All dancer images courtesy of Spotlight Dance Photography.

Dance instruction is only as good as the person teaching it. Check the credentials of a studio’s facility. At Star Steps, we retain only those who are highly experienced and who excel in the art of teaching dance. We also feature guest artists who offer master classes and develop innovative choreography. Elizabeth Parks herself is nationally certified in Jazz, Tap, and Ballet with over 30 years of teaching experience, and she is a member of Dance Masters of America.

 

ELIZABETH PARKS, DIRECTOR, INSTRUCTOR

Elizabeth Parks is the owner and artistic director of Star Steps Dance Studio in Edmond, OK. She has taught dance for over 30 years.  Elizabeth is nationally certified in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz, and is past president of the Oklahoma Dance Masters of America. Many of her former students have gone on to major in dance and to become dance teachers themselves. Her students have won national awards and have performed professionally in commercials, music videos, and theater productions. 

Elizabeth has studied with Robert Reed, Jo Rowan, Gus Giordano, and Patsy Swayze. She resides in Edmond with her daughter Madison and husband Rich. Elizabeth believes that above all else, dance should be fun, and through learning its discipline, the world can be at your feet. 

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LaKeysta Tipton-Goree

LaKeysta is a proud mother of 2 brilliant, energetic children that keep her challenged and young. In between motherhood she is able to find time to continue training and performing in her passion that struck at age 8. LaKeysta took her first dance class at Frans Dance and Gym in Ponca City, Oklahoma and knew right away her place in the world. In 2011, she graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a BFA degree in dance performance. After graduating, LaKeysta had the pleasure of performing as a company member in Oklahoma’s first jazz/hip hop company, RACE, alongside many inspiring artists then producing and directing shows for The RACEy Show and Junior/Teen RACE. She has worked several contracts with Norwegian Cruise Lines as a singer, dancer, and aerialist traveling around the country and the Caribbean and accepted a lead role in Tulsa Theatres, Barnum. Having worked with acclaimed choreographers such as Tiger Martina, Hui Cha Poos, Christina Woodard, Jenn Rapp-Pearl, Ricky Whitfield, Adam Parson, Mayala, Leslie Snelson-Figueroa and more has been a highlight to her career. While performing on stage is her preference, she enjoys and is grateful for any opportunity to teach, connect and share her passion for the arts.

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Liz Kraft

Liz is a native of the Northern Virginia/Washington D.C. metropolitan area. She had the privilege of training with some of the most renowned teachers and ballet schools on the East Coast. She spent 10 years under the direction of Robin Conrad Sturm and Robert Sturm at the Northern Virginia Dance Academy. Her professional training also included The Washington School of Ballet, The Russell School of Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Ballet Magnificat. 

While living in the Washington Metro area she danced for 5 years with the Asaph Dance Ensemble, a professional dance company.  The Asaph Dance Ensemble performed in the District of Columbia at venues including The Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall, the Lisner Auditorium, and several venues in Northern Virginia. She also danced with Ballet Magnificat, another professional dance company, from 2006-2009. In 2007, she was one of three Ballet Magnificat dancers selected to choreograph and perform in the live PBS filming of John Tesh’s show, "Alive." Liz danced with Arrows International, in Costa Rica and Guatemala. She has also danced internationally in New Zealand, Africa, and London, England. 

Liz has taught dance for over 13 years in Virginia, Mississippi and Oklahoma. In 2009, Liz moved to Oklahoma City where she began teaching at several local dance studios. From 2015 until Spring of 2019 Liz owned her own dance studio where she enjoyed teaching classical ballet as well as setting full length ballets on her students such as: Peter Pan, Cinderella, Peter and the Wolf, The Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote. 

Liz currently enjoys teaching dance as well as group fitness in the Oklahoma City metro. 

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Marne Powell

Marne graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dance Management from Oklahoma City University. At OCU under the direction of Jo Rowan and Lyn Cramer, she performed with the American Spirit Dance Company and toured oversees to Taipei, Taiwan and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Marne has studied with Gus Giordano, Mary Beth Kisner with the Chi-Town Jazz Dance Company, Savion Glover, and Charles “Honi” Coles.

After graduating, she taught Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop for OCU faculty member, Susan Webb, at her dance studio,
Susan Webb’s Dance Innovations. Marne began her eight year career with leading dance apparel and footwear company, Capezio/Ballet Makers Incorporated, as Store Manager of their Dallas store. She transferred to the West Coast to manage their Hollywood store, eventually opened their Las Vegas store and worked with several Vegas shows, became Area and District Manager, and finished as Director of Retail, overseeing their Retail Division in New York and their 10 corporate retail stores throughout the country. Marne currently operates Powell Apparel which provides dance wear and Star Steps apparel.

Marne is grateful for Liz and Star Steps and her beautiful family - husband, Robert, and children, Luka, Lil’ Rob, and Cruz - and is looking forward to teaching beginning Hip Hop and Jazz Technique this year!

Photo: Miranda Kitchen Photography

Photo: Miranda Kitchen Photography

Morgan Bennett

Morgan is an Oklahoma native that teaches dancers ages 2-adult. She began dancing at age 5 and focused on classical ballet and jazz training. At age 14, Morgan became a teacher’s assistant for a 5-and-6-year-old ballet class and realized teaching was what she wanted to pursue as a career. She began teaching at 15 while continuing to seriously study dance. Even after graduating from a school-age training program, Morgan has continued to expand her training in various styles of dance through private lessons, master classes, and workshops. Morgan has taught beginning tap and jazz at Star Steps for the last two years.

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Nate Tylor

Nate studies dance performance at the University of Central Oklahoma, under the tutelage of Anne Blasdell, Hui Cha Poos, and Kimberly Loveridge, just to name a few of the outstanding faculty members at UCO. He has performed in the RACE performance of the Hip Hop Nutcracker as well as Raceless and Just West of the Musical with the UCO dance department. Nate teaches Hip Hop and Contemporary dance at Star Steps.

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Rebecca C. Zeese

Rebecca has been actively teaching ballet to adults and children since 1998. She has a B.A. in Dance from Texas Tech University. Additionally, she attended for eight consecutive years the Annual International Ballet Congress taught by the Late Dr. Peggy Willis-Aarnio, PhD., to learn how to teach using The Teaching Method of Classical Ballet.

Rebecca has studied and danced all 8 levels of Classical Ballet and has been using ‘The Teaching Method’ to teach since 1998 - thus, she has become well-versed in it.

She resides in OKC with her husband and 4 children.

Rebecca grew up studying ballet. However, she injured her knee, dislocating it 3 times, early on in high school. Ultimately, she ended up having surgery. Afterwards, the remaining two years in high school she stopped taking ballet lessons. However, on a whim at her college freshman orientation, she signed up to take a ballet class that met 5 days a week. At the time, little did she know - that in less than a year - she would completely change her goals of becoming a neurologist to a ballet teacher and passing on a pedagogical ballet legacy rooted in beauty, truth, & goodness!

One major cause of her knee injury was due to insufficient training in ballet, so after finding a teaching method of ballet that doesn’t cause injuries and was also rehabilitative (as seen in her own personal life); she was ecstatic.

One of the things she is passionate about is spreading the news that the most common injuries in ballet can be and most are preventable with the proper ballet training.

She is happy to pass on the beautiful tradition of classical ballet to the next generation; while instilling truth & goodness!

SHeRI HAYDEN

Sheri graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Performing Arts and is currently working on earning her masters in Nonprofit Leadership in Arts Administration. She is faculty member of OCU’s renowned Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment where she teaches multiple dance styles and frequently choreographs main stage productions. In 2018, she was nominated for Adjunct Faculty of the Year. Her choreography credits include Side Show, Sister Act, Evita, Brigadoon, Broadway Bound (OCU), Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play(CityRep/OCU), Meet Me in St. Louis (UCO), The Oklahoma Senior Follies (OCCC), The Seven Last Words of Christ (Church of the Servant), Trace, Hip Hop NutcrackerGrace Trumps (RACE) and Bye Bye Birdie (McAlester HS). In addition to her work at OCU, she teaches jazz and tap for the dance and musical theatre departments at the University of Central Oklahoma, as well as serves as a company director at Star Steps. Sheri has performed internationally on cruise ships, with The Pollard Theatre Company in The Producers, with Tulsa Ballet in its North American premier of Strictly Gershwin and is a member of RACE Dance Company. With RACE, she performed as a guest artist in Los Angeles in Adam Parson’s show +3, Quartets, collaborates often with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and has been a part of several short dance films. Other performance credits include He Said She Said, HomeEnergySeven Last Words of ChristThe Variety Care Benefit ShowGrace TrumpsVamp’dThe Racey ShowHip Hop NutcrackerThe Girlie ShowRaceless, Osage 9th Anniversary (commercial)and I Got a Job (commercial).