclassical Ballet. In addition to dancing & teaching, Feather is a classically certified Pilates Instructor and a certified Flexologist with StretchLab. Feather is so excited to be teaching at In-Step Dance Center and can’t wait to cultivate the joy of dance in each and every student.

Fernando Ibarra 

was born in Houston, Tx, where he began his dance career at the age of six around various studios across the Houston area. Over time, he has garnered a unique style of dance that includes various elements of multiple dance techniques. Throughout high school, Fernando was given the opportunity to choreograph for his highschool dance team along with other high schools amongst his school district. He has been awarded numerous times for his choreography throughout different competitions in the state of Texas. In 2016 Fernando co-founded DeLa Rosa Dance Company located here in Houston, who is a non-profit organization that outreaches the youth community by participating in showcases around Houston. In the summer of 2016 Fernando took a trip around Europe taking dance classes and workshops in France and the U.K and the Netherlands in the styles of jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. Fernando was also an invitational guest artist at the Waco 504 Festival in 2017 and performed at the NDEO conference in San Antonio, Tx. Fernando went on to continue his dance education by attending Stephen F. Austin State University where he was a member of the prestigious Stephen F. Austin State University Dance Teams. Fernando is now currently still working on his B.F.A in Dance here in Houston. Fernando is excited to be a part of the In-Step Dance Center faculty to help dancers grow and exceed at their fullest potential.


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