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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, Joe 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.
Morgan Bennett 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.
NEELY PECK DEE
Neely Dee has had more than 22 years experience in the field of gymnastics, tumbling, cheerleading, and dance. Having trained with Olympic gold mentalist Shannon Miller at a young age, she learned the importance of conditioning, strength training, and technique. She was able to apply her expert gymnastics skills as she later participated in competitive cheerleading and dance. Neely was a collegiate and high-school All-American cheerleader. In addition to coaching and choreographing various All-Star teams, Neely taught tumbling, cheer, and dance at Cheers & More for 8 years. She also received numerous awards for power tumbling and was named the Sooner State Games Power Tumbling Champion. During her years dancing at Star Steps on the senior dance company, they placed 1st at Showstoppers, and Neely also won the title as Little Miss Acro Dance in 1992. Neely was also an NCA staff instructor and also an ASC staff instructor in college. Upon graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2002 with a major in psychology and a minor in business, Neely knew she wanted to use her in-depth and personal experience in tumbling and cheerleading to open her own gym, Flips. Flips was open from 2003 - 2008. Neely was the cheer director at Oklahoma Gold from 2008 - 2009, and then worked at Twist & Shout for the following year. Currently Neely is teaching swim lessons during the summer, which she started in 1999. Neely is so excited to work with your children at Star Steps. As she says, “They are just precious!”
Sheri received her triple-threat training from Oklahoma City University and graduated with a Bachelor of Performing Arts Degree. She has traveled through Europe and the Caribbean performing and teaching while aboard Holland America Cruise Lines and has appeared in several television specials and commercials. She was also featured in an issue of Dance Spirit magazine for her involvement in a liturgical dance company, and is currently doing more liturgical work with a church in Oklahoma. Sheri is currently a company member with RACE DanceCompany, where she was involved in the premier of the company’s seasonal show Hip Hop Nutcracker, and has performed in other annual shows and local events as a company member. In addition to performing, Sheri spends so much of her time teaching and choreographing that she was able to start her own small business. Her choreography credits include Brigadoon, The Oklahoma Senior Follies, The Seven Last Words of Christ, and Grace Trumps. She proudly teaches at Classical Ballet and Star Steps, and recently became a dance faculty member at Oklahoma City University. She directs a local tap company, Generations in Tap, and has also judged several dance competitions and has taught at conventions at both Starbound and The Dance Effect.
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. This is Nate’s first year at Star Steps and we look forward to many more years of Hip Hop and Contemporary dance with Nate.
Rebecca C. Zeese
Rebecca began her ballet training in the Chechetti method at the age of nine in Colorado Springs, CO taught by Mavis Pakenham at the Colorado Springs Ballet Academy. Rebecca also studied at the Marshall School of Ballet in Houston, TX for 2 years and finished her classical dance training, in Lubbock, TX under the tutelage of Peggy Willis-Aarnio and Galina Panova. She was a soloist with the Willis Ballet and performed with the Russian based ballet company of “Marina Medvetskaya: the St. Petersburg Ballet Classic.” She has danced several leading roles in such classical works as Grand Pas de Quatre, Giselle, Gaite Parisienne, Coppelia, and a number of variations from Paquita, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Esmeralda; as well as, several new contemporary ballets. She was selected numerous times to perform in Tango, Modern, and Jazz ballets, specifically choreographed for her.
Rebecca holds a B.A. in Dance with an emphasis in Ballet Performance from Texas Tech University. She has attended the International Congress for the Teaching Method of Classical Ballet taught by Dr. Peggy Willis-Aarnio, Ph.D. numerous times. Rebecca has become well-versed in The Teaching Method of Classical Ballet developed by Agrippina Vaganova. She has been actively teaching students of all ages since 1998, not only at the studio level, but also, at the Collegiate Level.
She resides in Oklahoma City with her husband and three children.