Lee Anne Stewart
Lee Anne began dancing at the age of four and opened her own dance studio in 1973. Lee Anne is certified by the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. She believes in the value of continuing education and frequently attends dance conventions and workshops throughout the country including Chicago, New York, and Las Vegas where she has learned new dance techniques and teaching methods from some of the top dance masters in the United States. Lee Anne has implemented many curriculum ideas and creative dance combinations from Janice Barringer, Frank Hatchet, Stephen Boyd, and many others. It is Lee Anne’s desire for all students to enjoy their dance experience while learning to appreciate the art, mental discipline, and physical demands of dance.
Meghann Wood, the daughter of Lee Anne Stewart, has been dancing since the age of four. She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, pointe, and hip hop though Lee Anne Stewart Dance School, Dance Olympus, Dance Makers Incorporated, Gus Giordano Dance Center, Joel Hall Dance Center, and North Shore School of Dance. Meghann has earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Acting and Directing from Barat College but continued her dance training while working on her degree. She served as a Dance Olympus VIP and has performed in productions of ‘Heartbreak House’, ‘Three Penny Opera’, ‘Bye Bye Birdie’, ‘Charlotte’s Web’, ‘Gypsy and the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Show’ in Chicago. Since beginning her teaching career, Meghann has earned numerous regional and national awards for her outstanding choreography.
Janae, the daughter of Lee Anne Stewart, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Performance and Choreography from Hope College where she performed in faculty choreographed shows, and she choreographed and performed in student and shows. Janae has studied under many outstanding dance instructors including Sharon Wong of Alvin Ailey School and Darrell Martin at Joffrey School of Dance. Among Janae’s many accomplishments she is also co-founder of [undefined]movers.
Francie started her dance training at Lee Anne Stewart Dance School at the age of three and has studied ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, and hip hop. She enhanced her dance education as a student teacher for five years. As a natural entertainer, Francie has enjoyed performing in ‘The Nutcracker’ with Symphony of the Lakes in Warsaw and numerous Lee Anne Stewart Dance School productions. Watching students fall in love with dance and achieve challenging dance steps are some of her most exciting rewards of teaching. It is Francie’s goal that her students will always have as much fun as she does while dancing.
Katie has been training in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop at Lee Anne Stewart Dance School since 2001. She has competed at Chicago and Walt Disney World, participated at DanceMakers, and other dance conventions, and taken numerous dance classes to improve her skills and dance knowledge. Katie also performed for Radio Disney, entertaining and working with children in Chicago. Katie’s favorite part of teaching is seeing how happy and proud the students and parents are as the students accomplish new dance skills.
Haiden began dancing at the age of 4 at Lee Anne Stewart Dance School training in ballet, tap and jazz for 15 years. For 10 of those years she was a part of the Fusion Dance Team where she traveled to Chicago, Myrtle Beach, Indianapolis,
and New York. In New York, she took class from past and current performing Rockettes and has also taken convention classes from many other choreographers around the country. Haiden also had the opportunity to perform in many parades
locally as well as the Disney World parade down Main Street U.S.A! Haiden’s favorite part of teaching is making strong connections with her students and seeing them grow and improve as people and dancers.
Hailey began dancing at the age of 9 at Lee Anne Stewart Dance School and training in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and pointe for 10 years. For 7 of those years she was a part of the Fusion Dance Team traveling to Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Chicago, Detroit, and New York. During those years she competed and took class from many chorographers to improve her skills and knowledge of dance. Her favorite opportunities were performing in ‘The Nutcracker’ with Symphony of the Lakes in Warsaw, performing in a music video with other local dance studios, and performing on the Disney Springs stage. Hailey’s favorite part of teaching is creating choreography that compliments and challenges the dancers to learn and improve themselves.
Claudia began dancing at the age of 4 at Lee Anne Stewart Dance School training in tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, and pointe for 14 years. 7 years on the Fusion Dance Team which gave her the opportunity to learn from some amazing choreographers around the US, like Chicago, Indianapolis, Myrtle Beach, New York, and Florida. She especially loved preforming many times in Walt Disney world parades and stages. Whole taking classes from the professional dancers they gave her a great understanding on how to work with children. Claudia’s favorite part about teaching is building relationships with her students and creating art through the choreography.