Amanda’s love for dance began at a young age as a student at A Step of Class. She was trained and excelled in many styles including ballet, tap, jazz, tumbling, pointe, and clogging, just to name a few. Her love for dance turned into a passion for teaching. When she was 11 she became a teacher’s assistant and by the age of 16 she became an instructor. While being a dance teacher she also became the mother of 3 beautiful children, modeled for Tara Grinna and other clothing companies, and acted in movies and T.V. shows. Amanda has expanded her dance background with other activities such as sports and horseback riding. Teaching and sharing her love for dance has been such a blessing to her life along with all the wonderful children that God has allowed her to teach.
Tammy Evans is the owner and director of A Step of Class since 1993. She is a 1993 graduate of UNC Wilmington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. In 1996 Tammy was certified to teach by Dance Masters of America and became a member of Chapter 15 Carolina Dance Masters, where she is still an active member. Tammy began her dance education at the age of 3 under the direction of Deborah Blanton and then continued her education through high school under the direction of Lynn Raley. She has furthered her education under many master teachers such as Savion Glover, Karen Hebert, Christopher Gatelli, Elie Lazar, and many more. She was in the television version of Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. Tammy has also enjoyed working with Goldsboro’s children’s theater, Stage Struck, where she has choreographed the Premier Musical of “Cinderella” as well as worked with their “STARS” camp for 3 summers. She enjoys teaching Kinderdance, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Acro to her students in both the Beulaville and Goldsboro locations.
Our experienced instructors are devoted to providing quality dance education in a positive environment. Our goal at A Step of Class is for your student to succeed both in and out of the classroom.
Kenesha Simmons is a native of Wayne County. She graduated from Southern Wayne High School in 1996 and NC A&T SU in 2000. She is currently in her 18th year at Southern Wayne as a Science teacher and cheerleading coach. Mrs. Simmons has 28 years of cheerleading experience which includes middle school, high school, college, choreography, and coaching. She is also a 5 time Coach of the Year with the Eastern Carolina 3A Conference and currently serves as the lead cheer coach of Wayne County Public Schools. Mrs. Simmons resides in Goldsboro with her husband Corey and two children, daughter Kenedi and son Kamari
Stacie Dawson is a 2013 graduate of The University of North Carolina Wilmington with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. Her dance journey began as a student at A Step of Class directed by Tammy Evans. Stacie has been a Star Title Performer, Youth Dance Ambassador, National Callback Challenge winner, and Assistant for Dance Troupe Competition. She has been a top ten finalist for Miss Dance of North Carolina twice and in 2012 she was second runner up and received the interview award. She has been a member of Carolina Dance Masters and Dance Masters of America and has been certified by both to teach ballet, jazz, and acrobatics since 2015. She has choreographed many award winning numbers and received top choreography awards at Dance Machine, Star Systems, DTI, CDM, and Encore competitions. She was honored to choreograph “Mary Poppins” for Stagestruck in 2017. Stacie enjoys continuing her dance education through master classes, workshops, and conventions. She loves teaching kinderdance, ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, and acrobatics at both the Beulaville and Goldsboro locations.
Kaitlyn is an instructor at both the Goldsboro and Beulaville A Step of Class locations. She is an instructor of kinderdance, ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, lyrical, and cheerdance. She began dancing at the age of 2 under the instruction of Tammy Evans at A Step of Class, and was a member of the award winning A Step of Class Dance company starting at age 6. Kaitlyn continues her dance education through conventions, master classes, and seminars. In 2015 she became a member of Dance Masters of North Carolina and Dance Masters of America and received certification to teach ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics. She has choreographed many award winning company dances that have won prestigious honors like the Peggy Lee Choreography award and the Dance Machine entertainment award along with many other choreography awards. She choreographed Stagestruck's Summer theater program "Big Stars" in 2015. She hopes to share the same love of dance with her students that was shared with her!
Ashley Gainer graduated from Wayne Community College in 2013 with an Associate in Arts
Degree. While at WCC, she was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Her love of
dance stared at an early age. She has been dancing since age four, and is trained in Ballet, Tap,
Jazz, Lyrical, Pointe and Acro. For eight years, she was a member of the A Step Of Class
Dance Company. That same love for dance also started Ashley on the teaching path. She has
been teaching dance since age fourteen; first as an assistant then as a lead teacher at the age
of eighteen. She is a certified instructor through Dance Masters Of America and an active
member in Carolina Dance Masters. In addition to teaching, Ashley keeps sharpening her
technique and dance skills by attending yearly dance conventions and workshops. In 2011 she
became a licensed Zumba ® instructor, and in 2013 received her Zumba® kids license. She
enjoys teaching both dance and instructing Zumba®, which she is able to incorporate in warm
ups. As a dance teacher and Zumba® Instructor, she is eagerly looking forward to all that the
Kirsten has been teaching dance classes for seven years. Her passion for dance stems from 12 years of recreational and competitive dance. In January of 2012, she accepted a position as the choreographer for Stagestruck and CenterStage, her hometown theater groups, as well as Fremont STARS Elementary. Mrs. Edel received Katherine Costa's "Best Choreography" award for CenterStage's production of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory". In 2013, Mrs. Edel was tested and certified as an acrobatics and tap instructor through Dance Masters of America. Kirsten is grateful for the opportunity to pass on her passion for the art of dance and looks forward to joining A Step of Class!
Meet our Staff
Madelynn Thigpen is an instructor of ballet, tap, jazz, tumbling, and clogging at our Beulaville, NC location. Madelynn was a lifelong student at A Step of Class as well as a member of their award-winning company since age 6. She is a 2019 graduate of East Duplin High School where she was a member of many academic clubs as well as the varsity cheer team. Madelynn is a nursing student at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. There, she is a member of the UNCW cheer team. She is excited to share her love for dance with the Beulaville community and the studio that she grew up in.