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Stephanie has been dancing for 16 years and teaching for 5.5 years. She was a competitive gymnast for 6 years as well. Stephanie’s dance and gymnastics training began in Plano, TX where she competed with Plano Aerobats and took ballet and jazz classes to supplement her gym training at Gotta Dance. She also took classes at the world famous gym WOGA for 2 years. She was not interested in dance at the time but her parents recognized the benefit it would provide for her gymnastics career. In 2004, her family moved to Winder, Georgia where she had the opportunity to train and compete under 1988 Olympian Hope Spivey at Spivey’s Gymnastics. She continued her ballet, pointe and jazz classes at the Lawrenceville School of Ballet. Her family once again moved in 2006 to Bartlesville, OK. It was here Stephanie competed her last three years of gymnastics at Conoco-Phillips Gymnastics, winning numerous state and regional awards.
After spending the summer of 2009 at OU’s SummerWind Youth Ballet Camp, Stephanie decided to end her gymnastics career and pursue ballet more seriously. She spent her junior and senior year of high school taking ballet, pointe, jazz and modern classes at the Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education. In January 2011, Stephanie was accepted into the University of Oklahoma’s School of Dance and moved to Norman in June 2011 to begin her college career as a ballet pedagogy major. She had the pleasure of performing in various repertoire as well as The Nutcracker and Cinderella with the Oklahoma Festival Ballet under Director Mary Margaret Holt. In May 2014 she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance.
Stephanie now spends her time teaching ballet, pointe and acro, as well as adult gymnastics at Alpha Gymnastics. In August 2016, she began Occupational Therapy Assistant school at OCCC and graduated in May 2018. She is in her 2nd year working for Moore Public Schools as a Certified OTA. She has chaperoned OU’s Summer Intensive for 6 years and became the Assistant Coordinator in June 2019. Each summer she spends her time not only teaching and choreographing at the intensive, but taking classes from guest instructors to continue her education so as to provide her students with the best training. Stephanie believes that her work at MPS in the special education classrooms and as Assistant Coordinator at OU has given her the tools and experience necessary to provide her students with the best ballet education available in Norman, OK.