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(Dance Instructor:  Hip-Hop Master Teacher and Choreographer)

Katy is a graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. She has been dancing since the age of two with training in all area's of dance. Throughout grade school, Katy trained as a Company member at Nina's School of Dance in Durham, NC four days a week in Ballet, Jazz and Tap.  While training at Nina's, she had the opportunity to take classes from Hope Boykin from Alvin Ailey, Micah Geyer and Shannon Barham from Koresh and Joe-Joe Grooves, an independent Hip-Hop dancer in California.   Beginning at the age of eight,  Katy competed solos, trios and groups in the styles of Contemporary, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap and Production numbers.  She received judges choice and first overalls on the majority of her solos. Completing her final years at Nina's, Katy assisted in teaching all ages and levels at Nina's as well as for the Jazz dance classes at Duke and Elon Universities.  As a senior in high school, she was able to perform with the Duke students in their Choreography Lab Concert.  There she was able to start her dream of choreography and teaching her work to students older than her.  Katy went on to continue developing her career as a professional dancer/choreographer at East Carolina University.  While in college, Katy's dance program consisted of Ballet with Galina Panova; Jazz with Tommi Galaska; and Modern with Patti Weeks, John Dixon and Teal Darkenwald.  Katy participated in two American Dance Festivals, one of which lead her to perform in the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  Katy has also had the privilege of performing in Inside Chicago's Dance Project as a senior project.  Throughout her college career, Katy had opportunities to dance with guest artists such as: Hanna Brictson from River North, Joe Joe Grooves, and Richard Smith, Artistic Director of Inside Chicago Dance.  Katy's choreography credits are Jazz - "Control your dreams or sleep wide awake" , Hip-Hop - "hashag", and eight original pieces in a composition class to find her style of teaching and choreography.  ECU has chosen Katy's "#hashtag" piece to be performed in the Wright show in the Fall of 2016!  Katy's desire is to teach, instruct and instill her passion for dance, and the fine arts, in all of the students she has the pleasure of working with.  Katy shares a special love of teaching young dancers and looks forward to teaching yours.



(Dance Instructor:  Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Acrobatics)

Zophia Jackowski is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher who was born and raised in Benson, North Carolina. Zophia was a trained gymnast for 13 years where she won highest overall for 5 state championships and 3 regional championships; but at age 15 she found her love for dance at west Johnston High School where she lead her team to 3 National championships. During that time zophia danced for Cheri Crabtree at Steps On Stage Academy of Performing Arts. After training with Cheri Crabtree for 3 short years, Zophia received a scholarship to dance for 3 weeks in New York City at the Joffrey Ballet School where she was cast to perform in Angelica Stiskins work. After High school, Zophia received a scholarship to dance at East Carolina University in their BFA dance performance and choreography track. Zophia is currently a rising junior at ECU and has performed in several faculty works for mentors such as John Dixon, Teal Darkenwald, and Tommi Galaska. Zophia has choreographed over 10 pieces and has had the opportunity to showcase one in the West Johnston High School 's Disney Dazzle. This summer Zophia will be studying for 2 weeks at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, England. Zophia has a love for all styles of dance and her goal as a teacher is to help future dancers be technically prepared for the professional world while helping them find their own individual passion and voice for the art form.



(company manager, office support)



(Dance Instructor:  Hip-Hop, Tap)

Jaclyn Ciampi grabbed the barre and began dancing at the age of two and a half years old and hasn’t stopped since. She grew up in a studio and gained the majority of her training from CC and Company Dance Complex in Raleigh, North Carolina. There she trained under Christy Curtis and Emily Shoemaker, and danced for artists including Sonya Tayeh, Mandy Moore, Nick Lazzarini, Misha Gabriel, Martha Nichols, Anthony Morigerato, and many more. She has traveled to California and danced in the Collective under the choreography of Teddy Forance. Growing up she trained in a variety of styles including, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, ballet, musical theatre, and lyrical. Jaclyn's passion for dancing lead her to East Carolina University to continue her training as a Dance Performance Major. There she trained under and performed  pieces choreographed by Tommi Galaska and Dirk Lumbard. She also choreographed several pieces for many productions put on at the university varying in styles from hip hop, to jazz, musical theatre, and tap. Most recently, Jaclyn has had the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles, California to perform with Rhythmatic Tap Company directed by Nick Young in Royal Flux Dance Company’s show, as well as, competing with them in the Capezio Ace Awards where they won 2nd runner up! She is currently teaching at multiple studios and workshops in North Carolina and has aspirations to continue her career as a professional dancer, teacher, and performer. She wants to share her passion and knowledge of dance with the future dance community. Her goal is for the younger dance generation to grow and develop their individual passion for dancing, while spreading the beauty of the art form for generations to come.



(customer accounts, office support)



Founder of PowerDance Technique formerly Ballet Barre None

(Dance Instructor:  Ballet and Technique Master Teacher)

Eileen Juric danced as a soloist with the Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet. Under the direction of former New York City Ballet prima ballerina Maria Tallchief, she performed Balanchine repertoire with such notable dancers as Jacques d’Amboise, Ronald Perry, Hinton Battle, and Daniel Baudendistel.

Eileen trained on full scholarships at the Joffrey Ballet School and the School of American Ballet (school of the New York City Ballet). She had the great honor of studying with prominent New York teachers Finis Jhung, David Howard, Robert Joffrey, Maggie Black, Zena Rommett, and Lawrence Rhodes.

After her performing career, Miss Eileen returned to the Joffrey Ballet School to pursue a teaching career in the children’s program. She later served as a faculty member of the Princeton Ballet School (official school of the American Repertory Ballet). For fifteen years, she owned and operated her own studio, Basically Ballet, in New Jersey. Her students have progressed to incredibly successful dance careers on the stage, on the screen, and in the classroom.

Seeing a need for a fresh approach to ballet in mainstream studios, Miss Eileen developed the innovative teaching program BalletBarreNone. Her 3-DVD series entitled “The Children’s Hour of Power” takes students away from the barre and presents a progressively layered approach to harnessing the essence of ballet movement in three levels designed for ages 3-5, 5-7, and 7-9. The series has sold in over 17 countries worldwide.

Since the program’s debut, Miss Eileen’s work has been featured in multiple national dance publications, and she has been invited to teach dance instructors at multiple high-level venues. For the past three years, Miss Eileen has been a faculty member at the Dance Teacher Summit in NYC as well as the Florence Summer Dance Intensive in Italy for the past two.  She has recently been asked to present it at Carolina Dance Masters in the fall and this summer at both Rhee Gold’s 2015 DanceLife Teacher Conference and the Toronto Dance Teacher Expo.



August 14, 2017 - June 1, 2018


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(owner/artistic director)

Mrs. Cheri Crabtree is a tested and certified dance instructor through Dance Master's of America, holds a BS Degree in Dance, and is a licensed dance educator for Johnston County Schools. 

Her knowledge stems from years of studying proficient generalities in dance education, choreography, business management, kinesiology, therapies, history and stage management, along with a high emphasis in technique, performance and production.  Obtaining the knowledge from her degree as well as post graduation certifications has propelled Cheri into the dance field for many years as a student, teacher, trainer, performer, choreographer, competition judge, artistic director and studio owner.  She has studied with well known artists and modern day professionals associated with Joffrey, "So You Think You Can Dance",  Dance Master's, Alvin Ailey and Broadway Dance Center, and is proud to be able to offer workshops to her students through those associations and acquaintances when available.  She has been recognized for choreography and entertainment at the collegiate level and competitively, as well as, directorial positions in charity events in Wayne and Johnston counties.  Mrs. Crabtree has instilled the art, passion and knowledge of all dance styles in students for the past 14 years and has recently accepted the position of Director of Dance at West Johnston High School by recommendation of her colleague, Richard Patten.  Along with teaching students how to dance, Cheri also enjoys dance theories in nutrition, anatomy and kinesiology, dance history and cultures, composition and pedagogy as part of dance education.  

Cheri's  goals are to teach students in the studio and in the public schools to embrace and appreciate the art form in ways of self-expression and confidence building, and to use it to enhance their lives as well as the lives of other's!  Her students have been accepted into programs such as Joffrey Ballet School, NYC, NC School of the Arts and prestigious college programs to name a few.  Some of her students have landed jobs in Spain, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.  Cheri is so proud of her students and encourages them to follow their hearts.  For those students who did not chose to follow dance as a career, she is proud of their dance accomplishments throughout grade school, and knows that they graduated her programs with life skills in time management, confidence, problem solving, physical awareness and an overall appreciation of the arts. 

Along with Cheri's passions and goals for her students and the overall awareness of dance in Johnston and surrounding counties, she lives and breathes for her husband, Jamison, her son, Ayden and her dog and cat, Buster and Sadie!



(Dance Instructor: Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, office support)

Taliah Jade Vanderbeek, raised in Willow Spring, North Carolina, began her early training with Cheri Crabtree at Steps on Stage Academy of Performing Arts. She is a recent graduate of East Carolina University where she received her BFA in Dance Performance.  While at ECU, she danced in works by Richard Smith, Danielle Lydia Sheather, Ji-Eun Lee and Emily Schoen, and trained under Galina Panova, Tommi Galaska, Teal Darkenwald and John Dixon.  She also had the opportunity to work with guest artists such as Koresh company members, BodyTraffic, Parsons Dance and Tiffany Rae Fisher to name a few. In 2014, she attended the Joffrey Ballet School New York City Jazz and Contemporary Intensive on scholarship and performed at Symphony Space in works choreographed by Jeremy McQueen and Andre Tyson.  Taliah choreographed many of her own works during her time at ECU and recently presented her senior thesis project "You plucked the darkness out of my soul. You saved me."  She is excited and eager to pursue her dream of dancing and traveling with a professional company following graduation!



(Acrobatics/Tumbling Instructor)

Tammie Lumpkin graduated HS in 1992 from Heidelberg Germany, where she competed in gymnastics. While competing she became the 1991 European All Around Champion and the 1991 European Vault Champion. She started her gymnastics career at the age of 3, after her mother watched the Olympics and saw Nadia Comaneci compete. Once she graduated from HS she moved back to the states and started coaching the team girls in Clarksville, TN at Clarksville Gymnastics. While in TN she met her husband of 20 years and they moved to NC. Tammie started working at North Raleigh Gymnastics as a recreational/team/conditioning coach. She decided to move jobs closer to home and started coaching and running the front office at the original Langley Gymnastics. Tammie coached many state qualifiers in her years of coaching. She has 2 children, Katie and Justin. Justin graduated in 2016 and is in the Army Reserves. Katie is going into the 4th grade and is very active and loves to tumble. (Mom self taught her). Tammie enjoys working with children and is a substitute teacher at McGees Middle school and works at Dynamic Elite Wrestling in Raleigh as the office manager.


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​​​Proudly serving dance families of Angier, Benson, Clayton, Coates, Dunn, Four Oaks, Garner, Godwin, Kenly, Middlesex, Pine Level, Selma, 
Smithfield, Willow Springs and Wilsons Mills.  We are centrally located in McGees Crossroads, only minutes from Cleveland Elementary, 
Cleveland Middle, Cleveland High, Dixon Road Elementary, McGees Elementary, McGees Middle and West Johnston High Schools.


(studio manager/director, pre-school director)

Kristin Vanderbeek is a proud mom of three, 2 who currently train at Steps On Stage, and 1 who is off at East Carolina University to pursue her dream of becoming and NYC performer.  Kris is not only a proud dance parent, but is also a very successful customer relations specialist of over 20 years.  She grew up in Kansas City, MD where she began dancing at the age of 2, taking classes in acrobatics, baton, tap and ballet.  At the young age of 12, while still dancing, she dove into gymnastics and figure skating in Maryland and Atlanta, GA.  At age 13, she moved to New Jersey and trained with Robin Horneff Performing Arts Center as well as acting in her high school where she had the opportunity to work with Danny Aiello, whom you may have seen in Jacob's Ladder, Harlem Nights, Broadway Danny Rose & The Godfather Part II to name a few.

Mrs. Vanderbeek is currently a store manager of Releve Dancewear in Cary with her expertise being in Pointe shoe fittings.  Not only does she fit dancers for Pointe in numerous studios around the area, but she also works exclusively with professional and pre-professional dancers in NC.  

Along with dance, Kris enjoys all aspects of art and has a high passion for visual arts and painting.  She is responsible for many artistic props, accessories, sets, etc... at Steps On Stage.  She also uses her creativity in co-working with 2 of the most highly used social media's for Steps On Stage, Instagram & Facebook. 

Kris is a positive asset to Steps On Stage and we are blessed to have her versatile expertise at our studio.  To add to her skills, she is also a teacher and substitute at Steps On Stage, where her certifications in KinderMusic and her studies in ballet make her perfect for Pre-K and young ballet classes.  "I enjoy the look on a students face when they have that "aha" moment.  Watching them learn and do a step for the first time makes teaching so rewarding", says Kris.  We are happy to have someone talented and positive like her in our environment!  


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(Dance Instructor: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary)

​Alissa is graduate of East Carolina University where she double majored in English and Dance Performance.  While at ECU, she studied under accomplished faculty such as Galina Panova, John Dixon, and Tommi Galaska.  She has been featured in a number of works choreographed by both students and faculty.  After graduation, Alissa worked for the Joffrey Ballet School's summer study program in both their San Francisco and New York City locations as an assistant choreographer to Yusha Sorzano and Michael Waldrop.  Originally from Wake Forest, Alissa now resides in Raleigh where she dances with OM Grown Dancers in the company inaugural season.