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Stephanie Cortez - Dance Instructor
Megan Castellow - Dance Instructor
Charles Hickenbothom - Musical Theatre
Anna Moore - Office Manager
+1.(559)310-7288 850 N. Main St. Porterville CA 93257
Dreams In Motion Dance Company
A few words about me
Stephani Berra - Owner, Artistic Director
I was born in Visalia, Ca. then moved to fresno where I started dance at the age of 3. My family and I moved to Porterville when I was 5 and I continued my dance here through high school. After graduation from Monache High School I went to Porterville College where I earned my AA Degree. I then danced for a year on the COS Dance Team before moving on to Chapman University in Orange, California where I earned my Bachelors of Arts degree in Theatre and Dance with an Emphasis in Dance. Also in southern California I worked for a summer at Disneyland as a featured dancer in the Light Magic Streettacular! I was Glitter Wing and was beyond blessed to be able to offer an opportunity for friends and gamily from Porterville to be chosen by my fellow dancers to dance with the many characters from Disneyland during the show!!
After college I moved to New Jersey where I lived for six years. While there I taught dance for Broadway Flair Dance Studio and my students were successful in several dance competitions. I loved to life and energy of the east coast and had so many wonderful experiences but nothing could keep me away from my family...especially since it was growing with nieces and nephews!
Back in Porterville I continued teaching until I opened Dreams In Motion Dance Company in its first home as part of the McDermott field house in Lindsay California. We have moved twice since then and are now blessed to be in our "forever home" studio where our DMDC Village continues to grow!
Always looking for ways to share my passion I have been choreographing for the Monache High School Choir Spring Concert for the past 13 years and the Sierra View District Hospital Dancing With The Stars Gala for the since it began 5 years ago! Such wonderful groups to work with and see the love of dance and the arts grow!!
In order to continue sharing my passion and love of dance I know it is imperative that I continue to learn as well. I love attending Dance Teacher Summit conventions and taking class whenever I can. I have become Acrobatic Arts certified, am a part of several dance studio owners groups and love stepping out of my comfort zone to better serve my families!
Upon moving back to Porterville in 2006, I met and married my husband Tony and embraced my new life as a wife and Step Mother of a wonderful son and daughter. We now have two new daughters together who have completed our family. Because of the support of my family and friends my dream of opening a dance studio in Porterville has come true.
"Sharing my love of dance has been a lifelong dream. If you choose to share this journey with me I look forward to seeing the joy of dance grow within you, and how it inspires you in your life’s passions!!" - Miss Stephani
Dreams in Motion Dance Company is a place where the foundation of any dream can form. Through dance, our students will gain the self confidence needed to pursue whatever dream they choose. Whether your heart desires to be a prima ballerina, a Rockette, any type of performer or simply someone who is filled with the love and joy of dance, we are here to help you cultivate those beginning thoughts into a lifelong passion.
Our goal is to provide a place where all aspects of dance are explored and studied. From technique and performance qualities to the pioneers of the dance world and how their innovations formed the styles and techniques we see today.