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Star Performance Complex Staff!


Emily Steffensen
Owner/Choreographer/Dance Instructor

Emily grew up in Ankeny, IA with a love of dance. She has danced for 27 years and taught for 12 years. Emily has many years of training in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip hop, & lyrical. She did most of her training at Moore School of Dance in Ankeny. There she was on the competition team for 6 years. Emily has attended dance conventions, dance workshops, performed with the Robert Thomas Nutcracker,  and has taken classes at Ballet Iowa.

After high school Emily received a bachelor's degree in Business Management with a concentration in Early Childhood. Emily has led many dance teams to national dance championships over the years. Her love of dance and children continues as she teaches at SSDA.


Sarah Skarski
Preschool/Child Care Director

Hi my name is Sarah Skarski and I am the director at Star Performance child care/preschool. I graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a minor in Literacy from the University of Northern Iowa. My husband, Jeff, my son, Aiden, daughter Josie, and I are moving to Sioux Falls from Plattville, WI. I was a toddler teacher there and taught Preschool at St. Leo's Elementary in Minot, ND. I love the creative energy that children radiate and look forward to helping your child explore their gifts and abilities as we learn and grow together here. 


Jamie Eszlinger

I have coached gymnastics and cheer/tumble on and off at SPC for the past 2 years. I currently work at the daycare during the summer before returning to Mount Marty College in the fall.

Abby Thuringer
Gymnastics Instructor

 I go to O’Gorman High School where I do gymnastics and am 17 years old. I love helping the kids at SPC!


Miriam Green
Gymnastics Instructor

 I am currently a student at Roosevelt High School. I am a former gymnast and coach gymnastics at SPC.


Melissa Horstmann
Childcare Attendant

 I am a licensed Practical Nurse. I love working with children and plan on attending college in the fall to finish my RN.