Stephanie has a degree in Dance Education from Brigham Young University. She has taught children for 20+ years in a variety of disciplines including, dance, music, preschool, special education, substitute teaching, fitness and swimming.
In Dance, she has training in Contemporary, ballet, tap, jazz, ballroom, and folk. She ran a school dance program for Renaissance Academy in Lehi Utah and taught contemporary dance, directed their school wide dance festival involving folks dances from around the world, and created movement for curriculum for academic subjects. In the studio environment, she has taught creative, contemporary, ballet, jazz and hip-hop, and was an assistant director of Creative Dance Academy in Highland, Utah.
Stephanie has been a church children music leader for many years, and has first level training in the Kodaly music learning system. She has written music including parts for choirs, string and band instruments. She plays the piano, flute and Irish whistle, and has sung in a variety of choirs and has experienced leading choirs in a church setting. She was the founder/ manager and whistle player of a local country western band, Tomfoolery, while her daughter was a vocalist/ lead fiddle.
Stephanie’s first devotion is to God, then her family. Teaching children is her greatest love. She has raised 5 children who all play string instruments along with various fretted instruments, all of which played in Mackay’s Legacy, a family fiddling band who played in care centers while they were young. She describes herself as a musician whose primary instrument is her body. She loves moving in every form and runs, hikes, cycles, swims, water aerobics, and loves Zumba.