My name is Carley Spears, I have been teaching ballet and dance worship for 22 years with 20 years of ballet training. I began my ballet career taking classes at Word of Grace with Michelle Rozeboom then I moved to Alleluia Ballet with Marion Sauer and Mary Ellen Bryant. I then began my classical training at Adam’s Ballet Academy where I studied RAD. During my time studying under Mary Adams, I started teaching a group of home schooled children in my bedroom that my dad turned into a ballet studio for me, which then blossomed into this wonderful ministry! I love teaching children to dance, and more importantly how to worship Christ through their dancing. God has blessed me with a wonderful husband and eight children, and it has made me all of the more motivated to bring the Glory back to Him in my teaching. God has given me the opportunity to help students blend together two things: their love for dance and their love for Him.
My name is Madeline Schuller. I’ve been a ballet dancer for 19 years and have been teaching for 7 years. I was trained under Mary Moe Adams at Adams ballet academy. I love teaching students how to glorify our King through dance. I enjoy giving my students the opportunity to perform and feel confident about what they have learned. I teach ballet technique and various kinds of choreography. I have a passion for teaching and find such joy when I see my students understanding and improving on what I have just taught them. I encourage my students to dance for the King and use the gift of dance He has given them to glorify Him.
Stacey Choate, Stacey was born and raised in Mesa, AZ. She began dancing at the age of 8 with Michelle Rozeboom. She trained with Marion Sawyer and Mary Ellen Bryan of Alleluia Ballet and also the Royal Academy of Dance under Mary Moe Adams at 10 years old. Stacey trained in the RAD syllabus from middle school through high school. She completed Grades 6-8 with Distinction and passed her 4 Vocational Exams with Distinction and Merit. She attended Summer Dance Intensives with Ballet Magnificat!, in Jackson, Mississippi, under Kathy Thibodeaux, and at the age of 18 was accepted as a Trainee with the company. In 2006, Stacey was asked be an Apprentice with Ballet Magnificat! Omega Company, under the direction of Jiri Voborsky, and toured nationally and internationally for two years. In 2008, she moved to Springfield, MO to dance with PETRA Ballet Company under the Artistic Direction of Kimberly Raymond. During her time with PETRA Ballet Company, Stacey also began dancing in productions for Springfield Little Theatre. She performed in NARNIA, The King and I, CATS, Annie and The Wizard of Oz. Her other professional performing experience included a three week visit to Jerusalem in 2008, to perform with the International Christian Embassy for Sukkot. Her teaching experience includes classical ballet, pointe, lyrical, character dance and dance improvisation. Stacey retired from dancing professionally in 2013 to begin a family. She is married to Chris Choate and they have 2 boys. In 2019, Chris and Stacey moved back to Arizona. She is excited for the opportunities in this new season.
My name is Annalyn Stenhoff. I began taking ballet lessons when I was 11 years old, from Madeline Schuller and Tobin Anderson at Beautiful Feet of Chandler. Additionally, I took classes for two years at Dance Element, had private classes with Petra Conti, and attended ballet intensive at the Yen-Li Chen Ballet School. I was a ballet instructor assistant for two years and a level 1 ballet teacher for a year. I’m so thankful to be part of this company! I love teaching and encouraging my students to glorify God through dance and use their gifts to bless others.