• Katie Stahlhut

    CEO & Executive Director

    Katie Stahlhut has the distinct honor of carrying on Ms. Beverly’s legacy of dance excellence. Ms. Beverly passed the torch after 55 years of ownership. Katie has been a part of Stage I Dance Academy since elementary school. She was privileged to be a part of Stage I’s Performing Company and participated in many excellent performance opportunities during her time as a dancer. Katie has a degree in Business Management from the Kelley School of Business. She is also a graduate of Leadership Johnson County’s class of 2018. Her passion is providing a nurturing environment for children to develop as not only dancers, but young ladies and gentleman. Her priority is maintain a high standard for morals and values. She does so by continuing to provide quality training with age appropriate movement and costuming. Her favorite aspect of dance is giving back to the community by performing at nursing homes and other community opportunities. Katie feels blessed to have the opportunity to be a positive role model in today’s youth.

  • Paige Gray


    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, Las Vegas, and California for National workshops and competitions. In addition, she had the opportunity to perform onboard a Carnival Cruise ship to perform two shows. As an Instructor, she continues grow and expand her dance knowledge not only from conventions but most importantly her Co-workers too. Recently, Paige has attended Dance Teacher Connection by MusicWorks. She is thankful to have worked with amazing choreographers and commercial dancers from all over the world. She is always eagerly to take on new opportunities to continue her dance education. Paige is currently a student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She will be graduating in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science and a minor in Biology.

  • Morgan Johnson


    Morgan Johnson’s dance training began in Greenwood, Indiana under the guidance of Beverly Smithey for the duration of fifteen years. After six years of weekly jazz and tap classes, Johnson joined the performing company with Stage 1 Dance Academy competing with dances of many genres, including jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, and musical theatre. Throughout her college career at Indiana University, she has balanced performing various guest artist works, such as Radio Show by Kyle Abraham, Suite from Psalm by José Limón, and D-Man in the Waters by Bill T. Jones, and teaching and choreographing for young dancers in the Bloomington community. Upon graduation, she has returned home to Stage 1 Dance Academy to continue teaching the same lessons and values she was humbly taught by the instructors before her.

  • Lynne Brinkley


    Lynne was born and raised in New Jersey. She studied dance for 14 years. After High School graduation, she studied nursing. Upon graduation from Nursing school she moved to Indiana and focused her attention on Obstetrical nursing. Lynne met her husband, Brian, on his first day working at the same hospital. In 1995, Lynne was blessed to see her childhood dream come alive with the opening of The Tap Academy. She became a certified member of Dance Educators in 1998. This year, 2020, is the 25th anniversary for The Tap Academy. This journey has been incredible. I love to see children grow in their dance skills and as individuals. At this time, I could not be more thrilled for the future of the Academy! Ms. Katie is so gifted in all aspects of directing dance schools! I can't wait to see all the exciting opportunities that await the academy students here in Clinton and surrounding counties.

  • Bernadette Bricker


    Bernadette Bricker grew up in Frankfort and started ballet at the age of four with Kirsten Maish. She then continued dance at the Tap Academy for 10 years, up until her senior solo in 2009. She attended IU and earned a degree in Elementary Education. She has been working at Clinton Central for 7 years and helped create their PreK program. She will be taking some time off from teaching to stay home with her new baby girl. Her passion is early childhood, and she is excited to be helping The Tap Academy use that passion with dance for the third year!

  • Zoe Maish


    Zoe Maish began her training in Carmel, Indiana at The Academy of GHDT and performed with GHDT’s pre-professional company G2. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of the Fine Arts in Dance. During her studies Zoe also partook in various pedagogy classes for Ballet, Modern, and Contemporary Dance. She is thrilled to be back in the Indy area dancing professionally for Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. Zoe has found a passion for teaching and is grateful for all she has learned through this beautiful art form.