Instructors

Director/Owner

Dana Loving Sparks

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 studying 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 22 years. She resides in The Woodlands with her husband Mike Sparks of 21 years and sons, Hunter and Austin.

Administrative Assistants

  • Jasmin Lofton

Instructors


Keeley Dunnam

Keeley received her B.F.A. in Dance focused in choreography and performance from the University of North Texas in 2018 where she studied with Shelly Cushman, Robin Lakes, Amiti Perry, Whitney Geldon, Karen MacIntyre, Claudia Howard-Queen, Sue Collins, and Mary Lynn Babcock. She is a candidate for her M.F.A at Sam Houston State University to be completed in 2022 where she is studying under Dionne and Andy Noble, Dana Nicolay, Jennifer Pontious, Adele Nickel, and Joshua Manculich. Keeley originally started dancing at four years old at The Dance Academy and trained in a variety of styles including ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tap, musical theater, and hip-hip. In 2008, she danced with Lone Star Ballet and performing the roles of Spanish corps, Waltz corps, Snow corps, and Arabian corps in the Nutcracker in 2009-10. She has performed two years with AmpDance and the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra in Transfigured Night, and Appalachian Spring. Other strong influences on training Keeley danced with imPULSE Dance Project (under the artistic direction of Anastasia Waters) for two seasons from 2016-2018, and performed various works at Dallas Dance Fest, 254 Festival, and Brazos Dance Festival. Her work, “NArrow is the Way” was showcased in imPULSE Dance Project’s annual summer show in 2018. Keeley continues to focus her choreographic works towards building community by using movement as a means to communicate about social and political issues.

Lola 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!

Jaredd Martin

Jaredd 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.

Amber Thorton

Amber 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.

Tiffany Moore

Tiffany was born in Warsaw, Indiana, where she started her dancing career at the age of eight at her home studio. She began to study ballet, jazz, tap, and modern and soon became a part of Class Act Dance Troupe, her studio’s competition team, where she had the opportunity to be taught by guest artists. She was later given the opportunity to be a class demonstrator at the studio, where she began to find her passion for teaching students. While in high school, she was able to teach and choreograph for the high school dance program along with the high school’s musicals. Throughout her time at her home studio, she would receive additional training through the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. After high school, she began her Dance degree at Rowan University. However, after Covid started, she decided to transfer schools and is now working on her BFA in dance at Sam Houston State University, where she will graduate in the spring of 2023. Tiffany is excited to begin her journey teaching at In-Step Dance and share her passion for dance with her students.

Scarlett Banbury

Scarlett has been teaching dance in the Houston area for over 20 years.  She is a native Houstonian and second-generation dance instructor.  She began her dance training at age 2 at Banbury School of Dance, her mother’s dance studio.  She spent many summers in New York City studying dance at such renowned studios as David Howard, Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey and “Steps” on Broadway.  Scarlett has studied with Houston Ballet’s Andrea Vodehnal, and more recently with Robert Underwood of American Ballet Theatre.  She has performed numerous times in the Houston International Festival, chosen for a part in Houston Grand Opera’s Manon, Galveston’s Dickens on the Strand and performances at Banbury School of Dance.  Scarlett was introduced to the world of competitive gymnastics when she was hired to coach Ballet for elite-level gymnasts on the Junior & Women’s USA Olympic Team and it is there she had the honor of teaching Mary Lou Retton’s daughters. Scarlett has choreographed for ANICO’s Moody Gardens Gala Celebration. Scarlett has had students compete in Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition. She is a member of the Texas Association of Teachers of Dancing and PhysicalMind Institute in New York City, where she was certified to instruct Pilates.  Most recently Scarlett became an American Ballet Theatre Certified instructor in Levels Primary – 5.

Julia Mary Register

Julia Mary Register is a performing artist, instructor, and dance journalist from Harrisburg, PA. She recently received her BA in Dance from Messiah University where she trained under Gregg Hurley, Eileen Beth Mitchell, and Molly Misgalla. Julia Mary has been dancing since the age of 4 with extensive training in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, contemporary, musical theatre, and ballroom. She has been a bunhead since the beginning and enjoyed the opportunity to dance in The Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker. When she isn’t performing or teaching, Julia Mary is a freelance writer for Dance Magazine where she combines her love for dance and journalism. Julia Mary is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher who is excited to share dance with the students at In-Step!

Anastasia Crimmins

Ms. Anastasia began dancing at five years old and quickly developed a passion for the art of ballet at Excelsior School of Dance. This is where her in depth training with the company began at the young age of fourteen. Soon after, she developed into an official company member that included the privilege of performing in multiple countries on two separate trips to Europe. Ms. Anastasia studied with TADA’s Ballet Company under the direction of former Houston Ballet soloist, Elise Elliott. Currently, Ms. Anastasia is pursuing her BFA in dance at SHSU right here in Texas! In addition to these multiple blessings, she has had numerous performing experiences throughout her dance career and is eager for even more. Ms. Anastasia developed the passion to share her knowledge and love for dance with others not only as a colleague but as a teaching assistant. After several opportunities to substitute for In-Step in a recent past season, she is excited to begin a new chapter with ISDC as a full-time faculty member.

Brent Smith

Brent Smith, has served as a Creative Director/ Dancer/ Choreographer who has had magnified success in choreography for live musicals. Credits include: Dreamgirls, The Lion King, Aida, In the Heights, The Wiz and Chicago. He is currently the creative director of Groundwork Dance, Burlesque Houston and head outside vendor choreographer for Fort Bend ISD. Brent recently opened up as a prelude dancer for Alvin Ailey Houston show and danced in the production Grace Cabaret, an original work of Exalted Arts. Brent has also worked alongside Houston Grand Opera on their latest project, Turandot. Brentis looking forward to bringing the love of dance to In-Step and growing with the ISDC family.

Evie Smith

Evie Martinez has been dancing for 18 years and teaching for 10 years. She enjoys dancing and teaching various styles including but not limited to ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical/contemporary, salsa, bachata, cumbia, and merengue. Evie began dancing on the high school drill team where she competed in group and solo routines. She served as Lieutenant Colonel and was honored with the Mayra Canare Spirit Award and Scholarship. Evie went to University of Houston and danced with the University Dance Theater. She has since then worked for numerous studios in the Houston area and choreographed routines for competitions, local music artists and even a submission to America’s Got Talent! Evie has also competed and performed with Salsa World Champions Eddy Deynes and Karla Blanco. She continues to train and considers herself a lifetime Student. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two precious children.

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