We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Evans and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephanie, what principle do you value most?
The most important thing to me is providing a kind, interactive, safe space for children to try out or practice their art. I truly love getting to know my students, and believe that now is a time where they especially need positive interactions. I try to build in time to ask questions about their week, and see how they are feeling. I have students from all over the country, and it’s especially great for the kids (and me!) to gain new perspectives and hear about different life experiences. While I do have many seasoned dancers, a lot of my students are kids who have always wanted to try a style of dance, but have been too shy. I’ve had brothers peek in on classes, only to join later. I have students who turn their cameras off, but still come every week, and use the private chat feature if they have questions or need clarification. I think it’s so wonderful that kids who wouldn’t usually take dance classes are dancing every week!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In addition to being a teacher, I am also a professional dancer and actress. Performing has led me to many very cool opportunities- from years dancing at Universal Studios to performing in music videos for Idina Menzel, Saint Motel, and Todrick Hall. The road was absolutely not easy. Even as a young dancer, I was often the last picked for a group, role, or event. However, I believe this gave me tenacity and an appreciation for actually getting the jobs I did earn. I learned that hard work and a good attitude go a long way. I also learned that finding a niche really helps! I grew up as a ballet dancer, but that wasn’t quite the right fit. I finally found out that Vintage styles are perfect for me! Im much happier now that I’m not trying to cram myself into a mold I don’t quite fit. Finding your own path is so important!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Southern California has so much to offer! I’m going to pretend that this is pre-pandemic, and there is some money to burn 🙂 Wine-tasting in Santa Barbara and a trip to Disneyland would be an absolute must! A hike to the Hollywood sign and a trip to Zumba beach would be great as well.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my husband, Josh Evans. He actually created a very successful Online Theatre Camp, which has turned into successful Online After-School Programs. He has truly inspired me to push through the difficulty of a new, strange situation, and adapt in a positive way. I really appreciate his encouragement, patience, and advice.