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  • Step By Step Ministries
  • Psalm Sacred Dancers - Ages 18-Adult; Monday 7:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Revelation Praise Dancers - Ages 12-18; Monday 6:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Genesis Praise Dancers - Ages 5-14; Monday 5:45 - 6:30 pm

These Ministries focuses on technique and skill in order to spread God’s word to others. Participation with the Ministry often calls on the dancers to be available at least twice a month for performances at various religious functions, not only in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area, but the State of Texas as well. There are usually opportunities to travel to other states to minister as well, at least once a year. This class sculpts the dancer’s body and cultivates the dancer’s spirit. Stretching, dance technique and biblical interpretation are the cornerstones of the Ministries. Because these are Ministries, all denominations are welcome and encouraged to join. Concurrent dance training is highly suggested, in order to familiarize a dancer with technical terms and steps.

Lisa Thompson


Lisa began dancing at the age of three at the Academy of Performing Arts under Ms. Irene in Kansas City, Kansas. Lisa earned her Bachelor and Master's degrees in Science and Dance from Kansas State University. A former Kansas City Chiefs Football Club Chiefette and Kansas City Kings Cheerleader, she later became the Director of the Kansas State University Pridettes and Wildcat Dancers. She is employed by the University of Texas at Arlington as the Director of TRIO Pre-College Programs. Lisa founded Step By Step Dance Studio in 1985 and has established herself as a staple in the Arlington community. As an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Jack and Jill of America, and numerous other civic organizations, Lisa continues to drive forward the celebration of the arts and the sculpting of our children into productive individuals.

Erica Thompson

Assistant Director/Instructor

Erica has been a Step By Step student since she was two years old. She loves ballet and lyrical and has competed at local and national dance competitions. Erica is a graduate of UT Arlington with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a minor in English. While at UT Arlington, Erica was a member of the Dance Ensemble and Mavericks Dance Team. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and has aspirations of entering Law School. In addition to teaching at Step By Step, Erica also teaches at Art Ballet Academy. As the Director of Step By Step Dance Studio’s Performance Group, as well as the Genesis and Revelation Praise Dancers, Erica gives young girls the opportunity to share their love of dance throughout the Metroplex.

Jocelyn Warren

Office Manager/Instructor

Jocelyn has been at Step By Step since 1986. Her favorite type of dance is Lyrical Ballet. As one of the original members of the Psalm Sacred Dancers, Jocelyn has had the opportunity to share her love of dance in places such as Kansas, Oklahoma, Ohio, Arizona and most remarkably, Zimbabwe, Africa. As a student at Nolan Catholic High School, she studied dance under Ms. Elan Schwericke and was a member of the Royelles Dance Team. Jocelyn has been at Step By Step Dance Studio for over 25 years. She is married to Mel and has two daughters, Ashlyn and Addison.

Tim Brown

Tap Instructor

Tim is a graduate of UT Arlington. He was Mr. UTA 2008-09. His degree is in Theater and he recently was a competitor on "Apollo" in New York City. Tim has been tap dancing since he was 19 years old and loves hoofin'. He plans to audition for "America’s Got Talent" and recently auditioned for "So You Think You Can Dance". Tim is a Youth Minister in the AME church.

Betty Hernandez

Jazz & Modern/Lyrical Instructor

Betty Alvarado - Betty has been dancing since the fourth grade. She was part of Beyond Belief Dance Company and a member of North Mesquite Pacesetters, serving as JV Drill Instructor her senior year. At Trinity Valley College, Betty was a 2 year member of Cardettes and Showgirl Competition team. She graduated from University of Texas Arlington where she was a member of the UTA Dance Team, serving as a Captain her last year. She stays active in the dance world and is currently a Dance Your Heart Out Camp staff member for TVCC.

Mariya "Masha" Kudyakova

Ballet & Pointe Instructor

Masha was born in Russia in 1973. She received a Master Degree in dance at the Peter Tchaikovsky Perm State Ballet Academy from which she graduated in 1992. She was invited to join the Russian Chamber Theater in Russia, and achieved the status as the lead Principal dancer. Maria has toured throughout the world. In 1999 she became the Principal Ballerina and teaches with the Metropolitan Classical Ballet.

Erica Wrice

Hip Hop Instructor

Erica, also known as "E", has been a part of SBS since 1995. She is a Senior at UT Arlington majoring in Fine Arts. Erica was a member of the UT Arlington Dance Ensemble and Tarrant County College Rhapsody Movement Company. She is also a member of Cedar Valley's Family Music Theatre and was in their production of "Ragtime: The Musical". In her spare time, Erica enjoys painting and photography.