The Next Step Dance Studio

 

We are looking forward to meeting your dancer!

Located at the corner of Veterans and GE Rd,
just behind Brad Barker Honda and next to Pier One

 

 
 

Nobody cares if you can't dance well.  Just get up and dance.  ~Dave Barry

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About Us


From a current instructor, "I love teaching at NSDS because I get the incredible opportunity to work with and inspire the best dancers ever!  I love seeing my students growing and forming life long friendships with every leap,turn, and 6 step they
complete!  I also have the world's best best boss, so, you gotta show some love for
the fabulous Darcey AND all the dedicated dance moms and dads that believe in their dancers!  What's NOT to love about dancing and teaching at Next Step?  It's the best studio there is!"
From, Jessica M. 

 

Philosophy

The Next Step Dance Studio is committed to providing high-quality dance classes to enhance
the overall development of the child. We provide a safe and child-centered environment to encourage our students to explore dance with qualified, nurturing instructors.

We believe that dance training encourages young people to develop a positive self-image
as they increase awareness of their physical being. Along with improving coordination skills
and developing muscular awareness, dance classes give children the freedom to express themselves through movement.

The highest educational standards are expected from all The Next Step Dance Studio faculty members. They are lifelong learners who continue to educate themselves through certification programs, instructor-training schools, conferences, and other learning opportunities.

Staff:


Ms. Darcey - Director/SODC Head Coach



While growing up in a dance family, Ms. Darcey found her calling as a dance instructor when she was just thirteen years old. In 2010, Ms. Darcey followed her dreams and introduced The Next Step Dance Studio to Bloomington/Normal. Ms. Darcey was the owner of the Next Step until 2013, when she decided that the students, learning new styles of dance technique, and the annual studio showcases were her passion, rather than business administration.  Ms. Darcey is now proud to call herself the director of the Next Step Dance Studio and head coach of Steppin' Out Dance Company.  

Ms. Darcey has been dancing for twenty-five years and her favorite kind of dance is tap. Ms Darcey. has also attended many dance conventions/competitions including CNADM, DanceMakers, Shock, JUMP, Dupree, Monster's of Hip Hop, and more.  Darcey was also on her high school cheerleading and competitive dance squad.

"I absolutely love my job! My world is DANCE! My favorite thing about being the director of the Next Step is watching all of the dancers grow up at the studio!"

-Ms. Darcey

 

 


 

Ms Cyndie - Office Manager

Ms. Cyndie has been the office manager for the Next Step Dance Studio since the studio opened in 2010. Cyndie is the mother of Ms. Darcey and has been around the "dance world" for twenty-five years.

"I love watching all of the children grown into beautiful dancers!"

-Ms. Cyndie

 

 


 

Ms. Polly - Owner


Ms. Polly has been the owner of The Next Step Dance Studio since December 2013.  As a successful entrepreneur, Polly has owned several businesses and enjoys helping others fulfill their personal and business goals.  Polly and her husband Kelvin have 5 children...3 of whom currently dance at the studio.  

"I'm so thankful and proud to be a part of this studio.  It truly is a place that encourages kids to express their individual personalities and creativity through dance.  All of my staff are 100% committed to helping each child grow not only as a dancer, but also in grow in self-confidence and in relationships with others."

 

 


 

Miss Katie - Assistant Director/SODC Head Coach


Miss Katie has been dancing since the age of three, and has been an instructor at the Next Step for five years.

She was a member of a competitive dance team for eight years, and was a member of the Orchesis Intercity Dance Company for four years.  She has studied various types of dance including tap, ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, improvisation, and Graham technique.  She has also attended many conventions including Shock, DMI, and Monsters of Hip Hop. Miss Katie is the Assistant Director at the Next Step and is also the head coach for Steppin' Out Dance Company.  Miss Katie graduated University High School in 2012, and now attends Illinois State University studying Elementary Education. She will be student teaching during Fall 2015 in Springfield, but will travel back and forth to teach dance at NSDS.

"I hope that her students will develop a love for dance just as I have!"

-Miss Katie

 

 


 

Miss Kaityn - Instructor/SODC Head Coach

Miss Kaityn has been an instructor at the Next Step for five years. Miss Kaityn teaches ballet classes for the Next Step.

Kaityn has been dancing since the age of three at Pam's Academy of Dance. At the age of six she began dancing on the competition team. She has attended competitions and conventions throughout the country including Showbiz, Starquest, JUMP, Hollywood Experience, and Adrenaline where she was picked to be on the Tap Crew one year. She was also on her high school Pom team for two years. Kaityn has studied Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Modern, and Tumbling. She has been assisting dance classes since the age of twelve. She graduated from Morris Community High School and now attends Illinois State University, where she is currently majoring in Dance Performance and Special Education. Miss Kaityn is also the head coach of Steppin' Out Dance Company. 

"I love to teach ballet the most, but I enjoy all styles of dance!"

-Miss Kaityn

 

 


 

Miss Stacy - Instructor

Miss Stacy has been an instructor for the Next Step for two years. Miss Stacy teaches students ages 2 and up.

Miss Stacy started dancing at the age of three. She has received most of her training in a variety of genres including: Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Irish, and Clogging from Jennifer's Dance Center in Morrison, Illinois. Throughout her time at Jennifer's Dance Center, she competed in dance competitions and performed at countless venues. She had the privilege of becoming an assistant dance teacher at Jennifer's Dance Center, which is where her love for teaching began. She was also a member of the Morrison High School Pom Pon Squad and captain for two years. In 2010, she had the opportunity to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with the Spirit of America Performance Team. Currently, Miss Stacy is attending Illinois State University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Dance.

 

 


 

Miss Morgan - Instructor/SODC Assistant Coach

Miss Morgan has been dancing since the age of five. She began taking classes in Springfield, IL at Jan’s Dance Studio and finished her High School years at Tip Tap Toe School of Dance.

This is Miss Morgan's second year as an instructor at the Next Step Dance Studio where she teaches various age groups in styles such as Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Ballet, and Contemporary. Miss Morgan is also an assistant coach for Steppin' Out Dance Company.

Miss Morgan has received training in a wide variety of dance genres, but tap has always been her favorite. She grew up going to conventions and competing on a regular basis where she received multiple gold or first place awards for her tap solos as well as other group dances. Miss Morgan has earned a scholarship for twenty free summer classes at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City as well as a scholarship to attend the Southern Association of Dance Masters Ballet Forum in Tennessee. She was a member of Rochester High School’s Poms squad for four years and was a co-captain her senior year. Now, Miss Morgan attends Illinois State University with a major in Publishing and a minor in Dance.

 

 


 

Miss Jessica - Instructor/SODC Assistant Coach


Miss Jessica joined the Next Step family in 2014, and loves every minute of it.

Miss Jessica discovered her love for dance at the young age of three years old at her local studio.  She then branched out of the area to find her home at Transcendance Studios where she danced in the three resident companies (HipHop Transfuzion, Jazz Transaxion, and Trans-Rhythm Tap) and received the Transcend the Norm Scholarship.

Jessica has competed multiple pieces in Applause Talent Competition, Headliners Talent Competition, Starbound Talent Competition, Talent on Parade and VIP Dance Competition. She has also attended several master classes and dance conventions such as Monsters of HipHop and Chicago Human Rhythm Project Summer Festival.

Jessica has performed in The Joffery Ballet’s Nutcracker, "Fame" movie promotion at Lakes Theater, Chicago’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on State St., Reggio McLaughlin's Nuttapper, DanceFest at Great America, Six Flags Fright Fest, ISDT Fall Dance Concert and over sixteen annual showcases!

In 2010, she was given her first teaching opportunity and fell in love with inspiring young dancers to be the best that they can be. Since then she has taught students ages 3-19 in various styles including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, HipHop, Lyrical, and improv workshops.

Jessica’s choreography has been featured in a number of performances including Devonshire’s Jr. Theatrical productions of Guys and Dolls and School House Rock Live, Elmwood Park’s Relay for Life, Guerin Prep’s talent showcase, and multiple high school pep rallies.

Having been studio trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Breakdance, Lyrical, Pointe, and Modern Jessica was driven to further her dance education. She is currently a Dance Performance Major at Illinois State University with the high hopes of obtaining all the knowledge and experience possible to pass on to her students. Miss Jessica is also an assistant coach for Steppin' Out Dance Company. 

 

 


 

Miss RJ - Instructor/Assistant


The Fall 2015 session will be Miss RJ's third session as an instructor for the Next Step. Miss RJ has been an assistant under the direction of Ms. Darcey and Miss Katie for four years, and she is a senior at Normal Community High School.

Miss RJ has been dancing for many years, but with The Next Step Dance Studio for 6 years and loves it here! She was on a competitive dance team for 3 years in competitions such as JUMP and Dance Makers. Miss RJ's classes currently include ballet and jazz.

She hopes to be the director of her own studio one day.  We are excited to give her the opportunity to start her career with us. 

"I am excited about the 2015 dance season and I hope to continue to share my love of dance with all of my students!"

-Miss RJ

 

 


Miss Amber - Instructor/Assistant 

During the Summer 2015 Miss Amber began teaching for the Next Step after being an assistant for three years under the direction of Ms. Darcey and Miss Katie. 

Miss Amber has been dancing at the Next Step for six years and has been a member of Steppin' Out Dance Company for two years.

Amber started her dance career by just taking hip hop classes, but as her passion for dance grew, she soon started studying all styles of dance. Her classes now include tap, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, and jazz. Amber was a member of a prior competition team for two years competing in competitions such as JUMP, Dupree, and Dance Makers.

"I really enjoy working with Ms. Darcey and Miss Katie. I hope to pass on my love for dance to others!"

-Miss Amber

 

 


Assistants:


 

Miss Megan


Miss Megan has been assisting classes for the last year. Megan also teaches the Wednesday morning dance classes for the Next Step. She is thirteen years old and is in 8th grade.


Miss Megan began dancing at the age of four, and has tried many styles of dance. Her classes now include ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap and contemporary. Miss Megan is a member of the Steppin' Out Dance Company.
 

 


 

Miss Melissa 


Miss Melissa has been assisting classes for a year. She is fifteen years old and is a sophomore at NCHS.


Miss Melissa has been dancing since the age of four, starting with ballet and tap classes. Since then, she has tried many other styles of dance. Her classes now include ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, contemporary, and lyrical. Miss Melissa has been on The Steppin’ Out Dance Company team for two years and has competed at several dance competitions including Intrigue, Groove, and Dupree.
 

 


 


Mr. Dylan

Mr. Dylan has been an assistant at the Next Step for a year. Dylan has been dancing since the age of ten, and his favorite genre is Hip Hop & Lyrical. He also enjoys Tap, Ballet, Jazz and has recently started studying Contemporary. Dylan has been a member of Steppin' Out Dance Company for two years, and has competed at competitions that include Intrigue, Dupree, and Groove.  He is a freshman at Normal West.

 

 


 


Miss Faith

Miss Faith has been assisting for two sessions. Miss Faith has been dancing since the age of four, and enjoys most styles, but her favorites are Contemporary and Lyrical.  Faith danced at a couple of other dance studios before landing at The Next Step. She has grown to love the dancers and faculty like family. Ms. Darcey has given Faith wonderful opportunities with classes, the Steppin Out Dance Company and, now the opportunity to work with young dancers to find their inner dancer!!  Faith looks forward to continuing her dance education through high school and college.

 

 


Miss Taylor

Miss Taylor started assisting this summer.  Taylor is 12 years old and loves to dance. She dances everywhere she goes, in the aisles of a store, in the parking lot, and all over her house. She constantly is making up dance routines and enjoys teaching her friends new dances. She started dancing in 2012. Her first class was hip hop. After her first class she was hooked. In 2013 Miss Taylor added more classes to her schedule such as, dancenastics, hip hop, and jazz. In 2014 she joined Steppin' Out Dance Company competing in jazz, hip hop, and lyrical. During the 2015 SODC season she performed her first solo and competed in hip hop, contemporary, and jazz. Taylor is excited for the upcoming season and ready to learn new dances. 


Special Thanks To:


 

Ms. Angie


Ms Angie has been around the dance world for many years, and is the Aunt of Ms. Darcey.

You will see Ms. Angie helping at showcase picture day, showcase day, and much more. 

 

 


 

Ms. Hollie


Ms. Hollie has been helping at the Next Step Dance Studio for five years now. Ms. Hollie helps at showcase picture day, showcase day, and much more. Ms. Hollie started taking dance at young age at her local dance studio in Heyworth, IL. Her love continues by helping out at the Next Step.

"I love to help make every dancer's experience at the NSDS a memorable one!"

-Ms. Hollie

 

 


 

Mr. Jeff

This will be Mr. Jeff's fifth year helping out at the Next Step Dance Studio. Mr Jeff helps organize showcase picture day, showcase day, and much more. Mr Jeff is Ms Darcey's uncle and loves helping make the studio a success.

 

 


 

Ms. Jenny


Ms. Jenny has been helping out at the Next Step for five years. Ms. Jenny helps on showcase picture day, showcase day, and much more.

Ms. Jenny's daughter has taken dance under the direction of Ms Darcey and Miss Katie for five years and is a part of Steppin' Out Dance Company.

 

 


 

Ms. Stacy

This will be Ms. Stacy's fifth year helping coordinate events for the Next Step Dance Studio. Ms. Stacy helps on showcase picture day, showcase day, and much more.

Ms. Stacy is Ms Darcey's aunt and her daughter has taken dance under the direction of Ms Darcey for seven years. Ms. Stacy's daughter has been a part of Steppin' Out Dance Company for two years.

Ms Stacy is also the fundraising coordinator for Steppin' Out Dance Company.

 

 


Miss Annie - Instructor 

Annie Pinta is a junior Dance Education major at Illinois State University and has been a member of the pre-professional company at the school, Dance Theatre, for four semesters. She was a member of the dance team and the Eurythmic Dance Company at her high school, choreographing a dance for her senior concert. She was also a member of Matrix Dance Improv, under the direction of Corey Nagel, and performed with this group at events like the Regional Alternative Dance Festival and Dance Chicago. She choreographed a duet that was showcased in the Dance Inventions concert this past February. She has taken master classes and participated in intensives with Thodos Dance Chicago, Visceral, and at the Illinois High School Dance Festival. In addition, she received the opportunity to study dance abroad in Brazil last summer. She would like to thank her parents and her other friends and family for supporting her in her passion for dance and her choice to pursue this passion as a career.