Instructors

Our Instructors:
Dana Loving-Sparks,  Molly Andriola,  Lauren Stuckey,
Maureen Teauscher,  Megan Anderson,  Ruben Nicholas Trevino, Nicole Poor,
Eva GonzalezEileen Vaughn and Brooke Bates


 

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.


 

Molly M. Andriola received her BS in Dance Performance at the State University of New York at Brockport and her MS in Dance Pedagogy from the University of Idaho. She has also completed certified levels I-VI of Eastwest Somatics pursing her practioners degree and is a certified Shin Somatic Yoga Instructor where she studied at the Eastwest Somatics Institute in New York and San Francisco. She also holds a teaching certification K-12 for the state of Texas and serves as a professional judge for Showtime International.  She has trained with world-renowned artists such as Jacques d’Amboise, Garth Fagan, David Parsons, Mia Michaels, Sondra Fraliegh, Kista Tucker, Adrienne Clancy and Bill Evans. She has toured and performed with Kista Tucker Dance Company, Monell Dance Company, DANSCORE through SUNY Brockport in New York, Shambhala Dance Ensemble, Idaho Dance Theater, Idaho Renaissance Festival, National Rendezvous Jazz Festival and Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus as a dancer and aerialist. Mrs. Andriola was a Clinical Associate Professor of Dance and the Dance Coordinator for 10 years at Texas A&M University where she also founded the EmSu Dance Company, a pre-professional student company in which she served as the Artistic Director. After serving as a Guest Artist in Residence in 2008 for Westchester Academy for International Studies, Mrs. Andriola became the dance director for the Wildcats Dance Team and in 2010 led them to a regional championship.  She continues to facilitate her role as a dance educator, speaker and guest artist for professional organizations, private and public schools, higher education institutions and communities.  Mrs. Andriola has also served on dance faculty for Lone Star College Kingwood, In-Step Dance and Performing Arts Center, Premiere Dance Academy, Lake Houston Performing Arts Center and Fred Astaire Dance Franchise. Guest Faculty lectures/master classes include Tarleton State University, Stephen F. Austin University, Texas A&M Aggie Dance Team, A&M Consolidated Bengal Bells, Silsbee HS Dance Team, WAIS Silver Starz and Wildcat Dance Teams, Stephen F. Austin HS Red Jackets Dance Team, Adrienne Clancy Dance Company and several others within the Houston communities.

Her choreography includes multiple works that have premiered and toured throughout the United States in national, state, and regional galas. Mrs. Andriola has served on the board for the Honors Council, Board of Directors and Vice President of Science & Somatics for the National Dance Association (NDA/AAHPERD) as well as the Southern District AHPERD. She is the Past VP and Board of Directors Member of the Dance Division with the Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD).  She has had the honor of being awarded the Plaudit Award in recognition for her contributions in Dance Education twice from NDA, three Presidential Awards from the NDA and was the recipient of the Dance Educator of the Year University/College level for the State of Texas from TAHPERD 2004-2005.  The National Dance Association awarded Mrs. Andriola  Outstanding Choreographic Presentation in Honor of Gus Giordano, famed Jazz legend in 2005, and Outstanding Artistic Awards for her choreography “Silenced from Within” in 2007 and “Divergence” in 2008.  She is the recipient of the 2008 Southern District Outstanding Dance Educator of the Year University/College Level in which upon becoming the district recipient, Mrs. Andriola was awarded theNational Dance Educator of the Year University/College level 2008 from the National Dance Association, one of the highest faculty academia awards within this organization.  She has an extensive background curriculum development in secondary and higher education implementing new classes and programs in schools to degrees in college settings.  She is also involved in collaborating with musicians, architects and visual artists for several concert productions and written grants that have assisted student enhancement in traveling within the state of Texas as well as to New York, Baltimore, San Diego, Philadelphia, Florida, London and Italy.  She serves as the Artistic Director for the Monell Dance Company which she founded in 2008 as a platform for professional dancers to create and share their art through the medium of movement.  Monell also provides an outreach program inspiring youth in dance education & performance.


Lauren is originally from Tinley Park, Illinois and began taking dance at the age of 3 with Miss Mary Lee at the Park Forest Conservatory of Music and Dance. She began her professional career at the age of 18 with the Northern Illinois Dance Academy.  Lauren studied ballet, jazz, tap and modern at Northern Illinois University as well as earning her Bachelor of Art in Finance.   While attending classes and performing, Lauren also taught for the Geneva Park District developing a dance curriculum for their pre-school and primary school aged children.  In 2002, she studied modern dance at the Alvin Ailey School of Modern Dance and performed in their end of summer showcase.  She has worked with many world renowned teachers and choreographers, of which many pieces were original works, including: Randy Newsome, Judy Chitwood, Karen Williamsom, Paula Fraz, Mary Price Boday, Brenda Langan and Steven Stanopolis.  She retired from her professional performing career in 2004. She has been teaching at Dance Images in Tinley Park, Illinois since 2004 and welcomes the opportunity to share her passion with all of her students.


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


Ruben Nicholas Trevino graduated magna cum laude from Sam Houston State University in May of 2012 with a B.F.A. in dance performance. While at Sam Houston, Ruben trained under the direction of Jennifer Pontius, Jonathan Charles, Andy Noble, Dionne Noble, and Dana Nicolay. He has participated and performed at the American College Dance Festival Association gala selection concert twice. He has danced in numerous faculty concerts and even had the opportunity perform in a guest artist residency piece that was choreographed by Jane Weiner from Hope Stone Dance Company. Since relocating to Houston, he has performed with Karen Stokes Dance, ChinaCat dance, Bayou City Productions, Jonathan Charles, Ashley Horn, FrenetiCore, Kingwood Dance Theatre, Sandra Organ Dance Company, and NobleMotion dance.


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.

 



Eileen Vaughn has been a commended performer and teacher in area dance events for several years, while competing as an accomplished soloist and dance team member within private studio and public school environments. Eileen studied at Dance Connections, Carolyn Robert School of Dance and the Fillies Dance and Drill Team of Magnolia West High School. She has been the recipient of several dance awards and taken master classes from such teachers as Travis Wall, Sonya Tayeh, Mia Michaels, Stacey Tookey, Peter Chu, Twitch and Brooke Pierotti. In addition, Eileen has furthered her dance training in attending such national conventions including NUVO, 24/7 and Pulse where popular choreographers underscored her skill set and also trained at Sam Houston State University workshops and Out Loud Artistry/New Ballet Ensemble. She had the great honor of performing in the NRG Reliant stadium with the Houston Texan Cheerleaders in 2012. Eileen has danced for fifteen years studying, performing and teaching in the genres of jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, ballet and modern. She is grateful for the influence of Keltie Knight, Janelle Ginestra, Melanie Moore, Robin Sanders and Twitch in developing as a young artist. Her work within the Magnolia High School Fillies Dance/Drill Team is highlighted by her Lieutenant Officer Leadership experience and winning the HTE Dance Academy award twice, an opportunity that led to being offered trips overseas to perform both times. Eileen’s focused dedication, strong commitment and enthusiastic work ethic has created a wonderful rapport between parents and students alike who have requested her teaching for ensemble and solo work. She has taught classes and set choreography on such dance teams as MacArthur High School, Sam Rayburn High School, Trinity High School and Extreme Performing Arts. She is known for injecting a new approach and fresh ideas within her teaching and choreography and her passion for dance is a Eileen joins Monell Dance Interstate as a teaching and choreography assistant, dancer for “MoCo” (Monell’s Dance Company) as well as dance student continuing her own further growth and development as a dance artist and choreographer. She also joins the faculty at In-Step Dance and Performing Arts Center under the direction of Dana Loving-Sparks, located in The Woodlands teaching for the hip-hop program and teaching assistant to Ms. Andriola in advanced contemporary, turn & elevation technique and varied levels of ballet.



Eva Gonzalez