The Next Step Dance Studio

1 Auto Row, Suite 400, Bloomington, IL 61704


Next to Pier One Imports at Veterans and GE Rd


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

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About Us


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.


Ms. Darcey

Ms Darcey has been the director of the Next Step Dance Studio since the Summer of 2010. She has been teaching children of all ages how to dance for 13 years, and has been dancing for 24 years. Ms. Darcey's favorite kind of dance is tap. Along with teaching dance, Ms Darcey is the head coach of Steppin' Out Dance Company. Ms Darcey has also attended many dance conventions including CNADM, DanceMakers, Shock, JUMP, Dupree, Monster's of Hip Hop, and more.  Darcey was on her high school cheerleading and competitive dance squad. Ms. Darcey's favorite thing about being the director at the studio is getting to see all of the dancer's grow up at the studio! 

Ms Cyndie

Cyndie has been the office coordinator for the Next Step Dance Studio for 4 years. Cyndie is the mother of Ms Darcey and has been around the "dance world" for 24 years. She loves watching all of the children grown into beautiful dancers.

Ms Polly

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.

Miss Katie

Miss Katie has been dancing since the age of three.  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.  This is Miss Katie's 4th year of teaching, and is also the assistant coach for Steppin' Out Dance Company.  Miss Katie graduated University High School in 2012, and now attends Illinois State University studying Elementary Education.  She hopes that her students will develop a love for dance just as she has.

Miss Kaityn

This will be Miss Katiyn's fourth year with the Next Step Dance Studio. Miss Kaityn teaches ballet, jazz, and lyrical. Kaityn has been dancing since the age of three at Pam's Academy of Dance. At the age of 6 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 12. She graduated from Morris Community High School and now attends Illinois State University, where she is currently majoring in Dance Performance and Special Education. Kaityn loves to teach ballet the most, but enjoys all styles of dance. Miss Kaityn is also a choreographer for Steppin' Out Dance Company.

Miss Stacy

This will be Miss Stacy's second year instructing for the Next Step Dance Studio. Miss Stacy teaches students ages 2 and up. Miss Stay 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 Sprit of America Performance Team. Currently, Miss Stacy is attending Illinois State University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Dance.

Miss Morgan

Miss Morgan has been dancing for 15 years 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 her second year at Next Step Dance Studio where she will be teaching various age groups in styles such as Jazz, Poms, Tap, Lyrical, Ballet, and Contemporary. Miss Morgan is also a choreographer 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 20 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 4 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  

Jessica discovered her love for dance at the young age of three years old in 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 16 recitals!

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 will also be a choreographer for Steppin' Out Dance Company.

Miss Kaitlin

This will be Miss Kaitlin's second session teaching at the Next Step. Kaitlin has been dancing for 16 years and is trained in all styles. She trained for 13 years at Bataille Academie of the Danse in Barrington IL where she studied all styles from jazz, tap, and ballet to partnering, contemporary and acro. Kaitlin was a part of the elite competition company and semi-professional performance company in addition to traveling to New York and performing in Disney World with the studio.

Kaitlin is also a part of the Hip Hop ConnXion Family of Chicago, IL. She became a part of Hip Hop Force in 2011 and Hip Hop ConnXion HQ in 2013. Kaitlin has had many performance and professional opportunities through the Hip Hop ConnXion Family over the past 3 years.

Kaitlin has also been a part of the following dance organizations, groups, and events: Prospect High School Orchesis (Head Choreographer), Prospect High School Poms (Head Choreographer), Illinois State University Competitive Dance Team, Urban Movement of Illinois State University (Co-Founder, Co-Director), Cereal Killaz Dance Crew of Champaign IL, Orange Bowl Halftime Performance 2012, WHES Dance Convention of Caserta Italy, Disney's Magic Music Days, and Hall of Fame Nationals.
Currently, Kaitlin performs with Cereal Killaz Crew and Hip Hop ConnXion and studies at the Lab Dance Studio of Chicago while she pursues a degree in Spanish Language, Italian Studies, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Illinois State University. 



Miss RJ

This year will be Miss RJ's third year as an assistant under the direction of Ms. Darcey and Miss Katie, and she is currently attending NCHS as a sophomore. 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 is excited about the 2014 dance season and continues sharing her love of dance to all her students.

Miss Amber

This will be Amber's 2nd year assisting at the studio under the direction of Ms. Darcey, and this will be her sixth year dancing at the studio. Amber started out just taking hip hop classes but as her passion for dance grew, she wanted to do all styles of dance. Her classes now include tap, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, and jazz. Amber was a member of a competition team for 2 years competing in competitions such as JUMP, Dupree, and Dance Makers. Amber is a member Steppin' Out Dance Company competition team. She really enjoys working with Ms. Darcey and hopes to pass on her love for dance to others.

Miss Kristi

This year will be Miss Kristi’s second year as an assistant under the direction of Ms Darcey, she is 14 years old and attends NCWHS as a ninth grader. Miss Kristi has been dancing on and off for eight years. She started dancing at the age of six at Victory Academy taking tap and jazz classes. At the age of twelve she joined The Next Step Dance Studio taking only Poms classes, as her love for dance grew she wanted to take more styles of dance. Her classes now include, ballet, jazz, lyrical and hip hop. Miss Kristi was a member of a a competition team for 1 year and competed in competitions such as Monsters, Dupree and Dance Makers. Kristi is a member of Steppin' Out Dance Company competition team. Miss Kristi can't wait to help assist more classes, she hopes to share her passion for dance to all of the dancers at the studio.

Miss Jessica

This fall will be Miss Jessica's second year assisting under the direction of Ms Darcey and Miss Katie. Jessica is 14 years old and goes to Clinton Jr. High School. She has been dancing since she was the age of two and her favorite style of dance is lyrical/contemporary. Although Jessica does not prefer to dance in the style of hip hop she enjoys watching dancers express their personalities through hip hop. Jessica is also the cousin of Ms Darcey. 

Special Thanks to:

Ms Hollie

Ms Hollie has been helping at the Next Step Dance Studio for 3 years now. Ms Hollie helps at registrations day, showcase picture day, showcase day, and much more. Ms Hollie loves to help make every dancer's experience at the NSDS a memorable one.

Mr Jeff

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

Ms Jenny

Ms Jenny has been helping at the Next Step Dance Studio for 3 years now. Ms Jenny helps at registration day, showcase picture day, showcase day, and much more. Ms Jenny's daughter has taken dance under the direction of Ms Darcey for 4 years and is a part of Steppin' Out Dance Company.

Ms Angie

Ms Angie helps at registration day, showcase picture day, showcase day, and much more. Ms Angie is the Aunt of Ms Darcey and has been around the dance world for many years.

Ms Stacy

This will be Ms Stacy's third year helping coordinate events for the Next Step Dance Studio. Ms Stacy helps at registration day, showcase picture day, showcase day, and much more. Ms Stacy is the Aunt of Ms Darcey. Ms Stacy's daughter has taken dance under the direction of Ms Darcey for 5 years and is a part of Steppin' Out Dance Company. Ms Stacy is also the fundraising coordinator for Steppin' Out Dance Company.