Instructors

 

Our Instructors:

  • Dana Loving-Sparks
  • Maureen Teauscher
  • Megan Anderson
  • Nicole Poor
  • Eva Gonzalez
  • Brooke Bates
  • Dina Vail
  • Margie Penny
  • Malik Leonard (New)
  • Jessica Tucker
  • Nicole Heredia
  • Lauren Anderson
  • Brittany Lyn Hazen
  • Jeannine Rowden (Visiting Master Instructor)

 

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.


 

Dina Vail 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.


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..

 


 

Nicole Heredia- Nicole fell in love with dance at In-Step Dance at the age of 11 years old. She studied Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Modern at In-Step Dance. She also danced on the In-Step Dance Company, Omni Dance Company and Dance Dynamics Competitive Drill Team. She was able to dance with some of the greats such Doug Caldwell and Houston’s Steven Boyd. Nicole continued her talent of dancing, under the training of pageant coach, Dana Loving-Sparks to win her crown as Miss Teen Gulf Coast. After high school, Nicole continued her education with an Associate’s degree in General Liberal Arts at Lone Star College in The Woodlands. Her passion for art lead her to strength training and then to compete with 19 other women in her height class at the NPC Phil Health in 2013. Nicole is a new mom to a baby boy who she resides with in The Woodlands, Texas.

 


 

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

 


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.

 


 

Malik Leonard: Hey! My Name is Malik Leonard and I just moved to Houston TX from Nashville TN. I’ve been dancing and teaching professionally for 6yrs. I’ve worked with countless music artists including a Disney artist. What really drives me is the passion that God has given me for my purpose to impart in a practical way the gift God has given me. To inspire others.

 


 

Jessica Tucker headshotJessica Tucker is currently beyond blessed to be teaching at In Step Dance Studio. She teaches multiple genres of dance.  Ms Jess began her dancing career when she was a teenager by joining the high school drill team.  Where she served as Officer on the drill team, she was taught strict technique in a variety of dance genres including, but not limited to, ballet, jazz, kick, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, modern and several other styles. Her Senior Year she was the Colonel of the drill team and right hand to the Director.  She is currently studying dance to attain her Bachelor’s of Arts. Dance isn’t just perfect technique and nice moves set to music. It is how a person can say exactly what they feel without making a sound. It is an escape, a release, a world apart from the world. I can’t wait to inspire and be inspired by the minds, hearts, and lives of the people who walk into my dance classes.  She is also a certified Zumba instructor and will be teaching our conditioning classes and Hip-Hop as well as Zumba..

 


 

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.

 


 

Processed with VSCOcam with c2 presetBrittany 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.


 


 


Jeannine Rowden headshotJeannine Rowden

Music Director/Voice Instructor/Keyboardist

Stage Door Manor, New York;  French Woods Festival of Performing Arts, New York;  Humphrey’s School of Musical Theatre, Theater Under The Stars, Houston, TX;  Theatre Under The Stars, Houston, TX;  Wildfish Children’s Theater, Houston, TX;  The Theatre Company, Bryan, TX;  Music Director/Vocal Coach/Keyboardist

9 to 5                                                    Charlotte’s Web                          Man of La Mancha

Annie                                                    Crazy for You                             Oklahoma!

Annie Get Your Gun                          Dear Edwina                               Pete’s Dragon

Anything Goes                                    Fame                                            Pinkalicious

Avenue Q                                             Hairspray                                    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Beauty and the Beast                        Into The Woods                          The Sound of Music

Camelot                                                It’s A Wonderfer Life               Upon A Star

A Christmas Carol                               Les Miserables                          Working

Vocal Coach/Keyboardist

Bye Bye Birdie                                     Godspell                                       Music Man

Fiddler on the Roof                              Kiss Me Kate                               Paint Your Wagon

Concert Venues

Carnegie Hall – New York, NY; Abbey – London, England; Sacré-Coeur – Paris, France; Schottenkirche – Vienna, Austria; Salzburg Cathedral – Salzburg, Austria; St. Patrick’s Cathedral – Dublin, Ireland; St. Mary Redcliffe – Bristol, England; Kingsdown Methodist Church – London, England; Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center – Dallas, Texas; Nancy Lee & Perry R. Bass Performance Hall – Fort Worth, Texas; Sacred Heart Cathedral Rochester, New York

Experience

Kennedy Center ACTF Region 6 Irene Ryan Finals, Collaborative Accompanist

Bay Area Houston Ballet Theatre, Musical Director and Vocal Coach

Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Musical Director and Vocal Coach

Colorado State Competition,Guest Pianist and Conductor

Texas State Solo and Ensemble, Collaborative Pianist and Coach

National Association of Teachers of Singing, Collaborative Pianist

Texas Music Educators Association Convention, Performer, Accompanist

Texas Choral Directors Association Convention, Performer, Accompanist

Show Choir Camps of America, Collaborative Pianist

Presbyterian Association of Musicians National Conference, Pianist, Conductor

Stages Repertory Theater, Audition Pianist

Consultant to Ali Isabella, Todrick Hall, Julie Reyburn, Emily Zecharias, Scott Evan Davis

Audition and Collaborative Pianist SHSU, UNT, UH, BU, UT, TCU, TSU, UTA, SMU

Master Class Pianist Andrew Lippa, Kaitlin Hopkins, Jim Price, Shirley Knight, Dave Clemmons, Georgia Stitt, William Michals, Stages Repertory Theatre, Dr. Laura Avery, Dr. Joyce Farwell, Donna Hinds Sawyers, Jody Haas, Tom Prior, Nicole Franklin

 

 

 

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