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Star Performance Complex Staff!

 

Emily Steffensen
Owner/Choreographer/Dance Instructor

Emily grew up in Ankeny, IA with a love of dance. She has danced for 27 years and taught for 12 years. Emily has many years of training in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip hop, & lyrical. She did most of her training at Moore School of Dance in Ankeny. There she was on the competition team for 6 years. Emily has attended dance conventions, dance workshops, performed with the Robert Thomas Nutcracker,  and has taken classes at Ballet Iowa.

After high school Emily received a bachelor's degree in Business Management with a concentration in Early Childhood. Emily has led many dance teams to national dance championships over the years. Her love of dance and children continues as she teaches at SSDA.

emily@starperformancecomplex.com
 

Sarah Skarski
Preschool/Child Care Director

Hi my name is Sarah Skarski and I am the director at Star Performance child care/preschool. I graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a minor in Literacy from the University of Northern Iowa. My husband, Jeff, my son, Aiden, daughter Josie, and I are moving to Sioux Falls from Plattville, WI. I was a toddler teacher there and taught Preschool at St. Leo's Elementary in Minot, ND. I love the creative energy that children radiate and look forward to helping your child explore their gifts and abilities as we learn and grow together here. 

sarah@starperformancecomplex.com
 

Jamie Eszlinger
Gymnastics/Cheer/Tumble/Daycare


I have coached gymnastics and cheer/tumble on and off at SPC for the past 2 years. I currently work at the daycare during the summer before returning to Mount Marty College in the fall.

Abby Thuringer
Gymnastics Instructor

 I go to O’Gorman High School where I do gymnastics and am 17 years old. I love helping the kids at SPC!

 

Miriam Green
Gymnastics Instructor

 I am currently a student at Roosevelt High School. I am a former gymnast and coach gymnastics at SPC.

 

Melissa Horstmann
Childcare Attendant

 I am a licensed Practical Nurse. I love working with children and plan on attending college in the fall to finish my RN.