Instructors

Dana Loving-Sparks
Artistic Director/Owner

Ms. Dana 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 25 years from Master teachers like renowned choreographer Phil Black (tap), and Jazz Master Frank Hatchet and Joe Tremaine. Other instructors include Houston’s Delice Teamer (R.A.D.), Glen Hunsucker (Jazz), Scott Conway and Jonathan Charles (T.U.T.S.). She has also attended workshops with The Tap Dogs.

Some of her choreography credits include The Houston Sammy Awards, Miss Teen Houston, Miss Teen Fort Bend Co. and working with musical theater groups, just to name a few. 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” and the “Dorothy Day Story”.

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.

Being a past Miss Texas America Contestant and having the knowledge of pageantry, she is also the Director of the Miss Montgomery County Beauty Pageant. She grooms and coaches girls for local, state and national pageants, as well as dance contests. Some of her winners include:

  • Courtney House 1st Place Miss Drill Team USA 1994
  • Nicolene Schelski Miss Teen River Oaks 1999
  • Kristen Parsons Miss Teen Ellis County 1999, Miss Teen Fort Bend County 1998
  • Just to name a few.

She still performs in many industrial shows and events as a dancer / singer, including Houston’s Six Flags Astroworld



Shelby Carr has been a dynamic force in the dance competitive circuit for several years now, winning multiple titles at regional and national competitions and conventions including top scholarships and awards at Tremaine, NUVO, LADM, WCDE and JUMP.

She has danced for thirteen years, much of which was spent at In-Step Dance in Spring, Texas under Dana Loving-Sparks. She credits several teachers with instilling within her a deep love of dance including the late Steven Boyd, Dana Loving-Sparks, Lauren Anderson, Derrick Schrader, and Dorrell Martin. Shelby also danced with Evolution Dance Ensemble, a continuation of Steven Boyd’s Ensemble. She also competed with Progressions Elite; again winning top honors.

Her positive attitude and strong work ethic was noticed by parents at several different studios, who soon enlisted her to work with their dancers by various means including technique privates, solo cleanings and choreography. Her technique and flair for dramatic artistic interpretation proved to be beneficial to the dancers she worked with and she soon had her own following.

Shelby plans to attend college where she will earn a degree in Business while also earning a minor in Kinesiology. While doing this she will continue to dance with the ultimate goal of dancing professionally on a company, and choreographing for shows and music videos.


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.