Meet the Dance Instructors
Deedee Dixon-Gachett: Deedee is the owner of Hiphopbodyburn Fitness, being drawn to and having a passion for dance and fitness for more than eight years, she has continued to enjoy the art and creativity that owner Tracey Sims brings to TurnOut Movement Arts Studio and our community.
Giavanna Desai: This is my 14th year dancing with Dance Creations Dance Studio and I have been a student teacher for two years. Dance has exposed me to so many new experiences and I love meeting new kids! I have not only taught at my own studio, but also have helped teach in schools as well as summer programs. I hope to not only teach kids dance but make a difference in their lives because I know what a positive impact dance has had on me.
Marsha Butcher: As a student, Marsha was a member of the Springfield Ballet Company. She also attended summer dance intensives with Nashville Ballet and David Howard. Marsha is a 2008 graduate from Illinois State University with a double major in dance and elementary education. While attending ISU, Marsha was a member of Illinois State Dance Theatre and president of Illinois State Dance Association. She also had the opportunity to perform works by a variety of guest artists including artists from Joe Goode Performance Group, Hubbard Street, Paul Taylor, Trisha Brown, Eddy Ocampo and Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre. Marsha choreographed and performed for the American College Dance Festival. Marsha taught ballet, modern and jazz at Interlochen Center for the Arts during their summer camp program. Marsha currently teaches at Springfield Dance in Springfield, IL.
Sharon Flynn Stidham: Sharon is a certified Irish Dance Teacher (TCRG) and internationally sought-after Adjudicator (ADCRG). She travels throughout the United States and Europe judging competitions, running workshops, and creating opportunities for Irish dancers and instructors to perfect their craft. Sharon's experience in Irish Dance began in 1969, when her father, the first president of the Tara Association in New Brunswick, NJ, invited dancers from the Ed Sullivan show to perform. Sharon then moved on to study with one of the founding members of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America (IDTANA), and the teacher of many of the finest Irish dancers in the history of US Irish dance. As an individual competitor, Sharon won numerous local, regional and national championships, qualified regularly for the World Championships, and performed at Carnegie Hall. She continues to actively attend workshops given by masters such as Colin Dunne and Ronan McCormack to ensure her standards of dance remain top-notch. In 2008, she was part of the team that created the North American Irish Dance Federation, LLC, and spent five wonderful years as its chair; the organization has since merged with the second largest Irish Dance organization in the world. Sharon currently owns and teaches at the Achill Academy of Irish Dance.
Tracey Sims: Tracey is well known for her extraordinary choreography. Tracey has instructed many students who have received numerous dance scholarships. Tracey is a regional and national title winning dance instructor and had studied at both the EDGE Performing Arts Center and Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles, California. She has been awarded such honors as: Top Teacher, Top Studio, Overall Studio, Best Choreography, Most Entertaining, High Power High Energy, Show Stopper and the list goes on. Tracey brings unique, cutting edge choreography and incredible energy to each dance. She continues her own studies in classes and workshops and was recently awarded a Teacher Scholarship to “Pulse on Tour.” Tracey and fellow colleagues participated in the opening act for Soulja boy at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center. As a teacher and choreographer, she teaches Master Hip Hop classes for other dance companies, high school and college dance teams. Tracey is also certified in Kripalu DanKenetics and Shake Your Soul, which draws from Movement Therapy, Qi Kung and Yoga. In these therapeutic forms, mind and body are connected as an outlet for emotions and a pathway to finds meaning in the movement of our bodies. Tracey has expanded her passion for teaching into the college classroom. As an adjunct instructor in the psychology program at the University of Illinois at Springfield, Tracey is able to share her expertise and passion for working with at-risk special needs populations. Tracey earned a B.S.W. degree in social work as well as a master of arts degree in INO- movement and wellness from the University of Illinois at Springfield. A judge for Star Systems National Talent Competitions, Tracey strives to help dancers of all levels achieve success. She was nominated by readers of the Illinois Times and was chosen as Springfield’s Best Dance Instructor in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. This honor clearly reflects Tracey’s dedication, passion for and commitment to dance. Tracey is the owner of and instructor at TurnOut Movement Arts Studio.