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. 

Ellie Keen

Instructor

Ellie has been a competitive dancer since she was 7. As she moves into her senior year of high school, she has become a dance teacher while still actively participating in dance herself. She has started teaching her own classes as of three years ago. For four years she has been student teaching and assisting for both recreational and competitive dance. as well as choreographing many dance pieces. She also became certified in teaching acrobatics when she was 16 and plans to get certified in more styles in the future. Ellie is the lead instructor and choreographer in her home studio. She conducts the senior contemporary and jazz classes at Soul Steppin Studio. She loves working with all ages of students as well as different styles of dance. Her favorite and main dance genres include jazz, contemporary, lyrical, modern, and musical theatre. She plans to keep teaching her passion of dance to others in her own studio one day. 

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.

Chelsey Brown

Instructor

Chelsey started dancing at 3 years old; she has trained in ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, hip hop and poms styles. She started her dancing in Goodland, Kansas but has also trained in various studios throughout Eastern Kansas. She danced competitively four years of high school and cheered for two of those as well. Chelsey fell in love with dance early on and often show cased pointe, jazz and lyrical pieces as her talent in pageants. She continued dancing in college which is where she truly fell in love with the stage. She was the Captain of the Maverick Dance Team for one year and danced on their first ever competitive dance team! 

 

Chelsey received an Associate’s Degree in Business Technology from Northwest Kansas Technical College, where she also received the reward for student of the year in 2016. She then went on to Wichita State University where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree through Kansas State University. 

 

Chelsey is also certified through KSHSAA in Stunt Technique, Stunt Safety and through NFHS as a competitive cheerleading coach. She has been coaching the Goodland High School Cheerleading team for 5 years and implemented the first competitive cheerleading team at Goodland. Her cheerleading team has placed top 10 in the state at the Kansas State High School Activities Association’s State High School Game Day Competition for 3 years in a row. She has taught at 3 studios over the years, her favorite styles are jazz, lyrical, and poms. Miss Chelsey is very happy she has found her studio home at Soul Steppin’ Studio and she can’t wait to watch her students discover their passions!

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