Meet the Instructors
+ Kim Bell, Director
Originally from Clarksburg, WV, Kim has studied numerous phases of dance since 1986. Kim holds a Bachelors of Science degree from West Virginia University’s School of Medicine in Exercise Physiology with minors in Theatre and Dance, and a Masters of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from West Virginia University, where she was awarded ’Most Outstanding Master’s Of Science Student.”
She is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and group fitness instructor as well a Certified Zumba, Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning, Sentao, Zumba Kids, Enhance Fitness, Hip Hop Hustle, PiYo & Turbo Kick Instructor and is the founder of the In Step Fit Club. Kim is also a Walk With Ease Instructor through the Arthritis Foundation and Certified P90X Instructor (along with her husband, Tony.) Kim is a Nutrition and Health/Wellnes Professor at Salem International University and the Activities Director of the Harrison Co Senior Citizen’s Center and a presenter at the statewide nursing home conference.
Kim has studied, taken Master classes, and performed in such places as Italy, Havana Cuba, Opryland Tennessee, New York New York, West Virginia University, Slippery Rock University, Indiana University, and many other places throughout the United States, and has worked with some of the country’s most renowned dance instructors and choreographers.
Kim directed the Clarksburg City Community Dance Program for three years and founded In Step in 2005. In Step’s performance credits include representing West Virginia at the Garden State Stomp in Mt. Laurel NJ, Idlewild Park, Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge TN, Walt Disney World, Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach FL, King’s Dominion, Hershey Park, Virginia Beach, VA, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, the Statue of Liberty, CedarPoint, Six Flags, and many other fairs, festivals and parades. In Step has received many competitions awards through IDC, DTI, ETS, and has been offered a spot in the DMA finals for the past 5 years.
Kim’s performance credits include Allegro Dance Co for five years, WVU African Ensemble for four years, WVU Folk Dance and Clogging Club for three years, and Orchesis Dance Ensemble for two years. Kim has also performed in many musical theatre production including 42nd Street, Funny Girl, Damn Yankees, Jekyll and Hyde, Sweeny Todd, and many other straight shows.
Kim’s choreography credits are numerous as well, including numbers produced for Morgantown Children’s Theatre, Act II Theatre Co, Town And Gown Theatre Co, Fairmont State University, RM Productions, Anna’s Expressions of Dance, Liberty HS Theatre, Show Choir and Dance line, Robert C Byrd HS Theatre, Show Choir, and Dance Line, the Worship Dancers from First Baptist Church in Shinnston, and Washington Irving Middle School Show Choir, who became the WV State Middle School Show Choir Grand Champions for the third year, where "Best Choreography" was one of their many honors. Kim has also produced and directed nearly 40 dance recitals over the past 13 years, with many more to come!
+ Tony Bell
Bio coming soon.
+ Heather Babcock
Heather Babcock, of Stonewood, West Virginia, is a Latent Print Examiner at Ideal Innovations, Inc. She’s originally from New Cumberland, WV- where she danced at Michelle’s Dance Studio from the age of 5 til her senior year of high school. She participated in tap, jazz, acrobat, ballet, lyrical, pointe, and competitive team, as well as performing in several solos/duets. She was a baton twirler with the New Cumberland Daisyettes until sixth grade.
She attended gymnastics at Brian’s Basics in Follansbee, WV throughout high school. Additionally, she was a cheerleader for the Golden Bears from the age of four on the preschool peewee team to her Senior year on the high school Varsity squad. She cheered for Mountain State University her sophomore year of college.
Today, Heather attends Zumba classes at In Step Dance and Fitness. She loves teaching tumbling to the students at In Step and is excited for the future!
+ Elsa Davis
Elsa discovered her passion for teaching fitness in 1980, while living in the Azores. While there, she taught aerobics classes and eventually took over another fitness class in addition to her class. Since then, she has taught aerobic and step-aerobic classes at various locations.
After seeing an article about “Zumba” in the newspaper, she went to In Step School of Dance to give it a try. It was love at first dance! This was the experience that fulfilled a life-long dream - to find a fitness class that was so much fun, you (almost) forget that you are exercising! A big plus is that you get to learn some basic dance steps and moves in a friendly, encouraging atmosphere.
Elsa is licensed to teach Zumba, Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold, Zumba Step, and is a member of ZIN (Zumba Instructors Network.) She is also a licensed Pound instructor and is certified to teach Urban Boot Camp. She particularly loves working with those that are new to fitness classes. Her current classes include Zumba, Zumba (for beginners), Pound, and her Combo Class – a mash-up of Zumba Step, Zumba Toning, and Pound.
+ Debbie Johnson
Debbie first began taking Zumba classes at In Step back in 2011, saw even with her disability she could do it, and finally fell in love with exercise! In Feburary of 2012 she went to a Zumba Basic Training and received her license to teach classes! The Summer of 2012 Debbie went to Convention in Orlando with three other instructors from In Step. While there she received her Basic 2 training and got an additional license in Zumba Kids and Kids Jr, as well as taking different flavor classes which inspired her more.
She currently teaches Zumba in the Circuit and Zumba classes at In Step School of Dance and Nutter Fort Intermediate School. Every 9 weeks on the Primary side of the school she goes in one Friday to teach Zumba Kids all day to the children in gym class. On the Intermediate side she also teaches for a health class grade one day a week and is often asked by the students and staff to pop in and teach all day.
Debbie goes to the mall as a representative of the studio for Tuesday for Tots, shows up at schools when asked for a reward day that is given the students and holds weekly classes for the Project Isaac program at Nutter Fort. Debbie has three children, Steve, Tish and Ezra Johnson, and resides in Clarksburg, WV, with her husband Tom.
+ Julie Knicely
Julie started her dance career at the age of 3 in ballet and jazz. She later added twirling to her dance experience and moved on to become Head Majorette in High School. After High School she provided baton lessons at the local YWCA. Julie joined In Step as the twirling instructor in 2009. She teaches beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of twirling and as well as fire twirling.
Julie is a member of the Spellbound Dance Company at In Step as well. She is currently providing choreography and coaching to the RCB High School Majorettes.Julie is married to Shawn Kniceley and has two kids, Ruby and Daniel. Ruby has been an In Stepper since 2008. Julie is also a Compliance Director at United Summit Center where she began her career in 2010.
+ Tomeeka Langer
I have danced at In Step since I was 13. I became a student assistant to Kim soon after. I continued to dance and teach (youth classes and Zumba) until I became pregnant with my first child in 2011. I realized it was very hard for me to leave him. I wanted to have him everywhere I was.
After I had my second child in 2015 I thought hard about how I could become healthier and stronger without having to leave my baby but at the same time be with other adults as a support system. I decided to create ROCK-N by Baby Babywearing fitness in order to be able to exercise while bonding with my little one. I am also certified to teach Urban Boot Camp, POUND and Zumba.
+ Alexa Lipscomb
Bio coming soon.
+ Kaylee Maholic
Kaylee Marie Maholic has been dancing at In Step since the age of two. Miss Kaylee has been lucky enough to perform at various places with In Step that include: Hershey Park, Disney World, Ron Jons Surf Shop, Busch Gardens, Virgina Beach, New Jersey Stomp, Myrtle Beach, Six Flags Maryland, Kennywood, and New York City.
Over the years Miss Kaylee has recieved many achievements including: a Pointe Park Intensive Scholarship, The Paige Pierce Smile Big Scholarship, Be Discovered Scholarship to attend 'The Carnival' Performance Intensive in NYC, JUMP Alternative Dance Convention and was awarded a Hip-Hop Scholarship to attend Dancerpalooza in Los Angelos, California, Star Talent Nationals Miss Kaylee was placed 9th in the Nation in her age group for her contempary solo choreographed by Jocelyn Spellman, WVMEA State Show Choir Competition in 2015 and was awarded Best Performer from Bridgeport Middle School, and last but not least she was also awarded the WVSSAC Academic Award for the Bridgeport Middle School Band.
Kaylee has also attended many dance workshops and competitions including: DTI, Extreme Talent Showcase, IDC, DMA, Star Talent, Star Systems, The Cheryl Cutlip Rockette Workshop, EJ Workshop, and JUMP. She has been a student at In Step while taking classes in Ballet Technique, Pointe, Tap, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Clogging, Acro, Tumbling, Modern, Contemporary, Twirling, Fire Baton, Musical Theater, Pom, and Zumba. Also at In Step Miss Kaylee teaches Jr. Hip-Hop, Private Lessons, and assists with Kid's Zumba and 3-4 & 5-7 ballet, tap, and jazz classes. Miss Kaylee also enjoys helping choreograph for the Bridgeport Middle School Show Choir and Danceline.
Outside of dance class, she has enjoyed performing in school plays, talent shows, Cheerleading Competitions, Harrison County Dance Line Competitions, Halftime shows at Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball Games, WVU and Bridgeport High School Football games. Kaylee is a 4.0 Honor Student at Bridgeport High School where she serves on the Freshman Student Council, Band, Frontline, and Key Club. In her spare time she likes to listen to music, read, play with her younger brother, dance, personal training with Kim Richison-Bell, and run 5k's. In the future she plans on attending college at the University of North Carolina while studying Marine Biology and Sports Medicine, while also continuing her dance education.
+ Stacie McCarty
Stacie McCarty grew up with a love for dance. In addition to regular dance classes, she had the opportunity to travel around the state with the Nicholas County Heritage Dancers, a folk dancing group, teaching and sharing the love. It seemed the natural next step to start teaching Zumba.
In 2010, Stacie got licensed and started a class with her sister in Summersville, WV. When she moved to Harrison County, she started teaching here at In Step as well as the local YMCA. In addition to Zumba, she teaches Aqua Zumba, dances with Spellbound Dance Company, and is a certified Urban Boot Camp Instructor.
She lives in Good Hope with her husband, two daughters (who are also In Steppers!) and son, Tobias (Toby, aka T-Baby, aka Papi).
+ Paige Pierce
Paige is a student at Fairmont State University. Upon completion of graduation, Paige plans to open an early learning child care center. Paige has been studying dance under the direction of Kim Richison-Bell at In Step since 2003. She participates in jazz, clogging, ballet, tap, hip-hop, modern & twirling. Paige has been instructing twirling and dance since 2008 at In Step.
Paige has performed at Disney World, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Kings Domion, Hershey Park, Busch Gardens, Virginia Beach, Cedar Point, and at the Statue of Liberty with the In Step School of Dance. Paige also competes with In Step and has been awarded numerous awards from many competitions for both dance and twirling.
Paige has attended numerous workshops in which Dance Professionals from around the country offer technique training, choreography, and instruction/lectures. Some of these guest artists are former dancer and assistant choreographer with the Radio City Rockettes, Cheryl Cutlip, "So You Think You Can Dance" finalist, EJ Ferencak, and Founder of the "Beginnings" Workshop, Peter Sklar. Paige attended Mr. Sklar's workshop in New York and was given the opportunity to perform at Manhattan's Union Square Theatre.
In 2013, Paige accepted the position of Liberty High School Show Choir choreographer. Also in 2013, Paige was selected to be a member of the Spellbound Dance Company. Paige’s family is also the sponsors of the annual Paige Pierce “Smile Big” Scholarship, awarded each year to a deserving In Stepper.
+ Alli Riley
Alli Riley is from Huntington, WV and has been dancing for nineteen years. Alli attends Davis and Elkins College where she is working on a BA degree in Dance Entrepreneurship. She is a current member of Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble, and was a company member of Huntington Dance Theatre until 2015.
She has choregraphed for Davis & Elkins College production of Oklahoma!. She has also choreographed dances for her college dance department, as well as local studios where she taught. One of her pieces was picked to represent D&E at the American College Dance Festival 2017 informal stage showing.
She has been awarded The Friends of West Virginia Culture and History Scholarship presented by The West Virginia Dance Festival, as well as Davis & Elkins dance scholarship and SCORES international dance award. She has danced the roles of “Snow Queen” and “Clara” in Huntington Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker and has been asked to perform in “Adrift,” a piece presented in the WV State Dance Festival choreographed by Jerry Rose.
Alli attended Huntington Dance Theatre's High School Half Day Program and was in their pre-professional program as well. She has trained at Davis & Elkins College Spring Dance Festival, Point Park University’s International Summer Dance Intensive, WV’s Governor's School for the Arts, WV State Dance Festival, and many others.
She has taught beginning ballet at the Davis & Elkins Dance Festival 2017. She also has taught lyrical, contemporary, jazz, tap, and creative movement classes regularly at Nancy’s School of Dance and Huntington Dance Theatre in Huntington, WV. She wants to teach kids the importance of individuality in dance and life.
+ Melissa Beebe Roberts
Melissa studied dance at her local studio in Massachusetts beginning at the age of three. She continued to dance throughout high school and at Hamilton College, graduating with a major in History, a minor in French, and numerous academic and technique dance classes. At Hamilton College, she studied advanced ballet, modern dance, and jazz technique, as well as dance history and choreography. She performed in works by faculty and guest choreographers, and completed an independent study project on choreographer Agnes de Mille.
She continued her academic study of dance at Wesleyan University with coursework in dance history and dance and movement therapy. As an adult, she studied ballet at New Haven Ballet, and modern technique with teacher Susan Matheke in Connecticut. She also studied at Chico Creek Dance Center in Chico, California. Her professional background includes positions in alumni relations and development at the secondary and college level, and as associate director of admissions at the graduate level.
Melissa also teaches Barre fitness classes with a certification from American Barre Technique. Barre is a ballet-based fitness class which incorporates movement from ballet, yoga, and pilates as well as light weights.
Most recently, Melissa has lived and taught dance classes in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and Chico, California, including pre-ballet, various levels of ballet, and adult ballet fitness. Recent performances include adult roles in The Nutcracker, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, and Peter Pan, as well as a dance and performance variety show.
Melissa lives with her husband, her three children, and their German Shepherd dog.
+ Marissa Shanholtz
Marissa Shanholtz graduated from Liberty High School in 2012. While there, she participated in student government, theater, and show choir. In 2011 and 2012 she was the dance captain for the Liberty One Voice Show Choir, and volunteered her time helping the WI Show Stoppin’ Toppers. She has been with In Step since 2009, and has worked her way up to being the Beginner Tumbling and Musical Theater Instructor. Miss Marissa also helps out with the Intermediate and Advanced Level Tumbling classes.
2014 was an exciting year for Miss Marissa here at In Step. For the spring recital she choreographed the instructor dance, “To This Day”. The piece was a tribute to those that have been affected by bullying in their lives - a topic very close to Miss Marissa’s heart. In July, “To This Day” received a Superior rating and won first place at the Star Talent National Dance Competition in Myrtle Beach.
Miss Marissa balances her life at the studio with school, as well. She attends Fairmont State University where she will graduate in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. While at FSU, Marissa helped to start a chapter of Active Minds, a national non-profit organization that works to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health on college campuses. Since its start in 2013, Marissa has served as the President, and has overseen and participated in multiple events on FSU’s campus. With Active Minds, she has been certified in QPR Suicide Training and SafeZone Training for the LGBTQIA community. She hopes to continue the work that she has done with Active Minds by extending her reach to eliminating the stigma that surrounds mental health in society. She wants to help make a community environment where people can speak up about their problems without fear of being made fun of, and that is a philosophy that extends into her teaching style in the classroom.
Marissa’s entire life has been dedicated to working with children and helping those that sometimes need a little more help or encouragement. After graduation, she plans on pursuing a Masters in Educational Psychology from WVU. The parents, students, and staff at In Step hold a very special place in Miss Marissa’s heart, and she looks forward to being a part of the In Step crew for at least a few more years… or the rest of her life.
+ Miranda Singleton
Miranda Singleton has been with In Step since the year of 2006. Miranda is currently an instructor at In Step School of Dance teaching the groups of Beginner Hiphop, Jazz, and Clogging. As well as, the beginner and intermediate Pom classes. She has studied a variety of genres in dance including: Clogging, Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Contemporary/Modern.
While being with In Step she has performed in such places as New York City, Busch Gardens, Hersey Park, Disney World, and many more. She has also gotten the opportunity to compete in many different local and national competitions while at In Step and has also taken an extensive amount of workshops with well-known artists such as EJ Ferencak, Alex Wong, Cheryl Cutlip, and many others.
Outside of the studio, Miranda is a Licensed Practical nurse and a mother of two. She enjoys spending time with family and loves bringing a positive atmosphere into her class for her students. In Step to her, is more than a dance studio, but a family. She is excited and ready for the wonderful year of dance!
+ Amanda Starkey
Amanda has been dancing since the age of 2. She studied at the Romona Rose Academy of Performing Arts for 16yrs. While there, she took classes in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Clogging, Hip Hop, and Broadway Styles. She was also a member of the award winning Gore Middle School and Liberty High School Danceline where she also helped with choreography. Aside from dance, Amanda also studied singing from Pam Krall's Musical Studio.
Since graduating from high school, she has been privlaged enough to help assist in choreography for both the Liberty High school and Lincoln High School Dance teams, as well as various solo performances at other studios. She was the youngest in her graduating class from the West Virginia University Hospital Radiologic Technology Program and Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. She is currently working as an Ultrasound and X-ray technologist at the Manchin Clinic. Amanda is very excited to be joining the In Step family.
+ Sidney Westfall
Bio coming soon.
+ Sarah Young
Sarah Young is a teacher at Lincoln High School where she teaches English for juniors and seniors. Sarah also works as the choreographer for the musicals at Notre Dame High School. She has also choreographed for Bridgeport High School, for Harrison County Summer Theatre, and for Fairmont State University's productions of Annie Get Your Gun, Oklahoma!, Oliver!, and Honk!.
Sarah taught ballroom dancing at Pierpont Community Technical College where she received her silver level certification from the United States Society of Teachers of Dance in American and International styles of ballroom dancing.
Sarah trained in dance at Fairmont State University, Pierpont Community and Technical College, Fifth Street Dance Company, Union Dance Studio, Princeton Dance Studio, and Movements in Dance.
She currently operates the Vintage Theatre Company with her husband Jason.
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+ Rachel Yates
Bio coming soon.