Teachers & Staff
Stephanie is the owner of and a dance teacher at Performing Arts Dance Centre. She began her training at age three in Northwest Ohio training in ballet, tap, jazz, gymnastics, musical theater and baton. After graduating from Perrysburg High School, she attended The Ohio State University where she majored in dance and graduated with her BFA in Dance in 2000. Stephanie has studied with the Fort Wayne Ballet, Chicago Ballet and many guest teachers over the years. Internationally, Stephanie has performed in Spain, Mexico and
Her teaching career has spanned over 20 years and includes ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, baton and gymnastics. Stephanie is well-known for her talent of teaching. She spent three months in Australia where she was invited to teach a variety of workshops and classes. She continues to hone her craft by attending and participating in workshops and conventions throughout the year to learn the latest styles and techniques. She was recently certified in Acrobatic Arts to help further development her gymnasts. Having served as a judge at numerous dance competitions, Stephanie is extremely successful in the competitive arena. Her teams have won many awards at both regional and national competitions.
Stephanie is a married mother of three. When she is not at the studio she loves spending time with her family.
Elliott has been with PADC since the very beginning, first as a student, now as a teacher. She started dancing at the age of three and began training with Stephanie Rodriguez at Performing Arts Dance Centre when the doors opened in 2002. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, pointe, contemporary and baton. She also cheered for the Delaware Pacers all through middle and high school.
After graduating, Elliott continued her training at Ballet Met Columbus and various dance conventions while attending college at Franklin University. She has taken classes with a variety of master teachers and danced with a modern dance company in Columbus.
Elliott has a love of teaching that shines through her choreography on stage and also has won many choreography awards for her work with PADC’s competition teams. Her style of hip hop is creative and edgy while maintaining a positive focus for younger dancers.
When she’s not at the studio Elliott loves spending time with her family.
Mary has more than 35 years of extensive dance training in both tap and jazz. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where she was a member of their nationally ranked dance team. At PADC, she primarily teaches jazz and tap, in addition to a very dear to her heart special needs class. Mary’s training included instruction at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City with Savion Glover and Wade Robson. She was a feature performer with Third Eye Blind and Boys to Men during the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving game halftime shows. She also has shared her creative talent as associate choreographer for the Eastern Michigan University dance team.
Mary is an active member of the Delaware community, along with her husband and four children. She’s strongly dedicated to sharing her love of dance with our PADC students!
Jenna has 21 years of dance training, starting at Generations PAC where she joined the pre-professional company at age 12. In high school, she had the opportunity to train with Broadway choreographer Randy Skinner, and So You Think You Can Dance contestant Jaimie Goodwin.
She attended Otterbein University, studying Musical Theatre, Dance, and Choreography extensively. During her college years, she performed in three dance concerts as a featured role and even had the chance to choreograph Fiddler On the Roof at Otterbein. She also served as the Dance Representative on the Theatre Council, working directly with the Artistic Director.
Jenna has danced with River North Dance Company as a part of their Summer Repertoire Company, as well as with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. She graduated from Otterbein in August 2016, receiving an award for outstanding dance quality and earning the JoAnne VanSant Dance Scholarship Award, along with an additional degree in Entrepreneurship/Management.
Jenna joined PADC in July 2016 and is loving every moment. She teaches gymnastics, lyrical, ballet, jazz, and her favorite modern. She loves Broadway, fitness, 70s music, and all things dachshund related. Outside of the studio, she works as an HRIS Specialist at Nationwide, and choreographs musicals for the Westerville high schools and middle schools.
Abbey began her dance training in Springfield, Ohio at the age of 12. She soon began spending summers dancing at BalletMet on scholarship. In 2014, she began training in their academy‘s intensive track and was awarded the “Dare To Be Moved” scholarship. Abbey then went on to join BalletMet’s Trainee Program in 2016. She also spent summers training at various summer intensives including Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.
While dancing at BalletMet, Abbey was selected to perform in various company productions including Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Bolero (with Cincinnati Ballet). She also was able to learn and perform classical repertoire within the trainee program. Some of her favorites were Les Sylphides, Paquita and Sleeping Beauty variations.
When she’s not dancing, Abbey enjoys photography, painting, cooking and doing all sorts of crafts. She also loves to spend free time with her friends and her cat, Jinx!
Maya is a junior at The Ohio State University and has been dancing since she was three years old. Following in her mother's footsteps, she loves to dance and has a passion for teaching. Maya was one of the first and youngest students to join PADC's competition team. She has won numerous awards for her dancing and countless specialty and judges' awards for her solos.
After graduating, Maya furthered her training at a Pre-Professional Dance Intensive in New York. She was recently certified in Acrobatic Arts. Maya attends several conventions each year and has studied under many famous teachers and choreographers such as Mia Michaels, NappyTabs, Ade Obayomi and Fik-Shun, to name a few.
She continues her studies at The Ohio State University with a major in Early Childhood Education and a minor in dance.
Jayden joined the teaching team here at Performing Arts Dance Centre in 2018. Prior to earning the role as a lead teacher, she has been a teaching assistant since 2015. Jayden has been a student at the studio since 2011, participating in classes in nearly all genres and performing with multiple competition dance teams, focusing on tap and hip hop. Jayden is 17 years old and is currently a senior at Delaware Hayes High School.
Jayden has two cats, named Harry and Potter and five fish. When she is not at school or dancing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Allyson’s love of dance started at the age of three. She joined PADC’s competition team in the third grade and competed on tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet and hip hop teams and performed solos and duets in lyrical, contemporary, jazz, ballet and pointe. She augmented her ballet training in high school by dancing with Ballet Met and Columbus Ballet School and Conservatory and attended numerous conventions and intensives where she’s had the opportunity to learn from such choreographers as Mia Michaels, FikShun, Dusty Button and NappyTabs. During her time at PADC, she was able to perform at Disney World, in the Bahamas and on a Cruise Ship.
Allyson is currently a dance major at the University of Akron and will graduate in the fall of 2022. At the University of Akron, she’s also had the amazing opportunity to work with companies such as Abraham In Motion, Bodytraffic and Neos and choreographers like Mustapha Braimah, Brian Brooks and Samantha Spies.
Allyson has been teaching since 2015. She loves to share her passion for dance with young dancers and to teach them to express themselves through movement while seeing them grow and improve.
Avery will be a 2021 graduate of Buckeye Valley High School and the Delaware Area Career Center, where she is studying Early Childhood Education. She is an Honors Student, member of the National Technical Honors Society and is enjoying all of her College Credit Courses this
year. She started dancing at the age of 3 and started at PADC when she was 5. She has been competing since the age of 6 in many different styles, but her heart is in Ballet, Pointe and Contemporary.
In addition to her extensive dance training at PADC, Avery has also trained with Columbus City Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, and Ballet Chicago. She has also taken many Master Classes with top ballet teachers in Chicago and Indianapolis. Avery has attended several Conventions and Competitions and has won many awards in Ballet, Pointe and Contemporary. 2021 will be
Avery’s 3rd and final year competing at the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix, an International Classical Ballet competition.
After graduation, Avery plans to double-major in Early Childhood Education and Special Education with a minor in Dance. She loves working with children and hopes to continue to share her love of dance with her students.
Allison is a senior honor student at Rutherford B. Hayes high school. She is also taking courses at Columbus State Community College where her focus is Hospitality Management specializing in Tourism and Event Management. She started her dance career at Performing Arts Dance
Centre at the age of three. She joined the dance competition team at age six and is currently a member of Senior Elite and Hip Hop Select. Her favorite genres of dance are musical theatre, jazz and hip hop. She has won many awards for her jazz and musical theatre solos.
She has trained with many choreographers throughout the years at dance conventions, including Travis Wall, Anthony Morigerato, Luther Brown, Melanie Moore, Phil Wright, and Mark Goodman.
Allison has had the opportunity to participate in the Rockettes Advanced Experience in New York City and perform at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World. She has also spent time during her summers studying dance at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan.
She is very active in Hayes High School’s National Honor Society and spends free time volunteering at Common Grounds Free Store. She is a member of Hayes’ Symphonic Choir and has also had the opportunity to perform in school productions of “The Lion King” and “The Sound of Music.”
Ann Steinberger has been a PADC dance mom since 2007. She began working in the office in 2011 after two of her daughters began competing. She enjoys seeing the kids every day and helping with everything from tying shoes to fixing buns. Ann and her husband moved to Ohio from Colorado in 2007 after a job change.
She has four children; a son who attends Ohio University, two daughters who danced at PADC competitively through graduation and are now dance majors at the University of Akron and Wright State University and a daughter starting her senior year who dances on Senior and Teen Companies.
When she’s not in the studio, Ann also works part-time as a dental assistant and enjoys scrapbooking and spending time with her family.
Assistant Office Manager
Amy began working in the office at PADC in 2013. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from BGSU and has enjoyed working in various jobs over the last 20 years. When she’s not at the studio, Amy works full- time for a non-profit organization as a Social Security Disability Benefits Specialist, where she help people with disabilities that are trying to find jobs. Amy is married and has two children, one of which has been dancing at PADC since 2007.
Amy developed a love for performing at a young age. She started piano lessons at age five and then shifted her musical focus to singing. She loves seeing the same passion for performing in her daughter Avery’s dancing. Amy enjoys the excitement of performances and can always be seen helping all the dancers backstage prepare for the spotlight. Her daughter has been a member of PADC’s competition team since 2009, and Amy loves to help out with that by being Team Mom.
Kelly has been a PADC dance mom since 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Ohio Northern University and a Master’s Degree in teaching from Marygrove College. Her interest in encouraging children to achieve their goals, and the value she places in connecting parents to the process, lead to her further involvement at PADC.
Kelly uses various forms of communication to keep students and families informed of events and policies at PADC. She maintains the competition Facebook page as well as contributes to the main Facebook page for the studio. She enjoys connecting with people and answering questions about the studio. It is Kelly’s goal that all PADC families have access to the information necessary to ensure their experience is smooth and highly enjoyable.
Kelly grew up in Powell and she and her husband, Rich, have lived in Delaware since 2000. They have three children who dance at the studio. Both of their girls, Emme and Shelby, dance on multiple competition teams while Cody participates in hip hop classes. With Rich taking Adult Hip Hop, it ends up that the entire family is involved in PADC in one capacity or another.
Erin has been a PADC mom since 2014, as soon as her daughter turned three. Erin and her family, along with their pets, moved to Delaware in 2012 and all have fallen in love with the community. Erin has two kids, Mitch and Millie and three fur babies.
Starting in 2006, Erin worked as a preschool teacher and was a SACC director for elementary students before moving to Delaware, when she became a stay at home mother. After being a stay at home mom for six years, Erin now works as a supervisor in a large chain children’s boutique. She is excited about being in the shop and getting to know the dancers.
In her free time, Erin enjoys crocheting, reading, painting, and spending time with her family.