Stepping Stone Dance Studio "Alumni Highlights"
Monica Morales graduated from Kean University in May 2020 with her Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design and a minor in Art History. In her 4 years at Kean, she was in the National Honor Society Program while also becoming the Vice President of the Interior Design Student Organization. One of her biggest accomplishments was studying abroad in Wenzhou, China for 5 months her sophomore year in 2018. Not only did she have to learn how to adjust to a whole different lifestyle, she also learned the importance of culture and that there is more to see in this world than your little hometown. Since graduating, she had obtained a full-time design position at a design firm in Philadelphia, which she worked at for 6 months before the unfortunate circumstances of COVID-19 took it away. She is now doing freelance design and building her own clientele while also managing a full-time travel blog online.
Fun Fact: Monica was chosen to be a backup dancer in The Voice's, Matthew Schuler music video, called We Rule the Night.
Amanda Wilson graduated from Harry S. Truman in 2018. She is currently a junior at Rutgers University- Camden where she is pursuing a degree in marketing. In her 3 years at Rutgers so far she has gotten involved in quite a few organizations and leadership roles. Currently she is the President her college's chapter of Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc, the Vice President of the Rutgers Women of Business Alliance, and an Orientation Leader. Previously when classes were still in person she was a member of the RUC dance team, the Scarlet Raptorettes. On the side she is in the process of obtaining her Real Estate Agent license. In her free time she still loves to dance, seeing as dancing and SSDS played a big part in shaping her into the woman she is today. She also likes to practice her photography skills and spending time with family, friends, and fiancé. She is excited to see where the future will take her as she continues to grow!
Gia is currently a junior at Delaware Valley University where she studies Counseling Psychology (major) and Criminal Justice (minor). During her time at DelVal she has been able to climb the executive board of the Dance Team. She started out as the fundraising chair her freshman year, her sophomore year she was the social media chair, and now she is the vice president. Dancing at SSDS really helped and shaped me into who I am as a dancer at DelVal because I was exposed to so many great opportunities on the dance team at SSDS. In her downtime she loves spending time with family and friends. As Gia starts to finish up her bachelor’s degree she is looking into graduate school. She is very excited to see what the future holds and what life will throw her way!
Brianna Leigh Shinn
Brianna Leigh Shinn graduated from the Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School in 2016, after attending for 13 years. She took a gap year in order to focus on working, and now attends Southern New Hampshire University as a Psychology/Mental Health major. She's working towards becoming a therapist with her own practice. She currently works at Starbucks as a barista and barista trainer. When not working or doing schoolwork, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, family, friends, and pet bunny Louis. Stepping Stone will always have a special place in her heart, as dancing helped her through some of the toughest years of her life.
Kaitlyn Collette Phillips is a certified Physical Therapist Aide who studied at Bucks County Community College in August of 2019, she was certified after only 5 months of AIDE courses. She continues to study all of her personal notes and books to keep the knowledge of her career path to make her an outstanding AIDE in hopes to further her career to be a Physical Therapist Assistant. In her down time she spends most of it as an essential worker at your local Aldi and enjoys spending time with her friends and family along with focusing on reaching her goals to keep herself on the path she desires for her near future.
Kasey Morgan Scott is an LPN who studied Nursing at Bucks County Community College.After graduating from Bucks County Technical High School EMS class in June of 2016, she continued on to study at Bucks County Community College taking general knowledge classes she would need for nursing. Once accepted into Bucks County Community College LPN Nursing program, she started her journey towards her career the summer of 2017. After a long 12 months of class time, studies, clinical and tests she graduated in June 2018 as a Licensed Practical Nurse after passing her boards. Her career began as a LPN at the Bucks County Correctional Facility in August of 2018 working PRN as a correctional nurse, then adding a full time position in pediatrics as a LPN with Firely Pediatrics in October 2018, which she absolutely loves. She is looking to continue her studies in August 2019 to become a Registered Nurse and then onto become a Nurse Practitioner, with plans to focus her career in neonatal/pediatric health. In her time away from being a nurse, she enjoys spending time with her family and giving lots of love to her niece and nephews. She still makes time to fit dance at SSDS in her life as she continues to participate in adult classes because she will always have a passion for dance along with traveling the world.
Jasmyne attended DeSales University after graduating from Pennsbury High School in 2012. While attending DeSales University she performed in numerous pieces in the Emerging Choreographers Concert, DeSales University Dance Ensemble, and Informal Concerts, along with choreographing two pieces, "Euphoria" for the 2014 Fall Informal Concert and "Circuits" for the 2016 Spring Informal Concert. She was also a member of the DeSales University’s Touring Company and DeSales University’s Dance Team. Jasmyne graduated from DeSales in 2016 with a BA in Dance and a minor in Psychology. After graduation, she accepted a full-time job as a drug and alcohol case manager and was given the amazing opportunity to come back to SSDS as the modern and primary dance instructor in 2016; she has been a staff member ever since. She has participated in SSDS’ Christmas shows, holiday parades, recitals, the 6abc Thanksgiving Day Parade and many other fun opportunities. She cannot imagine life without her SSDS family. In addition to case management and teaching, Jasmyne has performed in various shows throughout her post grad career including Downtown Dances in Lancaster, PA, Koresh Artist Showcase, Dance 333, and Collab: Theme and Variation. Her most recent performance was last summer in July 2018 on the Anthem of the Seas Cruise line. Jasmyne is currently attending Widener University for her Masters in Social Work and plans to graduate in May 2020 with her MSW and Trauma Certification. She hopes to become a Licensed Social Worker and Certified Addictions Counselor, with a focus in Substance Abuse Treatment and Trauma Therapy. She hopes to combine her love for dance and social work to help others in need. Jasmyne is extremely grateful for all of these amazing opportunities and is excited to see what the future holds!
Connor graduated High School in 2015 and continued to dance at Stepping Stone until 2017 when she decided to pursue her lifelong dream in getting her black belt in Kenpo. She is currently at the green belt going on to Brown next month. She graduated Bucks County Community College in 2017 with an Associates of Arts in Cinema Video. Connor is currently attending Temple University for a Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Media Arts. Throughout her college years she has created a few media pieces which can be viewed on Connor’s online portfolio at Frameproductions.myportfolio.com. She is very excited to start her first internship at PhillyCam as a Video Production Intern. Connor looks forward to sharing her work with everyone and to see what the future has in store.
Breana is currently finishing out her senior year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she studies Dance Arts (major) and Psychology (minor). During her time at IUP, she has been able to enhance her technique and performance skills with the IUP Dance Theater Company. She is also a part of Greek life on campus, joining Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority during the second semester of her freshman year. While with Tri Sigma, she has had the opportunity to take over as Awards Chair for Fall 2016, and became the organization’s Treasurer for two years (January 2017-December 2018). As Breana finishes at IUP, she has hopeful plans to go to Drexel University for their Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling graduate program, where she will receive her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling.