Beverly Smithey

Director Emeritus/Founder

I began my teaching career at the age of 16, teaching young children to dance in the basement of my parent’s home. In 1978, Stage I Dance Academy opened at its present location. I have studied and performed dance since the age of 4. I have also studied drama, voice, and piano. I am a […]

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Katie Stahlhut

CEO & Executive Director

Katie Stahlhut has been a part of Stage I for the past 12 years. She was a member of the Performing Company for eight out of nine years as a dancer. Katie has had the opportunity to perform onboard two Royal Caribbean ships, as well as one Carnival cruise ship. She has also traveled to […]

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Rachel Newbrough

Performing Company Director

Rachel Newbrough began her dance training at Stage I Dance Academy where she studied for 14 years. She continued her dance training by attending Indiana University. Rachel graduated from IU with a B.S. in Kinesiology-Dance and a minor in Exercise Science. During her four years in the IU Contemporary Dance Program Rachel had the opportunity […]

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Sarah Linn

Sarah has called Stage I her second home for the past 23 years. As a dancer at Stage I, she was a member of the Performing Company for seven years. Through her time in Performing Company, she traveled to perform and study on two cruise ships in the Caribbean, as well as workshops in Las […]

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Paige Gray

Instructor

Paige Gray has been a lifelong member of Stage I Dance Academy for the past 20 years. Throughout her years at Stage I, she was a member of the Performing Company for 13 years. Paige has performed and attended numerous competitions, workshops, benefits, and recitals. As a Performing Company member, she traveled to Myrtle Beach, […]

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Stephanie Beringer

Instructor

Stephanie is thrilled to return to Stage I as an instructor this year.  Her mother, Michelle Harrell, was once co-owner of the studio.  Stephanie grew up in the studio and began taking class at age two and continued at the studio through high school.  She was one of three in the first Mini Performing Company.  […]

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Melanie Schreiber

Melanie Schreiber began her serious ballet and modern training at Walnut Hill Perfoming Arts High School in Natick, Massachusetts. She went on to graduate from SUNY Purchase with a B.F.A. in dance in 2004. While in New York City she received two summer scholarships from the Cunningham School and studied with many established teachers such […]

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Erin Fuhrman

Erin is happy to be a part of the Stage I faculty. She has been teaching gymnastics to all ages of children for the past 18 years and enjoys promoting fitness in a fun way. In addition to her classes at Stage I, Erin operates a mobile gymnastics program that brings weekly gymnastics classes to […]

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Mariel Greenlee

Mariel Greenlee, originally from Vestal, New York, received her early ballet training at Ballet Arts Theatre, Ithaca Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet School, and Ballet West Conservatory. Her Modern studies began at the University of Utah and continued at Point Park University where she received her B.A. in Dance and went on to study at Dance […]

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Roberta Wong

Trained in northern California, Roberta Wong has taught for avariety of organizations including Anderson University, ButlerUniversity, Indiana University, Dance For Parkinsons, Indianapolis School of Ballet, the USA Diving National Training Center and the Bloomington Boys and Girls Club, among others. First an apprentice with the Boston Ballet, she then danced professionally with the Indianapolis Ballet […]

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Emily Kelsay

Emily Kelsay spent 14 years as a student at Stage I Dance Academy. During her 8 years in Performing Company she traveled to Myrtle Beach, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles for National Competitions and Conventions. After graduating high school in 2005 Emily moved to Los Angeles, CA and studied under the direction of Darryl Retter […]

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Shelby Couch

Shelby worked at Octiv, Inc. for four years out of college. She was an account manager the first two years, and she was the company’s Office & Community Engagement Manager for the last two. She enjoyed coordinating the company’s volunteering, events, and office celebrations. She now teaches elementary Spanish at Greenwood Christian School. She grew […]

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Marie Kuhns

Marie Kuhns received her BFA from the University of Oklahoma in modern dance performance under the direction and guidance of Austin Hartel, while performing with Contemporary Dance Oklahoma. She grew up in Silver City, New Mexico, and trained at the Conservatory of Dance along with New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe. She has […]

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Holly Rodgers

Holly Rodgers is the proud wife of Brad and mother of Chloe. Her background is in competitive cheer and hip hop. She enjoys participating in triathalons as well as yoga. She also enjoys teaching fitness classes here at Stage One including Zumba, Zumba Gold and PiYo. She also teaches senior fitness classes including senior Pilates […]

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