Beverly Smithey

Executive Director

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 […]

Read More…

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 […]

Read More…

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 […]

Read More…

Sarah Shafer

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 […]

Read More…

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 […]

Read More…

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 […]

Read More…

Lauren Edwards

Lauren was a student at Stage I for 15 years. She was in the Performing Company for 12 years and an assistant teacher for 6 years. She has performed at many competitions, benefits, and recitals. Through her dancing experience, Lauren was invited to New York two where she participated in an acting program called Beginnings; […]

Read More…

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 […]

Read More…

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 […]

Read More…

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 […]

Read More…

Erin Booher

Music and singing have always been a special part of Erin’s life. After graduating from high school, Erin continued her study of voice and piano at Ball State University. During her time there, she was honored to sing and dance as a glee club member and accompanist to Indiana’s Official Goodwill Ambassador’s, The Ball State […]

Read More…