Director/Owner, Instructor for Tap and Broadway Dance
Bruce Stegmann has taught for the major dance organizations NADAA, PDTA, DMA, and CNADM across the United States, and has conducted master classes and performed throughout Europe and the U.S. He has taught regularly on the faculty of several tap festivals around the world, and has performed with many of the tap legends, including Jimmy Slyde, Dianne Walker, Brenda Buffalino, Robert Reed, Van Porter, Sam Weber, Gregory Hines, and Savion Glover, just to name a few. Apart from choreographing for television, theater, dance companies, and universities, Bruce has also choreographed for the U.S. Army Soldier Show, and for a U.S. Rhythmic Gymnastic champion. In addition, he worked in Musical Theater throughout the Mid-West. He is the founder of Especially Tap Chicago, which has won both national and international acclaim. Bruce has created shows for Celebrity, Norwegian and Oceania Cruise Lines for 10 years. Now he is teaching with his wife Angelika Stegmann in their school.
Owner/Director, Instructor for Creative Movement, Ballet and Choreography
Angelika Stegmann was born and raised in Cologne, Germany. She studied Vaganova Technique with world renowned teachers Ursula Borrmann and Valentina Zirbuljowa who both received their training at the Vaganova Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. She has also studied Character Dance with Rita Prins of the Netherlands who received her training from the Bolshoi Ballet School. After Angelika danced with several companies all over Germany, she operated her own ballet school in Lechenich, Germany for over ten years and founded her own dance company, which performed throughout Germany. She currently owns and operates Stegmann’s School of Performing Arts with her husband Bruce Stegmann.
Instructor for Modern, Lyrical, Jazz, Combo Ballet/Tap, Leaps & Turns, and Competition
Crystal Shaffer is entering her 9th year of teaching at SSPA this fall. She has studied Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Modern, Character, and Hip Hop at local studios in both, Florida and Minnesota. While living in Minnesota, she danced with a competitive team where she participated in many competitions and conventions. After moving to Tennessee, Crystal joined her high school dance team. She had the opportunity to audition for the Universal Dance Association’s All-Star Team and traveled with the association to Paris, France and Rome, Italy. She was able to share her passion for dance with this part of the world, while also growing and learning as a dancer.
Crystal graduated from Belmont University in 2014. She received a B.A. in English and minors in Education and Dance. During her time at Belmont University she has had the opportunity to study Modern, Jazz, and Dance Composition under the guidance of Debra Belue, Carrie Gerow, and Maggie Pelton. She was a member of the Belmont Dance Company from 2010-2014. While at Belmont Crystal participated in a variety of dance classes where she gained knowledge in the art of creating and executing choreography. During her college years she performed with other dancers in various ensembles in the Nashville area.
Crystal’s teaching certification is in English grades 4 – 12 and Dance for grades K – 12. She received her Master’s Degree in Education from Lipscomb University in 2015. Currently, she is entering into her 2nd year teaching dance curriculum as part of a high school’s fine arts elective courses in North Nashville. She enjoys taking master classes and continuing her education through various community classes, professional development workshops, and other opportunities. She recently had the opportunity to sit on a panel with other dance educators for MTSU’s “Teacher Talks.”
Crystal is an award-winning choreographer at various regional competitions in the middle Tennessee area. She initiated in collaboration with Bruce and Angelika Stegmann to establish SSPA’s competitive teams in 2010. She actively teams up with the SSPA faculty to create traditions that generate a family atmosphere for all students. Crystal strives to teach integrity, kindness, and a love for learning to the dancers she teaches everywhere.
Instructor for Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz, Leaps & Turns and Competition
Ashley Carney’s love for dancing began at age 13 when she took her first dance class. She pursued this passion throughout high school by studying Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Modern, Broadway, Tap, and Hip Hop at Brentwood Academy and The Dancer’s E.d.g.e. in Brentwood, TN. She spent two years on Brentwood Academy’s dance team, the Academy Dancers, and a year on the competition team with the Dancer’s E.d.g.e. During this time she was selected as a member of the Universal Dance Association All-Star Team and began teaching and assisting with classes at the age of 16.
Ashley graduated in 2015 from Belmont University with a major in English and a minor in dance. During her time at Belmont she studied Modern, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Choreography, Kinesiology, and Performance under the instruction of Debbie Belue, Carrie Gerow, and Maggie Pelton. As a member of the Belmont Dance Company from 2012-2015, Ashley had the opportunity to perform in various shows and showcases throughout the Nashville community. She was honored to be elected Dance Company Manager her senior year to serve as a leader for the group and a liaison between the dance program director and company dancers. In her time at Belmont, Ashley was awarded the Achievement in Dance Award and Scholarship as well as the Dean’s Award and Scholarship for Achievement in Dance.
Ashley has been on faculty with Stegmann’s School of Performing Arts since the spring of 2014, where she hopes to instill in her students the importance of hard work, compassion, and a genuine appreciate for artistry in dance.
Instructor for Jazz
Caden Bunch is taking dance classes since she was a toddler. She has studied hip hop, ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz, modern, and lyrical. She is dancing on the competition team for many years. After assisting in jazz and hip hop classes for several years Caden is excited to teach this year.
Instructor for Musical Theater
Shelby Egnew has been dancing since she was three years old. She is currently earning her Bachelor of the Arts degree in Dance-Pedagogy at Brigham Young University-Idaho. This has included the study of different techniques, kinesiology, teaching methods and teaching philosophies. She has studied Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap and Hip-Hop in several local studios in North Carolina and Tennessee. During the summers of 2012 and 2013, she was able to attend ballet and contemporary intensives at Brigham Young University in Provo. It was there when she really began to gain a passion for pedagogy and choreography. Before beginning her freshman year at BYU-Idaho, she had the privilege to teach certain Jazz and Hip Hop classes for the Stegmanns during the 2014-2015 school year.
Shelby also began choreographing for Jennifer Lamoreaux’s Out of the Box Children’s Theatre in the fall of 2011. Since beginning at that company, she has choreographed for several shows and summer camps including Peter Pan Jr., Elf the Musical Jr., Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Disney’s Descendants as well as Teen Beach Movies 1 and 2. Having participated in musical theater for several years, she has developed a passion for telling stories and bringing joy through movement. Shelby still enjoys exploring new things in her training and plans to continue in the path of dance education throughout her life.
Instructor for Musical Theater
Alora Perkins has been dancing at Stegmann’s School of Performing Arts since she was 6 years old. She started taking Ballet and has taken on modern, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre, Broadway, tap, and has participated in the competition team as well. Alora is currently a student at Summit High School. She is actively involved in Summit’s Thespian Society and Best Buddies program. She has been participating in school plays since she was 10 years old. The first musical she performed in was Into the Woods, where she played the part of Cinderella. Since then she has gained a huge passion for theatre. She has been in many of school musicals including, The Little Mermaid (Flotsam), The Music Man (Ensemble and Featured Dancer), and Snow White (Ensemble), and several other lesser known plays. She also participated in Seussical the Musical (Thing 2, Who, Hunch) with the acting company Act Too Players. Alora has choreographed the musicals The Little Mermaid and Annie for Spring Station Middle School’s productions. She is very passionate about dance and theatre and plans to pursue this career after graduating high school.
Instructor for private Ballroom Lessons
Vickie Rose was the principal owner/operator of Headquarters Dance Studio in Franklin, TN until 2005. She developed, owned, and operated the United Country Western Dance Council’s (UCWDC) largest dance event The Music City Dance Challenge in Nashville. Vickie was seven times UCWDC National Grand Champion, UCWDC World Champion in the Pro Por division in 2005 and Top Teacher awardee at national and world level events. Vickie Rose is a UCWDC Master Level competitor, certified UCWDC International Judge and served on the UCWDC Judges Council. Vickie was the first instructor hired at The Wild Horse Saloon and danced/instructed on TV shows such as “The Wild Horse Saloon Show, Club Dance, and Dancing USA, which was shot on the Grand Ole Opry stage. She also had a guest appearance on Good Morning America where she instructed Joan Lunden and Charles Gibson in dance lessons. In addition, Vickie choreographed line dances and music video routines for various country music artists including the Elvis Presley Estate.
Vickie Rose is currently instructor for group classes at the Vanderbilt University Dance Program where she is teaching waltz, salsa, cha-cha, and swing, and the hottest dance style in the country, West Coast Swing.
Vickie offers professional services in classes/workshops, private lessons, judging, performances, choreography, proam, and event director/organizer