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Welcome NEW Staff Member
- Amber Thorton
- Rita “CoCo” Rodriguez
- Jaredd Martin
- Gina Butler
- Megan Anderson
- Eva Gonzalez
- Dina Vail
- Margie Penny
- Lauren Anderson
- Brittany Lyn Hazen
- Brittany Barnet
- Alyssa Martin
- Kyndal Hutto
- Jessica Salomon
- Marrissa Bonner (New)
- Angela Jackson (New)
- Lexi Johnson (New)
- Lola (New)
- Nicola Bennett (New)
- Scarlett Banbury
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.
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.
Obtained her B.S. in Dance from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2012. While attending Stephen F. Austin State University, she was a member of the Repertory Dance Company, a company that performed on campus as well as travelled annually to perform at the American College Dance Festival. Following her time at SFA, Gina began her teaching career in Cleveland ISD as a Middle School Dance Teacher. In addition, she established the Cleveland Middle School Royalettes Dance Team, a team that performed at athletic events as well as competed locally. In 2015, Gina became the Assistant Director of the Porter High School Golden Graces Dance Team as well as Dance Teacher for the two feeder middle school programs. While acting as Assistant Director, the Golden Graces won the “Pinnacle Award” for being the highest scoring team at contest as well as a “State Champion” title. Gina is excited to continue to spread her love of dance to her students at In-Step Dance Center. She hopes her students will develop a lifelong passion for dance that enables them to accomplish their goals set both within and outside of the studio.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Veronica hails from the Chicagoland area, where she trained at Midwest Ballet Theatre and The Joffrey Ballet as a Trainee. She has attended many intensives and workshops with the Joffrey Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, The Glenda Brown Choreography Workshop, and the American College Dance Festival. She completed her BFA in Dance at Mercyhurst University, and has performed as a company dancer with Manassas Ballet Theatre, SoMar Dance Works, and Mercyhurst Ballet Theatre. Currently, Veronica is a company dancer with Ad Deum Dance and teaches a variety of dance styles throughout the Houston area.
Ruben Nicholas Trevino started his dance training in high school as a break-dancer and tumbler with Y.E.S. Dance Company where he had the opportunity to perform in Los Angeles and Guatemala. Y.E.S. Dance Company competed in many competitions and received many rewards in first place and in High Gold. Ruben 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 faculties, graduate, and student concerts. Ruben was also selected and given the opportunity to 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. Since dancing with Uptown Dance Company, Ruben has been training under the direction of ballet masters Florin Adrian Ciobanu and Alex Pandisico. Ruben has had the opportunity to take master classes and perform choreography set by ballet masters Tina Bohnstedt, Krissy Richmond, and Alex Pandisico from Houston Ballet. This is Ruben’s 4th season with Uptown Dance Company.
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.