Instructor Profiles

Lee Anne Stewart

Lee Anne began dancing at the age of four and opened her own dance school 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

 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 through the 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 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.

 Francie Nine

Francie started her dance training at the Lee Anne Stewart Dance School at the age of three and has studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and pointe.  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 Stephenson

Katie has been training in ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop at Lee Anne Stewart Dance School since 2001.  She has competed at Chicago and Disney World dance conventions and taken 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. 


Janae Bergsma

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 dance 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.

Cynthia Patterson

Cynthia is the Lee Anne Stewart Dance School studio and production manager and has been affiliated with the dance school since 1988. As a former member of the USFSA and PSGA, professional ice dancer, figure skating instructor, ice hockey power skating trainer, skate pro shop manager, and English teacher, she has a strong and varied foundation in the many unique skills needed to run a dance studio efficiently while keeping the students’ education, well-being, and happiness in the forefront.  Whether a student's intention is simply to enjoy the fun of recreational dancing or to pursue a professional dance career, dancing should be a fun-filled endeavor that can last a lifetime.