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At Synergy Dance we strive to bring the most cutting-edge, innovative choreography to dancers across the country. We work with dance teams, studios and individuals. As our name suggests, our goal is to collaborate with dancers of all varieties to produce the perfect storm between visionary choreography and superior dancing. Our mission is to excite and challenge dancers while helping them reach their goals, and in turn, do our part to enhance the world of dance.
Co-Owner, Synergy Dance
Steph is also the Co-Owner of Dance Design Studio in Easton, PA. She currently teaches students ages 8-18 on the IMPACT Competition Team. Her dancers compete at various competitions and conventions throughout the tri-state area.
After graduating with honors from Freedom High School in 2004, Steph went on to attend Penn State University where she graduated with a BS in Accounting. While at Penn State, Steph was a member of the nationally-ranked Lionettes Dance Team, where she served as Treasurer for 2 years. Her experience with the Lionettes afforded her the opportunity to perform on the field at Beaver Stadium during football games, as well as the men’s
and women’s basketball games. Other yearly highlight performances included Tailgreats, Rally in the Valley, the Homecoming parade, THON (Dance Marathon), and NDA Nationals in Daytona Beach, FL. As a member of the Lionettes, Steph danced in over 100 performances on and off campus every year. While at Penn State, Steph also taught dance classes at Centre Dance in State College, PA.
After obtaining her degree, Steph was employed as a Financial Services Tax Accountant by Ernst & Young LLP in Philadelphia, PA. She quickly realized that the corporate world was not for her and after a year returned home to teach at Dance Design and begin a job working in Special Education at Delaware Valley Regional High School in New Jersey, where she worked for 5 years. She very much enjoyed her time at Del Val but is excited to be moving on to the next chapter of her life as co-owner of Dance Design Studio. She is thrilled to be able to continue her love affair with dance with Synergy Dance and work alongside Julie to inspire and motivate young dancers to reach and surpass their goals.
Artistic Director/Co-Owner, Synergy Dance
Julie earned a B.A. in Advertising/Public Relations with a minor in Business at Penn State University and spent four years on the Division 1A, nationally ranked Penn State Lionettes Dance Team. Julie works with studios and dance teams across the country to bring them exciting and unique choreography!
Julie has performed and studied dance for the last 25 years. She received a highly technical and ballet-centered training at Oxford Center for Dance (PA) under the direction of Dina Gazzero and at Mid-Atlantic Ballet Company (DE) under the direction of Sara Taylor Neal. Julie is also trained in jazz, contemporary, lyrical, modern, tap, pom, kick and hip-hop.
In 2001, along with the Blue Lake International Ballet Ensemble, Julie toured Europe starring in an original piece by Jefferson Baum and was chosen to perform the pas de duex from Don Quixote. Julie performed lead roles such as "Lilac Fairy" from Sleeping Beauty; "Black Swan" from Swan Lake; "Snow Queen", "Dew Drop Fairy", "Clara" from the Nutcracker; and "Grande Rose" from Alice In Wonderland.
Julie has choreographed for over 30 dance teams and studios over the past five years and earned multiple titles, top 5 finishes and choreography awards. She is also the current coach of the 3x National Champion Penn State Lionettes Dance Team. It gives Julie great joy to work with dancers to help them to reach their full potential and experience success!