The Preschool Of Performing Arts West is a private prep academy for girls. We have a complete academic curriculum that includes phonics, science, technology, arts, writing, math and much more plus real training in Ballet & Jazz. We present a unique opportunity for students to excel in both academics and fine arts. Our kinder bridge students graduate knowing how to read and are more than ready for Kindergarten. This increases confidence & self esteem which truly sets them up for success.
Stephanie's Dance Studio One West is a full size dance studio located inside the Preschool of Performing Arts West. This provides a daily, real dance studio experience for all our preschool students. Come and see the technique difference! Students become strong, flexible & poised while developing social proficiency and leadership skills for girls.
All of our academic instructors are certified teachers with a degree and experience teaching children. We teach an accelerated curriculum that provides challenging thought provoking lessons while still allowing children to work at their own rate. We allow students to soar above and beyond the group!
We are a private, Christian preschool academy for girls. As part of an all-girl school, students can focus on learning with fewer distractions. Our girls build self confidence, social skills & leadership skills while excelling in academics and the arts. We strive to create a positive, supportive, nurturing environment where learning is exciting and fun!
Our curriculum is research based & systematic, helping our students grow intellectually and socially while building a solid foundation for future academic success. Skills are taught through small group instruction and literacy centers with a teacher to student ratio of 1 to 8. Certain lessons are also taught through large group instruction to reinforce new skills, teach group cooperation and leadership skills. Students will enjoy challenging lessons in phonics, emergent reading readiness, math concepts, language development, writing technique, social skills, problem solving, creative thinking, science experiments and hands on Smart board technology.
Our Fine Arts program is technique based. We teach real technique in every subject to every age group. Dance is not just about learning the steps. Dance begins with total body conditioning. Strength and flexibility increase with time spent correctly using the science of stretching. Brain to muscle neurological connections are necessary for building coordination and balance as well as enhancing academic potential. It is so important to get the right start during the preschool years so that the child builds a strong network of neurological connections that will be there for a lifetime.
Our Christian values are evident in our family friendly, age appropriate choice of music, choreography and costumes. We believe our dancers should be dressed for the stage, not the beach. Our academic and fine art curriculum both strongly reinforce our commitment to teaching children manners and the value of sharing, caring for and helping others. We teach our students to be supportive and respectful of one another. We know that families have very different approaches to how they view religion so we do not teach religion classes. We do not provide a religious curriculum. We do provide a positive atmosphere where children are nurtured and encouraged to meet their full potential. (Note - All students participate in all school holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter!)
Owner & Preschool Director - Ms. Stephanie
Having danced since the age of four, Mrs. Stephanie grew up with a strong foundation in ballet, tap and jazz. As a teen she was the technique demonstrator for the advanced classes at Beaux Arts School of Dance for two years. She studied ballet under Joe Rowen at Oklahoma City University and Leon Danelian in Colorado. She studied jazz and tap under Rhonda Miller at Oklahoma City University and in Los Angeles, California. She was a performing member of the Western Oklahoma Ballet Theatre for four years. The Ballet Company was given a state grant and joined the Southwest Regional Ballet Festival. Each year Mrs. Stephanie performed in The Nutcracker and other ballets such as Coppelia.
In 1983 Mrs. Stephanie established Stephanie’s Dance Studio One in Oklahoma as the principle instructor along with two assistant teachers. The studio offered technique classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, Pointe, gymnastics and vocal performance. The studio’s two performing companies, Company Little Ones and Great Plains Dance Company, participated in annual performances such as The Community Art Festival, Oklahoma City Art Festival, area pageants, Red Carpet Theater, March of Dimes Telethons, Christmas shows, Cancer Society Benefit shows, OK Kids Talent shows and The Entertainment Channel. Students also participated in annual dance conventions and competitions such as Dupree Dance Expo (Dallas), Tremaine Dane Convention (Tulsa), L.A. Dance Force (Dallas and Los Angeles), Spotlight Competitions, Dance Caravan Competition, Regency Competitions and others. All students participated in annual Dance Studio One recitals. Established in Katy in 1995, Stephanie’s Dance Studio One has trained many outstanding dancers. Instant Action Company, Jr. Instant Action Company, Jr. Company, Sr. Company, Company Little Ones and 100% Fun companies won numerous gold and platinum awards at competitions including “Best Overall Ballet Technique.” Dance companies have performed at the Katy Freedom Festival and Houston Children’s Festival. Students have won individual awards including Tremaine “Dancer of the Year” as well Jr. Sweetheart National Dance and Encore National scholarships which were held in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Nine students at Stephanie’s Dance Studio One have won college scholarships for dance. One boy won a full four-year college scholarship to Southern Methodist University. Three girls (ages 9, 10 and 11) won full scholarships to the “L.A. Dance Force” Summer Dance Program in Los Angeles, California. Five former students are now dance teachers. As the principle instructor of Stephanie’s Dance Studio One, Stephanie received two choreography awards from L. A. Dance Force. She was a Judge at the National Spotlight Competition in Dallas and the state finals competition of OK kids.
Mrs. Stephanie created an in depth strength and conditioning program to assist students in preparing for Drill team try outs. Every year many students make drill teams at various High Schools throughout Katy after attending our drill team training program. Several long-time dance students have made officer in their High School Drill teams after a lifetime of dancing at Stephanie's Dance Studio One.
In addition, Stephanie also formerly served as the Artistic Director of the Dance department at West Houston Charter School and was the first director to add an intensive study of Pointe work and performance to their educational program. Stephanie has over 30 years experience in program development and teaching young children. She has a CDA in child development and a Child Care Director's license for the state of Texas. She has raised two adult children and resides in Fulshear, TX with her husband and is a member of Kingsland Baptist Church.
Assistant Director (Director of Kinder Bridge) - Ms. Eve
Ms. Eve has over 35 years of teaching and training experience. She started her career teaching in the Elementary school system in her native Scotland and then after obtaining a second teaching degree from Warwick University became a lecturer in Early Years and Child Development at Stratford Upon Avon college. Eve has travelled extensively living in several countries in Europe and Asia before settling in the USA 5 years ago with her husband. Eve has 2 married children. Eve understands the value of preschool education and has had much success developing the holistic approach to developing the whole child.
Instructor - Ms. Janelle
Ms. Janelle has 8 years of experience teaching preschool children and she has experience in administration. Ms. Janelle is full of energy and loves working with young students. Her creative enthusiasm for learning is contagous and kids of all ages love her classes. Ms. Janelle has a child care Director’s License for the state of Texas. She resides in Katy with her husband and three children.
Instructor - Ms. Kathryn
Ms. Kathryn has 9 years of teaching experience and loves working little ones. She has experience teaching at Sugar Grove Christian School, Christ Church School and Creative Minds Child Development Center. Ms. Kathryn has a Child Development Technical Certificate and has been with the Preschool Of Performing Arts West since it began in 2014 She resides in Sugar Land with her family.
Instructor - Ms. Jazmin
Ms. Jazmin works well with children of all ages and specializes in blending art and technology. She presents computer technology in a child friendly manner. Ms. Jazmin teaches children how to make their original cartoon characters move within a landscape that they create themselves. Children delight in watching their original cartoon characters come to life in this innovative program. Ms. Jazmin is currently finishing a Graphic Arts Degree at the Art Institute of Houston.
Instructor - Ms. Hallie
Ms. Hallie loves working with children and specializes in Music and Art. Her love of music began with her intensive study and performance with the French Horn. She now teaches children’s music classes that are both fun and educational. She also has experience teaching Art classes to children of all ages and enjoys instilling confidence in students as they accomplish each step of their creative art projects. Ms. Hallie resides with her family in Rosenburg.
Instructor - Ms. Shanha
Ms. Shanha loves working with children. She uses her unique skill to bring a child’s paper drawing into the technical world of computers. Teaching the students how to turn their paper artwork into a real cartoon character that will be set up in the computer program just right so that it will be ready to move once they have finished their cartoon creation. She teaches the basics of story writing, color theory and attention to detail in fun and engaging ways. She is currently finishing a Graphic Arts Degree from the Art Institute of Houston. Ms. Shanha resides in Cypress with her husband and child.
Assistant Instructor - Ms. Carmen
Assistant Dance Instructor and Substitute teacher - Ms. Caitlyn
Ms. Caitlin graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Caitlin enjoys working with children and taught in Katy Independent School District and most recently Lamar School District as a substitute teacher. Caitlin has experience as a preschool teacher at Primrose preschool and as a private tutor for all ages. Mrs. Caitlin has been with Preschool Of Performing Arts West as a long term sub since 2015. Caitlin has taken dance classes all her life and taught dance at Stages Dance Academy in Buffalo, New York. She also had the privilege to serve as a dance officer on the Seven Lakes High School dance/drill team. Ms. Caitlin resides in Rosenburg, TX with her husband and is a member of Bethal Baptist Church in Fulshear.