Director & Instructor Director of A Step Ahead, Bernice Drothler, has been teaching dance for nearly 30 years. She has owned and directed A Step Ahead Performing Arts Studio since it opened in 1999. Bernice received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University, and is certified to teach by Dance Masters of America.
Cameron Brake has been dancing since age 3, training in various styles such as ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, and hip-hop. She started dancing at A Step Ahead in 2011 and competed with their Performing & Competitive Dance Company. She graduated in 2017, and began teaching soon after. Cameron has both a passion for teaching and performing, and hopes to see both in her future. Cameron is very excited to be teaching again this summer!
Sydney Katoe has trained in dance at A Step Ahead for 11 years, and in voice, acting, and theatre for 8 years. She has performed in ASAMT's Productions of The Wizard of Oz, (Dorothy) Into the Woods, (Cinderella) Peter Pan, (Tinkerbell) and The Little Mermaid (Ariel) and many more. As a young intern, she learned that she enjoys being behind the stage as much as she on it. Within the past 5 years she has taken on technical and production positions in the theatre community which include assistant directing, stage management, wardrobe supervising, and others. Ms. Katoe has loved learning and growing in the arts, and in life at A Step Ahead Studio and continues providing guidance and nurturing each student's talent in the same way.