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Our Vision

Epic Dance Studios is committed to developing the individual through the medium of dance.  We believe dance transforms lives and allows students to develop important life skills.  We are committed to providing all students with high quality dance instruction, professional performances, challenging workshop experiences and meaningful community outreach opportunities.

Read more about our community outreach HERE

Meet Our Staff

Our staff of highly qualified professionals have trained in Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Bloomington and Muncie; pursued performance careers as featured dancers on Norwegian Cruise Lines, for Kings Island and Great America theme parks, and summer-stock equity theaters; won national awards and titles; and obtained teaching and dance degrees in their areas of expertise. Learn more about them below!

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Stephanie Pairitz

Founder & Director 

1.  My superpower would be to speak all languages, so I could always understand and always be understood.

2.  My guilty pleasure is a good chocolate chip cookie!

3.  I love teaching at Epic Dance Studios because we meet students where they are and help them be the best version of themselves - authentic humans, who crush it on the dance floor!

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Heather Holland

Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet/Tap Instructor

1. My superpower would be healing powers.

2. My guilty pleasure is ice cream and Netflix!

3. I love teaching at Epic Dance because I get to share my love for dance with my students and I love being surrounded by creative minds and being exposed to their energy and enthusiasm.

 

 

 

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Jose Loza

Quinceanera Choreographer & Office Manager  

1. My superpower would be the ability to be in multiple places at the same time.

2. My guilty pleasure is ice cream and Netflix!

3. I love teaching at Epic Dance because I love being around the kids' creative minds and energy, and sharing my love of dance with all of the the students!

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Lana Davis

Ballet Instructor

 

1. My superpower would be healing.

2. My guilty pleasure is chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!

3. I love teaching at Epic Dance because I love the diversity of dance styles, the commitment of both the teachers and dancers to excellence, and the positive vibes!

 

 

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Katrell Jemison

Hip Hop Instructor

1. My superpower would be the ability to change people's hearts.

2. My guilty pleasure is definitely candy. I just can't get enough sugar in one day!

3. I love teaching at Epic Dance because I love helping kids understand new things, using life and dance.

 

 

 

 

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Mandy Meserve

Tap, Ballet/Tap, Preballet,  Instructor

 1. My superpower would be to freeze time and take in all the beautiful things happening around me. 

2. My guilty pleasure is Starbucks! The barristas know my name.

3. I love teaching at Epic Dance because it promotes self-love, determination, and hardwork! The staff has a special gift and way of sharing their passion for dance!

 

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Darci Freeman

Jazz, Ballet/Tap Instructor

1. My superpower would be healing... magical healing.

2. My guilty pleasure is binge-watching Netflix while I do laundry and cook. Oh, and CAKE!

3. I love teaching at Epic Dance because I get to watch progress, drive, determination, passion, pride, love, and inspiration every time I teach.

 

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Sandra Jemison

Hip Hop Instructor

1. My superpower would be teleportation. I could easily travel the world at the snap of my fingers.

2. My guilty pleasure would definitely be PINEAPPLE Fanta!

3. I love teaching at Epic Dance because I love getting kids to dance out of their comfort zone - seeing that shy child make their way to the front of the class and just let go! 

 

 

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Colleen Molnar

Ballet/Tap, Preballet, Jazz and Special Needs Dance Instructor

 1. My superpower would be to fly. 

2. My guilty pleasure is napping.

3. I love teaching at Epic Dance because I love watching the evolution of basic technique of my beginning students. 

 

 

 

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Chris Fuentes

Hip Hop Instructor

 

1. My superpower would be knowledge, because knowledge is power.

2. My guilty pleasure is food!  I love food!

3. I love teaching at Epic Dance because seeing people smile, push themselves and enjoy dance fills me with warmth and satisfaction!

 

 

 

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Ellie Griffen

Jazz and Special Arts Instructor

 1. My superpower would be healing powers for the Earth and others. 

2. My guilty pleasure is ice cream!

3. I love teaching at Epic Dance because of the family-like environment!  Most of all, I love working the kids.  I love their energy and how hard they work! 

 

 

 

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Raven Walls

Yoga Instructor

 1. If I had a superpower I would fly, like a raven, so I could travel anywhere on a whim.

2. My guilty pleasures are binge-watching "I Love Lucy" and taking bubble baths way too often!

3. I love teaching at Epic Dance because I believe creative movement brings happiness to the community. I love seeing positive transformation in people, both in and out of the studio.

 

 

 

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