I am the owner/director/instructor of Showstoppers Dance Studio. I have owned Showstoppers for the last 21 years, but have been a member since it opened 35 years ago. I have danced since I was 3 years old. I continued the love of dance throughout high school, Delta College and at UOP until I graduated in 1996 with a B.A. in Liberal Studies. I have been teaching at Showstoppers since I was 13 years old, and in 1998, I bought the studio and became the sole owner, director and instructor. Along with myself, Amy Strong, Ava Archibeque and Julie Dinkel joined as instructor for the 2019-2020 season. I do welcome 3 assistants this year. I pride myself on the fact that we know each student and their family, because that is what SDS is….Family! I hope ever student that enters Showstoppers leaves with more self-confidence, passion and the love of dance. Always dance with Heart & Soull!!
Amy Strong- Instructor
Amy Strong has been dancing at Showstoppers Dance for the past 25 years. She has training in tap, jazz, hip hop, ballet, pointe and tumbling. She was a member of our competitive dance team for 12 years. She is a graduate of Lincoln High School in Stockton and is currently attend cosmetology school 5 days a week. She started working at Showstoppers 15 years ago teaching one hip hop class. Her main focus this year is hip hop, but she can teach all styles of dance. SDS is extremely lucky to have her as staff on Monday!!!
Ava Archibeque - Beg Instructor and 2nd year Assistant
Ava Archibeque has been dancing at Showstoppers Dance Studio for 10 years. She had danced tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, ballet, tumbling and pointe. She is an advanced member of our SDS Competition Team. She is a sophomore at Lodi High School. I am excited and happy to have her teaching a few beginning classes as well as an assistant again this year!!
Bella Reis - 3rd year Assistant
Bella Reis has been dancing at Showstoppers Dance Studio for 10 years. She had studied tap, jazz, hip hop. lyrical, ballet, tumbling and pointe. She is an advanced member of our SDS Competition Team. She is a junior this year at Lodi High School. I am excited and happy to have her as an assistant again this year helping with our littlest of dancers. She has way of connecting to them!!
Tegan Smith - 1st year assistant
Tegan Smith has been dancing at Showstoppers Dance Studio for 10 years. She had danced tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, tumbling, ballet and pointe. She is an advanced member of our SDS Competition Team. She is a senior at Ben Holt Academy School. I am excited and happy she has joined the staff this year as an assistant!!
Julie Dinkel - 2nd year
Julie has been tumbling, doing gymnastics
since she was 5 years old. She was on her
competitive cheer team and gymnastic team
all through high school in Blue Springs, Missouri.
She was a competitive gymnast at Great American
Gymnastics Expressalso know as GAGE Center
in Blue Springs, Missouri owned by
Olympic coach Al Fong. Home of 2004
Olympic Games team silver medalists Terin Humphrey
and Courtney McCool. Julie was a gymnastics coach
at GAGE center teaching recreational levels
and mini team. She graduated from
Southwest Missouri State University with a
bachelor’s degree in business. She is married
and has one daughter, Samantha, whom
dances on the SDS Competition Team.
Julie joined the Showstoppers staff in
2018-2019. We are excited that she is part
of the staff ( and dance mom) again this year
teaching 2 tumbling classes.