MEET THE DIRECTOR
Step By Step Dance Studio Director Jennifer O’Neill started her dance training right here at SBS Studio while under the direction of Sharon Dunphy Bartlett. A proud Daler alumnus Jennifer also danced for the high school “Dalerettes” dance team and served as captain and co-choreographer for two years. She went on and trained under a dance scholarship at Long Island University-Post earning her BFA Magna Cum Laude in Dance Studies. Throughout her time at the University Jennifer performed at renowned theatres including Symphony Space in NYC, and Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. She was the featured pointe soloist in The Bayside Brewery Commercial. Also, was featured in various University photoshoots for dance. Her choreography was represented in the Northeast Conference of The American College Dance Festival two years in a row. Upon graduation Jennifer booked the job as an NFL Cheerleader for the New York Jets. Hitting the sidelines was always a dream of Jennifer’s. Meeting young fans of the squad was what made her experience special. O’Neill then furthered her training at Broadway Dance Center completing their training program as well as their Professional Semester Program. During her training she had the opportunity to work with many artists including: Heather Rigg, Shiela Barker, Lane Napper, and Jim Cooney. She performed at The Alvin Ailey Studios in the Choreography Showcase under works of Jim Cooney, Bella Maisonet, and Yvonne-Marie Sain.
She has taught at Step By Step Dance Studio for many years before taking ownership. She is passionate about teaching proper technique and prides herself in spreading the joy of dance without stress or competition. Jennifer was taught that dance is an art form and should be celebrated and enjoyed. She plans to bring that philosophy to her students.