Meet The Team

Shelbi Brack

Owner/Director

The owner and director of Soul Steppin’ will be Shelbi Hall. Shelbi has had passion for dance for over 20 years. She began teaching dance as a student helper in middle school and choreographing during high school. She specializes in teaching lyrical, jazz, contemporary, and creative movement. Shelbi danced with Cheryl Schwarz Dance Studio and Right Combination Dance Studio as a young dancer. She attended the L.A. Dance Magic dance workshop in Denver while in high school. After graduating from high school, Shelbi continued her dance at Metropolitan State University of Denver where she danced on the college dance team. While on the team, she worked with numerous choreographers in the Denver area and also took tumbling classes. They performed at games and other community events. 

 

She transferred to the University of Kansas her sophomore year and continued dancing at a studio in Lawrence that offered open adult classes. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language and Hearing. She has worked with pre-school and elementary aged children with speech and learning disabilities and adults with communication disabilities. This degree has helped her focus on teaching others and how everyone has different learning styles. This will only benefit her ability to teach students in the studio.

 

Shelbi has owned Soul Steppin' for 4 years and directed for 4 years. She has taken dancers to regional competitions in Kansas and Texas. Her teams have won top awards for choreography and costuming. Shelbi loves watching her dancers on stage doing what they love! She was head coach of the Maverick Dance Team at Northwest Kansas Technical College in 2015-2017. She has put on two workshops for children in the area through the college. Her team competed in the Western Kansas Infinity Dance Project competition and placed 1st. The team performs for home college basketball games and other community events in Goodland. They perform pom, jazz, and hip-hop styles. 

Shelbi has trained at various conferences some including Dance Teacher Connection and the Dance Teacher Summit. She has taken master classes with world known choreographers and instructors. Shelbi is a Certified National Dance Alliance Dance Judge. She has also attended a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Tryout Workshop. She enjoys researching all the new techniques and tricks for the dance teaching industry. Shelbi enjoys sharing her love of dance with others. She hopes that by allowing others to see her passion for the art, will allow others to also develop a passion. A flame deep inside them that cannot be put out. 

Kyla Knights

Acro Director

Kyla is originally from Missouri but has called Arizona home for the past 10 years. Her family recently relocated to Kansas to be closer to family. Kyla grew up doing gymnastics, dance, and tumbling/trampoline. At the age of 12, she was looking for something different and stumbled upon a dance studio that competed in Acrobatic Gymnastics which combined everything she had been doing already, so it seemed to fit perfectly. Kyla competed in Acrobatic Gymnastics from age 12-17 and loved every minute of it. 

Acrobatic Gymnastics taught her strength, flexibility, team work, trust, dedication and gave her an incredible work ethic. She competed on the state, regional, and national level during those years and received many awards and recognition. When Kyla graduated from high school and moved to Arizona she looked for an Acrobatic Gymnastics team to hopefully join up with to assist in coaching, only to find out that Arizona did not have yet have any teams, so she began coaching locally in Chandler where she was head coach for a Tumbling and Trampoline Program and assistant coach for a Girls Competitive Gymnastics team. While doing this, she turned her focus more to academics and completed her degree in nursing.

Over the past 7 years Kyla has worked toward building Arizona’s first Acrobatic Gymnastics team. She has worked closely with many coaches and judges across the country as well as USA Gymnastics to make her dream a reality. Kyla is currently a regionally rated Judge for Acrobatics Gymnastics through USA Gymnastics and Professional Member. Kyla was 2015 Acro Rookie Coach of the year for Region 1 by USA gymnastics and was nominated for the 2015 National Acro Rookie Coach of the year by USA Gymnastics. She had the 1st place level 7 team in Region 1 for 2016. Kyla had the 12-18 Jr. Elite 1st place team award for Region 1 State competition in 2018 & 2019. She also had the 12-18 Jr. Elite Team award for Region 1 Regionals in 2018. She has had athletes medal at nationals every year they have attended. She was selected to accompany the USA Gymnastics National Team to World Championships in China in 2016. She had the first ever Jr. Elite Trio in the state on Arizona. She had Elite athletes selected to USA Gymnastics Jr National team in 2018 & 2019. Her Jr. Elite women’s groups traveled to Portugal to represent team USA in March of 2019. Coach Kyla also coached the Sr. Elite mixed pair for team USA during the 2019 season and traveled the world with them to Portugal, Vegas, & Belgium on the world cup series for team USA. She loves what she is doing any enjoys every moment of it!

Jordan Knitig

Media Design/Instructor

This is Jordan Knitig, she has been dancing at the Right Combination Dance Studio since she was 5. She has taken tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, and point, and has taken gymnastics classes for eleven years. She graduated from Goodland High School in 2014. She was a lieutenant on the Maverick Dance team from 2014-2015, and Captain of the Maverick Dance team from 2015-2016. She performed for Infinity Dance Project with the Maverick Dancers and placed first. She received an Associates Degree in Computer Graphics Technology. Jordan is a very outgoing person, loves to dance, and is always ready for a challenge!

Jordan teaches specializes in hip hop and acro. She has been doing gymnastics since she was just 3 years old, it became her favorite thing to do. From not being able to do any of the moves or any of the stretches for that matter, she loved that she could excel at it and learn many different things along the way. She has been in competitions in Atwood for many years, and she has won quite a few medals. 

 

She performed in team gymnastics routines, synchronized routines, and solo routines. Every time that she went to the competitions, each year she would advance in the level of skill that her solo routine was. She has learned many skill such as, forward rolls, cartwheels, round offs, back walkovers, front walkovers, handsprings, and back flips. Her practices have mad her stronger more flexible and well balanced!

 

She loves gymnastics and she loves teaching it, she finds happiness in watching younger kids learn how to do the acrobatics and learn and grow more and more everyday. She wants to expand her learning and her teaching!

Tracy Hillmer

Yoga Instructor

Tracy has her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas.  She has been providing therapy services to individuals and families in northwest Kansas and northeast Colorado for twenty years.  She has been practicing yoga for five years to enhance her personal and professional life.  She brings her therapy skills to the yoga mat to build on the mindfulness and stress management benefits of yoga for her students.  She is a Yogafit trained instructor working on her warrior certification.

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