Shelly began her dance career at the early age of 5 in Kansas City under the instruction of Dolly Arden at Dolly Arden’s School of Dance. Her family soon moved from Kansas City to Jefferson City, where she continued to study dance throughout her school age years. Modern dance became Shelly’s favorite style, and her emphasis. During college, she had exposure to new choreography, many dance performances and trips to the American College Dance festivals where choreography received honors from adjudicators. Teaching was her choice and she moved back to open Steps Dance Studio with her family in 1994. Throughout her 14 years of teaching, she continued and expanded her education by becoming certified in Pilates through the Stott Pilates program. She now is a certified instructor and shares her knowledge of the exercise program with dance students and private clients through STEPS Dance Studio. Shelly is proud of her choice to become an instructor and realizes the importance of educating young people. Her instructors throughout her education made such an impact, that she wishes to give her students the same education. It is her dream that her students learn the respect for dance, have the love for dance, and truly experience the joy of moving!
Stacy continued the family tradition by starting to dance at the age of 5. Stacy attended college level dance courses while in high school, and attended summer dance programs with the Missouri State Ballet, Springfield Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet. In 1994, Stacy, along with her sister Shelly, opened STEPS Dance Studio in Osage Beach. Throughout the years with STEPS, she has choreographed for local theatre productions and community events. Along with Shelly, she created the competition dance company Stages, and has choreographed winning competition dances that have been performed in Chicago, Kansas City and St. Louis. The most recent addition to Stacy’s resume has been in the capacity of Stott Certified Pilates instructor. She received training in Chicago, and has opened a fully equipped Pilates studio located in the STEPS facility in Osage Beach.
Stefani began studying ballet in her hometown of Jefferson City. At the age of 15, when she was offered a full scholarship to study at the Harid Conservatory. After graduation, she spent one year in the pre-professional division with BalletMet. Before joining the Kansas City Ballet, she danced professionally with Cleveland/San Jose Ballet. Stefani’s most memorable roles include Myrtha in Giselle, Concerto Barocco, the Kaddish solo and Lento a Tempo e appassionato. Stefani is co-owner of Kansas School of Classical Ballet, and an instructor and owner of Physiques, a Pilates and Gyrotonic studio.
Juan, a native of Cali, Colombia, received his training at Instituto Colombiano de Ballet Classico. He has danced with Ballet de Cali, Ballet Nacional de Caracas, Ballet Contemporaneo de Caracas, Hartford Ballet, Cleveland/San Jose Ballet and BalletMet. Mr. Trujillo participated in the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, The Cuban International Dance Festival, the Aruba International Dance Festival and most recently, the first Gala Internacional de Ballet in Bogota, Colombia. Juan is also the co-owner of Kansas School of Classical Ballet, and Physiques.