Welcome NEW Staff Members
- Dana Loving-Sparks
- Megan Anderson
- Eva Gonzalez
- Dina Vail
- Margie Penny
- Lauren Anderson
- Brittany Lyn Hazen
- Brittany Barnet (New)
- Natalia Belden (New)
- Alyssa Martin (New)
- Lisa Kenton (New)
- Jessica Salomon (New)
- Jeannine Rowden (Visiting Master Instructor)
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..
Brittany Barnet Brittany Barnett 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.
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
Natalia Belden We are very excited to have Mrs. Natalia joining our In-Step Family. She is originally from Russia and moved to Houston, Texas in May 2014. She spent nine years in the Up Circus school and graduated as a juggler and acrobatic artist. After high school, she studied at the College of Culture and Arts as a choreographer/teacher for three years. Natalia went on to Sports Academy Lesgaft in St. Petersburg to study modern dance. She worked as a dancer in China, the Moscow Circus, and more. In 2015, Natalia received her Master’s degree in Folk Art/Creativity from the University of Khabarovsk Culture and Art in Russia. She will be teaching our Predance classes at both locations.
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.
Brittany 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.
Jessica Salomon 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.
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
Bye Bye Birdie Godspell Music Man
Fiddler on the Roof Kiss Me Kate Paint Your Wagon
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
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